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OCWLA President's January Message

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 4:09 PM | Lori Butler (Administrator)

OCWLA Community,

Orange County Women Lawyers Association is excited to celebrate its 45th Anniversary this year! The Board of Directors had its retreat this past weekend to plan the year and there are many exciting things on the horizon for our members. From our signature events, to new outings (Chicago, the musical), philanthropy volunteer opportunities, and CLEs to continue to advance women in the profession, this year looks like a year not to be missed!

Membership Renewal: If you have not yet renewed your membership,  now is the time to do so! With a goal of breaking through 500 members in 2019, OCWLA soared past the goal with 592 members. We encourage you to join this year as we aim to break another membership record.
Installation Dinner Recap:
On December 10, the 2020 Board of Directors for both the Orange County Women Lawyers Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association Foundation were installed by Hon. Linda Marks.
Upcoming Events:
Friday, January 10MCLE: Follow My Lead: Excelling in Private Practice and on the Bench with Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine - Hon. Sonenshine will share her experiences in the legal profession from launching her own practice to being appointed to the bench.

Monday, January 27 - The January book club book is The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. 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.

OCBA Judges Night, January 16 - OCWLA is coordinating 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 no later than Thursday, January 8, 2020. You will be invoiced through OCWLA and OCWLA will coordinate and pay for your seat at Judges Night with other OCWLA members.

Saturday, February 8 - Hockey Night - Join OCWLA for this family friendly event as the USA and Canada National Women's Hockey Teams meet on the ice at Honda Center. Both teams feature Olympic athletes. The seats are only $25 and are on the Club Level. Please purchase tickets by January 20.

Tuesday, February 25 - SAVE THE DATE: Signature Event: OCWLA Membership Mixer & Wine Tasting - This annual favorite event will be available for registration soon! Be on the look out for emails as this event always sells out! If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact info@ocwla.org.

Saturday, February 29 - 1st Quarter Philanthropy Event: HEALTH Day at CHOC - Join OCWLA and the Family Legal Assistance at CHOC Children's to complete intake interviews and paperwork for CHOC families in need of conservatorships to access healthcare. Training will be provided. Attorney representation is provided by Family Legal Assistance at CHOC Children's
Other Opportunities:
Award Nominations: OCWLA is seeking nominations for its Attorney of the Year, Judge of the Year, and Advancement of Women Awards. Nomination forms are available on the OCWLA website. All awardees will be celebrated
at OCWLA Annual Gala in August.

Annual Sponsorship Program:
OCWLA is accepting sponsors for its 2020 Annual Sponsorship Program. Annual sponsors serve as sponsors for all OCWLA's signature events at a reduced price. Membership is also included with each package.

Gala Committee: 
If you are a member and interested in serving on the 2020 Gala Committee, please contact Gala Chair Kelly Galligan at kgalligan@rutan.com. This year promises to be exciting as we will be celebrating OCWLA's 45th Anniversary and honoring the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

I look forward to seeing each of you throughout this exciting year!
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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