Thank you for visiting our website! The Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania (“WBA”) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for women in the legal profession and equality in the courts. Our members include attorneys from Western Pennsylvania, including federal and state judges, as well as students from area law schools. The WBA is governed by an Executive Committee, consisting of the officers of the organization and the committee chairs. The Executive Committee meets approximately nine to ten times each year. To contact one of our Executive Committee members, please consult our Executive Committee listing which you will find under the About US tab on this website labelled “Board.” The WBA was established in 1988 by a group of women attorneys in Allegheny County that were looking for an organization to address the unique needs of female practitioners. Since those humble beginnings, the organization has grown and continues its mission through several events and networking opportunities each year.

The first and most prestigious of these events of the year is the Susan B. Anthony reception usually held in February, at which we pay tribute to an individual who most exemplifies the objectives and goals of the WBA, by promoting equality in the legal profession. In February of 2019, we celebrated 30 years of the WBA and its support of women in the legal profession.  At the reception on February 19th held at the Hotel Monaco we honored Carol Hesz, Esq.  For information on nominations for our annual Susan B. Anthony Award, which are accepted in the Fall of each year, please visit our New and Events Page.

Events during the year, in addition to the Susan B. Anthony Reception, include:  the Judicial Reception,  networking events, some of which offer the opportunity and training for less-experienced attorneys to network with members that have substantial experience, the Color of Justice Program for high school students, happy hours for newly relocated attorneys and graduating law students, the Holiday Breakfast, the New Admittees reception, and various educational and CLE programs, as well as several public service projects. We work cooperatively with other organizations, such as local county bar associations, the Federal Bar Associaiton, and the ACBA’s Women in the Law Division to serve the Western Pennsylvania legal community.  Many WBA events are free of charge for WBA Members or provided with discounted rates for members, such as our CLE programs .

If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join the WBA and help make a difference! A membership form or online registration is available on this website under the Membership tab. We hope you will also consider becoming involved in one of our committees. Also under the Membership tab you will find our Member Directory, which is searchable by name and practice area. Please contact us to update your listing.  If you would like to be involved in the mentor program run by the Law and Education committee, please consult the information found under the Law and Education committee listing on the Committees page.

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, or wish to become involved with a committee, please contact our Executive Director, Michelle Pierson, at: info@wbawpa.com.  Thank you for your interest in the WBA and we hope to see you at our next event!


Melissa Ruggiero, Esq.
Jaclyn Faulds, Esq.

WBA Co-Presidents

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