FCWL Logo
Facebook Icon

The Mission of Fresno County Women Lawyers

 

The purpose of FCWL is to promote the interests of the legal community in general and women in particular.  FCWL does this by offering monthly luncheons on legal topics of interest and providing MCLE credits, coordinating charitable fundraising events focused on women’s issues, honoring and celebrating legal professionals who advance women’s issues, and by offering an opportunity for legal professionals to learn leadership skills by participating on the board and committees.

 

The primary membership area shall include Fresno County, and surrounding Counties, including, but not limited to Madera, King, Tulare, Kern and Merced.

 

 

 

Picture of FCWL President Melissa Marsh.Message from the President

 

Welcome to the Fresno County Women Lawyers website!

 

My name is Melissa Marsh, and I am the President of the Fresno County Women Lawyers (FCWL) for 2017 and 2018.  During my tenure as President, my focus will be on expanding membership benefits, bringing the FCWL into a more streamlined and technologically efficient organization, and re-igniting our partnership with the California Women Lawyers organization.

 

For over 40 years, FCWL has been a mainstay in the Fresno Legal Community. We host a variety of events throughout the year which seek to strengthen the role of women within our legal community… and beyond. Here is a glimpse of what we offer:

 

MCLE luncheons — FCWL hosts monthly luncheons which offer participants one hour of MCLE credit. The luncheons are typically held on the last Wednesday of every month at the The Palms Restaurant.

 

Judicial Reception — In the late Spring, we host a catered reception honoring Fresno County women who have acceded to the state and federal benches in the past year.

 

Hanson Awards Banquet and Dinner — In the Fall, we host the Justice Pauline Hanson Dinner. The Hanson Dinner is in honor of the first woman (Justice Hanson) appointed to the 5th District Court of Appeals. At our Dinner, now in its 30th year, we honor one local female attorney for her efforts in progressing women’s issues in Fresno, and we invite a keynote speaker to speak to issues affecting our local and state-wide communities.

 

Social and Happy Hours — Throughout the year, we host Social and Happy Hours at various bars and restaurants. This is a great way to mingle, network, and relax!

 

Volunteer Activities — We participate in numerous volunteer events throughout the year. Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming opportunities.

 

If you would like to be included on our listserve, please email your name and contact information to fcwlpresident@gmail.com and to fcwl.secretary@gmail.com and follow us on instagram @fresno_county_women_lawyers.

 

I look forward to an exciting and productive year as your President.

 

Melissa D. Marsh

 

Herstory

 

Coming Soon....

 

If you have a good FCWL story, send it to us at fcwl.atlarge1@gmail.com.

 

In 2006, Fresno County Women Lawyers dedicated an area on the sixth floor of the Fresno County Superior Courthouse for the Women’s Hall of Fame. The vision for this display honoring women of our community is simple and came about in 1998. A local woman attorney noticed that many members of our community failed to remember that until recently, there were no women in the California State Senate or sitting on the Fresno County bench. The San Joaquin River Parkway that we now enjoy exists only because of the tremendous efforts of women in Fresno County. It was decided that it was time to recognize the women who have made important contributions to the betterment of our community and who paved the way for future women leaders. The purpose of the Women’s Hall of Fame is to educate the public about the good works and leadership of these important women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fresno County Courthouse was selected as the perfect venue to recognize these women’s accomplishments.  Many people visit the Courthouse daily, whether as jurors, litigants, employees, or participants in the mock trial program for county high school students.  The Courthouse has an impact not only within the legal community, but as a place, where issues important to our community are decided.   The next step, then, was selecting an area within the courthouse to exhibit the hall of fame, consisting of a combination of biographical information and artistic representations.

 

The attorney who envisioned the Women’s Hall of Fame put her vision into action by reaching out to a number of community groups. Thus, the project and creation of the displays became a collaborative process, taking the combined efforts of several women-based groups. The Women’s Hall of Fame honors women who have made a significant contribution in Fresno County in one or more of the following areas: Agriculture, Athletics, Art, Business, Culture, Charity, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Law, Medicine, and Politics. A local graphic artist designed the logo and a local metal artist created a metal sculpture of the logo for the Fresno County Women Lawyers Women’s Hall of Fame. The border of two torches with flames symbolizes eternal honor, the olive branches represent caring and hope, and the connecting ribbon reflects the relationship between all humanity. The Latin phrase, ”Possunt quia posse videntur,” means “they can because they think they can” — in other words, it expresses the power of positive thinking.

 

Thanks to the efforts of all the participants, the Fresno County Women Lawyers “Women’s Hall of Fame” has become a reality. We hope it will be an on-going project. Fresno County Women Lawyers is honored to be associated with this important project.

 

To Sponsor this FCWL website contact fcwlinfo@gmail.com.

P.O. Box 3084, Pinedale, California 93650

The Mission of Fresno County Women Lawyers

 

The purpose of FCWL is to promote the interests of the legal community in general and women in particular.  FCWL does this by offering monthly luncheons on legal topics of interest and providing MCLE credits, coordinating charitable fundraising events focused on women’s issues, honoring and celebrating legal professionals who advance women’s issues, and by offering an opportunity for legal professionals to learn leadership skills by participating on the board and committees.

 

The primary membership area shall include Fresno County, and surrounding Counties, including, but not limited to Madera, King, Tulare, Kern and Merced.

 

Picture of FCWL President Melissa Marsh.

The Mission of Fresno County Women Lawyers

 

The purpose of FCWL is to promote the interests of the legal community in general and women in particular.  FCWL does this by offering monthly luncheons on legal topics of interest and providing MCLE credits, coordinating charitable fundraising events focused on women’s issues, honoring and celebrating legal professionals who advance women’s issues, and by offering an opportunity for legal professionals to learn leadership skills by participating on the board and committees.

 

The primary membership area shall include Fresno County, and surrounding Counties, including, but not limited to Madera, King, Tulare, Kern and Merced.

 

Picture of FCWL President Melissa Marsh.

Herstory

 

Coming Soon....

 

If you have a good FCWL story, send it to us at fcwl.atlarge1@gmail.com.

 

In 2006, Fresno County Women Lawyers dedicated an area on the sixth floor of the Fresno County Superior Courthouse for the Women’s Hall of Fame. The vision for this display honoring women of our community is simple and came about in 1998. A local woman attorney noticed that many members of our community failed to remember that until recently, there were no women in the California State Senate or sitting on the Fresno County bench. The San Joaquin River Parkway that we now enjoy exists only because of the tremendous efforts of women in Fresno County. It was decided that it was time to recognize the women who have made important contributions to the betterment of our community and who paved the way for future women leaders. The purpose of the Women’s Hall of Fame is to educate the public about the good works and leadership of these important women.

The Fresno County Courthouse was selected as the perfect venue to recognize these women’s accomplishments.  Many people visit the Courthouse daily, whether as jurors, litigants, employees, or participants in the mock trial program for county high school students.  The Courthouse has an impact not only within the legal community, but as a place, where issues important to our community are decided.   The next step, then, was selecting an area within the courthouse to exhibit the hall of fame, consisting of a combination of biographical information and artistic representations.

 

The attorney who envisioned the Women’s Hall of Fame put her vision into action by reaching out to a number of community groups. Thus, the project and creation of the displays became a collaborative process, taking the combined efforts of several women-based groups. The Women’s Hall of Fame honors women who have made a significant contribution in Fresno County in one or more of the following areas: Agriculture, Athletics, Art, Business, Culture, Charity, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Law, Medicine, and Politics. A local graphic artist designed the logo and a local metal artist created a metal sculpture of the logo for the Fresno County Women Lawyers Women’s Hall of Fame. The border of two torches with flames symbolizes eternal honor, the olive branches represent caring and hope, and the connecting ribbon reflects the relationship between all humanity. The Latin phrase, ”Possunt quia posse videntur,” means “they can because they think they can” — in other words, it expresses the power of positive thinking.

 

Thanks to the efforts of all the participants, the Fresno County Women Lawyers “Women’s Hall of Fame” has become a reality. We hope it will be an on-going project. Fresno County Women Lawyers is honored to be associated with this important project.

 

P.O. Box 3084, Pinedale, California 93650