The Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) has chapters throughout the world that welcome as members women attorney private practitioners ("law firm attorneys") primarily practicing in the area of White Collar Defense and Investigations, defined as those who specialize in the representation of corporations, other organizations and individuals facing government enforcement actions (criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative), and in internal investigations, compliance and ethics matters. Although women law firm attorneys of all levels (partner, counsel, associate, staff) may apply to become members, some chapters may have membership limitations based upon seniority in order to facilitate the strength and growth of our professional support and referral network.
Many WWCDA chapters also welcome as members women professionals who are consultants specializing in the White Collar Defense and Investigations field and offer support services and referral opportunities to attorneys in the practice. However, as WWCDA is primarily an organization for women attorneys in private practice, membership of women consulting professionals may not be permitted in some chapters or only permitted at a certain seniority.
To become a member of a WWCDA Chapter, the woman law firm attorney or consultant must join a chapter in the same location as her work address.
If the chapter limits membership to women law firm attorneys and/or senior women only, the chapter may offer the opportunity to become an “affiliate” of the chapter, if the woman otherwise qualifies under the criteria set forth herein. The affiliate status will permit the woman to participate in certain activities of the chapter and WWCDA.
Accordingly, there are four categories to choose from when a woman applies for membership in a WWCDA chapter:
1. Law Firm Attorney Member
2. Consultant Member
3. Law Firm Attorney Affiliate
4. Consultant Affiliate
The correct category to choose will depend upon the chapter membership category rules, where the woman works, and possibly her seniority. The chapter membership category rules can be reviewed on the chapter page at wwcda.org/wwcda-chapters. Remember, you can apply only to the chapter in the same jurisdiction as your work address. Click to read full membership criteria.
Note that there is a fifth category called “Sponsor" listed on the membership application below. The “Sponsor” category is to be used only in unique situations where the person is an employee of a sponsor organization, does not qualify under the four categories above, and specifically qualifies under the sponsorship terms.
Some WWCDA events may be limited to women attorney private practitioner (law firm attorney) members only.
If you wish to apply to join WWCDA, please complete and submit the application below after you have filled in each of the demographic fields, and chosen the correct membership category and chapter location. Your information will be shared with and transferred to both the WWCDA in the United States as well as the appropriate local chapter relevant to your location. Once your completed application is submitted, we will contact you. If accepted to join WWCDA, you will be notified and invited to take the final required step, which is to complete within 14 days each field on your WWCDA profile page at wwcda.org (including uploading your current firm bio and .jpeg photo).
If you have questions or if you work in an area that does not have a chapter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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