Northern California Super Lawyer Joins Board of Trustees of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Betsy England is inspired to share cancer prevention message with others

Elizabeth England
FREMONT, CA (April 22, 2014) — Elizabeth A. “Betsy” England, a partner in the law firm of Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, has joined the board of trustees of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). England is an accomplished civil litigator specializing in real estate law and recently completed more than 20 years of executive leadership service to the California State Bar.    

“When I thought about my next volunteer opportunity, it was very important for me to identify a health-oriented organization with a purpose that makes a difference in people’s lives,” England said. “That turned out to be CPIC. I am very inspired to learn more about what can be done to prevent cancer before it starts, and to share that message with others. As a two-time cancer survivor myself, I find that the work of CPIC definitely resonates with me.” 

A highly regarded lawyer, author and lecturer, England has been widely recognized for her many contributions to the practice of law. For nine consecutive years, she has received the prestigious designation of Northern California Super Lawyer, a distinction reserved for the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region.

“We are delighted to welcome Betsy to the CPIC board of trustees,” said Samuel Bronfman II, CPIC board chairman. “As the only person to have held chair posts of two sections for the California State Bar, Betsy is a respected legal executive who has written and presented extensively on matters related to litigation and real estate. She has volunteered tirelessly on behalf of her profession for more than 20 years. We look forward to the depth of knowledge, broad legal acumen, and enthusiasm for cancer prevention Betsy will bring to the CPIC board.” 

England joins 12 other trustees whose leadership supports CPIC’s population-based cancer prevention research and community education programs. She will have an opportunity to share her skills and expertise by choosing to serve on various board committees for the organization.

From 2001 to 2012, England served in executive leadership roles for both the Litigation Section and the Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar.  She has also served on the executive committee of the Real Estate Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and as a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). 

England’s law practice includes counseling developers, contractors, architects, owners, buyers and sellers in matters related to residential and commercial real estate transactions. She has successfully handled multi-party, complex litigation concerning flaws in structural, engineering, and landscape design, as well as issues related to soil, foundation and grading.

Her affiliations in San Francisco include the Olympic Club, and the University Club, where she served as a member of the board of directors. She is a graduate of Boston University, and holds a juris doctorate degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California. 

About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the work of the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at

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