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           Los Angeles Law Library Celebrates

By Allegra Perez

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the Los Angeles Law Library held its Roaring 125th Anniversary Bash, complete with a 1920’s-themed costume contest, tours of the library – including the haunted 6th floor and a beautiful antique car parked at the front steps. 

WLALA Life Member, Susan Steinhauser was elegantly dressed in 1920’s attire.  Ms. Steinhauser is a Past President of the Los Angeles Law Library Board of Trustees and a current Board Member.  WLALA’s own Hon. Michelle Williams Court is also a Board of Trustees member of the Los Angeles Law Library.

The legendary Selma Moidel Smith, Life Member and two-term President of WLALA (1947 and 1948), was also in attendance. 

Julie McCormick of the Children's Law Center was present at the event.  Ms. McCormick is a former recipient of the WLALA Foundation’s Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant which is awarded to law students for projects that make governmental and social institutions and agencies more accessible and responsive to members of society whose interests are not otherwise adequately recognized or asserted. 

Past President of WLALA, Angela S. Haskins, and past WLALA Board Member, Allegra Perez, joined in the celebration.  The event was catered by Ms. Perez' husband, Mario Perez, and his restaurant Tortuga Bay. 

The Los Angeles Law Library opened in 1891 and is the second largest public law library in the United States.  It serves as an integral partner with the Los Angeles County Superior Court and other courthouses and administrators throughout the county and state, thereby giving the public and self-represented litigants unique direction on how to address their legal concerns.  Similarly, WLALA’s mission is to promote the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession and to improve the status of women in our society.  Given the strong correlation between the missions of both the Los Angeles Law Library and WLALA, support for the Los Angeles Law Library by WLALA members is vital, and clearly a priority for many of our members.