Women Owned Law
Connecting and Advancing Women Entrepreneurs in the Law


Frequently Asked Questions

What is our mission?

Women Owned Law is a national networking group for women owned law and legal services firms.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for women legal entrepreneurs to come together, support each other and help our businesses prosper.

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What is our vision?

Equity, parity and influence for women entrepreneurs in the law.

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What are our goals?

Additional information about our organization can be found here.

  1. To Create Networks - Provide a national (and international) forum for women entrepreneurs in the law to network with and learn from each other to further their business goals
  2. To Create Awareness - Raise the profile and increase the visibility and media coverage of women owned law and legal services firms.
  3. To Create a Data Clearinghouse – Create a resource/clearinghouse of information about women owned law and legal services firms for the media and others interested in this growing market sector.

  4. To Create Growth - Help women owned law and legal services firms grow into larger organizations with significant influence in the legal ecosystem, if they choose to grow.

  5. To Create Opportunities - Provide “on ramp” opportunities for and assistance to women seeking to transition into their own law and legal services firms and/or other law and legal services firms 50% owned by women – either from existing traditional law firms or directly from law school.

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Who are our members?

Additional information about membership can be found here.

Our core member is an owner of a women owned law or legal services firm whose business includes the practice of law – with “women owned” being defined as "at least 50% of the ownership interest held by one or more women."  Not all legal services businesses include the practice of law, so our core members are lawyers and other professionals who provide services to law firms or practices.

However, our membership is open to anyone who supports women entrepreneurs in the law. We want to support and promote all women entrepreneurs in the law, especially those who found and manage firms.  We welcome anyone who believes, as we do, in equity, parity, and influence for women entrepreneurs in the law.  

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Who are our sponsors? 

For a recent list of in-kind sponsors, click here.
Our in-kind sponsors currently include national and local law firms and companies who have donated services to our growing organization.

For a list of Founders Circle Sponsors, click here.
We also count over fifty individual and corporate financial sponsors of Women Owned Law who have generously devoted time, energy, and funds to our success.  

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How are we structured?

We are a 501(c)(6) organization (we are in the process of applying for IRS recognition), with a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board and various organization wide committees.  Our current Board of Directors and Advisory Board members can be found here and represent three regions – Philadelphia, New York and D.C.  We anticipate adding representatives to the Board of Directors and Advisory Board from other regions in 2018.

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Where are we located?

We’re currently based in Philadelphia, with regional task forces in New York and Washington, D.C.  Our New York task force is headed by Emily Bab Kirsch and our Washington, D.C. task force is headed by Carolyn Elefant.

We will be expanding into the Midwest soon, with a Chicago task force headed by Stephanie Scharf and a task force in Indianapolis headed by Paula Finch.  Our Texas task force is currently being created, and we’ve made inroads into the West Coast as well.  Each region will be headed by a task force with a Board of Directors liaison.

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What are we doing In 2017?

For a current list of upcoming Women Owned Law Networking Events, go here.

As we grow nationally, we will be offering networking opportunities and programming for our members, sponsors, and guests.  We developed a survey for our members, asking about their needs and preferences. The responses will help us to direct our future programming.

For a current list of the teleconferences included in the Women Owned Law Speaker Series, click here.

In addition, we have commenced our national programming with a monthly speaker series presented by teleconference.  The Kick-Off session in May was open to all, but subsequent sessions will be members and invited guests only (each member will be permitted to invite one guest to participate in each session).  There will be no charge for these sessions, at least for members.  Further details and registration links will be provided soon for each of these programs.  

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How can I get involved?

  1. Join Women Owned Law as a Member or a Sponsor! .  In the short time since our organization has existed, we have already secured over 70 paid members, most of whom are Founders Circle Sponsors.  Thank you to all who have joined Women Owned Law thus far, especially as a part of our Founders Circle!  Our goal is to reach 300 members in our first year, including 75 Founders Circle members – help us accomplish our goal and join today!

    Membership and sponsorship information is available here

  2. Join a task force or committee! We welcome new task force members as we continue to grow. Current opportunities include regional task forces in New York, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Chicago, Texas, and beyond. We also welcome help on our nationwide programming committees such as Activities, Communications, Membership, and Sponsorship.  Contact us for more information.

  3. Complete our interest survey!  It’s available here.  

  4. Spread the word!  Introduce others to Women Owned Law, including in other regions.  Share information about and invite colleagues to any events open to non-members. Like us on Facebook and Twitter, and connect to us on LinkedIn. Share information about us on your social media.  he wider and more active our network, the more powerful Women Owned Law will be and the better able to achieve our goals and serve our members.

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