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
Kiley M. Whitty
President DuPage Association of Women Lawyers