Welcome to the RIWBA 2018-2019 Membership Year! I am honored to serve as your President, alongside our very dedicated Board of Directors, for the upcoming membership year. I have had the privilege of serving on the RIWBA Board of Directors since the beginning of my legal career. These years of service have helped shape both my personal and professional life, as I have had the opportunity to learn from so many talented female attorneys who are mentors and leaders in our legal community.

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The RIWBA’s mission is clear, in that it seeks to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession. Women make up approximately 50% of law school graduates, yet the legal profession as a whole still struggles to retain and promote talented female attorneys.  The RIWBA seeks to provide support, education and a welcoming environment to its members in furtherance of this mission.  The issue of equal pay, harassment and paid family leave remain on the forefront of our minds as we strive to succeed. Despite the diversity of our experiences, we all strive to bring this mission to life. None of us wish to be part of a profession or a society in which everyone is not valued the same.

Over the past several years, the RIWBA has offered its members numerous opportunities to network with other female lawyers, to engage with panelists at our credit-approved CLEs, and to give back to those in need throughout the State of Rhode Island through our Events and Community Engagement Committees.  Our News and Events Committee works hard to provide our members with a monthly newsletter to keep them apprised of what’s going on with RIWBA, and to highlight other noteworthy articles, events, and career opportunities. Our Social Media and Website Committee works to keep our members informed of all of the opportunities that the RIWBA offers, as well as other relevant issues affecting our membership. Just this past year, the Emeritus Committee was created as a way to involve past presidents, judges and other distinguished, experienced members of the bar in the RIWBA. Please let me or any of our committee chairs know if you are interested in getting involved in one of our committees.

Our Board of Directors, committee members, and general membership are comprised of talented and hardworking individuals who dedicate tremendous amounts of time to the RIWBA. I hope that new and old members will share their talents and time with us, and if you know someone that would be an asset to the RIWBA, please bring them along to an event!

We always like to hear from our members, so please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Board of Directors with your thoughts and ideas. I look forward to seeing you at our events, and I thank you for your continued support of the RIWBA!

- Gina Renzulli Lemay