Happy October OCWLA Members!

Our 47th Annual Gala is only 2 weeks away! Please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible as it will likely sell out. The Gala will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at the VEA Hotel in Newport Beach where we will honor our award recipients including, 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. Please make sure to RSVP by October 10th.

We will also hold our silent auction with over 60 items including, wine baskets, jewelry, restaurant and shopping gift cards, spa packages, and much more. For our live auction, we will auction off an Electric Bike, a Balenciaga Purse, and a 2-Night Stay at the VEA Hotel. It’s going to be a fun night that you won’t want to miss. I hope to see you there! 

It is also not too late to sponsor our Gala. Sponsorship Opportunities are available here. Please email our Executive Director at info@ocwla.org by October 9 to reserve your Gala Sponsorship. 

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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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October OCWLA Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. The discussion will be led by Heidi Plummer of Bock & Plummer Attorneys at Law at 5:30pm on October 30th at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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OCWLA Installation Dinner & Holiday Celebration

Join us as we install our 2024 Officers & Directors of both OCWLA and the OCWLA Foundation on Wednesday, November 29, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at a new venue, the Lido House, Newport Beach. Thank you to our generous sponsor Bock & Plummer Attorneys at Law!

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OCWLA Book Club Holiday Party & Book Gift Exchange

Join us at the residence of a Book Club member in Orange for a holiday dinner (address provided upon registration). Please bring a drink to share and a new, wrapped book to participate in our book gift exchange!

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Interested in Running for a 2024 OCWLA Director Position?

Accepting Nominations!

It’s time for OCWLA’s annual election for ten (10) Director positions. The time commitment for an OCWLA Director (or Officer) is a one (1) year term. If you are interested in running, please submit a short Candidate's Statement and photo (optional) to us by the close of business on Friday, October 20, 2023, via email: info@ocwla.org.

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Judge Frances Muñoz Memorial Lecture

Join us for the first annual Judge Frances Muñoz Memorial Lecture and Celebration - honoring the life and legacy of a "poderosa" in the law - hosted by Santa Ana College at the Johnson Student Center 219. Thu, Oct 12, 2023: 5:30pm Welcome; 6:00pm Panel; 7:30pm Reception. Registration is required.

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Have a great idea that you'd love to see in print?

Orange County Lawyers Magazine is seeking article submissions from OCWLA Members! Authors can write about anything law-related, such as a new case/practice area update, practice tips, policy information, practicing law in a big firm or small firm or as a solo in Orange County, mentoring, pro bono work, attorney wellness, etc. 


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.

Our Spectacular September

MCLE: Navigating the AI Frontier: Revolutionizing Tomorrow: Harnessing the Power of AI: OCWLA and the OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section presented an MCLE Seminar with speaker Kyre Stucklin of Rutan & Tucker discussing AI and its implications for the legal profession on September 29 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel, Costa Mesa.


OCWLA September Book Club: Thank you to Allen Bourgeois from Verus Forensic for leading a wonderful discussion on “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver!


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 Christina Denton, Tina Hanley, Addison Kahn, Jennifer McCartney, Tracy Miller, Clara Mora, Tiffany Poncy, Kelsey Quist, Aracely Ruvalcaba, Marketa Sims, Alisha Sinha, Molly Stadum, Christine Tfaye, Jazmine Torres, Phuong Tran, Mehak Verma, Shannon Winston. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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