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Letter from the CWL President Amee A. Mikacich

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Like many of you, I have far too little free time to read for enjoyment, fun or enlightenment. However, earlier this summer, I ran across “The Working Woman’s Handbook” in the June 16, 2019 Sunday edition of The New York Times, and I commend it to you. Worth whatever precious spare time you may have, it is filled with short essays and articles on topics such as how to avoid burnout (“Hustle Culture Is Overrated” by Elaine Welteroth, illustrated by Hannah Jacobs), the imposter syndrome (“Do You Feel Like an Imposter?” by Jessica Bennett, illustrated by Ariel Davis), negotiating in the workplace, failure, and “Mommy Guilt.” It’s amazing that we still have to talk about these issues and obstacles as women in the workforce, but I was encouraged to find this handbook, which is both helpful and humorous. Find a moment or two and enjoy some reading. Another inspiration this summer came in the form of the presidential debates in late June. No matter your politics, one cannot help but be uplifted by the faces of so many women participating in the primary election for President of the United States. The women lawyers of California are well represented by former Attorney General and current U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris. I am proud and excited to see one of our own up there at the podium going toe to toe with the other candidates. Recognizing that we don’t all share the same beliefs or political points of view, it is nevertheless incredible that a female former California District Attorney and Attorney General is on the national stage at this time. Women lawyers everywhere should be inspired. Last but not least, I want to thank all of the Board members, chairwomen, and staff who planned and executed our most recent programs. On May 17, we held a wildly successful Joan Dempsey Klein Awards Presentation in Newport Beach, where we presented Orange County Superior Court Judge Maria D.

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Hernandez with the Southern California Judicial Award. On June 13, we kicked off the In-House Counsel Network (“IHCN”) Puzzle Series at Ungrafted in San Francisco, led by an all women team of sommeliers and restaurateurs. On June 26, we held the ever popular Elect-to-Run at the lovely offices of Morrison Foerster in San Francisco. Keynote speakers Ann Ravel, candidate for State Senate, 15th District, and Assembly Woman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, 16th Assembly District, were full of practical advice about how to run a campaign for office. And on August 16, we were back in San Francisco for our annual “So You Want to Be a Judge” program, featuring California Judicial Appointments Secretary Martin Jenkins; Diane Bellas, chair of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE); and David Casey, who leads U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s statewide judicial advisory committee. The best is yet to come! We hope to see you all at our Annual Conference and Dinner on September 20 in Sacramento at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. Come early for a reception honoring Judith Solely Lawyer as Citizen Award winner Eileen Decker on Thursday, Sept. 19, then enjoy the daylong annual conference on Friday, capped off with the annual dinner. These events are not to be missed, and we hope to see you there! Sincerely, Amee A. Mikacich, President


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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER #15 2018-19 CWL Board Officers CWL President Amee Mikacich CWL President-Elect Jessica L. Rowe Immediate Past President Renee Galente Stackhouse First Vice-President Naomi Dewey Second Vice-President Michelle Ialeggio Secretary Summer Selleck Treasurer Nicole Sugnet Editor Jodi Cleesattle Editorial Designer David Blue Garrison Assistant Designer Dayna Dixon 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 Henderson at the CWL office at newsletter@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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Editor’s Note Jodi Cleesattle As summer comes to an end and autumn arrives, the season seems a bit more chaotic for me than in years past. My older child, starting their junior year of college, is experiencing roommate drama and trying to figure out whether to move to a new apartment. My younger daughter, a senior in high school, is facing a particularly heavy academic load and her own share of friend drama. At the office, I’m settling into my fairly new role as a supervisor, managing a team of litigators while handling my own litigation caseload. We’re short-staffed with five trials coming up quickly, and it’s not pretty. I try to fit in my various volunteer responsibilities on weekends, which is also the time to catch up on chores and run errands. I’m a divorced mom, so there’s no one to give a honey-do list – although the older child is pretty handy around the house when they’re home from college. It’s all pretty typical, I suppose, for a woman lawyer – or for any woman trying to manage a career, family, and a personal life. And it brings to mind those who have commented that women can have it all, but not all at once. “I do think women can have it all, but not all at the same time,” former Secretary of State Madeline Albright has said. “Our life comes in segments, and we have to understand that we can have it all if we’re not trying to do it all at once.”

Times can be rough, indeed. But we keep doing it all – and all at once – because that’s simply what needs to be done. We do our jobs as lawyers because that’s what we trained for and, if we’re lucky, that’s what we love to do. We fulfill our roles as mothers or caretakers because we love our families and want to make them happy. We give our time to causes because we believe in them and hope to effect change. We do it all because to not do it all isn’t really an option. The late writer and director Nora Ephron seemed to appreciate this. “Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all,” Ephron said. “What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you.” Doing it all, having it all – none of it is easy, and it’s definitely messy. But we don’t do it alone. We have a sisterhood of women who have gone through or are going through the same struggles. When we call on each other for advice, when we rely on each other for help, we can have it all. When we lift each other up, we rise. Jodi Cleesattle Editor, CWL News

Likewise, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has said, “You can’t have it all at once. Over my lifespan, I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time, things were rough.”

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CWL Member News CWL is proud of the work its members do on behalf of our organization and the profession, and we believe in sharing your achievements. Please help us share your news. In this edition, we’re thrilled to share the recognition given to several CWL members. SAN DIEGO HONORS CWL immediate past president Renee Stackhouse and CWL member Heather Rosing will be recognized by the San Diego Law Library Foundation at its 2019 Witkin Award ceremony Oct. 17 in San Diego. Stackhouse, a partner with Stackhouse APC, will be honored for her “Excellence as a Community Changemaker.” Rosing, chief financial officer and shareholder of Klinedinst PC and president of the California Lawyers Association, will receive the Foundation’s Excellence in Public Service Award. NAWJ HONORS The National Association of Women Judges will honor two CWL members during the NAWJ annual conference at its annual banquet Oct. 18 in Los Angeles. NAWJ will present the 2019 Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Fujie, a past recipient of CWL’s own Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award. Fujie is a past president of the California State Bar, and she chaired the State Bar’s Committee on Regulation, Admissions and Discipline. The Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award honors a judge who brings distinction to her office and to the NAWJ, as exemplified by California Appeals Court Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, a co-founder of both CWL and NAWJ.

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NAWJ will present the 2019 Florence K. Murray Award to Jerrilyn Malana, a Chief Deputy/Special Advisor with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, where she advises on human resources matters and civil litigation issues. Prior to joining the DA’s Office, Malana was an employment law attorney and shareholder with Littler Mendelson. She is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association and has served in multiple leadership positions for various organizations. She is active in NAWJ and currently serves on its Personnel Committee. The Florence K. Murray Award, named for the first woman appointed to the Rhode Island Superior and Supreme Courts, is given to a non-judge who, by example or otherwise, has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession. SOLO & SMALL FIRM HONORS The California Lawyers Association Solo and Small Firm Section honored two CWL members with Excellence in Service Awards in June at a reception at the Solo and Small Firm Summit in Huntington Beach. CWL board member and secretary Summer Selleck, a solo practitioner at S.C. Selleck Law in Walnut Creek, and CWL member Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, a principal with AHAVA Law PC in Lakewood, were recognized for exemplary leadership, dedication to the legal profession, and contributions to the betterment of the practice of law. Let us lift you up. Tell us when you’ve won an honor or award or attained a special achievement. Contact us at newsletter@cwl.org.


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In Memoriam Mary Orozco Pioneering attorney Mary V. Orozco, the first Latina admitted to the California Bar, passed away June 5 at age 90. Born in Whittier to immigrant parents, she worked her way through what today is Cal State Los Angeles, graduating in 1958. She was one of five women in her first-year class at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and was the only woman to graduate in 1961, the first Latina Loyola graduate. Orozco focused her practice on family law and trial work, serving the Spanishspeaking community in East Los Angeles until her retirement in 1995. She was a leader, co-founding the Mexican American Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and the Montebello East Los Angeles Bar Association. She served on Governor Pat Brown’s re-election committee and on a number of city and county commissions. Orozco faced discrimination as a woman and as a Mexican-American. Soon after passing the Bar, but before receiving her Bar card, she stood up to leave a courtroom after the court called a recess. The bailiff mistook her for a defendant and attempted to handcuff her to take her off to jail with the other defendants. Despite Orozco’s pleas that she was a member of the Bar, the bailiff would not believe that a young Latina was an officer of the court until an attorney known to the bailiff vouched for her. The Latina Lawyers Bar Association each year recognizes a trailblazing attorney with the Mary V. Orozco Abriendo Caminos Award. The 2016 recipient was Sandra C. Muñoz, CWL’s 2018 Fay Stender Award honoree. The family held a viewing and rosary services June 21 at the Calvary Mortuary Chapel. The mass and graveside burial was June 22 at the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Los Angeles. Orozco was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Paul and Hector, and her infant child, Jude. She is survived by her sister Emma, her brother William, her eight nieces, four nephews and seven great-nephews and great-nieces. Orozco was a devoted alumnus of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and donations may be made in her name at https://apps.lls.edu/giving/.

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Meet the New CWL District Governors Five CWL members were elected in June to serve on CWL’s Board of Governors, representing women lawyers throughout the state.

SUMMER SELLECK District 3 Governor

THERESA BARFIELD District 2 Governor

Selleck is a solo practitioner at S.C. Selleck Law in Walnut Creek, where she practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Will & Trust Litigation, and Elder Law. The California Lawyers Association Solo & Small Firm Section honored her in June with an Excellence in Service Award. She also serves on the Contra Costa County Bar Association board of directors and the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging.

Summer Selleck was elected to a second term as one of two Governors They will be sworn in at CWL’s annual dinner Sept. 20, representing District 3, which along with incoming president Jessica Lynn Rowe and the encompasses Alameda, Contra Costa, rest of the CWL board – which includes district governors San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. from nine geographic districts, up to two at-large She currently serves as secretary of CWL and previously governors appointed by the president, affiliate governors representing each of CWL’s affiliate organizations, up to has served as treasurer and as an at-large member of the Board of Governors. two judicial liaisons, and the immediate past president.

Theresa Barfield was elected to a second term as District 2 Governor, representing Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties. She is a shareholder at Somach Simmons & Dunn in Sacramento, where she litigates large, complex cases in state and federal court. Barfield spent the first half of her 23-year legal career as a passionate advocate for plaintiffs seeking consumer justice and compensation for serious personal injuries, and a decade later moved to the defense side where she has represented a range of clients including large developers and insurance companies.

She serves on CWL’s Amicus and Legislative committees and co-hosts CWL’s “Seat at the Table” podcast, which is a series dedicated to sharing the stories of feminist leaders in the legal profession. NICOLE SUGNET District 4 Governor

Nicole Sugnet was elected to a second term as District 4 Governor, one of two board members representing San As a CWL board member, Barfield has served on the Francisco and Marin Counties. She is Legislative Committee and the So, You Want to Be a Judge a chambers attorney at the California planning committee, moderating the 2018 program. She Supreme Court and previously was a partner at Lieff also is a member of Women Lawyers of Sacramento. Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco. Sugnet currently serves as treasurer of CWL and co-chairs CWL’s Amicus Committee, coordinating the review of dozens of amicus briefs and facilitating CWL’s joinder in briefs in important cases involving contraceptive coverage, LGTBQ rights, gender discrimination, and other important issues. She also has served on the Awards Committee and the Annual Conference Committee.

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MICHELE ANDERSON District 7 Governor Michele Anderson was elected to her first term as a District 7 Governor, one of five board members representing Los Angeles County. She is a career prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles and has been in practice nearly 30 years. She has prosecuted a wide range of cases including fraud, loan modification scams, consumer protection, identity theft, elder abuse, domestic violence, child pornography and molestation, and hate crimes. Anderson also serves on the board of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles and is active in Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, co-chairing the legislation committees for both organizations. JODI CLEESATTLE District 9 Governor Jodi Cleesattle was elected to a second term as District 9 Governor, one of two board members representing San Diego and Imperial Counties. She is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section for the California Department of Justice in its San Diego office, where she litigates employment law cases and supervises a team of litigators. Cleesattle is editor of CWL News and also serves on the Amicus Committee and the Gender Equity Task Force. She previously has served on the boards of Lawyers Club of San Diego and the San Diego County Bar Association, and she has served as chair of the California State Bar’s Public Law Section and as co-chair of the State Bar’s Council of State Bar Sections. CWL’s district governors serve two-year terms and may serve for up to three consecutive terms. They may serve additional terms after a one-year absence from the board. Nominations for board seats up for re-election will open in April.

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Rise: Lifting as We Climb CWL Combines Annual Conference, Dinner BY JODI CLEESATTLE

For the first time, CWL is combining its Annual Conference, traditionally held in the spring, with its Annual Dinner, a fall event, for a full day of inspiration, networking and MCLE, capped with an evening of good food, drink, and fun, on Sept. 20 in Sacramento. The Annual Conference will feature morning and lunch keynote speakers, plus programs focused on networking, career paths, running for office, and fighting bias, while the Annual Dinner will feature inspiring remarks from California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and gender justice trailblazer Noreen Farrell, as well as the swearingin of CWL’s new president and board of governors. The Annual Conference and Annual Dinner are set for Friday, Sept. 20 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento, and this year’s theme is “Rise: Lifting as We Climb.” But events actually get underway the day before. CWL will hold an evening reception honoring Los Angeles attorney Eileen Decker, the winner of CWL’s 2019 Judith Solely Lawyer as Citizen Award, Thursday, Sept. 19.

Break-out sessions fill out the conference line-up, with two tracks and a total of eight sessions. Kelly Dermody, managing partner of the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, will give the lunch keynote presentation at the Annual Conference. Dermody, who chairs her firm’s Employment Practice Group, is a trailblazer in the areas of pay equity, sexual harassment, diversity, and inclusion. She specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of employees and has prosecuted numerous cases Kelly Dermody challenging unfair hiring, promotion, compensation, and performance systems. She is a 2019 recipient of one of the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. The conference panels and speakers include: The Art and Science of Attending a Conference “Like a Boss” – And Staying Sane Doing It

The Annual Conference program • Jennifer Forester, C Suite Solutions, Sacramento kicks off with a morning keynote • Cami McLaren, McLaren Coaching, Sacramento presentation by Lauren Babb, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Elect to Run, Part 1: Helping Women Win: Organizations Supporting Candidates of Northern California. Babb manages the Planned Parenthood • Susannah Delano, Executive Director, Close the Gap Northern California Action Fund and • Susan Eggman, California State Assemblymember the organization’s political action Lauren Babb (D-13th Dist.) committee, and she has worked on federal, state and • Karen Humphrey, President, National Women’s local political campaigns over the last nine years. She Political Caucus of CA is an appointed commissioner and executive committee member of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and is a 2019 state policy fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California on the Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice team.

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• Valerie McGinty, Founder, Fund Her • Melanie Ramil, Executive Director, Emerge CA • Moderator: Sabrina Ashjian, Founder, Ashjian Business Consulting, Fresno Elect to Run, Part 2: Women Making Change: Candidates Running for State Legislature • Elizabeth Betancourt, Candidate for Assembly District 1 • Shelly Masur, Candidate for Senate District 13 • Jackie Smith, Candidate for Assembly District 6 • Moderator: Sabrina Ashjian, Founder, Ashjian Business Consulting, Fresno Women in ADR • Ruth Glick, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Burlingame • Tamara Lopez, JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator, Los Gatos • Neda Mansoorian, Principal, Mansoorian Law, P.C., Los Gatos • Moderator: Hon. Louise LaMothe, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Zero Tolerance: Interrupting Bias Using the ABA’s Toolkit

Alto • Renee Stackhouse, Stackhouse, APC, San Diego; Chair, California Lawyers Association Solo & Small Firm Section From Diversity to Inclusion: A View from the Bench • Hon. M. Kathleen Butz, Associate Justice, Third District Court of Appeal • Hon. Elena Duarter, Associate Justice, Third District Court of Appeal • Hon. Shama Mesiwala, Sacramento County Superior Court Careers in Environmental and Public Impact Litigation • Jennifer Hartman King, President, Hartman King, PC, Sacramento • Tracy Hughes, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office • Amanda Riddle, Partner, Corey, Luzaich, de Ghataldi and Riddle, Millbrae • Moderator: Christine Monroe, Greben & Associates, Santa Barbara The conference offers a full day of MCLE credits, and an opportunity to reconnect with friends and make new ones.

• Brenda Adams, Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Rights As the Annual Conference wraps up, the Annual Advocates, San Francisco Dinner gets underway with a • Andrea Carlise, Executive Director, International networking reception and the CWL Action Network for Gender Equity & Law, Foundation Silent Auction, which funds Oakland scholarships for law students who have • Gay Grunfeld, Managing Partner, Rosen Bien demonstrated a commitment to the Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, San Francisco advancement of women in the legal • Moderator: Beth Wolf Mora, Mora Employment profession. Law, San Ramon Noreen Farrell Noreen Farrell, a nationally Does Size Matter? Career Paths in Solo/Small recognized leader and innovator on gender justice Firms, Mid-Size and Big Law Firms issues, will give the keynote speech at the Annual Dinner. • Jennifer Duggan, Founder, Duggan Law Corp., She is executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, a Sacramento San Francisco-based national non-profit advancing • Wendy Krog, Associate, Sheppard Mullin, Palo the rights of women and girls through policy reform,

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litigation, community education, and movement building. Farrell has represented thousands of women and girls in groundbreaking impact litigation to end sex discrimination in school and the workplace. Hon. Tani Cantil- Attendees also will hear from California Chief Justice Tani CantilSakauye Sakauye, who will receive CWL’s 2019 Rose Bird Memorial Award. The award honors her for demonstrating courage and compassion, exhibiting brilliance and excellence, demonstrating a devotion to public service, and inspiring the women lawyers of California. Since taking office as Chief Justice in January 2011, Cantil-Sakauye has been a leading advocate for equal access to justice, transparency, and reform of state court funding models that unfairly impact the poor. Rounding out the evening’s events, CWL will welcome incoming president Jessica Lynn Rowe, a shareholder with Aaron Riechert Carpol & Riffle in Redwood City, and say farewell to outgoing president Amee Mikacich, a partner in the San Francisco office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

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RISE: LIFTING AS WE CLIMB Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 5-7 p.m. 2019 Judith Solely Lawyer as Citizen Award Reception Kimpton Sawyer Hotel 500 J Street, Sacramento Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 Annual Conference 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Silent Auction 5:30-7 p.m. Annual Dinner 7-9 p.m. Kimpton Sawyer Hotel 500 J Street, Sacramento Register online at www.cwl.org.

Jodi Cleesattle serves on the CWL Board of Governors as District 9 Governor, representing San Diego and

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CWL honors Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye with 2019 Rose Bird Memorial Award BY ANA M. STOREY

California Women Lawyers will honor the Chief Justice of the State of California, the Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, with the 2019 Rose Bird Memorial Award at the annual dinner to be held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento Sept. 20.

“When Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye took office in 2011, the state was deep into a fiscal crisis that arose out of the Great Recession of 2008,” Stackhouse and Rowe wrote in their nomination letter. “The judicial branch was absorbing the single largest budget cut in its history. In her first In recognition of its namesake, CWL gives year, the Chief Justice traveled 30,000 miles meeting the award to Northern California judges who are with community and business groups, students, elected courageous and compassionate, exhibit brilliance and representatives, judges, and attorneys. The meetings excellence, demonstrate a devotion to public service and resulted in the Open Courts Coalition, in which the inspire the women lawyers of California. CWL immediate judicial branch works with bar associations, consumer past president Renée N.G. Stackhouse and CWL and defense attorneys, prosecutors, criminal defense president-elect Jessica L. Rowe nominated the Chief attorneys, large and small law firms, and legal services Justice to receive the 2019 Rose Bird Memorial Award. organizations, to advocate on behalf of the public who rely on the courts.” The Chief Justice was first appointed to the bench in 1990 by Gov. George Deukmejian, who appointed her A former board member of several non-profits, to a seat on the Sacramento Municipal Court. In 1997, Cantil-Sakauye has been active in numerous other Gov. Pete Wilson appointed her to the Sacramento professional organizations including the California County Superior Court, where she Judges Association, the National Asian served for eight years. In 2005, Gov. Pacific American Bar Association, Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her and the Asian/Pacific Bar Association as an Associate Justice of the California of Sacramento. She is currently a Third District Court of Appeal, and in member of the board of directors for 2010, he nominated her to succeed the Conference of Chief Justices; the retiring Chief Justice Ronald M. American Law Institute; the Board of George on the California Supreme Visitors for University of California, Court. Cantil-Sakauye was approved Davis; an Advisory Board member of unanimously by the California the Sacramento Federal Judicial Library Commission on Judicial Appointments, and Learning Center Foundation; and and in 2010 was voted to be retained an honorary member of the Foundation for a 12-year term as Chief Justice. She for Democracy and Justice, a private was sworn in on January 3, 2011. In nonprofit organization devoted to civics addition to her role as Chief Justice, her education. constitutional duties include chairing both the Judicial Council and the Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye Commission on Judicial Appointments.

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The Chief Justice is a woman of color, the first AsianFilipina American Chief Justice, and only the second woman in California’s history to serve as Chief Justice. A former Las Vegas blackjack dealer whom the DA’s office would not hire because she was “too young” has shown the California legal profession what grit and determination can achieve. She is truly an inspiration. Cantil-Sakauye, who was born and raised in Sacramento, earned her Bachelor of Science degree and her Juris Doctor from UC Davis. Past recipients of the Rose Bird Memorial Award include inaugural recipient Hon. Joyce Kennard (Ret.), Hon. Claudia Wilken, and Hon. Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian. CWL is proud to honor Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye in her hometown of Sacramento. Please join us in celebrating her service and accomplishments on Sept. 20.

Ana M. Storey serves on the CWL Board of Governors as District 7 Governor, representing Los Angeles County, and as an at large member of the Executive Committee. She also chairs CWL’s Awards Committee. She is executive director of the nonprofit law firm LevittQuinn Family Law Center in Los Angeles.

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CWL kicks off 2019 Annual Conference and Dinner with awards reception honoring Eileen Decker BY ANA M. STOREY

California Women Lawyers will honor Los Angeles attorney Eileen M. Decker with the 2019 Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award at a reception in Sacramento, Thursday, Sept. 19. The reception, held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento, kicks off CWL’s annual conference and annual dinner. CWL gives the Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award to an attorney who has made a significant contribution to her community, extending beyond the practice of law, to devote time and effort to the public good and values through the tradition of public service and involvement, and who exemplifies the values and mission of California Women Lawyers. Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles nominated Decker to receive the 2019 Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award. “Throughout her life, Eileen Decker has been dedicated to making her community a better place,” WLALA wrote in its nomination letter. “Her public service career is unique in that she has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, and in federal, state, and local government. In these positions, she worked extensively on a variety of legal and public safety issues, and frequently in male-dominated environments. Regardless of the position she held, Ms. Decker always focused her efforts on protecting the most vulnerable in the community, including

victims of terrorist attacks, human trafficking, and other crimes that are aimed at taking advantage of vulnerable communities.” Decker currently serves as vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and is a former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. In addition to her current position as an LAPD Commissioner, Decker teaches cybersecurity, privacy law, and comparative national security at the law schools at University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, and Pepperdine University, and also serves as a Fulbright Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, traveling overseas to lecture and consult on issues of importance to foreign institutions and governments. She previously served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety under Los Angeles mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti. Known for her expertise in governance, law enforcement, and cyber security, Decker has been actively involved in crafting responses to some of the most challenging issues of our time, including terrorism and human trafficking during her two years as U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, police oversight and policy setting as a member of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and emergency management and public safety initiatives as LA Deputy Mayor of Homeland Security & Public Safety.

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Decker is also well-known for her prolific mentoring. It is fitting that she will be honored during the CWL annual conference whose theme, “Rise: Lifting As We Climb,” is emblematic of Decker’s ethos. Whether via formal and informal mentoring or financial scholarships to support education in public service, Decker has been enthusiastically lifting aspiring public service professionals throughout her impressive and nontraditional rise. Decker earned her Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from New York University’s School of Business and Public Administration (now Stern School of Business) and her Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law. She earned her MA degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and served as a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. Past recipients of the Soley Award include solo practitioner Pearl Gondrella Mann; Tracy Skaddan, General Counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest; and solo practitioner Pauline A. Weaver. California Women Lawyers is proud to honor Eileen Decker. Please join us in celebrating her service and accomplishments Sept. 19.

Ana M. Storey serves on the CWL Board of Governors as District 7 Governor, representing Los Angeles County, and as an at large member of the Executive Committee. She also chairs CWL’s Awards Committee. She is executive director of the nonprofit law firm LevittQuinn Family Law Center in Los Angeles.

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Don’t Miss the CWL Foundation Silent Auction & [S]Heroes for Scholarships Champagne Challenge BY RENEE N.G. STACKHOUSE

The 2019 board year is coming to a close, as is my time on the Board. This year I have had the great honor of serving as immediate past president of CWL and president of the CWL Foundation. As I look back at the unique opportunities I’ve had over the past few years, the strong and remarkable women I have met, and the inspirational mentors I’ve garnered, I am thankful for the experience, and I am excited for everything that the future holds for CWL and for the women lawyers of California.

New this year for CWL but inspired by the amazing folks over at Tom Homann LGBT Law Association in San Diego (giving credit where credit is due), is our [S]Heroes for Scholarships Champagne Challenge. We will be giving two bottles of champagne to each table at the Annual Dinner that has 100% donation participation using the donation envelopes that will be on the table. Any amount qualifies as participation, as we want to enable as many people to participate as possible. The more you can give, the more potential the CWL Foundation will have to My last formal action is to ensure that the CWL Foundation award additional scholarships in the future. is healthy and well-positioned to continue its important work of providing scholarships to deserving law students, I leave you with this thought: Be generous of spirit. Come working with at-risk high school students, and preserving to the Annual Conference ready to give of yourself; make the history of women lawyers in California. new contacts and reconnect with old friends. Come to the Annual Dinner ready to honor our amazing Rose Historically, the CWL Foundation does this through our Bird award recipient and support the transition in CWL Silent Auction, held just prior to the Annual Dinner. This Board leadership. Come to the Silent Auction ready to year we will continue that tradition, holding the Silent help us raise a record amount of money so that the CWL Auction between the Annual Conference and Annual Foundation can continue its mission. I guarantee you this Dinner on Sept. 20. giving – this mindset of generosity – will ultimately help you refill your own cup in so many ways. Think holiday gifts. Think birthday presents. Think office perks. And don’t forget to treat yourself! The Silent Auction I look forward to seeing all of you in Sacramento in this year features incredible items like a Diane Von September. Furstenberg gift certificate, a hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley for two, golf outings, art, and more. We’ll also be offering a “Buy Now” option this year, so the early bird Renee N.G. Stackhouse is the immediate past president of will get the worm, and you won’t have to babysit the item CWL, president of the CWL Foundation, and a trial lawyer you’re interested in all night long, so you can be freed up at Stackhouse APC in San Diego. to reconnect with friends at the reception.

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CWL Honors Judge Hernandez with Distinguished Jurist Award BY ANA M. STOREY

California Women Lawyers and affiliate Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) joined together for the Southern California Judicial Reception May 17, celebrating the dedication and achievements of Orange County Superior Court Judge Maria D. Hernandez. More than 80 judges and lawyers joined Hernandez’s friends and family at Noguchi Gardens in Costa Mesa as she accepted the CWL 2019 Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award. CWL president Amee Mikacich gave the opening welcome, and OCWLA president Michelle Philo shared remarks about Hernandez. Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jamoa Moberly spoke on behalf of the National Association of Women Judges. Fourth District California Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Kathleen O’Leary and Orange County Superior Court Judge Douglas Hatchimonji presented Hernandez with the award, with each giving spirited and moving remarks describing Hernandez’s steadfast dedication to addressing the challenges and needs faced by youth caught up in the juvenile justice system. CWL Awards Committee member and OCWLA member Betty Fracisco gave closing remarks. Hernandez was appointed to the bench as a Commissioner in 2006 and then as a judge in 2009. Prior to taking the bench, Hernandez worked as a trial attorney in private practice and as a senior deputy public defender for Orange County. Since 2011, she also has served as an adjunct professor teaching

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Juvenile and Domestic Law at Western State College of Law. Hernandez graduated with her undergraduate degree from University of California, Irvine in 1986 and received her law degree from Western State University-Fullerton in 1991. Western State College of Law inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2016. The Judicial Council of California honored Hernandez in 2016 with a Distinguished Service Award, its highest award presented to a judicial branch member, for her personal dedication and extraordinary commitment to advancing and improving the juvenile justice system. Also in 2016, the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University honored Hernandez with the Diamond Individual Award, for her exceptional commitment and leadership in the movement to protect commercially sexually exploited children. In 2017, OCWLA honored Hernandez with its Judge of the Year Award. Hernandez also was named Orange County’s 2017 Ambassador of Peace for her dedicated work protecting and serving the children and families of Orange County. In 2018, Hernandez was recognized as an Orange County Child Abuse Council’s Blue-Ribbon Honoree and the Public Law Center’s Judge of the Year.

Ana M. Storey serves on the CWL Board of Governors as District 7 Governor, representing Los Angeles County, and as an at large member of the Executive Committee. She also chairs CWL’s Awards Committee. She is executive director of the nonprofit law firm LevittQuinn Family Law Center in Los Angeles.


Shelly Aronson, Betty Fracisco and Isabel Apkarian

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Past and present Orange County Public Defenders turn out to support their former colleague, Judge Maria Hernandez, at the Southern California Judicial Reception.

OCWLA president Michelle Philo welcomes guests at the Southern California Judicial Reception.

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CWL president Amee Mikacich, Hon. Jamoa Moberly (ret.), Hon. Doug Hatchimonji, Hon. Maria Hernandez, Hon. Kathleen O’Leary, and Orange County Women Lawyers Association president Michelle Philo

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CWL Honors Merrianne Dean with Fay Stender Award California Women Lawyers and affiliate Lawyers Club of San Diego came together on July 26 to celebrate the dedication and achievements of trailblazing San Diego attorney Merrianne Dean. More than 40 judges and lawyers joined Dean’s friends and family in the beautiful atrium conference room of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP’s downtown San Diego office as Dean accepted the CWL 2019 Fay Stender Award.

For more than two decades, Dean has litigated probate and trust disputes, financial elder abuse matters, conservatorships and business disputes. She also serves as a court-appointed attorney representing developmentally disabled and elderly individuals who are the subject of conservatorships in probate court.

Dean’s litigation experience has informed her civic engagement in the San Diego legal community. She served two years as co-chair for the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section of the San Diego County The award, named for Bay Area attorney Fay Stender Bar Association and also served as a member of the who passed away in 1980, is given to a feminist attorney, San Diego Probate Bench-Bar Committee, which works who, like Stender, is committed to the representation of collaboratively to improve the services provided to the women, disadvantaged groups and unpopular causes, public by the court and the attorneys who practice there. and whose courage, zest for life and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual makes her a role Dean is a founding and current board member of Probate model for women attorneys. Attorneys of San Diego and has been a member of Lawyers Club since 2004, volunteering as a member CWL president Amee Mikacich gave the opening of the Community Outreach Committee, which strives to welcome at the reception, and Lawyers Club incoming improve the lives and status of women and children in San president Elvira Cortez thanked attendees for joining in Diego through hands-on projects. She has been a member the celebration of Dean’s contributions. Danna Cotman, of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association since 1995 and outgoing Lawyers Club president, presented Dean with served as a board member in 2005. Dean has also been the 2019 Fay Stender Award. In her introductory remarks, both formal and informal mentor to many new attorneys Cotman spoke of the impact Dean had on her as a young starting their careers. lawyer, and she noted that Dean was born the same year that Fay Stender was admitted to practice in California. Dean holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and CWL Awards Committee chair Ana M. Storey gave Laws from Western State University. She continued her closing remarks. education, attending Western State University (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law) while working full time and received her JD from that institution in 1994.

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Lawyers Club of San Diego immediate past president Danna Cotman (right) presents Merrianne Dean with the Fay Stender Award.

Lawyers Club of San Diego president Elvira Cortez and CWL president Amee Mikacich

CWL members and friends mingle at the Fay Stender Award Reception in San Diego.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 GOOGLE- MOUNTAINVIEW, CA 2019 PUZZLE PROGRAM

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Speaker: Kristen Nesbit, Partner, Fisher Phillips Los Angeles Office and co-chair of Fisher Phillips California Litigation practice group.

“How Much Time Off Do I Get? A Discussion of Recent Developments in Leave Laws & Best Practices To Manage Leaves of Absence in the Workplace” The Puzzle Program brings together in-house counsel from across the state to build relationships over a three-part series covering sensitive issues, shared experiences, and common goals in a confidential intimate setting. The program culmi-nates with an exclusive, invitation-only Retreat to share respective conclusions, reflections and best practices.

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CWL joins Stronger CA Advocates Network Advocacy Day at the Capitol BY SABRINA ASHJIAN

CWL continued its legislative efforts to improve the lives of women throughout the state, joining in the Stronger California Advocates Network Advocacy Day at the State Capitol Aug. 28. CWL and its allies advocated for issues including equal pay, child care, and lactation accommodations. The day began with a training overview on the priority bills, followed by a luncheon and legislative visits. The Stronger California Advocates Network is a collaboration of more than 50 organizations and advocacy coalitions from across the state who are working to promote policy reform and improve the economic security of women and families in California. If you are interested in making your voice heard on important issues affecting women and families in California, contact Legislative Committee Chair Sabrina Ashjian at sabrina.ashjian@gmail.com.

Sabrina Ashjian serves on the CWL Board of Governors as District 5 Governor, representing Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Tulare counties. She is the founder of Ashjian Business Consulting and vice president of the board of Central California Legal Services.

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SoCal CWL Affiliates Recognize Equal Pay Day Lawyers Club of San Diego and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association each hosted programs April 2 recognizing Equal Pay Day, the date on which women’s pay catches up to men’s pay from the previous year. Lawyers Club hosted a luncheon featuring speakers Heiock Kim, founder of the Kim Center for Social Balance, and Karla Pinckes, associate general counsel for WD-40. The speakers discussed the current status of pay equity, the requirements of the California Fair Pay Act, best practices for employers to ensure pay equity, and what employees can do to ensure they are being paid fairly. Lawyers Club also announced a new Workplace Equity and Civility Initiative, a movement to acknowledge employers that are dedicated to workplace equity and civility. OCWLA hosted a luncheon and panel discussion featuring speakers Joni Lee Gaudes, vice president and general counsel of Asics America; Victoria Harvey, senior vice president and chief legal officer of Smile Brands; Karen Polyakov, assistant general counsel of The Home Depot; and Sheniece Smith, president of Family Legal Assistance at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and an adjunct professor at University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. The panel discussed first-hand wage and promotion experiences and provided motivational and tactical advice on how to request and negotiate salary demands and promotions, put oneself in the best position to receive a salary or bonus increase or promotion, and determine how to best highlight achievements during a negotiation in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Lawyers Club of San Diego Equal Pay Day Front row, from left, Equal Pay Day Co-chair Alreen Haaggquist; Stephanie Reynolds; co-chair Jennifer Rubin; 2018-2019 Lawyers Club president Danna Cotman; co-chair and program moderator Sara Waller; panelist Karla Pinckes, associate general counsel of WD-40; co-chair Vaani Chawla; panelist Hei-ock Kim, founder and executive director of the Kim Center for Social Balance. Back row, Harvey Berger, partner with program sponsor Berger Williams & Reynolds LLP.

OCWLA Equal Pay Day Orange County Women Lawyers Association members wear red – representing women’s status of being “in the red” in terms of equal pay – at their Equal Pay Day luncheon.

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CWL Affiliate News LA LAWYERS CELEBRATE WLALAPALOOZA The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) held its annual silent auction fundraiser June 13 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. WLALApalooza, the association’s biggest fundraiser, raises money for its operations and activities as well as for the WLALA Foundation. Guests mixed and mingled, enjoyed food and drink, and shopped for bargains among a variety of auction items.

WLALA members – from left, Cathy Ostiller, past president Jennifer Landau, Angela Haskins, current president Heather Stern, past president Jennifer Romano, and Courtney Powers – gather at their annual silent auction fundraiser, WLALApalooza.

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CWL Affiliate News BWL MIXES FUN AND SUN AT ANNUAL RETREAT Members of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL) gathered for a luxurious retreat June 28-30 at the Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort, conducting BWL business amidst ocean views and sunshine. The retreat began with a Friday welcome reception, featuring, dinner, wine, poetry, and long conversations around the fire pit. Saturday’s events included a presentation, “Does Your Brand Align With Your Wealth Goals,” by Karen A. Clark and her colleague Andrea Collins. Members also showered two mothers-to-be – BWL past president Camille Granville and BWL historian Shardé Thomas Skahan – and celebrated four birthdays, before wrapping up the weekend with an oceanfront farewell brunch on Sunday.

BWL past president Camille Granville shows off baby shower gifts she received at the BWL annual retreat.

BWL incoming president Rosezetta Upshaw (center) hugs BWL members at the annual retreat

BWL members mix business and pleasure in Huntington Beach at their annual retreat.

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CWL Affiliate News OUT AND ABOUT IN THE OC Orange County Women Lawyers Association had a busy spring, with members turning out for multiple events. OCWLA celebrated International Women’s Day at a luncheon March 8 and held its first-ever Past President’s Tea April 1. The Past Presidents’ Tea, held at the Paris in a Cup teahouse in Orange, provided an opportunity for past OCWLA leaders and current board members to meet, develop mentor-mentee relationships, discuss the year’s objectives, and find ways to include past leaders in the organization. About 120 guests from the bench and bar attended OCWLA’s third annual membership mixer June 25 at the The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast.

Lynee Bassis, Colleen McCarthy and Betty Fracisco enjoy the OCWLA Member Mixer.

OCWLA president Michelle Philo and executive director Amelia Montgomery get ready to welcome guests to the third annual membership mixer.

OCWLA members celebrate International Women’s Day with a luncheon and roses March 8.

Past presidents and current leaders of OCWLA don festive hats for a Past Presidents’ Tea April 1.

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OCWLA members Danielle Guerrero, Lauren McKay, Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Lucia Valenzuela and Megan Namura


CWL Affiliate News WLAC HONORS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Women Lawyers of Alameda County hosted its annual Spring Reception May 9. Local lawyers, law students, and judges gathered near Lake Merritt in Oakland for great conversations and to honor this year’s stellar recipients of the Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend: Christina Ann Alvernaz, Melissa B. Herrera, Michelle Caylee Human, and Justine Joya. WLAC congratulates the accomplished scholarship recipients.

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Scholarship winner Christina Ann Alvernaz and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jenna Whitman

Scholarship winner Justine Joya and Hon. Jenna Whitman

Lynee Bassis, Colleen McCarthy and Betty Fracisco enjoya Scholarship winner Michelle Caylee Human and Hon. Jenna Whitman the OCWLA Member Mixer.

Scholarship winner Melissa B. Herrera and Hon. Jenna Whitman

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2019 CWL Signature Events September 12 In-House Counsel Puzzle Program Session 2 “How Much Time Off Do I Get? A Discussion of Recent Developments in Leave Laws & Best Practices to Manage Leaves of Absence in the Workplace” Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View September 19 CWL Annual Conference Reception featuring the presentation of the Judith Solely Lawyer as Citizen Award to Eileen Decker Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 500 J St., Sacramento September 20 CWL Annual Conference and Annual Dinner featuring the presentation of the Rose Bird Memorial Award to California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. CWL is merging its annual spring conference with its annual dinner this year, with a full day of educational programs and speakers, capped by an evening of inspiration and celebration at the annual dinner. The CWL Foundation Silent Auction, held during the reception preceding the dinner, features vacation packages, handmade jewelry, and other terrific auction items, with proceedings helping fund the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship. Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 500 J St., Sacramento November – TBA In-House Counsel Puzzle Program Retreat CWL’s In-House Counsel Puzzle Program culmination, this retreat is invitation-only. Location TBA

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Affiliate Events BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES For upcoming events, visit: http://www.blackwomenlawyersla.org

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION – WOMEN’S SECTION

Holiday Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 11, 12-1:30 p.m. Westin San Diego, Emerald Plaza 400 West Broadway, San Diego For info: www.lawyersclubsandiego.com

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Women’s Power Lunch Tuesday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Urban Plates 60 Crescent Drive B, Pleasant Hill For info: www.cccba.org/attorney/sections/women.php

The Conversation Series Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Private Residence San Rafael For info: http://mcwlawyers.org

Women’s Section Annual Dinner Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Scott’s Seafood Restaurant – Garden 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek For info: www.cccba.org/attorney/sections/women.php

Women Referring Women Thursday, Sept. 26, 5-7:30 p.m. Le Marche 3075 Sacramento St., San Francisco For info: http://mcwlawyers.org

Women’s Power Lunch Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Urban Plates 60 Crescent Drive B, Pleasant Hill For info: www.cccba.org/attorney/sections/women.php

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FRESNO COUNTY WOMEN LAWYERS Wine Tasting Benefiting the Marjaree Mason Center Friday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m. Total Wine 7925 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno For info: www.fcwl.org Monthly MCLE Luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 25, 12-1 p.m. The Palms 7550 N. Palm Ave., #101, Fresno For info: www.fcwl.org

LAWYERS CLUB OF SAN DIEGO Diverse Women’s Committee Luncheon “Getting a Seat at the Table: Women of Color as Elected Officials” Thursday, Sept. 19, 12-1:15 p.m. Westin San Diego, Emerald Plaza 400 West Broadway, San Diego For info: www.lawyersclubsandiego.com Leadership Development Committee Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 17, 12-1:15 p.m. Westin San Diego, Emerald Plaza 400 West Broadway, San Diego For info: www.lawyersclubsandiego.com Fall Judicial Reception Thursday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m. Location TBA For info: www.lawyersclubsandiego.com

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Women Judges Reception Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Chapter One Local 227 N Broadway, Santa Ana For info: www.ocwla.org/events OCWLA’s Monthly Book Club Meeting Monday, Sept. 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Mimi’s Café 17231 E. 17th St, Tustin No-host dinner and beverages For info: www.ocwla.org/events 44th OCWLA Gala Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:30-9 p.m. The Resort at Pelican Hill 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast For info: www.ocwla.org/events OCWLA’s Monthly Book Club Meeting Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Mimi’s Café 17231 E. 17th St, Tustin No-host dinner and beverages For info: www.ocwla.org/events OCWLA’s Monthly Book Club Meeting Monday, Nov. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Recursion, by Blake Crouch Mimi’s Café 17231 E. 17th St, Tustin No-host dinner and beverages For info: www.ocwla.org/events


OCWLA’s Monthly Book Club Meeting Holiday Party and Book Exchange Monday, Dec. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mimi’s Café 17231 E. 17th St, Tustin No-host dinner and beverages For info: www.ocwla.org/events

QUEEN’S BENCH BAR ASSOCIATION Annual Judge’s Dinner Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:30-8 p.m. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Franciscan Room 450 Powell St., San Francisco For info: https://queensbench.org The Conversation Series Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Private Residence San Rafael For info: http://queensbench.org Queen’s Bench Annual Members’ Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Veen Firm 20 Haight Street, San Francisco For info: http://queensbench.org

SAN MATEO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION WOMEN LAWYERS’ SECTION Women Lawyers’ Section Power Hour Friday, Sept. 6, 12-1 p.m. Aaron Riechert Carpol & Riffle 333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 350, Redwood City For info: www.smcba.org/for-legal-professionals/sections/women-lawyers Women Lawyers’ Section generally meets the 1st Monday of every other month. For info: www.smcba.org/for-legal-professionals/sections/women-lawyers

SANTA BARBARA WOMEN LAWYERS 2019 MCLE Series “Addiction: A Significant Problem in the Legal Community” Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Santa Barbara Colleges of Law 20 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara For info: https://sbwl.org/ SBWL Foundation Onward & Upward Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Carr Winery 414 N Salsipuedes S., Santa Barbara For info: https://sbwl.org/ SBWL Annual Dinner Monday, Dec. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location TBA For info: https://sbwl.org/

SANTA CLARA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION WOMEN LAWYERS’ SECTION 2019 Mary Jo Levinger Reception Honoring Santa Clara County Women Judges Thursday, Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. Santa Clara County Law Library (Rose Garden) 360 North First Street, San Jose For info: https://sccba.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails. aspx?id=1263847&group= Women Lawyers Section & Barristers’ Mixer Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. JAMS 160 W. Santa Clara Street, Suite 1600, San Jose For info: https://sccba.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails. aspx?id=1277386&group=

TRUCKEE-TAHOE WOMEN LAWYERS For upcoming events, visit: www.facebook.com/ groups/1591942794436357

WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES Centennial Celebration, Installation & Awards Dinner Saturday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. InterContinental Hotel 900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles For info: www.wlala.org WLALA Fall Golf League Saturday, Sept. 28; Saturday, Oct. 12 Saturday, Nov. 9; Saturday, Dec. 7 Golf Clinic 9:30 a.m.; First Tee Time 11 a.m.; Contest Prizes & Appetizers 1 p.m. The Lakes at El Segundo 400 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo For info: www.wlala.org

WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY Criminal Law 101: Answers to Common Questions for the NonCriminal Attorney Wednesday, Sept. 4, 12-1:15 p.m. The Kinney Hotel 1800 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo For info: www.wlaslo.org

WOMEN LAWYERS OF ALAMEDA COUNTY Happy Hour Networking Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m. Oeste Bar & Café 722 Clay Street, Oakland For info: https://wlaconline.org Annual Judges’ Dinner Keynote Speaker – Justice Carol Corrigan Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. Scott’s Seafood Bar & Grill Jack London Square, 2 Broadway, Oakland For info: https://wlaconline.org

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WOMEN LAWYERS OF LONG BEACH Implicit Bias CLE Monday, Sept. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Domenico’s Italian Restaurant 5339 E. 2nd St., Long Beach For info: www.facebook.com/Women-Lawyers-of-LongBeach-129124399011/

WOMEN LAWYERS OF SACRAMENTO 2019 WLS ArtFest Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-8:30 p.m. Beatnik Studios 723 S St., Sacramento For info: https://womenlawyers-sacramento.org Brown Bag Lunch Series How to Attend a Conference Like a Boss Monday, Sept. 9, 12-1 p.m. Porter Scott 350 University Ave., Suite 100, Sacramento and Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12-1 p.m. Somach Simmons & Dunn 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1000, Sacramento For info: https://womenlawyers-sacramento.org Monthly Luncheon A Discussion with U.S. Attorney McGregor “Greg” Scott Thursday, Sept. 26, 12-1:15 p.m. Lucca Restaurant & Bar 1615 J Street, Sacramento For info: https://womenlawyers-sacramento.org Monthly Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 24, 12-1:15 p.m. Lucca Restaurant & Bar 1615 J Street, Sacramento For info: https://womenlawyers-sacramento.org 2019 Unity Bar Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Elks Tower 921 11th St., Sacramento For info: https://womenlawyers-sacramento.org

WOMEN LAWYERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Expand Your Practice by Limiting It: Unbundled Legal Services for Civil & Family Practice Friday, Sept. 13, 12-1:15 p.m. Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration 800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura For info: www.wlvc.org 13th Annual Scholarship Dinner & Silent Auction Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. Ventura County Art Museum 100 East Main St., Ventura For info: www.wlvc.org

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CWL Membership Comes with Benefits When you join or renew your membership with CWL, you support the mission of advancing women in the legal profession and society – but you also get some practical benefits. CWL has partnered with Continuing Education of the Bar, publisher of hundreds of practice guides, digital resources, and CLE programs – CWL members receive a 10 percent discount on CEB’s “OnLaw Titles” and “Essential Forms Judicial Council Forms.” You must be a member to access the discount code. In addition to this great discount, CWL and CEB will be partnering to provide MCLE webinars on topics relevant to CWL members. These webinars will be available at discounted or no cost to CWL members only. Keep an eye out for updates on scheduled webinars on CWL’s Member Benefits page. CWL members also benefit from our statewide Listserv, which allows professionals from around the state to network and exchange ideas, make referrals, discuss best practices, survey peers on various issues, or get information for appearances, depositions or trial in different locations. CWL will also share job openings and pertinent information it receives with its membership through this Listserv. To share a message with CWL members statewide, just email members@cwl.org. Just remember to use common sense, and abide by the Listserv policy, found online here. The policy prohibits chain letters; violations of copyright; other illegal acts; offensive, abusive, threatening or obscene language or graphics; content that is sexually explicit or could be construed as discriminatory based on race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious or political beliefs; advertising; and promotion of commercial ventures, religious beliefs, or political causes. All CWL members, except members of the judiciary, have been opted in to the Listserv. The default setting is that each member will receive a daily digest of emails sent. If you are an active member and are not receiving the digest and want to, please let us know! Contact info@cwl.org.

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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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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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