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OCWLA President's December Message

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 1:38 PM | Lori Butler (Administrator)
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OCWLA Community,

As 2019 comes to an end, I want to take a moment to thank this year's Board of Directors. Each of them has embraced the EmpowHerâ„¢ theme and has provided their own distinct contribution to this record-breaking year. Thank you to Jessica Achtsam, Jacqueline Beaumont, Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Betty Fracisco, Kelly Galligan, Jaimi Groothuis, Dana Heyde, Tracy Hughes, Colleen McCarthy, Jessica Munk, Sarah Nowels, Laurie Rowen, Heather Stangle-Smith, and Lucia Valenzuela. I would also like to thank our Foundation Board of Directors including Jaimi Groothuis, Betty Fracisco, Shelly Aronson, and Linda Iannelli. And thank you to the many members who served on OCWLA committees. I would also like to thank Amelia Montgomery, OCWLA's Executive Director, for her exemplary work and dedication to OCWLA. 

In 2019, OCWLA has not only achieved its goal of 500 members, but has soared past the goal with 587 members. OCWLA was able to give the largest amount it has ever given to local charities, and the OCWLA Foundation was able to double its bar stipend program. The work accomplished this year launches OCWLA into the next decade on a new platform.
Upcoming Events:
Signature Event: Tuesday, December 10 - OCWLA Holiday Party & Installation Dinner - OCWLA Holiday Party & Installation Dinner - The 2020 OCWLA and OCWLA Foundation Board of Directors will be installed by Hon. Linda Marks at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa.  This annual event is a member favorite allowing OCWLA to take a moment during the busy holiday season to celebrate the accomplishments of 2019 and welcome the 2020 leadership.  In addition, OCWLA will recognize Orange County Justice Fund with its Community Service Award.

Monday, December 16 OCWLA Book Club Holiday Party & Book Exchange.  This no host group will meet at a member's home for a potluck and book exchange.  You will be provided the location address prior to the event.  There is no charge for members to attend. 

January 16, 2020 - OCBA Judges Night - OCWLA coordinates a table of members to sit together at the 2020 OCBA's Judges Night and Annual Meeting. If you are interested in sitting at the same table as OCWLA members, please contact info@ocwla.org. You will be invoiced through OCWLA and OCWLA will coordinate and pay for your seat at Judges Night with other OCWLA members.
Other Opportunities:
Everyday Hero Nominations: OCWLA is seeking nominations for Everyday Heroes. The Everyday Hero award is presented to members of the Orange County legal community for everyday and not so everyday acts or accomplishments. If you know someone that should be recognized as an Everyday Hero, please submit a nomination to info@ocwla.org.

Thank you to the Orange County community for an incredible 2019!
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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