The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law

Welcome! The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law is a non-profit membership association that brings together law firms, government entities, and companies of all sizes. The Coalition was founded in Chicago in 2008 by a group of women lawyers intent on joining forces with others to benefit the collective whole. Today, in addition to the Chicago Chapter, the Coalition has Chapters in New York and Washington, D.C. The Coalition continues to explore other Chapter locations. Currently, more than 120 law firms and companies are members of the Coalition, stretching the reach of the Coalition to thousands of women attorneys. The Coalition provides dozens of programs each year, with the goal of fostering career advancement and professional development, promoting dialogue, and providing a support-network among members to help address the many issues facing women lawyers and women's initiatives today.

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Congratulations Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson 116th Supreme Court Justice

On behalf of the National Chapter of the Coalition, along with the Chicago, D.C., and New York chapters, we congratulate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and celebrate her confirmation as the 116th Supreme Court justice. Her historic nomination will make her the first Black woman and former public defender to ever serve on the court. This is an outstanding achievement as part of an overall illustrious legal career. This summer, Judge Jackson will join Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Amy Coney Barrett at the court, which will be the first time that four women have served as justices simultaneously.  

As an organization focused on the advancement and professional development of women attorneys, we are excited to see that this day has come. We also recognize that there is continued work to be done to ensure that the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, reflects the gender composition of the legal community overall.  

When asked “When will there be enough,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg answered: “When there are nine.” If that shocked her audience, Ginsburg responded: “But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” We raise a celebratory fist pump in support of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s answer and Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation.


Maria A. Maras                                                        Blythe E. Lovinger
President, Chicago Chapter                                  President, New York Chapter


Alexandra Busch                                                     Amanda Pedvin Varma
Co-President, DC Chapter                                      Co-President, DC Chapter


Mehtap Cevher Conti                                               Anne E. Larson                                                                                                                                                                                National Board Co-Chair                                        National Board Co-Chair 

Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn: Impact of the War in Ukraine on Business and on the People of Ukraine 
Wednesday, June 15 @ 12:00PM CT via Zoom
Please join the New York Chapter of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law on Wednesday, June 15th, for an interactive discussion with Marjorie Culver and Iryna Ivashchuk on the war in Ukraine and its impact on business and the people in Ukraine.

View a recording of the 2021 National Leadership Forum!

Resources: National Newsletter