I am so privileged and honored to serve as your 101st President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and to be given the oath of office by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride. I was humbled to celebrate the start of the new bar year with over 700 of our closest friends and supporters at the Palmer House.It is with a grateful heart I write this first letter as President, and thank all of you who made the 103rd Annual Installation Dinner so special. I especially want to thank my tireless Co-chairs, Kathryn Conway, Sarah King, Lauren Tuckey Murray, Aurelija Fitzpatrick, Executive Director Monique Austin, the Annual Dinner Committee women and men, and all of our generous sponsors.
I would like to congratulate the Officers and Directors that were sworn in this year. The WBAI is so fortunate to have this incredibly talented and extremely dedicated team of amazing women leaders to continue promoting our mission day in and day out through our vast array of initiatives, both in the legal community and the community at-large. Since it was founded in 1914, the WBAI has been a strong voice for all women, and in taking the oath before you tonight we assure you that we remain committed to working together to make a difference every day. We know from the extraordinary female leaders who paved the way before us that we have the opportunity to make history every day, and we will strive to do exactly that.
At the Installation Dinner we also gathered to honor one of these exceptional female leaders, Judge Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner, with the WBAI’s Myra Bradwell Award. As the first woman to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Judge Rovner exemplifies everything the award stands for, as it was named for the first female attorney in the United States admitted in 1869. Judge Rovner is a true role model for all women in our profession, and we were so fortunate to recognize her, and have her as our keynote speaker.
Thank you to all the WBAI members for your confidence and support!
-Kristin Barnette McCarthy, WBAI President