WLAC is a minority bar association founded in 1980. Our mission is to promote the interests of women, including women lawyers, women judges, and women law students and in this regard, to encourage discussion of problems faced by women in the profession and develop solutions; provide a forum for social contact and professional networking; encourage professionalism, mutual respect and courtesy towards and among women in the legal profession; and further equal opportunity for all women. In pursuit of our mission, WLAC works closely with members of the bench in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to promote excellence on the bench. We host the legal community throughout the year to honor women judges in these counties who demonstrate excellence and leadership in the profession. 

Nominations Open for WLAC Officers & Board of Directors

The Women Lawyers of Alameda County Nominating Committee is accepting applications for the 2022 Board of Directors. Please consider applying to join the board.

We anticipate filling several open Director positions for the term beginning January 1, 2022. If you would like to be considered by the Committee, please submit a statement of interest and qualification of two paragraphs or less to [email protected], with the subject “2022 Board” by July 30.

If you would like to be considered by the Committee for the office of President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer, please also submit a statement of interest and qualification of two paragraphs or less to [email protected], with the subject “2022 Officer” by July 30.

Members may also directly nominate Officers and Directors by submitting to the WLAC Secretary on or before July 30, 2021, 5:00 pm, a written nomination signed by the nominee and not less than 5% of the current membership in good standing.



A Voice for Women in the Law Since 1980

Coffee with Women Judges of the Alameda County Bench Co-Sponsored by the ACBA and WLAC

These virtual chats will be hour-long conversations with judges and a moderator and will take place during the lunch hour. Current topics include:

Advice for lawyers
Changes in the practice of law
Court updates
Conducting virtual courtrooms



Online registration closes the day before the event. If you have trouble registering, please contact the Membership Coordinator.

FREE ACBA Members and WLAC members
$30 Non Members



“The Roots of Racism”, where we will discuss the history, law and modern effects of systemic racism.


Part I focuses on Black communities, and CA Secretary of State, Dr Shirley Weber, UC Hastings Law Prof Shauna Marshall, and writer Dawn Shock are panelists.

“Part 1 of the Roots of Racism Series” takes place on May 27, 2021.




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CWL logo

WLAC is an affiliate of California Women Lawyers (CWL), a statewide bar association.  CWL brings together leaders from around the state to advocate for issues important to women lawyers.  By working together, WLAC and CWL support and strengthen each other.

As a WLAC member, you are entitled to a discounted membership rate.  We encourage you to become a concurrent member of CWL and help maintain our voting seat on the Board of Governors.

WLAC is a proud member of the Minority Bar Coalition.

Minority Bar Coalition

WLAC has rejoined the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations!