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Association for Women Lawyers Committees

The Committees for the Association of Women Lawyers perform much of the service and project work of the association. Committee meetings are publicized in the Newsletter.

AWL History Committee - interviews the Association's founding mothers and traces AWL's development as a bar association, culminating in the preparation of an AWL brochure. This is a continuing responsibility to update the brochure.

Community Involvement Committee - identifies or plans projects through which AWL members may provide non-legal assistance to community charities. The Committee has coordinated AWL's volunteering at Special Olympics, food and clothing drives. The Committee also identifies and recognizes members who are involved in community service work outside of AWL's projects.

Judges' Night Committee - plans all aspects of AWL's annual Women Judges Night held in the spring. The Committee meets frequently between November and March, and its work typically is completed in mid-April.

Leadership Development Committee - identifies openings in leadership positions in local and state bars and on the bench, and solicits members to apply for these openings. Also, the Committee will explore the establishment of an ongoing group to help members in their management-related activities at work (i.e. supervision of others, dealing with male-only partnerships, etc.). Also identifies Community Awards and solicits nominees for law-related awards.

Membership Committee - serves as AWL's primary liaison with law student associations, prepares mailings for recruitment of new attorneys, updates our membership application and renewal forms as necessary, and compiles and oversees the printing of AWL's membership directory.

Mentoring Groups - each Group meets once a month and the participants in each group represent a broad spectrum of the bar. Some Groups have a monthly topic around which they focus. Other groups are less formal and have discussions of common areas of interest and concern. All Groups provide the opportunity to meet other women lawyers to discuss common interests and concerns.

Pro Bono Committee - explores opportunities for AWL members to provide pro bono legal services to indigent individuals and to organizations which serve the needs of the poor. The Committee also gives recognition to members for their pro bono contributions.

Program Committee - plans CLE luncheon programs for AWL's membership meetings. The Committee typically meets once in the fall to plan the programs for the year.

Regional Conference Committee - planned the Regional Women's Bar Convention in the fall of 1996. The committee acts as liaison between AWL and other states' regional women's bar conventions and will plan any future conventions that are to be held in Milwaukee.

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