Whether you have found yourself reading this message because you are a long-standing member, one of our valued sponsors, or new to the CCWBA, I am happy you’re here! 

After one of the most challenging (and certainly most unique) years most of us have faced, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this amazing organization as we navigate through a new sense of “back to normal” – and, as we all figure out together exactly what that means.  When I was installed as President, I promised to do my very best to follow in the footsteps of the amazing women who have previously led the CCWBA, and I will strive to make the CCWBA a place that our members, sponsors, and colleagues can find comfort, friendship, professional development, and confidence in their careers and professional relationships.

I began practicing law in Naples in 2008, and the CCWBA was one of the organizations I joined early on.  To say I was welcomed with open arms would be an understatement.  My story is the same one that has been told by others before me – you walk into your first CCWBA event alone and nervous, and before you know it, you’re walking into a room full of friends.  That this experience is shared by so many of our members is a testament to the integrity and kindness of those who are, have been, and will be affiliated with this group.

The  CCWBA’s mission is to promote, recognize and encourage the contributions of women in the legal profession.  I can personally attest that each member of the Board of Directors is committed to that mission, and more.  Our pledge to you is to provide quality continuing education, networking opportunities, and the many other member benefits you’ll find listed throughout our website, and to do so in a way that honors the diversity of our members and community as a whole.   

I am looking forward to an exciting year, and hope to see many of you throughout this season as we emerge from behind our Zoom screen! 


Rachel Kerlek