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CWL 2020 Annual Conference Postponed

Monday, March 9, 2020  
Posted by: CWL
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CWL leadership has been monitoring the evolving coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation, especially in relation to our upcoming annual conference scheduled on May 8, 2020 at the Hyatt Waterfront Hotel in Oakland.  After lengthy deliberations and with the safety of our attendees’ key, we have decided not to hold the event this year.  This was a difficult decision. The coronavirus situation has been rapidly evolving.  After Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to the public health threat of COVID-19, the CWL leadership decided to cancel the conference.  We have no way of knowing if the situation will improve in time for the event to take place, and our participants health and safety is our top priority.

The hotel staff is working with us to establish a new date for the next CWL annual conference in 2021.  Once that date is selected, we will share it will our members.

CWL’s Annual Dinner is scheduled at the Omni Los Angeles on September 11, 2020.  We hope to see all of you at that celebration.

If you have any questions or seek further information on our decision, please do not hesitate to contact me at or CWL Executive Administrator Catherine Smith at

Stay safe and passionate.  

Jessica Lynn Rowe
President, California Women Lawyers