March 2019 MCLE: California's First Woman Lawyer, Clara Shortridge Foltz (And How Barbara Babcock Rescued Her Pioneering Legacy)
Women Lawyers Association
California's First Woman Lawyer, Clara Shortridge Foltz
(And How Barbara Babcock Rescued Her Pioneering Legacy)
March MCLE: This program will discuss the history of discrimination against women in the legal profession, highlighting the legacy of Clara Shortridge Foltz, the first woman admitted to the California Bar, and the originator of the Public Defender system. Foltz was a leader for the women’s suffrage movement, and women’s legal rights. Foltz’s career spanned 56 years, and she led an almost unbelievable life of professional achievements as a lawyer, lecturer, suffragette, and legal reformer. However, Foltz was a largely forgotten figure in American legal history, until her story was brought to light by Stanford Law Prof. Barbara Babcock in the biography Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz.
The WLA will also be presenting our annual award for the
Outstanding Woman Lawyer
Note: This program qualifies for 1 MCLE credit in recognition and elimination of bias
Jan Howell Marx
Jan Marx is the Campus Dean of the San Luis Obispo College of Law. She served as Mayor of San Luis Obispo from 2010-2016, and was on the San Luis Obispo City Council from 1998 to 2002 and 2008-2010. She owned her own law firm from 1993 to 2010. She is a former Deputy District Attorney and trusts and estates civil litigator, and has also taught Business Law at Cal Poly. She has served as a mediator for real property matters and also conducted mediations and settlement conferences in estate planning matters for the San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Jan is a co-founder of the Temporary Restraining Order clinic for victims of domestic violence, and has also volunteered for the Senior Legal Services Center, and SLO County Bar Association Fee Arbitration panel.
Jan has been an advocate of preservation of local open space and natural areas for over 25 years, and has served on a number of local boards, including the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO). She is married to Steven Marx, and they have two children and four grandsons.
This program qualifies for one hour MCLE credit in recognition and elimination of bias
Students - $21.50*
Members - $31.50*
Non-Members - $41.50*
*Discounted pricing is available for cash or checks mailed to WLASLO, P.O. Box 3918, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-3918: Students: $20, Members: $30, Non-Members: $40
There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.
(1) Pay online at:
(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918
* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email the WLA Secretary Elizabeth Culley at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you've mailed your check and the names of those who will be attending.
IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019.
Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time.
We look forward to your participation!
Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.
This program qualifies for: 1 hour MCLE credit in recognition and elimination of bias