AAWL was founded in 1938, under the leadership of the first AAWL President Virginia Darden Moose.
The purposes of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, which are to be exercised in the public interest, are as follows:
To further the interests of women lawyers and their service to the legal profession; to advance the administration of justice according to law; to aid the courts in carrying on the administration of justice;
To foster public service and high standards of conduct; to maintain, on the part of those engaged in the practice of law, high standards of integrity, learning and competence;
To encourage collegiality among women lawyers;
To provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law and related subjects;
To carry on a program of continuing legal education;
To improve the judicial and legal process and the science of jurisprudence;
To encourage practices that would advance and improve the honor and dignity of the legal professional and to encourage the legal profession and its individual members to perform and to discharge more effectually their responsibilities in the public interest.