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  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 10:58 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)


    OCWLA Community,

    As we wrap up the lazy days of summer, OCWLA is embracing the upcoming months which feature OCWLA signature events: the Women Judges Reception and the Annual Gala. These are member favorites and both have historically sold out. We hope to see you at one of our many events in the upcoming month.


    Join Today for Half Price!

    As of July 1, you can join OCWLA for half the rate for the remainder of the 2019 year! Be a part of this year as we break our membership records and join today with coupon code "HALFOFF2019". Our goal of achieving 500 members is on the horizon and we are excited to be a part of this record-breaking year! 


    August Recap:


    In August, OCWLA members took an afternoon to sip and swing for charity. Members donated three bottles of high quality wine and were treated to a golf lesson, along with wine and appetizers. The wine will be donated to OCWLA Foundation and Veterans Legal Institute to help in their upcoming fundraisers. A special thank you to Rutan & Tucker LLP and Knobbe Martens for sponsoring this event! 


    Upcoming Events:


    SIGNATURE EVENT: Wednesday, September 18 - OCWLA's signature annual Women Judges Reception will be held at Chapter One Local. The annual event celebrates and encourages the advancement of women on the bench as well as recognizes Orange County's women bench officers. Light appetizers, wine and beer will be served. This event will sell out. Be sure to register early! Sitting judges are complimentary. A special thank you to our generous sponsors for this event: Knobbe Martens, Enenstein Pham & Glass, Ogletree Deakins, Call & Jensen, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, Rutan & Tucker, LLP and Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.

    Sunday, September 22 - OCWLA is joining together with the Orange County Bar Association for the More Than Pink Susan G. Komen walk. Join other members of the OC legal community on the "Raising the Bar" team, or stay home and make a donation in support of breast cancer research. You can register or donate here.

    Monday, September 30 - The September  book club book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. 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. 

    SIGNATURE EVENT: Thursday, October 3 - Register now for the Annual Gala! This promises to be another sold out year as OCWLA honors Hon. Elizabeth Macias as the Judge of the Year and Lei Lei Weng Ekvall as the Attorney of the Year. OCWLA is also recognizing Walsworth - WFBM, LLP with the Advancement of Women Award. The Gala committee has been hard at work creating a fantastic evening, starting with a champagne reception and silent auction on the terrace overlooking the Newport Coast sunset, with several "Instagram-worthy" photo opportunities for all attendees. 


    Other Opportunities:

    Sponsor the Gala & Silent Auction: It is the last chance to support OCWLA with its annual Awards Gala. The Gala Sponsorship Package is available and features sponsorships on a variety of levels. The Gala Committee is still accepting sponsorships and donations to the silent auction. For inquiries about the silent auction, please contact foundation@ocwla.org.

    Elections: Are you interested in serving on the OCWLA Board of Directors? As of September 1, nominations for the 2020 Board of Directors is open. Self-nomination is encouraged. If you have questions about serving on the OCWLA Board of Directors and the responsibilities it entails, do not hesitate to reach out to any of our current board members.


    Do not hesitate to reach me with your ideas, thoughts, and goals. In the meantime, we will continue our work to EmpowHer™ women in our legal community.

    Cheers,


    Michelle A. Philo

    OCWLA President

    Philo Law Firm, P.C.

    michelle@philolaw.com

    michellephilo@gmail.com


  • Sunday, September 01, 2019 8:27 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)


    It’s time for OCWLA’s annual election for nine (9) Director positions. The time commitment for an OCWLA Director (or Officer) is a one (1) year term, and includes (1) attendance at the OCWLA monthly Board meetings (on the fourth Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noticed); (2) attendance at the OCWLA monthly lunch or evening programs; (3) participation in OCWLA committees; and (4) participation in the Board Planning Retreat. Collegiality and camaraderie are all integral to the OCWLA Board experience.

    If you are interested in running, please submit a short Candidate's Statement and photo (optional) to Amelia Montgomery, OCWLA Executive Director, by the close of business on Thursday, October 10, 2019, via email: info@ocwla.org. The 2020 Slate of Director candidates will be presented to the membership via e-blast the following week.

    Elections are held in November and will close and be tallied at the OCWLA monthly lunch meeting at Andrei's on Friday, November 8, 2019. Election results will be announced at the end of the lunch meeting. Installation of the 2020 Board of Officers and Directors takes place at the OCWLA Holiday Reception and Installation Dinner on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

    We are very excited about your interest in joining the OCWLA Board. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amelia Montgomery at info@ocwla.org.

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 9:08 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The Regents of the University of California, Office of General Counsel and Office of Risk Services are conducting a Request for Proposals to select a limited number of preferred outside law firms to represent the University and its employees in litigation under its General Liability Program.  General liability claims exposure is covered by the University’s General Liability Self-Insurance Program and typically involves third-party lawsuits alleging personal injuries (auto accidents, slip and fall, etc.), non-employee discrimination and harassment, ADA violations, libel, slander and invasion of privacy, appellate work and claims involving sexual violence/harassment/Title IX.  This recruitment does not include employment, medical malpractice or professional liability-related lawsuits or police misconduct.  Attached you will find a memorandum announcing the panel review seeking applications from qualified firms, along with the application.  These materials are also available online at http://www.ucop.edu/general-counsel/index.html

    All applications and supporting material will be accepted through October 15, 2019, and must be submitted in 1 PDF via email to General.kq3s0kovpjszgz9l@u.box.com

     


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:32 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Kutak Rock LLP's Los Angeles office is seeking a Public Finance or Real Estate Finance Associate Attorney with 2-4 years of experience in public finance or real estate finance. Experience working with state and local governments, underwriters and banks in connection with tax-exempt financings is helpful.  In the absence of public finance experience, the successful candidate should have general corporate and real estate transactional experience. 

    The successful candidate must have strong communication and writing skills, be self-motivated with the drive to help shape and expand a growing practice, and have the ability and confidence to work independently. All candidates must be currently admitted in California.

    Kutak Rock offers a collegial working environment with a competitive benefits package.

    Thank you.

    Miriam J. Blair | Administrative Coordinator for the Office of the Chair | Kutak Rock LLP

    1650 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102

    Office: 402-346-6000 Ext. 1225 |  Direct: 402-231-8761 | Cell: 402-708-2599

    Miriam.Blair@kutakrock.com| www.kutakrock.com


  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 11:00 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Kutak Rock LLP, a national law firm, is looking for a litigation associate with 2-5 years' experience for its Los Angeles and/or Irvine offices with substantial experience in environmental, toxic tort and product liability litigation. Please submit resume and a writing sample when applying. 

    Kutak Rock offers a collegial working environment with a competitive benefits package. 

    • Principals only. Recruiters, please do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

      Kutak Rock LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse working environment and to principles that promote inclusive practices. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, domestic partner status, pregnancy, caregiver status, gender stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, AIDS/HIV status, handicap or disability, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran, or any other legally protected category. The firm will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants requiring accommodation in the job application process should contact the Human Resources Department at 402-346-6000 or by emailing HRDepartment@KutakRock.com.


  • Friday, August 02, 2019 9:18 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    OCWLA Community,

    Summer is in full swing. Even with the warmer weather and vacation schedules, OCWLA members have continued to stay active within the organization by volunteering in the community and with the OCWLA Gala committee.


    Join Today for Half Price!

    As of July 1, you can join OCWLA for half the rate for the remainder of the 2019 year! Be a part of this year as we break our membership records and join today with coupon code "HALFOFF2019".


    July Recap:


    In July, OCWLA members volunteered with CASA OC at their annual back to school picnic. Members assorted in a variety of capacities from assisting with cookie decorating, to handing out books, playing baseball, and working the photo booth. The annual event provides a fun afternoon for children in the foster system along with their advocates to mingle and get school supplies.

    OCWLA also debuted its EmpowHer™ shirts at the event! Watch for details on how you can earn or purchase one of these shirts and other merchandise.


    Upcoming Events:

    Monday, August 26 - The August book club book is Educated by Tara Westover. 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, August 27 - Sip and Swing for Charity at Strawberry Farms Golf Club! In exchange for a donation of 3 bottles of 90 point or higher wine, members will have time on the driving range with an instructor, followed by adult beverages and appetizers. The wine that is collected will be donated to the Orange County Women Lawyers Association Foundation silent auction and the Veterans Legal Institute's Lawyers for Warriors event. Due to the limited space, this is a member's only event. Be sure to sign up early as a wait list is anticipated. Thank you to Rutan & Tucker LLP and Knobbe Martens for sponsoring this event.

    Wednesday, September 18 - OCWLA's annual Women Judges Reception will be held at Chapter One Local. The annual event celebrates and encourages the advancement of women on the bench. Light appetizers, wine and beer will be served. This event will sell out. Be sure to register early! Sitting judges are complimentary.

    Thursday, October 3 - The Annual Gala returns to Pelican Hill with an exciting program honoring Hon. Elizabeth Macias as the Judge of the Year and Lei Lei Weng Ekvall as the Attorney of the Year. OCWLA is also recognizing Walsworth - WFBM, LLP with the Advancement of Women Award. Registration is now available. The Gala committee has been hard at work creating a fantastic evening. 


    Other Opportunities:

    Sponsor the Gala: OCWLA's 2019 Gala Sponsorship Package is available.

    The Gala Committee is currently seeking sponsorships and donations to the silent auction. For inquiries about the silent auction, you can contact foundation@ocwla.org.


    Do not hesitate to reach me with your ideas, thoughts, and goals. In the meantime, we will continue our work to EmpowHer™ women in our legal community.

    Cheers,

    Michelle A. Philo

    OCWLA President

    Philo Law Firm, P.C.


  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:51 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Senator Feinstein has established a Judicial Advisory Committee in each federal district to review candidates for the position of U.S. District Court Judge.  If you know of a candidate you believe would serve with distinction as a district judge, please encourage him or her to submit an application. These applications and directions are available at this link:

    http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/applications-jud 

    Although applications will be considered on a rolling basis, the Committee will be working to provide candidates to the Senator as soon as possible. Therefore, please encourage any candidate to submit his or her application by September 16, 2019.


  • Friday, July 12, 2019 4:38 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    As part of its mission statement, OCWLA is committed to charitable giving. In addition to the monetary donations OCWLA makes to local charities, OCWLA focuses each quarter on a project where members can contribute in non-monetary ways.

    This summer, OCWLA has partnered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County for its annual back to school picnic. CASA is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a voice for youth in the child welfare system through a unique one-on-one relationship with trained and supervised court appointed volunteer advocates. CASA works to ensure these youths are safe, have a permanent home, and an opportunity to thrive.


    How You Can Participate

    On July 27, OCWLA members will volunteer at CASA's annual back to school picnic. The youth and their advocates participate in a myriad of activities from arts and crafts to sports to bouncing in the bounce house. In addition, each student leaves with a backpack full of school supplies for the upcoming school year. OCWLA members will "work" each of the different activity stations, assisting the youth as needed.

    CASA has requested both men and women volunteers to provide role models of both genders to the children. For the safety of the children, all volunteers must be adults.

    The last day to register is Friday, July 12, 2019, as we need to provide the names to CASA of OC in advance. Members will receive OCWLA shirts to wear at the event. For the protection of the children, the location will be provided to the registered attendees in advance.

    For more information about CASA of OC and its work, please visit CASA's website.


    Michelle A. Philo
    OCWLA President
    Philo Law Firm, P.C.


  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:03 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Sent on behalf of Judge Yolanda Orozco and Judge Holly Fujie, Co-Chairs, Judicial Diversity Summit Subcommittee                              

    To all Attorneys:

    The Los Angeles Superior Court is again convening a Judicial Diversity Summit for attorneys interested in applying to the state court bench. We have confirmed the attendance of Justice Martin Jenkins, Governor Newsom’s judicial appointments secretary and the Chair of the judicial appointments committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  Please distribute the attached save-the-date flyer to your members.

    Judicial Diversity Summit

    Stanley Mosk Courthouse

    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Please click on the link to register: JudicialDiversitySummit

     If you have any questions please feel free to contact Marlow Gory at MGory@lacourt.org or (213) 633-1034 or Sandra Gray at SGray@lacourt.orgor (213) 633-0128. 

    Thank you,

    Judge Yolanda Orozco

    Judge Holly Fujie


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