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President's Message

Stacy R. Horth-Neubert
WLALA President 2016-2017

My drought-tolerant backyard is literally exploding with color right now (as these photos attest). All of those dark, cold days of rain we had this winter in Los Angeles made it possible for this Spring to live up to its promise of transformation and renewal. As it is apt to do, Spring has reminded me that sometimes it takes dark days to bring about beautiful change.

This is a message that was driven home for me by a victory achieved just after the start of Spring by my pro bono case team and our public interest co-counsel, the National Immigration Law Center, and the New Orleans Worker's Center. On March 23, 2017, a federal district court judge held that our client was likely to prevail on his claims that a new Louisiana marriage law unconstitutionally discriminated against foreign-born residents. The law was passed in an effort to prevent undocumented immigrants from obtaining marriage licenses in the State. As if that motive weren't dark enough, the law also prohibited certain foreign-born lawful residents and citizens from obtaining marriage licenses. Our client is a naturalized U.S. citizen, but because he was born on a refugee camp in Indonesia, he did not have the documents required by the new law to obtain a marriage license. In issuing a temporary restraining order banning enforcement of the law, the court reaffirmed that the U.S. Constitution protects the fundamental right to marry. Our client is now eagerly preparing formally to marry his fiancé of two years. Spring is a lovely time for weddings

 

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Upcoming Events

  

 

 

February 4th to June 3rd - WLALA Winter/Spring Golf League

 

April 25, 2017 - The Nuts and Bolts of a Career in Criminal Justice

 

April 26, 2017 - WLALA Downtown Mentoring Circle Dinner

 

April 30, 2017 - Bet Tzedek's Superheroes Wear Suits: The Rule of Law in 2017

 

May 13, 2017 - WLALA-SCGA Golf Club: The Navy Golf Course 

 

May 17, 2017 - Closing the Deal: Negotiation Tactics for Young Lawyers

 

May 19, 2017 - CWL's Southern California Judicial Reception Honoring Judge Marguerite Downing

 

May 25, 2017 - Business Development Styles:  Finding One That Work For You

 

May 26, 2017 - Stanley Mosk Courthouse Power Lunch

 

June 29, 2017 - WLALApalooza Silent Auction Fundraiser

 

 July 13, 2017 - WLALA Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights Committee Event, Save the Date!

 

July 30, 2017 - Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl, Save the Date!

 

September 28, 2017 - WLALA Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, Save the Date!

 

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