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California Women Lawyers (CWL)

Founded in 1974, the California Women Lawyers (CWL) is a non-profit organization headquarters in Sacramento, CA, that promotes the professional advancement of women lawyers. CWL is the only statewide bar association for women in California. It promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession and beyond.

The CWL has represented the interests of more than 30,000 women in the legal profession including lawyers, educators, students and judges. CWL has consistently provided a high level of support and commitment to their individual career goals, and to the collective goals of women in law and society.

The organization helps new practitioners expand their client base while helping more experienced attorneys in securing positions on the bench or in other leadership roles within the legal community.


Contact Information

California Women Lawyers
700 R Street, Ste. 200
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 930-9020

Website: http://www.cwl.org

CWL’s Committees

Members of CWL are encouraged to take on leadership roles within the organization including joining committees. The committees in CWL include:

  • AMICUS COMMITTEE
  • ANNUAL CONFERENCE
  • ANNUAL DINNER AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING COMMITTEE
  • AWARDS COMMITTEE
  • COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE (FORMERLY NEWSLETTER)
  • GENDER EQUITY COMMITTEE
  • JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
  • LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
  • MEMBERSHIP
  • BYLAWS COMMITTEE

Membership Levels in CWL

The different membership levels of the DWL include:

  • Law Student / Newly Admitted (1yr) Membership $0
  • Regular CWL Annual Membership $175
  • Discounted Membership (In-House Counsel, affiliates, judges, government public interest lawyers, nonprofit lawyers) $85
  • Life CWL Membership $2500

The CWL Annual Conference and Dinner

The CWL Annual Conference and Dinner provides a full day of networking and presentations on hot topics including panels on the status of women in the legal profession, business development, legal ethics issues, and advocacy lobbying.

The 2019 CWL ANNUAL CONFERENCE & DINNER, Rise: Lifting As We Climb, took place in Downtown Sacramento, CA.


Other Affiliate Local Associations for Women Lawyers in California

The California Women Lawyers has many affiliate organizations organized at the region, country, or city level including:


 This article was last updated on Friday, January 17, 2020.

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