WLALA Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month at An Evening of Fashion, Food & FUNdraising
By Sarah Quist, Outreach Committee
As part of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on October 22, WLALA’s Outreach Committee teamed up with ProVisors to host a benefit for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Counsel for Justice Domestic Violence Project. The event, styled as “An Evening of Fashion, Food & FUNdraising,” was a great success in raising awareness for the cause and funds to support the project. The Counsel for Justice Domestic Violence Project operates out of the downtown Los Angeles Superior Court - Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students work under the supervision of the Domestic Violence Project Directing Attorney and Project Coordinator to work one-on-one with domestic violence victims as they navigate the pro per judicial process to prepare legal documents, such as stay-away orders, move-out orders, and child custody orders. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Domestic Violence Project to register for the next training seminar.
At the October 22 “Evening of Fashion, Food and FUNdraising,” a volunteer for the Domestic Violence Project inspired the approximately 120 attendees in a speech about the impact volunteering at the Domestic Violence Project has had on her – from the gratification of delivering critical services to developing legal skills in family law. Event attendees supported the Domestic Violence Project by shopping for the cause. Celebrity fashion stylist Lisa Kline and BeJeweled transformed the Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills into a pop-up boutique of clothing, jewelry and accessory from local designers. As attendees shopped and bid on silent auction items, they enjoyed appetizers courtesy of Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant and champagne courtesy of Manatt Phillips. Hal Bergman Photography snapped photos in front of the step-and-repeat backdrop donated by WLALA board members and Excelsior Digital Reprographics. Pictured here are WLALA members and board members including Sarah Quist (Outreach Committee Co-Chair), Eve Senuty, Paloma Velez, and Maria Hamar (Family Law Chair).
The WLALA Foundation provides members with a host of opportunities to support the Los Angeles community, including through the Sojourn Domestic Violence Project’s weekly drop-in legal clinic in Santa Monica. The Sojourn legal clinic is staffed entirely by volunteer attorneys who answer legal questions, explain the legal process, inform victims of their rights and make referrals as necessary. In addition, the Sojourn shelter for victims of domestic violence welcomes volunteers and donations. More information about Sojourn and projects supported by the WLALA Foundation are available at www.wlala.org.