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Arizona Women Lawyers Association promotes and encourages the success of women lawyers throughout Arizona by providing members with information and support, fostering connections among women lawyers, and monitoring and celebrating the successes of our members.  AWLA’s operations and statewide programs are administered by its Board of Directors, while local programs are overseen by the Steering Committees of its three regional chapters.

To access a copy of our bylaws, click here: AWLA BYLAWS


I welcome all new and returning members to AWLA.  My goal as President is to build on AWLA’s programs as an advocate for women lawyers, both professionally and in our communities, and to promote the accomplishments of AWLA and our individual members throughout the State of Arizona.

Our successful 2014 convention on leadership strategies and skills demonstrated an appetite for identifying and enhancing your personal strengths. To that end, we will be posting the convention materials on the AWLA website for all members to access. Our monthly luncheons will include speakers on these topics. Our Facebook and LinkedIn pages will post relevant articles. I encourage you to join in the discussion of these posts, adding your personal experiences and advice. 

If you haven’t yet joined the AWLA Facebook and LinkedIn pages, please do so. We plan to use these channels to keep you informed about AWLA activities as well as issues related to women lawyers. 

To read the rest of Lisa's message, click here: AWLA President's Message Continued



Annual Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Breakfast

at the

State Bar Convention

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, in Phoenix

Presentation of the Sarah Herring Sorin Award


The Honorable Donn Kessler

Court of Appeals, Division One 

Friday, June 26, 2015 7:30 A.M.

Each year, AWLA hosts the Annual Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Breakfast, named in honor of the first woman named to the federal bench in Arizona.  The AWLA also collects donations at the Breakfast for the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Fund, established in 1985 as a tribute to Judge Richey.   Also at the Breakfast, AWLA presents the Sarah Herring Sorin Award to an AWLA member who has demonstrated support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession.  This year, the recipient of the Award is the Honorable Donn Kessler, a long-time AWLA member who is active in the Maricopa Chapter.  The cost of the Breakfast is $40 per person (the amount goes entirely to the hotel for the cost of the Breakfast). 


If you cannot attend the Breakfast but wish to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, download the application and follow the instructions.   MARY ANNE RICHEY DONATION FORM FOR CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION 


Registration for this event is available at the State Bar website. Click here for Special Events page to reserve your tickets for the Mary Anne Richey Breakfast:  AZ Women Lawyers Mary Anne Richey Breakfast


Save the Date! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Desert Willow Conference Center

Phoenix, Arizona


36th AWLA Annual Convention


“Embracing and Driving Change”


Please mark your calendars now to join us for an interactive and inspiring series of speakers and workshops designed to empower you to achieve your goals in your professional and personal life.

Watch for more details in coming weeks.


For more information or to volunteer, please contact

Laura Zeman-Mullen



Maricopa - NO LUNCHEON in JUNE