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

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Tuesday, May 07, 2024 11:23 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

The Spring flowers were out in full force at our May 1 free coffee meetup, co-hosted with the Hispanic Bar Association! We had a record turnout at this event, with 100 RSVPs. Thank you to those who attended, and to the HBA for being such wonderful co-hosts. 

On April 26, we hosted our annual Equal Pay Day Program, featuring an esteemed panel moderated by Board Member Janani Rana and featuring the Honorable Juliet Macaulay, the Honorable Tania Vallejo and Professor Andrew Penner of UCI. To commemorate the occasion, the group took our traditional Equal Pay Day photo (below). I'm proud to lead an organization that lifts up women and strives towards closing the gender pay gap.

On April 29, the Book Club met and discussed Spare, Prince Harry’s autobiography. Our attendees had a lot of fun with the theme!

This month, we are proud co-sponsors of the May 9 program: Path to the Bench - Overview of the Judicial Application Process and Insights From Current Judges, hosted by the OCBA DEI Committee. 

We also look forward to our May 31 MCLE, The View from In-House, moderated by Board Member Heather Stangle-Smith, and featuring Tiffany Cruzof Globalization Partners/G-P, Erica Fisher of Pacific Dental Services, and Kristin Godeke of Wells Fargo. 

Please save the date for our signature event, the Annual Gala at the VEA on October 17! Sponsorship and silent auction donation opportunities are available

Please note that there has been a date change for the Collaborative Courts Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pickleball Tournament Challenge. The new date is September 27, 2024. Details will follow.



2024 OCWLA President Caroline Djang, Buchalter
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General MCLE: The View From In-House 

Please join us for an insightful and inspiring conversation about navigating in-house career paths, working with in-house attorneys as outside counsel, and defining success as corporate counsel.

Our Panelists:

Tiffany Cruz

Senior Employment Counsel Manager- Global Globalization Partners

Erica Fisher

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Employment Pacific Dental Services

Kristin Godeke

Assistant General Counsel, Vice President, Consumer Division Wells Fargo


Heather Stangle-Smith

Associate General Counsel Blue Shield of California

Register by Tuesday, May 28th on the OCWLA website here:

May Book Club

An OCWLA Members-Only Club.

Dana Heyde will lead the discussion on Britney Spears's The Woman in Me on May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café in Tustin.

Join us for no-host dinner and drinks!

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