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Wiley’s Kendra Norwood Sworn In as President of Washington Bar Association

WBA Is the Largest Predominantly Black Bar Association in the District of Columbia
June 11, 2021

Washington, DCKendra Perkins Norwood, a partner in Wiley’s Government Contracts Practice, was sworn in yesterday as President of the Washington Bar Association (WBA) at the WBA’s virtual Annual Meeting. Ms. Norwood, who for the past year had been President-Elect of the WBA, will serve as its President for the 2021-2022 term.

The WBA is the oldest and largest predominantly Black bar association in the District of Columbia. It was founded in 1925, simultaneously with the National Bar Association (NBA), of which it is a local affiliate. Since its founding, the WBA has been dedicated to the pursuit of making America’s promise of equal justice under law a reality for all, in the District of Columbia and beyond. The WBA’s mission is grounded in the philosophy of Houstonian jurisprudence, which recognizes the law as a tool to achieve justice through social engineering. The WBA accomplishes its mission through advocacy, continuing legal education and professional development for its members, public service and community outreach, as well as several pipeline programs, including multiple scholarships awarded annually to local law students through the WBA Educational Foundation.

“I am honored to serve as the 52nd President of the Washington Bar Association, and thankful for the confidence the members of this historic organization have placed in me,” Ms. Norwood said. “For nearly 100 years, the WBA has been a beacon for Black lawyers in the District of Columbia. As President, I will work to strengthen and secure the WBA for the years to come, while embracing the legacy of excellence established by the WBA’s founders and past presidents upon whose shoulders I now stand.”

In addition to her leadership role at the WBA, Ms. Norwood serves as Chair of the NBA’s Government Procurement Law Section, which was founded in 2019 after Ms. Norwood petitioned the Board of Governors to form the new Section. She has previously served as Regional Director for Region XII of the NBA, overseeing one of the largest and most active of the 12 NBA regions. Most recently, she moderated a virtual fireside chat with a firm client that focused on conferring value to in-house counsel through diversity, as part of the NBA Commercial Law Section’s annual Corporate Counsel Conference.

At Wiley, Ms. Norwood counsels government contractors, subcontractors, and grant recipients on a range of legal issues. She routinely litigates bid protests, size protests, prime-sub disputes and contract appeals, in addition to representing clients in FOIA disputes and government investigations. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, and was a key member of the Wiley team that helped bring a high-profile racial discrimination lawsuit to a successful resolution on behalf of the plaintiffs last year in Pocomoke City, MD.

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