Founders / Life Members

We gratefully acknowledge the women lawyers whose passion for the advancement of women contributed to the establishment and leadership of California Women Lawyers.

"Some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate
And with them I would not disagree,
But I never learned nothing from playing it safe;
I say fate should not tempt me."
- Mary-Chapin Carpenter, I Take My Chances

The founders of CWL include (listed alphabetically):

We have listed all those CWL founders of whom we are aware. We apologize to anyone we may have omitted who was responsible for CWL's inception.

Carol Agate
Edna R. S. Alvarez
Dagny Winkler Andreassen
Blanche C. Bersch
Justice Rose E. Bird
Betty Bryant
Jeanette Christy
Judith E. Ciani
Arlene Colman-Schwimmer
Hon. Patricia Yim Cowett
Georgia Franklin-Shutan
Joanne M. Garvey
Sue Hone
Hon. Barbara Barnhouse Johnson
Carolyn Kammler
Melodie M. Kleiman
Justice Joan Dempsey Klein
Judith G. Kleinberg
Janice E. Koll
Hon. Lucy Kelly McCabe
Judith G. McKelvey
Olga A. Miller
Ruth Miller
Marjory Winston Parker
Barbara Price
Hon. Roberta Ralph, Retired
Drucilla Stender Ramey
Hon. Louise H. Renne
Renee Rubin
Beverly Savitt
Lynn Schenk
Candis Scott
Carol Ruth Silver
Mary-Louise Smith
Fay Stender
Karen Pedersen Stevens
Diane Wayne
Dr. Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Norma Zarky

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CWL Life Members

We gratefully acknowledge the lawyers who have chosen to commit to CWL's ideals toward the advancement of women for a lifetime. Each member listed below has been granted or purchased a lifetime membership to CWL.

Com. Sue Alexander
Amy Anderson
Margalo Ashley-Farrand
Hon. Judith M. Ashmann-Gerst
Stephanie Atigh
Hon. Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian
Lindy F. Barocchi
Hon. Betty Barry-Deal - Retired
Cathy A. Bencivengo
Mary Ellen Berke - Deceased
Blanche C. Bersch
Rebecca Birmingham
Hon. Glenette Blackwell - Deceased
Hon. Russell A. Bostrom - Retired
Hon. Angela M. Bradstreet
Lisa E. Brandon
Ann V. Brick
Hon. Nancy C. Brown
Barbara S. Bryant
Tami J. Buscho
Hon. Trena Burger-Plavan
Elizabeth J. Cabraser
Andrea S. Carlise
Candace M. Carroll
Hon. Marjorie Laird Carter
Joanne F. Casey
Deborah J. Chase
Gertrude D. Chern - Deceased
Pamela G. Chin
Frances K. Christiansen
Hillary Huebsch Cohen
Hon. Isabel R. Cohen - Retired
Hon. Audrey B. Collins
Hon. Marie B. Collins
Arlene Colman-Schwimmer
Carol C. Copsey
Joseph Cotchett
Mary B. Cranston
Christine Curtis
Patricia A. Cutler
Angela J. Davis
Victoria J. De Goff
Eileen M. Decker
Helen Diamond
Wendy Dier
Hon. Marguerite D. Downing
Grace E. Emery
Hon. Sheila Fell
Nancy Fineman
Alan H. Friedenthal
Hon. Catherine A. Gallagher - Retired
Nancy A. Gee
Hon. Ronald M. George - Retired
Ruth V. Glick
Hon. Allan J. Goodman
Karen Goodman
Jo-Ann W. Grace
Elinor B. Grant - Deceased
Hon. Isabella H. Grant - Deceased
Mary Ann Grilli
Hon. Adrienne Grover
Rebecca Gunn
Ruth Church Gupta
Mary E. Hackenbracht
Hon. Frank C. Damrell, Jr.
Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte
Sharon Lybeck Hartmann
Hon. Nancy Hoffman - Retired
Marjorie M. Holmes Randolph
Hon. Eugene Michael Hyman
Hon. Susan Illston
Hon. Joan K. Irion
Hon. Marianne D. Isaeff
Ara Jabagchourian
Hon. Barbara J.B. Johnson - Retired
Marian M. Johnston
Com. Jewell Jones - Retired
Hon. Barbara J. R. Jones
Janice Kamenir-Reznik
Karen Kaplowitz
Elizabeth C.Kaufman
Justice Joyce Luther Kennard
Hon. Kathleen Kennedy-Powell
Charity Kenyon
Melodie M. Kleiman
Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein
Judith G. Kleinberg
Vivian L. Kral
Hon. Marlene Kristovich
Barbara J. Kuehn
Hon. Brian Lamb
Louise A. LaMothe
Lynne R. Lasry
Hon. Mary Jo Levinger
Audrey Stephanie Loftin
Susan Lopez-Giss
Maria del Rio Low
Hon. Patrick T. Madden
Pearl Gondrella Mann
Sharon L. Mason
Hon. Tomar Mason
Niall McCarthy
Anne D. McGowan
Hon. Joan L. McIntosh -Retired
Malissa Hathaway McKeith
Marsha McLean-Utley - Deceased
Michele Ballard Miller
Sydney Minnerly
Virginia S. Mueller
Anne Marie Murphy
Deanna S. Myhre
Linda M. Nelson
Nanci Nishimura
Comm. Kimberly J. Nystrom-Geist
Niki Okcu
Joan S. Ortolano
Ellen A. Pansky
Hon. Joanne C. Parrilli
Margaret Anne Payne
Letitia Pepper
Hon. Ramona Godoy Perez - Deceased
Audrey A. Perri
Patricia Phillips
Wilma J. Pinder
Frank M. Pitre
Hon. Sheila Pokras - Retired
Trudy Polsky
Rebecca L. Prater
Drucilla S. Ramey
Tina L. Rasnow
Jill L. Ratner
Ruth E. Ratzlaff
Robin D. Reisdorf Nigash
Toni Rembe
Belynda Reck
Com. Jill S. Robbins - Retired
Donal Ruth Robison
Anne M. Ronan
Gillian M. Ross
Hon. Glenda Sanders
Hon. Lynn Schenk
Hon. Paula Schlichter - Retired
Dawn M. Schock
Laura Jean Scott
Elizabeth Scott-Graham
Dominique Shelton
Patricia A. Shiu
Hon. Fern M. Smith - Retired
Sherry H. Smith
Judith Leslie Soley - Deceased
Star S. Soltan
Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine - Retired
Patricia V. Spencer
Hon. Vaino Spencer
Sandra J. Springs
Catherine C. Sprinkles
Kathryn Cooper Stahnke
Paula B. E. Star
Anastasia L. Steinberg
Susan L. Steinhauser
Karen Pedersen Stevens - Deceased
Susan R. Stockel
Hon. Elaine Streger
Hon. Alice D. Sullivan - Retired
Com. Deborah M. Talmage
Hon. Meredith C. Taylor - Retired
Hon. Sandra Thompson
Hon. Randa Trapp
Harriette Treloar
Susan Trescher
Diana Sutton Van Cleve
Hon. Judith A. Vander Lans
Joanne A. Velman
Hon. Charlotte W. Walter Woolard
Ann Wansley
Dorothy L. Washington
Diane Wasznicky
Hon. Madge Watai
Howard K. Watkins
Pauline Weaver
Hon. Diana M. Wheatley
Elizabeth Y. Williams
Hon. Carol Coates Yaggy
Lynne Yates-Carter
Diane C. Yu
Rosalyn S. Zakheim
Nancy Hoffmeier Zamora