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.