Jennifer S. Romano
WLALA President 2014-2015
As my year as President of WLALA comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the tireless work of many of our members in pursuing WLALA’s mission to promote the full participation of women lawyers and judges, maintain the integrity of our legal system by advocating principles of fairness and equality, and improve the status of women in our society. This is a lofty mission, requiring long term commitment, and we can be proud of what was accomplished by the legal community and WLALA this year.
Last month’s ruling by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges was a huge win for women and families, fairness and equality, and the integrity of our legal system. The Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution’s grant of equal dignity includes the legal right to marry a same sex partner. It is thrilling to see the highest Court in in our country recognize this critical principle of fairness. WLALA played just a small role in this victory – by joining in an amicus brief filed by several other bar associations and nonprofit associations. I am proud that our organization was able to be a part of this victory.
WLALA also has pursued its mission this year by organizing and presenting several substantive programs for lawyers in Los Angeles. Just a few examples include our Litigator’s Forum focused on privacy and data protection, which featured a keynote by Ashlie Beringer of Facebook, and a panel with notable experts in the field including Joanne McNabb from the Office of the California Attorney General. We held a workshop on identifying and managing bullying opposing counsel, and we held training sessions on navigating a path toward partnership and using “grit” to succeed and grow as an attorney. Through our various programs, our members learn about the practice of law and what it takes to fully participate and succeed as an attorney.