Happy May OCWLA Members!

OCWLA Members, as we step into May we have some exciting announcements to share. Our 47th Annual Gala with be held this year at the beautiful VEA Hotel in Newport Beach on Tuesday, October 17th from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please save the date! We are excited to announce our award recipients, which include the Honorable Claudia J. Silbar for Judge of the Year, Kate Corrigan for Attorney of the Year, and the Orange County Bar Association for our Advancement of Women Award. Congratulations to these amazing awardees! 

We still have annual sponsorship opportunities, which include sponsoring our Annual Gala. You can find those here. There is still time to register for our free coffee meetup this Friday on Cinco de Mayo from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. at the Corner Bakery at the Irvine/Tustin Marketplace. We are excited to hold this event with the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, and thank you to Knobbe Martens for sponsoring this event. I hope to see you there! 

Finally, we are so excited to have the California Women Lawyers’ 2023 Annual Conference in Orange County this year. It will be held on Friday, May 19th at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa and includes 6 MCLE credits with panels from top women lawyers and judges addressing timely issues. The conference with be followed by the Judith Soley Award Reception honoring OCWLA Past President and Mayor of Anaheim Ashleigh Aitken! We hope to see you there!

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Cinco de Mayo Coffee Meetup

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the OCWLA and the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County and enjoy a free coffee breakfast! Members and non-members are welcome to attend. May 5, 2023 8:15am - 10:00am at Corner Bakery Irvine/Tustin Marketplace. Please RSVP by May 4! Sponsored by Knobbe Martens

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CWL 2023 Annual Conference

Featuring inspirational speakers and multiple panels of top women lawyers and judges addressing timely issues, the California Women Lawyers Annual Conference is a full-day conference held on May 19, 2023 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa.

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Judith Soley Award Reception Honoring 2023 Awardee Ashleigh Aitken

Join OCWLA and CWL on May 19, 2023 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa to honor OCWLA Past President and Mayor of Anaheim Ashleigh Aitken.

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May OCWLA Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading The Husbands by Chandler Baker. The discussion will be led by Dana Heyde of Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP at 5:30pm on May 22nd at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship Available!

The CWL is now accepting applications for the Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student whose prior, current, and or future activities demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children in the community. Submit your materials by June 5!

OCBA Mentoring Committee Spring Mixer

Come to this fun and informative event on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana and find out more about the new “group” structured OCBA Mentoring Program and how the program can help benefit you in your career and practice development.


Zumba Event with Chapman Women Lawyers Association: Chapman Women Lawyers Association and OCWLA Members joined in a free Zumba class led by The Honorable Erithe Smith at Aitken Arts Plaza Field at Chapman Law School.

April Book Club: Yvette Patko, OCDA's Office led OCWLA Members in a discussion about Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.


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 Arianna Burtis, Olivia Shanyu Chou, Emily Cook, Selene Estrada-Villela, Laura Evans, Xiomara Galeano, Amber Harper, Marsha Jones, Laura Knapp, Cara LaChance O'Neill, Catherine Learned, Alexandria Lee, Cindery Liang, Brigette Martinez, Lizzette Olvera, Lauren Ownbey, Tricia Pham, Rebecca Rogers, Kiran Sekhon, Stephanie Shea, Angelika Sidoruk, Jacqueline Smart, Jenny Tran, Neal Weisman, and Karlee Wilkinson. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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