It is my honor as the 30th President to invite you to become a member of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.  Our organization has thrived not because of the work of a few, but because of the hard work and support of our entire membership. Because of our united efforts, we have grown as an organization and we continue to improve our association and its value to our members each year.


    In August of 1893, thirty women lawyers from across the United States met in Chicago for the first-ever national meeting of women lawyers. In that same tradition in 1980 the Honorable Helen C. Kinney, DuPage County’s first female Assistant State's Attorney and first female Judge, called into her courtroom the small number of women then practicing law in the county.  Collectively, they formed the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.  The Association formally incorporated in the year 1982 and has grown into an organization of women and men, judges, lawyers and non-lawyers, who reside and work throughout DuPage County.  Our past mentors have laid the groundwork and it is now our generation's responsibility to become the leaders that they knew we could be.


    This upcoming year we look forward to your participation in our educational, social, and charitable events, such as the Tailgating Networking Event, MCLE, Holiday Party, Judges Reception, and drives to benefit the Honorable Helen C. Kinney Scholarship Fund.  We are also renewing our member benefit card with discounts to local businesses such as Caliendo’s, The Village Tavern, Alpha Graphics, The Ivy, and more to come.   


    As I stated in my installation speech, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson “the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and to make some difference.”  I hope that over thirty years later we continue to be an organization of purpose, that is useful, honorable, compassionate and that makes a difference.


    Chantelle A. Porter

    30th President









    Bereavement Notice


    Remembering Ashley Haws


    Dear Members,

    It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that I write to you this morning to inform you that we have learned that Ashley Haws passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014 as the result of a tragic boating accident. Ashley was an associate at Davi Law Group, LLC and the Treasurer of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.

    Ashley was an amazing woman, dedicated professional, and a great friend to all of us and she will be greatly missed by the D.A.W.L. board, the DuPage County community and by all of those who knew her. We will all be grieving this terrible loss. Our thoughts, prayers, and sincere condolences go out to Ashley's friends and family, and to Dion Davi, Adam Gynac and the rest of Ashley's Davi Law Group family.
    We will keep you all informed as more information becomes available about funeral arrangements and services. If you have any questions or need anything by way of support during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact me at (630)653-9400 or by email at whitty@aandalaw.com.




    Kiley M. Whitty

    President DuPage Association of Women Lawyers