contact@blackwomenlawyers.org

P.O. 8179 Los Angeles, CA 90008

(213) 488-4411

Facebook

Twitter

Search

2017 Los Angeles Business Journal Most Influential Women Lawyers

Four BWL members have been named to Los Angeles Business Journal's 2017 list of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles! Please join me in congratulating: BWL President, Amber Finch, Partner, Reed Smith BWL Past President and Lifetime Member, Katessa Davis, Partner, Ogletree Deakins BWL Lifetime Member Michelle Cooke, Partner, Manatt Phelps BWL Member Alexis Crump, Partner, Lewis Brisbois The article and full list of awardees can be accessed HERE. Congratulations, ladies! BWL is proud to have you as members. Thank you for continuing to blaze the trail. ...

Continue reading

BWL Responds to Orange County Bar Association President Baroni’s Inaugural President’s Column on Immigrants

Executive Board of the Orange County Bar Association P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658   Dear President Baroni, Officers, and Board of Directors: We write to you as fellow members of the Bar to express our views concerning the recent statements made by Michael Baroni, 2017 President of the Orange County Bar Association, in the President’s January column of Orange County Lawyer magazine. As we, the Black Women Lawyers of Association of Los Angeles, reflect during this time of celebration of progress and change via Black History and Women’s History Months, we find it both timely and relevant for our organization to bring attention...

Continue reading

BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES, INC. HOSTS LOVING MEMORIAL TRIBUTE IN HONOR OF JUSTICE VAINO H. SPENCER AT SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc. Media Contact: Amber Finch (213) 457-8046 afinch@reedsmith.com LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 5, 2016. On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (“BWL”) held a loving Memorial Tribute service to honor the legacy and leadership of BWL Co-Founder Justice Vaino Hassan Spencer, who passed away on October 25, 2016, at the age of 96. Justice Spencer was a legal giant. She was the first African American woman judge in California when she was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1961, and only the third Black woman judge in the nation....

Continue reading

BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES, INC. TO HOST MEMORIAL TRIBUTE IN HONOR OF JUSTICE VAINO H. SPENCER, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc. Media Contact: Amber Finch (213) 457-8046 afinch@reedsmith.com BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES, INC. TO HOST MEMORIAL TRIBUTE IN HONOR OF JUSTICE VAINO H. SPENCER, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 22, 2016. On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (“BWL”) will be holding a Memorial Tribute Service to honor the legacy and leadership of BWL Co-Founder Justice Vaino H. Spencer, who passed away on October 25, 2016. The event will be held at Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, Justice Spencer’s alma...

Continue reading

COURT AGREES WITH STATE BAR AND MINORITY BAR ORGANIZATIONS AND BLOCKS DISCLOSURE OF BAR EXAM APPLICANTS’ RACE, PASSAGE RATE, AND OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

In a California Superior Court ruling filed on Monday, November 7, 2016, the State Bar of California achieved a major victory in the Sander et al. v. State Bar of California et al. case. The Court denied the Petitioners' (Richard Sander et al.) petition for a writ of mandate ordering the State Bar to provide records requested in May 2008. Specifically, Petitioners requested California State Bar exam applicant data for those that applied between 1072 and 2008. Petitioners seek information about applicants’ race, law school, transfer status, year of law school graduation, law school GPA, undergraduate GPA, LSAT score, whether...

Continue reading

BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF FOUNDING CONVENOR, JUSTICE VAINO H. SPENCER

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (BWL) proudly celebrates the life of our own shining star and a co-founder of this organization, Justice Vaino Hassan Spencer, who passed on October 25, 2016. Justice Spencer's 96-year legacy boasts a long list of professional accomplishments, including many "firsts", an extraordinary legal reputation, and a host of women lawyers and judges that she actively mentored ensuring a solid footprint in the legal community.   Legend A true Los Angeles native, Justice Spencer started her reign in the city of Los Angeles where she attended Los Angeles Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles City College, and...

Continue reading

BWL vs. Police Brutality

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (“BWL”) is extremely concerned about the recent deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the police officers in Dallas. BWL is distressed by the repeated acts of police brutality and use of excessive force, especially in heightened numbers against the African-American population, and African-American men, in particular. We join in the chorus of voices throughout our nation and beyond in saying that we demand an end to the senseless death and injury of people of color at the hands of police officers who are sworn to protect and serve. We agree with our...

Continue reading