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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Mount Saint Mary's University, 2015 Women's Leadership Conference.  Learn practical skills and strategies to be an effective leader personally and profesionally, gain access to successful women leaders who will share leadership insights, participate in lively sessions designed to educate, motivate, and empower you to enhance all aspects of your life.  Mount Saint Mary's University, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.  8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information, please go  Use promo code “WLALA” for $20 off registration!
The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession – September 24, 2015, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Sidley Austin LLP. The U.S. legal profession has devoted a great deal of attention to issues of diversity and inclusion within its membership. What has been missing, however, are the coordination, communication, and cooperation needed to stay abreast of trends and developments and to learn about the many different facets of diversity, including the diversity within diversity. The IILP Review seeks to fill that void. It uniquely gathers data, academic research, personal observations, and analysis of current efforts. The Review reflects IILP’s desire to dig into the facts and to provide a forum for candid discussion. The IILP Review serves as the focal point for nine symposia that we are presenting around the country so that our profession can discuss these issues in person. We hope that you and others from your organization will join us at these symposia and share your thoughts and insights.  Registration and more information at
LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Seminar – Thursday, October 1, 2015.  Domestic Violence Training with guest speakers Paul Kiesel, LACBA President and Stephanie Shadowens, LMFT, Los Angeles Superior Court, Family Court Services.  Register HERE..
Women in Law Empowerment Forum: It Starts at the Top: What Law Firm Leaders Can Do to Impact the Success of Women in Their Firms.  October 07, 2015, O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  Moderator:  Merle J. Vaughn - Senior Lateral Partner Recruiter & Law Firm Diversity Practice Leader, Major, Lindsey & Africa and WILEF West Co-Chair.  Speakers: Bradley J. Butwin - Chair, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Michael C. Kelley - Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Sidley Austin LLP; Brian J. McCarthy - Head of Los Angeles office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Greg M. Nitzkowski - Managing Partner, Paul Hastings LLP.  Having the buy in of law firm leaders is critical to achieving success and yes power in a law firm. Our panelists will discuss different approaches to climbing "the jungle gym" by developing mentoring and sponsoring relationships across gender lines; fostering opportunities for women to build books of business; and being a champion for women to become leaders in their firms and secure their future.  For more information or to register, CLICK HERE

California Women Lawyers presents an  In-House Counsel Network Event on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM. "Whiskey & Bites" Join us for a relaxed evening of drinks, food and laughs, and get whisked away by a refreshing whisky cocktail or a variety of "neat" tastings. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages also available. Martins West Pub , 831 Main Street , Redwood City, CA 94063.  Register HERE.
The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles is pleased to be a co-sponsor of NAWL’s General Counsel Institute (“GCI”) on November 5-6, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Time Square Manhattan in New York City. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. To register, please go to and use the code GCIWLALA2015 to get the discount.  Over the past eleven years, GCI has become the premier event designed specifically for senior women in-house counsel. Last year, an audience of more than 250 attorneys, representing companies in a variety of industries, located throughout the country and the world, enjoyed the proud tradition of GCI’s collegial atmosphere, substantive legal education, practical guidance, and insights from women who have achieved success at the highest levels.  At this unique conference, attendees will take a close look at mastering the expanding role of General Counsel as legal expert, business strategist, and ethical leader.

Straus Institute will be presenting Women's Negotiation Academy:  Creating Skilled and Sophisticated Negotiators: December 3-4, 2015, at its West Los Angeles Campus near LAX.  The Assistant Director, Stephanie Bell, and Denise Madigan will be the co-trainers.  To read what the program will cover, CLICK HERE.  The tuition is $1,295, with early registration discount it would be $1,195.  WLALA members will receive an additional $100 off for registrations by November 1, 2015.  

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