Happy June OCWLA Members!

It is hard to believe that Summer is almost here! We had a busy May, starting with our Cinco de Mayo coffee meetup that we held with the Hispanic Bar of Orange County.

We also had a great turnout at the California Women Lawyers’ 2023 Annual Conference, which was held here in Orange County. Thank you to everyone who turned out, and a big thank you to Tracy Hughes, who helped organize this great event.

I was honored to present the Judith Soley Lawyer As A Citizen Award to OCWLA Past President and Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken, who has dedicated her life’s work to public service, the law, and making our community a better place.

As we step into Summer, please join us for our Annual Membership Mixer, which will be held on Thursday, June 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Zov’s in Tustin. Register here > Come meet the OCWLA Foundation Board and hear more about our upcoming Annual Gala. I hope to see you there!

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OCWLA & OCWLA Foundation Summer Membership Mixer 

Celebrate Summer with the OCWLA and the OCWLA Foundation! Members and non-members are welcome to attend. June 8, 2023 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Zov's Tustin.

Sponsored by:


Crowell & Moring, Cox, Castle & Nicholson


Judicate West, Rutan & Tucker


ADR Services, Inc., Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie, Citi Law Firm Group, Goodman Bail Bonds, Manufacturers Bank, Kennedy McCarthy & Rumm LLP, Montage Legal Group, Premier Uniforms, Santos Lloyd Law Firm, P.C., Sunwest Bank

Learn more about OCWLA’s sponsorship opportunities >

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Food From The Bar Virtual Food Drive

During the month of June, OCWLA is participating in Food from The Bar, a virtual food drive supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.  Please visit yourfooddrive.org between June 1-30 to donate. Remember to select "OCWLA" when making your donation!

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June OCWLA Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading Verity by Colleen Hoover. The discussion will be led by Lori Cheyne of Aptus Court Reporting at 5:30pm on June 26th at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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WISEPlace Summer Bash:

Donate or Volunteer!

Join OCWLA on Thursday, September 07, 2023 to donate Summer essentials or volunteer at the event. For more information, please visit our website.

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The 2023 OCWLA Gala

Registration and sponsorship opportunities have opened for the 2023 OCWLA Gala on Tuesday, October 17 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm at VEA Newport Beach. Join us in honoring the OCWLA Judge of the Year, the Honorable Claudia J. Silbar, Attorney of the Year, Kate Corrigan, and the Advancement of Women Awardee, The Orange County Bar Association.

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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 Summer Social: Celebrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Join friends from the Orange County legal community for a fun, outdoor social gathering on June 6, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8pm, featuring the presentation of the Lei Lei Wang Ekvall Award to

The Honorable Maria D. Hernandez, Presiding Judge, Orange County Superior Court

CLE Speaking Opportunities with CEB in Summer 2023

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), a non-profit program of the University of California that serves the California legal community, is currently developing exciting legal education offerings and is looking for new subject matter experts to record 60–90-minute on-demand CLE programs for CEB Learning’s summer curriculum. CEB Contributors share their expertise with a statewide audience, while also promoting their work, improving their public speaking skills, and boosting their professional recognition. More than anything, CEB is interested in collaborating with attorneys to develop programs that share sophisticated legal expertise and provide more diverse perspectives in all practice areas. If you're an experienced California attorney who wants to develop and record a legal education program (or series!) with CEB, please complete the CEB Speaker Form. You can also contact the CEB Learning team at CEBLearning@ceb.ucla.edu. 


Cinco de Mayo Coffee Meetup with the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County: OCWLA and OCHBA members met for a free coffee breakfast on May 5 at Corner Bakery Irvine/Tustin Marketplace. Thank you to Knobbe Martens for sponsoring this event!

CWL Conference and Judith Soley Award Reception Honoring 2023 Awardee Ashleigh Aitken: OCWLA and CWL members joined for an all-day conference on May 19 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa. OCWLA Past President and Mayor of Anaheim Ashleigh Aitken was honored with the prestigious Judith Soley Award.

May Book Club: The discussion of the book The Husbands by Chandler Baker was be led by OCWLA Immediate Past President Dana Heyde of Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP at Mimi's Café in Tustin.


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 Gabriella Atallah, Elisa Boss, Michelle Buxton Hemesath, Rachel Castillo, Isabel Cruz, Ellie Fazeli, Diana Hoag, Candace Martinez, Sara Moradi, Betsy Olson, Shannon Patrick, Cindy Pham, Gabriela Ruedas, Sarah Saucedo, and Lisa Staight. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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