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
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, 1215 K Street, Ste. 940,
Sacramento, CA 95814.
For more information about the CWL Foundation, please contact the CWL
Office at (916) 930-9020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.