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OCWLA President's September Message

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.

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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 CafĂ© 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.


Michelle A. Philo

OCWLA President

Philo Law Firm, P.C.



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