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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 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 President of the San Diego County Bar Association. In July 1972, Judith McConnell, Sharron Voorhees, Christine Pate, Lynn Schenk and Louise De Carl Malugen were elected as directors of the association.

Over the years, Lawyers Club has become a vital, constructive and respected force within San Diego County. Lawyers Club's strength and credibility comes from the high quality of its members. Our membership includes Federal and State judges, U.S. Attorneys, the District Attorney of San Diego and many managing partners of San Diego's top law firms. Lawyers Club is also proud of its numerous business and student members.

Our membership's accomplishments include the appointment of Justice Judith McConnell, the association's first president, originally to the San Diego Municipal Court in 1978, the Superior Court bench in 1980 and the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District in 2001. In 1985, Melinda Lasater, a long-time member, became the first woman president of the San Diego County Bar Association in its almost 100-year history. Then, in 1992, Lynn Schenk became the first woman to represent San Diego in the United States House of Representatives. She later served as Chief of Staff to California Governor Gray Davis.

Lawyers Club acknowledges that these milestones could not have been achieved without the growing numbers of women, men, and businesses who have joined or participated in our activities.

From the Archives:
The History & Archives Committee works steadily to gather and present Lawyers Club's history and to organize and preserve its archives.

In this video, "The Grant Grill Invasion of 1971: A Look Back," Lawyers Club "founding mothers" Lynn Schenk, Judith McConnell, and Elaine Alexander recall their efforts to remove the "Men Only" restrictions at lunchtime at The Grant Grill.

Two projects were completed in 2012 for the 40th Anniversary of Lawyers Club:

Lawyers Club of San Diego at 40: A Look Back and Forward, 1972 - 2012 and Beyond, written and compiled by the Lawyers Club History and Archives Committee, co-chaired by Betty Evans Boone and George W. Brewster Jr., was published (May 2012: San Diego, CA)  to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Lawyers Club. Contact us to request a copy.

On May 16, 2012, Lawyers Club members and community partners gathered at The US Grant Hotel to celebrate "40 Years of Making Dreams a Reality", when this video of Lawyers Club's first 40 years was presented:
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19th Annual COC Spring Read-In

International Women's Day Luncheon

Save the Date! LC Annual Dinner

Lawyers Club of San Diego

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San Diego CA 92101

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