The Barnes Firm Attends the Association's 46th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner and Gala
The Barnes Firm is proud to have been one of the sponsors of the 46th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner and Gala event held by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL). Ronni Whitehead, a personal injury attorney at The Barnes Firm, is a co-chair at BWL.
Chosen by the associations’ latest president, Lisa Mclean, the theme for the 46th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner and Gala was, “Bonded in Service, Advocacy, and Commitment”.
This reflects BWL’s long-standing dedication to promoting and supporting women of color in the legal profession, and each member’s use of her voice, privilege, and skills to serve the Los Angeles community.
Consistent with that theme, BWL honored four extraordinary Black women who exemplify our commitment to mentorship, community service, and advocacy:
• Trailblazer Award | Maxine Waters | United States Congresswoman
• Corporate Leadership Award | Karen Rupert Toliver | Executive Vice President, Creative at Sony Pictures Animation
• Inspirational Service Award | Akuyoe Graham | Founder, Spirit Awakening Foundation
• Lifetime Achievement Award | Shirley A. Henderson | Co-Convener & Third President, Black Women Lawyers Associations of Los Angeles, Inc.
More About Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Founded in 1975 by a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys, BWL is a non-profit corporation whose mission is dedicated to charitable, educational and community-based services.
In 1991, BWL was among the various ethnic minority bar associations that formed the Multicultural Bar Alliance.
Through its continued involvement and support of this alliance, BWL offers a needed channel for communication for attorneys of color, both outside and within the African-American community. In 1992, the BWL Foundation was established to support and fund BWL’s numerous charitable, educational and community-based services. To learn more about the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, visit the association’s website here.