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

Message from OCWLA President Jessica Munk

Friday, June 02, 2023 10:49 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Happy June OCWLA Members!

It is hard to believe that Summer is almost here! We had a busy May, starting with our Cinco de Mayo coffee meetup that we held with the Hispanic Bar of Orange County. 

We also had a great turnout at the California Women Lawyers’ 2023 Annual Conference, which was held here in Orange County. Thank you to everyone who turned out, and a big thank you to Tracy Hughes, who helped organize this great event. 

I was honored to present the Judith Soley Lawyer As A Citizen Award to OCWLA Past President and Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken, who has dedicated her life’s work to public service, the law, and making our community a better place.

As we step into Summer, please join us for our Annual Membership Mixer, which will be held on Thursday, June 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Zov’s in Tustin. Register here > Come meet the OCWLA Foundation Board and hear more about our upcoming Annual Gala. I hope to see you there!



Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship Available!

The CWL is now accepting applications for the Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student whose prior, current, and or future activities demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children in the community. Submit your materials by June 5!

OCBA Summer Social: Celebrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Join friends from the Orange County legal community for a fun, outdoor social gathering on June 6, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8pm, featuring the presentation of the Lei Lei Wang Ekvall Award to

The Honorable Maria D. Hernandez, Presiding Judge, Orange County Superior Court

CLE Speaking Opportunities with CEB in Summer 2023

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), a non-profit program of the University of California that serves the California legal community, is currently developing exciting legal education offerings and is looking for new subject matter experts to record 60–90-minute on-demand CLE programs for CEB Learning’s summer curriculum. CEB Contributors share their expertise with a statewide audience, while also promoting their work, improving their public speaking skills, and boosting their professional recognition. More than anything, CEB is interested in collaborating with attorneys to develop programs that share sophisticated legal expertise and provide more diverse perspectives in all practice areas. If you're an experienced California attorney who wants to develop and record a legal education program (or series!) with CEB, please complete the CEB Speaker Form. You can also contact the CEB Learning team at


Cinco de Mayo Coffee Meetup with the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County:OCWLA and OCHBA members met for a free coffee breakfast on May 5 at Corner Bakery Irvine/Tustin Marketplace. Thank you to Knobbe Martens for sponsoring this event!

CWL Conference and Judith Soley Award Reception Honoring 2023 Awardee Ashleigh Aitken: OCWLA and CWL members joined for an all-day conference on May 19 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa. OCWLA Past President and Mayor of Anaheim Ashleigh Aitken was honored with the prestigious Judith Soley Award.

May Book ClubThe discussion of the book The Husbands by Chandler Baker was be led by OCWLA Immediate Past President Dana Heyde of Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP at Mimi's Café in Tustin

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