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NEWSLETTER JULY/AUGUST 2017 #5 2016-17 CWL Board Officers President Chris Chambers Goodman - Pepperdine University School of Law President-Elect Renee Galente - Galente Law, APC First Vice President Amee Mikacich - Sedgwick LLP Second Vice President Jessica Lynn Rowe - Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle Secretary Naomi Dewey - Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray Treasurer Connie L. Chen - Jackson Lewis P.C. Editor Amelia Burroughs - Janssen Malloy LLP Assistant Editor Vanessa Gonzales Editorial Designer David Blue Garrison Assistant Editorial Designer Amanda Rae Smith Additional Photography Pexels, Pixabay and Stocksnap 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.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

We hope you had an enjoyable summer and took some time to refresh and rejuvenate in whatever ways work best for you. In the past two months, CWL resumed its In House Counsel Puzzle Series Program, holding two events in Northern California and one in Los Angeles. For more details on the IHCN and its past and upcoming events, look inside! We have also been reaching out to our affiliates to work together on membership drives to augment the strength of our numbers. I attended several affiliate events this summer, including WLALAPALOOZA in downtown Los Angeles on June 29 and presented a lunchtime CLE to Marin County Women Lawyers on Interrupting Gender Bias. We held our July board meeting in Marin as well, graciously hosted by Marin County Women Lawyers and the College of Marin. In August, I traveled to New York to represent CWL at the National Conference of Women Bar Associations (NCWBA) Conference. The Conference began with a networking reception, screening of the film “Balancing the Scales,” and a panel discussion on the status of women in the legal profession. The following morning, attendees were treated to an inspiring panel entitled “Women in the White House,” featuring former Chief Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler and former Deputy Chief Counsel Kimberely Harris. NCWBA presented its annual Public Service Award to the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts for its Pay Equity Project, and the Outstanding Member Program award went to the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association for its Building Resilience Project. At the end of the day, we engaged in a “hack-a-thon” on women’s bar association initiatives, generating creative ideas to share with our members nationwide. CWL has so much going on, and we hope you continue to encourage your friends and colleagues to join CWL. Renewal notices will go out in the fall. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, including the NCWBA Award-winning program Photo by Nicholas Carter “So You Want To Be A Judge,” co-sponsored with the California State Bar Litigation Section in Los Angeles on September 15, and our Annual Dinner in San Francisco on October 5 (registration and sponsorship information can be found inside). In these times of dissension and discord, disharmony and discontent, I urge you to take the opportunities you can to promote dialogue and discussion on the importance of women in our profession and in every profession. The recent letter by a Google employee was a blow to many of us, as other recent disclosures have been. We must continue to promote opportunity and advancement in our pluralistic society and to strive for ways to not merely tolerate, but actually appreciate one another.

Chris Chambers Goodman CWL President


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Editor’s Note Amelia Burroughs CWL has spent the last year focused on educating, advancing, and empowering women at work. We’ve focused on equal pay litigation, social justice heroes, and the tireless work our members and affiliate members do to bring us together, hold us up, and give us something to celebrate. It has been my great honor to learn from CWL’s leadership. In this issue, one of those leaders, Kate McGuinness, tells her story to and through the law to her coaching practice today. Ms. McGuinness was an Affiliate Governor at CWL, representing Santa Barbara Women Lawyers. Take a moment to read her story. I hope you find her openness and unfailing encouragement as inspiring as I do. Additionally, I was fortunate enough to speak with our Fay Stender Award honoree Leslie F. Levy. She spoke at length about the need for women to have a level of comfort in the courtroom and develop the confidence that comes with continued presence there. That same day, I read about Judge Weinstein’s more formalized effort to encourage women and minorities in the courtroom; the New York Times article can be found HERE. Here’s to continuing their efforts at expanding the role of women in the courtroom.

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A Voice in the Courtroom: Fay Stender Award Honoree Leslie F. Levy Amelia Burroughs

This year, CWL presents its most prestigious award to Leslie F. Levy. The award is presented in honor of Fay Stender, a feminist lawyer who spent much of her professional life fighting for prisoners’ rights. The award recognizes lawyers whose passion for and commitment to social justice effect real change in the world. Ms. Levy, of Oakland’s Levy Vinick Burrell Hyans LLP, is a trial lawyer. While she represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases, her passion is justice for victims of sexual harassment and assault—in housing, education, and on the job. Ms. Levy’s trial list includes some of the most hard-fought cases for change, and she has prevailed in discrimination cases against large corporate and government employers. She also successfully sought injunctions which made BART more accessible for disabled riders. Most recently, Ms. Levy prevailed after a nine week jury trial against the City of Vallejo, where the verdict was an award for her client in excess of $2,000,000. Ms. Levy’s accomplishments were recognized with an invitation to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. Ms. Levy attributes her work ethic and desire to bring about change to her family. Her mother was a union organizer, and her father was a tenants’ rights lawyer; Ms. Levy grew up discussing and caring about social issues. She counts herself fortunate to work in a firm that draws on the respective strengths of its lawyers and fosters creative solutions to the problems that arise in the course of a case. An environmentalist and naturalist, Ms. Levy enjoys her time as a docent at the Marine Mammal Center and is an avid sea kayaker. Ms. Levy sees the importance of women’s bar associations—especially for new lawyers. She would like to see efforts to foster trial skills and encourage more women in the plaintiffs’ bar. “Finding your voice in the courtroom and knowing you belong there is essential for every woman to learn.” Join CWL on October 5, 2017 in San Francisco to honor Ms. Levy as an effective, outstanding member of our community.

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CWL’s July 2017 Board of Governors and General Membership Meeting On July 29, 2017, CWL’s Board of Governors met to focus on future programming, membership, 2018 sponsorship opportunities, affiliate news, and the budget. We also held a General Membership Meeting, with a quorum in attendance, where we presented and passed changes to our Bylaws. The Bylaws changes are the culmination of a great deal of hard work by CWL’s Executive Committee and Affiliate Governor from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Susan Formaker. Congratulations! The Board was also fortunate to have as its guest Liz Stone, Managing Director of the Dubin Group, one of the premier attorney search firms in the country. Ms. Stone’s highly entertaining—and painfully on point—presentation concerned how to handle the hopelessly awkward professional social situation. The Board played Ms. Stone’s bingo game; the “winners” were those of us who had never been subject to inappropriate inquiries or statements at networking events. Ms. Stone, also a stand-up comedian, was an excellent presenter, and we thank her for helping us laugh at the ugly.

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A Seat at the Table with Marjorie Randolph, Senior V.P. of Human Resources, Disney CWL’s intrepid podcasters have done it again! This month, hosts Summer C. Selleck and Ariel B. Lee bring you an interview with Marge Randolph, the now-retired Vice President of Human Resources at Disney. “During intense legal negotiations, I realized how important it is to read a room, understand how critically important nonverbal communication is, and understand how humor can help bridge an adversarial situation.” Enjoy the full podcast HERE

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Empowering Women Kate McGuinness Kate McGuinness

The first lawyer I ever met was my Contracts professor. I chose this profession only after doors to other occupations had been closed -- many because of my gender. I knew I had a good brain and was a talented speaker. Maybe law would be my niche. I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1977. It was then a third or fourth tier law school, and it was improbable that a prestigious firm like O’Melveny & Myers would hire me. In fact, I was the first USD grad to go to any major law firm and, conversely, I was one of the first students from a less than stellar school that O’Melveny had hired. My introduction to the firm was truly serendipitous. An attorney I was clerking for took me to lunch with an O’Melveny partner and sang my praises. The partner happened to be on the employment committee. Two months and two and a half days of interviews later, I had an offer. Although I joined the firm with plans to become a litigator, a ten-week rotation in the litigation department changed my mind. The deciding factor was how little time anyone but star partners got in court. After sampling the work in several more departments, I chose the Corporations Department. Despite my lack of business experience, I soon had significant responsibilities in major transactions. The late seventies and early eighties were boom times in mergers and acquisitions. I relished the excitement of working on big dollar deals that were covered on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. On February 1, 1985, I became one of the few women partners of O’Melveny & Myers. I doubt that my gender played a significant role in the decision because there was little pressure on firms to achieve gender diversity at that time. Almost fifty associates had entered the firm in 1977, and I was one of the rare survivors of the partnership eliminations. I prospered as a partner. The American Lawyer profiled me as a “dealmaker.” The Daily Journal recognized me as a “leading young rainmaker” and later included me in a list of local lawyers who were on hiring “wish lists” for Wall Street firms expanding in LA. I was delighted when a Fortune 500 company offered me the position of vice president and general counsel. However, my position was later eliminated in a “corporate restructuring.” I felt as if I had fallen – or been pushed -- into a bottomless crevasse. My identity had been based on being a prominent, wildly successful woman lawyer. When I regained my equanimity (a long, agonizing process) I welcomed the opportunity to spend more time with my son and pursue interests beyond law. I studied writing and spent years polishing Terminal Ambition, a legal thriller that explores law firm gender dynamics. I then turned to writing nonfiction. My essays on women’s rights have been featured in Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and other publications. I moved to a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley to be near my son while he attended boarding school. My idyllic lifestyle came to a screeching halt after payments owed by my former employer stopped when it went bankrupt. This blow revived much of the pain I had experienced because of the “restructuring.” While I awaited the outcome of the bankruptcy, I sold the ranch and retreated to economical Iowa. I continued blogging about women’s rights but decided the best way to help women was to work with them one on one. I enrolled in a California-based coaching school in hopes I would eventually return.

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Empowering Women Kate McGuinness The outcome of the bankruptcy enabled me to come back to California five years later. I have named my practice Empowered Women Coaching and work with women around the country. My focus is helping them grow their confidence as they navigate change. I am writing a book that is both self-help and memoir titled Confidence Lost and Found. Also, I speak on a variety of topics and will be addressing the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association this fall on “Confidence to Effectuate Change.” Many practices can help build confidence. Over time, the ones that have helped me most are mindfulness, self-compassion, and a growth mindset. Learning to horseback ride was instrumental too. It enlivened my courage and provided goals. The practices that undermined my confidence were negative self-talk, perfectionism, and rumination. Connections have very powerful benefits in building confidence but I withdrew instead of reaching out because I felt so much shame after losing my corporate job. You can bolster your belief that you can accomplish what you set out to do. (That’s one definition of confidence.) If you’re unsure, just do it! Even if you don’t succeed, choosing to act is another plank in your confidence platform.

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IRD N B O T RLY TI EA STRA EVEN ER B S GI RE THI PTEM BY E R R FO ES S ISTE S ! G O CL t! RE IDAY s R 1 F

Grand Hyatt San Francisco 345 Stockton Street 5:30 p.m. Silent Auction & Networking Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Sen. Wendy Davis

Widely recognized for staging an epic 11-hour filibuster to protect women’s access to healthcare.

FAY STENDER AWARD HONOREE Leslie F. Levy

Levy Vinick Burrell Hyans, LLP

Sen. Wendy Davis

Leslie F. Levy

WITH Swearing-in Ceremony by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

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

TICKETS

EARLY BIRD: $150 MEMBER; $175 NON-MEMBER REGULAR (AFTER 9/1/2017): $175 MEMBER; $200 NON-MEMBER

One seat at open seating tables. * Sponsors will be seated at reserved tables. * Reserved seating is NOT guaranteed for individual tickets. INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS DUE BY 9/25/2017

THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY - RESERVE YOUR TABLE/TICKETS NOW! Register Online at: www.cwl.org OR Mail attached Reservation Form with check payable to CWL 700 R Street, Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95811 916.930.9020 info@cwl.org

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43rd ANNUAL DINNER & SILENT AUCTION SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

TITLE SPONSOR (only one available) $8,000 Reserved table for 10 in premier location, full page display ad on inside cover or center of program, inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, listing as Title Sponsor in program and signage, 2017 Annual CWL Dinner Title Sponsor logo for sponsor website, recognition plaque as 2017 Annual CWL Dinner Title Sponsor, priority recognition from the podium, option to distribute sponsor branded gift to all dinner attendees, attendance to the VIP reception to meet Sen. Davis. One minute, on-stage welcome statement by company representative. KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR (only one available) $7,500 Reserved table for 10 in premier location, full page display ad on inside cover or center of program, inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, listing as Keynote Speaker Sponsor in program and signage, 2017 Annual CWL Dinner Keynote Speaker Sponsor logo for sponsor website, priority recognition from the podium, option to distribute sponsor branded gift to all dinner attendees, attendance to the VIP reception to meet Sen. Davis. VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR (only one available) $7,500 Reserved table for 10 in premier location, full page display ad on inside cover or center of program, inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, listing as VIP Reception Sponsor in program and signage, 2017 Annual CWL Dinner VIP Reception Sponsor logo for sponsor website, priority recognition from the podium, attendance to the VIP reception to meet Sen. Davis and option to distribute sponsor branded gift to all dinner attendees. PLATINUM SPONSOR $6,000 Reserved table for 10 in premier location, full page display ad, inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, logo in program and signage, recognition from the podium, Diversity Supporter gift, option to distribute sponsor branded gift to all dinner attendees, attendance to the VIP reception to meet Sen. Davis. GOLD SPONSOR $5,000 Reserved table for 10 in premier location, half page display ad , inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, logo in program and signage, recognition from the podium and Diversity Supporter gift. SILVER SPONSOR $3,000 Reserved table for 10, quarter page display ad, inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, logo in program and signage, Diversity Supporter gift. BRONZE SPONSOR $2,000 Reserved table for 10, inclusion in all print and electronic marketing materials, logo in program and signage. AFFILIATE COMBO $325 quarter page display ad and 1 reserved ticket to dinner.

AD DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS: PDF/300dpi art due by 9/18/2017

Full-page display (vertical) $1,000 8.5”W x 11”H - full dimensions 8.375”W x 10.875” - *active space Half-page display (vertical) $500 4.25”W x 11”H - full dimensions 4.125”W x 10.875” - *active space Quarter page display (vertical) $300 4.25”W x 5.5”H - full dimensions 4.375”W x 5.375” - *active space Business card (horizontal) $150 3.5”W x 2”H - full dimensions 3.375”W x 1.875”H - *active space Logos must be sent in an eps or vector file format.

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In-House Counsel Network’s Puzzle Series Program: Are you a piece of the Puzzle? The California Women Lawyers (CWL) In House Counsel Network Puzzle Program is a fourpart series, in which in-house counsel can meet together in a confidential setting to share ideas, common goals, and to discuss issues that affect most women who are in-house. The program is designed as follows: (1) to help in-house women from various companies around the State to meet and connect; and (2) to maintain that connection with each other at the later sessions and thereafter. Participants are asked to attend at least 2 sessions* in order get the full benefit of the program and be invited to the exclusive Retreat. The Retreat allows women to recap on their discussions from the Puzzle Sessions, strengthen and fortify their new found connections, and also allows them time for some R&R. This structure allows the pieces of the Puzzle to fit together, and that the intimate setting allows participants to be open with their questions and have frank discussions. The Puzzle Series kicked off on June 15, 2017 and will have it’s Series Finale, the Retreat at the Four Seasons Hotel at Westlake Village on October 13-14, 2017.

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2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year: DDA Sabrina Ashjian The California Fish and Game Commission recently honored Fresno County Deputy District Attorney (DDA) Sabrina Ashjian as the Commission’s 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year. The selection process was based upon nominations from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division, whose wildlife officers regularly work with all 58 District Attorneys’ offices. The award was presented to DDA Ashjian amongst her peers on June 19, 2017 at the California District Attorneys Association’s annual summer conference in South Lake Tahoe. Ashjian has gone out of her way to be a liaison between CDFW and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. During her tenure, she has taken time to educate and share insight about CDFW and resource crimes to her co-workers and in turn has educated wildlife officers about the challenges of prosecutions and how to overcome them. “As passionate as our wildlife officers are at bringing suspected poachers to justice, DDA Ashjian is at prosecuting them,” said David Bess, Chief of the CDFW Law Enforcement Division who presented DDA Ashjian with the award.

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UPCOMING EVENTS So, You Want To Be A Judge? September 15, 2017, 8 a.m - 12:30 p.m., The New Federal Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, 350 West 1st Street, Suite 4311 Los Angeles 90012. For additional information and to register CLICK HERE CWL Annual Dinner: SHeroes in Action! October 5, 2017, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, 5:30 p.m. Silent Auction & Networking Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Speaker Sen. Wendy Davis and Fay Stender Award Honoree Leslie F. Levy. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, CLICK HERE CWL Affiliate Coming Events Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles On August 31, 2017, WLALA presents “D&O Insurance: Knowing Your Policy and Avoiding Pitfalls in Coverage.” For more information, CLICK HERE Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Women’s Section The application deadline for the Women’s Section scholarship is September 15, 2017. For more information, CLICK HERE Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles On September 28, 2017, WLALA will hold its annual Awards and Installation Dinner. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE Women Lawyers of Alameda County WLAC will hold its Annual Judge’s Dinner on October 19, 2017, at 5:30 at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland. For more information, please CLICK HERE Fresno County Women Lawyers The last Wednesday of each month through October the FCWL offers a speaker luncheon on a variety of relevant topics, including elimination of bias, legal ethics, and competence. Most luncheon speaker topics qualify for one MCLE credit. For more information, please CLICK HERE Lawyers Club of San Diego On October 26, 2017, LCSD will hold its Fall Judicial Reception from 5-7 p.m. For more information, please CLICK HERE

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California Women Lawyers and the Litigation Section of the California State Bar Present

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A

JUDGE?

Pathways to a Judicial Career

D BIR ON Y T TI RL EA STRA EVEN ER B S GI RE THI PTEM BY E R R FO ES S ISTE S ! G O CL t! RE IDAY 1s FR

September 15, 2017

Registration: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The New Federal Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom 350 West 1st Street, Suite 4311 Los Angeles 90012

Speakers: Josh Groban, Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown on Judicial Appointments Wylie Aitken, Aitken, Aitken & Cohn, Chair of Senator Feinstein’s Judicial Selection Committee for Central District of California David Fu, Chair of State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commision The Honorable Andre Birotte Jr., Central District of California The Honorable Kimberly Gaab, Presiding Judge, Fresno County Superior Court The Honorable Steve Kim, Magistrate Judge, Central District of California The Honorable Maureen Hallahan, San Diego County Superior Court The Honorable Patricia Murphy, Presiding Judge, Ventura County Superior Court The Honorable Virginia Phillips, Central District of California The Honorable Beverly Reid O’Connell, Central District of California The Honorable Gail Standish, Magistrate Judge, Central District of California Helen Zukin, Kiesel Law, Chair of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee for Central District of California


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Thank You to Our 2017 Statewide Silver Sponsor • Sedgwick LLP Thank You to Our 2017 Statewide Bronze Sponsors • Buynak Fauver Archbald Spray • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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