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President's Message

Amy T. Brantly
WLALA President 2017-2018

Celebrating Sisterhood

March is Women’s History month. As a lover of history, I decided that I wanted to highlight a historic female lawyer and began my search for the perfect subject. There were so many women lawyers that led the way for the rest of us, were true pioneers and stood tall in the face of adversity. One of those stood out to me because she was not only a woman, but a black woman growing up in turbulent times in our nation’s history. Facing extreme prejudice, she defied odds by becoming a corporate lawyer.

Charlotte Ray was born in New York City in 1850. She grew up in a large family of seven children. Her father was a minister and an abolitionist. He helped slaves escape through the underground railroad and edited an abolitionist publication. He insisted that his daughters go to college which is extraordinary in the 1860’s. Charlotte attended the Institution for the Education of Colored Youth in Washington D.C., which was one of only a few places at the time that offered quality education to young, African-American women. After graduating and teaching at a preparatory school associated with Howard University, Charlotte applied to Howard University’s law program as C.E. Ray (some speculate in order to conceal her gender) and was admitted.Charlotte excelled in law school and one of her classmates described her as “an apt scholar.”



Upcoming Events




March 28, 2018 -"Nevertheless She Persisted": Gender Bias in the Courtroom


April 6, 2018 - Color of Justice/Power Lunch


April 11, 2018 - The Honorable Beverly Reid O'Connell Power Lunch, Save the Date! 


April 11, 2018 - A Night at The Magic Castle


April 18, 2018 -GOOD Guys


April 25, 2018 - WLALA Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights Committee Program, Save the Date! 


May 16, 2018 - WLALA YLS Program, Save the Date!


June 4, 2018 - Supreme Court Sister Bar Session, Save the Date!


June 20, 2018 - WLALApalooza, Save the Date!


September 20, 2018 - WLALA Installation Dinner, Save the Date! 


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