The Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Women’s Foundation, and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association have created DBA WE LEAD: Women Empowered to Lead in the Legal Profession.

The one-year program, which is designed to empower women as leaders in the profession and address challenges they face in practice, is an initiative of DBA President Michael K. Hurst.

“Gender equality in the workplace is imperative—morally, and because equality creates maximum benefit to our communities and economy,” Hurst said in a press release. “It is important for me personally for the Dallas Bar to partner with the DWF and DWLA to uplift, support, and impact women facing their unique challenges in the legal profession.”

DBA WE LEAD focuses on the challenges of women who have practiced law for 8 to 15 years and emphasizes strategies for strengthening already successful law practices. The program is also designed to prepare women lawyers for leadership roles within their firms, businesses, and communities at large. Currently, there are 24 participants in the inaugural class.

“I am thrilled to chair the WE LEAD program because it is imperative that high-performing women lawyers push through to roles of management and leadership in our firms and corporate legal departments,” Program Chair Shonn Brown said in a press release. “The WE LEAD program will arm them with the tools to do just that. Our committee has worked tirelessly to develop a substantive curriculum that can be a game-changer for the 2018 WE LEAD Class.”

For more information about the program, contact Judi Smalling at