The Barnes Firm is proud to support the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL). Ronni Whitehead, a personal injury attorney at The Barnes Firm, was elected as the 49th President of the esteemed Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA) of Los Angeles, Inc.
Under the theme “From Vision to Reality: Dream Big, Push Boundaries and Make History,” Ronni Whitehead will guide the BWLA towards its goals of empowerment, equity, and justice. Through a strategic vision and unwavering determination, she aims to inspire and uplift black women in the legal profession, fostering an environment that encourages professional growth, community engagement, and systemic change.
The BWLA will celebrate this historic moment with a prestigious awards ceremony, honoring trailblazing individuals who have shattered glass ceilings and achieved remarkable accomplishments. Among the distinguished honorees is Mayor Karen Bass, the first black woman elected as Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Mayor Bass’s outstanding leadership and commitment to public service have made a lasting impact on our community.
Additionally, the BWLA will recognize the remarkable achievements of USC Gould School of Law’s Interim Dean, Franita Tolson, who is set to become the first black Law Dean for USC’s Gould School of Law. Her groundbreaking work in legal education and dedication to creating an inclusive academic environment have paved the way for future generations.
The third honoree of the evening is Adrienne Logan, who will receive the Corporate Excellence Award. Ms. Logan’s in her current role as Global General Counsel at Vans a $5 billion dollar division of VF Corporation leads legal and business strategy for the company. Her leadership has set a benchmark within the corporate world, inspiring others to strive for excellence.
The awards ceremony, hosted by the BWLA, will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles on September 30, 2023, bringing together distinguished members of the legal community, influential leaders, and aspiring lawyers. This event promises to be a memorable evening of celebration, inspiration, and networking opportunities.
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.