Welcome to the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers website. SBWL is a non-profit organization that promotes the diverse interests of women lawyers in Santa Barbara.  To join the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers’ Mailing List, simply send an e-mail to the SBWL Communications Chair with the word “subscribe” in the subject.


September 30, 2015

Do you know a woman who is a stand out among legal professionals inSanta BarbaraCounty?  SBWL is seeking nominations for the Deborah Talmage Attorney of the Year Award, to be presented during SBWL’s Annual Dinner, December 14, 2015.  The Award annually honors an outstanding legal professional who is dedicated to the advancement and success of women; who mentors her colleagues and other women; who personifies professional excellence and a commitment to the highest level of ethics; who has shown a commitment to the community; or who has achieved professional excellence.  The awardee’s name is engraved on a permanent plaque displayed in the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Click here to download the nomination form: 2015 SBWL Attorney of the Year Nomination Form

Nominations are due by September 30, 2015.  If you have questions, please contact Shannon DeNatale Boyd, at

October 20, 2015

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation invites you to attend our 2015 Annual Donor of the Year Awards Dinner
This year Judge Pauline Maxwell will receive this year’s Founding Mother Award.  In addition, this year’s Casino Night sponsors will be honored, with a special recognition to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Hollister & Brace, as key supporters of the organization.  Please join us in celebrating those who have long championed SBWLF’s mission at one of Santa Barbara’s most legendary restaurant since 1968.  RSVP soon because space is limited. Hope to see you there!

Where: Harry’s Plaza Café (Ranchero Room) 3313 State Street
Time: Wine Reception at 5:30 p.m., Buffet Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Price: $50 per member/ $60 per non-member

RSVP by October 13, 2015 to Elvia P. Garcia at or (805) 990-5808.

October 21, 2015
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation (SBWLF) is looking for law students who are interested in applying for our annual scholarship.  SBWLF’s awards scholarships to outstanding law students who have and continue to promote and advance women’s rights and gender equality in the community.  To apply, please submit your completed Scholarship Application to by 6pm on October 21, 2015.  The winner(s) will be revealed at our annual scholarship luncheon. The application can be located on click under the Foundation tab.

December 14, 2015

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers invites you to attend our 2015 Annual Dinner honoring the winner of the Deborah Talmadge Attorney of the Year award.


September 12, 2015
Casino Night! An evening of fun, food and gaming to support the activities of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation. Money raised goes toward academic scholarships, support for Girls Inc. and other programs enriching girls’ lives. Celebrate carnival a la Rio in Santa Barbara for $100 a person and $175 a couple.

June 24, 2015 

Food from the Bar. A mixer at Intermezzo (819 Anacapa St.) from 5 – 7 pm to support the Foodbank ‘s Picnic in the Park program which provides food during the summer for children who will not receive their free or reduced cost lunch while school is out of session. Help the hungry children in our county!
June 3, 2015

The annual mixer of the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association and the Women Lawyers of Ventura County will be held Wednesday June 3, 2015 at the Carpinteria Women’s Club from 6 – 8 PM. Edwina Barvosa, associate professor in the department of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, will speak on unconscious bias and strategies toward potential remedies. The cost is $10 MCLE plus $30 for members, $35 for non-members.Wine, hors d’oeuvres, networking and MCLE!

April 21, 2015

Reception and MCLE credit

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek hosted a reception featuring a presentation by Drs. Nancy O’Reilly and Lois Phillips on unconscious bias. All proceeds of the event were donated to the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation.

December 8, 2014


Renee J. Nordstrand was honored as 2014′s Deborah Talmage Attorney of the Year.

Since she was sworn-in to the California State Bar, Ms. Nordstrand has been a constant presence in our legal community. She promptly joined Consumer Attorneys of California, followed closely by Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, and has been a contributing member of multiple other legal organizations. Ms. Nordstrand has anchored mentoring circles since 2000, and opened up a third circle just this year. From 1998 to 2011, Ms. Nordstrand initiated the evaluation and then the establishment of the Children’s Waiting Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, following the project through to completion. Ms. Nordstrand  served on the SBWL Board of Directors for multiple years, and is responsible for many improvements in our organization.

Our guest speaker was Beth H. Parker, Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Ms. Parker discussed two recent Supreme Court cases, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (contraception and religious accommodation) and McCullen v. Coakley (buffer zones at abortion clinics).


Tuesday, March 4, 2014: Full house at the Santa Barbara College of Law to discuss work/life balance. 

Speakers from left to right: Nancy Leffert, President of Antioch University Santa Barbara; Heather Georgakis, Dean of the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law; Sue McCollum, principal at Hollister and Brace; and SBWL President Shannon DeNatale moderating.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Annual Dinner and 25th Anniversary Celebration

We will be honoring Commissioner Pauline Maxwell with the 2013 Deborah M. Talmage Attorney of the Year Award, as well as guest speaker Laurie Levenson and remarks by Deborah Talmage and Joyce Dudley.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scholarship Luncheon and MCLE on Elimination of Bias Presented by Commissioner Pauline Maxwell


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SBWLF – Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation’s Annual Dinner honoring Judge Jean Dandona


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


We celebrated the wrap-up of another successful Food from the Bar Drive and find out our final fundraising total.  ______________________________________________________________

Thursday, April 25, 2013

SBWL – Santa Barbara Women Lawyers

Health Reform in California


Friday, March 8, 2013

SBWL – Santa Barbara Women Lawyers presented

What’s Next for California Women?
Presented by: Janice Rocco, Deputy Commissioner, Health Policy of
the California Department of Insurance

Hosted by: Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee


Thursday, February 28, 2013

SBWL – Santa Barbara Women Lawyers hosted

Victims Of Inaction: How Attorneys Can (And Why We Should) Change Laws
Presented by Joyce Dudley, District Attorney


Thursday, February 28, 2013

SBWL – Santa Barbara Women Lawyers invite you to attend

An Evening With Sandra Fluke Agenda 2013:  What Women Want

Hosted by the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee



SBWL Mentoring Circle

The group is seeking SBWL members to join the Circle, and particularly experienced members to act as mentors. For more information please contact SBWL at

The group is also seeking students to mentor.  Please contact SBWL (above) if you are interested.

SBWL invites members to submit announcements for future editions of the newsletter. Email upcoming announcement information to the SBWL Communications Chair.

Join the Santa Barbara Women’s Lawyers online here or you can obtain an Application here to complete and return by mail.

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