MBA Women Lawyers is an unofficial section of the Mobile Bar Association which dates back to the 1970s. Back when there were only a handful of women practicing law in Mobile, the late Alice M. Meadows (1923-1995) prompted these women to begin meeting for lunch on a regular basis so they could share advice and support one another. These lunch meetings took hold and eventually became more formalized. Today, the primary purpose of MBA Women Lawyers is to provide an opportunity for women lawyers in the Mobile area to network, socialize, and establish personal and professional relationships, as well as to provide a safe and inviting environment that facilitates and encourages women to discuss the unique challenges we face in the practice of law in Mobile. The secondary purpose of the MBA Women Lawyers is to help women lawyers advance in the profession by facilitating and encouraging increased numbers of women in equity partnerships within law firms, as elected judges both locally and statewide, and as leaders in professional associations of lawyers nationwide.
To this end, MBA Women Lawyers continue to hold monthly luncheons, each of which features a speaker discussing a CLE-eligible legal topic, as well as networking and socializing opportunities. We also hold other events throughout the year, including the Annual Women's Networking Event, which will take place this year on October 16, 2014. Last year there were over 140 attendees – successful women in all types of professions – not just lawyers. This event is designed to help successful women meet other professional women who they may otherwise not have the opportunity to meet. At the Networking event, women have an opportunity to get to know one another, establish business relationships, and hear from an always-impressive keynote speaker.
The 2014 Officers of the MBA Women Lawyers are Margie Y. Williams, President; Lucy E. Tufts, Immediate Past President; Kristy Dugan, 1st Vice-President; Mandy Barton, 2nd Vice-President; Dottie Perry, Secretary; Krissy McCulloch, Treasurer; Abby Richardson, Historian.