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MAY 2014 - President's Message
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President's Message - MAY

Anne C. Tremblay
WLALA President 2013-2014

Great openings and closings make all the difference in trial.  WLALA opened the month strong with our 19th Annual Litigators Forum.  A panel of top woman litigators shared stories from their “Cases of a Lifetime”, while our keynote speaker, San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, discussed both her case of a lifetime (defending Mayor Gavin Newsom’s order authorizing same-sex marriages) and also challenged us to think deeply about gender stereotypes.  Thank you to our sponsors and kudos to Litigation Committee Co-Chairs Robyn Crowther and Tamar Terzian for a great evening.  We closed the month on another high note with last week’s Women and Leadership Lunch.  We were hosted by Shepard Mullin and treated to insight and advice from four dynamic panelists – Zanne Devine, Rachel Jack, Deborah Wong Yang, and Whitney Jones Roy.  Thank you to WLALA Past President and Power Lunch Co-Chair the Hon. Nicole Bershon, for developing and moderating this program. 

There is, of course, more coming in May! Our Girl’s Night Out event will feature dinner and a play, The Tallest Tree in the Forest.  Tickets are still available, so please join us this Friday night, May 2nd.  

On May 6th, the LACBA/WLALA Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women in the Legal Profession will present Vivia Chen, Chief Blogger for The Careerist.  Ms. Chen will present her “Rules for Success: Ten Things Women Shouldn’t Do.”  Thank you to the Joint Task Force Steering Committee, WLALA President-Elect Jennifer Romano, WLALA Harriet Buhai Liaison Susan Alker, WLALA Second Vice President Stacy Horth-Neubert,   WLALA Past President Helen B. Kim, Ellen Panksy, and Brenda Dieck.

May 10th is Family Day for the 2014 Food From the Bar campaign at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank headquarters.  Thanks to WLALA Past President and Food From the Bar Liaison Kathleen McDowell for her leadership in bringing Food From the Bar to WLALA and to Los Angeles.  Explore the many ways you can support the campaign by visiting

Several WLALA Board members, including yours truly, will participate in the California Women Lawyers annual conference on May 16th.  There are panel  sessions and MCLE presentations on a variety of topics related to the theme: Strategies for Success.  If you can’t break away from the office during the day, then stop by the cocktail reception honoring Judge Victoria Kolakowski that will close out the day’s events. 

It’s hard to believe WLALA’s board year is more than half over and it’s already time to start looking ahead to next year.  If you wish to become more involved, please consider joining our board.  WLALA is accepting applications from new and returning board members for the 2014-2015 year. The deadline to apply is May 31st.

In closing, I want to acknowledge the recent birthday of the legendary Selma Moidel Smith.  Selma is a past president (twice) and a lifetime member of WLALA.  A few weeks ago, I was privileged to join a room filled with California legal dignitaries and honored to introduce many WLALA past presidents at the musical and legal celebration of Selma’s 95th birthday.  Selma is a true renaissance woman who continues to inspire through her generous spirit and commitment to our profession.  Happy Birthday, Selma!