The award was created in 1982 in honor of Fay Stender, a founding mother of CWL and staunch supporter of under-represented groups and individuals. The award is presented each year at the CWL Annual Dinner to someone who has demonstrated feminist perspective, has served as a role model for women attorneys, and has demonstrated ability to affect change as a single individual, among other qualities shared with Fay Stender.
“Ms. Schenk is a true legend in the legal community of California and the United States. As a founding mother of CWL and early pioneer of women rights, she has paved the way for the continued fight for equal rights,” said CWL President Neda Mansoorian, partner at McManis Faulkner. “Since 1971, Ms. Schenk has continued establishing herself as a true trailblazer, in the same fashion as Fay Stender.”
Schenk is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and has held multiple leadership roles for the California state government. Among her many accomplishments, Schenk is credited with being the first woman to hold a cabinet post as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency during her tenure with Governor Jerry Brown. Shealso became California’s first female Chief of Staff when appointed by Governor Gray Davis. Furthermore, Schenk holds the recognition of being the first Congresswoman elected south of Los Angeles. She is a founding mother of Lawyers Club of San Diego and CWL, both of which have missions to advance the status of women in law and society.
Still active in the legal community, Schenk serves on the Board of Directors for Sempra Energy and BIOGEN IDEC, and is a member of the California High Speed Rail Authority.
In addition to keynoting, Justice Kennard will receive CWL’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Appointed to the California Supreme Court in 1989 by Governor George Deukmejian, Justice Kennard became the second woman and the first Asian American to serve as a justice on the Court. Justice Kennard, who retired on April 5, 2014 after 25 years of service, will be delivering an address that reflects on her inspiring career.
Reservations for the 40th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction are due by Sept. 4. Additional details and registration information can be found on the CWL website (http://www.cwl.org/
California Women Lawyers is the only statewide bar association dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the profession of law and society. The organization has represented the interests of more than 30,000 women in all facets of the legal profession, influencing lawyers, educators, students and judges. CWL was founded in 1974 as a commitment to the advancement of women, to universal equal rights and to the elimination of unfair bias. Connect with CWL on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/