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Anne Tremblay
President - Elect
Jennifer S. Romano
First Vice President
Kimberly Arnal
Second Vice President
Stacy Horth-Neubert
Amy Brantly
Communications Officer
Heather Stern
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
Ruth D. Kahn
Executive Offices
Executive Administrator
Kay Burt
Administrative Assistant
Lindsay Audette
Christine Page
Business Law
Kelly Kriebs
Criminal Justice
Nina Marino
Rozella Oliver
Family Law
Maria Hamar
Robyn Crowther
 Tamar Terzian
Young Lawyers
Christina Lincoln
Julie Goulet Stromberg
Amicus Briefs
Anne Grignon
Lisa Jaskol
Annual Giving Campaign
Susan Steinhauser
Appointive Office
Julie Gerchik
Jennifer Leland
Awards & Recognitions
Susan DeWitt
Fernanda Schmid
Business Development
Kelly Hanker
Noelle Natoli-Duffy
Career Development & Life Balance
Tanya L. Forsheit
Jessica Kurzban
Career Mentoring
Cathy Ostiller
Jeanne "Gigi” Wanlass
Community Service/Special Events
Jill Piano
Conference of California Bar Associations
Shaun Dabby Jacobs
Mary McKelvey
Domestic Violence Project
Adrienne R. Hahn
Financial Development
Vanessa Adriance
Perlette Jura
Sarah Schuh Quist
Ariella Thal Simonds
History Project
Eileen Decker
In-House Counsel
Jennifer Ishiguro
Law Student Mentoring
Krysta Kauble
Paula Mitchell
Kimberly Encinas
Michelle Michaels
Linda O. Hatcher
Courtney Powers
Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights
Tara Lundstrom
Kiran Singh
Public Interest Grant
Patricia Daza-Luu
Meehan Rasch
Sarah de Diego
Carmela Pagay
Solo & Small Firm
Jan Jensen
Members at Large
Hon. Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.)
Lorna De Bono
Helen B. Kim
Jennifer Altfeld Landau
Susan Formaker
Jessica Kronstadt
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Elissa Barrett
Katherine M. Forster
Food From the Bar
Kathleen McDowell
Harriett Buhai
Susan Alker
Judicial/Federal Court
Hon. Sandra Klein
Judicial/State Court
Hon. Holly J. Fujie
Luci-Ellen Chun
Power Lunch Program
Hon. Nicole C. Bershon

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Student Liaisons
Jennifer Gordon - Pepperdine
Marisa Melero - Southwestern
Tatiana Pavlova-Coleman - UCLA
Katie Riley - UCLA
Ladan Shelechi—Loyola
Paige Smith - USC
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President’s Message
by Anne C. Tremblay

On Facebook this November many of my friends have written clever, poignant, and sometimes humorous daily messages about what they are thankful for in their lives. Midmonth, I was touched by a post from my college roommate who shared how grateful she was to have me as a friend during all the "adventures, triumphs and challenges” of her adult life. My dearest friend publically acknowledging me was unnecessary, but reading those words was a lovely way to begin a busy, challenging week of work and out-of-state travel. 
Whether you post thanks for the benefit of your social media family, share your thanks around the dinner table with your actual family or repeat them as a mantra while stuck in LA traffic, there is a lot to be said for taking time during this holiday season to express your thanks in words and deeds.    
At the top of my gratitude list this year are my WLALA friends and colleagues and when it comes to our Annual Giving Campaign, you – our donors.  As you will read in more detail below, we have officially launched our WLALA Foundation 7th Annual Giving Campaign. Your contribution in any amount will support scholarships and the Fran Kandel Public Interest Grants. As a student who relied on scholarships and grants throughout my undergraduate and legal education, I especially enjoy the chance to pay it forward to the next generation of our profession. I hope you will join me, our Annual Giving Chair Susan Steinhauser and all of our WLALA board members in making a donation that will allow worthy law students to also give thanks – thanks for the financial assistance you have provided for them.     
If you have the time and inclination to do more than write a check (don’t get me wrong, checks are great!), please join your fellow WLALA members in supporting the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC). Volunteer slots have already filled up fast for our December 12th Cooking Club event organized by Past President Katherine Forster, but dessert and drink offerings are still needed.  You may also support DWC by shopping at their social enterprise –Made by DWC. The downtown boutique (and companion online store) is the ideal place to buy a handmade holiday gift for someone special. 
On December 4th, please join WLALA as we honor our life members and the newly appointed members of the Los Angeles judiciary at our annual Holiday Reception. Headlining the evening at the newly renovated and relocated City Club will be the Honorable Emilie H. Elias, Supervising Judge of the Complex Civil Litigation Panel. There is no better way to kick off the holiday party season than by mingling with judges, listening to words of wisdom from Judge Elias and enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Please purchase your tickets today! 
Before I close, I hope you will join me in giving thanks for the life of Professor Myrna Raeder. Her recent loss will be felt not only by her family, friends, colleagues and students but by the whole of the Los Angeles legal community. I was never a student of Professor Raeder’s, but I have read her work and followed her career. Although the monetary award was long since spent on my bar preparation course, I still have the framed certificate signed by Professor Raeder in her capacity as the President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) when I was honored as the NAWL-sponsored Outstanding Woman Law Graduate (or, as the roommate I mentioned above dubbed it, the "best girl lawyer” award) at my law school graduation in 1995. That award was my first, and thankfully not my last, introduction to the inspirational Professor Raeder and to the world of women’s bar associations. Please read the tribute to Professor Raeder included in this month’s newsletter and learn how you may honor her memory. On behalf of WLALA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Professor Raeder’s husband and family. 
United Stated Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.) once said, "We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone…and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” Now is the perfect time to weave some new threads for others while we also appreciate those who have added color to our own tapestry. 
Finally, as you recover from all the turkey, stuffing and perhaps some potato latkes, check out the calendar of our upcoming WLALA events and enjoy this month’s newsletter.
Happy holidays to you and yours!


Contribute to WLALA Foundation's 7th Annual Giving Campaign 

Now that the holiday gift giving season is in full swing, we hope you'll put worthy law students on your Gift List and contribute to the WLALA's Annual Giving Campaign.  Over the past 7 years almost 190 donors have given about $90,000 to worthy students for 22 scholarships and 8 Fran Kandel public interest grants.

Megan Callaway, one of our 2012 scholarship recipients and a Pepperdine student writes:  "This fund was essential in helping me work in the areas of law that need people the most. […] I worked in unpaid internships that have ranged from helping victims of domestic abuse achieve legal status in this country to aiding in the prosecution of domestic violence perpetrators." or calling the WLALA office at (213) 892-8982.  Your gift will have long lasting effect. 

If you remember how challenging it was to be a law student and not only juggle school, work and a personal life but also your finances and tuition, you know just how meaningful financial help was. Your gift will have long lasting effects and it's so easy to give.  You can give in monthly installments or make a one-time lump sum payment.  Named scholarship opportunities are available and include recognition in our Annual Installation materials and at our dinner.  You can give on line, by fax, by credit card or by check.  And you can reap tax benefits; your contribution is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please give today and be as generous as possible by going  to or calling the WLALA office at (213) 892-8982.  Your gift will have long lasting effect. 

With our thanks and warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season to you and yours.

Susan Steinhauser and Reg Levy
WLALA Foundation Annual Giving Committee

Contributions can be made by credit card or check to WLALA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Tax ID 95-3953964).  Please send your contribution to the WLALA Foundation c/o WLALA, 634 S. Spring St., Ste. 617, Los Angeles, CA 90014, attn.: Annual Giving Campaign. Credit card contributions can be made at or faxed to (213) 892-8948 or mailed. For questions, please contact the WLALA Office at (213) 892-8982 or  To view the WLALA Foundation Information Card, please CLICK HERE.


A Little Levity Please!

Editor’s Note: Let’s face it – the practice of law can sometimes be a little stressful.  Even if you’re the type who thrives on stress, it can still be good to crack a smile every now and again.  In this "A Little Levity Please!” series, WLALA will feature stories designed to bring a little humor to your day.  Submissions welcome from all members! 

by Christine Page

Every litigator dreams of the great "Perry Mason” moment when an untruthful witness is destroyed on cross-examination by a delicious piece of impeachment evidence. I’ve had a few memorable moments in my career, but none as good as a southern California attorney who told his story to the Daily Journal many years ago. As I recall, it went like this:
An employee was terminated for allegedly taking a bereavement leave under false pretenses and he filed a grievance under his collective bargaining agreement. The employee claimed he had in fact traveled out of state to attend the funeral of his uncle. As it turns out, the employee had attended his uncle’s funeral but had done so three years earlier. It apparently did not occur to him that the employer would get a copy of the death certificate.
At the grievance hearing, the attorney representing the company elicited detailed testimony from the employee about the trip, including a full description of the open-casket funeral and wake afterwards. Once the employee had fully committed himself under oath, the attorney showed him the three-year old death certificate. The room got very quiet as the employee stared at the certificate. Finally, he looked up and blurted out, "Wow, he sure looked like my uncle!”
Christine Page is Chair of WLALA’s ADR Section and an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator at Page Dispute Resolution.
My Most Memorable and Unusual Deposition
by Karyn Abbott, Certified Court Reporter
I have been a court reporter for twenty-five-plus years, and I have witnessed a plethora of human behavior; some heart-warming, some deplorable and some just plain funny.I took a trip down memory lane when Heather Stern asked me if I would write an article about my most interesting deposition. I have reported many celebrities’ depositions, including Cher, Nick Nolte, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Stone and Lou Rawls, which were all quite exciting,but nothing bizarre transpired. The following is by far the most unusual deposition I’ve ever reported.
I was engaged to report a deposition in Taipai, Taiwan several years ago. My client flew me toTaipai but hired a local experienced Taiwanese interpreter (or so we thought) to translate the testimony. The witness was a wealthy Chinese gentleman confined to a wheelchair and housebound. My client represented one of the man’s sons who was suing his other siblings to prove his father was not competent to manage his own affairs and to become his guardian. I stayed at a lovely hotel and toured the city the first two days I was there. The deposition was scheduled for the third day.
The witness and his wife (the plaintiff’s stepmother) lived two hours outside Taipei. For some reason that was never clear to me we rode a public bus instead of traveling by car to the countryside. The local people transported their chickens, rabbits, ducks and other small livestock in cages via the bus into the city marketplace, and then whatever was not sold was taken back to their farms with them on the bus. As you can imagine, this was not a luxurious coach. A crate of quacking ducks sat on the seat next to me, and my reporting equipment was on the floor. It was very hot and smelly, and our air conditioning was open windows. Finally we arrived at the village and trudged to the house. I was a complete wind blown bedraggled mess and had blisters from the long trek up a dirt road.
Although supposedly this was a very wealthy family, apparently they wanted to hide their affluence. It was one step removed from a shack, although it did have electricity and running water. I was directed to sit on a pink naugahyde sofa (I kid you not.) with several springs sticking out through the vinyl. This was an impossible situation for me, and I finally communicated that I HAD to sit in a chair. A very rickety one was then provided. The witness’s wife offered us a plate of strange, unidentifiable food and some green liquid in a glass. I politely declined.
The Chinese interpreter arrived, and we began the deposition. The interpreter must have lived in the village as he did not ride on the bus with us. It didn’t take long to realize that he was not a certified or even an experienced interpreter as he did not translate in the first person but instead used "he,” which was an absolute nightmare for me, and I had to interrupt many times to clarify the testimony.
The witness was extremely emotional, and the translation was sometimes incoherent. I never figured out if it was because the witness really was incompetent or because the interpreter was the incompetent one.
After about an hour it became so unbearably hot that the son opened several screenless windows and the front door. The air felt wonderful, and I was feeling less faint, but I was still coping with the flies and gnats. Then the "visitors” arrived – a flock of chickens and several large white birds. This seemed to be a normal occurrence as the family didn’t try to shoo them back outside. They even threw some corn on the floor for them to eat. Everyone seemed oblivious to my reporting difficulties. Something startled the white birds, and they became agitated and flew around the room landing on the furniture and squawking. Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Birds” was flitting through my mind.
I was trying very hard to remain professional and calm & collected and just politely interrupting when the cacophony of twittering and squawking fowl became so loud that I couldn’t hear or concentrate on the testimony. But when a large white bird perched on my steno machine and indicated he had no intention of leaving, I decided I had had enough and had to assert myself. I asked for a recess and told my client it was absolutely impossible for me to produce an accurate transcript under these conditions and I was not trained to report in a barn yard. A heated ten-minute discussion in Chinese took place, and miraculously some small children who must have been hiding in another room appeared and shouted and waved their hands and the birds flew away. The deposition was concluded, and everyone smiled and bowed to one another. Then another hike to the bus stop, and I returned to Taipei and my wonderful air-conditioned hotel room.
My client prevailed in the case, and I like to think that my transcript was the contributing factor. But then again I will never know. Whenever I report a difficult deposition now and feel overwhelmed, I remember my Taiwan experience, and all of a sudden everything seems so easy.
Karyn Abbott is a Certified Court Reporter and has owned Karyn Abbott & Associates, a court reporting and legal video firm, for over 25 years. She has been a WLALA member for several years and is an active participant in the WLALA Golf League.
*If you would like to contribute to this series, please contact the WLALA Communications Officer, Heather Stern at


Meet the Board  
Editor’s Note: Every month we will feature a few members of WLALA’s Board of Governors so you can get to know them a little better!
Hon. Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.)
Member at Large

Tell us about your background.
I was a civil litigator for 10 years, a Superior Court Judge for 24 1/2 years, a mediator and arbitrator with Judicate West for 2 years and now have been the Executive Director of the Western Justice Center for 2 years -- which is a full time job, although I still do a few mediations and arbitrations with Judicate West. I also do volunteer work with the Rule of Law Initiative of the American Bar Association, the Office of Global Women's Issues of the State Department and the National Association of Women Judges. I think I will have to go back on the Bench to get some rest!
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I think of myself as the institutional memory of WLALA, as I have been a member since I graduated from law school (in 1974) and on the Board for most years after that (with about a 5 or 6 year hiatus when I was on the California Women Lawyers Board.) I also think of myself as a cheer-leader for WLALA, because it not only does great work, but I have been the beneficiary of friendship, mentoring and support through the years from some really terrific women. I hope that younger lawyers will become involved and get the same things from WLALA that I have gotten over the years.
What are your passions and interests? My passion -- since law school -- has been to improve the justice system. In my early years as a lawyer, that drew me to get involved in bar work. At one point I served as a Judicial Fellow working on projects in the administration of justice for U. S. Chief Justice Warren Burger. My passion for improving the administration of justice also led me to create the "So You Want to be a Judge" programs (still presented by CWL) on the theory that one way to improve the administration of judges is to make sure that a significant portion of the population is not excluded from the bench just because of gender or ethnicity. It has also led me to consult internationally on justice system reform (in over 20 countries) -- and most recently has resulted in my working on women's issues as they are dealt with by legal and political systems around the world. I am also interested in spreading peaceful conflict resolution techniques and programs in schools (through the programs of the Western Justice Center.)
 Tanya L. Forsheit
Career Development and Life Balance

Tell us about your background.
I am a corporate privacy and data security attorney – I handle compliance, transactional, and litigation matters. I spent a dozen years as an associate and then a partner at Proskauer, and then in 2009 I started my own national boutique firm InfoLawGroup LLP (we now have 16 lawyers across the country). I have been an active member of WLALA since 2005 and have been on the Board since 2006; I was President in 2011-2012.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I stay involved in WLALA as a Past President because I think it provides invaluable resources for women looking for fulfillment and sustainability in their professional lives. The network of women is amazing and allows members to get to know lawyers from every corner of the Los Angeles legal community – private practice, in-house, government, public service, and the judiciary. This year, as co-chair of the Career Development and Life Balance committee, I am going back to my roots – encouraging women to hang in there and find other working moms, wives and daughters who have made it work despite considerable obstacles and persistent but subtle bias in the profession.
What are your passions and interests? 1. My kids: Ian, 10 years old, and Talia, 10 months old. 2. My husband. 3. Sting and the Police.
Susan Formaker
California Women Lawyers Liaison
Tell us about your background. I currently serve as Presiding Administrative Law Judge in the General Jurisdiction Division of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in Los Angeles. I became an Administrative Law Judge at OAH in 2008. For almost twenty years before joining OAH, I was an in-house litigator for financial institutions; I was also a litigator in private practice for a few years in the early part of my legal career.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? WLALA is an affiliate of CWL, which is the statewide women's bar association. In my role as CWL Liaison, I seek to ensure that the two organizations support each other's programs and events and work together in promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession and in society. I would like to see more members of both organizations get involved by helping to plan an event or volunteering to work on a committee or project. A little bit of involvement by a lot of people working together can make a real difference!

What are your passions and interests? I am passionate about promoting equality in both professional and personal arenas. I am also very interested in judicial education and have served as a faculty member for the National Judicial College; a particular interest is considering the cognitive processes involved in decision making. Aside from my work and professional activities, I love reading, music, hiking, dancing, going to museums and galleries, and spending time with my family and close friends.  
Katherine M. Forster
Downtown Women's Center Liaison

Tell us about your background.
I am a labor and employment lawyer with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where I defend companies in class action and single-plaintiff litigation and advise clients on labor law compliance. Law is my second career; I used to be a project manager in the aerospace and defense industry. I am a graduate of Princeton University and USC Law School.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I act as a liaison between WLALA and the Downtown Women’s Center, which provides day center services, health services, case management, job skills training, and permanent supportive housing to women on Skid Row. WLALA is a longtime supporter of DWC, and with DWC’s expansion over the last several years, there are more opportunities than ever for WLALA members to get involved and give back. There is so much happening at DWC that there is truly something for every interest.
What are your passions and interests? Besides WLALA, DWC, and other community activities? In my personal life, I enjoy wine collecting – my particular passion is old Champagne, but my collection also includes Bordeaux and California wines, and I am getting more into Italian wines. I love to cook and to eat out at good restaurants, everything from the finest of fine dining to my personal favorite: old-school Cal-Mex cuisine. And I love music – classical was my first love, but these days it’s all about rock and roll (hard rock, classic rock, metal, thrash, blues rock, rockabilly, surf, prog, glam, punk, 60s, 70s, 80s, you name it).
Hon. Holly J. Fujie
Judicial/State Court Liaison

Tell us about your background.
I am a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, currently assigned to Dept. 87 in Mosk, a Family Law assignment. Before my appointment in 2011 I was a partner with Buchalter Nemer, doing complex civil litigation. I have been on the Board for over 20 years and in 2008-2009 I was the first Asian American President of the California State Bar.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? As State Court Judicial liaison, I work to increase communication and involvement with WLALA in the State Court judiciary. WLALA Members can help by reaching out to members of the judiciary to get them involved, or identifying to me those judges whom they think should get involved so I can reach out to them.
What are your passions and interests? My passions are, in no particular order: my family (husband Lee Cotugno and our two kids, Sabrina (23) and Tom (16)), mentoring law students and lawyers, helping families to survive and thrive after separation, divorce and/or domestic violence, increasing the pipeline for women and minorities to the judiciary, women's and minorities' issues in general, travel, reading, and antique jewelry.

Anne Grignon
Amicus Briefs

Tell us about your background. I started out as an admiralty lawyer in Long Beach arresting vessels and determining title to buried treasure! Now I am an appellate attorney at Reed Smith, involved in everything from drafting dispositive trial court motions, to appellate briefs to petitions for review with the California Supreme Court. Lately, I have developed a niche providing appellate consultation for ongoing trials, which consists of immediate review of daily transcripts, assistance in preserving the appellate record and in drafting pocket briefs and dispositive motions as needed.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? My role for WLALA is to review requests for WLALA to file amicus briefs in support of various issues that affect women. When WLALA accepts such requests, my co-chair and I either draft the supporting amicus briefs ourselves or provide advice and support to any other groups filing such a brief. We would love to see more requests for amicus brief support, so if any of our members come across a case affecting important rights for women, they should bring it to the committee’s attention.

What are your passions and interests? My husband and I love to go sailing to Catalina with the love of our life—our terrier mix named Alf (yes he does bear a resemblance to Alf the alien). I also enjoy traveling the world, having just returned from an amazing trip to Italy where I was able to refresh myself on the art history course I took back in the day, and satisfy my love of pasta and pizza! In my free time I like to curl up with a good book (preferably a mystery) in front of the fire.

Communications and Trial Practice Tips for Women Lawyers
Advocating Women Lawyers Golf Club:  WLALA golfers make everyone enjoy the company and the game!
 by Cynthia Cohen
Every activity is a form of communication. Business development takes greater communication skills as you add strategy to your goals. Rainmakers don’t eat alone; they speak at conferences, write articles, solve complex problems, and interact with sports. Women who shy away from golf at firm retreats or conferences can be left out of business opportunities.
There are many myths about golf – primarily, that it is a man’s game. While men in general are physically stronger than women and outdrive them from the tee box, golf courses designate ladies tee boxes further forward to equalize men’s long drives. In a tournament scramble (i.e., team play from the best shot), a woman’s long drive from the ladies tee box can give the team an edge.
Women who learn golf increasingly love the game.   They enjoy being outside, learning new skills, and making connections. It is an antidote for workaholics who value business development. Professionals such as attorneys, accountants, bankers, consultants and forensic experts all benefit from making connections whether you are seeking business or giving business. Impression formation occurs quickly (i.e., first impressions) and over time (i.e., relationships). Golfers develop more trusted business relationships playing golf rounds and sharing stories over drinks at the 19th hole. Corporate counsel learn more in the golf round about whether to hire you and you learn more about whether to hire a consultant or legal vendor than in an interview. Respect for the greens, honesty in keeping track of your score and rooting for others are all part of the game. How you communicate takes many forms.
Last year’s "Developing Business through Golf” seminar, golf clinic and scramble catapulted into the WLALA Golf League with three series (Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall/Winter). Sixty-three women so far played in at least one of the series and 75% of our WLALA Golf League members started as beginners. The holidays are upon us and we celebrate our first WLALA Golf League anniversary on December 7, 2013 at The Lakes. The WLALA Golf League will continue through 2014, plus we have exciting news!
In addition to the WLALA Golf League, there is a green light for starting a Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) club called Advocating Women Lawyers Golf Club to coincide with SCGA’s 2014 membership year (Jan. 1- Dec. 31). SCGA membership benefits include a monthly golf magazine, $15 Roger Dunn gift certificate, ability to post official scores, and special opportunities to play at golf courses throughout Southern California. We will golf nine and 18-hole SCGA courses with other women lawyers and legal related professionals on a regular basis. Other opportunities include a future golf shopping date as well as a two-day golf school and additional golf clinics.
The SCGA encouraged us to do this because of our collaboration with the SCGA Youth on Course Foundation and supporting its Girls Committee. Cynthia Cohen will serve as Advocating Women Lawyers Golf Club’s first president with Ruth Kahn as Vice President, Heather Stern as Secretary and forensic accountant Victoria Wilkerson as Treasurer. Arlene Turinchak, our Handicap Chair, will go through the certification process for our new SCGA club. Arlene is most knowledgeable about golf rules and we are sure she will pass the test!
You do not need to be an Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, or Cristie Kerr to be on the golf course. We have 26 Founding Members of the Advocating Women Lawyers Golf Club and adding more every day. Join now to start the new year as a member of Advocating Women Lawyers Golf Club. You will need the SCGA member form and a $50 check payable to WLALA. I’m happy to discuss any questions about the WLALA SCGA golf club and encourage new golfers to communicate on the range, the course or via my email –
WLALA Member Cynthia Cohen specializes in jury research, trial strategies, and settlement decision-making at Verdict Success. Dr. Cohen can be reached at 310-545-7914 or
How to Create an Effective Value Statement: A Step-by-Step Guide
 by Sharon Berman
Value statements are a frequently overlooked or undervalued aspect of an attorney’s professional marketing arsenal, but the effectiveness of an effective value statement can be priceless. Unlike taglines and slogans, which tend to have more of a promotional bent, value statements elegantly sum up what you do and the distinct value a client will receive from engaging your services.
You want to keep things memorable and to the point when crafting a value statement to represent what you bring to the table as an attorney. You want your value statement to tell your prospective client or referral source exactly what you will deliver – in just a handful of words, rather than two or three paragraphs. Most attorneys can easily describe what they do at great length, but find it much more challenging to article the essential value of their services without losing the interest of their intended audience along the way.
A great value statement will capture the attention of prospective clients, and can go a long way toward differentiating you from other attorneys in your areas of practice. But these value statements require brevity, and many professionals have learned the hard way that the shorter something needs to be, the more challenging it is to develop. Fortunately, there are ways to streamline the process of creating an effective value statement.
Step One: What Do You Do?
Start simple: Figure out how to put what you do into words. Identify the essential value you bring to your clients. How does your practice different from that of other attorneys in your field? Don’t censor yourself or worry about the quality of your writing – refinement comes later. Right now, you just want to get your ideas down on the screen or page in front of you. Ask yourself questions like:
·         What do I do for my clients?
·         How do these services benefit them?
·         What is the essential value my clients glean from my services?
·         What do I do differently from other attorneys?
Remember that the "essential value” you bring to your clients goes deeper than simply the end result. For example, an IT firm keeps a company’s systems running smoothly so that the owner doesn’t have to worry about it, leaving him or her free to focus on other aspects of the business. The real value is that peace of mind, which leads to greater efficiency, which in turn enhances the company’s revenue potential.
What are you truly bringing to the table as a law professional? How do you enhance your clients’ lives?
Step Two: Choosing the Right Words
Once you start to grasp exactly what you bring to clients, you can start working on the statement itself. Write down words that relate to the qualities you have identified as your values. How can you describe your value in terms of action words and phrases, such as generate, create, develop, increase, etc.?
Now you’re ready for the most challenging part of the process: Distilling your thoughts into one potent, concise statement. Ideally, your value statement should be no more than 10 to 12 words. Brainstorming without censoring yourself can be helpful at this juncture. Ask for input from colleagues you trust to get feedback, and work on refining your statement over several days. If you’re truly stuck, consider calling on a marketing firm or professional writer.
Step Three: Putting Your Value Statement to Work
After you’ve arrived at a clear and concise value statement that describes what unique attributes you bring to your practice, you’re ready to put it to work for you! Incorporate your value statement into all of your marketing materials, including proposals, social media and websites, and one-on-one with referrals and prospective clients.
Ultimately, you will find that taking the time to create a value statement that is truly evocative of the work you do will go a long way toward making your voice heard in a competitive legal landscape.
Examples of value statements:
Sobul, Primes & Schenckel, CPAs: Freeing clients to pursue their passions…since 1981.
Merck: To preserve and improve human life
Berbay Corp. Marketing & Public Relations: Creating visibility and credibility that fuel revenue growth.
Sharon Berman is principal of Berbay Corp. Marketing & Public Relations specializing in working with law firms. The website is She can be reached at
Affiliate Re-Certification:
Why Should WLALA Members Join CWL?
WLALA is currently going through the process of re-certifying as an affiliate organization of California Women Lawyers. What does this mean for you, as a member of WLALA? 
To be a voting affiliate and have an Affiliate Governor on CWL's Board of Governors, WLALA needs to have 20% concurrent membership with CWL (or 100 CWL members, whichever is less). Affiliates are absolutely essential, not just to CWL’s strength and growth, but to the strength and growth of a statewide network of women lawyers.  Sacramento and Washington listen to this network.  
California Women Lawyers is the only statewide organization with the mission of advancing women in the legal profession and in society. Since its formation, CWL has exercised a leadership role in promoting the advancement of women and eliminating bias in our profession and throughout society.  In recent years, CWL has organized face-to-face meetings with leaders of women’s bar associations across the state and with the Judicial Appointments Secretaries in administrations across the political spectrum; spear-headed legislation focused on issues vital to women and children; and initiated a statewide mentoring network enabling women lawyers from throughout California to connect with one another and gain insights into career advancement, balancing work and private life, and resolving other challenges of practice in today’s world.  In 2012, CWL launched its In-House Counsel Network so that CWL and women in-house counsel from across the state and from across industries can partner to work on common issues, such as breaking the glass ceiling and promoting women in the law, gender pay equity, and bringing diversity to corporate legal departments and law firms. CWL additionally writes or joins amicus briefs in cases that affect women's rights, at both the state and national level, and it hosts an annual conference to present cutting edge programs specifically directed to the advancement of women in the law.  
CWL’ s statewide legislative work distinguishes it from other women’s bar associations because it provides a cohesive, singular statewide voice supporting legislation that seeks to advance women in the law and society.  CWL's office is located directly across from the State Capitol building in Sacramento, where, for many years, it has had an active and visible presence.  CWL is known and respected, and is often asked its opinion, both by legislators and by the Governor’s staff.  Together, CWL and its affiliates are able to make our voices heard in a way that would be impossible for a single local bar association.  
With the help of its affiliates, CWL will continue its vital and effective work to promote diversity on the bench, through a combination of judicial evaluations, its signature award-winning "So, You Want To Be A Judge?”™ seminars, and communications with the Governor’s Judicial Appointments Secretary and United States Senators. CWL is also continuing to expand its pipeline programs to help girls think about law as a career and women lawyers plan their careers to maximize the possibility of being appointed to the judiciary.
CWL additionally serves as a liaison to national organizations, such as the National Association of Women Judges, and is a member of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations. As a strategic ally with the National Association of Women Lawyers, CWL shares ideas on national and statewide platforms and is currently working on bringing some of NAWL’s programs to California. Through activities with these organizations, CWL is able to have a voice on a national, and sometimes international, level.
Being a member of both WLALA and CWL is not duplicative--the organizations work in a complementary way. WLALA provides tremendous support for women locally, and CWL is an effective advocate for women lawyers (and women generally) throughout the state and nationally.   By being a member of WLALA and CWL, and by facilitating WLALA's status as a CWL affiliate, you can ensure that women's voices are heard--both near and far.
Winter Weekend Recipe 
Editor’s Note—This is a new series for our newsletter, send us the most delicious and nutritious recipes that you love to feed yourself or your family and we will share them!
UnPHOgettable Soup
Submitted by: Patricia Daza-Luu
This recipe comes from my husband’s aunt, an incredible woman, a boat person, and the best Vietnamese cook in the world (in my humble opinion). Last Christmas, she made me this pho, gave me the recipe, and also told me in detail her incredible story of coming to America to escape Communism. This recipe not only reminds me of the holidays, but of how incredibly blessed all of us are to be living, working, and thriving in Los Angeles.
UnPHOgettable Soup (up to 20 servings):

Ingredient List for Broth:
1.Any kind of beef: beef chuck, oxtail, round bottom, brisket suggested. (1 lb)
2.Beef bones - any kind (leg, knuckle, anything with good bit of marrow). (5-6 lbs).
3.Pho Spice Kit (typically comes in a small packet containing the following: coriander seeds, whole cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, fennel). You can buy all these spices separately and put into a large mesh bag/teabag for leaving in broth and later removal.
4.1 Whole White or Brown Onion (substitute: shallots)
5.2 Whole Ginger roots
6.Half Rice Bowl Sugar (almost half cup)
7.Quarter Rice Bowl Salt (almost quarter cup)
8.Quarter Rice Bowl MSG (almost quarter cup)

Ingredients List for Garnish:
1.Pho Noodles – Rice Stick Noodles. Buy from any Vietnamese/Asian market. Buy the fresh kind if possible (Banh Pho Tuoi). Otherwise, buy the dried kind.
2.1 bunch Cilantro
3.2 bunches Green Onion
4.1 bunch Vietnamese/Thai basil 
5.Sliced Lime/lemon
6.Bean Sprouts
8.Ground black pepper
9.Sriracha hot sauce
10.Hoisin Sauce
11.Fish Sauce

Make the Broth:

1.Clean all meat under cold water and put in pot. The rule is to use enough meat to fill about HALF the pot you will use. If big pieces of meat cut in half or thirds before you add it to pot.
2.Peel outer part of one white or brown onion and put it in pot.
3.Cut each ginger root into 3/4 pieces and put in pot.
4.Add Half Rice Bowl Sugar.
5.Add Quarter Rice Bowl Salt.
6.Add Quarter Rice Bowl MSG.
7.Fill pot now with cold water almost to brim (leave one inch) and bring to boil.
8.Skim out scum as starts to boil and after boiling. Don’t worry about wasting water during this process as the broth is not yet sweetened from meat, etc.
9.Once boiling continue to skim out scum and add more cold water. Do this two or three times to get a nice clear broth. 
10.Once you get fairly clear broth, add the spice bags and turn to low – medium low and simmer for 3-5 hours or more. 
11.Take Beef Chuck and bottom out of pot after 1.5 to 2 hours or until just tender. Do not overcook. Let sit and cool. Slice into thin slices to add to pho bowl when ready to serve. Oxtail can be left in the whole time..never take the oxtail out and just serve when creatingthe pho bowl. Brisket takes longer to cook than other meats. 

Prepare the Garnish:
NOTE: Prepare any time while making broth or even a day before.
1.Chop cilantro and put in bowl.
2.Slice all green onion into SLIVERS (for presentation) and put into a bowl.
3.Thinly slice white onion into semicircles and put into bowl.
4.Mix all above ingredient together.

Prepare the Bowl:
1.Boil a pot of water to boil pho noodles.
2.Boil the noodles right when you want to serve for 15-20 seconds using mesh strainer over a pot of boiling water. The rule is to add enough dried pho noodles to fill the bowl you will serve in. Once boiled this will be the right amount of noodle.
3.Add boiled noodle to serving bowl.
4.Add cilantro/onion garnish.
5.Add dash of ground black pepper.
6.Add meat slices/pieces
7.Add dash of fish sauce/nuoc mam
8.Fill Bowl with broth (and oxtail if guest wants it)

Have on table when serve pho:
1.Plates of basil, sliced lime, bean sprouts, sliced jalapenos
2.Bottle of sriracha hot sauce
3.Bottle of hoisin 

Helpful Tips:

-Charring onion and ginger adds flavor. Put the ginger and onion halves on a greased baking sheet and place the sheet under the broiler, about 3 inches below the flame. Char the ginger and onion until they're lightly blackened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn them over halfway through cooking. When they're cool enough to handle, rinse the onion and ginger under cold running water, using a knife to scrape away some of the charred surface. Cut the ginger into 3 pieces and add it and the onion halves to the simmering broth.

-Can use very fine mesh strainer designed just for scum.

-Take out and add more water if salty etc.. Adjust seasonings to your taste by adding more sugar, salt.

-Slice premium cuts of beef and add to bowl right before you add the broth. (new York steak, tenderloin, prime rib, etc). It helps to put meat in freezer for 15 minutes before you slice.


20% by 2020
A Campaign to Increase the Number of Women Serving on America’s Corporate Boards
by Courtney A. Powers
2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase the percentage of women on U.S. corporate boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Currently, only 16.6% of board seats on Fortune 500 corporations are held by women. In California, almost half of the 400 largest public corporations have no women on their boards. The goal of the organization is for corporate boards to reflect the diversity of the shareholders, employees and customers of the company, particularly women. According to 2020 Women on Boards, three women directors per board is the critical mass necessary to represent women’s perspectives and experiences in governance. 

As part of a campaign to raise awareness on this issue, 2020 Women on Boards held a luncheon in Los Angeles on November 12th attended by over 200 women. I attended the event as co-chair of WLALA’s Outreach Committee, a new committee designed in part to develop relationships with other women’s professional organizations. The lunch included a panel discussion by current corporate directors, including Lydia H. Kennard, Director, URS Corp., ProLogis Inc.; Diana Bontá, Director, American States Water Co.; and Leonard Schaeffer, Director, RAND Corp., Amgen (ret. 7/13). 

The panelists encouraged attendees interested in serving on corporate boards to acquire relevant experience early in their careers. Boards generally look for directors to serve ten years and many corporations impose age limits. Serving on the board of a non-profit organization can be a great way to attain experience and make an impact that raises your profile among those searching for corporate directors. Panelists emphasized that while corporations may be interested in board candidates’ particular expertise, all board members need the experience and knowledge to provide broad strategic advice to the corporation. The panelists cautioned, for example, that attorneys may not be marketable based solely on their legal expertise because most corporations already have a general counsel. Attorneys need to demonstrate an ability to provide overall strategy and oversight. Panelists also discussed the importance of financial literacy and the ability to read and understand financial statements. 

In terms of evaluating particular opportunities, the panelists urged candidates to conduct sufficient due diligence before joining a board, such as identifying the insurance coverage provided for directors and officers and any conflicts of interest a candidate may need to navigate. They also emphasized the importance of the board being a "good fit” for the candidate in terms of being able to collaborate and work with other board members as well as the executive leadership of the corporation. 

Panelists encouraged candidates ready for corporate directorships to think carefully about how to market themselves, and to let their contacts know they are interested in opportunities to serve. 

Additional information about 2020 Women on Boards is available at:
Courtney A. Powers is co-chair of WLALA's Outreach Committee and is Vice President and General Counsel of GRACE, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Daughters of Charity with a mission to address the needs of low-income families and children.
Judge Sandra R. Klein provided Basic Bankruptcy Training for Los Angeles Superior Court Judges
by Min Kyung Kim, Extern to the Honorable Sandra R. Klein
On November 5, 2013, Judge Klein provided basic bankruptcy training for approximately 40 California Superior Court judges at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. Eighty additional judges and research attorneys attended the training via webcast. Judge Klein prepared a PowerPoint presentation for the training, which covered topics including bankruptcy chapters, bankruptcy players,” the automatic stay, and the discharge of debt.
Judge Klein had solicited questions from the judges in advance of the training and encouraged the audience to ask questions. Many of the questions involved the automatic stay and whether certain action would violate the stay. For example, one State Court judge asked, "if the plaintiff informs the court that the defendant’s bankruptcy case is ‘over,’ what information should the state court judge request?” Another judge asked, "If the defendant files bankruptcy in the middle of trial, what happens to the case?”
Judge Klein urged attendees to call her or email her if they had any additional questions. The training, which was well-received, will hopefully encourage increased communication with the Los Angeles Superior Court and help State Court judge to more easily address bankruptcy-related issues.
WLALA Board Member Hon. Sandra R. Klein of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court


WLALA is Saddened to Report the Passing of
Professor Myrna Raeder
The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles is saddened to report the passing of Professor Myrna Raeder. Professor Raeder passed away on November 16 at the age of 66.  Professor Raeder was a Life Member of our organization and received our Ernestine Stahlhut Award in 2003. 
Professor Raeder was an esteemed member of the Southwestern Law School faculty for nearly 35 years. She was highly regarded national figure in legal education and the advancement of criminal justice. She was deeply involved in women’s issues since the 1960’s when she was in law school. Professor Raeder was president of the National Association of Women Lawyers and chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, Association of American Law Schools Evidence Section and Section on Women in Legal Education.
Professor Raeder received one of the American Bar Associations highest honors, the 2002 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. She also received the prestigious ABA Criminal Justice Section Charles R. English Award in 2013.
Professor Raeder and her husband, Terry Kelly, recently pledged $100,000 to establish the Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern. The endowment will provide scholarships to students who grew up in kinship or foster care or as the child of an incarcerated parent.
Professor Raeder was a respected and beloved member of our organization and many others. She is survived by her husband Terry Kelly and two sons , Tom and Michael. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial service in Professor Raeder's memory will be held in January. The family has requested that donations in her memory be made to the Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern. There are a number of ways to make a donation to the Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern:
1.        Online donation – please use the following link – there is a drop down menu for gift designation –please use "Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund”
2.       To send a check:  Please make your check payable to Southwestern Law School and either in the memo section or transmittal note, include Myrna Raeder.   Please mail to:  Debra Leathers, Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90010
3.       Phone donation – please call the Institutional Advancement Office, 213.738.6814 and provide us with your credit card information.
To read more about Myrna Raeder, please CLICK HERE.
Integrating Professional Growth and Personal Goals:
A Recap
by Danielle Lackey
Last month, on the top floor of the Angeleno Hotel overlooking Los Angeles’ Westside, a group of forty women gathered over cocktails for a panel discussion entitled Women and Wealth: Integrating Professional Growth and Personal Goals. Moderated by Dominique Shelton of Alston & Bird, the panel consisted of myself (Danielle Lackey, co-founder and CEO of the Arbia Group), Ju Park (founder and Managing Partner of Parsus LLP), Maria Shtabskaya (Morgan Stanley financial advisor), and Lisa Muñoz-Fell (executive coach and consultant). The event focused on the experiences and goals that inspire women to pursue their personal definitions of success, and the underpinnings of female entrepreneurship and career growth. The setting was intimate and casual, with panelists sharing their stories and perspectives, followed by a dynamic exchange between panelists and attendees. 

As a member of the panel, I was struck not only by the extraordinary stories and insights of my fellow panelists, and the thought-provoking questions raised by our moderator and the audience, but also by the consistent themes that emerged. 

Self-Scrutiny. The panelists each described experiences of self-reflection – moments during which they carefully scrutinized their own careers, professional objectives, and personal values – as an important first step in defining what success meant to them, and setting corresponding career goals. The results of this self-examination helped to propel each of them through the processes of making these goals a reality. 

Risk and Planning. A second consistent message from the group was the importance of "planned” risk. The panelists agreed that when contemplating a career change or business risk, financial planning comes first. Taking a hard look at one’s finances, and asking: "how much do I really need each month and what expenses can I cut;” and, based on that adjusted budget, "how long will my funds last me?” can make taking a professional leap significantly less daunting.

Ask. A common challenge that many of the women in the room shared was learning to ask for success. Whether this is directly asking potential clients for work, cultivating referral sources, or identifying someone in the workplace to be a sponsor, asking is a two-step process. First comes developing genuine relationships – be it in the course of a single conversation or over years of working together. Authenticity builds trust, and people work with those they trust. One real conversation does far more to build trust and interest than handing out ten business cards. Second, with this foundation of authenticity in place, it is possible to confidently ask for what you need. Ask for business, for a meeting, or to be staffed on a particular matter, and it can open many doors. As one panelist explained, "No more ‘maybe, if something comes along, and you happen to think of me’ … now I ask for referrals – and I receive them.”

Danielle Lackey is co-founder and CEO of the Arbia Group, a talent community of experienced lawyers who support law firms on an ad hoc basis, enabling them to fluidly respond to the peaks and valleys of legal practice.


WLALA Fall Golf League
To see more photos from the Fall Golf League, please CLICK HERE.
Pumpkins in the Park—October 20th, 2013


Brooks Brothers Event—November 14th, 2013
WLALA members and non-members alike came out to the Brooks Brothers store in Beverly Hills to shop and socialize for a cause! Funds were raised for WLALA and fun was had by all!

WLALA Board Member and Event Organizer Nina Marino, WLALA Board Member Sarah Schuh Quist, and Corry Nastro with their purchases! 


  WLALA Golf League Plays in BHBA Golf Tournament
On November 11, 2013, a contingent from the WLALA Golf League played in the Beverly Hills Bar Association Golf Tournament held at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.
Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an experienced player, the WLALA Golf League has an opportunity for you to get out there and golf. Contact Cynthia Cohen,
, for more information.

Holiday Recipes for the Los Angeles Daily Journal
During the holiday season (Dec 16-Jan 3) the Daily Journal will be featuring holiday recipes submitted by its readers. If you are interested in participating, please send your full recipe along with a photo of your dish or, if possible, a photo of you with your dish to by Friday, December 6th. Submissions must be from lawyers only, please include your name and firm.


WLALA Yarn Bombing Event

WLALA Holiday Reception
December 4, 2013
6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
City Club
555 Flower, 51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
WLALA would like to welcome everyone to join us for the stunning views at the City Club’s new location in Downtown Los Angeles as we celebrate WLALA’s new Life Members and recently appointed/elected members of the Los Angeles judiciary.
Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable
Emilie H. Elias
Los Angeles Superior Court
For more information or to register for this event, please CLICK HERE.


WLALA Yoga Wellness Program

December 8, 2013
1101 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Join us for one hour of Substance Abuse CLE and one hour of yoga led by the inspirational Kimberly Fowler.
For more information or to register, please CLICK HERE.


WLALA Cooking Club at DWC

December 12, 2013
Downtown Women’s Center
442 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
For many years WLALA has provided a holiday meal and cheer at the Downtown Women's Center (DWC), a nonprofit organization that has provided day center and supportive services to women in the Los Angeles Skid Row area since 1978. With rapid growth and expansion over the last three years, DWC has increased the number of women served by 72%, reaching 4,300 women annually. DWC also provides permanent supportive housing to 119 formerly homeless women.
This year’s volunteer evening will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Downtown Women’s Center, 442 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. THE COOKING CLUB IS FULL AT THIS TIME. If you would like to
participate, you may bring desserts and/or drinks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to pass out to the ladies of the DWC residence. 
For more information or to register, please CLICK HERE.


Starting Your Own Practice: Common Traps Ethical
Considerations & Business Fundamentals
Save the Date!

January 23, 2013
Speaker: Speakers include: Susan Hill of Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys; Zein E. Obagi, Jr. of Obagi & Stodder LLP; Ellen Pansky of Panksy Markle Ham LLP;
Matthew D. Umhofer of Spertus, Landes & Umhofer LLP
Caregiving for Elderly Relatives
Save the Date!

February 3, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Public Counsel
610 S. Ardmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
A Night at the Magic Castle
Save the Date!

March 12, 2013
The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Please join your colleagues in the Los Angeles legal community on December 4th or 5th for a lunchtime discussion about current pro bono opportunities that will assist prisoners on death row. If you've never thought about working on a death penalty matter—or if you've rejected the idea in the past as either too expensive or too time-consuming—our conversation will surprise and inspire you.
The American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project has worked with dozens of Los Angeles firms to ensure justice for vulnerable prisoners without counsel. Lawyers from Manatt Phelps will join us to talk about exciting developments in connection with their representation of a death-sentenced prisoner in Arizona, and lawyers from O'Melveny & Myers will describe the firm's recent victory in a federal death penalty case.
There are now many different opportunities for law firms to make significant pro bono contributions, including challenging prison conditions, administrative regulations, and methods of execution; drafting amicus briefs and clemency petitions; and systemic litigation that will improve due process protections for vulnerable groups. Hundreds of mentally ill and intellectually disabled prisoners without counsel are also looking for volunteer lawyers to become their champions. Our new pro bono model means that firms working in some states will have expert assistance that will significantly reduce out-of-pocket costs and travel.
· On December 4th, join us at 12:00pm at Morris Polich & Purdy, 1055 West Seventh Street, Suite 2400, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
· On December 5th, join us at 12:00pm at Greenburg Traurig, 1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
We will provide lunch and promise a discussion that will be interesting and engaging as we celebrate the accomplishments of your LA colleagues and discuss how your firm can become involved.
Please RSVP at or email Monday, December 2nd, byso we can reserve lunch for you and colleagues from your firm.
2013 Institute for Corporate Counsel
Where Law, Business and Politics Intersect
Join Pete Wilson, John Pérez, Mike Feuer, and many others at the 2013 Institute for Corporate Counsel on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The Institutewill focus on new developments in law, business and politicsthat affect Los Angeles area lawyers and will held at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles (made available through the courtesy of member Edward Garlock). Register now by clicking here!
Top notch speakers include:
Former Governor Pete Wilson, California State Assembly Speaker John Pérez, and L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer on the Past, Present and Future of California, in a session moderated by the Los Angeles Times’ Jim Newton. Billie Greer, President of Southern California Leadership Council, on ways to sharpen California's competitive edge.Former members of the Solicitor General’s office on how issues before the U.S. Supreme Court could affect the business and regulatory environment, in a session moderated by Daily Journal editor David Houston.The General Counsel of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Occidental Petroleum, Sourcefire, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and the University of Southern California. In house counsel from Flextronics International, Mandiant, and U.S. Bank.Plus L.A. Superior Court Judge William Highberger, NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, and 14 other top counsel
Other can’t misssessions include Labor and Employment Law Developments Abound, Privacy + Data Security Nightmares and How to Survive Them, Concepcion and Its Progeny: Are Class Actions Dead?, and Hot Topics in M&A Today.
Plus, five networking events that allow you to meet, re-connect and learn from your peers. 5.5 hours of MCLE and CPE credit are available. 
For the latest information on the program and speakers follow The Institute for Corporate Counsel on both LinkedIn and Facebook!
The Institute is organized by the USC Gould School of Law and the Corporate Law Departments Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. 
For a full copy of the Institute program, click here. For more information about the Institute, or to register or sponsor, please visit the website at Call (213) 821-3580 or email with any questions.

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Member News
WLALA Communications Officer Heather Stern's article, How to Use an iPad to Manage and Present Trial Exhibits, was published in the November issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.  To read the article, CLICK HERE.  Congratulations, Heather!
WLALA Board Member Paula Mitchell's article, California's Death Penalty: A Year in Review, was published by To view the article, please CLICK HERE.Congratulations Paula!
Paula Mitchell is excited to announce that she will be joining Reed Smith's
Appellate Practice group as Counsel in January 2014. 
WLALA Board Member Christina Lincoln joined the law firm of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP in Newport Beach as a business litigator in October 2013. Her practice covers both white collar and complex commercial litigation defense.  Congratulations Christina!
WLALA Board Member Meehan Rasch served on the Host Committee for the recent LACBA Barristers Reception with Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, held November 21, 2013, at the Onyx Lounge in downtown Los Angeles.  Nearly 250 young attorneys and other professionals attended the event--planned by the Barristers Governmental Relations Committee--and enjoyed an inspiring speech by Ms. Lacey and a fun evening of networking.  Congratulations Meehan!
WLALA Member Jan Frankel Schau's article, "An Honest Broker's Approach to Mediated Settlements," was published in the Daily Journal on November 22, 2013.  Congratulations, Jan!


New Members
Julie Alarcon, Remi Alli, Michelle Becker, Hilary Briscoe, Jenny Choi, Candace Coleman, Felicia Davis, Molly Greene, Chung Han, Marine Injigulyan, Jennifer Ireland, Iris Jackson, Lauren Keller, Jean Kim, Megan Knize,  Jie Lai, Jindan-Karena Mann, Carol Najera, Krista Ocon, Kylien Patel, Catalina Reynoso, Ilana Schoenbach,  Jasmine Shams, Michelle Truong, Heather Weiss, Kelly Winter, Shelly Yoo

WLALA Job Bank 

Did you know that your WLALA membership allows you to access the WLALA Job Bank? The Job Bank has employment opportunities from different non-profit organizations and law firms. To view the WLALA Job Bank, please CLICK HERE.
WLALA Member Discounts
Did you know your WLALA membership comes with opportunities for discounts on everything from deposition services to dry cleaning? To view our current member discounts, please CLICK HERE.

WLALA Calendar of Events
To view the WLALA’s Calendar, please CLICK HERE.
Local Bar Calendar of Events 

To view the Calendar of Events for local bar organizations, please
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