About Us

    Mission Statement

    The Mission of Queen’s Bench is to foster professional and social relationships among women lawyers and to promote equality and opportunity for all women through education, programs, and community outreach.

    History

    Queen’s Bench Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area was formed in 1921 by a group of women lawyers frustrated by the resistance of male lawyers to their participation in the local bar association. We gain inspiration from these visionary women and our long and proud tradition of Queen’s Bench members standing up for equal rights and equal opportunity, and working together to achieve our goals.

    Queen’s Bench seeks to advance the interests of women in law and society, and plays an integral part in furthering the progress of women in the legal profession. We are a non-profit voluntary membership organization made up of attorneys, judges and law students. Queen’s Bench also seeks to advance equality and opportunity for all women.

    Queen’s Bench’s committees are vital to achieving its mission. These committees organize and host programs to eliminate gender bias in the legal community, support women lawyers in assuming positions of leadership, advocate for women’s rights, and encourage adoption of legislative and judicial reforms. The committees also sponsor periodic employment surveys, work to increase the representation of women on the bench, and write amicus briefs on major issues affecting women. Queen’s Bench supports numerous community projects, including biweekly social visits with young women incarcerated in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall and sponsoring scholarships for promising law students at Hastings and University of San Francisco law schools.

    In addition to committee activities, Queen’s Bench sponsors ongoing events and meetings geared towards meeting the professional needs of lawyers, judges and law students. Our events frequently feature prominent judges and attorneys in areas of interest to our members on substantive legal topics and issues of concern to women. Queen’s Bench is a registered provider of continuing legal education and many of our programs qualify for MCLE credit.

    Our past speakers include exceptional women of national prominence, including Isabel Allende, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Pat Schroeder, the Honorable Justices Joyce Kennard and the Honorable Kathryn M. Werdegar of the California Supreme Court. Queen’s Bench members receive a quarterly newsletter with details of upcoming events and items of interest to women and women lawyers, and the information is also posted at Queen’s Bench’s website.

    Queen’s Bench welcomes all members of the legal profession and law students who share our commitment to equal rights and equal opportunity, to join our proud tradition and work for the achievement of our important goals.