Association for Women Attorneys

Welcome to the AWA of Memphis Website!

Updated January 7th, 2015

The Association for Women Attorneys is a bar association of Memphis and Shelby County founded in 1979. Its members are dedicated to supporting each other as attorneys, educating themselves and others in the law, and being of service to the community with particular reference to the legal needs of women.

There are many reasons to have a bar association that caters specifically to women. In the AWA, women with experience act as role models and mentors to women with new careers and/or demanding young families. The AWA understands that women new to the legal profession need encouragement for professional and personal development. Also, the AWA provides invaluable networking and Continuing Legal Education opportunities for all its members. AWA members enjoy contributing to our community and business through outreach programs such as scholarships, new lawyer swearing-in ceremonies, and the Mentor Program. AWA is committed to the welfare of its members and the sustained presence of female leadership in the legal realm.

Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events!

Upcoming CLE, Nov. 19, 2015

Posted November 13, 2015


Upcoming CLEs, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, 2015

Posted November 5, 2015

Portrait Unveiling Ceremony for retired Circuit Judge Karen Williams

Posted November 5, 2015

AWA Membership Meeting & Social

Posted November 3, 2015

CLE: Domestic/Family Law Issues That Impact Women

Posted September 14, 2015

WHEN: October 6, 2015, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, reception to follow
WHERE: Central BBQ Downtown, 147 E. Butler Ave., Memphis, TN
Please join the Association for Women Attorneys for an in-depth discussion of current issues in family law that affect women.

Our panel of speakers will present on the status of alimony awards in the State of Tennessee, in light of recent changes in case law and particularly the case of Gonsewski v. Gonsewski, a case from the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder is the founder of "Private Legal Solutions," an alternate dispute resolution company she began in September 2014. Judge Arnold Goldin, formerly Chancellor for Shelby County, is presently on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Dorothy Pounders is in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a founding partner of Pounders Coleman, a firm that specializes in domestic relations law.

Click here for event flyer, with form for credit card payment

Register now!

You may also pay by credit card by contacting Kathy Poe at

CLE: Current Issues in Gender and Employment Law

Posted July 6, 2015

WHEN: August 21, 2015, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
WHERE: National Civil Rights Museum
Hooks Hyde Hall (Reception to follow)

Please join the Association for Women Attorneys for an in-depth discussion of current issues in employment law that affect women in the workplace, including pregnancy discrimination, harassment, marriage equality, and more. This seminar will cover federal and state employment laws, as well as an analysis of effective advocacy in federal court under the summary judgment standard.

Click here for event flyer

Register Now!

If you would like to pay without signing up for PayPal, please contact Kathy Poe at

MALS Campaign for Equal Justice!

Posted June 16, 2015

The AWA invites you to the MALS Campaign for Equal Justice at the High Cotton Brewery on Wednesday, June 17th!
Brew - Food - Auction! 

Upcoming Events in 2015!

Posted April 9th, 2015

  • April 16th - Night at the Red Birds
  • April 24th is Law week!
  • June 26th - The AWA Golf Tournament.
  • December 3rd - 2015 AWA Judicial Reception
Contact Lucie Brackin at for more information!

2015 AWA Golf Tournament!

Posted April 9, 2015

The AWA cordially invites you to the 2015 AWA Golf Tournament at Mirimichi (Friday, June 26th)!
6195 Woodstock Cuba, Millington, TN 38053

Click Here to download an entry form.

Click Here be a sponsor.

2015 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring recipient

Posted Jan 12, 2015

The Association for Women Attorneys cordially invites you to their Annual Banquet on January 29th at The Holiday Inn at The University of Memphis honoring Holly Kirby as the 2015 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring recipient!

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2014 Judicial Forum!

Posted June 24, 2014

The AWA cordially invites you to 2014 Judicial Forum!
3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38053

2014 AWA Golf Tournament!

Posted February 24, 2014

The AWA cordially invites you to the 2014 AWA Golf Tournament at Mirimichi (Friday, May 30th)!
6195 Woodstock Cuba, Millington, TN 38053

Click Here to download an entry form.

Click Here be a sponsor.


Posted Feb 2, 2014

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2014 Marion Griffin-Frances recipient

Posted Jan 4, 2014

The Association for Women Attorneys cordially invites you to their Annual Banquet on January 23rd at Clark Tower honoring Linda Warren Seely as the 2014 Marion Griffin-Frances recipient!
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Among the diverse silent auction items are safari packages donated by Ezulwini Game Lodges and the Saad Family and include a five-night safari for two and a nine-night, multi-city South African Experience package for two. Also expect gift cards to select area restaurants such as Jim’s Place East, Lucchesi’s Pasta, McEwen’s, Miss Cordelia’s, Houston’s and the Rendezvous. For the arts lover, there will be tickets to Ballet Memphis, IRIS Orchestra, a membership to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, tickets to STAX Museum, and pottery by Mama Moon and McCarty Pottery and a painting by Betsy Brackin. Look to bid on a luxury suite at the Memphis Redbirds and a weekend getaway at Homewood Suites by Hilton; individual photo sitting and high-quality portrait by Jim Plylar Photography; a Thai massage by TN Massage & Bodywork; gift cards to James Davis, Book Traders and Epic Total Salon, AutoZone, Carol Anderson by Invitation, and Plato’s Closet, as well as gift baskets of knitted baby clothes, BeautiControl, Maggie’s Pharm, University of Memphis Alumni Association and Memphis Farmers Market goodies. Choose also to browse wines from Buster’s Liquors, organizational services by Kate’s Klosets, a catered dinner for 8 by Your Redheaded Chef and a membership to Fogelman YMCA.

2013 AWA CLE

Posted Nov 14, 2013

(CLE offering) Ethics and Professionalism in Legal Writing
Shelby County Courthouse


Association for Women Attorneys
• Address: P.O. Box 770186, Memphis, TN 38177 •

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