Founded in 1928, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers ("GAWL") proudly serves the diverse interests of women lawyers in Georgia. GAWL has been pioneering for women lawyers for over 85 years, enhancing the welfare and development of women lawyers and supporting their interests. GAWL’s founders include Minnie Hale Daniel (President, 1928-1929), the first woman to graduate from law school in Georgia, and Betty Reynolds Cobb (President 1929-1930), the first woman to pass the Georgia State bar examination.
GAWL is a statewide bar organization with national affiliations. Local chapters exist in Blue Ridge, Columbus, Douglas-Paulding, Gwinnett, John Marshall Law School, Savannah, and Valdosta. GAWL plays a key role in the advancement of women lawyers' interests throughout the state. GAWL has a strong, bipartisan voice on issues such as judicial nomination process, legislative affairs, work-life balance issues, and on the education, training, and sponsorship of women lawyers to take their rightful place as leaders in the state of Georgia.
GAWL's members include judges, in-house counsel, attorneys at large, medium and small firms, solo practitioners, public service and governmental attorneys, attorneys who are not currently actively practicing law, and law students. We also have male attorney members and a limited number of members who are not attorneys, but who are valued members of our business community.
GAWL seeks to present programs and opportunities that meet the needs and interests of our very diverse membership. Signature events include the Annual Dinner, the Leadership Academy, and the Annual Art Auction, which is hosted by the GAWL Foundation. GAWL members value very popular Neighborhood Networking Breakfasts, business and leadership training opportunities, mentoring circles, and affinity groups.
GAWL communicates to its members through its website, quarterly newsletters published by the Daily Report, social media, and e-mail. GAWL is dedicated to using the latest technology to communicate with its members and to present women lawyers with valuable resources and opportunities.
Please take a minute to join GAWL and become a part of the impressive history and the exciting future of women lawyers in Georgia.