A message from the president . . .

As Marie Wilson, the Founding President of the White House Project has said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”

 

Even though El Paso has only 322 women attorneys, we face common challenges with other women attorneys throughout the State of Texas as well as this country. Even though our El Paso state courts have almost achieved a 50% parity with our male counterparts, we are only too aware of the challenges make this statistic an anomaly, as overall, women in federal and state judgeships number 26%.[1]  We ask you to come together with us, as one of the 322 women practicing law in El Paso County and join us in building important personal and professional relationships. We are building a strong community of women lawyers who make a difference in El Paso!

 

As an example of how this strong community of women lawyers will and do make a difference in El Pasoans lives:

 

●We offer to children a presence, a mentoring, through our Positive Role Models Program which includes penpal program. The Positive Role Models Program is coordinated by Judge Salas-Mendoza, Judge Kathleen Olivares and Cezy Collins in the monthly meetings with 5th graders from Burleson and Aoy elementary schools.

 

●We offer continuing legal education courses in the niche area of ethics, at no cost to members, during some of our meetings, which will be conveniently held inside the courthouse during the lunch hour on the second Wednesday of every month.  

 

●We will be participating with other nonprofits in conducting  Food drives for our community

 

We also will be holding an  annual Charity Bash event raises money for the Legal Charitable Foundation of El Paso, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization created by the El Paso Women's Bar Association, which awards scholarships to local area students and awards grants for law-related public-service projects such as our recent Project Future.  Project Future provided internships to youths “aging” out of foster care youth giving them the job skills and positive work environment needed for a more productive and stable life.

 

So, please consider becoming a member of the El Paso Women’s Bar Association today…men are of course welcome to join too!!

Sincerely,

Janet Monteros, President

 



[1]Women in Federal and State-Level Judgeships. A Report of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York. Spring 2010. www.albany.edu/womeningov/judgeships_report_final_web.pdf

 



What does the El Paso Women's Bar offer?

Networking

 CLE

 Public Service