Not only is March Women’s History Month, but it is also the celebration of the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s 50th Anniversary. And, the Lawyers Club of San Diego is celebrating its golden anniversary with an exhibit at the San Diego History Center on Thursday, March 3rd. The exhibit is on the history of Lawyers Club titled, “United We Rise.” It’s not too late to register for the opening reception.

The San Diego Lawyers Club was founded in 1972. At the time there were only 24 women practicing law in San Diego County, and they decided to form a new bar association so they could address issues of gender discrimination in the law, the legal profession, and the San Diego community.

One of the first activities of their new bar association was to have lunch at the Grant Grill. At the time the Grant was the epicenter of the “old boys” club where business was done. The restaurant even had a brass plaque that read “No Women before 3:00 pm.” These women challenged sexism as the norm by making a reservation in a male colleague’s name and then demanding that the Grant honor the reservation and…. they did!

This was the beginning of the Lawyers Club, an organization dedicated to advancing the status of women in law and society. The name was specifically designed to be inclusive so that everyone that has an interest in equality for all felt welcome to join. And, today, the Lawyers Club is a well-recognized pillar of the San Diego legal community. They have committees dedicated to providing networking opportunities and education to local legal professionals, increasing gender equality and diversity in the local legal community, and helping those in need through the Human Trafficking Collaborative and the Fund for Justice.