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


  • Monday, October 24, 2016 10:57 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    On November 1, 2016, the Orange County Bar Association and Thurgood Marshall Bar Association will present a very important program entitled Fair Housing Laws and Policies: The Historical Seeds of Segregation and How They Continue to Impact Us Today.
    This program presents a rare opportunity to hear from the nation’s leading experts on critically important issues that impact us all.
    Richard Rothstein has worked as an education policy analyst and written a number of books on the interplay between race and class in education policy.  One of his recent works, The Making of Ferguson, received critical coverage by The Washington Post, The New York Times and other publications. He was also featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. 
    As I am sure you know, Erwin Chemerinsky is a leading constitutional scholar and the Founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, and needs no introduction.
    This program will include a historical review of the causes of segregation, the inequality that persists today as a result of the historical seeds of segregation in residential housing, why and how segregation in residential housing still affects us today in all facets of society and what we can do to address these issues.

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 10:15 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Clerk of Court, please click on the link below to view the Notice from the Clerk regarding the opening of the new 1st Street Courthouse effective Monday, November 7, 2016.

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 10:02 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    A proposal to update the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule has been published for comment at
    SP16-12: Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule: 2017 Edition
    The Traffic Advisory Committee proposes revisions to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2017 Edition, to become effective January 1, 2017. The proposed revisions conform the schedules to recent legislation as required under Vehicle Code section 40310 and Penal Code section 1269b.
    The deadline for comment is Monday, October 31, 2016.
    If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at, or at 415-865-7681.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:37 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The OCBA is currently soliciting nominations for the Franklin G. West award. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA and will be presented at the OCBA Judges’ Night and Annual Meeting held in January 2017.  This award is presented each year to an outstanding attorney or judge whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 4, 2016.
    The attached application form contains the names of all of the previous honorees, but here are the most recent recipients:
    Attorney Richard W. Millar Jr.
    Judge James J. Di Cesare
    Justice Richard Fybel
    Judge Francisco Firmat
    Attorney John Hurlbut Jr.
    Judge Francisco Briseño
    Attorney Donald S. Gray (posthumously)
    Judge Nancy Wieben Stock
    Attorney Wylie Aitken
    Attorney Marjorie Fuller
    Justice Kathleen O’Leary
    Judge Ronald Kreber

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016 10:03 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    On October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (“OCAABA”), a fellow affiliate bar for the OCBA, will be hosting its Fall Membership Mixer at Ten Asian Bistro.
    This year, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association named OCAABA its 2016 Affiliate of the Year, beating out 75 other affiliates throughout the country.  Attached as a hyperlink is the press release regarding the award in case you would like to know more about OCAABA: Press Release re OCAABA as 2016 Affiliate of the Year.

    Register for the event

  • Monday, October 03, 2016 10:24 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The OCWLA holds an annual election for nine (9) Director positions of one-year terms.

    Time commitment for an OCWLA Director (or Officer) includes:

    1. Attorney or Lifetime membership to the OCWLA (join here);
    2. Attendance at the OCWLA monthly Board meetings (on the fourth Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noticed);
    3. Paid attendance at the OCWLA monthly lunch (or evening) programs;
    4. Attendance at the Board Retreat & Orientation on November 19, 2016;
    5. Participation in OCWLA's Annual Fundraising Gala, and
    6. Participation in OCWLA committees.

    If you are interested in running, you are asked to submit a short Candidate's Statement and photo (photo is optional) as the 2017 Slate of Director candidates will be presented to the membership via e-blast. You should send your statement and photo to Amelia Montgomery, OCWLA Executive Director, by the close of business on October 13, 2016 via email:

    Elections are held in November and will close and be tallied at the OCWLA monthly lunch meeting at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, 2607 Main St, Irvine on November 11, 2016. Election results will be announced at the end of the lunch meeting. Installation of the 2017 Board of Officers and Directors takes place at the OCWLA Holiday Reception on December 14.

    We are very excited over your energetic interest to join the OCWLA Board. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amelia Montgomery at

    Thank you for your support!

    Orange County Women Lawyers Association
    P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658
    p: (949) 478-1103

  • Monday, October 03, 2016 10:02 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The California Department of Justice is seeking to fill several Deputy Attorney General III positions throughout the state. Application
    deadlines vary so please click on the link below and let us know if you are interested in applying. Please ensure you provide an email
    address as a DOJ Recruiter will reach out to you with application instructions.

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:06 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    IRVINE, CA, September 21, 2016 --- Jennifer Keller has again been named to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals’ list of "The Top 100 Lawyers in California."  This is Keller's ninth appearance on the list.  There are over 220,000 attorneys in California, making her achievement that much more remarkable.
    The award, one of the California legal profession's most coveted, is given by the editors of the statewide lawyers' newspapers to honor those whose superior achievement and stellar results place them in a super-elite category.
    Jennifer Keller specializes in bet-the-company trials across varied practice areas that include commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, intellectual property and class actions, among others.  She has won hundreds of millions of dollars for her clients in jury trials, settled other cases in the tens of millions, and successfully defended many more. Ms. Keller is the former President of the Orange County Bar Association.  She was named by California Lawyer Magazine an “Attorney of the Year” in Litigation for outstanding achievement, and was featured in The National Law Journal’s “Winning” report, which recognizes 10 of the country’s top trial lawyers.  She appears annually in the Lawdragon Leading 500 Lawyers in America.  Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers lists her in its “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers,” “Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers,” and “Top 50 Southern California Women Super Lawyers.”  Ms. Keller is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America trial lawyers’ honorary society.  She earned her A.B. at the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
    Her firm, Keller/Anderle LLP, is among the premier boutique litigation forms in California.  Ms. Keller and Managing Partner Kay Anderle have over 250 jury trials between them.  Unique among law firms handling high profile, bet-the-company cases of such a caliber is that both name partners are women, and the firm is women-owned.  Among its clients are MGA Entertainment and its CEO Isaac Larian; Michael Ovitz, the  Creative Artists Agency founder and former Chairman of the Walt Disney Company; Henry Nicholas, the co-founder of Broadcom; American International Group (AIG); MassMutual Insurance Company; and the McGraw Hill Companies (in The United States v. The McGraw-Hill Companies, the government’s civil suit alleging that the rating agency Standard & Poor’s improperly rated certain mortgage-backed securities). 

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:36 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    When: Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016, 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM

    Where: Ten Asian Bistro, 4647 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach

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