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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 2016–2017 President of the CWL Foundation, Kelly Robbins, will be succeeded by incoming Foundation president Chris Chambers Goodman, for the 2017–2018 term. The Board’s members are the executive committee of CWL.

Scholarship Update!

Among the high points of the Foundation’s year was the inaugural award of the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship. Nancy O’Malley is our 2009-2010 CWL past president and a nationallyrecognized advocate for the elimination of illegal sex-trafficking. Scholarship award recipient Jenna Klein, now a 3L at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, has also immersed herself into the difficult field of illegal sex-trafficking through the Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro). BATPro is a student-led volunteer project at Berkeley Law. Also, Jenna devoted herself to reproductive equality by working this summer in the U.S. Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) headquarters in New York. Additionally, Jenna served as secretary for the Berkeley Law Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, calling on speakers to spread the word about the injustices in reproductive healthcare. To support Jenna and her dedication to legal equality, California Women Lawyers Foundation has proudly presented her with the $5,000 Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship.

Podcast Alert!

CWL Foundation’s incoming Treasurer, Summer 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 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, 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