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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

CWL N E W S L E T T E R

CWL Newsletter October 2017  

California Women Lawyers promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession and is an active advocate for the concerns of women in so...

CWL Newsletter October 2017  

California Women Lawyers promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession and is an active advocate for the concerns of women in so...