The WLS Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation that provides financial assistance to qualified law students and local community organizations.
The Foundation conducts an annual fundraiser, the ArtFest, each Fall. The ArtFest includes dinner, live music, artwork from local artists and a silent auction. The proceeds benefit grants to local charitable organizations assisting women and children, as well as scholarships to outstanding law students in need.
Women Lawyers of Sacramento Foundation is the charitable arm of Women Lawyers of Sacramento. This charitable organization seeks to address the unmet needs of women and children and raises funds to support legal educational opportunities and community programs that satisfy these needs.
Each Spring, the Grants and Awards Committee of WLS accepts applications from local non-profit community organizations whose purposes and activities relate to any one (or more) of the following five categories: (1) Women’s Issues; (2) Children’s Issues; (3) Education Programs; (4) Access to Law; and /or (5) Community Based Programs. The grants are awarded during the summer at the WLS monthly luncheon.
In 2013, the WLS Foundation awarded $6,000 in grants to non-profit community organizations for projects that support women and children. The following is a summary of the monies awarded:
- $1,500 to Omni Youth Programs to provide 900 youth, aged 10-13, with student folders, paper (to make goal collages, program activities copies, and drug free pledge cards), and small gifts as rewards for completing weekly discussions with their parents as part of the Peers Against Substance Abuse (PASA) Program.
- $1,000 to Center for Community Health and Well-Being to help support the creation of Leadership and Empowerment Institute for Girls and Young Women’s (LEI) Summer Institute and to cover the cost of admission for 15 girls into the summer program.
- $1,000 to Lilliput Children’s Services to provide guardianship workshops and additional assistance to Sacramento County kinship caregivers.
- $1,000 to the Ovarian Cancer Educational & Research Network, Inc. (“OCERN”) to develop and print educational materials, including a brochure and symptom card/book to disseminate to women at community events.
- $750 to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento for outings for children ages 1-5 in their Acorns Cottage, who are victims of physical abuse or severe neglect.
- $750 to the Yolo County CASA to provide background checks and provide training curriculum materials for 7-8 trainees to serve 7-8 additional foster children.
- $500 to Loaves & Fishes Maryhouse Day Shelter for Women to provide feminine hygiene products to the homeless women who utilize the daytime hospitality shelter.
- $500 to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to support its Parent Education program by providing supplies for the Expectant Mother Package.
- $500 to Wellspring Women’s Center to provide sanitary napkins to approximately 80 guests for 3 months.
2016 Grant Information
Women Lawyers of Sacramento is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the award of community grants. WLS is continuing its tradition of awarding funds to local non-profit organizations whose purposes and activities are related to any one or more of the following categories: (1) Women’s Issues; (2) Children’s Issues; (3) Education Programs; (4) Access to Law; and /or (5) Community Based Programs.
We encourage you to pass along this information to anyone in the area you think may be interested in applying for grants. More information can be found here: 2016 Grants. Feel free to contact Amy Halloran at Amy@WilliamsLawAssociates.com with any questions.
Applications for grants are due June 1, 2016.
Since it was founded in 1962, Women Lawyers of Sacramento has encouraged women to enter and excel in the legal profession. In furtherance of this goal, WLS provides several scholarships to deserving law students in the Sacramento area. Many scholarships are available to first and second year law students, while another is exclusively for graduating law students to assist with expenses related to study of the California bar examination.
Each year, WLS awards at least four scholarships. The exact number of scholarships and the amount of funds per scholarship is determined each year by the Foundation Board of Directors and is based on ArtFest proceeds.
The WLS Scholarship
WLS awarded the first WLS Scholarship in 1966, when it awarded $250 to Barbara McCallum. Ms. McCallum was a student at McGeorge School of Law who later served as president of WLS. The WLS Scholarship is awarded to a financially needy first or second year law student whose achievements are consistent with WLS’s goals of advancing the position of women in law and society, but who may not meet the criteria applicable for WLS’s other scholarships.
Deadline to apply for the 2016 WLS Scholarship is March 14, 2016. For more information, please click here: WLS Scholarship 2016
In 1983, WLS established the Margaret A. Flynn Scholarship in honor of Sacramento County’s first woman judge. Her appointment to the Sacramento County Municipal Court bench in 1964 was the result of WLS’s first organized effort to get a woman appointed to the bench. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, Judge Flynn served as Deputy Legislative Counsel, Principal Research Attorney and Clerk of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. Judge Flynn had a quick mind, an assertive manner and little patience for red tape detail. The Margaret A. Flynn Scholarship is awarded to a financially needy first or second year law student who has engaged in exemplary community service. Special consideration is given to candidates whose community service has benefited women and/or children.
Deadline to apply for the 2016 Margaret A. Flynn Scholarship is March 14, 2016. For more information, please click here: Margaret A. Flynn Scholarship 2016
In 1992, WLS established a scholarship in honor of Justice Frances Newell Carr. The daughter of migrant farm workers, Frances Carr often switched schools and quickly learned to take advantage of whatever educational opportunities were available. Naturally competitive, she learned to cut more grapes than anyone else by the time she was ten years old. She decided to become a lawyer because “all the important men were always lawyers.” She worked her way through college and law school, graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1948. She and another woman classmate had difficulty finding employment until they found a lawyer who offered to let them both work full-time for a single $200 a month salary. Frances Carr was a founding member and the first president of WLS. In 1975, she became the first woman appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court. Five years later, she was elevated to the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, where she served until her death in 1991. The Frances Newell Carr Scholarship is awarded to a financially needy first or second year law student with an outstanding academic record. Special consideration is given to candidates who have overcome personal adversity.
Deadline to apply for the 2016 Frances Newell Carr Scholarship is March 14, 2016. For more information, please click here: Francis Newell Carr Scholarship 2016
In 1997, WLS established a scholarship in honor of Virginia S. Mueller, a trail-blazing Sacramento lawyer who has worked tirelessly to advance the position of women in the legal profession. This scholarship is available to third year (fourth year evening) students studying for the bar examination. Virginia Mueller has practiced law for over half a century, having become a member of the California Bar upon graduation from Cornell University Law School in 1946. In 1959, she was hired as the first woman Deputy in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. She was hired, District Attorney John Price recalls, in spite of her gender; she simply was clearly the most qualified candidate. Virginia Mueller was a founding member of WLS and served as its second president. Through her leadership positions in WLS, the National Asociation of Women Lawyers and many other organizations, Virginia Mueller has vigorously worked to end all forms of discrimination against women. Special consideration is given to candidates who have worked to expand opportunities for historically disadvantaged persons.
Deadline to apply for the 2016 Virginia S. Mueller Scholarship is March 14, 2016. For more information, please click here: Virginia S. Mueller Scholarship 2016
In 2008, WLS established a memorial scholarship in honor of Karen Pedersen Stevens. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Karen Pedersen Stevens was instrumental in helping the Senate Judiciary Committee draft California’s “no-fault” divorce law. In 1973, she graduated from McGeorge School of Law, and immediately began her involvement in promoting women in the profession. Karen Pedersen Stevens was a founding member of California Women Lawyers, and she later served as a president of Women Lawyers of Sacramento. Her service and dedication to the legal community included her involvement on the Attorney General’s Women’s Rights Task Force, State Bar’s board of governors, California Young Lawyers’ board of governors, and UOP McGeorge School of law board of directors. In 2007, SCBA selected Karen Stevens as the posthumous recipient of the Distinguished Attorney of the Year Award. The Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship is awarded to a financially needy first or second year law student who either has an interest in pursuing a legal career in family law and/or an individual who has provided assistance to women and/or children. Special consideration is given to individuals who have a desire to start their own family law practice.
Deadline to apply for the 2016 Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship is March 14, 2016. For more information, please click here: Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship 2016
The Jean C. McEvoy Scholarship
In 2013, WLS established a memorial scholarship in honor of Jean C. McEvoy, President of Women Lawyers of Sacramento in 2002. Jean McEvoy was a fervent advocate of supporting rights and opportunities for women locally and internationally. A private attorney with exceptional legal skills, she was known for being compassionate and committed to assisting people in need as she strongly advocated for conservatees and minor children in guardianships. She skillfully guided clients through estate planning and probate matters. Jean McEvoy was unparalleled in her encouragement of other women in their professional careers. In 2010, Jean McEvoy was the recipient of the organizations’ highest honor, the Francis Newell Carr Award. In 2013, the Sacramento County Bar Association selected Jean C. McEvoy as its posthumous recipient of their Distinguished Attorney of the Year Award. The Jean C. McEvoy scholarship is awarded to a financially needy law student currently in the first or second year, with an interest in pursuing a legal career in either probate or elder law, and/or has a demonstrated interest in assisting seniors and children in achieving stability in their lives. Special consideration will be given to individuals who have entered law as a second profession and/or began law school at the age of 35 or later in life.
Deadline to apply for the 2016 Jean C. McEvoy Scholarship is March 14, 2016. For more information, please click here: Jean C. McEvoy Scholarship 2015
WLS graciously accepts your tax-deductible donations. Donations may be made payable to “WLS Foundation” and sent to:
Women Lawyers of Sacramento
P.O. Box 936
Sacramento, CA 95814