Mission, Goals and Membership Criteria

WWCDA Mission Statement

The Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) promotes the common business and professional interests of women attorneys who specialize in the representation of corporations and individuals facing government enforcement actions (criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative), and in internal investigations, compliance and ethics matters.  WWCDA promotes diversity in the legal profession, organizes business activities to facilitate networking and business development opportunities for women in the practice, and provides educational programming focused on the defense of government enforcement actions and internal investigations, compliance and ethics issues.  WWCDA also promotes the common interests of women consulting professionals who specialize in the same field and offer support services and referral opportunities to attorneys in the practice.

WWCDA Goals

Promote diversity in the legal profession and in the legal fields of criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative enforcement, as well as internal investigations, compliance and ethics.

Provide networking and business development opportunities for our members and participants in their local markets, as well as nationally and internationally.

Develop educational programming focused on the legal fields of criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative enforcement, as well as internal investigations, compliance and ethics.

Facilitate collaboration and communication among our members and participants.

Develop resources to assist our members and participants.

WWCDA Membership Criteria

The Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) has chapters throughout the world that welcome as members women attorney private practitioners primarily practicing in the area of White Collar Defense and Investigations, defined as those who specialize in the representation of corporations and individuals facing government enforcement actions (criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative), and in internal investigations, compliance and ethics matters. Although private practitioners of all seniority levels may apply to become members, some chapters and some events may be limited to senior attorneys in White Collar Defense and Investigations in order to facilitate the strength and growth of our professional support and referral network. WWCDA also welcomes as members women professionals with consulting firms who specialize in the White Collar Defense and Investigations field and offer support services and referral opportunities to attorneys in the practice. However, as WWCDA is primarily an organization for women attorneys in private practice, membership of women consulting professionals may be limited in number and to senior-level women from the consulting firm’s regional office where a WWDCA chapter exist that allows consultants as members. A chapter may have “non-member affiliate” status that allows for limited participation by women attorney private practitioners and professional consultants who do not meet the chapter’s membership criteria. Some WWCDA events may be limited to private practitioner members only.