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|About||The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the largest statewide bar association dedicated to the advancement of women in both the legal profession and society as a whole.|
The mission of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York is:
- To promote the advancement of the status of women in society and of women in the legal profession;
- To promote the fair and equal administration of justice;
- To act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally and to women attorneys in particular.
For over 25 years, our WBASNY Chapter has helped women climb the ranks in government, law firms, and business, and we have joined together to amplify our voice on matters of policy and practice.
Challenges remain, and new challenges appear. Women are still underrepresented among equity partners at law firms, in the judiciary, and in high-profile public positions, both nationally and locally.
We believe that advancement for women—and for Western New York—requires all voices and views to be heard in matters important to our profession and our community. For that reason, we support qualified women in attaining leadership positions.
We believe that it is important to cultivate professional and personal growth. And so, we offer annual programs on work/life balance, practice development, and substantive legal issues. We help facilitate the discussion of both traditional and non-traditional career paths. We encourage our members to meet and engage through our networking events and our connection with other organizations that support our organization and goals.
We strive to make leaders in our profession and community accessible to our members. To that end, we host our “chamber chat” series and other innovative networking events, as well as collaborate with like-minded organizations such as local bar associations, the University of Buffalo Law School, and human service providers to create unique opportunities.
We work with our sister WBASNY Chapters to affect change in statewide, national, and international matters important to our members. Through lobbying, amici curiae briefs, legislative visits, and creative outreach and educational efforts over the past four decades, WBASNY has supported many of New York’s most distinguished female leaders and made the organization’s collective voice a part of several notable advancements in our state.
Our success is entirely attributable to the passion, dedication, and tireless efforts of our past and present members. We invite y