Women’s Section

The Women’s Section has been a strong presence in CCCBA for over 25 years. Its members include attorneys practicing in all areas of the law who live or work in Contra Costa County.

The goals of the section are:

  1. To further the interests of women in the legal profession and the judiciary;
  2. To stimulate interest in and encourage discussions regarding legal and social issues of concern to women;
  3. To promote a spirit of mutual support, cooperation and service and to foster social contacts among the Members of the Section;
  4. To offer scholarships and support to deserving law students who have shown leadership potential, achieved academic success, and helped to advance women’s issues;
  5. To promote diversity, equity and inclusion; and
  6. To extend our network of contacts and support of women’s interests through affiliation with California Women Lawyers.

Men are welcome to join. The CCCBA Women’s Section is a proud Affiliate of the California Women Lawyers (www.cwl.org). Members of the Women’s Section receive a discounted membership to CWL.

The Women’s Section provides networking opportunities for its members to meet other attorneys and professionals. The section hosts informational programs and lunches, some offering MCLE credit and others focusing on matters of more personal interest, such as job opportunities and rainmaking.

The Women’s Section annually awards the Honorable Patricia Herron and Honorable Ellen James Scholarship to deserving law students who have shown leadership potential, achieved academic success, and helped to advance women’s issues. The section hosts a scholarship fundraiser each spring, usually in the form of a silent auction and wine-tasting. We gratefully accept donations to the Scholarship Fund anytime .

All members are invited to attend the board meetings which are held on the first Tuesday of each month. If you would like to serve on the board or want further information, please contact the section at cccbawomenssection@gmail.com.



The 2023 Scholarship Application  process is now open.

Application deadline is September 23, 2023.

Please distribute the Scholarship Announcement to your students/interns and/or post it in a readily available location to ensure your students/interns are aware of this great opportunity.


The CCCBA Women’s section congratulates the 2023 recipients of 

The Honorable Patricia Herron & The Honorable Ellen James

Arvonne De Marco – John F. Kennedy School of Law at National University

Thao “Annie” Le – USF School of Law

Madeline Banks McHenry – McGeorge School of Law

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The Women’s Section also congratulates

Alice P. Cheng

ALICE P. CHENG as the recipient of the 4th Annual Women’s Section Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award (OWL)

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Pamela Ross

Pamela Ross

All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc.
3137 Castro Valley Blvd., Ste. 210
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 999-7732

Vice-President/Newsletter Editor



J. Jasmine Jenkins
Livingston Law Firm
(925) 952-9880


Ritzi K. Lam
Morrill Law
(925) 322-8615 x110


Rachel H. Leonard
Tate & Associates
(510) 525-5100

Board Members-at-Large

Marissa R.  Boyd
Brown Gee & Wenger LLP
(925) 291-4468

Rachel Margolis Chapman
Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Fanucci
(925) 819-0778

Maria Crabtree
Law offices of Maria E. Crabtree
(925) 262-4271

Michelle Gearheart
Gearheart & Sonnicksen
(925) 671-9777

Mary Grace Guzman
Arent Fox Schiff
(925) 212-9613

Ingrid Rodriguez
Brown Gee & Wenger LLP
(925) 943-5000

Celine Mui Simon
Strata Legal
(415) 878-6720

Marta R. Vanegas
Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
(510) 879-3421

CCCBA Board Liaison

Sutter Selleck