Hello OCWLA members,


Happy New Year!

As we welcome in 2024, I am excited and to begin my term as your new OCWLA President! Thank you to those who attended our spectacular Holiday Party and Installation Dinner at the beautiful Lido House. Our newly-installed Board will hold its retreat this month, and is energized for the new year. We will continue to offer our members valuable networking opportunities, innovative educational programs, complimentary coffee meetups, and of course, our fabulous Annual Gala in the Fall. If you have any suggestions or feedback regarding events and/or programming that you would like to see this year, please feel free to email me directly at any time at cdjang@buchalter.com. I welcome your suggestions on how we can improve our offerings to our members. 


We kick off the new year with several events. On January 17, 2024, the OCWLA will be well-represented with a full table at OCBA Judges’ Night at the Irvine Marriott. As one of the OCBA’s largest and most active affiliate bar associations, the OCWLA is a proud supporter of OCBA Judges’ Night, including its Franklin G. West Award Winner and OCWLA Member, Nikki Miliband! 

On January 29, we will partner with the OCBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee to offer our first MCLE luncheon of the year: Path to Pro Bono: How to Understand and Connect with Diverse and Low Income Communities, which will be moderated by OCWLA Board Member Antoinette Naddour of Veterans Legal Institute. Please note that this MCLE qualifies for one hour legal ethics credit. 

Last, but not least, on January 29 at 5:30 p.m., OCWLA Member Yvette Patko will lead the first Book Club of the year with a discussion on Ann Napolitano’s Hello Beautiful. Links to details about each of these events are below.


I hope that the year ahead will be filled with shared accomplishments, growth, and empowerment. I am honored to serve as your President and look forward to the coming year!




2024 OCWLA President Caroline Djang, Buchalter
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Welcome to an exciting new year with OCWLA! Please share these upcoming events and opportunities with your friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you!

Legal Ethics MCLE: Path to Pro Bono

Join OCWLA and Orange County Bar Association Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee In-Person and by Zoom for an 1 hour Legal Ethics MCLE about How to Understand and Connect with Diverse and Low Income Communities on Monday, January 29, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Orange County Bar Association, 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (Free Parking).

Register by Friday, January 26 on the OCBA website here:

January Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Yvette Patko will lead the discussion on Ann Napolitano's Hello Beautiful. Join us in kicking off our first book club meeting of 2024 on January 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café in Tustin!

2024 Annual Sponsorships Available!

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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 Skye Anderson, Estella Castillo, Heather Dillion, Jasmine Gomez, Christy Hsu, Patricia Lee-Gulley, Hon. Linda Marks, Ret., and Lindsey Susolik. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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