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Highlights of the August 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about women in the judiciary, rainmaking, gender discrimination issues and more.
With the gradual increase of women in law school and women practicing law, more and more women are being appointed or elected to serve as judges. The appointments being made are slowly reflecting our diversity in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation. The mere presence of women judges, no matter their ideology, has had important policy implications.The judicial system has become more representative of the population, and the presence of women in the judiciary has legitimated the participation of women in the legal system, making the system itself more just.
Hindsight and a more thorough knowledge of gender issues in the legal field provided me with the insight that I did not realize how much I didn’t know about gender issues in general. Perhaps I was not as afraid or concerned as I should have been. Success did not happen because of a diligent awareness of biases against women and minorities. It happened in spite of that lack of awareness.
California Women Lawyers (CWL) was organized “to advance women in the profession of law; to better the position of women in society; to eliminate all inequity based on sex; and to provide an organization for collective action and expressions germane to the aforesaid purposes.”
The increased presence of women in the workforce continues to disrupt entrenched patriarchal systems and contribute to the development and further refinement of anti-discrimination laws.
On June 19, 2013, the Women’s Section held a Power Lunch at Tender Greens in Walnut Creek. The Power Lunches are hosted every other month, with the next one scheduled for August 14, 2013.
The Women’s Section Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction was held on April 11, 2013. This year’s event was dedicated to the Hon. Joyce Cram on the occasion of her retirement and for her service to the Women’s Section. Proceeds benefited the Hon. Patricia Herron and Hon. Ellen James Scholarship Fund.
In January, the Women’s Section held their Power Networking Lunch, which was a great success! Please see photos below.
delicious wines, tasty hors d’oevres, sparkling auction items – all for a great cause
The Women’s section annually awards The Honorable Patricia Herron and Honorable Ellen James Scholarship to Bay Area law students who have excelled in school and have been active in benefiting women’s …
I did hear of three recent verdicts. And I do know that cases are getting out to trial. I had to do a bit of research on my own to get the facts for a minimal report on each one of the three rumored cases.
The program has changed the lives of these women and they are now duplicating the work among other prisoners.
It was a great history lesson on the growth of tribes supplemented with a lesson on the modern day application of civil law as it intersects with tribal law.
Meet your new Board Members: Michelle Ferber and Katherine Wenger.
Meet the chairs of our 20 sections and find out why you should join…
Your membership helped us accomplish so much this year!
Highlights of the September 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about redevelopment agencies, discretionary land use, eminent domain and more.
On June 27, 2013, the Women’s Section hosted the CCCBA All Sections’ Summer Mixer at the Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek.
Look inside this edition and you will discover many reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the law. However, you will also see that we still have mountains to climb.
No matter what the attorney’s personal goal, in order for her to secure promotion, power, equity, independence, control, leadership or simply job security, women lawyers must secure their own books of business to have a seat at the table.