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About Our Section

The Women in Law Section (WILS) is a dynamic group of attorneys – both women and men – that serves as a critical voice for professional women. Our mission is to advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law. Membership in our Section offers many opportunities to address the professional, legal, policy and legislative issues impacting women. WILS presents innovative educational and social programs which have focused on topics such as the need for more women lead counsel in trial and ADR matters, securing your seat at the table, women in politics, voting rights, developing resilience, the NYS legislative process based on the revenge porn legislation that WILS’ Legislative Affairs Committee worked on, a networking skills series, and book club events with the authors of featured books. Join one of our 13 committees to focus on issues you are passionate about and interact with members and leaders of our Section and the legal profession.

Message from the Section Chair

“Welcome to the Women in Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Please join the Section so that we can include your voice in addressing the many critical issues impacting women attorneys and women in society today. Get active – join a WILS committee and help shape and influence the laws and policies affecting women, bring together industry leaders to turn a spotlight on issues important to women and women attorneys, or create innovative programs and events that enhance your professional development and build your network.

We are committed to supporting your career while advancing all women.”

-Sheryl B. Galler
Sheryl B. Galler
How our Members Benefit

How Our Members Benefit

  • Participate in high quality, innovative educational and social programs on a variety of topics relevant to women attorneys
  • Network with a dynamic, diverse group of women and men, including judges, trailblazers and entrepreneurs, to develop your career
  • Use your voice, talent and passion to effect critical change to advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law

Our Publication

Our Publication

In less than a year-and-a-half, WILS has grown from a small committee limited to 50 members to nearly 1,000 members and includes women and men from upstate and downstate, states across the U.S. and from countries around the world. WILS is the fastest growing Section in NYSBA history. We are excited to launch the WILS Connect e-newsletter—one of our many initiatives—which will discuss current issues facing women lawyers, the work of our committees, legislative and policy matters WILS is focusing on, spotlight members of WILS and the programs held (and to be held) by the Section.

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