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OCWLA President's October Message

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 11:19 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)
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OCWLA Community,

The Annual Gala is here! We hope to see many members at the Annual Gala on Thursday where we will recognize OCWLA's Judge of the Year Hon. Elizabeth G. Macias, Attorney of the Year Lei Lei Weng Ekvall, and Advancement of Women Awardee Walsworth - WFBM, LLP. This event would not be the success that it is without the sponsorships of our local legal community, the tireless efforts of the Gala Committee and the dedication of both the OCWLA and OCWLA Foundation Boards of Directors. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! It truly takes the power of the community to EmpowHer women in the profession.
OCWLA Breaks Membership Records
For the first time in its history, OCWLA has exceeded 500 members! You can still join to be part of this record-breaking year! Join today and get the rest of 2019 FREE, as well as the year 2020 (membership expires January 1, 2021.)
September Recap:
Women Judges Reception
Women Judges Reception
Women Judges Reception
Women Judges Reception
In September, OCWLA had its annual Women Judges Reception. The event recognizes the strides women have made on the bench in Orange County and provides members with the opportunity to chat with bench officers about the journey to the bench. A special thank you to Call & Jensen, Enenstein Pham & Glass, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, Knobbe Martens, Ogletree Deakins, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., and Rutan & Tucker LLP for sponsoring this event!
Upcoming Events:
SIGNATURE EVENT: Thursday, October 3 As promised, we have reached capacity at the Annual Galand have a waitlist! We are looking forward to celebrating this year's honorees including Hon. Elizabeth Macias as the Judge of the Year, Lei Lei Weng Ekvall as the Attorney of the Year, and Walsworth - WFBM, LLP with the Advancement of Women Award. We are also recognizing two of our philanthropy award recipients, CASA of Orange County and Family Legal Assistance at CHOC Children's. 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.

If you weren't able to snag a seat at this year's event, you can still participate in the silent auction provided you can pick up your winnings in person in Newport Beach. Simply visit the silent auction site to participate!

Sunday, October 6 - OCWLA & OCBA YLD Hike - OCWLA is again joining with the OCBA YLD for a hike at Crystal Cove State Park. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and greet with members as well as focus on the wellness of the profession with a little physical activity. There is no cost to attend.

Friday, October 11 - CLE: Trial Tips & Techniques from Superstars of the Courtroom - We are excited to host an amazing panel of Andra Greene, Elizabeth Kolar, and M.C. Sungaila! These leading Orange County trial and appellate attorneys will provide tips and techniques they have learned along the way to become exceptional attorneys. This is a not-to-miss CLE!

Monday, October 28 - The October book club book is the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 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.
Other Opportunities:
Election Nomination Deadline: Are you interested in becoming more involved? 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. Please provide your statement of candidacy to info@ocwla.org no later than October 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Instagram: OCWLA is now on Instagram! Follow us @ocwomenlawyersassoc.

Whew! This is a busy time of year! Thank you to the Orange County community for your ongoing support.

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
Michelle A. Philo
OCWLA President

Orange County Women Lawyers Association, P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658

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