• J. D., Yale Law School – 1972
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University – 1968


Dean Emerita; Golden Gate University School of Law; San Francisco, CA (2012-present)

Dean; Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA (2009-12)

CEO of 800-student, 125-employee, $25 million law school, including J.D. LL.M and S.J.D. programs, with emphasis on diversiy and inclusion initiatives, public interest law and skills training curriculum; founded International Women Judges Graduate Fellowship Program and Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lectureship

Nationally recognized speaker on diversity in the judiciary, legal profession and legal academia; judicial independence; legal and judicial ethics; employment and educational discrimination

Executive Director; National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ); New York, NY; Washington, DC (2005-2009)

CEO of national association of federal, state, tribal and military judges, dedicated to a diverse and independent judiciary and a fair and accessible justice system

  • Led organization to new level of national prominence and visibility, public service and financial stability
  • Established law firm sustainer program, mobilizing financial and substantive commitment of 150 law firms, law schools, corporations and individuals
  • Pursued successful collaborations with community, governmental, judicial, academic and professional groups, including Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues and Conference of Chief Justices

Non-profit and Foundation Consulting Positions (2002-05)

  • Open Society Institute (Soros); New York, NY
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); New York, NY
  • American College of Trial Lawyers; New York, NY
  • J. M. Kaplan Fund; New York, NY

Executive Director and General Counsel; The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF); San Francisco, CA (1985-2002)

CEO and general counsel of 10,000-member, $12 million, 120-employee metropolitan bar association and related entities

  • Helped lead BASF to become nationally recognized leader in diversity initiatives and provision of pro bono legal services
  • Served as national speaker on issues including achieving diversity in the bench and bar, affirmative action, judicial independence, pro bono legal services, employment and educational equality, and public service responsibilities of law firms and corporate law departments
  • Developed nation’s largest and most successful bar-sponsored diversity program addressing race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ and disability in the legal profession; co-founded and directed California Minority Counsel Program; produced, implemented and nationally distributed diversity model policies and training videos and materials
  • Expanded Volunter Legal Services Program to become nation’s largest and most comprehensive bar-sponsored pro bono legal services program, including the Homeless Advocacy Project  (HAP) and San Francisco Legal Community Welfare-to-Work Program
  • Co-founded and led BASF/San Francisco Unified School District Law Academy and School-to-College Program

Professor of Law; Golden Gate University School of Law; San Francisco, CA (1978-85) 

Teaching and scholarship in areas including torts, products liability, 
employment discrimination and sex discrimination

Staff Counsel; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; San Francisco, CA (1973-76)

Trial and appellate impact litigation focusing on tri-ethnic and gender discrimination in employment and education; Director, Chicana Rights Project

Associate Attorney; Private Practice (1972-73; 1976-78)

Litigation in areas including First Amendment law, housing and employment discrimination, and public benefits 

Professional Honors

  • Chair, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women
  • Chair, ACLU of Northern California
  • American Bar Association: Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (ABA’s highest award to women in the legal profession)
  • American Jewish Committee: Judge Learned Hand Award
  • California Women Lawyers: Fay Stender Award as Outstanding Woman Lawyer in California
  • Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense Fund): Woman of Achievement Award
  • National Association of Women Judges: Florence K. Murray Award
  • United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): Annual Award
  • San Francisco Business Times: Most Influential Women in Business Award
  • Drucilla Stender Ramey Award for Law Firm Diversity, created and annually awarded by California Minority Counsel Program
  • National LGBT Bar Association: Allies for Justice Award
  • National Bar Association: Wiley A. Branton Award
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section: Non-Profit Lawyers’ Annual Award
  • Koret Israel Prize
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Distinguished Service Award
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco: Matthew O. Tobriner Award
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation: Annual Public Service Award
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Jurisprudence Award
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action: Annual Civil Rights Award
  • California Minority Counsel Program: Founders Award; member, CMCP Hall of Fame
  • Black Women Lawyers of Northern California: Leadership Award
  • Queen’s Bench: Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Featured in ABA’s Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Have Changed the World
  • Bar Association of San Francisco: Champion of Justice Award
  • Equal Rights Advocates: Gender Justice Award
  • Wiley Manuel Foundation: Outstanding Community Service Award
  • California Law Business: multiple annual inclusions in “The State’s Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys”
  • California Lawyer Magazine: featured in “Top 25 Lawyers of the Year: 1997”
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF): Community Service Award
  • Sanctuary for Families, New York, NY: Annual Leadership Award
  • National Lawyers Guild: Annual Award

Professional Associations and Community Service

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Equal Rights Advocates (2016-present)
  • Board of Directors, Habeas Corpus Resource Center (2009-present)
  • ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (2013-present)
  • Council, ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice (2009-present)
  • ABA Presidential Task Force on Gender Equality (2012-present)
  • American Inns of Court (2007-present)
  • San Francisco Bay Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (1985-present)
  • International Women’s Forum (1994-present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2004-present)
  • Board of Directors, American Judicature Society (2009-13)
  • Board of Directors, Society of American Law Teachers (2011-13)
  • ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2010-13)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, California Lawyer Magazine (1994-2013)
  • Yale Law School Executive Committee (2007-10)
  • Board, Law School Consortium Project (2003-08)
  • Board of Advisors, Annette Rickel Foundation (2003-09)
  • Legal Advisory Council, Sanctuary for Families (2003-09)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Contributing Writer, Law Firm Inc. (ALM) (2003-09)
  • Board of Directors, Executive Comm., National Council on Crime and Delinquency (1999-2011)
  • Board of Directors, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1995-98)
  • California State Bar Ethnic Minority Relations Committee (1995-97)
  • California Judicial Council Access and Fairness Standing Advisory Committee (1994-2001)
  • President, California Association of Bar Executives (1991-92)
  • Member: ABA Standing Committee on Constitution and By-Laws; ABA Standing Committee on Bar Services; ABA Advisory Commission on Unmet Legal Needs; ABA Standing Committee on Membership; ABA Standing Committee on LRIS Council member, ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities)
  • Board of Directors, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (1984-98)
  • Founding Vice-President, Governor, California Women Lawyers (1974-79)

Representative Speeches

  • Keynote speaker at national meetings of women partners: Sedgwick; Jackson Lewis; Dickstein Shapiro; diversity and pro bono speaker: O’Melveny & Myers; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; speaker before Bay Area General Counsel and Bay Area Managing Partners groups
  • Keynote Speaker: Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Annual Dinner
  • Keynote Speaker: Annual Meeting, National Conference of Women’s Bars
  • Keynote Speaker: ARK Annual Conference on Advancement of Women in Legal Profession
  • Opening Plenary Panel Speaker: Annual Judicial Conference, U.S. District Court-N.D. Cal.
  • Keynote Speaker: Queen’s Bench Annual Judges Dinner
  • Dozens of speeches to groups including ABA, State Bar of California, Rotary Clubs, California Applicant Attorneys’ Association, National Women’s Political Caucus, Stanford University, Berkeley Law, Yale Law School, Golden Gate Law, CMCP and nonprofit organizations
  • Speaker,  Practicing Law Institute Beyond Diversity 101
  • Speaker, Jackson Lewis National Employment/Labor Law Symposium

Representative Legislative, Regulatory and Ethics Initiatives Participation

  • ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct
  • ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • California Rules of Professional Conduct
  • ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools
  • National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act
  • San Francisco Discriminatory Clubs ordinances
  • San Francisco MBE/WBE/LBE ordinance and regulations
  • San Francisco Comparable Worth Ordinance

Representative Publications

  • Dean’s, Executive Director’s, Chair’s Pages, Messages and Alerts,
  • “Post-Feminist Legal Profession? Not so Fast,” San Francisco Recorder
  • “Great Mentors Made…Not Born,” “Constitutional Law May Be Bad for Your Health,”
  • “A Legal Opinion,” WomensBiz
  • Reports on BASF Goals and Timetables for Minority Advancement
  • Book Review, “A Lawyer Looks at the ERA”
  • “Comparable Worth Comes of Age,” cover story, California Lawyer Magazine
  • “Calculation of Attorneys’ Fees in Title VII Cases Against Private Defendants”

Representative Training Videos

  • Executive Producer, A Firm Commitment (nationally distributed training video and accompanying materials on retention of minority attorneys in legal employment)
  • Executive Producer, Breaking Down Barriers (training video on advancing lawyers with disabilities in the legal profession)

Representative Model Policies

  • Bar Association of San Francisco Goals and Timetables for Minority Advancement
  • Model Policy on Alternative Work Schedules for Attorneys
  • Model Policy on Eliminating Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Model Policy Guidelines and Sample Policy on Sexual Harassment in Employment
  • Model Guidelines and Personnel Policies to Achieve Equal Employment Opportunity for Attorneys with Disabilities
  • Model Domestic Partner Health Benefits Policy


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