A Respected Advocate for Women

Established in 1919, WLALA has been a powerful and respected advocate of women attorneys, women in general, persons of color, the disadvantaged, and the under-represented in Southern California. With over 1,000 members, our members are an integral part of one of the largest local women’s bar association in California.

An Active Bar Association

WLALA is an extremely active bar organization which seeks to promote the interests of women attorneys and judges, to further understanding of and support for the legal rights of all women, and to promote equality and equal opportunity for all people. Among the special projects of WLALA are: the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, which assists low income individuals in preparing and handling pro per family law matters; the LA Superior Court and WLALA Power Lunch, which provides education and mentorship for high school students in under-served, high-crime, and ethnically diverse communities; the Downtown Women’s Center, which provides meals, permanent supportive housing apartments, and a wide array of health, education, and other supportive services to homeless and very low-income women; and the WLALA Foundation’s scholarships and grants that allow law students to develop projects to benefit the disadvantaged, and funding for historical and educational projects, pro bono projects and scholarships.

Unique Benefits to Members

WLALA offers many opportunities for education and professional development, rainmaking, mentoring, matching with other attorneys, exposure for members’ practices through involvement in special legal programs, discounts for electronic discovery, payroll, and insurance services, and savings on Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) dues and California Women Lawyers (CWL) dues.  Consult our Benefits of Membership page for more details.

Member Opportunities Abound

WLALA members are invited to participate in a variety of Sections and Committees, including: the Business Law Section, the Family Law Section, the Litigation Section, and the Criminal Justice Section. WLALA’s members can also attend monthly membership luncheons and receptions which feature prominent lawyers and judges, as well as community and national leaders. WLALA’s annual Litigators’ Forum has proven to attract hundreds of women litigators each year for this great learning and networking event.

An Active Calendar of Events

WLALA sponsors gala events and symposiums throughout the year. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events.