Our purpose.

The purposes of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association shall be to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession, to promote the advancement of women in a just society, to promote the administration of justice, to encourage a spirit of cooperation among its members, and to operate in accordance with the organization’s §501(c)(6) non-profit corporation status.

 

The Ada Sawyer Award.

Each year, the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association (RIWBA) presents the Ada Sawyer Award to an individual who exemplifies the mission of the RIWBA–the promotion and enhancement of the status of women in our community and in the legal profession. 

The award is named after the first female attorney in Rhode Island, Ada Sawyer, who became an attorney in 1920 only after the Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners received an opinion from the Supreme Court that the bar rules reference to “person” with respect to admission to the bar included women.

The Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association presented Kate Ahern with the 2017 Ada Sawyer Award.