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JULY 2014 - WLALApalooza
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Cheers at WLALApalooza!


By the Financial Development Committee

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, more than 200 members of the Los Angeles legal community flooded the downtown Jonathan Club for the annual WLALApalooza, WLALA’s silent auction fundraiser and cocktail party.  Attendees bid on over 160 silent auction items.  The opportunity drawing featured an entire Staples Box at the BET Music Experience, an ocean view guestroom at the Montage Laguna Beach, Disneyland Park Hopper tickets, an iPad Mini, and a membership at City of Angels Boxing.  The winner of the Grand Prize, the BET Music Experience, let out an elated cheer when she heard her name, embodying the fun spirit of the evening.  

The Jonathan Club wowed us with two chefs who prepared pasta to order and a build-your-own quesadilla bar.  Attendees networked in the consummate setting of the Club, which included a comfortable couch seating near a fireplace and tables overlooking downtown at dusk. 

We owe a wholehearted thanks to all those that made WLALApalooza such a success, from the WLALA Board and staff, to the sponsors, the donors and purchasers of the silent auction items and opportunity drawing tickets, the staff of the Jonathan Club, the volunteers who helped throughout the event, and all those who attended.  

And a distinct thank you goes to the WLALApalooza Sponsors, including PLATINUM sponsors CS Disco Inc., Excelsior Digital Reprographics LLC, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Merrill Corporation; GOLD sponsors Caldwell Leslie, Crowell & Moring LLP, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; SILVER sponsors Econ One Research Inc., Feinberg Mindel Brandt &.Klein LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Reed Smith LLP, Toyota Financial Services - Legal Department, and WilmerHale; BRONZE sponsors Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP, JAMS, Judicate West, Kavounas Family, Kessler & Kessler ALC, Pansky Markle Ham LLP, and Robie & Matthai, Thompson & Knight LLP; and INDIVIDUAL sponsors Judge Judy Chirlin (Ret.) L.A.S.C., Candace Coleman Barkley Court Reporters, Susan DeWitt, Tanya L. Forsheit of InfoLawGroup, Jennifer Klem of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, KollagenX, Hon. Linda Lefkowitz (Ret.) ADR Services, Kate Lehrman of Rogan Lehrman LLP, Rozella Oliver, Cathy Ostiller, Eve Senuty of Robert Half Legal, and Trevor Stockinger of Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP. 

As WLALA’s largest annual fundraiser, the proceeds of WLALApalooza are essential to WLALA’s operations, foundation, and mission.  We can only hope that in addition to your generous financial contributions, your conversations at WLALApalooza were inspired by the spirit of the Jonathan Club’s motto: “Never underestimate the power of lunch at the Club!”, and have generated ideas to promote the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession.  Recent statistics show women in the legal profession have come a long way but there is much work to be done. WLALA is proud to receive such a tremendous outpouring of support for this year’s fundraiser.  We look forward to your participation in WLALA’s events throughout the year and at WLALApalooza 2015.

Vanessa Adriance is an associate at Gibson Dunn and co-chair of the Financial Development Committee.  Perlette Jura is a partner at Gibson Dunn and co-chair of the Financial Development Committee.  Ariella Thal Simonds is an Associate at Sidley Austin and co-chair of the Financial Development Committee.