President's Message

Kalia Coleman - President Photo for Home
Greetings! Welcome to the BWLA website. The purpose of our website is to provide valuable information to our members and the public concerning association events and relevant legal issues. I encourage our members, sponsors, and friends to visit the website regularly to register for programs and events.

Throughout this bar year, my goal is to increase our impact and influence in the legal community and community at large through: 1) programming geared towards professional development for young and seasoned attorneys; 2) community outreach efforts aimed at educating the public about important legal issues; 3) mentorship and extending the pipeline to high school students interested in the legal profession; and 4) advocating for greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. We also plan to be more vocal regarding social justice issues because we recognize that our voice matters and it is critical that we let it be heard.

I am extremely honored to serve as the 2019-2020 BWLA President. BWLA has helped to shape and cultivate me into the person I am today, and for that, I am forever indebted to this organization. I am committed to maintaining our reputation of excellence, integrity, and professionalism. We have built a legacy of great leaders, thought provokers, mentors, and a strong sisterhood. I look forward to this bar year and can’t wait to see you all at future events!

Very truly yours,

Kalia Coleman
Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.