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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 faced opposition in the State Senate. The 24 practicing women lawyers in San Diego at that time formed 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", suggested by Prof. C. Hugh Friedman, signaled that the club was not exclusive to women but open to all who are committed to fair treatment under the law regardless of sex. In 1972, Judith McConnell, Sharron Voorhees, Christine Pate, Lynn Schenk and Louise De Carl Malugen were elected directors of the association. Learn more here.

Mission: To advance the status of women in the law and society.

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.

Members are public and private sector attorneys, judges, the San Diego District Attorney, the San Diego City Attorney, past presidents of the San Diego County Bar Association, community leaders, law students, and others in the legal community who align with our mission.


Lawyers Club:

   Demands equality for women.

   Leads on inclusivity and diversity.

   Inspires and mentors feminist leaders.

   Defends reproductive freedoms.

   Advocates against gender-based violence and discrimination.

   Creates value through enriching programs.

Approved by Board of Directors January 26, 2019

A full house at SCOTUS and the Future of Reproductive Justice Luncheon on September 20, 2018

Jenn French, Mehry Mohseni, Speakers Jessica Ayala and Tracy Skaddan of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, President Danna Cotman, Sponsor Alexandra Eaker Perez, Brigid Campo (L-R).

more Calendar

She Fest

SD Pride

Equal Pay Day Luncheon--Rescheduled to November 19, 2020

Lawyers Club of San Diego

402 West Broadway, Suite 1260
San Diego CA 92101

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