Dear WBA Members:
As president of the Washington Bar Association, I bring greetings from your executive committee, board of directors and council of past presidents.
The year 2015 will mark the 90th Anniversary of the Washington Bar Association. This affords us with an opportunity to reflect and learn lessons from the past as we look forward and pave the road for a sustained and bright future. Given the tremendous success of the 1st quarter of the WBA bar year, I can say we are on solid ground and are moving in the right direction.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the membership committee under the leadership of Natalie Walker, 1st Vice President and Membership Chair, WBA membership has increased by more than 50% in the first 3 months of the WBA bar year. Well done team!
To the new and "renewed" WBA members, I say welcome and offer a thank you to each of you for joining the "Renewed WBA". As a member of the WBA, please understand that you are now a part of one of the first and oldest African American Bar associations in the world. You are now a part of an organization that has a rich legacy and a tradition of service to which few can lay claim. Recognize that the rich tradition and bounty of African American legal talent in Washington, DC, is not present everywhere in America. As a member of the WBA, you will have an opportunity not afforded to all. Join us as we continue to use the legacy of the WBA as a platform upon which we can stand to advocate for the legal interest and rights of our people. That is the history, the tradition and the future of the WBA. [To listen to the full Message, please click here! ]
Karen E. Evans
Washington Bar Association