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Originally called the Wisconsin Association of Minority Attorneys, the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers (WAAL) was formed in Milwaukee in 1988. WAAL’s primary goal is to encourage ethnic diversity in the state’s legal community by providing support to the African American attorneys practicing in Wisconsin. Although the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers is primarily concerned with African American lawyers, membership is open to all attorneys working in Wisconsin.
WAAL also encourages African Americans living in Wisconsin to become lawyers. The Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers reaches out to high school students in Wisconsin by providing them with a chance to experience the legal profession through a yearly mock trial competition for high school students by attending high career days at local high schools. Additionally, WAAL helps African Americans to become lawyers in Wisconsin by awarding scholarships to African American law students attending schools in the state.
The Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers also provides several benefits to its members that are practicing attorneys. Members of WAAL are given an opportunity to further their legal education by attending continuing legal education classes that the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers hosts throughout the year. WAAL also gives its members several opportunities to network with one another at social events such as the annual Family Breakfast.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0519