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OCWLA President's January Message

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:16 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

OCWLA Community,

On behalf of Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Happy New Year! The OCWLA Board of Directors conducted its board retreat and the planning for another fantastic year is under way. The energy of this group of women is simply contagious. I am incredibly fortunate to lead this team.

The theme for 2019 is EmpowHerâ„¢. Along with the organization's mission statement, we are dedicating our efforts to empowHer women in our Orange County legal community with a variety of networking events, invigorating CLE topics, and of course, our signature Annual Gala, Mardi Gras Membership Mixer, Women Judges Reception, and Holiday Installation Dinner.

We started this year with a screening of On the Basis of Sex, a movie about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Over 40 women attorneys and judges, along with their friends, spouses, and children turned up on a Friday evening to enjoy the film.


My goal this year is to provide you with a brief monthly update of what you can expect from OCWLA each month.

Membership Renewals are Due:

Don't forget to renew your membership for 2019! In addition to significantly discounted membership rates at our events, you will have access to our membership directory and discounted membership rates for our affiliates California Women Lawyers and National Association of Women Lawyers. There are discounted membership rates for attorneys in their first 5 years of practice and government attorneys. In addition, law students and new admittees (first year of practice) receive complimentary membership.


Upcoming Events:

Friday, Jan. 11 - CLE: Ethics 2.0: California's New Rules of Professional Conduct featuring Scott Garner and Suzanne Burke Spencer to discuss the updates and changes to the rules. Make sure you grab that elusive ethics credit before the reporting deadline.

Saturday, Jan. 19 - Women's March - We heard you! Several members have expressed a desire to march with the OC Women's March in Santa Ana. An email will be sent as soon as a meeting point is decided upon. If you would like to march with OCWLA, please email info@ocwla.org to express your interest.

Monday, Jan. 28 - Book Club: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Our popular book club continues to grow. Grab a book off your bookshelf to participate in the book swap.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Save the Date: Mardi Gras Membership Mixer & Wine Tasting! This popular event will be held on Fat Tuesday. Stay tuned for registration details.

Other Opportunities:

Award Nominations:  Award nominations are now available for our Judge of the Year, Attorney of the Year, and Advancement of Women Awards. Nominations are due by February 15, 2019.

Philanthropy Applications: Since 2010, OCWLA has donated more than $110,000 to our local community. OCWLA will continue its history of charitable giving. Applications for qualified 501(c)(3) organizations to apply for grants are due by January 31, 2019.  

Annual Sponsorship Package: Our 2019 Annual Sponsorship Package is available. For one flat rate, sponsors are featured at OCWLA's four signature events and receive recognition all year long.

Committees: Serving on a committee is an excellent way to get engaged with OCWLA. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees, please contact me. The Gala Committee is an excellent opportunity to get involved with OCWLA.

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.


Michelle A. Philo

OCWLA President

General Counsel

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