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President's Message

Kimberly R. Arnal
WLALA President 2015-2016

Recently I decided to check in on a friend who also happens to be an attorney.  She has been working late nights and weekends for the past several months.  She routinely leaves the office well after the parking garage is empty only to arrive back at the office shortly after the sun rises.  Not surprisingly the conversation turned to why she works so hard and the importance of feeling valued and connected – personally and professionally.  When you feel appreciated, you work harder and enjoy what you do more.  I think it’s fair to say that everyone needs to feel valued, respected.  Conversely, when you feel unappreciated or devalued, you are angry, emotionally and physically drained.

How we feel – whether or not we feel acknowledged and appreciated – influences our behavior, consumes our energy or energizes us and affects our decisions.  According to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), feeling valued is a key indicator of job performance.[1]  Employees who feel valued are more likely to be engaged in their work and feel satisfied and motivated.  Likewise, career advice articles and books[2] routinely discuss the importance of feeling connected to other people and building work relationships.  These relationships – touchpoints – help bring us perspective.  They are sources of encouragement, ideas, help and support.  They are what makes us feel valued in our profession.


Upcoming Events



December 2, 2015 - USC Gould School of Law's ICC15 Institute for Corporate Counsel: Where Law, Business and Politics Intersect


December 3, 2015 - WLALA Holiday Reception

December 8, 2015 - WLALA Cooking Club at DWC, Save the Date!


December 9, 2015 - WLALA Downtown Mentoring Circle Dinner

December 10, 2015 - WLALA Networking Lunch

December 12, 2015 - WLALA Young Lawyers Section Hike at Runyon Canyon Park


December 12, 2015 - WLALA SCGA Golf Club: Penmar Golf Course


January 14, 2016 - Old Lady Lawyer: Another Kind Of Law School Admission Test, Save the Date!


January 30, 2016 - APAWLA's Technology, Cybersecurity, and Lawyer Ethical Responsibilities

March 9, 2016 - A Night at the Magic Castle

March 24, 2016 - Elder Panel, Save the Date!

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