Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association promotes the advancement of the status of women in Rhode Island and in the legal profession. RIWBA offers a forum to discuss and address local, national, and international issues of significance to women generally and to female attorneys in particular. RIWBA advocates for the fair and equal administration of justice throughout the state of Rhode Island. Through philanthropy, education, mentoring and connecting people, RIWBA has improved and continues to improve the Rhode Island community as a whole.
RIWBA offers accredited Continuing Legal Education seminars targeted at the needs, challenges and issues facing female attorneys in their practices. In the past, the RIWBA has partnered with female Rhode Island Judiciary members to bring seminars that offer unique insight on the practice of law in Rhode Island state courts. RIWBA has also made significant charitable efforts throughout Rhode Island, including annual holiday gift bag drives, clothing drives to assist women entering the work force, and events to support to local female youth living in group homes. Furthermore, various RIWBA-sponsored networking events have fostered a close-knit relationship among our members, providing our membership with valuable sources of knowledge and contacts.
It is an honor to serve as President of the RIWBA for the 2017-2018 Membership Year. The RIWBA has been an important part of my professional and personal life since I graduated law school. A long line of talented women have preceded me, and I am excited to build on what they accomplished.
The RIWBA membership is incredibly diverse and yet we face many of the same challenges. We come from private practice and the public sector. We work at firms both large and small. We are in-house counsel, solicitors, professors and judges. We practice in all areas of the law. The working mothers among us struggle with work/life balance. And yet, we all face the challenge of succeeding in a largely male-dominated profession and we expect to be paid the same as our male counterparts. The RIWBA is here to provide support and encouragement and we hope that together we are stronger.
The RIWBA has made great strides over the past several years in providing our members with amazing value for the cost of membership. While networking and socializing are important, we continue to work hard to offer CLE credit to our members, and we also make an effort to give back to the broader community in Rhode Island. We look forward to continuing to offer CLE credit and to finding new ways to engage with and give back to the community over the next year.
We have an amazing board of directors, committee members and general members who devote tremendous amounts of time to the RIWBA. We hope that you will share your talents and energy with us. If you have any interest in serving on one of our committees, please let me know. We always welcome member feedback and I would encourage you to contact me or any board member with thoughts and ideas about what you would like to see from the RIWBA.
I look forward to seeing you at our events. Thank you for your continued support of the RIWBA!
– Krystle Tadesse