Women Lawyers of Charlotte

WLC‘s mission is to foster professional and social relationships among the diverse group of women lawyers in our community, while promoting equality, advancement and opportunity for women through events, programs, mentorship, education and community outreach.

Membership & Mentorship

More than 150 members enjoy the benefits of WLC in fostering professional and social relationships. WLC members have a diverse range of practice areas, years of practice, talents, and interests.  WLC is growing all the time!

Events & Programming

WLC hosts regular luncheons and events with dynamic speakers from our local community and beyond.   WLC is dedicated to promoting equality, advancement, and opportunity for women through events and programming.

Education & Community Outreach

WLC creates space for members to learn and share practice tips and demonstrate thought leadership with membership. Members partner with area non-profits to provide donated items and services.

Upcoming Events

WLC members are involved in and support the Charlotte community.  WLC hosts regular events to engage members and create opportunities for professional and personal growth.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

WLC Membership Kick-Off Breakfast @ Sunflour Baking Company
Jan 10 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Please join us for the first event of 2017!!  We will be hosting a breakfast at Sunflour Baking Company (Elizabeth location) on January 10th from 7:00AM-9:00AM.  Members will receive a free pastry and coffee or juice, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

WLC CLE: Aligning Work with Passion @ Foundation for the Carolinas
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WLC Proudly Presents:
Aligning Work with Passion

Earn 4 hours of cle, including ethics and mental health/substance abuse hours while learning how to own your career, build confidence, develop a professional brand, retain and manage talented young attorneys seeking work-life balance, improve and build client relationships, and ultimately thrive in your law practice.

WHEN: Friday, February 2, 2018,  1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.
(immediately followed by a wine and cheese networking social)

WHERE: Foundation for the Carolinas
Featuring Speakers:
Susan Smith Blakely, Esq.
Owning Your Career: Beyond Balance and Aligning Work with Passion

Susan Smith Blakely will address the special challenges facing women lawyers today, including work-life issues and gender bias, the importance of career planning and developing Personal Definitions of Success, aligning your confidence with building your brand and finding your passion, the responsibility of women lawyers in critical mentoring/sponsorship roles, and the Do’s and Don’ts for success in the law profession.

Christopher A. Connelly of The Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
How to get away with taking time off
One trial lawyer’s trail blazing through trepidation, tribulations, and occasional trammeling in search of the super summer sabbatical.

Aaron Lay of Hamilton Stevens Steele + Martin, PLLC
As part of achieving work/life balance, I have developed a system that allows me to maintain a successful litigation practice while traveling around the globe for 6-8 week per year or more.  I will share with you my tips and tricks, including: technology and services, internal systems, client management, staff management, as well as how to travel more for less money in first class accommodations!   

Camille Stell of Lawyers Mutual
Building a 21st Century Practice
21st-century law firms continue to face new challenges. Lawyers are required by the NC State Bar Ethics Rules to stay on top of technology. The “client of the future” is here and demanding that legal services be delivered in improved and more efficient ways. Join the discussion about the collision of forces that arises from 21st-century clients, multi-generational law offices and the creative solutions that will abound.

$150 WLC Member Rate

$200 Attorney Rate

$75 Paralegal Rate

*All attendees will receive a copy of Susan Smith Blakely’s book,
Best Friends at the Bar: Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers


WLC is continually expanding its network of women lawyers in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.  If you would like to become a member please submit your application.


We frequently like to boast about a WLC member, a community member, or community opportunities that help make our greater Charlotte community excellent.  Take a few minutes to read our Spotlight features.  If you have an idea for a future Spotlight feature, please e-mail details to us here.

Our Sponsors


Moore and Van Allen

Ogletree Deakins



K&L Gates

McIlveen Family Law


Essex Richards

Law Offices of Michelle Gessner, PLLC

Parker Poe


Bass Dunklin

Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin

Higgins & Owens

Marcellino & Tyson

Miller Hogue


Strianese PLLC

Hatcher Law Group

Maloney Law


Women Lawyers of Charlotte logo

Subscribe To WLC Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates. You don't have to be a member to stay in the know.  (you can always opt-out later but why would you)

You have Successfully Subscribed!