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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017 #6 2017-18 CWL Board Officers CWL President Renée Galente CWL President-Elect Amee Mikacich Immediate Past President Chris Chambers Goodman First Vice-President Jessica L. Rowe Second Vice-President Naomi Dewey Secretary Michelle Ialeggio Treasurer Summer Selleck Editor Amelia Burroughs - Janssen Malloy LLP Assistant Editor Vanessa Gonzales Editorial Designer David Blue Garrison Additional Photography Pexels, Pixabay and Stocksnap Annual Dinner Photography Chris Bogard CWL was chartered in 1974. It was organized “to advance women in the profession of law; to improve the administration of justice; to better the position of women in society; to eliminate all inequities based on sex; and to provide an organization for collective action and expression germane to the aforesaid purposes.” The purposes are limited to purposes meeting the requirements for exemption provided in Section 2370le of the Revenue and Taxation Code and Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code as the statutes may be amended from time to time. Thank you to all the authors in this issue for sharing with us their time and expertise. If you have an idea for a future article, please contact Vanessa Gonzales at the CWL office at vgonzales@cwl.org Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CWL. For more information on CWL or this newsletter, please contact the CWL office at 916.930.9020 or visit the website at www.cwl.org.


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Renée Galente

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ug your loved ones. Line up a new job that actually makes you happy. Spend the afternoon with your child and eat ice cream. Run for office. Buy the puppy. Pat yourself on the back for that trial/motion/depo/contract you just rocked. Take a long, hot bath. Ask for that raise you’ve earned. Travel. Seek judicial appointment. Do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet. With everything that is happening in the world right now; from floods to hurricanes to fires to losing friends and colleagues far too early, we are reminded that life is precious. Tomorrow is not promised to us. So don’t wait. The time is now. California Women Lawyers stands beside you to support you as you take action this year. We are women raising each other high. We are men who understand that equality is not just important, but absolutely necessary. We are judges diversifying the bench and those interested in becoming judges so that justice can properly represent the people whom it serves. We are advocates for bills that protect and empower women, children, and LGBTQ. We are future politicians. We are a community. We are proud to be your community. In the upcoming year, we will continue to provide the excellent programming, events, leadership training and recognition opportunities that you are used to with our signature events: Northern California Rose Bird Memorial Award Reception Southern California Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award Reception Elect to Run So You Want to Be a Judge? Annual (MCLE) Conference featuring the Judith Soley Lawyer As Citizen Award Annual Dinner featuring the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship and Fay Stender Award We are committed to education, advocacy, and serving as a resource for our legal community. Our Gender Equity Committee is working on creating a speaker’s bureau to highlight the remarkable women thought and practice leaders in California. Our Membership Committee is reaching out to diversity-based women’s bar associations to share the strength of our statewide voice. Our Amicus Committee is already reviewing briefs and welcomes further opportunities. Our Legislative Committee is working to maintain and create relationships with elected officials and will be soon creating our 2018 legislative priorities. CWL is also driving statewide education about human trafficking this year. California has three of the 10 worst child sex trafficking areas in the United States (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego). The average age of those trafficked children are between 12-14 years old and they are local, meaning they are the children next door, down the street, and at your child’s school. We can help combat trafficking through education and awareness. To learn more, please like our Facebook page and check out our #TerminateTraffickingTuesday posts or email me. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” We look forward to a year of action with you and to showing the world who we are.

Renée Galente CWL President

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Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell “She was a wonderful colleague at the LA USAO for the five years that we overlapped. Then she was a wonderful colleague on the LA Superior Court for the two years that we overlapped there. We later presented a program together at a judicial education seminar and she was a wonderful teaching partner (and teacher) as well. Two things that stood out the most about her were her amazingly sharp wit and her fabulous sense of humor. Also, she was always ready and willing to help and encourage a colleague in need--or anyone in need, for that matter. The world is truly a lesser place without her.” – CWL Northern California Judicial Liaison, Justice Elena Duarte

“Judge O’Connell was an inspiration to so many of us in Southern California.” – CWL Board Member, WLALA Board Member, Presiding Administrative Law Judge Susan Formaker

“Like many, I was devastated by her loss. I loved this former colleague for her brilliance, integrity, work ethic and decency. We have lost a giant public servant and devoted daughter of California. UCLA Bruins have lost a loyal fan. I wept at the shocking news of her passing. She was tireless in teaching law students, lawyers and fellow judges. Since I met her in the late 1980s when we were new associates at Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles, her essence remained the same. Steady, strong, kind and righteous. It was a privilege to be her friend and colleague and a pleasure to know her.” – CWL Southern California Judicial Liaison, Judge Yvonne E. Campos Editorial Feature on Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell on the following page.

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Remembering Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Southern California native. Leader. Lawyer. Uniquely admired jurist. Intense. Focused. Selfless. These are just a few of the descriptors California Women Lawyers has received that describe Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell.

Judge O’Connell was nominated on November 4, 2012 by President Barack Obama to be a United States District Judge for the Central District of California and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate on April 15, 2013. She received her commission just two weeks later.

At only 52 years old, Judge O’Connell left us far too soon She was appointed to both the Information Technology but she left behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Committee in 2015 and the Ninth Circuit Jury Instructions Committee in 2016. Judge O’Connell hailed from Ventura, California. She Judge O’Connell was well-known for her service to received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of the legal community, teaching at Loyola Law School, California Los Angeles and her Juris Doctor, magna cum Pepperdine University School of Law, and the B.E. laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law Witkin Judicial College. She sat on Pepperdine where she served as the Managing Editor Law School’s Board of Visitors. She served of the Pepperdine Law Review. on the Women Lawyers Association of Judge O’Connell practiced at Los Angeles board. She travelled to Morrison & Foerster from 1990 Uganda to help people there learn to 1995. She then became an about criminal justice reform. Assistant U.S. Attorney for the She also hosted delegations of Central District of California Ugandans in her courtroom from 1995 to 2005, during when they came to the U.S. to which time she served as the learn. deputy chief of the General Judge O’Connell was again Crimes Section and as the giving back to the legal senior litigation counsel for community by educating the Organized Crime Strike lawyers on the judicial Force. Judge O’Connell was appointment process at CWL’s the lead attorney on a case So You Want to Be a Judge? that led to the indictment of event on September 15, 2017 the highest ranking member of a when she collapsed and was taken major drug trafficking organization to the hospital. She passed away on U.S. soil. She was the recipient three weeks later. of numerous awards from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI and local We are devastated by her loss and send governments. From there she was appointed to our heartfelt condolences to her husband, Daniel B. the California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles by O’Connell, and her sister, Linda J. Reid. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where she served as You can read more about Judge O’Connell and the good an assistant supervising judge for the court’s North Valley work she has done from a beautiful interview done by District and sat by designation on the California Court of WLALA from 2013 HERE. Appeals for the Second District, Division 8.

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Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarships Judge O’Connell’s family, in conjunction with the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) and Pepperdine University School of Law, have announced the formation of two scholarship funds named in honor of Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell. As you all likely know, these are two organizations that were very near and dear to Judge O’Connell. If you are interested in donating, please find some information and links for both scholarships below: The Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship Fund, created by WLALA, will be awarded to a woman high school senior who is interested in the field of law or public service, and was inspired in this career choice by the Power Lunch Program (co-created by Judge O-Connell), the WLALA organization, or by a WLALA leader. Donations can be made HERE. Donations can also be mailed to WLALA, 634 S. Spring St, Suite 617, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Please write: Beverly Reid O’Connell in the memo line. The Beverly Reid O’Connell Memorial Scholarship at Pepperdine University School of Law. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who exhibits excellence in education, great character and integrity, and excellence in the courtroom (trial advocacy skills). Donations can be made HERE. Donations can also be mailed to: The Pepperdine Fund 25255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA 90263. Please write: Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship in the memo line.

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New Database/Website CWL is excited to announce we will be transitioning to a new website and database platform this fall! This new system will allow us the opportunity to provide a more user-friendly experience for our members, whether it’s in registering for an event or in renewing your memberships. Look for more information on what this means to you as we near implementation!

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Northern California Fires The Northern California fires have been devastating to our friends, colleagues and local communities. We hope some of these resources will help. For those affected by the fires, please seek legal help: Legal Advice Hotline Operated by the Bar Association of San Francisco Open Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM 415-575-3120 Legal Advice Hotline Provided by Bay Area Legal Aid Mondays and Thursdays: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM 1-800-551-5554 More information City and County Emergency Resources and Information City of Santa Rosa Napa County Sonoma County Local Assistance Office w/FEMA and the California of Emergency Services (CalEOS) Legal Aid of Sonoma County More information For those who have something to spare or share, donations* are being taken at: The Salvation Army (721 South McDowell Blvd.), Petaluma (ready-to-eat, nonperishable food). Also in Petaluma, you can bring supplies to the Petaluma Community Center (320 N. McDowell Boulevard) or the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Drive). The Redwood Empire Food Bank (3990 Brickway Blvd.), Santa Rosa (packaged, ready-to-eat, non-perishable food donations). Also in Santa Rosa you can bring donations to the Veterans Memorial Building and Hall (1351 Maple Avenue). In Yuba County, drop-off donations of water, food, and diapers can be left at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds Evacuation Center (442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City). In Napa, donations can be dropped off at the Napa Valley College Gym (2277 Napa Vallejo Highway). *Please contact these organizations/locations to make sure they are still accepting donations and what limitations, if any, may exist.

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Renew Your CWL Membership For 2018 CWL is the only statewide bar association dedicated to the advancement of women in law and in society. Join CWL and make a difference - for yourself and the community. What you can expect with your membership: • CWL statewide network • Leadership training and opportunities • Annual (MCLE) Conference • Legislative advocacy for the advancement of women in law and society • Judicial evaluations • Lifelong friendships • One-of-a-kind award winning programs including So, You Want to be a Judge?, Elect to Run and the In-House Counsel Puzzle Program • Amicus activity

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[S]Heroes In Action By Michelle Ialeggio Who is your [S]Hero? For attendees at California Women Lawyers 43rd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction there were so many inspiring women honored on October 5, 2017, it’s hard to pick one. Oakland attorney Leslie F. Levy was bestowed the prestigious Fay Stender Award for Levy’s tireless work on behalf of women rights. Outgoing California Women Lawyer’s president Chris Chambers Goodman, Professor at Pepperdine Law School, capped off her presidential year highlighting CWL’s advocacy and action. From participating in amicus briefs in support of the Affordable Care Act and reproductive rights to leading successful events up and down the state like Elect to Run in San Francisco, So, You Want to be a Judge?TM in Los Angeles and this year’s annual conference in San Diego, Chambers Goodman highlighted how much CWL did to inspire, inform and illuminate during her presidency. Incoming California Women Lawyer’s president Renee Galente proudly took the stage to welcome the soldout crowd to the dinner which she chaired as her first presidential duty. Galente, of Galente Law APC, proved herself already an expert multi-tasker as she welcomed hundreds of guests as her nine-month old son slept soundly upstairs at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square. Little did her son know the entire room stood to give Galente a standing ovation as her term begins as CWL’s 2017-2018 President. U.C. Berkeley School of Law student Jenna Klein was selected by the CWL Foundation to receive the inaugural Nancy E. O’Malley scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a law student whose prior and current activities demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and or children in the community. Klein has worked on anti-human trafficking efforts in Thailand on behalf of women and children. This year Klein was also one of the award winners of the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for the New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. Then there was another [S]Hero- Keynote Speaker and former Texas Senator Wendy Davis. Simply put, Senator Davis is a champion for women’s rights and a modern-

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day heroine. Senator Davis is an accomplished attorney and politician from Texas who is well known for her June 25, 2013 11-hour filibuster on the Texas Senate floor to stop a legislative effort that would have limited women’s access to abortions and reproductive healthcare. Many recall Senator Davis gained national attention for the Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 running shoe which she proudly wore on the Senate floor during the filibuster. Along with her powerful words, those running shoes, helped turn Davis into an overnight celebrity. Senator Davis played a major role in keeping women’s rights at the forefront of national conversation and preventing the Texas Senate from passing one of the harshest anti-abortion bills in the country. While not wearing the same sneakers to this year’s CWL’s Annual Dinner, Senator Davis showed that “we are still standing” as she took the podium. CWL First VicePresident Jessica Lynne Rowe, an attorney and shareholder at Aaron, Richert, Carpol & Riffle introduced Senator Davis as Rowe’s recognized the personal importance which access to women’s healthcare services has had for her own family. Senator Davis spoke of her personal experience as a single mother from humble beginnings who worked her way to Harvard Law and her hard-fought journey to the Texas Senate. Although Senator Davis had an unsuccessful run for Governor, she proudly stated she has no regrets. During the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race Davis fought for women’s rights and showed the impact each of us can have with meaningful contributions to our communities.

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In the past, CWL hosted its Annual Dinner and Silent Auction in conjunction with the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting. However this year, CWL hosted our 43rd Annual Dinner as the kick-off event for the California Judges Association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. Also new this year was a top sponsor VIP reception hosted by CWL’s Annual Dinner Host Committee including Andrea Carlise, Pat Gillette, Gay Grunfeld, Michelle Lamy, Neda Mansoorian, Nancy O’Malley, Patricia Sturdevant and Pauline Weaver where attendees got to personally meet Senator Davis prior to the dinner commencing. Throughout the dinner, attendees bid on items from the silent auction. The CWL silent auction benefits our sister organization “The CWL Foundation” which serves to educate lawyers and the general public regarding women in the legal profession and legal issues pertaining to women. In 2016, the CWL Foundation formed the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship to honor CWL Past President and current Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. One of the top auction items came from a “speed-painting” San Diego artist Clarione Gutierrez commissioned to perform live from the stage. Gutierrez took the silent auction to new levels as he painted on stage in keeping with the [S]Heroes In Action in action theme. One long-standing tradition was the honor the incoming CWL 2017-2018 board members had as Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath. CWL President Elect Amee Mikacich, a partner at Sedgwick LLP, introduced Justice Cantil-Sakauye, who is the first Asian American and the second female to serve as California’s Chief Justice. The evening concluded as incoming president Galente reminded lawyers, law students, judges and supporters of CWL to be [S]Heroes in action. “Hero status is not some unattainable status reserved for those on the pages of a comic book or the surface of a movie screen. It is the direct byproduct of how the work you do makes someone feel.” Galente left us with the words of Rudy Francisco, a National Underground Poetry Slam Champion: “Be the pencil that writes our history, Be the ink that refuses to be erased. And when this world stands before you all daunting and scary, I want you to stare right into its eyes and say ‘I’ve been waiting for you.’ and say it like you mean it. Somewhere out there is a cape and a pair of spandex with your name on it. This world needs a hero like you.”

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Michelle Ialeggio serves as a District 9 Governor, representing San Diego and Imperial Counties for California Women Lawyers and also serves as Secretary for the board. She is a former board member of Lawyers Club of San Diego and practices law as a San Diego Deputy District Attorney specializing in prosecuting crimes against children.


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Meet the 2018 CWL Board CWL President Renée Galente is a trial lawyer who represents people who have been injured or charged with a crime in state, federal, and military courts. She teaches trial skills in San Diego for Thomas Jefferson School of Law and nationally for Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. She is a Past President of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association and San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. She currently also serves on board of the San Diego County Bar Association. CWL President - Elect Amee Mikacich is a partner at Sedgwick LLP in San Francisco where she is a general litigator and trial attorney. Mikacich’s practice is focused on the defense of cases involving product and premises liability, environmental torts, labor and employment and general business litigation. In addition to her law practice, Mikacich serves as the San Francisco representative to the Sedgwick Women’s Forum, an initiative which promotes leadership, educational and business opportunities for women lawyers. Immediate Past President/President, CWL Foundation Chris Chambers Goodman is a Professor at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, where she teaches Evidence, Trial Practice, and Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law. She advises the Black Law Students’ Association and the Women’s Legal Association, and researches and writes on implicit bias, diversity, and evidentiary issues. Goodman previously served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles boards, and was honored by the California Association of Black Lawyers. First Vice-President Jessica L. Rowe is an estate planning and probate litigation attorney, and a shareholder at the law firm of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC in Redwood City, CA. Rowe serves on the board of the San Mateo County Bar Association Women Lawyers Section and the Trust and Estates Section. Rowe is a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She lives in San Carlos, CA with her husband, two kids and French Bulldog, Mac. Second Vice-President Naomi Dewey is a Partner at Buynak Fauver Archbald & Spray, specializing in business, employment and litigation services. Dewey has built a thriving practice serving clients that range from government entities to international aid agencies to high net worth families. Dewey is past president of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers. She received her law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law, and her undergraduate degree from University of Sheffield, England. She has three daughters. Secretary Michelle Ialeggio is a San Diego Deputy District Attorney specializing in crimes against children. She has tried over 100 cases to verdict and has been awarded a “Top Attorney” by the San Diego Daily Transcript and in 2015 she received the “Outstanding Achievement” award from her office. Ialeggio is a prior board member of Lawyers Club of San Diego and this year served as the chair of CWL’s Annual Conference. Treasurer Summer Selleck is a solo practitioner at SC Selleck Law in Walnut Creek, California where she practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate. Summer is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She is a member of the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging and was recently named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2017. She has served on the California Women Lawyers Board since 2015.

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Meet the 2018 CWL Board District Board of Governors District 1 (Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba counties) Amelia Burroughs – Janssen Malloy LLP District 2 (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne and Yolo counties) Theresa Barfield- Somach Simmons & Dunn District 3 (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties) Dorothy Chou Proudfoot – Marin County District Attorney’s Office Amee Mikacich - Sedgwick, LLP District 4 (San Francisco and Marin Counties) Nicole Sugnet – California Supreme Court Suzette Torres – North American Title Company (Executive Committee At Large) District 5 (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties) Sabrina Ashjian – Fresno County District Attorney’s Office District 6 (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Riverside, San Bernardino counties) Danielle De Smeth – Bamieh & Erickson, PLC District 7 (Los Angeles County) Catherine Bidart – Department of Justice, State of California Connie Chen – Jackson Lewis P.C. Alison N. Kleaver – California State University Ana M. Storey – Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center Appointment Pending District 8 (Orange County) Betty Fracisco – Garrett & Jensen (Executive Committee At Large) District 9 (Imperial and San Diego counties) Michelle Ialeggio – San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Jodi Cleesattle – Department of Justice, State of California At Large Governors Summer Selleck – S C Selleck Law Michelle Philo – Adtile Technologies Affiliate Governors Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Michelle Kazadi – Law Office of Michelle L. Kazadi Fresno County Women Lawyers Association Melissa Marsh – Fresno County District Attorney’s Office

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IHCN Puzzle Program 2017: Celebrating Grit By Summer Selleck California Women Lawyers features an In-House Counsel Network (IHCN) created by Past President Eliza Rodriguez in 2013. The IHCN supports and promotes women serving as in-house counsel in California through advancement, networking to create and build relationships, empowerment, and educational opportunities. In 2016, Past President Neda Mansoorian added to the IHCN by creating the Puzzle Piece Program, a four-session program that culminates in an elegant and rejuvenating Retreat. The Puzzle Piece Program is free to participate in for our IHCN members. The program consists of some of California’s brightest in-house talent, including some of the most savvy and influential women in the law coming together throughout the year in four different Puzzle Program sessions focusing on a different goals and/ or obstacle in-house counsel experience in their unique professional roles. 2017 participants took on intuitive topics such as: (1) the journey into the board room; (2) how do in-house counsel measure their value at work & how to get ahead; and (3) the effect of controversies that affected companies and its employees this year (i.e. the “Google Memo” and the Charlottesville Rally). Above all else, IHCN’s goal is to build meaningful discussions and relationships with women who inspire, persevere, and define the meaning of true grit. The Retreat is the culmination of Puzzle Program session where the participants come together for an exclusive gathering to share respective conclusions, reflections and best practices. The year’s Retreat was held October 13 - 14 at the Four Season Hotel in Westlake Village. Participants were welcomed with breakfast and then started the morning out with MCLE on Understanding Leverage and the Psychology of Influence; Improving Your Persuasive Skills and Increasing Collaboration Around You by Jessica Notini of Notini Mediation Services. They were then broken out into separate closed sessions for program sponsors and for in-house counsel, and reunited for lunch. The afternoon was open for spa treatments… or catching up on work emails for some. The evening began with a cocktail reception and then an MCLE presentation on The Potential and Pitfalls of Social Media Use by White & Case, LLP before ending the evening with a spectacular dinner. The feedback from all the IHCN participants was that the Puzzle Piece Program and its Retreat are exactly what in-house women need in their lives. CWL will continue the program in 2018, so make sure to be a part of it! Summer Selleck serves as a Board Member At Large for California Women Lawyers and also serves as Treasurer for the board. She is a current Board Member for the Contra Costa County Bar Association and practices Estate Planning and Probate Law in Contra Costa and Alameda County. She is the principal attorney at S.C. Selleck Law.

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Judicial Appointments Demystified: CWL and Litigation Section of The State Bar join Forces for 2017 So, You Want to Be a Judge?TM By Sabrina Ashjian California Women Lawyers partnered with The California State Bar Litigation Section for this year’s “So, You Want to Be a JudgeTM” (SYWTBAJ). This popular program is designed to offer insight and advice about the judicial appointment process in California and to help increase the number of women and diverse candidates who seek and obtain appointment to the bench. SYWTBAJ began in 1985 when it was hosted by Judge Marie B. Collins in her own home. Since then, it has become one of CWL’s Signature Events and was honored with the Outstanding Member Program Award from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in 2009. This year’s event was held on September 15, 2017 at the new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Chris Chambers Goodman, CWL President, and Kathleen Brewer, Chair of The California State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee, welcomed everyone and kicked off the program. Josh Groban, Senior Advisor to Governor Brown on Judicial Appointments and David Fu, Chair of the State Bar Judicial Nominations Evaluation Commission shared invaluable insight into the judicial application process including what the Governor is looking for in a successful judicial candidate. The day consisted of two dynamic panels on the different types of judicial appointments, including how to become a magistrate judge moderated by Erik Silber, Chair of the State Bar Litigation Section Committee on Federal Courts and panel featuring Judge Steve Kim and Judge Gail Standish all of the Central District of California, along with Helen Zukin of Kiesel Law who serves as Chair of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee for the Central District of California. The second panel focused on state Superior Court appointments and was moderated by Sabrina Ashjian, CWL District 5 Governor and featured Judge Kimberly Gaab, Presiding Judge for Fresno County Superior Court, Judge Maureen Hallahan of the San Diego Superior Court, and Judge Patricia Murphy, Presiding Judge of the Ventura County Superior Court. We thank the panelists of our third planned panel for their willingness to participate but whom were unable to present due to a medical emergency: Mary McKelvey, who serves on the executive committee of The State Bar Litigation Section, Judge Andre Birotte Jr., Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell, and Wylie Aitken of Aitken, Aitken & Cohn who serves as Chair of Senator Feinstein’s Judicial Selection Committee for the Central District of California. Sabrina Ashjian serves as District 5 Governor for California Women Lawyers, representing the Central Valley and Central Coast. She also serves on the boards of National Women’s Political Caucus of California (NWPC-CA), Fresno County Bar Association (FCBA), Fresno County Women Lawyers (FCWL) and is a member of Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community (PINC). She practices law as a Fresno County Deputy District Attorney specializing in consumer fraud & environmental protection.

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Support CWL’s Mission with Actions, not Words. 2018 Annual Sponsorship and Event Sponsorships are now available starting at just $1,000. We have a full menu of statewide, Northern California, Southern California and Event Specific sponsorships available for 2018. We can customize any type of sponsorship you would like if you don’t see something that meets your needs. Click here to learn more.

“Even as a solo practitioner, I make budgeting CWL sponsorship a priority for my law firm. I want to support the organization that supports my advancement in the profession and which has the loudest voice in the state to do so. Join me.” – CWL President Renée N. Galente

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2018 CWL Awards CWL is seeking nominations for all of its 2018 awards: The Rose Bird Memorial Award, The Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award, The Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award and The Fay Stender Award. Nomination packets deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. The CWL Board of Governors will select the recipient of each of these honors by January 13, 2018. CWL is proud to acknowledge the strength, determination and passion of some of our outstanding Judicial members throughout the state. Annually, we seek nominations for awards both in Northern and Southern California for inspirational judges who have shown exceptional dedication to the advancement of women in law and in society, have demonstrated courage and the ability to affect change. Our Awards: Fay Stendar Award Judith Soley Award Rose Bird Memorial Award Joan Dempsey Klein Award Submissions Nominations packets must include: • Nominee’s resume, bio, or CV • A high-resolution color photograph of the nominee • A letter supporting the nominee as a worthy recipient of this honor with a description of how the nominee meets the award criteria - not to exceed five (5) pages • A statement from the nominating organization acknowledging the ability to assign one (1) to two (2) members who will actively participate with the CWL Award Committee in planning and marketing the award ceremony • A statement affirming the nominee is available on the date and time set for the award ceremony Nominations packets may include: • Letters of support, with a maximum of five (5) letters with a two (2) page limit each • To present a comprehensive picture of the nominee, you may include up to three (3) news/magazine articles written by or about the nominee Nominations must be sent electronically as a complete packet to awards@cwl.org no later than 5:00 PM December 15, 2017.

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Legislative Committee’s 2017 Year in Review By Sabrina Ashjian, Legislative Committee Chair Located in Sacramento and representing the voice of thousands of lawyers throughout the state, CWL is uniquely positioned to engage in advocacy with our Legislature. This work is central to the advancement of women in the profession and in society. CWL’s legislative priorities are: 1) ensuring reproductive justice, including choice, maternity care, access and privacy; 2) preventing violence against women and children, including domestic violence, human trafficking, gun violence and sex crimes; 3) supporting human rights and equality, 4) court funding & access to justice; and 5) economics. This framework is used to review proposed legislation in order to select bills to support or oppose which further these legislative priorities. This year CWL supported 11 bills that were most aligned with our mission. We sent letters of support and met with legislators to explain our positions on the impact of the proposed legislation. This past month all of the bills that legislators passed went to Governor Brown to sign or veto. We are pleased to share that Governor Brown signed into law the following bills for which CWL advocated: AB 10 requires a public school maintaining any combination of classes from grade 6 to grade 12, inclusive, that meets a 40% pupil poverty threshold specified in federal law to stock 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products and would prohibit a public school from charging for such products. AB 41 requires law enforcement agencies to report information regarding rape kit evidence to the Department of Justice through a database established by the department within 120 days of collection of the kit. SB 219 makes it unlawful, except as specified, for any long-term care facility to take specified actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, including denying admission to a long-term care facility, transferring or refusing to transfer a resident within a facility or to another facility, or discharging or evicting a resident from a facility. SB 225 expands on existing law to include a text number on the notices that are posted at specified businesses and establishments for where human trafficking victims or individuals who witness trafficking can call for services and support. AB 260 expands on existing law to include the hotel industry as one of the required businesses that must post a notice from the Department of Justice containing information related to slavery and human trafficking, including organizations that provide service and support. We also partnered again this year with A Stronger California, which seeks to secure economic opportunity for women and families by focusing on four pillars: 1) fair pay and job opportunities; 2) access to childcare; 3) family-friendly workplaces; and 4) eradicating poverty. This year, partners of A Stronger California gathered together on May 2nd to meet with legislators to express support of their priority bills. Members of CWL joined with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and spent the day speaking with legislators and aides. In addition to many of the bills above, we also advocated for bills including SB 63 (seeks to expand the right to job-protected parental leave to more Californians) which was also signed into law by Governor Brown. The Legislative Committee welcomes CWL members to join this committee and encourages member input into to the CWL legislative agenda no later than February 23, 2018. Please contact 2018 Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Sabrina Ashjian sabrina.ashjian@gmail.com or Melissa Marsh melissadmarsh@gmail.com.

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Sabrina Ashjian serves as District 5 Governor for California Women Lawyers, representing the Central Valley and Central Coast. She also serves on the boards of National Women’s Political Caucus of California (NWPCCA), Fresno County Bar Association (FCBA), Fresno County Women Lawyers (FCWL) and is a member of Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community (PINC). She practices law as a Fresno County Deputy District Attorney specializing in consumer fraud & environmental protection.

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AFFILIATE EVENTS

Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles 11.22.17 Annual Thanksgiving Event Cocktail Sip: A Diamond Affair. 7 p.m.-1a.m., JW Marriott 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more info. Lawyers Club of San Diego 11.3.17 Solutions Summit: Eliminating Sexual Harassment, Sexism and Bullying in the Workplace. 12:30-5:30 p.m. Point Loma Nazarene University Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Rd., San Diego, CA. Click here for more info. 11.8.17 Wind Beneath My Wings: Finding a Mentor and Keeping a Sponsor. 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA. Click here for more info . Marin County Women Lawyers 11.2.17 10th Annual MCLE Fair co-sponsored by MCBA and MCWL. 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA. Click here for more info. Orange County Women Lawyers 12.12.17 Installation of 2018 Board of Directors and Holiday Celebration. 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Avenue of the Arts Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA. Click here for more info. Queen’s Bench Bar Association 10.30.17 2017 Judge’s Dinner Featuring Congresswoman Jackie Speier. 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Marine’s Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. Click here for more info. Santa Barbara Women Lawyers 12.11.17 Annual Dinner. 5p.m. Detail to come. Click here for more info. Women Lawyers of Los Angeles 11.4-5.17. WLALA Golf League Two-Day Event: Emerald Isle Golf Course, 660 S. El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA. Click here for more info. 11.7.17 When Is Privilege Really Privileged? 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, 2049 Century Park E., Ste. 3400, Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more info. 12.6.17 WLALA Holiday Reception. Save the Date! Women Lawyers of Sacramento 11.7.17 Supreme Court Reception. 5:00 p.m.-7:00p.m. Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building Foyer, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA. Click here for more info.


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