Dear SCWLA Members,
I am honored to be elected President of SCWLA for 2013 and humbled to follow in the footsteps of our prior outstanding leaders.
SCWLA has come a long way from 1993 when a few pioneers gathered to form a professional organization for the purpose of enhancing the status, influence, and effectiveness of women lawyers. Through their tireless efforts and the contributions of many others, our association has grown to over 800 members under the leadership of an active Board of Directors.
As we approach our twentieth anniversary, we need to renew our commitment to the original purpose of the organization with a view toward the challenges of today. We cannot allow ourselves to rest on prior success but must work to respond to the demands of the future. As your President for 2013, I would like to share my goals for SCWLA this year:
Increase membership to 1,000, with a focus on law students and recent law school graduates,
Continue to provide opportunities for professional and leadership development through our annual conference and local programs,
Increase outreach to other professional associations through co-sponsorships and other support,
Provide more networking opportunities with women and men who are at the top of the legal profession and develop mentoring relationships with one another,
Expand services to members, including offering at least two hours of continuing education per year in each region,
Involve more members in the committee work of SCWLA, and
Increase the level of participation in the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.
I hope you will join me this year to help make SCWLA a role model for state organizations recognized by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations for promoting professional growth and development of its members.
Again, thank you for allowing me to serve as your President.