CWL Foundation

The CWL Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization, serving to educate lawyers and the general public regarding women in the legal profession and legal issues pertaining to women. The 2015-2016 President of the CWL Foundation, Wendy Behan, will be succeeded by incoming Foundation President, Kelly Robbins, for the 2016-2017 term. The Board’s members are the Executive Committee of CWL.

Current undertakings by the CWL Foundation include its History Project, involving the digitization and archiving of CWL’s historical materials, such as videos, photographs, news articles, transcripts, milestone correspondence, and the like. To further enhance our existing archives, we put out a call to our past leaders and supporters for any materials they might have in their possession relating to CWL and its affiliates. We also asked for notes or letters about their personal experiences with CWL. Utilizing this growing archive of materials, the Foundation is actively planning the launch of its inaugural CWL Digital Museum. The Foundation plans to curate this museum, with thematic annual exhibits pertaining to women leaders in the law. Coming soon, in early 2016.

This year, the CWL Foundation also launched the CWL Wikipedia website. This comprehensive site seeks to raise awareness and to educate the general public and students about our organization, its relevance and its importance.

CWL Foundation had its share of successful collaborations this year, one of which included our participation in The National Council of Jewish Women’s reprisal of SEVEN, a critically-acclaimed award-winning play about seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families and children around the globe: protecting women from domestic violence; rescuing girls from human trafficking; giving voice to the poor; and fighting for women’s education and rights.

In collaboration with the National Association of Women Judges and Queen’s Bench, the CWL Foundation also supported the impactful and award-winning Color of Justice Program, for high school students from the San Francisco Unified District. This statewide program brings judges and lawyers together with young girls and minorities, to engage in a day-long session, designed to encourage them to consider legal and judicial careers.

Among all this great work, the CWL Foundation, through CWL Affiliate Organizations, also provides academic stipends for women as they prepare for the California Bar Exam or work their way through law school. Past recipients demonstrated a special commitment to the advancement of women in the legal profession.

CWL Foundation also produces educational and awareness materials that strive to enlighten society and the legal community. Our historical video project “Lessons from our Mothers,” chronicles the California history of women in the legal profession and the paths our forewomen paved for today’s women lawyers. For a copy of the DVD, please call the CWL office at (916) 930-9020.

Please support the important work of the CWL Foundation by making a donation or participating in tonight’s silent auction. Donations are tax-deductible, where permitted by law. Checks can be made payable to “CWL Foundation” and sent to: California Women Lawyers, 700 R Street, Ste. 200, Sacramento, CA 95811.

For more information about the CWL Foundation, please contact the CWL Office at (916) 930-9020 or