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


  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:45 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Recruitment Notice for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel may be located using the following link:

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:43 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    Job vacancies are available only to individuals who have eligibility based on either:
    • Successful completion of a competitive State civil service examination; or
    • Current employment with the State of California in a class which is comparable under transfer rules; or
    • Previous employment with the State of California in a class that is comparable under reinstatement rules.

  • Monday, April 18, 2016 4:33 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    Thirty-six (36) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court, Judicial Council forms and legislation have been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at, or at 415-865-7681.

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:37 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Kring & Chung LLP, an established Law Firm located in Irvine with multiple other offices, seeks a part time Accounts Receivable/Collections Clerk who is self-motivated and an organized individual with excellent accounting, computer, analytical, and customer service skills.  We are seeking the right candidate to fill this part time position immediately (Monday through Friday and approximately 20 hrs./week.) In addition to possessing excellent verbal and writing skills, prior law firm experience is desirable however not necessary.
    The ideal candidate will possess 3+ year(s) of Accounting experience in the areas of Accounts Receivable & Collections.  Proficiency in Excel, QuickBooks, Word, 10 key by touch. Responsibilities include but are not limited to proactively managing outstanding receivables to improve cash flow, monitoring  & posting electronic fund transfers, following up with clients daily, writing collection letters, making daily deposits, performing data entry and other duties as assigned.
    Our Firm offers a great opportunity to grow in a friendly and professional environment.
    Please submit a cover letter and resume with a salary history and professional references (preferably as Word attachment) to: or Fax to (949) 261-3428.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:19 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Steve Kim as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Kim, who was sworn in on April 11, 2016, will sit in Los Angeles in the Court’s Western Division. He succeeds retired Magistrate Judge Carla M. Woehrle.

    Before his appointment as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Kim was the Regional Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg, LLC, in charge of the firm’s three West Coast offices. Specializing in law and technology, Judge Kim counseled law firms, government agencies, and corporations on cybersecurity, data privacy, digital forensics and electronic discovery. He led and managed hundreds of matters involving trade secret litigation, internal corporate or forensics investigations, government subpoenas and search warrants, and data breach responses and notifications. Judge Kim advised lawyers, executives and corporate boards on information governance, digital risk assessments, incident response, and cybersecurity compliance.

    Prior to working at Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Judge Kim served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted cases involving violent and white-collar crimes, immigration offenses, and drug trafficking charges. He also investigated and charged defendants for computer crimes, identity theft, and intellectual property violations. Judge Kim authored numerous appellate briefs filed in the Ninth Circuit and successfully argued several cases in oral argument. Before his work as a federal prosecutor, Judge Kim was a civil litigator handling complex litigation and appeals at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP.

    Judge Kim received his Bachelor of Arts in Letters, with Special Distinction, from the University of Oklahoma, where he was the recipient of the Carl Albert Award for the Most Distinguished Graduate in the College of Arts & Sciences. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served on the law review. After law school, Judge Kim clerked for Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the Central District of California.

    Including the position now occupied by Judge Kim, the Central District of California has 24 authorized full-time Magistrate Judges and one part-time position. The Central District of California is comprised of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. It serves approximately 19.6 million people – nearly half the population of the State of California.


  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016 4:25 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Position: U.S. Magistrate Judge
    Salary: $186,852 Annually
    Location: Santa Ana, California
    Opening Date: February 19, 2016
    Closing Date: May 6, 2016
    Number of Positions: One
    Vacancy Number: 16-13

    The United States Judicial Conference has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California, beginning as soon as the position is filled. The United States District Court for the Central District of California is authorized to hold court in Los Angeles, Riverside and Santa Ana. The District Court may assign a Magistrate Judge to hold court in any of these locations and may reassign a Magistrate Judge from one location in the District to another as workload may require.
    A Merit Selection Panel, comprised of attorneys and other members of the community, will review all applications and recommend to the Judges, in confidence, those persons it considers best qualified. All applications are kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications are examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and Judges of the Court. The Panel’s deliberations remain confidential. Appointments are subject to District Court review and approval of FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax checks. All federal Magistrate Judges are subject to the financial disclosure filing requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    A full range of benefits is offered including, but not limited to, the Judicial Retirement System and health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance. The term of office is eight years. Magistrate Judges may be reappointed to subsequent eight-year terms.
    Duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging. Magistrate Judges conduct pretrial proceedings in civil and criminal cases, including law and motion matters, settlement conferences, initial appearances, and bail hearings. Magistrate Judges also preside over jury and court trials in civil cases with the consent of the parties, as well as trials and dispositions of misdemeanor cases. These duties are more fully set forth in Central District General Orders 05-07 and 06-01, available on the Court’s website at: Basic jurisdiction of United States Magistrate Judges is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

    To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:
    1) Meet the statutory qualifications at 28 U.S.C. § 631 (b) which require that a U.S. Magistrate Judge must be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territory of Guam, or the Virgin Islands of the United States. The applicant must also
    have been engaged in active law practice for at least five years. However, for positions in the Central District, qualified applicants generally have ten or more years of relevant federal experience.
    The Court may consider, as substitute experience for the active practice of law, any combination of the following: state judicial officer; federal judicial officer; attorney for federal or state agencies; law clerk to any judicial officer (limited to two years); and other legal experience considered suitable by a majority of the Court;
    2) Be:
    - competent to perform all duties of the office;
    - of good moral character;
    - emotionally stable and mature;
    - committed to equal justice under law;
    - in good health;
    - patient;
    - courteous;
    - decisive;
    - and capable of deliberation;
    3) Be less than seventy years old;
    4) Not be related to a District Judge of the appointing court at the time of initial appointment, as
    specified in 28 U.S.C. § 458; and
    5) Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship
    and intending to become a citizen immediately upon meeting the eligibility requirements.

    Send an email with an electronic version of the completed U.S. Magistrate Judge application and writing sample to E-mail documents must be in Word or PDF format. Zip files and faxes will not be accepted. The writing sample should be no more than 20 pages.
    Refer to: Vacancy Number 16-13: U.S. Magistrate Judge - REPOST
    An electronic version of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Application form is available on the U.S. District Court Web Site: A hard copy application may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, United States District Court, 312 N. Spring Street, Room 535, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone (213) 894-2356.

    Application packets must be received by the Human Resources Department no later than May 6, 2016.

    PLEASE NOTE: Individuals who have already submitted an application packet do not need to resubmit a new one.
    Applicants are advised that the U.S. Magistrate Judge Application form has been revised effective February 2015. Previous application forms should not be submitted and will not be considered.
    The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:00 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Laura's House is excited to announce that they will be hosting their first "Brighter Futures" Luncheon Friday on April 29, 2016 at 11am at the Balboa Bay Resort. The event promises to be a beautiful gathering highlighting the vital work that is being done in our community to assist survivors of domestic violence. The event will feature a reception, luncheon and exclusive opportunity drawing. Table Hostesses will have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their tables to showcase their talents and prominent local designers will participate in showcasing their unique designs. During our program we will be presenting our first Brighter Futures Award, honoring a very special young woman, who has demonstrated great leadership at the age of 12, spreading awareness about domestic violence and serving as a wonderful ambassador for Laura’s House.

  • Friday, March 25, 2016 12:32 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    Four (4) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court and Judicial Council forms have been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    The proposals are:
    SP16-02: Traffic and Criminal Procedure: Infraction Procedures Regarding Bail, Fines, and Assessments
    SP16-03: Traffic: Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees
    SP16-04: Traffic: Online Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees
    The deadline for these three proposals is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
    SP16-05: Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual
    The deadline for this proposal is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
    You are welcome to distribute this email to any other interested parties. If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at, or at 415-865-7681.

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:18 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The nomination deadline for the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award has been extended.
    The Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award was first presented in 1994. At the time, it was the "Distinguished Jurist" Award and its first recipient was Joan Dempsey Klein, a Justice on the Second District Court of Appeal in California. Justice Klein is a champion of women's rights and a pioneer in the struggle to achieve equal opportunity for women in the law. She was a founder and provisional president of CWL and the first president of the National Association of Women Judges, and she has spent considerable time giving support and positive reinforcement to women in the legal profession. She is well known as an excellent judge who listens, encourages dialogue and fosters consensus. She accomplished all of this while raising five children.
    Candidates for the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award are evaluated for excellence as jurists and for longstanding vigorous service and inspiration to the women lawyers of California. Those eligible for consideration are from the southern portion of the State.
    The Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award is presented annually at CWL's Southern California Judicial Reception to be held this year on June 24, 2016.
    Please click here for a list of past recipients.
    Nomination for the Joan Dempsey Klein award will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, and the Board of Governors will select the recipient of this honor by April 15, 2016. 

    CWL established the Fay Stender Award in 1982 in honor of Fay Stender, a Bay Area attorney who spent much of her professional life fighting for prisoners' rights.
    Fay Abrahams Stender was born in Berkeley in 1932, the third generation of her mother's family to be born in the Bay Area. She attended Reed College and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a major in English Literature, going on to receive a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1956.
    After clerking for Associate Justice John W. Shenk, California Supreme Court, Ms. Stender associated with criminal defense attorney Charles Garry, where, over the next ten years, she founded the Prison Law Project and represented a number of prisoners, including George Jackson, whose prison letters were published in 1970 as Soledad Brother. She was also active in professional organizations on the national, state and local levels. She was a member of CWL's first elected board, and even after leaving the board remained actively involved in the organization's work. Fay chaired CWL's Joint Custody Project, and served on the advisory Committee of the Women's Litigation Unit. She also chaired the San Francisco Bar Association's Employment of Women Committee, and served on the charter board of Equal Rights Advocates' Lesbian Rights Project.
    In the early morning hours of Memorial Day, 1979, Fay was shot five times by an intruder who falsely accused her of betraying George Jackson. Gravely injured and seriously disabled, she committed suicide one year later. She was survived by her mother, sister, husband, two children, and by numerous friends and colleagues.
    Throughout her life, Fay undertook unpopular causes and worked with under-represented groups and individuals. Her tenacity, creativity, and compelling sense of justice were legendary, and her commitment, energy and integrity enriched all who were privileged to work with her.
    The annual award is given to a feminist attorney who, like Fay Stender, is committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged groups and unpopular causes, and whose courage, zest for life and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual make her a role model for women attorneys.

    Candidates for the award are judged on the basis of the following attributes which were characteristic of Fay Stender:

    • Zest, humanity, personal courage, forceful presence and non-conformity;
    • Demonstrated commitment to under-represented or disadvantaged groups or unpopular causes.
    • Demonstrated feminist perspective;
    • Vigorous advocacy on behalf of women litigants which serves as a model for women attorneys; and
    • Demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual.
    • Please click here for a list of past recipients.

    The Fay Stender award is presented annually at CWL's Dinner, which is held in conjuction with the California State Bar Annual Meeting. This year, the Dinner will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, on September 29th.
    Nomination for the Fay Stender award will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, and the Board of Governors will select the recipient of this honor by May 13, 2016. 
    Nominations should consist of the following:

    • Nominee's Resume/Bio
    • Nominee's Photo
    • Supporting Statement
      A letter supporting the nominee as a worthy recipient of this honor with  a description of the candidate's qualifications for this award.
    • Articles and Letters
      To present a comprehensive picture of the nominee, you may include news/magazine articles written by or about the candidate and letters of support from individuals or organizations.

    The nomination and supporting materials should be sent to co-chairs of the Awards Committee,  Amee Mikacich at and Renee Galente at or mailed to:
    California Women Lawyers
    700 R Street, Ste. 200
    Sacramento, CA 95811

  • Monday, March 07, 2016 8:03 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Date & Time: 14 May, 2016 at 6pm

    Venue: The St. Regis Monarch Beach

    Address: 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

    More information:

    Join us for Rooted with Love, a very special night of Serious Fun, as we present the DOVE award to Vivian Clecak in honor of 35 extraordinary years as founding CEO of Human Options. Vivian Clecak retired from Human Options on January 30. She founded the organization in 1981 with Carolyn Churm, Margaret Thoreau, and Anne Wright. From her first makeshift office in the trunk of her car, Vivian has led the organization through an incredible journey of growth.

    Please join us for an inspirational night of dining and dancing, as we honor her legacy. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Melissa at or (949)737-5242 ext. 317.

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