Events- Past, Present, and Upcoming

By Taylor Fuller

Recap: The first quarter of 2019 has been an eventful one for Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (“SBWL”). Along-side with Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (“STESA”), SBWL kicked off the year co-hosting An Evening with Gloria Allred at the Lobero Theater in January. Ms. Allred, a civil rights attorney who is well-known for taking high-profile and controversial cases involving the protection of women’s rights, shared her experiences of fighting for justice in a captivating and thought-provoking presentation.

SBWL celebrated International Women’s Day, hosting a Mix and Mingle at Santa Barbara Wine Therapy. The Mix and Mingle was a fun, casual opportunity to get together with individuals in the legal field, ranging from law students to experienced local attorneys.

The SBWL Scholarship Luncheon was held in late-March to grant scholarships to well-deserving students funded by our generous sponsors.  Idalia Gomez received the McLaffery Memorial Award and the Anticouni and Associates Scholarship.  Kacey Cook was awarded with the NordstrandBlack Scholarship. (Pictures Below)

Upcoming: SBWL is looking forward to a busy rest of the year, starting with a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Series (“MCLE”) and the UCSB Law Panel, and Food from the Bar Mixers. The 2019 MCLE series will consist of six-monthly presentations from Santa Barbara Superior Court judges on a wide-range of topics. The series launches this month and promises to be a great opportunity to meet and hear from the local bench, while breaking bread with the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers.

SBWL has partnered with the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Foodbank, and Topa Topa to present Food from the Bar Happy Hour Mixer in an effort to raise money for the Foodbank’s summer lunch program. SBWL hopes you will join us on May 14, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at Topa Topa.  Learn more and donate here!

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation Outreach Committee has collaborated with The UCSB Pre-Law Advising and Career Services to host an event featuring a panel of local attorneys to provide students with an opportunity to engage, interact, and network with local attorneys.

Lastly, SBWL continues to offer mentoring circles to members. Mentoring circles have proven to be a successful tool to support members, and to gain confidence and support in their legal professions. If interested in joining a mentorship circle, please contact SBWL at

SBWL looks forward to an exciting, eventful 2019!