The Advocacy Committee develops, maintains and updates SBWL regarding judicial, legislative and litigation developments.  The Committee monitors developments in legislation and keeps members informed. The Committee will continue to create goals and procedures for this committee to track legislation. The Committee also participates and monitors developments in amicus brief and related litigation, and keeps members informed. The Committee will consider and recommend amicus briefs that the organization can lend support to on issues that fall within the mission of SBWL. The Committee prepares a quarterly report regarding its goals and activities, and information regarding current developments to publish in the quarterly newsletter.

The Committee monitors all developments relating to Santa Barbara County’s judiciary. It also meets with and evaluates potential judicial candidates, both for election and appointment. The Committee is responsible for implementing some of SBWL’s most important goals: increasing the number of women in Superior Court positions and educating qualified candidates for upcoming openings in those posts.  The Judicial Committee also sponsors Judicial Candidate forums during the election process.

2020 Committee Members: Meghan (Chair), Marisol, Michelle, Betty, Taylor


The Membership Committee recruits and welcomes new members to SBWL and works to encourage continuing membership. The Committee maintains a current membership list, encourages and promotes membership to California Women Lawyer (CWL), and makes efforts to get new members involved in SBWL activities. The Committee serves membership through communications and networking.

The Membership Committee promotes and coordinates SBWL Mentoring Circles, and includes maintaining communication with circle leads, assigning interested members to circles, and creating new circles as needed. The committee also plans and coordinates other networking opportunities for members, and maintains relationships with other community organizations including but not limited to Women Lawyers of Ventura County, Women Lawyers of SLO, CWL, SB Legal Professionals Association, SB Colleges of Law, SBCBA, Barristers, SB Pro Choice Coalition, Transition House, etc.

The Membership Committee develops, maintains and updates SBWL’s website at, social media, and publishes SBWL’s informative monthly electronic newsletter. There’s room on the committee for writers, editors, photographers, and novice website programmers — anyone with traditional journalistic flair or e-commentators. The committee also is SBWL’s contact with the local media, by keeping it informed about SBWL activities.

2020 Committee Members: Christine (Chair), Marisol, Samantha, Diana, Nicole


The Legal Education Committee is responsible for developing and executing MCLE and related program events, including but not limited to arranging for speakers and publicizing the event. The Committee should endeavor to execute four or more events per calendar year on topics relevant to the SBWL membership.

2020 Committee Members: Tara (Chair), Marisol, Kate, Monique, Jessica


The Professional Advancement Committee solicits, evaluates and presents nominations for the annual Deborah Talmage Attorney of the Year Award plans the Annual Dinner. The planning process includes securing a keynote speaker for the event.

2020 Committee Members: Marisol (Chair), Christine, Tara, Diana, Betty, Monique, Jessica, Betty, Nicole


The Nominating Committee nominates the 2021 board of directors. The Committee must be made of directors and regular members. The Committee also considers and recommends nominees for awards, including but not limited to CWL awards.

2020 Committee Members: Samantha (Chair), Taylor, Kate, Meghan