California Women’s Law Center (CWLC)

Founded in 1989, CWLC is the first law center in California solely dedicated to addressing the comprehensive and unique legal needs of women and girls. HQ in El Segundo.
Organization Website

Twitter: @CWLC_la
Facebook: Facebook
Primary geographic focus: California Statewide
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Support Centers
Tags: Veterans, Women
Acronym or short name: CWLC

Since its founding in 1989, the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) has served as a unique advocate in California, working in collaboration with others to protect, secure, and advance the comprehensive civil rights of women and girls. CWLC prides itself on forging novel approaches to the problems that confront women and girls, proposing unique strategies to implement those approaches, and recasting issues in new terms.

CWLC breaks down barriers and advances the potential of women and girls through transformative litigation, policy advocacy and education.

CWLC is the first law center in California solely dedicated to addressing the comprehensive and unique legal needs of women and girls, and the organization offers unparalleled expertise in women’s legal issues and effective strategies to protect and advance women’s rights. By focusing on gender discrimination, violence against women, women’s health, and reproductive justice, CWLC dedicates its resources to making the constitutional promise of equality a reality and to protecting the rights of women and girls every day.


LAAC Member Story

California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) sponsors distinguished guest speaker series

California Women’s Law Center (CWLC)
September 3, 2015
Event at Feminist Majority Foundation Sep 2, 2015 looked at California’s corrections system and the unique needs of incarcerated women and girls.


The Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students and Employees at CA Schools

Jul 31, 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.
MCLE: 1 hour

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

Oct 25, 2018
A training on the legal requirements mandating equity for girls playing sports in high school and at youth parks and recreation facilities in California.
MCLE: 1 hour

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

Jan 30, 2019
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California Courts

May 30, 2019
In this informational webinar we will explore the different types of restraining orders that can be issued to protect a domestic violence survivor and discuss common issues that arise before judges when applying for or requesting transfer or renewal of such an order between the Family and Juvenile court systems. We will also review the important differences substantively and procedurally between civil domestic violence restraining orders and criminal protective orders.
MCLE: 1 hour

Is Your Community Playing Fair? CA’s Fair Play Act (AB 2404) and Gender Discrimination in Youth Sports

Oct 24, 2019
Girls who play sports as youth benefit in many ways: they perform better in school, are more likely to earn higher wages, and have better health outcomes. California enacted the Fair Play in Community Sports Act (“Fair Play Act” or AB 2404) almost 20 years ago, requiring local community youth sports programs to provide equal opportunities, treatment and benefits to girls and boys in their competitive athletic programs. Despite this, girls’ sports at the local youth level still continue to face significant discrimination. 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!
MCLE: 1 hour

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in CA Courts: Complex Legal Issues

Nov 20, 2019
This webinar will dive into some of the complex legal issues facing litigants seeking domestic violence restraining orders in California courts.


Using Title IX As a Legal Tool to Address Campus Sexual Assault: A Brief Primer

Jan 7, 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.
MCLE: 0.5 hours

How to Appeal a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Tips and Tricks

Jan 23, 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.
MCLE: 0.5 hours

Advancing Reproductive Justice, Health and Rights in Uncertain Times

Aug 24, 2020
MCLE: 1 hour

Facing Housing Barriers: Gender, Evictions, and COVID-19

Sep 23, 2020
(Elimination of Bias)

Gender Equity in Sports During COVID-19: A Review

Jan 21, 2021


Teen Dating Violence: Detect, Address and Prevent

Jul 27, 2017
Join us for an informational webinar discussing the problem of teen dating, the current federal, state, and local legislation addressing teen dating violence, and what further steps can and should be taken to combat teen dating violence.
MCLE: 1 hour

A Level Playing Field: Title IX and Gender Equity in K-12 Athletics

May 10, 2017
We invite you to join us for an informational training webinar to learn about Title IX and other laws that apply to equality in athletics at K-12 schools.
MCLE: 1 hour

The Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX and California Law

Apr 18, 2017
Under Title IX and California law, pregnant students are protected from discrimination and schools are required to provide accommodations to these students so that they can remain full participants in and receive the full benefits of their education.
MCLE: 1 hour

Breastfeeding Rights in California Schools

Nov 9, 2016
This training discusses the lactation rights of pregnant and parenting teens as well as employees in California schools.
MCLE: 1 hour

Equal Pay in California: Your Right to Pay Equity in the Workplace

Oct 12, 2016
During this webinar, members of the California Fair Pay Collaborative will provide participants with data about the wage gap and the importance of this issue especially for low-income Californians, information about the rights workers have under California’s equal pay law, how to spot a violation of those rights, and what to do to remedy violations.
MCLE: 1 hour

S.T.O.P. Teen Dating Violence

Oct 26, 2015
Discusses the legal responsibilities schools have to address teen dating violence.

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