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A Networking Night Out Hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of WLALA 

By Victoria M. McLaughlin

Please join the Young Lawyers Section for a night of socializing and networking at Scarpetta Los Angeles located in the Montage Beverly Hills. This night will present a great opportunity to mingle with old friends and meet some new ones. Non-WLALA members and non-attorneys are encouraged to attend. Those who arrive early will enjoy hosted beer, wine, and cocktails.

As attorneys, we hear of the value—even the necessity—of networking from the beginning of our careers. For many of us, the education of networking began in law school. Along the way, my mentors have told me countless stories of the business opportunities gained and dream clients landed thanks to past connections made while networking. However, while we may understand that networking will allow us to better grow our respective practices, actually pursuing networking opportunities with vigor can be a challenge.

For example, undertaking the task of networking for the first time raises many questions for attorneys in the early stages of a career. Notably, we must decide how we are to brand ourselves, a difficult task for a young attorney whose current position may not be in the field he or she has an interest in pursuing long-term. We must also learn how to accessibly present ourselves to potential clients as opposed to our like-minded attorney peers with whom we tend to spend most of our days. I recently realized that I had neglected to introduce myself as an attorney to new acquaintances; since most of my daily conversations take place with other attorneys, I had become accustomed to introducing myself by my specialty.

Our Networking Night Out will provide a casual and fun environment for us to meet new friends, reconnect with previous connections, and share how we each navigate our networking ventures.


Event Details

Thursday, November 12, 2015

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Beer, wine, and cocktails will be provided


Scarpetta Los Angeles

Montage Beverly Hills

225 N. Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Free to attend


Parking – garage: $5 flat fee for entry after 6:00 p.m.

Parking – valet: $10 valet at the Montage hotel with Scarpetta validation


Bring your business cards and enter our raffle generously sponsored by Plan Check Kitchen + Bar! Plan Check serves modern American comfort food in a small plate format, along with unique cocktails, premium whiskeys, and craft beers. Two lucky winners will each receive $50 gift cards to Plan Check, which has locations at Sawtelle, Fairfax, and Downtown.

We also must thank our generous sponsors, KNJ, INC., Veritext Legal Solutions, Litigation Legal Insight Experts, and Ruby Receptionists who make this event possible.  KNJ provides electronic discovery consulting and professional services for corporate, legal, and government agency clients that want more; turn to KNJ for commitment to project success. Voted 2014 Best of Court Reporting by the National Law Journal, Veritext is the nationwide leader in deposition services, housing offices coast to coast to assist with all of your court reporting needs. Litigation Legal Insights maintains a dedicated panel of experts covering any sub-specialty you may need, whether psych, medical, or non-medical. Ruby Receptionists is a highly skilled team of virtual receptionists who set your firm apart—at a fraction of the cost of an onsite receptionist. From their offices in Portland, Oregon, Ruby handles your calls with care so you can relax and focus on growing your practice.

We look forward to a fun night. See you there!

Victoria McLaughlin is an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of William E. Crockett.  She is also co-chair of the WLALA Young Lawyers Section.