Oct. 5, 2012
-- Demtria L. Graves, a Glendale, California divorce attorney, was installed on the board of the Black Women Lawyers as the Pro Bono Committee Chair on September 28, 2012, at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (BWL) is a non-profit organization. The organization’
s mission statement is to dedicate their efforts to various charitable, educational and community-based services. BWL was first founded in 1975 after a luncheon took place between a small group of African-American women attorneys and judges. The women discussed the lack of organizations which addressed the concerns of African-American women within the legal community. In an effort to fill this great void, the BWL was created. As time went by, the organization branched out and grew through a number of community-based projects and activities. The BWL held their first scholarship luncheon in 1975 at the Medallion Restaurant and since then, the BWL has gone on to raise scholarship funds each year for second and third year law students through its annual fundraising efforts. Since 1975, the BWL and its foundation has awarded over $100,000in scholarships and grants to law students.
In 1982, the BWL and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles co-founded the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. Since its inception, the Center has grown into one of the main providers of pro bono family law services in the Los Angeles area. Due to the strides the Center has made in the community, the National Conference of Women Bar Associations presented its first annual Public Service Award to BWL and WLALA in July of 1985.
By 1992, the BWL Foundation was established to both support and fund the numerous educational, charitable and community-based services of the BWL. The BWL donates to battered women shelters, shelters for the homeless, it gives holiday food baskets to needy families, and it continuously works to expand its involvement in outreach programs in schools.
Demetria L. Graves practices divorce and family law in Glendale, California. The Law Offices of Demetria L. Graves represents clients all throughout Los Angeles County including the areas of Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Arcadia, Alhambra, as well as communities throughout the Los Angeles metro area.
Attorney Graves is involved in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Pasadena Bar Association, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the Langston Bar Association, Step Up Women’s Network, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and Business and Professional Women among others. She also became the legal chair for the YWCA of Glendale in May of 2006, and she took a teaching position with West Los Angeles Community College in June of 2007. Today, attorney Graves represents clients in all types of family law matters including but not limited to: divorce, child custody and support, high net worth divorce, mediation, palimony, paternity, relocations, and spousal support. Attorney Graves personally executes an individualized case management plan for each of her cases, she handles her cases personally, and she returns all calls and emails within 24 hours. To learn more about the firm’s services, please call (818) 660-0683 or go online at http://www.LosAngeles-DivorceLaw.com