TLAW was founded on July 7, 1989, in Nashville, Tennessee. TLAW is a statewide women's bar association whose efforts have dramatically increased the number of women on the bench and in other legal positions.
Membership is open to any person who is a member in good standing of a State or Federal Bar of the United States. Any person supporting the purposes of TLAW, any student, and any law graduate awaiting admission may be a member.
TLAW's purposes include:
- Achieving the full participation of women lawyers in the rights, privileges and benefits of the legal profession.
- Increasing the number of women serving on the bench.
- Providing opportunities for mutual support and fellowship.
- Supporting the status and progress of women in society.
- Providing a source for continuing legal education.
- Opportunities for networking and fellowship
- Opportunities to develop careers
- Representative body for members who do not belong to a local LAW affiliate
- Opportunities to receive experience and training for leadership positions that are useful in "rising to the top" on the fast track in other professional organizations
- Discounts on registration at the annual TLAW Convention, often held in conjunction with the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Judicial Conference, or the Tennessee Trial Lawyers' Association
- Opportunities to present CLE programs and attend programs of special interest to women lawyers
- Represented in bodies such as the Board of Governors of the TBA, the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, the Bench-Bar Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference, and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services