President's Message

Jeannine Taylor

WLALA President 2023-2024

President's Message, May 2024

“When they go low, we go high!”

Michelle Obama,
Lawyer, author and former first lady

 

As we reach our halfway point of the calendar year, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to WLALA’s board, allies, and sponsors, for championing our theme of Justice, Faith, and Power through our programming. In May, we showcased our unwavering commitment to these values:

  • Justice: Our Litigator’s Forum Panel outlined a roadmap for protecting reproductive rights and enhancing reproductive justice.
  • Faith: The “No Regrets, No Limits” program inspired participants to maintain faith in their capabilities and pursue their biggest goals.
  • Power: Our Meet and Greet with Chief Judge Dolly Gee honored an icon of power, humility, and persistence.

Our fundraising and programming successes are undoubtedly attributable to the support of our partnering bar associations. We thank each of OUR CO-SPONSORING BAR ASSOCIATIONS for your trust in WLALA and are grateful for your shared commitment to promoting the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession:

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • California Asian Pacific American Judges Association
  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • Korean American Bar Association
  • Korean Community Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association
  • Multi-Cultural Bar Association
  • Philippine American Bar Association
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Thai American Bar Association
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California

The collective strength of collaborating with our sister bars was reflected in this year’s Food From the Bar campaign, increasing our volunteer count four fold, from 13 to 48 (let’s hit triple digits next year!) We look forward to continuing annual partnerships with our sister bars, including:

  • New Bar Member Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Women’s HerStory Month Fundraiser
  • Food From the Bar Volunteer Day

For those looking to deepen their involvement with WLALA, don’t worry, there’s still time! Our marquee scholarship and fellowship fundraising event, WLALAPalooza, will feature a mariachi band, aerial artists, and a champagne-serving gown inspired by “Bridgerton.” We also have our second annual fundraiser at Fuego for the Long Beach LGBTQ Center. Sponsorships are still available, and we welcome collaboration from all allies and partners.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact us at info@WLALA.org and thank you for your continued support!

In your service,

Jeannine Taylor
President, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

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Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

Congratulations to WLALA Past President Stacy Horth-Neubert on her new role as Executive Director of Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law!  The Center protects victims of domestic violence and improves the well-being of children living in poverty. With the help of volunteers, the Center provides free family law assistance and legal education to the poor.  WLALA proudly supports Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, which strives to empower people in need and assure them meaningful access to the courts.