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In 1975, a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys met to discuss the marked absence of an organization which addressed their needs in the legal profession. The dialogue that ensued became the genesis of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (“BWL”). BWL held its first scholarship event in 1975 and established the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation in 1992 to increase its funding capacity.

Since its inception, the Foundation has been dedicated to cultivating the next generation of diverse attorneys by providing financial assistance to second and third year law students. The Foundation is the center of philanthropy for BWL. We invest in people and programs that promote excellence, equity and inclusion in the justice system.