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was chartered in 1974 and is the only statewide organization dedicated to lifting up women in the law and in society. CWL’s mission is “to advance women in the profession of law; to improve the administration of justice; to better the position of women in society; to eliminate all inequities based on gender and to provide an organization for collective action and expression germane to the aforesaid purposes.”

Benefits of Membership

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One-Of-A-Kind Programming

So You Want To Be A Judge: An insider guide demystifying - and preparing you for - the judicial application process.
Elect To Run: Encourages women to run for public office and provides tips on what it takes to run.
CWL At Home: Online series bringing resources, community and connection with opportunities for complimentary MCLE credits. 

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The CWL Network

CWL's membership includes lawyers, judges, in-house counsel, professors and law students, providing mentorship on a statewide basis. CWL provides various networking and speaker opportunities.

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The In-House Counsel Network

In-house lawyers from across the state and industries may connect through exclusive events, listserv, and programs designed specifically for women in house-counsel.

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Legislative Advocacy for Women

Your membership supports CWL's state and national efforts to further legislation that makes life better for women.

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Amicus Activity

CWL prepares or joins in amicus briefs at the appellate level on matters relevant to CWL's core issues, including equal justice.

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Diversity on the Bench

CWL works closely with the Governor's office to promote diversity in the judiciary, and endorses judges nationwide.

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Leadership Opportunities

CWL has leadership opportunities available to enhance your network. Members are encouraged to join one of CWL's committees.

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A National Voice

CWL is a conduit to national organizations, affiliates and sister bar organizations throughout the country.


Regular/Supporting Membership (Annual)



Discounted Annual Membership

Government Employees
Public Interest | Non-Profit Lawyers
In-House Counsel

Members of the following Affiliates:
Black Women Lawyers Associates of Los Angeles
Contra Costa County Bar Association - Women's Section
Fresno County Women Lawyers Association
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Long Beach Women Layers
Marin County Women Lawyers
Orange County Women Lawyers
San Mateo Women Lawyers
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
Women Lawyers of Alameda County
Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
Women Lawyers of Sacramento
Women Lawyers of Ventura County


Life Membership



Law student | Newly Admitted (1st year)


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