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NEWSLETTER APRIL 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 Conference Photography Chris Bogard 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.


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This month, we have acknowledged Equal Pay Day. Several of our affiliates held events to mark the day in 2017 that the average woman’s earnings (if you total them up from January 2016 until that date in 2017) become equivalent to a man’s earnings for the 2016 calendar year. We say “acknowledge,” not celebrate because it is a sign of continuing gender inequality in our salaries, and in the worth/ value of our occupations and our professions. I say this with a note of gratitude that many of us in the legal profession are closer in salary to our male colleagues, particularly at the more junior and entry levels. It is our privilege to be in this position as lawyers. I also ask that we take a moment to consider our sisters of all colors, noting that AfricanAmerican women need to work until the end of July to reach this parity. For Latinas, Equal Pay Day is the beginning of November! They work, on average, almost two years for the salary of one. To further increase awareness of this gender pay gap, I spoke with Arlene Moreno, who wrote a song aptly named “22 Cents Less,” which is featured on page 23 of this month’s newsletter. We applaud this and other creative responses to informing different audiences about these inequalities. This month, CWL held its Annual Conference in beautiful San Diego, with an informative talk on resilience by our morning keynote speaker Susan Bisom-Rapp, an inspiring and passionate speech shining a light on gender equality through the legislative lens by our lunchtime Keynote Speaker Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, and a whole host of CLE presentations, some of which are described on page 4 of this newsletter. We closed the evening with a reception illuminating the accomplishments of Tracy Skadden of Planned Parenthood who received our 2017 Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award, and was nominated by our affiliate, Lawyers Club of San Diego. My enduring gratitude goes out to Michelle Ialeggio, the Annual Conference Chair, and all of her committee members who helped make this event a success. Our board met the following day and conducted a judicial evaluation, voted on this year’s CWL Legislative Agenda, and made plans for some members to attend a lobby day in May. We also discussed proposed changes to our Bylaws, and made plans for our other upcoming events. This month, I also participated in several affiliate events, like the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’ law student mentoring group networking event in Santa Monica, delivered the keynote speech at the Long Beach Women Lawyers’ Installation Dinner, and attended the Orange County Women Lawyers’ Judicial Reception. I look forward to seeing you at future events, including on May 19, 2017 in downtown Los Angeles, for the Southern California Judicial Reception honoring Judge Marguerite Downing (please see the flyer on page 44). We hope you share this newsletter with your colleagues and friends to spread the word about all that we California Women Lawyers are doing. Chris Chambers Goodman CWL President


The Future is Female: a day of inspiration Michelle Ialeggio, District 9 Governor and Annual Conference Chair

On Friday April 7, California Women Lawyers held its first conference in beautiful San Diego. Attendees traveled from up and down the entire state to attend the agenda-packed day, which included eight different panels, all of which offered MCLE credit. Building on the conference theme of “The Future is Female,” over 30 panelists and two keynote speakers inspired members to learn and grow in one’s approach to the law and legal career. Panel discussions from “how to support women” to “human trafficking” were offered, enabling attendees to earn continuing legal education credits while also learning how to take an active approach to practicing law. Over 125 attendees came together over the noon hour to hear Keynote Speaker Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher talk about her approach to the future being female. Gonzalez Fletcher earned her law degree at UCLA, and she spoke of using her legal knowledge now as an Assemblymember to support laws that will help our communities and support rights for women and children. The day concluded poolside at the Marriot Marquis for a cocktail reception illuminating the accomplishments of Tracy Skaddan, General Counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and Action Fund, as she received the 2017 Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award. CWL could not have brought this amazing event to fruition without the generous support of our sponsors. Our sincere thanks to all of the sponsors of our Annual Conference! Gold Sponsors: Apple Inc., Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, and Pepperdine University School of Law; Silver Sponsor: Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP; and Bronze Sponsors: Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray, Sedgwick LLP, Sheppard Mullin, and Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP. These organizations, along with our Friend and Media Sponsors, made this event possible.

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The Future is Female: CWL & Chris Bogard Photography The following images were taken at the 2017 CWL Conference in beautiful San Diego. The conference celebrated the enormous strides women have made in the world of justice and law and projected a voice of inclusion, equality and success to all genders. Chris Bogard, Sacramento native and professional portrait photographer lent his skills and creativity to capturing the electric energy that is California Women Lawyers.

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Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Equal Pay Rally On April 4, 2017, CWL Affiliate Lawyers Club of San Diego had fantastic turn-out at its Equal Pay Day Rally. Pictures here are courtesy of Lawyers Club.

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BWL and BWL Foundation Host Erwin Chemerinsky At this pivotal time in the history, with the then-nomination of now Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and the United States Supreme Court in the national spotlight, the stage was set for the audience who came to hear the remarks of Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the School of Law at UC Irvine – and he did not disappoint! On March 20, 2017, the Dean delivered another of his incisive and engaging lectures on the current state of the Court and its future with a Justice Gorsuch. The luncheon, held at the L.A. Hotel Downtown, was sponsored by BWL and BWL Foundation and benefited the Foundation’s programs in support of law students. Addressing each topic with nuanced analysis and in encyclopedic detail, Dean Chemerinsky discussed the justices’ decisions in cases involving civil rights, free speech, voting rights, and others, providing historical context and perspective. The Dean also furnished a handout which summarized each of the cases he discussed for the attorney attendees who earned one hour of CLE credit. Syna Dennis, President of the Foundation, and Amber Finch, President of BWL, gave greetings and at the end of the event, Ms. Dennis thanked Dean Chemerinsky for his entertaining and enlightening remarks.

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An Interview with the Talent behind the Song “22 Cents Less” At a recent CWL Board meeting, President Chris Chambers Goodman took a moment to play a song by artist Mina Alali for the Board. Mina’s song can be found here: http://minaalali. com/music/. We encourage you to listen and share. The Board was intrigued enough to want to know more about the song’s genesis, and we bring you the following interview with Mina and the songwriter and producer Arlene Mordeno. 1. Tell us about your inspiration for writing the song. Arlene: Mina actually came up with the idea and the title, but I’ve already been through the inequality experience at least a couple of times, being in a male-dominated industry. My career as a computer technology professional has taught me to either speak up and bear with the consequences, or just let it go and move on to another job. So when she said she wanted to sing about it without fear, then I was encouraged to write it as it’s a great way to “speak up” without naming names. Mina: I heard for the first time at 17 years old that women in the US were paid, on average, 22 cents less on the dollar in comparison with their male coworkers. My first thought was, “How did I not hear about this before?” and I suppose as a songwriter, my second thought was, “That’s a great song title – ‘22 Cents Less.’” I proposed the song title and general idea to my cowriter and she was excited to write about something that has directly impacted her in her professional life. 2. When you were experiencing these wage challenges, how did you respond in the moment/at the time? Arlene: The job usually starts out great. I excel in my field and my performance reviews say so. However, during the second year in the employment, that’s when I notice I get left behind during promotions, raises, and when new titles are given. I speak up once, but when it results in nothing, it’s become normal for me to move on. During my last experience, I did speak up, and I was labeled ungrateful, and then I was asked to fulfill some moving targets that were obviously unattainable. Meantime, my male counterparts were not expected to meet such targets and didn’t even match up in terms of skill. Complaining to Human Resources does not amount to anything except cause more damage to me. 3. Have you played the song for any of your former employers? If so, how did they react? Arlene: Not directly, but I’ve heard one person say it’s a theory that is easily debunked. I have co-workers who were aware of my previous situation, and are “friends” in social media but none of them have commented on it. 4. How did you and Mina begin working together? Arlene: We had a common vocal coach who introduced us to each other. I had a song that needed a studio singer for a demo production. Our vocal coach suggested Mina, and that’s how it started. Although we have a generation gap, we have a lot of things in common when it comes to political and social views. 5. What has been the biggest challenge in your collaboration? Arlene: Having other personas - me having a full time tech job, and she being a student. Also, the communication is a challenge because of the time zone difference. But luckily in this day and age, we have the means via Face Time, Skype and text messaging. CONTINUES

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An Interview with the Talent behind the Song “22 Cents Less” Mina: Being a full time undergraduate student, I am juggling both school and my music career, which can get to be a lot at times. For the most part it has been working out schedulewise, but as an over-achiever and perfectionist, I feel at times I am not devoting enough time or energy to either school or music. It’s getting easier, and time-management has become especially important over the last few months. 6. Tell us a bit about yourselves. Arlene: I have a successful career in technology consulting. I was a young scholar for classical pianist who went into business school to avoid being a starving artist, but now I am circling back to my original passion, which is music. I may not be performing with an orchestra like my peers in classical music scholarship, but I am doing music in a different way - writing about meaningful topics, producing, promoting and watching the business grow. I hope to get back to it full-time. I like mentoring young people, teaching them about the music business including the good, bad, and the ugly. I like to make the most out of life and I attack things with fullforce. Mina: I am a singer and songwriter from the Sacramento, California area, with some Persian roots from my dad. I began singing at a young age, but began to take it seriously at 12 years old after forming, managing, and participating in an all-girl acapella singing group called “The 4 Harmonies.” Although music has always been my passion, I only considered it a hobby until I took a college tour at Berklee College of Music in Boston with my mom during my senior year of high school. It was the tour that sold me on the school, and I am now studying Music Business/Management at Berklee. I signed to an Indie record label in 2016, and my second album, Something About Her, releases, April 21st, 2017. 7. What advice do you have for aspiring activists? Arlene: Find a way to express your views if the usual routes don’t work. Participate in groups with a common interest because being in a supportive group makes you stronger, fiercer and less intimidated by opposing forces. Follow-through is also important. When you’re fighting for a cause, always keep at it and watch the progress. Use the arts to express it too. Mina: As a strong believer in the power of music and its abilities to influence people, I would use art and music for activism. 22 Cents Less allowed me to express raw emotion but also a clear message to a mass of people. I think people are more likely to respond positively if they find a root of emotional connection within the cause. 8. What else do you want our members to know? Arlene: I wish there were stronger legal grounds that women who are discriminated can use as a weapon. When discriminated women speak up, it’s pretty much the end of that employment because you’re labeled as a flight risk or as a complainer. It shouldn’t have to get to that point. Maybe there are legal grounds that are black and white, but not a lot professional women may know about them. Mina: As an artist, and the reason why I do what I do, is so one day I have the platform to influence people in positive ways. Incorporating important and relevant topics and issues into ART (my music) is, I believe, one of the most powerful ways to spread a message, and a stepping stone to evolve our society and world for the better.

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Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation Scholarship Awards Luncheon & MCLE Presentation On March 22, 2017, at the University Club of Santa Barbara, the foundation for CWL affiliate Santa Barbara Women Lawyers awarded scholarships to the 2017 law student recipients. More than 50 people attended the event. Awards were followed by a presentation on “Dealing with Implicit Bias,� given by Edwina Barvosa, Associate Professor at UCSB, and Kate McGuinness, President of SBWL Foundation. CWL and SBWLF send congratulations to the scholarship winners: Reanna Carrillo, Bridget Rodriguez, and Lindsey Stone. All are students at the Colleges of Law of Santa Barbara and Ventura. Scholarship amounts aggregated $8,500.

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CWL Member Profile This month, we profile CWL member, CWL Board member, and President of Fresno County Women Lawyers Melissa Marsh. Where and what do you practice? I am a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno County. I currently prosecute domestic violence cases. In the future, I plan to transition to different prosecutorial teams in order to prosecute sexual assault, gang, and homicide cases. When do you feel most lucky to be a lawyer? What do you love about the profession? Working for the DA’s Office in Fresno has brought me a level of satisfaction and gratitude that I did not imagine possible. My current assignment provides me the honor of serving victims of domestic violence in my quest to bring their abusers to justice. My encounters with these victims empower me to protect and fight for them day after day, and they make me feel very lucky to be a lawyer indeed. What I love most about the profession is an attestation to the Fresno legal community: camaraderie. We are a relatively small, close-knit group of attorneys who are friendly, civil, and respectful to each other in and out of court. I have made excellent friends from both sides of the aisle. I love the civility of our profession, and the relationships I have built here in Fresno. What do you do when you’re not lawyering? I am currently the President of one of our affiliate organizations, Fresno County Women Lawyers (FCWL). During my tenure as President, I am working on increasing our visibility in the community through philanthropy, educational, and networking events. I also am an avid volunteer, as I have been a member of the Junior League of Fresno for over four years. I currently serve as a delegate to the Junior League’s State Public Affairs Committee, where I advocate on behalf of 17 California Junior Leagues on five issues: education, family support, health, human trafficking, and violence prevention. Tell us about your membership in CWL. This is my first year serving on the Board. I am an Affiliate Governor from the Fresno County Women Lawyers. Do women’s bar associations remain relevant? Yes! Women’s bar associations, such as FCWL, are able to provide networking, educational, and mentoring resources to female attorneys—resources that are directed specifically and particularly to them. In a society where women still face inequality of pay, stunted opportunities for professional advancement, and the pressures of life, women’s bar associations are necessary to advance the role of women in the legal community and they certainly remain relevant. What would you like to see from CWL in the future? I would love to see some CWL sponsored events in the Central Valley!

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OCWLA Hosts Equal Pay Day Luncheon Michelle A. Philo, CWL Affiliate Governor for OCWLA & OCWLA Vice President

On April 4, 2017, CWL Affiliate the Orange County Women Lawyers Association hosted an Equal Pay Day panel. The presentation opened with an update of the most recent data representing the disparity in pay as it affects gender and race from a nationwide perspective as well as in California. The panelists addressed how the Fair Pay Act and Wage Equality Act expanded California’s Equal Pay Act by discussing how the laws are being enforced and how companies are taking preemptive measures such as pay audits to defend against claims brought under the Acts. Finally, the panel focused on how inequity in compensation affects a woman’s bottom financial line and potential future earnings. All attendees were invited to wear red and pose for a group photo for OCWLA’s website and social media pages. The event was held at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine, California and guests enjoyed red velvet cake, keeping with the red theme for the day.

Top Circle: OCWLA Equal Pay Day panelists include (pictured l-r) Michelle A. Philo, Corporate Counsel at Adtile Technologies Inc.; Natasha Pfeiffer, Senior Counsel at Taco Bell Corp.; Renee Cohen, Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual; and Susan Arduengo of Friedman, Stroffe, & Gerard, P.C. Right Photo: OCWLA Equal Pay Day attendees wore red and posed for a group photo in support of Equal Pay Day. Photo Credit: Stan Sholik Photography

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CWL’s Southern California Judicial Reception Judge Marguerite D. Downing of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles was selected as this year’s Southern California Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award recipient. Recipients are evaluated for excellence as jurists and for longstanding vigorous service and inspiration to women lawyers of California. Judge Downing is a graduate of University of West Los Angeles School of Law. She was appointed to the bench in 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before her elevation to the bench, she worked for 18 years as a public defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. She has chaired the Incarcerated Parents Working Group for Los Angeles County at Children’s Court and served on the Judicial Diversity Committee for the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 2007, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George appointed Judge Downing to the Commission on Impartial Courts. She also vice-chaired the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division’s Judicial Mentor Program, participated on the Executive Board of the National Conference of State Court Judges, served as a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk and the executive board of the Judicial Council for the National Bar Association. Judge Downing has long been active in bar associations, commissions, and committees, and is a past president of CWL. She is a tireless advocate for women in the profession and juvenile justice issues. Judge Downing is a worthy role model, and CWL is proud to highlight and acknowledge her many contributions to the profession. Her reception is co-sponsored by CWL affiliates Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Please join CWL in honoring Judge Downing in Los Angeles on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, 535 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. For more information please contact CWL at info@cwl.org.

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CWL’s Elect to Run CWL’s national award-winning program Elect to Run will be held at Sedgwick in San Francisco on June 9, 2017. The program is designed to educate and encourage women to run for public office, meet other women who have run for office, and provide one with all the information needed to decide to run for office. Please contact CWL for more information: info@cwl.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS Queen’s Bench: April 27, 2017 Queen’s Bench will hold its 11th Annual Cocktails & Couture event on April 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Weston Wear, 569 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. More information can be found HERE Women Lawyers of Alameda County: May 10, 2017 WLAC will hold its Annual Member Spring Reception on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the poolside Garden of Judge Yolanda Northridge and Judge Robert McGuiness, in the City of Alameda. The address will be provided with RSVP. WLAC will serve light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Mix and mingle with Alameda County judges and fellow WLAC members, then meet the 2016 recipients of the Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Award. The Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Fund provides assistance to deserving law students trying to survive the financial rigors of the bar exam. The Stipend Awards are funded through the proceeds received at the Annual Judges’ Dinner. The Fund is named in honor of Ms. Margaret Gannon who served as WLAC President from 2007-2009, and who is also the visionary behind the Fund. This event is free for WLAC members, and you are encouraged to renew your membership or join prior to the event. Non-members may pay their annual dues of $75 at the door. Please RSVP by Friday, May 5, 2017 to admin@wlaconline. org. Fresno County Women Lawyers: May 11, 2017 On May 11, 2017, FCWL will hold its 15th Annual Judicial Reception honoring the appointment or election of females to the Fresno County judiciary. This year’s honorees are Kathleen Meehan, appointed by Governor Brown to the 5th District Court of Appeal, and Cindy Hopper, selected to be a commissioner on the Superior Court. For more information, please contact fcwlinfo@gmail.com. San Mateo County Bar Association Women Lawyers Section: May 16, 2017 CWL Affiliate SMCBA Women Lawyers Section will hold its Spring Judges Luncheon on May 16, 2017, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Angelica’s, 863 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063. For more information or registration: https://www.smcba. org/calendar or call (650) 679-8184. Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles: May 25, 2017 WLALA presents “Business Development Styles: Finding What Works for You,” on May 26, 2017, a cocktail reception and program from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with experienced and dynamic panelists. For more information and to register, please click HERE Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles: May 26, 2017 WLALA sponsors its “Power Lunch” with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, which introduces high school kids to the judicial system. WLALA is looking for attorney volunteers for its next Power Lunch program at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, which will host Girls Academic Leadership Academy. The lunch will be from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Typically, WLALA introduces the volunteers, as well as court room personnel (e.g., bailiff, court interpreter) to give the kids a sense of the different jobs in the judicial system and the need for certain educational backgrounds. Then you’ll have about 30 minutes to coach the kids for a “Legal Jeopardy” game that tests their knowledge of various subjects. The Power Lunch ends with the Legal Jeopardy game. For questions, please email info@wlala.org. To resigter, please click HERE

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Lawyers Club of San Diego: June 1, 2017 The Lawyers Club Annual Dinner, featuring keynote speaker Anita Hill, is Thursday, June 1, 2017, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the Marriott Marquis - San Diego Marina Marriott, Grand Ballroom, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. The cost is $135 for Lawyers Club Members, $100 for Lawyers Club Student Members, and $160 for Non-Members. Information and registration can be found at HERE. Online registration closes May 25, 2017. Women’s Section – Contra Costa County Bar Association: June 7, 2017 The Women’s Section of the CCCBA is sponsoring is annual luncheon on June 7, 2017, at Jack’s restaurant, 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Judge Danielle Douglas, of the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa, will present “How to be an Effective Advocate While Maintaining Integrity with the Court.” For information and to sign-up, please click HERE Santa Clara County Bar Association – Women Lawyers Section: June 15, 2017 SCCBA’s Women Lawyers Section will hold its annual Lean In Event on June 15, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cooley, LLP in Palo Alto. The event will be held in three parts. Part I is Civic Engagement: “The Indivisible Movement: Civic Engagement Like We’ve Never Seen Before,” with Linda MacLeod, Former Business Litigation and Employment Partner and Executive moderating. Panelists include Magan Ray, Partner at Greenberg Traurig and Chair of the ACLU of Northern California, Leah Castello, Partner at Burke Williams Sorensen, Activist and Leader of L4GG of Northern California, and Maimuna Sayed, Executive Director of Emerge California. Part II includes break-out groups covering Work Life Balance, led by the Hon. Beth McGowan and attorney Susan Krumplitsch, associate at Cooley LLP; Marketing for Kick-Ass Women Lawyers, led by Pat Gillette, mediator at JAMS and Cassie Springer Ayeni, owner of Springer Ayeni, APLC; Sexual Harassment in the Era of Trump, led by Lori Costanzo, owner of Costanzo Law Firm, Chrystal Riggins, Shareholder at Hoge Fenton, and Lauren Cerri, associate at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard; Reinvention in the Legal Profession, led by Anne Martin, Reinvention Specialist and Kathleen Sherman, Attorney at Law. Part III will be an interactive discussion led by Shannon Smyth Mendoza, Chair of the SCCBA – WLS. For information or to register, please contact: info@sccba.com. Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles: June 29, 2017 WLALA’s signature event, “WLALApalooza” a silent auction and fundraiser, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles, 251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. To sponsor or register, please click HERE


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JUDGE MARGUERITE D. DOWNING Judge Marguerite D. Downing has been presiding over a juvenile dependency calendar since her appointment in August of 2007. A 1989 graduate of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Judge Downing worked as a Deputy Public Defender for over 18 years with the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender prior to her appointment to the bench. As a Deputy Public Defender, she represented clients with mental and physical disabilities, atrisk children criminal court juvenile delinquency system. Since January of 2009, Judge Downing has chaired the Incarcerated Parents Working Group for Los Angeles County, which was established to address barriers affecting incarcerated parents seeking to reunify with their children in foster care. She also serves on a number of Los Angeles Superior Court committees. She is currently serving her second year as Chair of the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk and is also their liaison to the Commission on Disability Rights. She is also an advisor to the Criminal Law Section Executive Committee, having previously chaired the committee. She serves as the Hospitality Chair for both the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL), positions she has held for decades. Previously, Judge Downing served on the boards of the California Bar Foundation, formerly the State Bar of

California Foundation, Mental Health of America, Big Sisters of Los Angeles and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. She serves on a number of committees of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), as well as those of the National Bar Association Long active in professional bar associations as an attorney, Judge Downing is a past president of BWL (1994-1995), CABL (1998-1999) and California Women Lawyers (20042005). Judge Downing is also a former Commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights (2004-2006). At the time of her judicial appointment, Judge Downing was serving as vice president of the State Bar Board of Governors. Both CABL and the John M. Langston Bar Association have both recognized her service to the Bar. Women in the NAACP (WIN), Women on Target and the community organization Talk about Parenting have all honored her for her community service work. A respected presenter, Judge Downing has spoken and taught on the subjects of juvenile justice, dependency law, incarcerated parents services and courtroom civility throughout the United States and in such far flung places as Morocco, Beijing, China, Dubai, Guam and Saipan. In her “spare time” Judge Downing crafts, reads mysteries and travels her way through her well-worn copy of a “1000 Places to See Before You Die.”

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Thank You to Our 2017 Statewide Gold Sponsors

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

Learn about all of our Annual CWL Sponsorship Opportunities HERE

CALIFORNIA WOMEN LAWYERS N E W S L E T T E R APRIL 2017

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CWL Newsletter April 2017 - Conference Edition  

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

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