A Brief History
The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc.
The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, an affiliate of the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association, was established in 1979. As Maryland’s first bar association developed by and for black women, the primary purpose of the founders was the creation of a network to enhance the professional development of African American women attorneys.
The Alliance provides strength, encouragement, resources and support to its members. Initially, the Alliance sought to advance its objectives by way of three primary means: promoting the interests of African American attorneys; improving the skills for the efficient practice of the profession; and increasing the viability and recognition of African American women attorneys. To these ends, the Alliance has been successful.
The Alliance expanded its goals to include supporting and encouraging qualified African American women attorneys to seek judicial appointments. The Alliance has since been recognized as a leader in the statewide judicial selection process. After many years, the Alliance was honored to be added to the list of bar associations on the judicial application whose work is respected and considered by the Governor’s Office on Appointments.
The Alliance has extended its services in the community as well. Through the years, it has developed and continues to participate in many public service activities. The Alliance has been recognized for its public service projects by the Maryland State Bar Association. Additionally, the Alliance continues to work closely with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, assisting African American women through mentoring, professional development, and networking.
Through the years, the Alliance has continued to identify and address the needs of African American women attorneys with its energetic leadership and dynamic programming. The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc. is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting its membership and the community it serves. Our history requires it, Our legacy demands it.