About Us

President’s Welcome Message


Welcome to the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. I hope you will join us as we encourage and support the success and influence of women in the legal community.

We work toward these goals by offering networking opportunities, continuing education, and social events to raise money for law school scholarships. Come check us out by attending one of our monthly luncheons or other special events listed on our website.

Diane L. Welch, President

From its inception,


SNAWA has strived to present events that differ from the run-of-the-mill attorney get-togethers. Early SNAWA events included a judicial reception, held in the home of now retired Justice Miriam Shearing; an annual barbeque, hosted by Sally Loehrer when she was a District Court Judge, and a New Admittees Brunch hosted by Shelley Berkley to welcome attorneys recently admitted to the Nevada Bar.


Continuing tradition, judges, Justices, partners, in-house lawyers, and law schools have devotedly hosted numerous social gatherings ranging from informal wine socials to prestigious black tie affairs. It is no surprise that the New Admittees Brunch and Thanksgiving in October have become annual traditions.

While these events serve as highlights throughout the year, SNAWA also presents monthly lunch meetings for members and guests. Aside from the chance to break bread with female attorneys, the luncheons feature captivating speakers, often with CLE credit available to our members, and serve as an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about issues that shape our careers and our legal community.

Many people may not understand why the support of other women attorneys is important. After all, women do make up a substantial part of the legal profession. But just last year it was reported that the median income of woman lawyers is only 74% of that of male lawyers, demonstrating that gender inequities continue in the profession. Indeed, while 45% of associate positions are held by women, the American Bar Association's recent 2013 statistics reveal that only 20% of women become partners- and only 15% equity partners! SNAWA recognizes the need for advancing women's interests and believes that, with a little help from our friends, female lawyers can have it all- success in both our personal and professional lives.

Past Presidents

SNAWA has been privileged to have the following women serve as President over the years:

1979-80 - Shelley Berkley
1980-81 - Lisa LaVelle
1981-82 - Charlane Bigelow Stead
1982-83 - Marti Ashcraft
1983-84 - Carolyn Ellsworth
1984-85 - Nannette Brown
1985-86 - Nancy Somers
1986-87 - Nancy Becker
1987-88 - Carolyn Ellsworth
1988-89 - Gloria Sturman
1989-90 - Illysa Fogel
1990-91 - Bonnie Bulla
1991-92 - Elana Hatch
1992-93 - Kendal Sue Bird
1993-94 - Susan Wasko
1994-95 - Jane Eberhardy
1995-96 - Rhonda Gross
1996-97 - Michelle Morgando
1997-98 - Lona Monson Groover
1998-99 - Deanne Rymarowicz
1999-00 - CiCi Cunningham
2000-01 - Elizabeth Brickfield
2001-02 - Susan Scann
2002-04 - Kathleen Murphy
2004-06 - Elissa Cadish
2006-07 - Denise Mikrut
2007-09 - Charlotte Bible
2009-11 - Jacqueline Ackerman
2011-13 - Kristina Holman
2013-14 - Kathleen M. Maynard
2014- 16 Kathleen Paustian