The DuPage Association of Women Lawyers was formed in 1980 when the Honorable Helen C. Kinney, DuPage County’s first female Assistant State's Attorney and first female Judge, called the small number of women then practicing law in the county into her courtroom. 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 Northern Illinois.
Over the past 30 years, D.A.W.L has tirelessly promoted women in the law, continuing education, and various philanthropic efforts, while strengthening professional relationships within our legal community. Our philanthropic efforts have included raising awareness and money for breast cancer research, Reigns of Change, and CASA of DuPage, whose members volunteer in child abuse and neglect cases. Our current Board of Directors and Officers have dedicated themselves again to continuing the vision of Helen C. Kinney and past leaders and strive to introduce additional charitable programs in the upcoming year.
In addition to this charitable work, our members also know that D.A.W.L. provides an excellent opportunity for lawyers, new and experienced, to network and cultivate professional relationships with others in the DuPage legal community, including our honorable judges. The upcoming year promises many events to continue these invaluable opportunities. I urge you to join us for our Tailgating/Membership Drive, Holiday Party, CLE, Judge’s Reception, and Kentucky Derby Charity Event. Members of the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 year will also enjoy our new Lunch with Presiding Judges event at no cost.
For those who are past D.A.W.L. members I invite you to renew your membership. For those who have never been a member, I hope you will consider a new membership. Our Association is large enough to have an active community voice, yet small enough to foster close connections among members.
Henry Ford once said “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.” I hope you will join our ranks in this new year and add to the success of this outstanding professional organization.
Jennifer M. Seaholm
MAY 7, 2013 - RESCHEDULED JUDGES' RECEPTION
JUNE 6, 2013 - INSTALLATION OF CHANTELLE A. PORTER