Mission: To advance the status of women in the law and society.
We are a specialty bar association - our members are attorneys, judges, law students and others in the San Diego community, men and women, who share our interests and goals. The objectives and purposes of Lawyers Club are to consider and address, by all lawful means, common problems of women in the community with the overall objective of eliminating discrimination based on sex, including, without limitation:
- Advancing the status of women in the law;
- Supporting and improving the administration of justice;
- Promoting the equality of the sexes in our society;
- Empowering women to obtain jobs and to advance within the legal community commensurate with their training, experience and ability;
- Promoting legislation to eliminate discrimination based upon sex and to promote equal opportunities in employment;
- Supporting efforts to eliminate other forms of discrimination that may lead to gender discrimination;
- Promoting the appointment and election of feminist lawyers to non-partisan appointed and elected positions;
- Providing guidance to young lawyers, law students and young people;
- Promoting civility in the practice of law;
- Promoting more effective legal education by conducting, promoting and supporting seminars and lectures; and
- Raising and distributing funds through the Corporation’s Fund for Justice.
In the early 1970's there were few women lawyers in San Diego County. However, San Diego was the focus of the movement in California to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which was facing opposition from the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate. A survey of San Diego's 24 practicing women lawyers at that time was conducted, and the respondents overwhelmingly voted to form a new bar association to provide a vehicle to address issues of gender discrimination in the law, in the profession, and in the community.
The name "Lawyers Club of San Diego" was selected to indicate this is not a club exclusive to women but is open to all who are committed to fair treatment under the law regardless of sex. The name was the brainchild of Prof. C. Hugh Friedman, who later became County Bar President. In July 1972, Judith McConnell, Sharron Voorhees, Christine Pate, Lynn Schenk and Louise De Carl Malugen were elected as directors of the association.
Learn more about Lawyers Club's history here.