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


  • Thursday, April 02, 2015 10:36 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The United States Judicial Conference has authorized the appointment of full-time United States Magistrate Judges for the Central District of California, beginning in November, 2015. 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.

    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.

    More Information

  • Friday, March 27, 2015 10:15 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    At Hyundai, we’ve rethought our business and created cars that combine performance, quality, design and innovation into a complete package.

    It’s time you rethink what you expect from an employer.

    At Hyundai, we understand you're not just building a career – you're building a life. We believe in our people and realize that our success is a direct result of our commitment in offering you great opportunities for your career. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for a chance to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.


    ~ Assist in forensic technical investigations.

    ~ Provide assistance in preparation of document productions and discovery in class action, intellectual property, product liability, and general commercial litigation.

    ~ Provide assistance to engineers in connection with document and data searches for NHTSA and other regulatory inquiries and investigations.

    ~ Handle and/or provide assistance in management of defense of class action, intellectual property, product liability, and/or warranty cases nationwide.

    ~ Conduct legal research as needed.

    Major Responsibilities:

    ~ Provide assistance in connection with the defensible electronic forensic investigation of company documents in class action, intellectual property, product liability, and general commercial litigation.

    ~ Prepare documents for discovery production in litigated matters.

    ~ Help implement and develop HMA’s legal hold policies and procedures.

    ~ Assist in the preparation of detailed draft responses to discovery requests including interrogatories, requests for production of documents and requests for admissions.

    ~ Assist with Document Management System.

    ~ Ensure compliance with Records Management Program policies.

    ~ Conduct legal and investigative research as required.

    ~ Negotiate special rates from outside vendors. Select/terminate and manage vendors in conjunction with Purchasing Department.

    ~ Collaborate with Records Management program and eDiscovery to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.


    ~ Manage vendors including vendors outside law firms (define scope and ensure deliver of goods/services, monitor and drive performance, work to raise level of program effectiveness) Select/terminate and manage vendors in conjunction with Purchasing department.

    ~ Support various HMA departments through obtaining feedback and suggestions for program improvements, and considering what changes are feasible and appropriate.

    ~ Position may be involved with interviewing/evaluation of new hires.


    ~ Must be a high school graduate

    ~ Bachelor’s degree

    Related Experience:

    ~ Four to five years of in-house or law firm litigation experience.

    Skill / Knowledge:

    ~ Strong drafting and negotiating skills.

    ~ Computer literate.

    ~ Careful attention to detail; capacity to handle multiple matters simultaneously.

    ~ Familiarity with EnCase eDiscovery systems and Acrobat Professional a plus.

    Certification Required:

    ~ Paralegal Certificate required

    To apply go to or click here to go directly to the position listed.

    Our Company adheres to the equal employment opportunity guidelines set forth by federal, state and local laws.  The information requested on this form is sought in good faith and will not be used to discriminate against the applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws that is not related to job requirements.  Hyundai Motor America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Monday, February 02, 2015 10:17 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    IRVINE, CA, JANUARY 27, 2015 --- Jennifer Keller and Kay Rackauckas, nationally prominent attorneys at Keller Rackauckas LLP in Irvine, have been named in several categories of the 2015 “Southern California Super Lawyers.”  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from a wide range of practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
    Jennifer Keller was named to the 2015 Top 50 Orange County Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers, and to the Business Litigation list.  Kay Rackauckas was named a Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense.

    Jennifer Keller is one of California’s premier trial lawyers. She has tried over 150 cases to jury verdict, ranging from complex civil matters — including business and intellectual property cases — to white collar to murder. She has received innumerable awards for excellence as a trial lawyer and excels at “bet the company” litigation.  Ms. Keller is listed annually in “The Best Lawyers in America®” and is among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.  She appears routinely in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers.  Ms. Keller is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only organization limited to the top one-half of one percent of the nation’s attorneys.  Ms. Keller is also active in the community.  She is the former President of the Orange County Bar Association and serves as a Trustee of Chapman University.  She counts as present and former clients a number of judges, public officials, law enforcement officers, CEOs, CFOs, lawyers, physicians, professional athletes, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
    With over two decades of experience and nearly 100 cases to jury verdict, Kay Rackauckas has earned a reputation as a leading trial attorney.   Ms. Rackauckas began her legal career 23 years ago in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where she spent 12 years prosecuting criminal cases.  In 2004 Ms. Rackauckas entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney, bringing with her an unparalleled perspective on criminal prosecutions.  Ms. Rackauckas is listed in the elite “The Best Lawyers in America®” in both white collar and non-white collar criminal defense.  She has also received honors and awards from: California Lawyer Magazine, 2012 Lawyers of the Year, Honorable Mention (Litigation); OC Metro Magazine, Orange County’s Top Lawyers for 2013 (criminal defense); and Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  She is a member of the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California (2011-2014).  She is active in numerous professional and community volunteer activities, including Chapman University, Dale Fowler School of Law, Dean's Advisory Board.
    We’re the go-to firm for high stakes business litigation, with a record second to none, and local, statewide and national recognition of our success.  Keller Rackauckas attorneys have won over $680 million in judgments in just the last five years, and successfully defended many other clients.  The name partners of Keller Rackauckas LLP have tried over 250 jury trials between them, with an unparalleled record of success.  We handle cases involving class actions, intellectual property, breach of contract, trade secrets, bad faith, white collar criminal defense, real estate, business torts and the entire gamut of commercial litigation.

  • Wednesday, January 07, 2015 7:18 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Employment Litigation Associate
    The Irvine office of Fisher & Phillips LLP seeks an associate with 4+years of employment litigation experience.  The ideal candidate will be a case handling attorney with wage and hour experience.  Class action experience is preferred.  Excellent academic credentials as well as strong research, writing and analytical skills are required.  Must be admitted in California.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume online at
    Junior Labor and Employment Associate
    The Irvine office of Fisher & Phillips LLP seeks a junior associate with 2+years of employment litigation experience.  Candidates must possess excellent academic credentials as well as strong research, writing and analytical skills.  Must be admitted in California.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume online at
    Fisher & Phillips is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including but not limited to selection, hiring, assignment, re-assignment, promotion, transfer, and compensation. Equal Employment Opportunity principles also apply to discipline and termination. Our Firm prohibits discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in employment based on race; color; religion; national origin; sex (including pregnancy); sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; military service obligations; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:19 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Eight (8) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court and Judicial Council forms have been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    The attached list provides a summary of the proposals and contains direct links to each individual proposal. You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015.

  • Thursday, December 04, 2014 9:30 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    OCWLA congratulates Betty Shu and Jessi Castro on passing the California Bar Exam!  Betty and Jessi were both recipients of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association Bar Stipend Awards.  The Bar Stipend Awards are awarded semi-annually to new graduates who are sitting for the bar exam and have exemplified a commitment to scholarship, community service, and the advancement of women, diversity, and women’s issues in Orange County.  When you see Betty and Jessi, be sure to welcome them to the profession and congratulate them on this achievement.
    -Michelle Philo, Director

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 4:23 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Beginning December 1, 2014, attorneys filing new civil actions will be required by amended Local Rule 3-2 to file their case-initiating document(s) electronically, using the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF), unless exempted from electronic filing by amended Local Rule 5-4.2. (The amended local rules effective December 1, 2014, will be available on the Court’s website at; amended Local Rule 3-2 may be previewed at  All other documents required to be filed concurrently with the case-initiating document, including the Civil Cover Sheet (Form CV-71), and Notice of Interested Parties, must also be filed electronically.  Any filing fee that is required must be paid online at the time the case-initiating document is filed, unless a request to proceed in forma pauperis is filed concurrently.

    Read More >

  • Sunday, November 02, 2014 10:09 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    Changes to Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective December 1, 2014

    The Court has preliminarily approved the new and amended Local Civil and Criminal Rules that accompany this notice. The proposed effective date for these rules is December 1, 2014.  The proposed new and amended rules are posted on the Court’s website, and include the following:

    Read More >

  • Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:57 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Vehicle Code section 40500(b) authorizes the Judicial Council to prescribe the form of a Notice to Appear that is issued when a person is arrested for misdemeanor or infraction violations of the Vehicle Code. Penal Code section 853.9 further authorizes the council to approve Notice to Appear forms for nontraffic offenses. Penal Code section 959.1(d) permits a Notice to Appear issued on a form approved by the Judicial Council to be received and filed by a court in electronic form. In response to issues courts have reported with electronic citation forms and procedures and to improve uniformity of the content of Notice to Appear forms used for electronic citations issued by arresting officers, the Traffic Advisory Committee recommends amendments of the California Rules of Court and forms as specified effective April 1, 2015. The deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014.

  • Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:56 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    This proposal would adopt amendments to the Judicial Council Conflict of Interest Code and bring the Code up to date with its current organization that after a recent consolidation now includes the former Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). In accordance with Government Code sections 87303 and 87306, the Code must be updated "when change is necessitated by changed circumstances" (id., § 87306). The deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software