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Registration Now Open! Join us on April 20, 2021 for the WWCDA Annual Attorney Meeting. The meeting will be repeated on April 21 to accommodate attorney members in the Asia Pacific chapters. WWCDA’s Annual Attorney Meeting is our signature event and features powerful learning and networking opportunities.

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In response to the unprecedented situation posed by the coronavirus in the United States, WWCDAA has compiled a library of prisoner release resources for members.

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In Memory of Jane Barrett

The Women's White Collar Defense Association mourns the death of Jane Barrett, long time member of our Washington, D.C. Chapter.  Jane Barrett passed away on April 7, 2021, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehring’s disease), in Virginia Beach where she was staying with her family at a beach house. She was 68. In Jane’s last days, she spent time near the water she loved so much, played with her granddaughter, Ellie, and was in the company of her beloved son Christian, his wife, Annie, family members and friends. She is survived by two sisters and two brothers and their spouses; six nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces and one great-nephew.  

Jane lived to the fullest to the end, including enjoying March Madness. She met her ALS diagnosis with courage and determination, traveling to Boston to be trained on innovative speech devices and in recent months on the Eye Gaze Speech machine where she most recently communicated by having her eyes type out text and email messages. In the early years of her illness, Jane was supported by family and friends with great adventures and get togethers — including trips to Cuba, the Galapagos, and Europe. The memories are priceless.

Jane’s distinguished legal career as a trial lawyer, state and federal prosecutor, white collar defense counsel, and legal educator is storied and the stuff of legend. She was foremost devoted to serving the public interest and doing all the good she could for who she could when she could. Her avocation was mentoring others, in the law and life and, as her University of Maryland law students and legal colleagues knew well, she always had your back with support and good advice. As a single mother raising a young son, Jane was creative in managing the so-called work-life balance and achieving great success in life and law with a little help from all her friends and colleagues. Her stories of the early days at the U.S. Attorney’s Office getting ready for trial with kids here and there playing under tables, were hilarious, belying the real challenge of it all.

Jane’s love of the Chesapeake Bay and protecting our environment drove her passion in the environmental law field and many of her most loved recreational activities — kayaking, boating, nature walks, hikes, and cycling. She was a very active person with many varied interests and many diverse friends who love her dearly.

Jane graduated with a B.A. from Loyola College in 1973 and with a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976. She started her legal career as an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then joined the State of Maryland Attorney General’s Office to lead the Hazardous Waste/Environmental Crimes Task Force. Jane then served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, successfully pursuing groundbreaking environmental crime prosecutions and serving as the Chief of Environmental Litigation. In 1998, Jane entered private practice in Washington, D.C., working in environmental compliance and white collar defense as a Partner with Dyer Ellis & Joseph and then Blank Rome. She became one of the early members of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the WWCDA. The capstone of Jane’s career was her appointment as tenured faculty and the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2007, retiring as Law School Professor Emeritus in 2017. Jane loved young people and teaching law students. She was a life-long learner with a sense of wondrous curiosity, even for the disease that has cut her beautiful life way too short.

WWCDA's Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

The Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and denounces anti-Asian hate, violence, and racism.  We mourn the eight lives lost in the recent shootings in Georgia – including six women of Asian descent.   WWCDA condemns these and other attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders happening across the United States, especially in the last year.  We cannot stay silent or idle in the face of intolerance and xenophobia aimed toward the AAPI community.  As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

WWCDA stands with the many other organizations who have spoken out against the bias and the alarming decay in the rule of law happening across the United States.  We re-new the commitment to work together in the pursuit of equality, justice, freedom and the rule of law for all, and to insist that every person be treated equally, fairly and with dignity and humanity.  WWCDA is committed to equality and inclusion.  WWCDA again asks our community, supporters and other friends to boldly take a stand. Take action by, among other things, learning more about the issues, working to correct injustices, and leading inclusively.

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2020 Virtual Awards Gala

The WWCDA 2020 Virtual Awards Gala took place December 1, 2020, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. This year's awards were presented to former U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Salesforce's Office of Global Ethics, Karen P. Seymour, and Aviva Gilbert. 


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2020 Annual Meeting

In 2020 WWCDA held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat via Webex March 10th and 11th. In spite of the unexpected circumstances, well over 100 members still attended the Annual Meeting to learn more about what is happening at WWCDA. You can find our 2020 Program Guide online

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