2015 RIWBA Board

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 my honor and privilege to serve as President of the RIWBA for this upcoming year.  A long line of talented women have preceded me, and I am excited to build on what they accomplished.

The RIWBA membership is also full of impressive experience, ability and intellect.  Importantly, each member is unique.  Some are new attorneys who, like I once did, join the RIWBA with the hope of meeting and networking with other female practitioners.  Others, with well-established careers, have been loyal RIWBA members for years.  Some are law students just starting on the path to a new profession.  Given the diverse interests and needs of our members, the RIWBA board is concentrating on offering a wide variety of events and resources.

We are also hard at work striving to provide our members with great value.  While socializing and networking are enjoyable and important, we continue to focus on making sure that our events also inform, educate and give back to the broader community here in Rhode Island.  We look forward to sharing these events with you throughout the course of the year.

Member feedback will help us reach these goals and so I encourage you to contact me or any board member with thoughts and ideas about what you would like to see from the RIWBA.  Please also be sure to reach out to me if you are interested in becoming active in the RIWBA.

I look forward to seeing you at our events.  Thank you for your continued support of the RIWBA!

-Meredith Renner