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July 2014 - Meet the Board
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Meet the Board


Michelle Michaels 
Tell us about your background. I am a criminal defense lawyer with offices in downtown Los Angeles.  I worked at a private criminal defense firm in Los Angeles for about ten years, and then branched out to open my own firm six years ago.  I enjoy both being self employed and practicing criminal defense, so it is a win-win situation.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?  The membership committee works to enhance and diversify membership, as well as helps to coordinate programs of interest, and benefit opportunities for members. Additionally, membership promotes and facilitates member-networking events, such as ‘downtown happy hours’ and other unique networking events. My co-chair and I would love to see more members volunteer to assist with our committee, which is a great way to network and meet other members.  

What are your passions and interests?

I enjoy traveling, ballroom dancing with my husband, and playing with our two fur baby rescue dogs.  However, currently, my husband and I are most excited about the soon to be arrival of our son who we will be welcoming in the month of July


Susan Steinhauser
Annual Giving Campaign







Tell us about your background. An attorney with expertise in legislative and energy matters, over the past several years I have devoted myself to public policy and public service. Through my work with the Junior League of Los Angeles, I collaborated with a number of other women's groups to develop a coalition devoted to the appointment of women to local and state commissions. I have had the joy and privilege of sitting on a number of boards and commissions, most notably as the President of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Board, President of the Los Angeles County Law Library, Vice Chair of the California Arts Council and Legislative Chair of the State Library, known as the Library of California.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I serve as Chair of the Annual Giving Committee. This committee is devoted to raising funds for our Scholarship and Public Grant Programs. We raise about $15,000 a year and make about 5 grants a year. My goal is that not only all our Board members give to our Annual Campaign, but all WLALA members as well. I'm open to all suggestions to make this happen, including bringing in donors who are not members.  

What are your passions and interests? Textiles from India and the Silk Route. Collage making. Foreign languagesMentoring and encouraging women to engage in public policy.  

Heather Stern
Communications Officer
Tell us about your background. My law practice is focused on real estate related litigation, such as landlord/tenant disputes, purchase and sale disputes, title matters, construction, eminent domain, and for the last several years, a lot of real estate finance matters (think, borrower-lender disputes!). I grew up in a real estate family and my building blocks as a kid were the cut timber from my parents’ construction projects. I like to say I lived in 18 houses (plus a boat) by the time I was 18, and it’s not far from the mark. So real estate was a natural focus for me, and I like litigation because I love to dig into the law, tell my clients’ stories, and do justice for my clients.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?  This is my fifth year on the Board of WLALA and for 2013-2014, I have been serving on the Executive Committee as the Communications Officer. In that role, I am responsible for the monthly newsletter (i.e., what you’re reading right now) and also support several of the WLALA committees in their roles. I would love to see members get more involved by writing interesting and passionate pieces for the newsletter! We accept, among other things, book reviews, Generational Perspectives columns (i.e., your thoughts, from wherever you are in your career, on the past, present, and future of a law career as a woman), A Little Levity columns (i.e., tell us a funny story from your practice), articles about WLALA events you have attended, practice tips of general interest to our membership, and short pieces on women’s history. If you want to write for the newsletter, just drop me a line ( and I will make it happen.


What are your passions and interests?
In my spare time, I pamper my Belgian Tervuren puppy dog, play designer Euro board games with my philosopher husband, attempt to contribute meaningfully to his cooking of Paleo meals, and tee off with my WLALA golf buddies. Also, I read a lot of fiction (mostly fantasy, science fiction, and romance) and edit the newsletter! My favorite fiction book so far this year has been The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. An excellent read!

Anne C.Tremblay

Tell us about your background. I am the youngest of five children.  I was born in Boston but moved to California as a baby and grew up in the South Bay.  After some traveling and a short career in the travel industry, I attended law school in Atlanta.  I am currently the Director of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development.  Previously, I supervised the L.A. City Attorney's Anti-Gang Section and before joining the City, I spent six years as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney.  


What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? As President, I chair the Board and Foundation Board meetings, provide support to our Executive Administrator Kay Burt in the day to day operations of the organization, and represent WLALA at state and local bar programs, events and meetings. WLALA has something for everyone - from substantive legal programs to social events to sports/wellness activities. The opportunity for support, camaraderie, and inspiration that WLALA provides its members is unparalleled.
What are your passions and interests? International travel is my passion.  I enjoy visiting new places and immersing myself in the culture, food and art/architecture.  I caught the travel bug as a sixteen-year-old exchange student to Turkey and Istanbul remains my favorite city in the world. My most recent trip was to Uruguay and I highly recommend a visit to the beautiful coastal area of Punte del Este.