Women Lawyers of Alameda County

A voice for women in the law since 1980.

Young Lawyers Association (“HHK”)

Young Lawyers Association (HHK) Membership

HHK are the initials of Herma Hill Kay, a lawyer who is a pioneer among women in law and is the former dean of Boalt Law School at U.C. Berkeley. The Herma Hill Kay (HHK) membership category in WLAC was instituted to honor Dean Kay and provide a special forum for women who are at the start of their legal careers.

HHK membership is available to all law students and recent California Bar admittees (0-5 years). HHK/WLAC membership is free for law students and for attorneys in their first year of admission to the California Bar; HHK/WLAC membership is available at the reduced rate of $40/year thereafter. Events specifically for HHK members are held 2-3 times a year; HHK members are also encouraged to attend WLAC’s other events throughout the year. General WLAC events provide a way for HHK members to meet and network with more experienced women practitioners in diverse areas of the law.

WLAC has also endeavored to mentor law students when the opportunity presents itself. Currently, we have a mentor program with LEOP at Hastings. However, we are working to build our mentoring program.

If you are a WLAC member and are interested in mentoring a law student. Please contact us below.

For mentoring inquiries, please contact wlacmentoring@gmail.com

Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Fund

The Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Fund provides assistance to deserving law students trying to survive the financial rigors of the bar exam. The Stipend Awards are funded through the proceeds received at the Annual Judges' Dinner Silent Auction, and the raffle for the beautiful centerpieces. The Fund is named in honor of Ms. Margaret Gannon who served as WLAC President from 2007-2009, who is also the visionary behind the Fund. Ms. Gannon said she was inspired to initiate the Stipend Fund while attending a California Women Lawyers’ function.

The application period typically opens in February and awards are announced at our Spring Reception to recipients sitting for the July Bar exam.

Four $500 stipends for 2016 were awarded at the WLAC Spring Member Reception this past May.

To donate to the Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Fund please enter your donation amount below. Donations are processed through PayPal (a PayPal account is not necessary to donate). You will be directed to PayPal's site to complete the transaction.

To apply for a 2017 stipend, please check back in February! Here is the 2016 application:


Additional Opportunities

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