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Happy April OCWLA Members!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:12 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Happy April OCWLA Members!


I cannot believe it is already April! March flew by, but was very fun and eventful for the OCWLA. On March 22, we hosted an inspiring and informative MCLE, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, with two trailblazing speakers, the Honorable Kimberly Menninger and OC Supervisor Katrina Foley. On March 26, we held our Annual Wine Tasting event at an elegant new venue, the Park Club. This event sold out…twice! We had an amazing presentation by the wonderful Alexa Zabat-Fran, a wine expert, and networked over delicious food and wine. Last, but not least, several OCWLA members attended Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley’s Third Annual Women Making A Difference Awards on March 30, where the OCWLA was honored as the Organization of the Year! Board Member Jessica Munk was honored as Criminal Attorney of the Year and Board Member Amber Poston was honored as Public Defender of the Year! Bravo, ladies!


On April 26, the OCWLA will present our Annual Equal Pay Day: Equal Pay & Closing The Dream Gap (specialty MCLE credit offered). While Equal Pay Day for all women on average this year was March 12, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is July 9, Latina Equal Pay Day is October 3, and Native and Indigenous Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 21 (source: We are so excited to hear from our esteemed panel, the Honorable Tania R. Vallejo, the Honorable Juliet Macaulay, and Professor Andrew Penner for an impactful look on closing the gap, for all women, in all places. We will also be partnering with the Chapman Women Lawyers Association for a Clothing Drive benefitting Laura’s House. For more information, please see the flyer below. Please bring your donations!   

Our April Book Club will be held on April 29 at Mimi’s Café in Tustin. Board Member Dana Heyde will be leading the discussion on Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. This will be a good one!

Please save the date for our free May Day coffee meetup, co-hosted with the OC Hispanic Bar Association on May 1 from 8:15-10:00 a.m. at the Corner Bakery in the Marketplace (Irvine side). Wear flowers or Spring attire and enjoy coffee and breakfast with colleagues and friends!

Finally, please save the date of October 17, 2024, for the OCWLA’s 48th Annual Gala at the beautiful VEA Newport Beach! We have Annual Sponsorship opportunities available that include sponsoring our Annual Gala. Please take a look at our sponsorship packet here.




2024 OCWLA President Caroline Djang, Buchalter
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The Collaborative Courts Foundation Pickleball Committee and The Tennis & Pickleball Club at Newport Beach have confirmed that June 19, 2024 is the date for the Second Annual Pickleball Tournament.

OCAABA Judicial Reception

OCWLA is a proud co-sponsor of OCAABA’s Judicial Reception, to be held on April 11 at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge. OCAABA is expecting over 30 judicial officers to be part of the program! OCWLA welcomes the opportunity to support our fellow affiliate and affinity bar associations.


Elimination of Bias MCLE: Equal Pay & Closing The Dream Gap

Join OCWLA Friday April 26th for an MCLE about the challenges faced, as a woman, both on the bench and on the path to the bench, and how the United States stacks up in terms of pay equity for women.

Featuring Speakers:

Hon. Tania Vallejo

Orange County Superior Court 

Hon. Juliet Macaulay

Orange County Superior Court 

Professor Andrew Penner

Director of The Center for Administrative Data Analysis at UCI

Register by Tuesday, April 23rd on the OCWLA website here:

April Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club.

Dana Heyde will lead the discussion on Prince Harry Duke of Sussex's Spare on April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café in Tustin.

Join us for no-host dinner and drinks!

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