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Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award

The Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award was first given in 2011.  Ms. Soley was a longtime CWL board member who was killed by the husband of a client. She was involved in her community and in many bar organizations, including being the first female president of the Fresno County Bar Association.


The Soley Award is presented at the CWL Annual Conference to a worthy recipient who has made a significant contribution to her community, extending beyond the practice of law, to devote time and effort to the public good and values through the tradition of public service and involvement, and who exemplifies the values and missions of California Women Lawyers.


Candidates for the award are judged on the basis of the following attributes which were characteristic of Judith Soley:

  • Possesses a demonstrated commitment and passion regarding civic and charitable engagement;
  • Embodies the elements of being an excellent, civil and honorable lawyer;
  • Values compassion and empathy along with advocacy when addressing clients individual needs;
  • Works to improve the legal system through education and involvement in bar associations;
  • Participates in the public life of his or her community, state and nation;
  • Is a leader, a role model and mentor; and
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the missions of California Women Lawyers.

Visit the CWL Awards page for nomination submission criteria.

Past Recipients:

  • 2018: Pearl Gondrella Mann, Law Offices of Pearl Gondrella Mann
  • 2017: Tracy Skaddan, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
  • 2016: Pauline A. Weaver, Law Offices of Pauline A. Weaver
  • 2013: Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila, Haynes and Boone, LLP