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National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations

The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) is an organization of women's bar associations, sections and committees. As an association for associations, NAWBA representing approximately 35,000 women lawyers by providing a forum to exchange information and ideas.

For more than 100 years, women lawyers and law students have formed associations of their own. Many of these organizations were created because women lawyers for excluded from the mentoring networks of men and their professional associations. Over the years, many of these organizations created by and for women have survived and continue to thrive including:

  • National Association of Women Lawyers (established in 1899);
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (established in 1914);
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (established in 1917);
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (established in 1919);
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (established 1919); and
  • Queen’s Bench of San Francisco (established in 1921).

The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations was created at an American Bar Association meeting in 1981. As an affiliate of the American Bar Association, with a vote in the ABA House of Delegates, the organizations adds its collective voice on many important ABA resolutions.

Corporate Address of NCWBA:

National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations
PO Box 82366
Portland, OR 97282
E-mail Address: info@ncwba.org
Telephone: (503) 775-4396
Website: NCWBA

Programs and Events of the NCWBA

The NCWBA sponsors and  co-sponsors in-person networking events, teleconferences, conferences and other events in a variety of locations throughout the year. The next big event is the 2017 Women's Bar Leadership Summit Succeeding with Strength and Savvy on August 11, 2017 in New York City.

Member Organizations of the NCWBA

The state level member organizations of the NCWBA include:

  • Alabama State Bar Women's Section
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
  • Association for Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Hawaii Women Lawyers
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association
  • Maine State Bar Women's Law Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • New Mexico Women's Bar Association
  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Rhode Island Women's Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women
  • Texas Women Lawyers
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • West Virginia Women Attorneys
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

The regional, city and county associations of the NCWBA include: 

  • Association for Women Attorneys (New Orleans)
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • Broward County Women Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • El Paso Women's Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association for Women–Marion Griffin Chapter
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Military Spouse JD Network
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association of the Bay Area
  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Women Lawyers Section, Birmingham Bar Association

Additional Resources

Statistics on Women in the Law - Find the latest statistics published in this report by the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession in 2017. Find information on the number of women entering the profession at each stage of their career from law school to partner and for different types of employers in both the public and private sector.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 5, 2017.