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Hello OCWLA Community!


I hope you are all keeping cool this summer! I am so excited for all the wonderful events planned for the second part of the year. We are especially looking forward to honoring women in our profession at the Women Judges Reception and Annual Gala. OCWLA’s mission to advance women in the legal profession is made possible because our members encourage and support each other. I am honored to be the President of this amazing organization that makes such a positive impact in the community. See you at the next OCWLA event!

Welcome New Board Members!

I am happy to announce that Shirin Forootan and Anne Nicholson have joined the 2022 OCWLA Board!

Shirin Forootan 

Anne Nicholson 

Upcoming Events

Women Judge’s Reception (SOLD OUT!): Join us for an event celebrating and encouraging the advancement of women on the bench. The event will take place at The Boardwalk on August 4, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hosted appetizers, wine & beer will be served. Sitting Judges are complimentary! Sponsorships are available.


Connect With Other Book LoversThis month, Shirin Forootan will lead the group as we read The Lost Man by Jane Harper. This thriller will be sure to enrapture you! Join us on August 22, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café in Tustin.

Upcoming Affiliate Bar & OCBA Events

OCHBA End of Summer Mixer: Join us on August 18 at the Country Garden Facility in Santa Ana.

Gala Updates

Join Us at the Gala! 

Join us at the OCWLA Annual Gala on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession and support our awardees. Our program includes a hosted bar and champagne reception, a silent auction, and a gorgeous plated meal, all while experiencing the beauty of Shady Canyon Golf Club. Register here!

Become A Gala Sponsor: Join us at the Gala on October 12, 2022, at Shady Canyon Golf Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as OCWLA honors 2022 Judge of the Year Judge Debra Servino, 2022 Attorney of the Year Antoinette Balta of Veterans Legal Institute, and the recipient of the Advancement of Women award Community Legal Aid SoCal. You can support these amazing honorees with a Gala Sponsorship.


Donate To The Silent Auction: Do you have a good or service that would be perfect for the Gala’s Silent Auction? The OCWLA Foundation is accepting donations! All donations to the OCWLA Foundation are tax deductible. Donors are recognized in the Gala program. Contact to donate today!

Our Exciting July


Book Club: Our group travelled to the Amalfi Coast! Lori Cheyne led the group as we read The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti by Jennifer Probst.

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. 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. Nominate yourself or another spectacular OCWLA member today.


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 Or fill out the form here.


Utilize Our Discussion Forum: OCWLA continues to take action that will connect members in new ways. Members can access a Discussion Forum to share referrals, mentorship, and provide professional resources. Simply log in to your OCWLA account to access the Discussion Forum.


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.


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. Join today!

Recognizing OCWLA’s Members


Welcome New Members!: Welcome David Berkovitz, September Cervera, Jae-Min Cho, Martha Geisler Patterson, Tuaku Hijarunguru, Jilana Jordi, Kaelyn Keller, Linda Miller, Brittany Milrot, Sara Montazeri Aliabadi, Mai Moua, Melody Mulligan, Michelle Norris, Nina Safi, Shama Mehta, Yalda Satar, Marisa Scalzo, Michelle Strowhiro, and Kim Valentine. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to meeting you at the next event.

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Dana Heyde, OCWLA President

Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP

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