CWLC’s Efforts to Stop Violence Against Women

November 2, 2020

Position Announcement

October 12, 2020

CWLC is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Communications and Marketing. CWLC seeks an energetic self-starter who will embrace the responsibility of assisting in the formulation and implementation of CWLC’s strategies to secure justice for women and girls. Excellent written and verbal skills and attention to detail is essential.  The Director of Communications
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11th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

August 24, 2020

I am proud to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an Act named after a courageous advocate, and my dear friend, Lilly. When Lilly discovered in 1998 that she had experienced 19 years of gender-based pay discrimination, she took action and sued her employer. While she won that lawsuit in court
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External Resources

August 22, 2020

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.

Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine: What the 2020 Census Means for Women

May 9, 2020

Read CWLC’s piece in Ms. Magazine, Wondering How to Support Women and Girls? Fill Out Your Census. The federally-mandated census will guide $1.5 trillion dollars in government spending involving more than 300 programs, and it will be used to inform electoral districts across the country. An accurate count is especially important for women, as disproportionately
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Opportunities to Give

August 7, 2020

There are several ways to financially support CWLC and our mission. In addition to direct cash contributions, we invite you to consider the following long-term and employer-matched giving opportunities. Gifts of Stock If you own publicly traded stock, please consider making a gift of shares to CWLC. Gifting appreciated stock to CWLC means you can
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August 6, 2020

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Legal Housing Clinics – July

July 29, 2020

CWLC hosts free bi-monthly legal clinics for renters who are facing eviction or other legal issues related to their housing. Please RSVP for a 30 min appointment with an attorney specialized in housing law.

Resources – Reproductive Health Care Access

October 26, 2019

Resources – Affordable Housing

October 25, 2019

Celebrate with us on May 29 for CWLC’s 30th Anniversary and Pursuit of Justice Awards

May 1, 2019

                              Click here to learn more and RSVP!

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California Courts

April 29, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Terms of Service

April 12, 2019

Please click here to view CWLC’s Terms of Service.

Privacy Policy

April 12, 2019

Please click here to view CWLC’s Privacy Policy.

Senate Bill 142 (Wiener)

March 1, 2019

CWLC supports SB 142, which will create a more equitable workplace for women in California by requiring employers to provide support for lactating mothers. Read SB 142 Letter of Support. Status: SB 142 was introduced in January 18, 2019, passed in the Senate and is currently in the Assembly.   

Pregnancy and Lactation Accommodations in Los Angeles County School Districts

February 26, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Assembly Bill 1033 (Garcia) – Stealthing

June 15, 2017

CWLC supports AB 1033, which would make the nonconsensual intentional removal or tampering with a condom during sexual intercourse a form of rape. Read AB 1033 Letter of Support. Introduced on February 16, 2017 In committee, held under submission September 1, 2017

West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference

May 9, 2017

The Women’s Leadership Conference featured a day of dynamic speakers, film screening and reception, compelling panel discussions, expert-led trainings, interactive workshops, keynote luncheon, exhibitor hub area, and so much more! It was an exciting daylong event geared toward women who live, work and play in West Hollywood.

Assembly Bill 1109 (Kalra) – Safe Consumer Lending Act

April 20, 2017

CWLC supports AB 1109, which provides important regulatory protections against predatory lending practices. Read AB 1109 Letter of Support Introduced on February 17, 2017 From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56 on February 1, 2018

Distinguished Guest Speaker Series 2015 – Incarcerated Women and Girls

January 2, 2017

Pictured from left to right:  Scott Budnick, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC); Heidi Rummel, Clinical Professor at the USC Gould School of Law and Director of the Post-Conviciton Justice Project; Terri McDonald, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Assistant Sheriff of Custody Operations; Patricia Soung, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School and
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Military Justice Improvement Act – an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act

January 2, 2017

The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) supports the Military Justice Improvement Act authored by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The U.S. Senate just moved to take up the National Defense Authorization Act – giving an opportunity to bring a vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act to reform our military’s antiquated system that punishes sexual
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Chris Hollinger, Treasurer

December 28, 2016

Chris Hollinger is a partner with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco and specializes in labor and employment law. His practice has focused on the representation of airlines in labor matters for over two decades. Chris is the Editor-in-Chief of the Third Edition of the Railway Labor Act, which is the leading treatise in
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Lisa Gilford, Board Member

December 5, 2016

Lisa Gilford is partner at Sidley Austin LLP. Her practice focuses on class actions, multi-district litigation, products liability matters and large scale commercial disputes. Lisa’s numerous accolades include being named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Women Attorneys” and also by The Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of
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Cathy Kim, Board Member

December 3, 2016

Cathy Kim is on the executive team of Voluware, a SaaS company serving the healthcare industry. Prior to Voluware, she was Director of Corporate Development at Arzon Solar and a senior manager at Amonix, Arzon’s predecessor. Prior to Arzon, Cathy was a senior litigation associate for Winston & Strawn where she defended publicly traded companies
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Erin LaMere, Development Associate

November 26, 2016

Erin is honored to help the California Women’s Law Center and our effort seeking justice for women and girls. Prior to CWLC, Erin worked for the National Clinic Access Project at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles. There, she assisted the Foundation’s event coordination and outreach efforts and their mission supporting safe, legal and
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Warm Holiday Wishes to You and Yours!

November 22, 2016

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

Marina Rinaldi Fundraiser Event

October 3, 2016

A fantastic event to support CWLC where individuals were invited to discover the Fall/Winter 2016 collection by Tsumori Chisato from Marina Rinaldi on September 24th and 25th, 2016 at the Marina Rinaldi in Beverly Hills. 5% of the proceeds from this event were donated to the California Women’s Law Center!

CWLC Winter Update

February 17, 2016

Warm Holiday Wishes to You and Yours The California Women’s Law Center wishes you and yours a very happy holiday and a healthy and safe new year. We are proud to share highlights of another successful year promoting justice and equality for women and girls in California. And with your continued support, we look forward
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Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula

February 11, 2016

CONTACT:  Laura Impellizzeri, communications, LAS-ELC, limpellizzeri@las-elc.org, 415-593-0071 Betsy Butler, Executive Director, CWLC, betsy.butler@cwlc.org, 323-951-9865 Jayma Meyer, Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, jmeyer@stblaw.com, 917-847-4077 Female athletes gaining equity in Santa Paula  SAN FRANCISCO — State data show that many schools and many park and recreation departments across California offer girls and boys unequal sports programs. Equity
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Senator Leyva: Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Rape

November 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In order to ensure justice for victims and survivors of felony sexual offenses, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today announced that—when the California State Senate reconvenes in early January—she will introduce legislation to end the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes.

Specifically, this legislation will seek to allow the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration. Currently, existing California law generally limits the prosecution of a felony sexual offense to only 10 years after the offense is committed, unless DNA evidence is found which then offers a victim additional time.

CWLC Speakers Series: Incarcerated Women and Girls

September 6, 2015

On September 2nd, 2015, CWLC’s Distinguished Guest Speaker Series examined California’s corrections system and the unique needs of incarcerated women and girls. The discussion focused on ways we can work together to address some of the realities of incarceration and ensure people re-entering the community after serving their sentence have the resources they need to not return to prison and lead successful lives.

CWLC Advocates for Women’s Economic Empowerment with A Stronger California

March 24, 2015

Community Advocates and Elected Leaders Call for a Women’s Economic Agenda to Empower Women and Bring Equality to the State’s Workforce FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 24, 2015 Contact: Laura Riley Staff Attorney email 323-951-9276 SACRAMENTO – Economic equality, poverty, and child care advocates joined legislators at a press conference this week calling for new
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CWLC Attorneys Receive CLAY Award

February 19, 2015

Attorneys receive CLAY Award for California Women’s Law Center case Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 19, 2015 Contact: Michele Deane Director of Communications email 323-951-9847 California Lawyer magazine announced Wednesday that it is honoring the attorneys who achieved a landmark 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in
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The Hunting Ground

February 18, 2015

CWLC asks that you make a plan to see Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s most recent and incredibly powerful film about campus sexual assault. Called The Hunting Ground, it is a movie we all must see so that we can be advocates for change at our universities. Please purchase your advance tickets and bring your friends to show support
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CWLC urges the Supreme Court to Ensure Some Judicial Review of Immigration Decisions that Keep Families Apart

January 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 19, 2015 Contact: Michele Deane Director of Communications email 213-841-1788 On Tuesday, January 20, the California Women’s Law Center filed an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to require the State Department to provide, at minimum, a “facially legitimate and bona fide reason” when denying a visa to
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California Legislative Session Ends on A Positive Note for Women and Girls

October 1, 2014

For Immediate Release October 1, 2014 Contact: Andrew DeBlock, California Women’s Law Center -­ andrew.deblock@cwlc.org, 978-821-0185 California Legislative Session Ends on A Positive Note for Women and Girls Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bills Guaranteeing Paid Sick Days, Preventing Pregnancy Discrimination for Students, Ensuring Access to Contraception and Prohibiting Sterilization of Female Inmates Among Others LOS
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CWLC Participates in Rally to Stop the Sultan of Brunei

May 20, 2014

On May 5th, California Women’s Law Center Interim Executive Director spoke at a rally to stop the Sultan of Brunei’s barbaric policies against women and the LGBT community.  Betsy joined Jay Leno and members of the Feminist Majority along with icons Dolores Huerta, Ellie Smeal, Lorri Jean and many others in front of the Beverly Hills
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