Happy September OCWLA Members!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Women Judges Reception last week and thank you to all the judges who attended and supported this great event. We had over 30 judges in attendance. One of the missions of the OCWLA is the advancement of women on the bench. Over the past year, from 2021 to 2022, there was around a 3% increase in women on the trial court in Orange County. While this is great news, women still only make up 35% of the judges on the trial court in Orange County. The California statewide percentage of women judges on the trial court is 39.7%. The 4th District Court of Appeal has 40.9% women justices and the statewide percentage of women justices on the Courts of Appeal is 42%. The California Supreme Court is 57.1% women. 

While women have made substantial progress on the bench here in California and in Orange County, there is still much progress to be made. The OCWLA thanks the women judges who have helped advance women on the bench and within the legal profession, and thanks the many people who have supported them along the way.

Our Annual Gala is just five weeks away and will be held at VEA Newport Beach on Tuesday, October 17th. Make sure to register soon, as this event will likely sell out. Sponsorship opportunities are still available!

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September OCWLA Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. The discussion will be led by Allen Bourgeois of Verus Forensic at 5:30pm on September 25th at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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The 2023 OCWLA Annual Gala

Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available 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.

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Community Legal Aid SoCal’s Justice Served event

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association is a proud affiliate sponsor of Community Legal Aid SoCal’s Justice Served event. The event will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fete the Venue in Costa Mesa. There will be food stations, a chocolatier, a raffle, gaming tables, and 1950s dance performances. You can attend at a discounted rate of $100. Claim your ticket now! We only have 8 available at the discounted rate.


To purchase the discounted ticket, please reach out to Marilyn Zupkoff at mzupkoff@clsocal.org or visit their website and select a government/nonprofit ticket for $100.

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Volunteer at Community Legal Aid SoCal's Unlawful Detainer Answer Clinic

Assist low-income tenants facing eviction during the pandemic by helping to prepare answers to Unlawful Detainer complaints in this remote clinic that takes place every week. Volunteers and clients “meet” via a conference call, and housing staff attorneys are available to provide real-time assistance in a video conference room for the duration of the clinic. To volunteer, please contact Monica Mar, Director of Pro Bono, at mmar@clsocal.org


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.


The California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) and its Sister Bar Affiliates are thrilled to welcome you to Los Angeles for our second annual California conference on September 22-24, 2023 at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles.

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Thank You For Joining Us At The OCWLA Women Judges Reception!

The event was made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:

Golden Gavel Sponsor: Law Office of Jennifer R. Johnson, APLC

Parking Sponsor: Gill Law Group, PC

Drink Sponsor: JAMS

Flower Sponsor: Aptus Court Reporting

Diamond: Bock & Plummer LLP

Platinum: Cox, Castle & Nicholson, Crowell & Moring

Gold: Everett Dorey LLP, 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 


OCWLA August Book Club: Thank you to all of our members who came to our book club this week! And a special thank you to Lori Cheyne for leading a wonderful discussion on Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. 


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 Hanna Ahn, Nina Ameri, Krystal Anderson, Kathryn Baxendale, Kristin Bracic, Maya Domozetska, Ann Fawaz, Hadassa Jakher, Lydia Kim, Jill Kleinkauf, Jennifer McCartney, Elia Naqvi, Kelsey Quist, Julie Ritchie, Marketa Sims, Lisa Smith, Shannon Winston, Nicole Wright, Jennifer Yu, Zepur Zeitounian. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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