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WLALA Board of Governors
Angela S. Haskins
Tanya L. Forsheit
First Vice-President
Ruth D. Kahn
Second Vice-President
Susan C. Alker
Anne C. Tremblay
Jennifer S. Romano
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
Helen B. Kim
Executive Offices
Executive Administrator
Kay Burt
Administrative Assistant
Lindsay Audette
Jan Frankel Schau
Business Law
Zoila Davis
Kelly Kriebs
Criminal Justice
Patricia Donahue
Nina Marino
Family Law
Maria Hamar
Amy Brantly
Jennifer Leland
Alison Plessman
Young Lawyers
Sarah de Diego
Kelly Hanker
Amicus Briefs
Diana Diskin
Jill Piano, Esq.
Annual Giving Campaign
Susan Steinhauser
Appointive Office
Wendy Wen Yun Chang
Awards & Recognitions
Barbara Reeves Neal
Jennifer L. Webber
Business Development
Linda O. Hatcher
Courtney Powers
Career Development & Life Balance
Stacy Horth-Neubert
Career Mentoring
Jessica Pink
Jeanne “Gigi” Wanlass
Conference of Delegates
Shaun Dabby Jacobs
Domestic Violence Project
Melanie Henry
Elena S. Min
Financial Development
Palanda Brownlow
Allegra Perez
Heather Stern
History Project
Eileen Decker
In-House Counsel
Stacy Bratcher
Jail Project
Trudi Schindler
Law Student Mentoring
Kimberly Encinas
Lorraine Sarles
Michelle Michaels
Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights
Kiran Singh
Public Interest Grant
Patricia Daza
Cathy Ostiller
Carmela Pagay
Solo & Small Firm
R.J. Molligan
Holly Roark
Benazeer “Benny” Roshan
Member at Large
Hon. Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.)
Holly J. Fujie
Hon. Karla Kerlin
Kimberly Arnal
Anne Tremblay
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Michelle Williams Court
Sandra Klein
Food From the Bar
Kathleen McDowell
Harriet Buhai
Katherine M. Forster
Judicial/Federal Court
Hon. Jacqueline H. Nguyen
Judicial/State Court
Hon. Beverly O’Connell
Luci-Ellen Chun
Power Lunch Program
Nicole Bershon
Student Liaisons
Amy Asher- Pepperdine
Ashlee Hall- Southwestern
Elisa Herrmann - Loyola
Cecilia Rubalcava - UCLA
Christina Paquette - USC
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lawyers and
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VOLUME 16, NO. 10 JUNE 2011
WLALApalooza 2011 Fundraising Festivity
by Palanda Brownlow
WLALApalooza, WLALA’s annual summer fundraiser, is right around the corner. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011, members of the Los Angeles legal and business communities will be treated to a wonderful evening of music, food, and a silent auction at the historic Gilmore Adobe, one of California’s oldest adobes, adjacent to the Farmers Market.
Guests will enjoy tasty treats from Casablanca Mexican Restaurant while being entertained by the smooth jazz sounds of Jazz Three-O, a delightful jazz trio based here in Los Angeles. In between bidding on any of the exceptional items offered during the silent auction, patrons will also have the opportunity to indulge in delicious desserts from Tortuga Bay.
As always, the event supports an honorable cause – supporting the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession and improving the status of women in our society. Proceeds will be used for projects such as: (1) the Domestic Violence Project, in which volunteer lawyers provide legal services at the Sojourn legal clinic for battered women; (2) the WLALA Foundation’s scholarships and public action grants, both of which provide financial assistance to law students; (3) the Harriet Buhai Family Law Center, which assists low income individuals with family law matters; and (4) the Downtown Women’s Center, which provides support and meals to homeless women residing at the shelter.
It’s an event that you won’t want to miss!
For more information about WLALApalooza, please contact WLALA at (213) 892-8982 or e-mail Parking is available at The Grove.        
To register for or sponsor WLALApalooza, please go to
Polish Your Professional Image at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon
Don't have a professional head shot for your firm/corporate website or social networking site? Or is your head shot just out of date? If you’re in the need for a professional high quality head shot, then join WLALA on Wednesday, June 28th at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon, 8457 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a night of pampering* followed by a photo session done by professional photographer Adam Sheridan Taylor ( **. Professional head shots can cost between $150 to $1,000, so don't miss out on this great deal and networking opportunity! Only 30 spaces are available on a first come-first served basis, so please register early.*** The cost is $75 for WLALA Members and $110 for Non-Members. There will be drinks, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet.
* Services include complimentary smooth outs, polish changes or makeup touchups. Guests receives a choice of one service.
** The photograph that the participant chooses will be e-mailed to her/him and can be used for any purposes thereafter.
*** Payment is due upon space registration and refunds will only be issued if cancellation is received before June 23, 2011.
To register for Polish Your Image, please CLICK HERE.
To add this event to your Outlook Calendar, please CLICK HERE.
President’s Message
by Angela S. Haskins
I have been struggling with this message as I have for the last nine. I keep reminding myself that there are only two left after this one and that I should not worry so much about it as people generally breeze through this and then move on to the rest of the newsletter.  However, somehow that does not relieve the pressure or make the process any easier when it is all said and done.  The fact is that I should be bragging - I mean seriously, the first nine months of my presidency have been awesome!  Installation showed record attendance and financial numbers, my spectacular board of governors has managed to present dozens of programs and events that have been ridiculously well attended and managed.  And while we lost our lovely and talented Administrative Assistant, Shannon Finley, to better opportunities and pay, we gained Lindsay Audette and a new chapter of WLALA begins.  Before I know it I am going to be on stage at the 2011 Installation Dinner saying my farewells.
The recap of last month is truly amazing. The revival of the Doctor/Lawyer Dinner exceeded every expectation.  The room was packed, the subject of Medical Legal Partnerships was state of the art and the talent and hard work of Linda O. Hatcher and Courtney Powers was evident.  With articles running in the LADJ and Southern California Physician Magazine it was obvious that this was a topic that needed further exploration.
The Women in Criminal Justice Program came next at the Los Angeles Police Academy with the top ranking females in all of the bureaus, including the LAPD, FBI, District Attorney and City Attorney.  Add super awesome criminal defense lawyer Shawn Chapman Holly and Professor Laurie Levenson to the mix and you can see why it was an evening to remember. 
Later in the month we offered lawyers some advice on marketing and client development and droves of you attended and learned tips and tactics to increase your marketability.  Thanks to Susan Alker and Reed Smith for procuring the speaker and hosting this incredible event.
On March 25, 2011, I had the honor of saying a few words at the unveiling of the new names on the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center's Wall of Fame.  Included was WLALA's very own Hon. Florence Marie Cooper as well as Hon. Paul Boland, beloved husband of Hon. Margaret Morrow.  It was a beautiful event and the wall serves to remind us all of how important it is to be the best lawyers and people we can be. 
Finally, May brought two amazing pieces of news about WLALA’s Power Lunch Program with the Los Angeles Superior Court.  First, we were advised by Hon. Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.) that we were among the first of the grants provided by the newly formed Judicate West Foundation.  Not only do they have excellent ADR professionals, they have good taste in civic and community activities.  Thanks to the Judicate West Foundation, an additional $2,500 has become available to continue this wonderful program where high school students and LAPD Cadets are introduced to the Court system in a positive way by being allowed to talk and lunch with lawyers and judges while learning important information about available careers in the legal system.  Clearly, I think this program is incredible.  On May 26, 2011, I was notified that the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) selected as one of the recipients of their 2011 Public Service Award (PSA) the Power Lunch Program.  The NCWBA Women’s Bar Leader Summit, “Strength Across Borders” is scheduled in Toronto on Friday, August 5, 2011 where the awards will be presented.  Thanks so much to Nicole Bershon, Hon. Beverly Reid O’Connell and all the wonderful people who envisioned, implemented and continue to bring Power Lunch to Los Angeles’ youth.
Next month is insane!  We have WLALApalooza, our excellent summer fundraiser, on June 23, 2011 at the historic Gilmore Adobe and we have amazing entertainment and fabulous silent auction items.  Heather Stern, Allegra Perez and Palanda Brownlow have been hard at work on this event for nine months.  You cannot miss this evening - it is the only place to be (especially since this is the first year in forever that we will not be competing with the NBA play-offs.  Sorry Laker fans!).
Of course, we have our usual monthly committee meetings and happy hours for your mixing and mingling pleasure.  In addition, on June 28, 2011, we have a special event unlike any prior WLALA event.  Polish Your Image, arranged by Jill Piano, will feature a mini-makeover at Frederic Fekkai salon on Melrose followed by a professional photography session by Adam Sheridan Taylor ( with the end result being an e-mailed photo that you can use on your social networking sites (like the Facebook and the Twitter), professional web site and for speaking engagements.  This event is limited to the first 30 who sign up so do not delay in reserving your space. 
I cannot believe that I am actually getting melancholy already because the year is almost through.  It is not as if I have any doubt in the quality of the candidates for the 2011 - 2012 Executive Committee.  I am especially looking forward to Tanya Forsheit's Presidency.  It is just that I have anticipated being President of WLALA for so long that I want it to last.  Selfish of me I know, but I really am enjoying this more than I can describe.  The good news is that we have a big party coming up this month and I will be able to celebrate with you all - see you at WLALApalooza!
Food from the Bar is Another Huge Success!
The third annual Food from the Bar Campaign was another huge success! Food from the Bar is a four-week campaign to raise funds, donated food, and volunteer at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbanks. This year marks the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank 38th year of service to the residents of Los Angeles County. The Food Bank provides food for nearly 900 member agency sites including abused and abandoned children homes, battered women shelters, senior centers, local food pantries, soup kitchens, AIDS hospices and more. In 2010, our volunteers, financial supporters, product donors and agency network made it possible for us to distribute 62 million pounds of food for the hungry in Los Angeles County. In Mid-May, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank counted over $200,000 in monetary contributions from the Food from the Bar Campaign, but donations were still rolling in.   
WLALA would like to thank all the WLALA members who volunteered and contributed to the campaign on behalf of WLALA. Because of you, WLALA was able to put on a successful volunteer day at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank and the Westside Foodbank and raised $1,399.54, which will provide enough food for 5,598 meals. 
And remember, you don’t need to be a part of the Food from the Bar Campaign to help the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, just go to to see how you can help any time of the year!
Submit Your Vote for the 2011-2012 WLALA Officers
Voting for the 2011-2012 WLALA Officers will take place this month. To vote, please go to, print a copy of the ballot, vote, and mail it to the WLALA Office. Voting will also take place at WLALApalooza on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Ballots must be received by Thursday, June, 30, 2011. 
Your vote is important, please make sure to vote!
For questions, please email the WLALA Office at
Congratulations to the Business Development Committee for Putting on a Successful Doctor Lawyer Dinner!
The Doctor Lawyer Dinner took place on May 12, 2011 at the Olympic Collection. In attendance (from left to right) were WLALA Business Development Co-Chair Linda O. Hatcher, WLALA President Angela S. Haskins, and WLALA Business Development Co-Chair Courtney A. Powers.
A special thank you to Executive Presentations, Inc. for their photography of the Doctor Lawyer Dinner. 
The Daily Journal’s Top 100 Women Litigators
WLALA salutes the following members who have been named Top 100 Women Litigators in 2011 by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal:
Meryl K. Chae
Robyn C. Crowther
Bonnie E. Eskenazi
Ruth E. Fisher
Lisa Gilford
Patricia Glaser
Ursula H. Hyman
Ruth D. Kahn
Donna M. Melby
Stacy D. Phillips
Belynda Reck
Kelli Sager
Amy Fisch Solomon
Mary Christine Sungaila 
WLALA to Receive the 2011 National Conference of Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) Public Service Award
WLALA is pleased to announce that it will be the 2011 NCWBA Public Service Award recipient for its efforts with the Power Lunch Program. WLALA and the Los Angeles Superior Court coordinate the Power Lunch Program, through which approximately 400 students from various schools have come to courthouses throughout Los Angeles County to have lunch with justice system professionals including judges, lawyers and members of law enforcement to hear presentations about the Constitution and the legal system. Following the presentations, the students break out into smaller groups to allow for personal interactions with the participating judges and lawyers. The Power Lunch concludes with an interactive game of “Judicial Jeopardy.” 
The mission of the Power Lunch Program is to provide members of under-served communities with information about, and positive access to, the justice system. By providing the students with role-models and a pleasant experience with the legal system, the Power Lunch Program hopes to empower, inspire, and cultivate a diverse new wave of future members of the legal system.
Each year NCWBA chooses great projects of member organizations and awards them with the Public Service Award as a way of thanking the associations involved for their work and as a way of showcasing ideas which might be suitable for adoption by other groups. The very first NCWBA Public Service Award was presented to the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles by US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on July 8, 1985 as part of a “Women in Law” reception at the Supreme Court. WLALA was also honored with the 2009 NCWBA Award for its efforts with the Joint Task Force on Retaining and Promoting Women Lawyers.
WLALA will be presented with the award at the 2011 Women’s Bar Leader Summit, Strength Across Borders on Friday, August 5th at the Law Society of Upper Canada in Toronto in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.   For more information, please go to
California Women Lawyers 37th Annual Dinner
Thursday, September 15, 2011
6:00 p.m. No-Host Reception & Silent Auction; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Keynote Speaker
Chief Justice of California
Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Come help us celebrate California’s female majority Supreme Court. The
achievements of other notable female judges and lawyers, and the swearing in of CWL’s officers and board of governors.
For more information or for registration information, please contact Renée Calta at the CWL Executive Office at: or (916) 646-3114.
Member News
WLALA Board Member Palanda Brownlow had her article, A Newbie’s Guide to Striking Out on Your Own, run in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on April 20, 2011. Ms. Brownlow was also quoted in Black Enterprise magazine regarding the stresses of money on marriage. 
WLALA Member Lisa Pierson Weinberger opened a solo practice dedicated to helping moms with their personal employment law needs. Ms. Weinberger’s firm is called Mom, Esq.
New Members
Sarah Brooks, Lourdes DeArmas, Sarah Dreisbach, Elisa Fernandez, Maya Harel, Mona Hathout, Tina Hess, Karen Ho, Gina Hogtanian, Vicky Hsu, Hayley Hughes, Monika Klein, Melissa Kurata, Lisa Kurihara, Vivian Lee, Karyn Lim, Denisse Lopez, Carla Madrigal, Kathleen McCain, Julianna Milberg, Denise Mills, Paula Mitchell, Jamelia Morgan, Amy Pennington, Cristina Perez, Carly Plaskin, Sumithra Rao, Mahyar Roshani, Andrea Schrack, Anita Shapiro, Whitney Snyder, Margherita Underhill, Rosemarie Unite, Lusine Vardanova, Kanita Viranond, Christina Weis
WLALA Calendar of Events
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Local Bar Calendar of Events
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