President's Message - APRIL
Amy T. Brantly
WLALA President 2017-2018
Happy Spring! Spring is my very favorite season because we get those perfect 75-degree Los Angeles days, green leaves and flowers start blooming and there is an overall sense of renewal. Attorneys tend to suffer from burn-out and need to take time to recharge, reevaluate and renew themselves. I hope that all of you will take some time to refresh and reengage so you can continue to “Be The Change.”
We have seen a tremendous amount of social activism this year. People who have never donated to political campaigns are donating; people who have never attended marches are marching; and people who have never been involved in voter registration efforts, are working to get the vote out. It seems that all around us people are working to bring about the changes that they want to see in the world. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have been particularly impressive.
WLALA offers its members several ways to impact the community this month. If you are interested in mentoring students and increasing diversity in the legal profession, consider attending the April 6th Color of Justice Power Lunch or the April 11th Power Lunch. This is a great way to introduce the legal profession in a positive way to inner city high school students.
If you are interested in defeating gender bias and increasing opportunities for women lawyers, attend our April 18th GOOD Guys (“Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity”) program (and bring the guys!!). This is a nationwide program designed to break the impasse in women’s advancement by engaging people who have been missing from the conversation for too long – the guys!
If you are interested in reproductive rights and civil rights, attend the April 25th Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights program which will focus on Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and examine how to balance free speech and freedom of religion claims against claims of discrimination.
If you are interested in helping hungry children in our community, get involved in Food From The Bar and sign up for one of their volunteer days where you will fill bags full of food that will be distributed to children in the Food Bank’s Backpack Program. To join or for more information, email Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to help victims of domestic violence prepare to present their case in court, you can volunteer at the Sojourn Clinic in Santa Monica on Mondays from 6-7p.m. The legal clinic is staffed entirely by volunteer attorneys.
You can find information on all of these events at wlala.org.
Of course, when we aren’t changing the world, we need to let our hair-down and have a fun night out. Please join us for our annual Night at the Magic Castle, an event that always sells-out and never disappoints. The Magic Castle is a Los Angeles landmark that you do not want to miss.
I wish all of you a wonderful April.