Happy Women's History Month

OCWLA Members!

Women’s History Month first began in 1978 in Santa Rosa, California when a task force was commissioned to address the status of women. The organizers selected the week of March 8th to correspond to International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country. In 1980, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

Looking back on our history, Orange County Women Lawyers started in 1975 with 5 members. The original goal was to focus on the rights not only of women but also of all individual groups that may have experienced discrimination in our society or before the law. At the time, there were no women jurists sitting on the bench in Orange County. The group quickly grew to over 30 members. Since this time, OCWLA has been dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the support of diversity both on the bench and in law firm partnerships. Nearly 50 years later, today the OCWLA has over 500 members. While women have come a long way in the legal profession and on the bench, there is still much work to do.

Equal Pay Day this year is March 14th, which represents how far into the year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Women who work full-time are paid on average just 84% of what men are paid and for part-time work just 77%. These percentages are even lower for women of color.

Our Annual Equal Pay Day MCLE will be on April 7th. Learn how women litigators are fighting for equal pay in the workplace and how the U.S. stacks up in terms of pay equity for women. This will be a very informative event, so I hope to see you there.

2023 Award Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the 2023 Judge of the Year, Attorney of Year, and Advancement of Women Award. Please submit all nominations by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Become An Annual Sponsor Today!

If you or your organization would like to become an OCWLA Annual Sponsor this year, we have a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available. Please check out our sponsorship packet here.

Don't forget to check OCWLA's News Page for Job Opportunities and other postings. To submit a posting, email info@ocwla.org.

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NAWL Virtual Mid-Year Meeting

The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to their virtual 2023 Mid-Year Meeting on March 16 and 17 as its only virtual conference this year! This engaging and innovative program focuses on leading with purpose and intentionality and will offer both professional development opportunities and skills training to help women in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. And as a member of OCWLA, you’re able to receive 10% off your registration! Email info@ocwla.org for your Member Code!

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March OCWLA Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch led by Allen Bourgeois at 5:30pm on March 27th at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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U.S. Courts: Roadways to the Bench

Interested lawyers and law students are invited to observe a national keynote address or panel discussion and participate in local roundtables with bankruptcy, magistrate, district, and appellate judges about pathways to the federal bench. For more information, please contact Beryl Dixon at 213-894-2783.

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Equal Pay Day MCLE

OCWLA will offer a one hour Elimination of Bias MCLE on April 7, 2023 with some of the most respected speakers in their field. Speakers Lori Andrus and Shauna Madison will attend in person, and UCI Professor Andrew Penner will appear via zoom.

Every year we take a photo to recognize this notable day of the year. Please join us by wearing red to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay!

This event's exclusive sponsorship is currently available!

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Let's Zumba with Chapman Women Lawyers Association

Join Chapman Women Lawyers Association on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 5pm at Aitken Arts Plaza Field, One University Drive, Orange. This special Zumba class is free, and will be lead by The Honorable Erithe Smith. You won't want to miss this!

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Galentine's Day Coffee with OCWLA & Mommy Esq.: Members and friends joined together for some free coffee and treats sponsored by Knobbe Martens. Thank you to all who attended!

February OCWLA Book Club: Our book club ended February with a discussion led by OCWLA Secretary, Heidi Plummer on Elin Hilderbrand's Golden Girl! We are always so happy to see our book club regulars each month and hope to see more newcomers! Visit our website for next month's book selection!


OCWLA Annual Wine Event: Members of the OC Legal Community enjoyed rooftop views and good company at Old Vine Kitchen & Bar in Costa Mesa on March 2. This annual event was generously sponsored by Bock & Plummer, Attorneys At Law. Visit our Facebook page for more photos!


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. At an upcoming event, the OCWLA will recognize one "Everyday Hero" and the great work they do. To nominate an Everyday Hero, fill out this form.

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 became an Affiliate Organization 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. OCWLA Members can join at a discounted annual rate of $95 when they sign up for an "Affiliate" membership Join CWL as an "Affiliate Member" today!


Welcome New & Renewing Members!

Thank you & welcome Michele Assayag, Martha Binder, Jessica Burger, Hope Callahan, Paula Dizon, Emily Engler, Belinda Escobosa, Siobhan Fogarty, Dana Glasser, Darian Hackney, Denise Hansen, Triana Henderson, Joyce Kim, Amanat Kular, Elsa Larsen, Melody Leonard, Polina Litvina, Megan Musquiz, Natalie Najarian, Emily Neves, Mindy Nili, Misty Perry Isaacson, Stella Pogosyan, Giselle Preciado, Tamera Pruitt, Lauren Raya, Jacqueline Sarte, Shelby Slaughter, Hon. Erithe Smith, Mireya Valle. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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