We pursue litigation at the trial and appellate levels, submit and support amicus briefs, and frequently partner with co-counsel to achieve our goals. Our cases reflect a wide range of interconnected issues that CWLC prioritizes, including economic security, Title IX and gender discrimination, sexual assault and harassment, and women’s health.

Litigation is an effective advocacy tool, but going to court can be a long and arduous process. We frequently obtain our objectives through settlement agreements in which the entities involved acknowledge non-compliance and commit to an action plan that will fully implement the law.

Our work in the courts is closely tied to our policy advocacy and public education efforts. After a successful courtroom victory, we educate communities about policy changes and we support related compliance efforts. Working directly with plaintiffs gives us insight into the legal challenges many women face, and we regularly seek legislative relief for reoccurring problems.

SPOTLIGHT ON …

Amicus Briefs

Each year, CWLC participates in dozens of amicus briefs addressing a variety of legal issues affecting justice and equality for...

Settlement Agreements and Monitoring

Much of CWLC's legal work takes place outside of the courtroom. While litigation is an effective advocacy tool, going to court...

Litigation: Female Veteran's Fair Housing Case (2016)

The California Women’s Law Center and co-counsel represented a female veteran who brought several claims against the owners...

Litigation: Title IX Victory as Ninth Circuit Finds Sweetwater Union High School District in Violation (2014)

In 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals awarded a class of female athletes a decisive victory in Ollier v. Sweetwater Union...