TLAW was founded on July 7, 1989, in Nashville, Tennessee. TLAW is a statewide women's bar association whose efforts have dramatically increased the number of women on the bench and in other legal positions.


Membership is open to any person who is a member in good standing of a State or Federal Bar of the United States. Any person supporting the purposes of TLAW, any student, and any law graduate awaiting admission may be a member.

TLAW's purposes include:
  • Achieving the full participation of women lawyers in the rights, privileges and benefits of the legal profession.
  • Increasing the number of women serving on the bench.
  • Providing opportunities for mutual support and fellowship.
  • Supporting the status and progress of women in society.
  • Providing a source for continuing legal education.

  • Opportunities for networking and fellowship
  • Opportunities to develop careers
  • Representative body for members who do not belong to a local LAW affiliate
  • Opportunities to receive experience and training for leadership positions that are useful in "rising to the top" on the fast track in other professional organizations
  • Discounts on registration at the annual TLAW Convention, often held in conjunction with the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Judicial Conference, or the Tennessee Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Opportunities to present CLE programs and attend programs of special interest to women lawyers
  • Represented in bodies such as the Board of Governors of the TBA, the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, the Bench-Bar Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference, and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

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