The Board of Governors of the State Bar of California voted unanimously Saturday to ban local Bar associations that patronize private discriminatory clubs from participating in the Bar's annual Conference of Delegates.
The board of governors, headquartered in San Francisco but meeting this month at a Los Angeles facility, sets policy for the state's 101,000 lawyers. The conference, including delegates from more than 120 local Bar associations, adopts advisory resolutions about the administration of justice and other matters.
Proposed by the Women Lawyers of Sacramento, the new rule won approval in the Conference of Delegates last September. It prohibits participation by any local Bar association that patronizes a club--from the Elks or Moose lodges in small cities to the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles or Bohemian Club in San Francisco--which excludes people from membership or use of its facilities because of their "race, color, creed, national ancestry, sex or sexual preference."
Only 1 Objection
Only one of the 28 local Bar associations that responded to a board of governors request for comment, Santa Cruz County, opposed the rule.