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Downtown Mentoring Circle Meeting: "Tips from the Bench: What to Do and Not to Do in Court"
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When: 11/05/2018
Where: USDC – Federal Court
United States
Contact: WLALA

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WLALA DTLA Mentoring Committee Presents: "Tips from the Bench: What to Do and Not to Do in Court”


Panel: Judge Dolly Gee, Judge Laura Seigle, Judge Lisa Jaskol
Date: November 5, 2018 
Time: 12:10 – 1:30 p.m.
Place: U.S.D.C., Federal Court, Courtroom 8C, 8th Fl. (Judge Dolly Gee’s Courtroom)
Coverage:  Learn from our distinguished panel on what to do and not to do in Federal Court (Judge Gee), Family Court (Judge Seigle), and Juvenile Court (Judge Lisa Jaskol).  (As an added bonus, you will also learn dos and don’ts in appellate court from Judge Seigle and Judge Jaskol, who have served as pro tem judges for the Second District Court of Appeal.)


Seats are limited, so please 

RSVP: to Susan Yu by emailing and copy to by Friday, November 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Some housekeeping matters: (1) this is a WLALA event, so please make sure you are a member of WLALA; (2) if you are not yet a member, please sign up online at; and (3) this mentoring event is for attorneys, not law students. If you are a law student and would like to attend this event, please contact me.

Judge Dolly M. Gee (U.S.D.C., Central District of California)

Judge Gee is a United States District Court Judge in the Central District of California.  She graduated from UCLA (summa cum laudePhi Beta Kappa) in 1981 and received her law degree from UCLA in 1984.  Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for two years for Hon. Milton L. Schwartz, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.  From 1986-2009, Judge Gee practiced law at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP, where she specialized in union-side labor and employment law.  During that time, she also arbitrated disputes for the Kaiser Permanente Independent Arbitration System and served as an independent court-appointed union election monitor.  In 1994, President Clinton appointed her to serve on the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) in order to mediate and arbitrate disputes between federal agencies and federal sector labor unions.  In 1999, President Clinton nominated her to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, but her nomination was not confirmed prior to the end of President Clinton’s term in office.  On August 7, 2009, President Obama nominated her to the District Court once again and the Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination on December 24, 2009.  Judge Gee is the first Chinese American woman to serve as an Article III Federal Judge. 

Judge Gee has participated as one of the four bench officers in the Central District of California’s Conviction and Sentence Alternatives program (“CASA”) since its inception in June 2012.  Through the CASA program, over 200 criminal defendants to date have received intensive supervision, including drug abuse treatment and/or mental health treatment, in lieu of incarceration.  She also helped initiate the Court’s Loan Modification Mediation program through which many litigants have avoided home foreclosure.  From 2011-2014, she was the Chair of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, which oversees the volunteer mediator panel.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Court’s Space Assignment Committee and Pro Bono Committee.  She also has served on the Central District’s Executive Committee, Court Services Committee, and Ad Hoc Committee on the Los Angeles Courthouse Construction.  From 2011-2017, she also was a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Space and Security Committee.

Judge Laura A. Seigle (Los Angeles County Superior Court)

Judge Seigle was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2015.  She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and her law degree from Yale Law School.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She joined the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP in 1994 as an associate and became a partner in 2000.  Judge Seigle received many awards and recognitions, including: the National Law Journal's 75 "Outstanding Women Lawyers" in the country; the Century City Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year; Law360’s top 20 "Most Influential Women in IP Law”; the Daily Journal’s “Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators”;  the Recorder’s "Top 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law; and the Daily Journal’s "Top 100 Women Lawyers."  Judge Seigle currently hears family law cases at the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown, Los Angeles and has served as a pro temjudge for the Second District Court of Appeal.  

Judge Seigle was President of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation and served on the LACBA Counsel for Justice’s Executive Committee.  She currently serves on many boards, including: the Agora Foundation (which offers great books seminars and educates teachers in the seminar method); WLALA and WLALA Foundation; the Antaeus Theatre Company (a classical theater ensemble). She is an active member of the LA Chancery Club and the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee.  

Judge Lisa R. Jaskol (Los Angeles County Superior Court)

Judge Jaskol was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in June 2016.  She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, and her law degree from Yale Law School.  She clerked for the Hon. Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1988 to 1989) after graduating from law school and worked as an associate at Irell & Manella LLP (1989-1991).  She then joined Horvitz & Levy in 1991 and became a partner in 1999.  In 2001, she took a leave of absence from Horvitz & Levy to work as the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project (2001-2004).  She returned to Horvitz & Levy (2004-2007), and then went back to Public Counsel to serve as the first Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Appellate Law Program (2007 to 2016).  Judge Jaskol currently hears juvenile dependency cases at the Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park and has served as a pro temjudge for the Second District Court of Appeal.  

Judge Jaskol is a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice and an advisory member of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and she previously served on the Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee.  She is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (on inactive status).  She was a State Bar certified appellate specialist from 2000 to 2016 and she chaired LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section from 2011 to 2013.  She also served on the WLALA board for several years.  Judge Jaskol is the recipient of LACBA’s Pamela E. Dunn Appellate Justice Award and WLALA’s Distinguished Service Award.