Florida Association for Women Lawyers at Stetson
FAWLS has many great programs and opportunities for its members. Not only will there be numerous opportunities to network with attorneys and judges in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, but FAWLS also offers a mentoring program where students will be paired up with an attorney or judge! This opportunity is only available for members who have paid their dues. FAWLS works hand-in-hand with the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) and Pinellas chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers (PFAWL). The Florida Association of Women Lawyers was formed on June 30, 1951, by women lawyers from primarily the Miami area. A Constitution and Bylaws were adopted on June 7, 1952. Until 1980, F.A.W.L. was a state organization that held annual and semi-annual meetings.
In March 1980, the membership voted to amend the Bylaws to provide for local chapters of the association. In 1981, the association's name was changed to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. F.A.W.L. was formed with the following purposes:
- To promote the recognition and encouragement of the contributions of women within the legal profession;
- To improve the administration of justice and to elevate judicial standards;
- To promote the study of law;
- To distribute legal knowledge to the general public; and
- To improve relations between the bar, the judiciary, and the general public.
Our Mission: To actively promote gender equality and the leadership roles of FAWL’s members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large. To achieve these goals, FAWL will uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice.
Molly Rose Kavanagh
Pro Bono Chair