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MARCH 2014 - Meet the Board
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Meet the Board


Adrienne Hahn
Domestic Violence Project







Tell us about your background. I am a civil litigation attorney with The Hahn Legal Group, APC, a firm I opened a couple of years ago. We specialize in business litigation, personal injury litigation, construction defect and education law. We litigate matters from start to finish, including complex trials and pursue education law cases through the administrative process and beyond on behalf of students from pre-school through graduate residency programs.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I am the Chair of the Domestic Violence Project where we organize volunteers to provide free legal services of all kinds to victims of domestic violence who are referred to the clinic from domestic violence hotlines and shelters. The clinic is open Mondays from 6-7pm in Santa Monica and we encourage all attorneys to sign up and become a volunteer for any day they wish to volunteer. There is a great sense of satisfaction in helping these women who are in very precarious positions and providing them with a safe place to seek help to move on with their lives. 

What are your passions and interests? I am passionate about helping people overcome extremely difficult circumstances and providing them with whatever tools I can to move forward with their lives and the lives of their children. I love to ski, hike, dance, cook, travel, exercise and spend as much time as possible sharing adventures with my two sons who are in college.



Krysta Kauble 
Law Student Mentoring
Tell us about your background. I am currently a litigator at Susman Godfrey. Prior to joining Susman, I worked at Quinn Emanuel and clerked for the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez.     
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?  I help to pair law students with lawyer mentors and host events that can help law students to achieve professional fulfillment, like our mock interview program coming up at Loyola Law School on March 25. I love when law students join WLALA (membership is free for law students!) and also when attorneys sign up as mentors. Our attorneys really enjoy that experience, and it is a great way to be involved in WLALA without a large time commitment. If you would like to sign up, please do so at:
What are your passions and interests?
Outside of work, I love cooking and hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Nina Marino
Criminal Justice

Tell us about your background.  I am a white collar criminal defense trial attorney, and a partner at Kaplan Marino, located in Beverly Hills. I am a State Bar of California Certified Criminal Law Specialist, and have been recognized as a SuperLawyer since 2004.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I was instrumental in the creation of the criminal justice section of WLALA in 1998. My vision for the section is for our members to provide a strong voice for both victims and those accused and to use that voice to speak up for and protect those that need protection.

What are your passions and interests?  My passion is my work, my love is my family. I enjoy traveling, art, and food.

Kathleen McDowell
Food From the Bar Liaison


Tell us about your background. Born & raised in Wisconsin, USC law school, law review editor-in-chief, former president of WLALA and National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, securities litigator partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for 20+ years, recipient of WLALA’s Distinguished Service Award

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? Expanding the annual Food from the Bar campaign is my mission. Food from the Bar is a four-week friendly competition among lawyers, law firms, and law offices to raise funds, donate food, and volunteer at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. The 2014 campaign will run from April 28, 2014 through May 23, 2014, and will feature "family-friendly” volunteer opportunities at the Foodbank. I have also helped to start Food from the Bar campaigns in other cities, including Washington DC in 2014. Have powerpoint, will travel !!

Marisa Melero
Student Liaison - Southwestern Law School 

Tell us about your background. I was raised in Riverside, CA. where I devoted my time to community service and graduated at the top of my class at Rancho Verde High School. Shortly thereafter, I attended UCLA where I participated in Student Government and other campus organizations. I became the first in my family to earn a B.A. in Sociology while volunteering at Public Counsel. I currently attend Southwestern Law School where I am a 3L and serve as President of the Women’s Law Association. I am also Director of Faculty Affairs for the Student Bar Association.
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?I am the student liaison for Southwestern Law, which means I am on the board of both WLALA and my law school’s Women’s Law. I am in charge of relaying information to our members regarding educational and networking programs. I would love to see more law students attend WLALA meetings and events.

What are your passions and interestsI am most passionate about women in the law empowering one another to enter any field. After law school I plan to practice in the entertainment field. In my free time I enjoy traveling and live music.
Paula Mitchell
Tell us about your background.  I recently joined Reed Smith LLP’s busy Appellate Practice Group as Counsel in their LA office. Prior to that, I spent eight of the last ten years clerking with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, for Senior Circuit Judge Arthur L. Alarcon, and prior to that for the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. I also teach as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School, where I received my JD in 2002.  
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?  I see my role within WLALA as one of trying to help elevate the status women within the legal profession by mentoring junior attorneys, serving as a role model, and encouraging women to take responsibility for their own professional development. I see WLALA as an outstanding member of LA’s legal community, which constantly reminds us that we need to engagemore, get more involved, and do our best to help others who are less fortunate.
What are your passions and interests?  I am passionate about speaking truth to power, correcting injustices, and being an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.