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The Annual WWCDA Awards recognize champions in white collar practice, including defense, government enforcement, investigations, and compliance.

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Women’s White Collar Defense Association Statement
Mourning the Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


The Women’s White Collar Defense Association mourns the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a lifelong champion for gender equality and the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  We all owe Justice Ginsburg an immense debt, not only for her tireless work to dismantle legal stereotypes that reinforced unfounded distinctions between men and women, but also more broadly to her pathbreaking career, in which she personally overcame innumerable obstacles to her professional advancement and relentlessly pursued justice for all. 

An organization like WWCDA, composed of thousands of women lawyers and other women professionals around the world, would have been hard to imagine when Justice Ginsburg began her own legal career.  One of only nine women admitted to Harvard Law School in 1956, she and the other female students were challenged by Dean Erwin Griswold why they were occupying seats that, in his view, should otherwise be filled by men.  Undeterred, Justice Ginsburg ultimately graduated at the top of her class at Columbia Law School (after transferring to follow her husband to New York).  Despite her achievements, not a single New York law firm would hire her. Although she was recommended for a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Felix Frankfurter, he refused to hire her because she was a woman.  She eventually clerked for District Judge Edmund Palmieri only after her professor threatened not to send the judge another law clerk unless he hired his star student. 

When Justice Ginsburg began teaching at Rutgers Law School, she was told that she was paid less than her male colleagues because she had a husband who earned a good income. All of this discrimination, then entirely commonplace in the profession, motivated Justice Ginsburg to devote her legal career to dismantling societal impediments to women in the workplace.  That Justice Ginsburg became the first female tenured professor at Columbia Law School, and the second woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, is a testament to Justice Ginsburg’s extraordinary work ethic and unwavering perseverance to “fight for the things [she] care[s] about.”  A titan among jurists, Justice Ginsburg’s brilliant decisions and powerful dissents paved the way for all of us. 

It is because of Justice Ginsburg’s groundbreaking work and jurisprudence that many of us could attend law school, serve as law clerks, and obtain positions of power in both the private and public sector. And also why so many of us have been able to achieve professional success while having fulfilling partnerships and raising families. As Justice Ginsburg once remarked: “We are at last beginning to relegate to the history books the idea of the token woman.”  In short, we owe her everything.

 As we grieve her death, WWCDA commits to honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and fulfill our organization’s core mission to promote equality and inclusion within the legal profession and beyond.


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Women’s White Collar Defense Association Statement
Joining Together to Condemn and Fight Racism


This country has witnessed tragedy after tragedy caused by systemic bias, racism, racial injustice and an alarming decay in the rule of law.  Recently, we have seen the brutal killings of George Floyd, after buying cigarettes in Minneapolis; Ahmaud Arbery, jogging in Glynn County, Georgia; Breonna Taylor, an EMT sleeping in her home in Louisville, Kentucky and others.  Their deaths have rightly led to global peaceful protests and highlighted the systemic racism in the United States.  These events are a call to all of us to take a stand for 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; as an organization, we are outraged by the racism and intolerance that is prevalent in our nation and our criminal justice system. WWCDA 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, defending those who are wronged, and leading inclusively.  We invite you to join us in standing against racism and injustice in any form and in making changes to bolster justice for Black America.

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Advancing Women in Law Around the World

WWCDA facilitates women connecting, collaborating, and advancing in white collar defense around the world. We promote the common business and professional interests of women attorneys and other professionals who specialize in the representation of corporations, other organizations and individuals facing government enforcement actions, internal investigations, compliance and ethics matters. WWCDA promotes diversity in the legal profession, facilitates networking and business development, and provides educational programming.

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Inaugural WWCDA Awards Dinner Gala

The WWCDA 2019 Inaugural Awards Program and Dinner Gala held in Washington D.C. was a huge success. More than 270 women and men attended to honor the four award recipients.

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Past Chapter Events

WWCDA has an active chapter network worldwide. View archived local chapter events.

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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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