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OCTOBER 2014 - President's Message
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President's Message - OCTOBER

Jennifer Romano
WLALA President 2014-2015

Thank you to everyone who attended and sponsored WLALA’s Installation Dinner on September 18, 2014.  We heard from an inspiring group of awardees, including the Honorable Beverly Reid O’Connell, Karen Petrulakis of the University of California, and Judy Bain of Epson America, who showed us how their investment in other women lawyers and the community is helping to achieve WLALA’s mission.  Our ballroom was at maximum capacity and our year got off to a great start.  Thank you to Kay Burt and Lindsay Audette for all of your hard work in planning the event.

This month is National Work and Family Month.  For many of us, every month seems to be work and family month, as we juggle our obligations in the legal profession as well as our personal obligations.  For our members and our organization, we do not need an official month to talk about these issues – they are at the forefront of our minds and conversations throughout the year.

But, since this is the official month to talk about work and family, we have tried to focus on a few ways that our work and families intersect.  First, WLALA will be hosting its annual “Pumpkins in the Park” event on October 19 at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills.  Members (and non-members) are invited with their children to decorate pumpkins, play at the park and network.  It is a perfect way to multitask on a Sunday morning, while still having fun.  Also, in this newsletter, we include an article from a recent WLALA public interest grant winner, Megha Bhatt, who used her grant to work at the Levitt and Quinn Family law Center in Los Angeles last summer.  Megha provided family law services to homeless and low-income veterans.  She gained valuable work experience while assisting veterans address their family needs.  We also include an article on Social Media 101.  Too often, our social media activity blurs the lines between our professional and personal lives.  This month’s article addresses how to focus on Linkedin as your professional social media network.  Finally, we include another recipe for busy lawyers to share with their friends and families – pumpkin cupcakes to celebrate the Fall.  

Of course, this newsletter also includes all of the professional development and networking information that we expect from WLALA, including articles on credibility of witnesses at trial and hosting a video conference presentation; information about an upcoming WLALA event for in-house counsel only; and notices about numerous continuing education and networking opportunities around the city.  We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter, and if you have children who enjoy the park, we hope to see you at Pumpkins in the Park on October 19.