Message From The President
This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association. Our association has come a long way in the past quarter-century. Our members have contributed to our community in countless ways. We serve as managing partners of major law firms; judges; magistrates; and we even have a state senator in our ranks. Others serve as district attorneys, manage their own law practices, or head up our local legal aid office. The members of our organization have permeated every aspect of the practice of law in Collier County.
The CCWBA has always been a valuable resource to attorneys who practice locally. Our events provide a way for our members to get to know one another while learning theoretical and practical aspects of law. Regular attendees of our events experience a sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness that is unusually strong. Don’t know anyone who attends our meetings? No problem. Sign up for one of our lunches, and we will pair you with a “host” who will introduce you to other members and sit with you during the event.
When I moved to Naples eleven years ago, the CCWBA was one of the first organizations I joined. It didn’t take long for some of the members to identify me as a “newbie” and to introduce me to others. After only a few months, Naples began to seem like a warm and welcoming place to practice law. The CCWBA’s mission, in part, is to encourage the contributions of women within the legal profession. Our board aims to do that by creating a social and learning environment in which our members feel welcomed, challenged, inspired and enlightened.
Our first event of the year is a happy hour for new and returning members, and will take place on August 31. We will also continue our tradition of our Judicial Appreciation luncheon in November; our Holiday Party in December; and out Networking Extravaganza in the spring. Of course, we will also have our monthly lunches featuring speakers who are experts in various practice areas. We look forward to having you join us!
Lisa Lipman, CCWBA President 2016-2017