WLALA's 92nd Awards & Installation Dinner on September 21, 2011
by Stacy Horth-Neubert
On September 21, 2011, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles will host its annual awards and installation dinner at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. WLALA member, Board member and officer Tanya L. Forsheit will be sworn in as WLALA President. In addition, the 2011-2012 WLALA Executive Committee and Board of Governors will be sworn into office.
At the dinner, WLALA will present awards to the Honorable Diane Wayne (Ret.), Amgen Inc., and Kathleen McDowell.
Hon. Diane Wayne (Ret.)
This year, WLALA will give the Ernestine Stahlhut Award to the Honorable Diane Wayne (Ret.). WLALA bestows this award on a woman leader who has encouraged women in the legal profession to excel and who exemplifies excellence and dedication to the cause of justice.
Judge Wayne is one of California's most highly regarded neutrals, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee with JAMS. Since she began her ADR career, Judge Wayne has helped to resolve countless disputes. She developed complex litigation expertise during her tenure as Supervising Judge of the Writs and Receivers Department, where she heard such diverse matters as preliminary injunctions, challenges to legislative actions, judicial review of complicated land use decisions and trade secret litigation. She presided over thousands of settlement conferences and trials and helped implement the "Fast Track" system during twenty years of distinguished service on the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Judge Wayne is well respected by her peers and industry leaders alike. Judge Wayne has been recognized as a Top California Neutral by the Daily Journal, one of the 500 Leading Judges in America by Lawdragon Magazine, and as Trial Judge of the Year. She was honored with the prestigious Alfred J. McCourtney Award by the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association in 1987. Judge Wayne is a member of the California Judges Association, the California Women Lawyers Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, as well as the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Women's Foundation.
Judge Wayne has been lauded not only as a fantastic role model, but also as a generous mentor to countless women lawyers. “Judge Wayne has spent much of her personal time mentoring women both in the legal profession and at JAMS. She constantly encourages women to not only focus on their careers, but to pay keen attention to all the things that contribute to a full and complete life. Those include being a great friend, sister, daughter, mother, wife, and mentor. For Judge Wayne, a woman is at her best when she seeks to be the sum of any of the parts she desires without limitation." Gina Miller, Vice President, Southwest Region, JAMS.
WLALA is pleased to recognize Judge Wayne for her many years leading the way for women in the Los Angeles legal community.
WLALA gives its Myra Bradwell Award to Amgen Inc. This award is given each year to an organization that displays excellence in promoting and advancing women lawyers and issues important to women.
Amgen’s commitment to diversity is articulated in its core values and reflected in every part of its organization. Amgen is committed to promoting and maintaining an inclusive, high-performing culture where all team members embrace each others’ talents and backgrounds. Amgen’s ongoing commitment to Diversity & Inclusion efforts include: executive sponsorship of Affinity Groups, Diversity Councils and Women’s Leadership Council; integration of diversity into its sourcing, engagement and talent development practices; tailored leadership development programs, business essential skills workshops and mentoring opportunities for Affinity Group Leaders and members; and equipping leaders with the skills to develop and engage diverse teams across all of Amgen.
Within the Amgen Law Department, 50% of the lawyers are women and 46% of the leaders are women. In Amgen’s Compliance organization, 100% of the positions for which the Compliance department prefers a lawyer are filled by women. 62% of the leaders in the Compliance Department are women and 24% of the leaders are women lawyers.
WLALA is thrilled to present this award to Amgen Inc. for its accomplishments.
This year, WLALA gives its Distinguished Service Award to the extraordinary Kathleen McDowell, a past WLALA President, Lifetime Member, and longtime Board member. Ms. McDowell will be honored for her groundbreaking work in bringing Food from the Bar to the Los Angeles and other legal communities.
Ms. McDowell is a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where her areas of focus include representing defendants in securities, professional liability, and employment litigation. She has extensive experience in representing directors, officers, and corporations in shareholder securities and derivative litigation in both state and federal courts. She has also represented lawyers and law firms in complex civil and regulatory proceedings involving claims of legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, and securities law violations.
Food from the Bar is a four-week campaign held in the spring in which law firms and legal offices engage in friendly competition to raise funds, donate food, and volunteer at local food banks. Ms. McDowell was a driving force in introducing Food from the Bar to Los Angeles, and was recognized for her work in 2010 as the first recipient of the Food from the Bar Chairs' Award. She remains an active member of the Los Angeles Food from the Bar Steering Committee. Ms. McDowell embodies the spirit of the Distinguished Service Award, established in 1990 to honor members of WLALA who have brought honor and esteem to the organization by their commitment to public service.
WLALA thanks Ms. McDowell for her many years of commitment and tremendous dedication to our organization, to Food from the Bar, and to the community at large.
Tanya L. Forsheit
Ms. Forsheit is a Founding Partner of InfoLawGroup LLP and a former partner with Proskauer, where she was Co-Chair of that firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice group. In 2009, she was named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top 100 women litigators in California. Certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Ms. Forsheit works with clients to address legal requirements and best practices for protection of customer and employee information. She advises companies, from multinationals to startups, on all aspects of privacy and data security compliance, contracts, policies and procedures (including complex regulatory schemes such as HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley). Ms. Forsheit negotiates cloud computing arrangements on behalf of enterprise customers, has advised on dozens of data security breaches, and represents organizations in FTC investigations involving privacy and data security. She brings her litigation experience and cloud computing and social media knowledge to bear in counseling clients on thorny issues in data management, information protection, and e-discovery.
Ms. Forsheit is a frequent writer and speaker, having presented at numerous American Bar Association and Practising Law Institute conferences, as well as at the renowned annual RSA information security conference. She is a well-known blogger at www.infolawgroup.com in the privacy and data security space, and has appeared on national and local television news programs, including Fox News and KTTV Channel 11, to address recent developments in this rapidly evolving legal area. Ms. Forsheit is a 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Journal of International Economic Law; she graduated, cum laude, from Duke University in 1994.
Ms. Forsheit was WLALA President-Elect in 2010-2011; WLALA First Vice President in 2009-2010, Second Vice President in 2008-2009, Communications Officer in 2007-2008, and Co-Chair of the Financial Development Committee of the WLALA Board of Governors in 2006-2007. She is married to Reg King, an engineer, and is the mother of an eight year-old son.
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Stacy Horth-Neubert is counsel in Skadden’s Litigation Group and WLALA’s Communications Officer.