Happy August OCWLA Members!

We had an amazing July! We held our first ever Speed Networking Event that sold out! Leadership & Development Consultant Tracy Stayton provided excellent tips on giving an effective elevator pitch and provided tips for professional networking and business development. It was such a success that we plan to hold the event annually.

Also, our Women Judges Reception is less than a month away. It will be held on Thursday, September 7th at the Boardwalk Courtyard. This is a great event to meet and talk with the Women Judges in Orange County and will likely sell out, so be sure to register soon. Register here >

This year’s Annual Gala is also right around the corner, and will be held at VEA Newport Beach on Tuesday, October 17th. Sponsorship opportunities are still available!

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August OCWLA Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. The discussion will be led by Lori Cheyne of Aptus Court Reporting at 5:30pm on August 28th at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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OCWLA Women Judges Reception

Join OCWLA's Annual Women Judges Reception on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Boardwalk Courtyard in Irvine. Sitting Judges are complimentary.

This event is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:

Diamond: Bock & Plummer LLP

Platinum: Cox, Castle & Nicholson, Crowell & Moring

Gold: Judicate West, Rutan & Tucker

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

Silver: Aptus Court Reporting, Ikuta • Hemesath LLP, Traut Firm 

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The 2023 OCWLA Annual Gala

Registration and sponsorship opportunities have opened for the 2023 OCWLA Annual 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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Legal Advice Needed for WISEPlace Participants

WISEPlace, one of OCWLA’s 2023 Philanthropy grant recipients, is seeking volunteer attorneys to assist women experiencing homelessness with pro bono legal services. Current needs include, but are not limited to, family law, housing/eviction law, criminal law, employment law, consumer law, and immigration law. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Hendershot at eliz@wiseplace.org or (714) 803-5302.


The Rose Bird Memorial Award

A courageous and compassionate Northern California jurist whose brilliance inspires California’s women lawyers.

The Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award

A Southern California jurist whose judicial excellence and longstanding vigorous service inspires the women lawyers of California.

The Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award

A leader, role model, and mentor with a passionate and sustained commitment to civic engagement and professional excellence.

The Fay Stender Award

A model of forceful advocacy for the under-represented who demonstrates a feminist perspective and the ability to effect change.

Nomination packet deadline: Friday, November 3, 2023, by 5:00 pm


OCWLA members are eligible for a reduced registration fee of $395 to ABA Litigation Section's 2023 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference. On the “Order Summary” page enter the promo code “Association” to obtain the discount.


Women Supporting Women: Business referral and speed networking event: Tracy Stayton, a renowned speaker and trainer at conferences and companies across the U.S., provided tips on how to give an effective elevator pitch and provide the "dos and don’ts" in professional networking and business development. The presentation was followed by speed networking. More photos >

Past President's Tea: On July 22, OCWLA Members and Past Presidents met for an exclusive full-service tea at Morning Lavender Cafe in Tustin. Many OCWLA Past Presidents attended, such as Kelly Galligan, Linda Iannelli, Pearl G. Mann, and Michelle Philo. We thank you for your service to OCWLA and for your continued support! More photos >

OCWLA July Book Club: Janelle Price from Price Legal Practice led a discussion about The Only Woman In The Room by Marie Benedict. OCWLA members: join our next meeting on August 28!


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 Whitney Bokosky, Yue Cao, Helen Cayton, Kristen Hart, Carla Hutton, Suzan Mehrabian, Alexxandra Nevarez, Ali Nicolette, Regina Peralta, Taline Ratanjee, Sakeenah Redmond, Niloufahr Sheikhpour, and Celine Torres. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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