It it such an honor to be named the 42nd President of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. I look forward to continuing the legacy of our Founders, our Past Presidents, and all of those who worked diligently to build this organization dedicated to the promotion and development of African American women in the legal profession. Through our ever-growing platform, BWL will lead by example to serve our community, mentor our youth and young lawyers, and advocate for justice.
Service. Serving the needs of our community is at the core of our charitable commitment. Over the next twelve months, BWL will host various educational and informative programming for the community, including its flagship K-12 Educational Symposium and a non-partisan discussion on California ballot initiatives. BWL will also continue its philanthropic efforts to disadvantaged and under-represented community members through pro bono representation, holiday drives, and charitable contributions.
Mentorship. Having been the beneficiary of many mentorship relationships over the course of my career, I have learned the importance of having great mentors to help navigate the unique challenges and opportunities as a black woman lawyer. I look forward to implementing formal BWL mentorship programs, including a new Judge-law student mentor program, and supporting organic relationships amongst our BWL members and our pipeline. It takes a village.
Advocacy. Sharpening our legal skills and keeping abreast of the legal landscape is critical to our success as attorneys. BWL is committed to help keep its members relevant and competitive by offering Continuing Legal Education seminars on cutting-edge legal issues in our various practices. From the role of video evidence in the courtroom to combatting workplace violence, our CLE topics are sure to provide critical analysis and food for thought from well-respected experts and practitioners in the field.
Through these three pillars of service, mentorship, and advocacy, and the various programming under each, it is my belief that BWL members will develop their whole selves — becoming greater legal professionals and better human beings.