Affinity Groups

GAWL strives to represent a wide range of working and social interests for women attorneys in Georgia. One of the ways that GAWL addresses these interests is by supporting a number of Affinity Groups designed to meet the specific needs and interests of our members. As our organization has grown, Affinity Groups have become a great vehicle for member networking and support. Affinity Group meetings can be found on GAWL’s Upcoming Events page on our website.   


Alternative Practice Affinity Group: for women lawyers who have left the traditional law practice setting. The group has discussions about nonlegal careers and the flexibility of a law degree. They also share stories about successfully making the transition to a non-traditional practice. 

Meetings: second Monday of the month, 12:00pm, at the J. Christopher's at 227 Sandy Springs Circle in Atlanta

Contacts: Mary Anne Walser, Cristen Dutcher

Feminist Affinity Group: a resource for GAWL members who believe that women and men are entitled to equal rights, and that women lawyers have a special obligation to work for the human and civil rights of all people. This group meets regularly for lively discussions and speaking presentations.  

Meetings: third Monday of every month, 6:30PM; please see the event calendar for location and updates 

Contact: Ave Mince-Didier   

Girls in Sports and Entertainment (GISE): a resource for practitioners in, as well as those interested in, Georgia’s growing field of sports and entertainment law. This group incorporates great discussion topics and a wealth of valuable speakers relevant to the practice of law in the sports and entertainment industries.   

Meetings: Quarterly; please see the event calendar for updates 

Contacts: Veronica Higgs Cope, Kristy Zimmerman   

In-House Council Affinity Group: identifies, addresses, and provides educational opportunities with respect to the unique issues facing in-house counsel, as well as to provide networking opportunities within the in-house legal community.   

Meetings: quarterly; please see the event calendar for updates

Contacts: Susan BergethonErin Fortney   

Large Law Firm Affinity Group: a forum for practitioners looking for a sense of camaraderie and collective wisdom among those who work in large law firm environments. The group provides a confidential sounding board on topics such as meeting and dealing with the demands of the large firm.   

Meetings Dates: please see the event calendar for updates 

Contact: Lauren Giles    

Newer Lawyers Affinity Group: provides attorneys new to the practice of law with great networking opportunities and powerful legal resources. This group is formed by and for female attorneys who have practiced five or fewer years. Previous discussion topics have included finding your niche within the law, how to make meaningful connections in the legal community and successfully negotiating salaries.   

Meeting dates: second Wednesday of every month, 6:30 PM; Vine and Tap, 2770 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324; please see the event calendar for updates 

Contacts: Ansley Evans

Scrapbooking Affinity Group: a community for attorneys to work on scrapbooking, needlepoint or other craft while discussing work, life, current events and supporting each other over cokes, beer and snacks.  Come for 1-5 hours as your schedule permits.  No cost except your own materials.  No experience with scrapbooking or crafting required – the group will teach beginners! 

Meeting dates: the group meets once per month; email for the schedule and location of the next several meetings. 

Contact: Elaine Levine


Solo and Small Firm Affinity Group: a community for those who practice in firms no larger than 10 attorneys. This attorneys-only affinity group provides a forum for discussion of personal, business, and practice issues specifically tailored to small firm challenges. Topics include: "best" practices, building relationships with other small firm attorneys, as well as personal growth and support. 

Meeting Dates: Last Friday of each month, lunch; please see the event calendar for updates  

Contacts: Cheryl Legare, Stephanie Everett   

Working Moms Affinity Group: a forum for working moms to share their parenting and professional experiences and to provide support and advice for one another. Regular meetings include open and lively discussion on topics including work-life balance, child care arrangements and creative networking.   

Meeting Dates: second-to-last Friday of the month, lunch; The Capital Grille - Dunwoody,  94 Perimeter Center W, Dunwoody, GA 30346; please see the event calendar for updates  

Contact: Jennifer Jakob Barnes, Ellen Taylor, Mande Moyer