Our Mission

Advocate for Women in the Practice of Law


CIWBA's Purpose

CIWBA is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in such manner that no part of its income or property shall inure to the private benefit of any donor, member, officer, or individual having a personal or private interest in the activities of the organization.

In the educational area, our purpose is to promote the full participation of women in the practice of law and the judiciary, to facilitate interaction between the practicing bar and women attorneys in alternative careers and public service, and to promote and foster interests of women attorneys, including but not limited to community outreach service.  CIWBA supports local organizations that provide legal services and other assistance to victims of domestic violence.






Activities in Support of Our Mission

Sojourn fundraiser

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and each October, CIWBA hosts a fundraiser to support the efforts of Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc.

Quarterly luncheons

CIWBA hosts luncheons for CLE credit on a quarterly basis featuring a variety of speakers.

Women Lead

Working to foster and support the success, sustainability, and full participation of women in the local legal community and beyond through meaningful relationships and networking opportunities. - Women Lead Mission Statement

For more information: https://www.ciwba.org/women-lead

TAke Your child to work day

The last Thursday in April is Take Your Child to Work Day.  CIWBA partners with Judge Myerscough of the district court for the central district of Illinois to put on a mock trial to entertain young kids and teach them about the law.


CIWBA presents a biannual scholarship to a woman in law school or that plans to attend law school.  The scholarship is presented at Law Day.


To learn about additional events see: https://www.ciwba.org/events

Judicial Reception

Each May, CIWBA hosts a reception for local attorneys to mingle with current and retired judges from all levels of state court and local federal court.

informing members of events

CIWBA informs its members about other local CLE opportunities and networking events.