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A Message from the Maricopa Chapter President, Jebbie Whiteside

 

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, it is a great opportunity to reflect on our own fascinating AWLA’s history and accomplishments. 

 

It was the 1970’s.  Women leaders across the country were coming together and striving to improve work conditions for women.  In Phoenix, as the story goes, a group of women attorneys decided they needed an 'old girls network' (what became known as the Old Women Lawyers) to help combat the ‘old boys club’ they faced in the legal profession.  They met regularly over lunch and evenings to network and share experiences.  However, the women realized they were much too wise and were too original to be called ‘Old’- so the group changed its name to the Original Women Lawyers.  Some of these ‘Originals’ included, but were not limited to, such visionary women as:  Hon. Lorna Lockwood, Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor and Hon. Mary M Schroeder.  Around the same time, in Tucson, a group of women led by the Hon. Alice Truman and Hon. Mary Anne Richey scrawled ideas for a women's bar association on a bar napkin.   All these remarkable women knew they would be stronger together and eventually, AWLA was formed. 

 

It is no surprise that AWLA took off since its formation nor that it has made a lasting impact on the legal profession.  Although AWLA achievements are plentiful, one of the most recognized is AWLA’s role in promoting the applications of qualified judicial applicants for the Maricopa Superior Court, particularly women and minorities.  AWLA's role in preparing judicial candidates for their interviews, navigating the application and commission recommendation process, as well as AWLA’s endorsement of applicants for state appellate judgeships, is highly sought and valued.  The Maricopa Judicial Appointments Committee is always looking for more committee members to get involved. 

 

Today, AWLA has four chapters:  Maricopa, Southern Arizona, Northern Arizona, and Western Arizona.  The Maricopa Chapter is extremely active and has over 550 members!  

 

Each year, AWLA also bestows several awards to recognizes members and non-members alike who deserve recognition for their professional achievements, or who have supported and encouraged the advancement of women in the legal profession, such as:

 

·         Sarah Herring Sorin Award - (June 12) - This year’s Honoree is Lisa Bossard Funk.  AWLA's bestows this Award during the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Breakfast which is held during the AZ State Bar Convention.  At the Breakfast, AWLA also collects donations in honor of the late Mary Anne Richey, who was a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona and a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.  For the last few years, the scholarship has been in the amount of $1,000 for each recipient.  Since the scholarship’s inception in 1988, it has boosted students' morale and reaffirmed their vision of the law as a public service profession.  Contributions to the Scholarship may be made at the Breakfast by credit card or check payable to the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship.  Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

·         Ruth McGregor Wine and Cheese Award (October 29) – This year’s Honoree is the Honorable Eileen Willett.  The Maricopa Wine & Cheese Reception will be held at the Desert Botanical Garden.  Tickets are only $50 and include admission to the Desert Botanical Garden same day of the event, live music, appetizers, two drink tickets, and memories galore.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For ticket purchases or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.AWLA-State.org

 

·     AWLA – Maricopa Chapter:  All In For Women Award (held March 5)

 

The Maricopa Chapter held it’s All In For Women Award Reception on March 5, 2020 at the University Club of Phoenix.  The Membership Committee received 23 applications, and, after careful review, the committee selected 8 firms that were honored with the 2020 AWLA Maricopa Chapter: All In For Women Award.  Congrats to the following firms and thank you for your support!

 

Special Honor – Historical Support of AWLA and Met ALL Award Categories:

Tiffany & Bosco

 

Traditional Award - All Female Attorneys are AWLA Members:
Gillespie, Shields, Goldfarb & Taylor

Kent Law Group PLLC
Wieneke Law Group

2020 Award – Programs Furthering the Mission of AWLA:
Christian, Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey, LLP
Gammage & Burnham
Perkins Coie, LLP

 

The opportunities to get involved are endless, so join us at our events.  We hold monthly luncheons, usually on the last Wednesday of the month, at the University Club of Phoenix, several networking opportunities, and special CLE program for professional development.   All our events are posted on our calendar.  Don’t be shy – if it is your first event or you don’t think you will know anyone, we can pair you up with an “Amiga” to hang out with. 

                                                                                   

See you soon,

                                    Jebbie



 


 

AWLA-MARICOPA CHAPTER 
25TH ANNUAL WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN, DORRANCE CENTER
1201 N. GALVIN PARKWAY, PHOENIX 85008


Presentation of the Ruth V. McGregor Award
to

Paige A. Martin



THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THIS FANTASTIC EVENT. TO VIEW OUR PHOTO ALBUM, PLEASE CLICK THE PHOTO BELOW.



 

 

 




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MARICOPA CHAPTER AT THE ARIZONA
BLACK BAR HAYZEL B. DANIELS SCHOLARSHIP DINNER


 2019 ABB Dinner 1 2019 ABB Dinner 2 

 

Photo on left (L to R) Alex Anemone, Michel Gamez, Cory Tyszka, Diana Theos

Photo on right (L to R)  Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallegos, Michele Gamez, Alex Anemone, Diana Theos, Cory Tyska





 
When logged in as a member, you can browse our committee roster to see what committees the Maricopa Chapter has, along with the email addresses of the chairs. If you are interested in joining a committee please contact them directly. Click on the link below and scroll down to the Maricopa subcommittees currently available.
 

 

If you are not a member and need additional information, please contact our Executive Administrators, Joanne LaSalle or Alexis Merritt, at membership@awla-state.org.

Want to attend a local event in your area? Just click on the link below or go to the Event Calendar on the menu bar. All Maricopa events appear in blue.  Some events are members-only.

 

 
 MARICOPA - PAST PRESIDENTS

                                     2019 Karin Scherner Aldama
     2018   Alexandria Anemone
     2017   Diana Theos
                                     2016   Rosemarie Pena-Lynch

     2015   Roberta Tepper
     2014   Melissa M. Zabor

                                     2013   Laura J. Zeman-Mullen

                                     2012   Sheri D. Shepard

                                     2011   Barbara McCoy Burke

                                     2010   Danielle D.Janitch                        

                                     2009   Carrie A.Kercsmar                                                

                                     2008   Mayar Daiza

                                     2007   Juliet R. Peters

                                     2006   Susan Hable Purtill

                                     2005   Helen R. Davis

                                     2004   Cari M. Gerchick

                                     2003   Mary Beth Pfister

                                     2002   Paige A. Martin

                                     2001   Consuelo M. Ohanesian

                                     2000   Dawn R. Gabel

                                     1999   Ann A. Scott Timmer

                                     1998   Diane L. Drain

                                     1997   Thea Silverstein

                                     1996   Helen Perry Grimwood

                                     1995   Jodi M. Weisberg

                                     1994   Cheri L. McCracken

                                     1993   Mariannina E. Preston

                                     1992   Nancy Timmerman Landry

                                     1991   Anne L. Kleindeinst

                                     1990   Cynthia L. Shupe

                                     1989   Hon. Sherry Hutt

                                     1988   Barbara A. Markham

                                     1987   Marcia Waterman Davis

                                     1986   Susan G. Wintermute

                                     1986   Linda Buethe

                                     1985   Daphne Budge

                                     1984   Hon. Susan R. Bolton

                                     1983   Anna C. Bronnenkant

                                     1982   Susan M. Swick

                                     1981   Charleen H. Greer

                                     1980   Charleen H. Greer

                                     1979   Lucia Fakonas Howard
                                     1978   Lucia Fakonas Howard

                                      

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Interested in some of Maricopa Chapter's history? You can click on the button below to view any of the archived Newsletters and some of the articles that were previously published.

2002-2009 Maricopa Chapter Newsletter Archives


 

 



 



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