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WLALA’s 98th Awards & Installation Dinner

We are pleased to announce that WLALA will honor three recipients who truly embody our “Be The Change” theme at this year’s Installation & Awards Dinner which takes place on September 28, 2017 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel.  This is an event you will not want to miss.  We will be honoring Patagonia with the Myra Bradwell Award, Anne Tremblay with the Distinguished Service Award, and Dean Susan Westerberg Prager with the Ernestine Stahlhut Award.  Please joint us in honoring these outstanding and inspiring awardees on September 28th.

The Myra Bradwell Award honors a law firm, corporate or government office or other entity that has been exemplary in promoting and advancing women lawyers and issues important to women.   Patagonia is a most worthy recipient of this award.  The majority of the lawyers in its legal department are women, including its General Counsel Hilary Dessouky.[1]  Patagonia’s senior management team consists of 54% women, including its CEO.  Patagonia’s parent company, Patagonia Works, has eight Directors on its Board, half of which are women.  Patagonia actively works to retain its women and has achieved this goal by, among other things, offering on-site child care centers, four months paid maternity leave for birthing mothers and twelve weeks paid leave for adoptive mothers (plus $10,000 toward the cost of adoption), and three months paid leave to care for family members in need.  Important for many lawyers, Patagonia even pays for the cost of a care-giver to join you and your nursing child when you need to travel for work.  So, it is not surprising that at Patagonia, 100% of mothers have returned to work after having children.  Patagonia also works to improve conditions for workers of their suppliers, they have adopted a Fair Trade Certification to increase the wages of workers and have developed comprehensive standards designed to end human trafficking.  We are delighted to honor Patagonia with this prominent award. 

The Distinguished Service Award honors members of WLALA who have brought honor and esteem to the organization by their commitment to public service.  Anne Tremblay is a longstanding member of WLALA and its Board and served as President of the organization in 2013-2014.  Anne is currently the Director of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development where she works tirelessly to increase community resilience to the influence of gangs and to promote positive youth development.   Prior to that, Anne served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles leading the office’s efforts in gang, firearms and graffiti prosecution.  She was also part of a team that created and administered the gang alternative sentencing program and the gang injunction removal process.   Before that, Anne was a Neighborhood Prosecutor assigned to the LAPD’s Newton Area.  In that position, she worked in partnership with the police, city agencies, and area stakeholders on projects designed to improve the quality of life and increase safety in the community.  Anne has truly been the change that created transformation for challenged communities in a demanding and difficult job and it is our great honor and pleasure to present her with this award.

The Ernestine Stahlhut Award honors a woman who has attained the respect, admiration and affection of the bench and bar by her outstanding character, her dedication to service, and her significant contributions to the cause of justice.  The award recipient is someone who has challenged women in our profession to excel and who has been an encouragement to young women in our society to seek law as a profession.  In 1972, Dean Susan Westerberg Prager joined the UCLA faculty and a decade later, she became the first female law dean in the University of California system and one of only two women serving in that capacity in the entire country.[2]  She served from 1982-1998, the longest tenure of any law dean in UCLA history.  While at UCLA, Dean Prager became the second woman ever elected as President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  In 2008, she was named Executive Director and CEO of the AALS, the nation’s principal representative of America’s law schools and the scholarly society of the law teaching profession.  She has been an outspoken advocate for intellectual and racial diversity throughout her career and has counseled community groups and legislators and testified before congressional subcommittees in the affirmative action debate.  Dean Prager joined Southwestern in 2013 as the law schools’ 11th Dean and CEO and the first woman in the history of the law school to serve in the post.   Described by her colleagues as a “hands-on leader” who is enormously effective while caring and considerate of the feelings of others, it is clear that she is an extraordinary woman.  We are proud to present Dean Prager with this award. 

WLALA’s new incoming President, Amy Brantly, is a mother of three, an accomplished litigator, an entrepreneur, a wife, an advocate for womens’ rights and has a gracious and kind spirit.  To learn about WLALA’s inspirational new incoming President, Amy Brantly, click here for an interview of Amy by Andrea Schoor.


[1] The statistics and information included in this paragraph were provided by Patagonia.

[2] The information in this paragraph was provided by http://www.swlaw.edu/faculty_listing/facultybio/340886.


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