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President’s Message

Demetria Graves, Esq.
BWL President : 2017-2018

“Following in the Footsteps of Our Founders: Activism, Leadership, and Empowerment.”


What an honor to be chosen as this year’s BWL president! I am very excited about this upcoming board year. This year’s theme is, Following in the Footsteps of Our Founders: Activism, Leadership, and Empowerment. One of my primary initiatives is to personally exemplify leadership and encourage our organization’s members to fulfill their dreams while serving others. We always strive to increase our membership and we will also work to increase our retention efforts and encourage former members to return to BWL. Our strength lies, in part, in our numbers, and the more members we have, the greater the good we can do for our communities.


Some of the other 2017-2018 term goals include identifying the areas where our services are most needed and be there. It is also my vision for our organization to be a resource that bridges the gap from student to working professional, by providing specific information and guidance to those embarking upon legal careers. We all have benefited from help—advice, a mentor, a professor or counselor taking an interest in us—and we should all endeavor to help others also, and pay the kindness we’ve received forward.


Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. is pleased to welcome our honorees and present the following awards to these outstanding and most worthy recipients: Judge of the Year- The Honorable Diane Becton Ret., Corporate Leadership Award- Sandra Williams, Esq., and Community Leadership Award- Ms. Shaun Robinson. We’d also like to extend a heartfelt welcome to our Mistress of Ceremonies, ABC7 anchor, Ms. Leslie Sykes.


This evening is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your financial support.  To my amazing installation committee, your commitment to the success of this dinner is impressive. You all worked so hard, and I appreciate everything you did to make this dinner successful.


I’d like to give an extra special thank you to my, Mom, Dad, Mommy, and the love of my life, Aiden. I will never be able to thank you for all that you do for me. I hope this night brings you so much joy. I sincerely thank you for your immense support and the incredible examples of leadership you have modeled for me. To the rest of my amazing family and my loyal friends, I love you.