GSCBWLA's mission is to address the legal, social, and economic concerns of women lawyers, the Black community, and the community-at-large.


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Welcome to the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women

Lawyers Association on Our Legacy: Developing the Whole Lawyer


As one year comes to a close and a new one dawns, those of us still in the land of the living have two remarkable opportunities:  the first is to reflect upon – and be grateful for – the journey completed; and the second is to set a new vision, or correct course on an old one.

As one American author put it, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” No truer words have been spoken.

Gratitude is born out of authentic reflection. As we reflect on the past, we are thankful for the wins and “near wins”. We are thankful for the ability to engage in a profession we love, and serve the community and people that have given each of us so much. We are grateful for our families, extended families and friends. We can also appreciate the hard, but invaluable, lessons we have learned about others – and mostly about ourselves – in the year gone by.

When our gratitude gains fresh perspective, fueled by the New Year’s positive vibes, new and improved visions are born.

Do you want to (finally!) start your own law firm? Are you ready to expand your practice in number or practice areas? Is this the year you take – and pass – your Florida Bar Board Certification test? Do you need to part ways personally or professionally with someone, some thing or some unproductive habit?

With 2018’s start and a reasonable portion of our health and strength, we can accomplish anything!

To get from visualization to actualization, join us for Living & Lawyering on January 20th. Legal business development guru, Paula Black, of In Black and White, will create the space we need to set and tackle our 2018 vision and goals; identify and overcome any obstacles to our ultimate success; build self-confidence and much more.

For another boost to our New Year’s ambitions, attend our 2nd General Membership Meeting: My Journey to Now on January 24th. Our dynamic featured speakers, the Hon. Shaniek Maynard, U.S. Federal Magistrate, Southern District of Florida, and Tricia McDermott Thompkins, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Perry Ellis International, will share their game-changing insights garnered during their journeys to career and personal success.

We will see you at Lillie C. Evans K-8 School in Miami on January 26th as we continue to sow seeds of empowerment and purpose through our long-standing mentoring program.

On January 30th, we will host the “New Year, New You” Dine & Dish featuring Jameelah Trimble, LCSW and Owner of Positive Therapy. Trimble will share mental health and wellness best practices in an intimate, small group setting to empower busy women lawyers to be their best professional and personal selves in 2018 and beyond.

We are grateful for you, our GSCBWLA members and supporters! And, we are grateful for the chance to continue to “Build Upon Our Legacy of Developing the Whole Lawyer: Heart, Mind, Body & Soul!”

In Service,

Nikki Lewis Simon

GSCBWLA President

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:30 AM
    St. Thomas University School of Law, 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33054
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:00 PM
    Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse, 175 NW 1st Ave, 11th FL Conference Room, Miami, FL 33218
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:00 AM
    St. Thomas University School of Law, 16401 NW 37th Ave., Rm. 202, Miami Gardens, FL 33054

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