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  • Friday, March 26, 2021 6:22 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Attention OCWLA Members

    From: ADR Committee of the Central District of California

    The Court would like to invite any qualified members of OCWLA to apply for membership on the Court’s Mediation Panel.  The Central District’s Mediation Panel is comprised of experienced federal litigators who are also trained mediators. These qualified and impartial attorneys assist the Court in encouraging the fair, speedy, and economical resolution of civil actions pending in this district. The members of the Mediation Panel provide an invaluable service to the Court, to litigants, and to the community. Mediators settle hundreds of cases that would otherwise consume scarce judicial resources. To serve as a Panel Mediator, an attorney must be a member in good standing of the Bar of the United States District Court, Central District of California, with at least ten years of legal practice experience, substantial experience with or knowledge of civil litigation in federal court, significant expertise in one or more designated areas of law, and training in mediation through a court-approved program.

    Additional information about the Panel is available on the Court’s website at http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/attorneys/adr. Panel Mediators are appointed by the Court in certain civil cases, and each mediator volunteers his or her preparation time and the first three hours of a mediation session. Thereafter, if the parties choose to continue the mediation, the mediator may charge his or her market rate. As a member of the Mediation Panel, mediators also have access to Court-provided MCLE events and networking opportunities. Applications are due by April 30, 2021, for consideration this year. The application form may be downloaded here: http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/attorneys/adr/application-mediation-panel.

    Completed forms should be submitted to ADR_Coordinator@cacd.uscourts.gov.


  • Friday, December 04, 2020 12:22 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    UCI is in need of volunteer judges for a collegiate mock trial tournament hosted by UC Irvine, taking place on Jan. 9th & 10th, entirely online via Zoom. This elite event will feature some of the best teams from across the country. 


    They are especially interested in recruiting female attorneys as judges. Over half of all undergraduate mock trial competitors are young women, but less than a quarter of our current judging pool is female. We want to show our outstanding female competitors that they are welcome in the field of law, and we believe that greater representation of women on our benches helps to further that mission.

    You can sign up to judge by clicking HERE. Please sign up by Dec 20th so we know if you're joining us! 

    The trials: The trials are under three hours long and will require no preparation. There will be two days of trial with each day consisting of a morning round (~8:15 - 11:15 AM Pacific Time) and an afternoon round (~12:45 – 3:45 PM Pacific Time). You can judge as many or as few as you like. If you have any attorney friends or colleagues who would like to judge, please let us know so we can pair you together.

    The case: This year’s case is a civil matter featuring a fatal poisoning at a winery during a wedding rehearsal dinner. The charge, evidence and witnesses available vary across the rounds, which makes each trial unique and interesting.

    How to judge a Zoom Mock Trial: We will be hosting a 30-minute Zoom judge training session before the tournament weekend. In that meeting, we will explain your role, how to use Zoom when judging the trials, how to complete an online ballot, etc. No other preparation is required to judge (i.e., you don’t need to read any part of the case ahead of time).

    Signing up: If you’d be willing to help us out as a judge, we’d really appreciate it. We need volunteers like you in order to make this event a success for the students.

    Here’s the link to sign up: https://forms.gle/xe6LWino8hbGkzKWA

    Also, if you have any colleagues who might be interested in judging, please let us know so we can share our information with them. 


    Thank you for your time!

    Best,

    Emily Shaw

    UCI Mock Trial Coach


  • Monday, July 27, 2020 5:35 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    VP, Senior Corporate Counsel - Litigation

    Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) is calling for a VP, Senior Corporate Counsel - Litigation in Seattle, WA. or Irvine, CA.

    For more info: https://providence.taleo.net/careersection/executive/jobdetail.ftl?job=260777

  • Monday, March 02, 2020 7:59 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    OCWLA Community,

    Orange County Women Lawyers Association's 45th year is well under way.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events as OCWLA continues its EmpowHer™ women in the legal profession.
    February Recap:
    In February, OCWLA hosted its Welcome to the Decade Wine Tasting Mixer at Orange County Winery.  Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP, and our Gold Sponsors Call & JensenJAMS, and Rutan & Tucker.
    In addition, OCWLA's Executive Director, Amelia Montgomery, was recognized with OCWLA's Presidents Award for her 10 years of service as the Executive Director.  Thank you Amelia for all you have done for the organization!
    OCWLA volunteers with different organizations throughout the year.  As the first event of the year, OCWLA members assisted Family Legal Assistance at CHOC Children's to assist families with the preparation of legal documents regarding legal consent. 
    Upcoming Events:
    Thursday, March 5 - Join OCWLA to celebrate International Women's Day with LawWorks and Harvard Law School Women's Alliance!  OCWLA is proud to serve as a co-sponsor to this no cost event.

    Friday, March 13MCLE - Tips from the Bench: What Judges Want You to Know - Hon. Kathleen O'Leary and Hon. Maria Hernandez divulge the top things they want all lawyers to know.  The program will navigate through trial tips as well as preserving the record on appeal.  In addition, at this lunch, members are encouraged to bring clothing donations to WHW's 9th annual Suits for a Cause collection.  

    Monday, March 30 - The March book club book is Radium Girls by Kate Moore.  This no host group continues to meet at Mimi's Café in Tustin for casual conversation about the monthly books.  There is no charge for members to attend.  

    Tuesday, March 31 - MCLE - Equal Pay Day: Obtaining Your Next Pay Raise or Promotion! - Join OCWLA for its annual Equal Pay Day luncheon.  This year's event will focus on pay raises and promotions.  All attendees are encourage to wear red as a symbol of the deficit in pay between men and women.  

    Thursday, April 16 - Chicago The Musical - Join OCWLA members in determining whether the murderesses of Cook County Jail are guilty or not!  Seats are located in the Orchestra Terrace at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  In order for OCWLA to obtain group pricing, tickets must be purchased before March 10, 2020.  OCWLA will arrange for members to meet in advance of the show for networking.  

    SIGNATURE EVENT: Wednesday, April 22 - Women Judges Reception - This annual event celebrates the women of the Orange County bench!  Members are encouraged to mix and mingle with members of the bench with a special judicial bingo.  The event is expected to sell out - be sure to register early!  If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact info@ocwla.org.

    SIGNATURE EVENT: Save the Date: OCWLA's 45th Annual Gala will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Pelican Hill Resort.  If you are interested in sponsoring the Gala, please contact info@ocwla.org
    I look forward to seeing you at one or our upcoming events!
    Cheers,
     
    Michelle A. Philo
    Michelle A. Philo
    OCWLA President

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  • Monday, February 24, 2020 10:03 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    OCWLA members are invited to register at the OCTLA member rate:

    February 27, 2020 Dinner Seminar

    Bias In & Out of the Courtroom: Benefits & Challenges Faced by Female Advocates

    Register: https://www.octla.org/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=74775&evSubAction=listAll


  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:44 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Orange County Justice Fund is seeking to hire a Program Coordinator to provide operational, strategic, fundraising and administrative leadership and support to carry out OCJF’s mission and programs. For all the details regarding responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation please click the following link:

    https://ocjusticefund.org/employment/

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:31 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Overview

    The Senior Counsel, Real Estate Legal position is a full-time position primarily responsible for providing legal counsel, strategy and direction on a wide variety of real estate matters associated with new restaurant locations.   Leadership responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing a large number of real estate transactions from LOI through restaurant opening by working closely with internal business partners and outside counsel and providing related legal counsel to Chick-fil-A, Inc.  and its affiliated entities as well as outside professionals.  This position is based in our California Support Center.

    https://careers-chickfila.icims.com/jobs/7494/sr.-counsel%2c-real-estate/job

  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 8:26 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    • Job Summary

      The Sr. Corporate Counsel & Contracts Manager, works cross departmentally and aims to reduce Niagara’s risk through document review and is responsible for participating in and managing the corporate contracts team in the drafting, preparing, examining, analyzing, negotiating (in person, over conference calls and via email) and revising legal documents (including, without limitation, master agreements, addendums, amendments, letters and other related documents) both as vendor and customer. This position is also responsible for maintaining, developing and improving upon policies, processes and procedures to ensure efficiencies are maintained and consistently-increasing growth and scope are accounted for.  This is a full-time exempt position. Days and hours of work are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, evening and weekends will be required as job duties demand.

      Essential Functions

      ·       Management of the corporate contracts team.

      ·       Draft and negotiate terms, conditions, standards and language for all legal documents companywide.

      ·       Legal document development, administration and tracking of key legal provisions.

      ·       Maintain, develop and improve upon policies, processes and procedures to ensure efficiencies are maintained and consistently-increasing growth and scope are accounted for.

      ·       Maintain accurate records and files in matrices and databases to ensure reporting accuracy.

      ·       Train plants and corporate personnel on legal document review process and terms.

      ·       Misc. legal projects requested on an as-needed basis.

      ·       Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

      Qualifications

      ·       Minimum Qualifications:

      o   10+ Years  – Experience in Field 

      o   10+ Years  – Experience in Position

      o   10+ Years  – Experience managing people/projects

                    *experience may include a combination of work experience and education

      ·       Preferred Qualifications:

      o   12+ Years – Experience in Field

      o   12+ Years – Experience working in Position 

      o   12+ Years – Experience managing people/projects

      *experience may include a combination of work experience and education

      Competencies

      ·       Effective negotiation, organizational and decision making skills with ability to plan, prioritize and multi-task;

      ·       Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills;

      ·       Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, customers and vendors;

      ·       The position has extensive contact with various levels of both internal and external customers;

      ·       Ability to review, comprehend, and, as necessary, rephrase/edit complicated legal language;

      ·       Excellent business and legal writing skills;

      ·       Ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal) to all levels of the organization and outside parties;

      ·       Advanced knowledge of contract law and its application in the purchasing and sale processes;

      ·       Strong leadership skills;

      ·       Very detail oriented;

      ·       Strong organizational and time management skills;

      ·       Professional, self-motivated, flexible and able to meet deadlines under a high volume workload in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment with minimal supervision;

      ·       Strong grammar and spelling;

      ·       Excellent computer skills in Excel, contracts databases and MS Word.  Knowledge of Oracle a plus;

      ·       Positive attitude, ethics and values which support our company’s values, the team and environment and a healthy, high-performance culture.


    Please contact Caroline.Djang@bbklaw.com .

  • Sunday, February 09, 2020 8:24 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    • Job Summary

      The , is responsible for drafting, preparing, examining, analyzing, negotiating (in person, over conference calls and via email) and revising legal documents (including, without limitation, purchase and sale agreements, closing documents, commercial leases and other related documents) and managing the legal due diligence efforts, primarily, but not exclusively supporting the Company’s legal real estate and expansion efforts.  This position works cross departmentally and aims to reduce Niagara’s risk through document review and conducting legal due diligence for real estate transactions.  This is a full-time exempt position. Days and hours of work are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, evening and weekends will be required as job duties demand.

      Essential Functions

    • ·       Drafts and negotiates terms, conditions, standards and language with minimal supervision for a variety of real estate and expansion related documents.
    • ·       Manages legal due diligence for real estate and expansion both directly and through outside counsel.
    • ·       Drafts and negotiates terms, conditions, standards and language with minimal supervision for other contracts and legal documents, as needed.
    • ·       Maintains accurate records and files in matrices and databases to ensure reporting accuracy.
    • ·       Misc. legal projects requested on an as-needed basis.
    • ·       Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.
    • Qualifications

    • ·       Minimum Qualifications:
    • o   8+ Years – Experience in Field
    • o   8+ Years – Experience working in Position
    •               *experience may include a combination of work experience and education
    • ·       Preferred Qualifications:
    • o   10+ Years – Experience in Field 
    • o   10+ Years – Experience working in Position  
    • *experience may include a combination of work experience and education
    • Competencies

      Proficiency in, but not limited to:

    • ·       Effective negotiation, organizational and decision making skills with ability to plan, prioritize and multi-task;
    • ·       Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills;
    • ·       Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, customers and vendors;
    • ·       The position has extensive contact with various levels of both internal and external customers;
    • ·       Ability to review, comprehend, and, as necessary, rephrase/edit complicated legal language;
    • ·       Excellent business and legal writing skills;
    • ·       Ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal) to all levels of the organization and outside parties;
    • ·       Advanced knowledge of contract law and its application in the purchasing and sale processes;
    • ·       Strong leadership skills;
    • ·       Very detail oriented;
    • ·       Strong organizational and time management skills;
    • ·       Professional, self-motivated, flexible and able to meet deadlines under a high volume workload in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment with minimal supervision;
    • ·       Strong grammar and spelling;
    • ·       Excellent computer skills in Excel, contracts databases and MS Word.  Knowledge of Oracle a plus; and
    • ·       Positive attitude, ethics and values which support our company’s values, the team and environment and a healthy, high-performance culture.
    • This position embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

    • ·       Lead Like an Owner
    • o   Makes safety the number one priority
    • o   Keeps alert for safety issues and escalates immediately
    • o   Effectively prioritizes tasks based on department goals
    • o   Shows respect to others and confronts interpersonal issues directly
    • o   Prioritizes resolution of customer issues effectively
    • o   Responds promptly and honors commitments to internal and external customers
    • ·       InnovACT
    • o   Makes recommendations to continuously improve policies, methods, procedures, and/or products
    • o   Demonstrates adaptability by reacting appropriately to unexpected changes in situations or circumstances
    • o   Increases performance through greater efficiency
    • ·       Find a Way
    • o   Seeks to develop technical knowledge through learning from other experts
    • o   Understands interdepartmental impact of individual decisions and actions
    • o   Seeks solutions rather than placing blame
    • ·       Empowered to be Great
    • o   Consistently looks for ways to improve one’s self through growth and development opportunities
    • o   Communicates clearly and promptly up, down, and across
    • o   Communicates effectively to manage expectations
    • Education

    • ·       Minimum Required:  
    • o   Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
    • Certification/License: 

    • ·       Required:             Licensed to practice law in one of the 50 states in the USA
    • ·       Preferred:            Licensed to practice law in the State of California
    • Foreign Language 

    • ·       Required:              None Required
    • ·       Preferred:             Native or Bilingual Proficiency
    Please send all contract requests to: Caroline.Djang@bbklaw.com


  • Friday, January 31, 2020 4:52 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Awardees will be honored at OCWLA's Annual Gala in August 2020, celebrating OCWLA's 45th Anniversary and recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  

    Judge of The Year 

    The criteria for the award is based upon the nominee's contributions and commitment to bench, bar and community, especially with regards to advancing women in the legal professions and women's issues generally. 

    Download Nomination Form

    Attorney of The Year 

    The Attorney of the Year should be an outstanding member of the legal community as well as the community at large, with a proven commitment to advancing women in the legal profession as well as women's issues generally. 

    Download Nomination Form 

    Advancement of Women Award

    This award seeks to recognize and celebrate a law firm, or other legal organization, whose words, actions, and deeds support the advancement of women within the firm and in the greater legal community. Please include the following when submitting your nomination:

    • The total number of partners within the firm and the number of female partners;
    • Other leadership positions held by women in the organization;
    • Specific policies that promote diversity and the interests of women;
    • A description of how the organization's culture supports the advancement and growth of women;
    • Examples of how the efforts of the nominee have resulted in advancement of women in the firm and the legal profession;
    • Notable awards, recognitions, or other metrics showing the firm's efforts;
    • Notable women attorneys and achievements within the firm

    Download Nomination Form 

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