Jennifer S. Romano
WLALA President 2014-2015
I am honored, excited and a bit nervous to take on the role of President of WLALA at our annual Installation Dinner on September 18. WLALA is one of the oldest women’s bar associations in the United States, and with almost 1200 members, it is the largest women’s bar association in California. Many prominent women attorneys and judges in Los Angeles have been a part of its leadership over the last 95 years. The job of leading this organization is certainly daunting. And so, consistent with my approach to life (as well as to lawyering), I approach this role by first identifying my goal and then turning to how to reach it.
The theme I have selected for my year as President of WLALA is “Invest in Each Other.” We want to encourage, motivate and foster opportunities for our members and the broader community to invest their time, money, energy and political capital in each other, so that we all collectively benefit.
We are an organization whose mission is to promote the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession, maintain the integrity of our legal system, improve the status of women in our society including their exercise of equal rights and reproductive choice, and actively work toward the furtherance of these goals through WLALA's committees, sections and activities. How far we have come in reaching these goals since this organization was founded. Unlike 95 years ago, women now serve in all capacities in the legal profession – managing partners of law firms, General Counsel of the largest companies, Deans of law schools and Supreme Court Justices.