President's Message - JULY
Anne C. Tremblay
WLALA President 2013-2014
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.
-Susan B. Anthony
In July there is much to celebrate in American History and the history of American women. On July 4th we commemorate the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and on July 19th the birth of the Women's Rights Movement in 1848. The annual fireworks and BBQs are regular reminders of Independence Day but the events of 1848 may be more difficult to recall – except for some of us history majors. July 19th – 20th marks the 166th anniversary of the first American women’s rights convention. In Seneca Falls, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott led the charge as hundreds of women (and men) joined together to protest the social, political and economic discrimination against and unequal treatment of American women. The convention marked the first public declarations in favor of women’s suffrage. We have come a long way (baby!), yet as so many statistics and news stories remind us and as several recent WLALA programs have highlighted, we still have a way to go before achieving true equality.
In 2014, WLALA continues to work toward that equality in our profession and our community. The July WLALA calendar is packed with proof of our efforts! Please see the newsletter and our website for the details on these programs. Thank you to all the board members who planned these events and thanks to all of you who support WLALA through your attendance.
In last month’s message I predicted a beautiful room, great food and drinks and the chance to catch up with friends. Thanks to our Financial Development committee members Vanessa Adriance, Perlette Jura, Sarah Schuh Quist and Ariella Simonds my prediction came true. Thank you also to our generous sponsors and to those who donated auction items, bid on baskets and gift certificates and purchased raffle tickets. WLALApalooza 2014 was a big success!
Also in June, Family Law Chair Maria Hamar brought together several family law judges and attorneys over lunch. This was a unique opportunity for the Hon. Holly Fujie, Hon. Maren Nelson, Hon. Christine Byrd and Hon. Michelle Williams Court to provide their perspectives on practicing family law downtown. Thank you to the members of the bench and to Maria.
Kudos also go to Young Lawyers Co-Chairs Julie Stromberg and Christina Lincoln for their recent webinar on Social Media Considerations for Lawyers. The last minute illness of a featured speaker did not prevent Julie and Christina from executing another successful program. Finally, the Business Development Committee, co-chaired by Noelle Natoli-Duffy and Kelly Hanker, ended the month with a great primer for those new to business development. The panel was a powerhouse of WLALA Board Members who took their time to share their insights and advice on getting started with business development. The panel was moderated by WLALA Board Member Vanessa Adriance, and featured as speakers WLALA Board Members Noelle Natoli-Duffy, Jennifer Romano, and Heather Stern.
Please check out my contribution to this month’s recipe column. Perhaps you will mix a pitcher and then raise your glass to American Independence, Susan B. and the sweetness of a girl’s independence and security. Cheers!