With the help of enthusiastic and committed lawyers, WAAL has made significant strides in the last few years reaching out to its members and friends, providing much needed community service and promoting diversity in the legal profession. In an effort to keep up the momentum and achieve even greater heights, the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers has a rather ambitious agenda for this year. Come join in on the enthusiasm and sign up for one of the WAAL Committees.
Working together, we will take WAAL to new heights and effectuate change across the board. Sign up for one of the committees below:
Scholarship Banquet Committee [Atty. Jessica Butler]
This committee is responsible for securing a speaker and venue as well as setting the format for WAAL's signature event, the ValenDale Scholarship Banquet. This committee also handles the sponsorship and marketing for the event. This year's event will be a showcase of WAAL members, their accomplishments and our community.
Communications Committee [Atty. Kristen D. Hardy]
This committee is responsible for communications with WAAL members and the community at large. These communications will include publicizing and promoting events and activities related to the advancement of attorneys in the greater Milwaukee area, as well as creating a stronger social media presence.
Scholarship Selection Committee [Judge Nancy Joseph]
This committee is responsible for the application process associated with WAAL's signature event, the ValenDale Scholarship Banquet. This committee will, among other related responsibilities, select essay topics, review essay submissions and recommend scholarship recipients.
Community Outreach Committee [Atty. Warren Buliox]
This committee is responsible for ensuring that WAAL becomes and remains actively involved with creative forces in the community, advocates for needed legal and judicial reform and plays an active role in eliminating root causes of powerlessness in our community. Among other events and activities, this committee will be responsible for putting together a community workshop designed to increase WAAL's involvement, visibility and relevance in the community.
CLE Committee [Atty. Deangela Luna]
This committee will be responsible for putting together WAAL sponsored/organized CLE programs. This will include, but not be limited to, identifying topics, securing speakers and venues and marketing. Last year's CLE was a tremendous success and this committee is committed to continuing the momentum. There's been rumors that the committee may even try to put on or assist in organizing one or two additional CLE programs this year.
Membership Recruitment and Engagement Committee [Atty. Makda Fessahaye]
This committee will be responsible for increasing membership and facilitating opportunities for members to network and socialize with each other and other professions in the community. A wine and cheese social in or around November is one of the many exciting planned events coming from this committee.
Building excellence through conscious and consistent dedication to Wisconsin's African American Legal Professionals.