In 1893, the Nevada Legislature enacted legislation that allowed women to practice law here for the first time, and, on July 23, 1893, Laura May Tilden was the first woman to pass the Nevada Bar Exam. Although there were many women that followed her, Nevada was slow to admit women and, in 1978, a number of legal pioneers founded the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers’ Association (“NNWLA”) to assist women in their legal practice and development.
Since 1978, women have entered all facets of the Nevada legal and political community, aided by the numerous women who guided NNWLA’s members through the years to overcome the societal obstacles put before them on their path to success. Unfortunately, there is still work to be done, since, as of 2016, only 33 percent (33%) of the State Bar of Nevada and a mere 13.5% of Washoe County attorneys are women.
For this reason, NNWLA continues to provide a forum for attorneys and other legal professionals to network, to develop their business, and to advance their legal education. We celebrate the successes of the women that came before us and promote those who will come after us. We welcome all members of the legal profession, both men and women and lawyers and non-lawyers. Please support us by attending our events and by becoming a member of NNWLA. You can join our group by filling out a membership form or through the link on our membership page.
NNWLA's mission is to advance women in the legal profession, maintain the honor and integrity of the profession, promote and improve the administration of justice, and encourage a spirit or friendship and trust among our members.
January 16th - Vision Board Social