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The By-Laws Committee is responsible for maintaining the by-laws of the WBA and for making appropriate recommendations on revisions as needed.
The Finance Committee is responsible for fundraising activities to ensure the economic viability and growth of the organization.
The Judiciary Committee is responsible for encouraging the appointment of women to the judicial office and educating women on the process of becoming a judge. The committee sponsors an annual Judicial Reception for Judges and members of the WBA. It also is responsible for presenting programs in conjunction with the CLE Committee designed to guide women who aspire to the Bench, such as "Roadmap to the Bench" and "Approaching the Bench." It monitors openings on the federal and state bench and communicates the desirability of filling judicial vacancies with qualified women attorneys. It also coordinates with the Minority Affairs and Law and Education Committees on the "Color of Justice" Program aimed at inspiring minority female high school students to consider a career in the law and the judiciary.
The Law and Education Committee encourages members and local judges and practitioners to engage with recent graduates, law students and high school students interested in learning about the law and various practices. The Committee accomplishes this through the coordination of programs geared towards these audiences. The Committee plans three main programs throughout the year. The New Admittees Reception is held annually to welcome newly licensed attorneys to the practice of law. The Mentor Program is designed to match recent graduates and law students with experience practitioners. The Color of Justice Program is designed to provide high school students with an introduction to the practice of law and encouragement to pursue a legal career. Attorneys and judges volunteer for this rewarding and inspiring half day event.
The Law and Education Committee invites you to participate in the 2017 Mentor Program. WBA Mentors would be asked to provide advice to law students and recent graduates about their particular practice area and/or to assist them in making contacts in the field. For further information, please read the attached letter regarding the program. If you are interested in participating, please download and complete the WBA Member Profile Form attached here. These forms should be returned to Maria Comas as indicated on the bottom of the form. The completed forms will be made available to students and recent graduates at the University of Pittsburgh school of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the WBAWPA or Maria Comas at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cyndi Caldwell at email@example.com.
The Membership Committee is primarily responsible for recruiting new members and increasing the involvement of current members, which it accomplishes by organizing programs and events to serve its members and to attract new members. Programs implemented and held regularly by the Membership Committee include the WBA speed networking event held at law firms and the law schools; happy hours to celebrate surviving the bar exam and to greet attorneys new to our legal community. The Membership Committee was successful in recommending the creation of two law student liaison positions on the Executive Committee to foster open communication with law students from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh and in recruiting law students to fill these positions each year. The Membership Committee also established and maintains the publication of a monthly electronic newsletter, the WBAlert, which keeps the members and potential members informed of activities and events; oversees the maintenance of membership records; and recommends periodic changes in the amount and structure of membership dues as needed. In addition, the Membership Committee works with the Website Sub-Committee to ensure timely updating of the WBA's online membership directory.
The current co-chairs of the Membership Committee are Carol Hesz and Anna Ciardi. If you would like more information about the committee or would simply like to get involved please contact the WBAWPA or Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna at email@example.com.
Minority Affairs is responsible for identifying issues of concern to minority women lawyers and developing mechanisms and programs for addressing those issues. It also coordinates with the Judiciary and Law and Education Committees on the "Color of Justice" Program aimed at inspiring minority female high school students to consider a career in law and the judiciary.
Public Relations is responsible for coordinating publicity for the WBA and WBA events. It is also responsible for developing relationship with the media to foster the positive image of women lawyers in order to fulfill the imperative mission of the WBA.
The Special Events Committee is responsible for planning special events, such as the annual Golf Outing and Dinner, the WBA Book Club meetings at the Mystery Lovers Book Shop, the Bench Bar Hospitality Suite, Theatre Outings, and other opportunities and events to network.