Orange County Women Lawyers Association

OCWLA Statement Updated June 2023

Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) proudly celebrates our 48th Anniversary. Our dynamic board of directors has worked hard to ensure our events and programming reflect our mission of advancing women in the legal profession by providing a professional network to its members, raising awareness of discrimination and bias, and supporting charitable organizations.

Each year the OCWLA holds several signature events that continue to be a big success. In March we held our annual Wine Event that is always a member favorite. We also will have The Women Judges Reception this summer where we honor the many women judges of Orange County’s federal and state bench. Our Annual Gala will be this fall where OCWLA will honor our Attorney of the Year, Judge of the Year, and recipient of the Advancement of Women Award. OCWLA’s philanthropy recipients are also recognized at the Gala. The Holiday and Installation Dinner recognizes the outgoing board members and installs the incoming board.

In addition to these signature events, OCWLA hosts CLEs on relevant topics that feature members of the bench and bar. OCWLA’s most important CLE is Equal Pay Day where OCWLA raises awareness about the pay disparity women face and empowers its members to redress this issue. OCWLA also provides low or no-cost networking opportunities, such as the monthly Book Club, philanthropy activities, and coffee meet-ups.

OCWLA’s charitable arm, the OCWLA Foundation, works to aid local organizations that help women and children who are subject to domestic violence and human trafficking, and assists with the unmet legal needs of women and children. Together, OCWLA and the OCWLA Foundation provide 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 to law students, and also 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.

All are welcome at OCWLA! We look forward to working together with our members to advance our mission in the Orange County community.

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

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