Welcome to the RIWBA 2019-2020 Membership Year! I am excited and honored to serve as your President for the coming year. I have been a member of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association for 8 years, and have served on the Board of Directors for 6 years. While on the Board, I also served as the chair of the Community Engagement Committee, which seeks to connect our members with local charitable organizations who can utilize our time, talents and resources to do good in the community. I have greatly valued my time on the Board and have learned so much from the intelligent and capable women with whom I serve.

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As a Board, we strive to create programs and events that appeal to a wide range of women lawyers in different industries and at different practice levels. In 2017, we conducted a membership survey to find out what our members want from their Women’s Bar Association.  We have modeled many of our programs since then in direct response to the feedback we received. I plan to conduct a follow-up survey this year to ensure we are meeting our members’ needs. Over the past several years, we have consciously and thoughtfully broadened our CLE offerings, resulting in being recognized in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Reader Rankings for providing continuing legal education.  

Our Board has the goal for all women lawyers in Rhode Island to be a part of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association.  We can all offer insight and guidance to each other as a community. I have come to count many members of the RIWBA as friends who I can turn to for both professional and personal matters.  These are women who practice in completely different areas from me, and who I never would have met if not for the RIWBA. I know many of our members have similar stories. As a Board, we want to make the RIWBA an organization that offers something to every woman lawyer in the state.

We are open to your suggestions, questions and concerns, and I hope that you will reach out to me in the coming year.  I look forward to seeing you at this year’s events, and appreciate your support of the RIWBA!

- Kelly McGee