Orange County Women
 Lawyers Association
For Women Lawyers and Those Who Support Their Advancement


  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:49 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Save The Date – Breakfast Club Invitation
    I pledged to serve with a commitment to maintain an open and consistent dialogue with my constituents and to that end am once again hosting a Breakfast Club meeting for fellow community, local government, business and labor leaders in Orange County. This will allow us to have a firsthand perspective about the issues that are affecting our state.

    I would be honored to have you in attendance at our Breakfast Club meeting. I believe you will find the invited speaker's insights on what's happening in California both interesting and timely. I hope you will attend this free Breakfast Club gathering and enjoy a continental breakfast as we bring Sacramento to Orange County.

    No Charge

    Breakfast Club Meeting: 
    Featured Guest - Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

    Friday, Oct. 27
    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    (Registration begins at 7 a.m.)

    Ehlers Event Center, Veterans Hall,
    8150 S Knott Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620



    Sharon Quirk-Silva
    Assemblywoman, 65th District

  • Friday, October 06, 2017 11:15 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Orange County Women Lawyer’s Association is pleased to be a partnering organization of NAWL’s Thirteenth General Counsel Institute on Thursday and Friday, November 9-10 at the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York City.  We have arranged a special 10% discount for OCWLA members. To register, please contact to receive the coupon code for the discount.

    Successful people are open to new challenges. In order to be poised to say yes to new opportunities, we must be confident in our abilities, trust that our prior work has prepared us for the next step, and be willing to take on the accompanying risk of a new challenge. Whether you already have mastered your current challenges or want to position yourself to push for more, the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Thirteenth General Counsel Institute offers you the tools you need to take advantage of the power of preparation and to have the courage to say yes.

    At GCI 13, you will be asked to challenge yourself and consider what you need to do to feel prepared, powerful, and courageous. Through inspiring stories, substantive legal workshops, and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, GCI 13 will help you gain leadership skills, business acumen, and the power to say yes.

    Senior corporate counsel of public, private, large and small companies, non-profits, government, and educational institutions. Registration is limited to in-house counsel and select law firm sponsor representatives. Scholarships are available for in-house attorneys who wish to attend, but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.
    For additional information about NAWL and GCI13, visit

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 9:33 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The University of California has posted an outstanding opportunity for an experienced attorney (at the Counsel 2 level) to join the Educational Affairs, Public Accountability & Governance (EAPAG) group in the Office of General Counsel. 
    This is a new position within a practice group that advises University of California leadership and administrators at both the University’s system-wide Office of the President (UCOP) and at UC’s ten campuses, five medical centers, and one National Laboratory on a broad range of legal matters in support of the University’s core academic mission. 
    Issue areas on which this person may be asked to provide legal research, support, advice and advocacy include conflicts of interest, free speech and academic freedom, the University’s constitutional autonomy, governance practices, student affairs and discipline (including student sexual harassment and sexual violence cases), student residency, faculty issues including privilege and tenure, immigration, campus safety, privacy, open meetings, public records, research compliance, and more.
    This position offers an experienced attorney the opportunity to work on a diverse portfolio of interesting issues that are  central to the University’s teaching, research and public service mission.  We are seeking an attorney with a minimum of three years of relevant practice experience, including substantial higher education and/or public agency experience. 
    For more information about the position, and the required qualifications, please review the full position description, which is posted at:
    We are eager to receive applications from a diverse pool of qualified candidates.  Please feel free to forward this announcement to individuals you think may be interested and qualified, and  to organizations or lists of which you are a member that you believe might be able to reach such candidates.  Thank you!

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:58 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    Chapman University seeks applications for a Part-Time Lecturer of Practice Foundations: Transactions for the Spring 2018 semester. Successful candidates will teach one 3-unit section of the required 2L course, Practice Foundations: Transactions. Practice Foundations: Transactions is a small-section course that introduces students to the practice of transactional law by exploring the role of lawyers in executing business-related transactions. Students acquire a foundation for practice through participation in exercises and simulated transactions. Students also practice communicating with and advising clients, drafting documents, dealing with other attorneys, and handling the intricacies of transactions.

    Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. Ranked in the top tier of western universities by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching.

    The Dale E. Fowler School of Law offers a JD and LLM degrees, as well as JD/MBA with Argyros Business School and JD/MFA with the Dodge School. The Law School currently has 450 JD law students who attend classes in a modern 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art Kennedy Hall. Additional information can be found at

    JD degree from an ABA accredited law school and a successful background in transactional practice.

    Teach one section of Practice Foundations: Transactions.

    Contact Information
    Application review begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, faculty application, and resume electronically to:

    Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,

    Please use “Lecturer of Law – PFT” as the subject of the email. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required for the final candidate.
    Download a copy of the Chapman Faculty Application for Employment here.

    Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

    Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 5:01 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Thank You For Your Support!

    On behalf of the OCWLA, I want to thank you so much for supporting and attending our annual Gala and Awards ceremony. We had a successful event and we hope everyone had a wonderful time.

    As a reminder, our annual gala is our biggest fundraising event for the year that allows us the opportunity to award various charitable organizations in our community. Our fundraising also allows us to provide financial support to our law students as they prepare for the bar examination.

    We truly could not have had such a successful event without you and we thank you for your continued support of our organization!

    All the best,

    Michelle L. Tran
    OCWLA President

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 1:58 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    AIKEN, S.C, Sept. 18, 2017 -- Best Lawyers®, the only purely peer-review™ guide to the legal profession, is currently accepting nominations for the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

    Nominations can be submitted by the general public, clients, other practicing attorneys, and marketing teams. We only ask that lawyers not nominate themselves. All lawyers included in the previous edition of The Best Lawyers in America are automatically nominated in their listed practice areas for the 25th Edition.
    After nominations are complete, attorneys are divided by geographic region and practice area. They are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication review to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing with their local bar associations.

    "Nominating qualified attorneys is the first step in acknowledging the accomplishments of exceptional legal professionals," said Best Lawyers CEO Steven Naifeh.

    Nominees are recommended to be in practice for at least 10 years. It is also in the nominator's best interest to only submit nominations in practice areas in which the attorney specializes.

    The redesigned Best Lawyers website permits the public to easily enter information for the eligible attorney using the online nomination form. The nomination period ends December 1, 2017. 

    Search the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America by attorney's name, firm, region, and/or practice area, by visiting

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 1:58 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Request for Comments:
    A new proposal, LEG17-07, to amend Government Code section 68560.5(a) and Code of Civil Procedure section 116.550 has been posted to – Invitation to Comment.
    The Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force and Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee recommend that the Judicial Council sponsor legislation to: (1) amend Government Code section 68560.5(a) to delete an exception stating that interpreters are not required in small claims proceedings; and (2) amend Code of Civil Procedure section 116.550 to authorize courts to appoint certified and registered interpreters in small claims proceedings.  Revised Code of Civil Procedure section 116.550 also makes clear that courts should follow the provisional qualification process if a certified or registered interpreter is not available.  It also provides judges with discretion to appoint a temporary interpreter to assist a court user during a small claims hearing if a certified/registered or provisionally qualified interpreter is not available even after a continuance, or at the first hearing if the judge makes a similar determination of unavailability, depending on the complexity of the case.

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 10:24 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

  • Friday, September 08, 2017 10:16 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    For Deputy Attorney General III positions, please ensure you complete the online training and experience questionnaire in order to establish eligibility before applying.
    You can access the questionnaire HERE. For Deputy Attorney General positions, you can access the exam bulletin HERE.
    If you have any questions in regards to the application process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. You can respond to this email with the Job Control (JC)
    number in the subject line and I will be happy to answer your questions.

    Thank you,
    DOJ Recruitment Unit
    California Department of Justice
    Division of Operations (OPS)

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