Photo Gallery

Welcome to the WBAI Photo Gallery!  Below are links to select photos of our events.  We also post all of the event photos on our Shutterfly site.  Enjoy!

104th Annual Installation Dinner

The WBAI Annual Dinner is one of the most well-attended events in the Chicago legal community, drawing over 800 lawyers, judges and dignitaries. In addition to swearing in its Officers and Directors for 2018-19, the WBAI installed its incoming president, Karie J. Valentino.

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Civil Litigation Reception: Meet the Law Division


Over 150 people turned out on September 19, 2017 for the WBAI Civil Litigation Reception, featuring 11 of the newest judges in the Law Division.  The event aimed to introduce these judges to civil litigators and to allow the attorneys the opportunity to meet and learn about the judges they will now be practicing

Photos: The Path to General Counsel: Job Searching for the In-House Attorney

Photos: May 2017 Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony

In May 2017, a group of 40-50 WBAI members were sworn in as members of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  The group was invited to breakfast at the Supreme Court, followed by a ceremony in front of the Supreme Court Justices.  After the ceremony, Justice Ruth Ginsburg greeted the group

Photos: 2016 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards

2016 Annual Dinner Photos

2016 Judicial Reception

by Aurelija Fitzpatrick, Associate, Law Offices of Marilyn Longwell & Associates

On March 2, 2016, the WBAI hosted its annual Judicial Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. In one of Chicago’s most iconic and beautiful venues, over 550 members of the local legal community celebrated the accomplishments of four outstanding Illinois judges.

WBAI Supreme Court Swearing-In, Washington DC Trip

2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards & Reception

by Kathryn Conway, WBAI Director

Over 350 people gathered in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Allegro on November 5, 2015 to celebrate the 2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership (TWLIL) Award recipients. The 2015 honorees included Karina Ayala-Bermejo, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Metropolitan Family Services and Executive

2015 WBAI Annual Golf Outing

by Whitney Siehl
The 20th Annual Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Golf Outing was held on August 20, 2015 at Willow Crest Golf Course, Oakbrook Hills Resort.  The cool morning breeze gave way to a beautiful day on the course.  Many participants challenged Justice Terrence Lavin to a putting competition, but few were successful.
After the scramble, Chicago’s B96 celebrity

Honorable Jessica Arong O’Brien Sworn-in as the First Asian President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

by Mark A. Javier, Special Contributing Writer
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, history was made at the Radisson Blu Aqu Hotel as the first Asian American president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) was installed by Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit.   At

2015 Member Appreciation Week

by Jeanine Stathopoulos, WBAI Director
This past May, the Women’s Bar Association hosted a week of exciting events to celebrate and appreciate its members.  The membership committee chaired by WBAI Director Liz Winiarski  was excited to introduce this new benefit to our dedicated membership.
New WBAI Director and certified instructor Kristen Lukaszak kicked off the

Building on your Legacy: Personally, Professionally, Effectively

by Christina Faklis, Young Lawyers Chair
On March 31, 2015, over ninety law students and young lawyers joined an esteemed panel of experienced lawyers to discuss pressing topics currently affecting our profession, including, but not limited to, the misconceptions surrounding “work-life” balance, common struggles for working parents, and the benefit of pro bono work and bar