NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION

Women Lawyers Division

Philadelphia Chapter

ABOUT US

NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION WOMEN LAWYERS DIVISION
Philadelphia Chapter

Parent Organization
Throughout history, lawyers of color have made substantial contributions to the legal profession. The accomplishments of women lawyers of color are even greater given the professional and societal obstacles placed before them.  The WLD dedicates itself to continuing a tradition of creating an environment which maintains professional competence and integrity, providing a vehicle for increasing the number of women lawyers of color, fostering personal and professional support networks, promoting entrepreneurial ventures, and elevating women lawyers into strategic positions of power.

The objectives of the WLD are to:

  • Assist in fostering and sustaining a viable presence for African-American women attorneys throughout the Philadelphia area;
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  • Provide aid to women of color in their efforts to obtain legal education, bar admission and employment; and
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  • Foster interaction with other bar associations and to recognize the efforts and achievements of members of the legal community.

Since its founding, the WLD has been actively accomplishing its objectives. One of our most important projects is the Annual Scholarship Luncheon where the Juanita Kidd Stout Tuition and Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Fund Scholarships are awarded to law students from area law schools. The annual event also affords us the opportunity to publicly recognize a distinguished member of the bar through presentation of the Doris May Harris Image Award.

We envision in the years ahead a continuing effort to make a difference to our membership, our profession and our community.  Click here to view WLD Bylaws 

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PRESIDENT, WLD

Alisha Lubin, Esquire
President

THE FOUNDATION OF THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION
WOMEN LAWYERS DIVISION
Philadelphia Chapter
Charitable Arm

Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Tuition Scholarship

The Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Tuition Scholarship is in the amount of $5,000.
When the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter (WLD) formed in 1981, one of its goals was to address the challenges to advancement in the legal profession faced by women of color. Today, to promote diversity and reduce barriers to success in the legal profession, the Foundation of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers’ Division, Philadelphia Chapter (WLD Foundation), a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization and the charitable arm of the WLD, provides scholarships to deserving women of color in area law schools.

The WLD Foundation, originally established in 1993, was re-established and re-purposed in 2008 to serve as the entity charged with raising scholarship funds, monitoring scholarship accounts and the selection and awarding of book and tuition scholarships.

The WLD Foundation scholarships are named in honor of Justice Juanita Kidd Stout, the first African American woman to sit on the bench in Philadelphia and later the first African American woman in the United States to serve on a state Supreme Court and Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Economics, the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

The WLD Foundation scholarship awards are made to current African American female law students who display financial need, academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander.  The inclusion of women of color and increased diversity in the legal profession contribute to equal access to justice for everyone, especially women and minorities. The WLD Foundation solicits support to continue its important mission – a mission that benefits everyone. Contributions to the WLD Foundation are tax deductible and will fund scholarship awards to deserving women of color and thus increasing their inclusion in the legal profession and helping to ensure equal access to justice for everyone.  Click here to veiw Foundation Bylaws

Donations to the Foundation of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter are welcome throughout the year. To donate, please click here.  The Foundation of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter participates in Amazon's Smile program.  

Sadie T.M. Alexander
Book Scholarship

The Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Fund Scholarship is awarded at each of the six area law schools in amounts of $500 - $1,000.