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Orange County Women Lawyers Association

OCWLA Statement Updated January 2022

In 2021, Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) is celebrating its 46th Anniversary. While our events and programming look a little different now than they did in years past due to the pandemic, our mission remains the same: advancing women in the legal profession by providing a professional network to its members, raising awareness of discrimination and bias, and supporting charitable organizations.

OCWLA hosts four signature events annually. The first event is our Wine Tasting & Membership Mixer, which we hosted virtually this year and which was led by an expert sommelier. The Women Judges Reception honors the many women judges of Orange County’s federal and state bench. The Annual Gala at Pelican Hill honors OCWLA’s Attorney of the Year, Judge of the Year, and recognizes a firm or organization with the Advancement of Women Award. In addition, OCWLA’s philanthropy recipients will be recognized at the Gala. The Holiday & Installation Dinner recognizes the outgoing board members and installs the incoming board as well as presents the Community Service Partner Award. Like our fellow legal organizations, OCWLA is monitoring the pandemic to determine when and how we can safely host in-person events. We are eager and hopeful about bringing our membership together in-person again soon.

In addition to its signature events, OCWLA hosts CLE webinars featuring members of the bench and bar incorporating notable annual events such as Equal Pay Day. OCWLA has also responded to membership desires in providing low or no-cost networking opportunities, such as the monthly book club, virtual webinars, philanthropy activities, (virtual) coffee meet-ups, Zumba over Zoom, and additional opportunities as they arise.

OCWLA works with its charitable arm, the OCWLA Foundation, to aid local programs helping women and children who are subject to domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as programs that assist with the unmet legal needs of women and children. OCWLA also works alongside the OCWLA  Foundation to endow bar stipends and diversity bar stipends twice annually to outstanding law school graduates who are studying for the California Bar Examination.

OCWLA offers free membership to first year admittees and law students, and offers discounted membership to young lawyers and government lawyers. In addition to the OCBA, OCWLA is an affiliate of California Women Lawyers and the National Association of Women Lawyers, offering OCWLA members steeply discounted memberships in both organizations.

OCWLA welcomes members of any gender identity to the organization and looks forward to continuing to EmpowHer women in the Orange County community.

For more information about OCWLA, view www.ocwla.org or email info@ocwla.org.

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For more information about upcoming events, visit www.ocwla.org.