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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 2017–2018 President of the CWL Foundation is Chris Chambers Goodman, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. The Board’s members are the executive committee of CWL.

Silent Auction Fundraiser Update!

The CWL Foundation is now soliciting donations for its Annual Silent Auction fundraiser and we hope that you will contribute to our efforts. On Thursday, September 13, 2018, CWL will celebrate its 44th Annual Dinner in conjunction with the California Lawyers’ Association Annual Meeting at the Sheraton in San Diego. At the reception immediately before the CWL dinner, the CWL Foundation will host its annual Silent Auction, proceeds from which will fund the Foundation’s important work, including a Scholarship that we award annually to a law student or recent graduate. We ask that you please donate an item to this auction. You can download a donation form for items here or you can make a financial donation here

Scholarship Update!

The Foundation is pleased to announce its second awardee for the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship. Nancy O’Malley was the 2009-2010 CWL president and is a nationally recognized advocate for the elimination of illegal sex-trafficking. Last year’s scholarship award recipient Jenna Klein, from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, also immersed herself into the difficult field of illegal sex-trafficking through the Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro). This year’s scholarship winner, Edrina Nazaradeh, is a first-generation American, and recent graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, with a demonstrated commitment to fighting sex trafficking. Edrina served as a summer intern with International Justice Mission, working with local prosecutors in the Philippines to rescue children from online sexual exploitation, and facilitated conferences in Uganda on the advancement of women and protection of children from sex-trafficking. She also worked in the Juvenile and Sex Crimes Divisions of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In support of Edrina and her dedication to gender equality, California Women Lawyers Foundation has proudly selected her to receive this year’s $5,000 Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship. She received the award at the CWL Northern California Judicial Reception in San Francisco on July 13, 2018. 

Podcast Alert!

CWL Foundation’s Treasurer, Summer C. Selleck, has fashioned a fantastic vehicle for the Foundation to educate women lawyers, women in society, and okay let’s say it, everyone, about women’s roles, challenges and future leadership in law and society. With grace and humor, Summer hosts “A Seat At The Table”, which brings CWL luminaries to the microphone and allows us all to learn from their stories of the past and their thoughts on the future. Don’t miss the entire collection, at

Color of Justice

Once again, in collaboration with the National Association of Women Judges, Queen’s Bench and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the CWL Foundation supported the impactful and award-winning Color of Justice program for high school students in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles area schools. This program brings judges and lawyers together with high school girls and minorities, to engage in an interactive program designed to encourage the girls and minorities to consider legal and judicial careers.

Please support the important work of the CWL Foundation, including the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship, through a monetary donation or participating in our 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 St., Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811.

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