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Hello OCWLA Community!

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association continues to prove that when women support each other we do amazing things! Last month, the dedicated Board of Directors developed new ways for members to share their accomplishments and connect with each other. This exceptional board works tirelessly to achieve OCWLA’s mission of advancing women in the legal profession through unique social and educational events. I look forward to seeing each of you this month.

Congratulations To OCWLA's 2022 Honorees!


Every year, OCWLA recognizes those who made outstanding contributions to the community or promoted the advancement of women in the legal profession. We are proud to announce the 2022 Judge of the Year is Judge Debra Servino, and the 2022 Attorney of the Year is Antoinette Balta, of Veterans Legal Institute. The recipient of the Advancement of Women award is Community Legal Aid SoCal. We look forward to celebrating with all the honorees at our annual Gala on October 5, 2022, at Shady Canyon Golf Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Antoinette Balta

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Judge Deborah Servino

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Community Legal Aid Society

Upcoming Events


Equal Pay Day MCLE: There is no event more important than Equal Pay Day in acknowledging the disparate earnings between men and women in an effort to end this arbitrary practice. Thanks to Treasurer Caroline Djang and Secretary Tracy Hughes for putting together a panel who will talk frankly about market pay and best practices for negotiating salary. Join us on April 15, 2022 at noon at the Pacific Club.Sponsor this amazing event to help achieve equal pay for women. Men are always welcome at OCWLA events. Register at www.ocwla.org


Connect With Other Book Lovers: This month, I am thrilled to lead the Book Club on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café in Tustin. We are tackling Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. This autobiography by a Holocaust survivor will unquestionably inspire readers. Register at www.ocwla.org

OCWLA Members Corner


Congratulations To CWL Fay Stender Awardee:

OCWLA congratulates member Kimberely La Salle for receiving the prestigious California Women Lawyers 2022 Fay Stender award! (Kaity—Please link the Kim’s featured member link to Kim’s name) CWL gives the Fay Stender Award to a feminist attorney, who, like Fay Stender, is committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged groups and unpopular causes, and whose courage, zest for life, and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual makes her a role model for women attorneys. Read more at this link: https://ocwla.org/blog/12680656


Where Will A Book Take You?: I was thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight the positive impacts the Book Club had on members of OCWLA through an article published in the OC Lawyer magazine. Read more at this link: https://ocwla.org/blog/12646988


Welcome New Members!: Welcome Deborah Malgrave, Mary Makler, Jessica Cha, Anne Waddell, Kandice Kim, Jessica Sauber, Ashley Peniche Montenegro, Elizabeth Lopez, Emily Gifford, Cassis Anorga, Alexia Velarde, Genesis Mazariego, Kasandra Goldberg, Stephanie Anderson, Dina Gawad, Stephanie Periban, Caitlin Tran, Ashlee Raskulinecz, Melody Mulligan, Lucy MacAlister, Simah Aljabari, Farah Alhafez, and Caroline Nam.We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to meeting you at the next event.


Remembering An OCWLA Past President: OCWLA takes this moment to remember OCWLA’S 1980-1981 Past President, Ann Avery Andres, who passed away last month at the age of 82. Ann and her husband Gene had a trust practice in Santa Ana for many years in a historic home. OCWLA will always be grateful for her leadership.


Our Fantastic March


Sold Out Wine Tasting!: We were so excited that OCWLA’s first in person event of 2022 was sold out! The Wine Tasting at Newport Beach Vineyards was the perfect location for members to sip and mingle. Thanks to Vice President Jessica Munk for putting together such a wonder event.


Fantastic Book Club Discussion: The Book Club loves books about books and an unsolved murder! Last month we read Midnight at the Bright Idea Book Store by Matthew Sullivan. Thanks to Betsy Olson for leading the group in another lively discussion.

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Get Involved!


Make An Immediate Impact: You can advance women in the legal profession, raise awareness of discrimination and bias, and support charitable organizations by becoming an Annual Sponsor of OCWLA. Visit this link to see our sponsorship levels: https://www.ocwla.org/annual-sponsorships. Sponsors receive recognition and connect with OCWLA members at several events throughout the year. Thank you for your interest in supporting this amazing organization!


Share Your Recent Achievements: We love learning more about our members! Our Featured Member Series is a great way for members to introduce themselves to the membership and share their recent accomplishments. Tell us about yourself or another spectacular OCWLA member today. Visit this link to learn more: https://www.ocwla.org/blog

Let’s Celebrate Each Other!: OCWLA’s Everyday Hero Award recognizes members of our profession who have made a positive impact in the community through their hard work, generosity, and commitment to justice. To nominate an Everyday Hero, send the nominee’s contact information and a brief description of why they are a hero to Executive Director Kaity Van Amersfort at info@ocwla.org.


Join Us!: We would love to have you join OCWLA! Renew your membership today to become a part of this active and dynamic group! Discounted and/or complimentary membership rates are available for judges, government attorneys, attorneys with less than five years of practice, and law students. Visit www.ocwla.org to renew your membership.

Become A California Women Lawyers Member: Over forty years ago, OCWLA aligned with California Women Lawyers, which in 1974 established itself as the only statewide women lawyers organization. The mission of both OCWLA and CWL is the advancement of women in the legal profession through collaboration and leadership. Visit this link to learn more about CWL: https://www.cwl.org/

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Dana Heyde, OCWLA President

Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP


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