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OCWLA President's February Message

Friday, February 01, 2019 1:42 PM | Lori Butler (Administrator)

OCWLA Community,

In continuing OCWLA's 2019 theme of EmpowHerâ„¢, the organization is executing its plan for a fantastic 2019. Here is this month's brief update with some upcoming opportunities you can look forward to.

January Recap:

In January, Scott Garner and Suzanne Call Spencer came out to speak to the organization on the updated to the ethics guidelines. In addition, OCWLA hosted a casual coffee meet-up for members and interested members to network. Also, a small contingency of members participated in the Women's March.

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. Members who have not renewed their membership by February 28 will be dropped from the current membership roster.


Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Feb. 16 - Hike with YLD - OCWLA is partnering with YLD for a family friendly hike. The 2.85 mile route is in El Moro Canyon in Crystal Cove. Meet with current OCWLA members and friends to determine if OCWLA membership is right for you!

Monday, Feb. 25Book Club: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine  - Our popular book club continues to grow. Grab a book off your bookshelf to participate in the book swap.

Tuesday, March 5 - Membership Mixer & Wine Tasting - This popular event will be held on Fat Tuesday at Orange Coast Winery in Newport Beach. Take a minute to celebrate Mardi Gras by wearing your favorite beads and stopping by the photo booth with your friends. This event sold out last year and is expected to this year as well. Register early.

Friday, March 8 - CLE: Getting a Seat at the Bench: Lessons from Female Leaders of the Judiciary - featuring Hon. Josephine L. Staton, Hon. Kathleen O'Leary, Hon. Glenda Sanders, and Hon. Kim Hubbard. OCWLA is very excited to have this amazing panel speak with us, especially during Women's History Month. This program provides 1 hour of Elimination of Bias credit.

Other Opportunities:

Award Nominations: The deadline is approaching for award nominations for the Judge of the Year, Attorney of the Year, and Advancement of Women Awards. Be sure to submit your nomination prior to February 15, 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. PhiloMichelle A. Philo

OCWLA President

General Counsel

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