Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: A Legal Primer and Challenges Ahead

During the pandemic, the already serious public health crisis of domestic violence has been thrust further into the spotlight.  In this webinar we will explain and explore one effective tool for addressing domestic violence: a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO). We will give an overview on current law and procedure on who and what qualifies
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Speaker Series: Persisting in the Struggle for Equality

On March 29, 2021, the California Women’s Law Center was delighted to host a Speaker Series with Dolores Huerta, Lilly Ledbetter, and Supervisor Hilda Solis. This event was moderated by Betsy Butler, CWLC and Kathy Spillar, Feminist Majority Foundation. The conversation honored Women’s History month and our panel of trailblazing women’s rights advocates who discussed
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California Women’s Law Center Releases Statewide Breastfeeding Report Card for California School Districts

California Women’s Law Center Releases Statewide Breastfeeding Report Card for California School Districts LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2021 – The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) is releasing an analysis of the status of lactation accommodation policies in 414 California K-12 public school districts in 57 of the state’s 58 counties. The 2021 “ABCsof Breastfeeding Report
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Speaker Series: The 28th Amendment: The Final Push for the ERA

On March 31, 2021, the California Women’s Law Center was excited to host a Speaker Series with Linda Coberly, Professor Julie Suk, and Kate Kelly. The event was moderated by Kathy Spillar, Feminist Majority Foundation. The conversation honored Women’s History Month and discussed the history of the ERA, the current status of the ERA, and
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A CWLC Update: Breastfeeding Access in California

Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for both mother and child. Despite laws requiring that workplaces and schools provide lactation accommodations, many new mothers are not aware of their rights and drop out of school, often because of barriers to breastfeeding goals. Compliance with the law is crucial to ensure students and employees know their rights and how to exercise them, allowing moms to care for
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CWLC condemns U.S. Department of Education memorandum on historic Bostock v. Clayton County decision by U.S. Supreme Court on Title VII and Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a memorandum stating that the historic Bostock v. Clayton County decision, handed down by the United States Supreme Court last June, does not prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in schools. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination “because of sex” in the workplace and Title IX of the
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Gender Equity in Sports During Covid-19: A Review

Girls and young women who play sports benefit in many ways: they get better grades, earn higher wages later in life, and have better health outcomes. Almost 20 years ago, California enacted the Fair Play in Community Sports Act, requiring local youth sports programs to provide equal opportunities, treatment, and benefits to girls and boys
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CWLC comments on the importance of collecting pay data in California

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney for the California Women’s Law Center, talked with Law360 about the importance of Senate Bill 973 which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September. The bill seeks to address wage disparities in California by requiring large employers to submit annual pay data sorted by gender, race, ethnicity and job category to the Department of Fair Employment
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CWLC Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff

On December 16, 2020, The California Women’s Law Center was delighted to host a Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff which was moderated by Brad Sears of UCLA Law School.    The conversation underscored a number of pressing issues impacting women, families and the LGBTQ community as well as a discussion about the economic challenges we are experiencing due to COVID-19.   To
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CWLC teams up with LA Sparks for Pay Equity Panel

California Women’s Law Center is expanding a number of partnerships to be more effective advocates for women and girls. We are particularly proud of our strengthened relationship with WNBA Champions the Los Angeles Sparks. We are grateful the LA Sparks are using their platform to strengthen our communities via their #WeAreGirls Workshop, which seeks to
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Speaker Series with Congressman Adam Schiff

The California Women’s Law Center’s Speaker Series presents Congressman Adam Schiff, 28th Congressional District. With Co-Hosts:Blain & AssociatesFEM Law GroupLaw Offices of Victor GeorgeDiana Hughes Leiden & Adam Leiden DECEMBER 16, 2020 AT 2:30 PM Moderated by Brad Sears, Associate Dean of Public Interest Law at UCLA; David Sanders Distinguished Scholar of Law & Policy
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External Resources

Our external resources list is broken down by subject matter and by location, so that you are able to find resources closest to you. Please call or email us with any questions about these resources.

Housing Discrimination, Harassment, and Your Rights (2020)

In this training delivered by our Staff Attorney, Mariah Lindsay, you will explore state and federal housing discrimination laws, sexual harassment in housing, domestic violence survivors and their housing rights, and the processes for reporting and filing complaints.

How to Appeal a Domestic Violence Restraining Order: Tips & Tricks (2020)

This informational webinar will explore the specific issues related to appeals of domestic violence restraining order decisions in California courts. We will address some of the most common issues related to preserving an appeal and briefly review the procedures for appealing, including tips for maximizing the likelihood of a successful appeal.

Using Title IX as a Legal Tool to Address Campus Sexual Assault: A Brief Primer (2020)

This training will cover Title IX as it relates to campus sexual assault. It will provide context and background on the prevalence and impact of campus sexual assault, the evolving role of Title IX on this issue, the Trump administration’s changes to Title IX and the current status of these proposed regulations, other federal and state laws that protect students from sexual assault, and California’s efforts to codify the 2011 and 2014 Obama administration guidance.

CA’s Fair Play Act and Gender Discrimination in Youth Sports (2019)

This webinar will explore the Fair Play Act and its impact, and will provide a brief primer on the law the Act is based on, Title IX—which celebrated its 47th anniversary in June. Watch to learn about gender-based inequities in your local sports program or at your school and potential ways to address such inequities!

Pregnancy and Lactation Accommodations in Los Angeles County School Districts (2019)

In this training we discuss the rights of parenting employees and students in California’s schools, including an overview of pregnancy leave rights and legally required accommodations for lactation. We will discuss CWLC’s 2019 “ABC’s of Breastfeeding” Report Card including improvements that have been made in lactation accommodation policies for students and employees for the 81 school districts in Los Angeles County. This training will review the law and as well as provide some ideas for ensuring school districts are aware of and implementing these state mandates.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California Courts (2019)

This webinar will dive into some of the complex legal issues facing litigants seeking domestic violence restraining orders in California courts.

Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault: A Primer on Federal and State Law Claims (2019)

This webinar will outline the core federal and state law causes of action for sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault and discuss the differences between them, giving advocates the tools to spot such issues with their potential clients and address them.

Creating a Level Playing Field for Girls: Title IX Athletics in Schools and Beyond (2018)

This training addresses the legal requirements mandating equity for girls playing sports in high school and at youth parks and recreation facilities in California.

The FACT Act Decision and the US Supreme Court’s Impact on the Future of Reproductive Health Care (2018)

The webinar will address the reasons the FACT Act was implemented, its application to “crisis pregnancy centers” in California, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Act is likely unconstitutional. We will also discuss the future of reproductive rights in California and beyond in the wake of the decision.

The Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students and Employees in CA Schools (2018)

This webinar will discuss the rights of pregnant and parenting employees and students in California’s schools, including an overview of pregnancy leave rights and legally required accommodations for pregnancy and lactation.

Marily Lopez, Development Associate and Office Manager

Marily Lopez joins California Women’s Law Center as the Development Associate and Office Manager after having served as the Database Coordinator for Ganna Walska Lotusland, a botanic garden in Santa Barbara, California. At Lotusland, she managed the organization’s database and coordinated fundraising and membership efforts. Prior to that, Marily interned for A Different Point of
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Thais Alves, University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellow

As a legal fellow, Thais researches, writes, and engages in many other areas of legal support in all areas of CWLC’s work. While attending UCLA Law School, Thais interned with the Public Law Center working on housing issues for veterans, and also volunteered at the University of California’s Immigrant Legal Services Center assisting undocumented students
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Taylor Gumm, University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellow

Taylor engages in research, writing, and other legal support in all areas of CWLC’s work. While attending UCLA Law School, Taylor externed with Public Counsel’s Children Rights Project working to assist families in completing their adoption proceedings. Taylor also served as a research assistant for several UCLA Law school professors, focusing on criminal justice reform.
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CWLC is Here to Help During COVID-19

As we confront the known and unknown challenges of COVID-19, we recognize life is dramatically more difficult for many people today than it was just a few weeks ago.  Women face discrimination on a daily basis and many are especially impacted by this crisis. The gender pay gap, the threat of domestic violence, and the
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Ms. Magazine Op-Ed: Hazing case could mean safer campuses for women

Read our featured Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine, What This Title IX Case About Hazing Means for Women on Campus. Title IX is most known for the impact it has had on girl’s access to sports– but athletic opportunity is just one way this law enforces gender equality. A recent court case demonstrates that Title IX’s
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The Argonaut Op-Ed: Closing the pay gap after USWNT soccer victory

Read our Op-Ed published in The Argonaut, Title IX Helped America Win the World Cup; Now It’s Time to Close the Pay Gap. Equality wins championships and access to sports can change girls’ lives. When 20 million people tuned in to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team win their fourth World Cup title, most weren’t
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Recognizing the 47th Anniversary of Title IX

This week we celebrate the 47th anniversary of Title IX. On June 23, 1972, Title IX was signed into law, making it illegal for any educational program receiving federal funds to discriminate based on gender.

A Victory for Survivors of Domestic Violence (and CWLC)!

Last month, we scored a major win in the fight for justice and the safety of domestic violence survivors: A California woman was denied a restraining order against her abusive partner when the civil court she was petitioning refused to grant it on the basis that she already had a criminal protective order in place.
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Recognizing the Anniversary of the First Equal Pay Act and Mom’s Equal Pay Day

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act, which was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The Equal Pay Act sought to combat pay discrimination based on gender in the United States, acknowledging that gender discrimination is detrimental to our workforce and the economy. While the
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Thea Alli, Board Member

Thea Alli is an Associate at Morgan Lewis where she represents employers in employment litigation including wage and hour class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. Prior to joining the firm, Thea was a commissioned officer in the US Air Force for 12 years and did tours in Afghanistan,
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Vanessa Gomez, Board Member

Vanessa Gomez is an Associate in the real estate division of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where her practice focuses on acquisitions, dispositions, financings and joint ventures for institutional investors, owners and developers. Prior to Kirkland, she was an associate at Proskauer Rose.  Vanessa was a student legal honors extern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange
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Alicia Matricardi, Board Member

Alicia Matricardi works as General Counsel and Director of Real Estate for New Economics for Women, a national nonprofit economic development organization based in Los Angeles. The nonprofit performs real estate development and programs to advance economic mobility for low-income families, particularly female-led households. Alicia works as a community economic development leader for the organization
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Warm Holiday Wishes to You and Yours!

Thanks to the commitment of generous supporters like you, CWLC made significant strides …

CWLC Speakers Series: Discussion with David Codell

David Codell is a Los Angeles-based attorney whose private practice focuses on constitutional, business, and entertainment litigation. He represents clients in state and federal courts, both at the trial-court and appellate level, and he has secured victories in numerous cases with historic rulings advancing civil rights.

Breastfeeding Rights in California Schools (webinar training)

The California Women’s Law Center and BreastfeedLA presented an informational training webinar, “Breastfeeding Rights in California Schools.” Every major health organization recommends breastfeeding and recognizes its overwhelming health benefits for parent and child.

“Loving” Film Screening

The California Women’s Law Center was proud to co-sponsor an advanced screening of the new Focus Features film “Loving” on November 3, 2016 at the Landmark Theater in the Westside Pavilion Mall. This fantastic film is based on the seminal 1967 Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. CWLC proudly partnered with the Writers Guild Foundation, GLAAD …

Equal Pay Webinar with LAS-ELC and ERA

The California Pay Collaborative—comprised of Equal Rights Advocates, Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, and the California Women’s Law Center—hosted this webinar to assist individuals and attorneys in navigating California’s Equal Pay Act.

Handbags of Hope 2016

This is an annual event that CWLC has participated in for the past three years. Each year, the effort centers around new or slightly used handbags being stuffed with personal care items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, and other items which are then distributed to support survivors of domestic violence.