Creating connections between women in the law
and the community for over 30 years.
A Word From Our President
Founded in 1978, the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association is a voluntary membership organization committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession.
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 that 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. In that cause, 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 (fill out a membership form and submit to any member of the Board).
2017 looks to be another productive year for NNWLA. In additional to luncheons that will feature continuing legal education programs on employment law and legislative highlights, we are planning to co-host a forum with the Bar’s Appellate Law Section at the Nevada Supreme Court and to co-host a luncheon with the Washoe County Bar Association. Further, as always, we will assure that our members have many opportunities to socialize, network and mentor by hosting social events throughout the year that will include a night at the Reno Aces in May, a “Mix and Mingle” event with distinguished legal practitioners and judges in September, and our popular holiday gathering in December.
Finally, and most importantly, the members of NNWLA will be giving of their time and money to the community again this year. In April, our membership will be staffing a “Lawyer in the Library” night to provide needed pro bono services to the public, and, in December, NNWLA’s members and their families will be donating and volunteering to take a large group of children from Veterans’ Elementary School shopping for coats and warm clothes.
Come join us!
Laury M. Macauley, Esq., NNWLA President
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.