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Ruth D. Kahn
Anne Tremblay
First Vice-President
Jennifer S. Romano
Second Vice President
Kimberly Arnal
Stacy Horth-Neubert
Communications Officer
Amy Brantly
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
Tanya L. Forsheit
Executive Offices
Executive Administrator
Kay Burt
Administrative Assistant
Lindsay Audette
Christine Page
Business Law
Jennifer Ishiguro
Kelly Kriebs
Criminal Justice
Nina Marino
Family Law
Maria Hamar
Efrat Cogan
Robyn Crowther
Young Lawyers
Christina Lincoln
Julie Goulet Stromberg
Amicus Briefs
Anne Grignon
Lisa Jaskol
Annual Giving Campaign
Susan Steinhauser
Appointive Office
Julie Gerchik
Deborah Crandall Saxe
Awards & Recognitions
Susan DeWitt
Fernanda Schmid
Business Development
Jennifer Altfeld Landau
Kelly Hanker
Career Development & Life Balance
Jessica Kurzban
Alison Plessman
Career Mentoring
Ariella Thal Simonds
Jeanne "Gigi” Wanlass
Conference of California Bar Associations
Shaun Dabby Jacobs
Mary McKelvey
Doctor Lawyer Dinner
Linda O. Hatcher
Courtney Powers
Domestic Violence Project
Adrienne R. Hahn
Elena Min
Financial Development
Perlette Jura
Tamar Terzian
Jessica Kronstadt
Jennifer Leland
History Project
Eileen Decker
In-House Counsel
Lisa Harrington
Jennifer Malloy
Jail Project/Community Service
Jill Piano
Law Student Mentoring
Krysta Kauble
Paula Mitchell
Kimberly Encinas
Michelle Michaels
Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights
Kiran Singh
Heather Stern
Public Interest Grant
Patricia Daza
Cathy Ostiller
Sarah de Diego
Carmela Pagay
Solo & Small Firm
Becky Walker James
Jan Jensen
Allegra Perez
Members at Large
Hon. Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.)
Hon. Holly J. Fujie
Lorna De Bono
Helen B. Kim
Susan Formaker
Noelle Natoli-Duffy
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Elissa Barrett
Katherine M. Forster
Food From the Bar
Kathleen McDowell
Harriett Buhai
Susan Alker
Judicial/Federal Court
Hon. Sandra Klein
Judicial/State Court
Hon. Beverly Reid O’Connell
Luci-Ellen Chun
Power Lunch Program
Hon. Nicole C. Bershon

Student Liaisons
Alexandra Boyadjian - Southwestern
Selina Farrell - Pepperdine
Cristina Guido - Loyola
Saja La Rue - Loyola
Allison Scott—USC
Lisa Zang - UCLA
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VOLUME 18, NO. 11 JULY 2013


President’s Message

by Ruth D. Kahn

The Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "no state shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This principle is embodied in the Mission Statement of WLALA which reads, in pertinent part, "WLALA is dedicated to . . . improving the status of women in our society including their exercise of equal rights . . . .”

In the last week, the United States Supreme Court issued two opinions that personify and further these values. In U.S. v. Windsor, No. 12-307, the Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court (5-4), affirming the Second Circuit. For a full copy of the opinion, please CLICK HERE.
The decision overturning DOMA was long-sought, and is a major victory. It means that same-sex couples who are legally married and live in states that recognize gay marriage will be treated as married by the federal government, which until now had been barred from doing so by the law, and they will be afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other married couples.
In Hollingsworth v. Perry, No. 12-144, the Court ruled that petitioners, proponents of Proposition 8 which amended the California State Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and woman, did not have standing to appeal the district court order that declared Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the Court (5-4), vacating and remanding the opinion of the Ninth Circuit. The ruling will return same-sex marriage to California, adding a thirteenth and important state to the growing list of those that recognize same-sex marriages.  For a full copy of the opinion, please CLICK HERE.
Locally, I am proud that our organization was able to showcase so many women leaders in the legal community through our programs in June. For example, on June 4, 2013, WLALA Past President, board member and co-chair of WLALA’s Business Development Committee Jennifer Altfeld Landau moderated a stimulating panel discussion "Forging Lasting Relationships With Clients: Strategies from Leading Southern California General Counsel” featuring Katherine Adkins, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, of Toyota Financial Services, Melanie S. Cibik, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Donald de Brier, Corporate Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary, of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Scott S. Packman Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Many thanks to WLALA board member and co-chair of WLALA’s Business Development Committee Kelly Hanker for her valuable contribution to a very successful program.
On June 11, 2013, WLALA board members and chairs of the Young Lawyers Section Christina Lincoln and Julie Stromberg presented "Practical Skills for the New Lawyer: What You Need to Know to Succeed as an Associate” featuring as speakers WLALA Past President Tanya L. Forsheit, along with prominent law firm partners Katherine Blair, Melanie M. Blunschi, Meryl K. Chae, and Mary Craig Calkins.
On June 20, 2013, the LACBA-WLALA Joint Task Force, co-chaired by WLALA President-Elect Anne Tremblay and LACBA and WLALA board member Susan Alker, presented " The Indispensable Woman Lawyer—Getting Results From Law Firm Advancement and Promotion Initiatives” featuring as speakers Brenda Dieck, Sarretta McDonough, Victoria Pynchon, and Merle Vaughn.  Many thanks to the following Joint Task Force Steering Committee members for their valuable contribution to this program: Stacy Horth-Neubert, Helen Kim, Ellen Pansky, and Deborah Crandall Saxe.
WLALA will continue to offer varied events throughout the months of July and August as you will read in the remainder of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our activities.

Generational Perspectives Series

Editor’s Note: Inspired by the many speakers WLALA has presented over the years, we’ve taken notice that we can all benefit by sharing our experiences, wisdom, ideas and hopes for the future. For the younger generation, it is easy to forget how far we’ve come and the paths those before us have paved. For the older generation, the focus on work-life balance and the drop-out rate among younger attorneys may seem disappointing. In this "Generational Perspectives” series, WLALA will feature articles written by female attorneys of all ages – from those who have been practicing for more than 35 years to those who recently graduated from law school - to share their thoughts on how far we’ve come and where we are headed.

By Sarah Woo

I sometimes joke that "Lawyer” was only one of the six careers I envisioned for myself at the ripe old age of six. The other five careers included "Barbara Walters” and "part-time orca whale trainer.” Unlike some of my peers, I had no idea where my future would take me, but I was eager to explore every opportunity that came my way.

It was no surprise that when I got to college, I threw myself into every activity I possibly could. Although I am by nature a somewhat quiet person, this never held me back from new experiences, whether it was leading a performance dance group, chasing down a story for an investigative journalism seminar, or plowing my way through James Joyce’sUlysses. It truly felt like the world was at my fingertips, and I gave little thought to my future. It certainly never occurred to me that my gender could make any difference in my future career path.

It was not until law school that I caught a glimpse of the challenges that lay ahead. I vividly recall the day my first-year male Moot Court opponent—a tall, athletic, gregarious type with a booming voice—sauntered over my way, leaned into me, and towered a foot or so over my head. "When I found out you were my opponent,” he said, with a thinly veiled sneer, "I felt so afraid.” I was, to my surprise, both floored and angered by this comment. No matter that I had practiced my oral argument for hours in front of a mirror, or that I had pored over my brief with a fine-toothed comb. I spent the evening dwelling on my insecurities. I worried that my quiet demeanor or petite stature would place me at a disadvantage. At one point, I wondered whether my opponent’s disarming grin would win over the judges.

Soon enough, however, I put my self-doubt behind me and decided to beat my opponent at his own game. Instead of wallowing, I practiced. I stayed calm instead of simmering with resentment. Though quiet by nature, I applied my stage experience by standing tall and projecting my voice. To paraphrase a line I heard on my first day of law school,"Ichopped the wood in front of me” and focused on the task at hand. In the end, I not only beat my opponent, I won awards for best brief and best oral advocate. Even more than the awards, I had the deep satisfaction of knowing I did not need to change who I was to win. I learned I could be tenacious and assertive by being calm and prepared, rather than belligerent and condescending.

Fast forward a few years, and I find myself embarking on my legal career, completely uncertain about what will unfold in the next few months, let alone the next several years. In law school, I assumed that women who wanted to succeed as lawyers needed to conform to a certain mold. This assumption was based on stories I had heard about women trying to fit themselves into a traditional "male” model to succeed.

But my experience has called these assumptions into question. The women attorneys in my firm have all taken a variety of different career paths. I have witnessed several women take extended maternity leave and return to work, picking up where they left off without a hiccup. Some women decide not to have children. Others decide to work part-time or go on secondment. Litigation styles vary among the women attorneys as well. Some women are soft-spoken, while others are naturally more forceful. Some are gifted writers, while others are born with the art of conversation.

The possibilities for women in my firm seem as diverse as the women themselves. In many ways, this feels liberating—the options seem limitless! But with options comes uncertainty. When I speak with my female peers, it becomes clear that for most of us, there are far more questions than answers. Do we want to have children? If so, when? How do we balance work and family? Should we be more aggressive? Do we have to tone ourselves down? Will our calm demeanor be perceived as weakness? Do we want to work toward partnership, or will we decide to take alternative career paths? Do we need to play golf?

One thing is clear: There is no right answer to any of these questions. The onus is on each woman to define her own path. Furthermore, different situations call for different approaches, and I am aware that what may work at one time in my life, may not work later on. Fortunately, the women attorneys in my firm have open discussions about these questions through our women’s initiative program, which provides a forum for discussion on all of the questions raised above. Young associates in particular are encouraged to begin thinking about their careers early.

Although I have not yet made any concrete decisions about my future, I no longer believe women need to fit some predetermined mold to be successful lawyers.More, I am optimistic about my ability to explore different career paths, make decisions about raising a family, and stay true to my personality.My hope is that my generation of women lawyers will continue to explore these broader questions, and constantly expand the definition of what it means to be a successful woman lawyer.

Sarah Woo is an a first year associate at Reed Smith LLP.

*If you would like to contribute to this series, please contact the WLALA Communications Officer, Amy Brantly at


Communication and Trial Practice Tips for the Woman Lawyer
By Cynthia R. Cohen, Ph. D.

                       Judge’s "Friend” Status Not Enough for Recusal

 A New York judge’s "friend” status calls into question social media relationships and takes into consideration recognizing one’s own bias. The New York State Committee on Judicial Ethics believes the mere status of being a Facebook friend does NOT require a judge to exercise recusal. Judges "ultimately determine the nature of their own specific relationships with particular individuals and their own ethical obligations resulting from those relationships.” (NYCLA Committee on Professional Ethics Formal Opinion)

This opinion arose from a judge inquiring whether it was necessary to recuse himself from a criminal trial where he is a Facebook friend acquainted with the parents of minors who allegedly were affected by the defendant’s conduct. The judge states that the Facebook nomenclature "friend” is too strong a descriptive, that these parents are mere acquaintances, and that he can be fair and impartial.

Most judges intend to be fair. However, judges are people too. Bias is encountered to different degrees everyday in courts whether with a judge or a jury. When a judge asks jurors, "Can you be fair?” perceptions of authority frequently compel a "yes” reply, even though jurors are riddled with bias. Social desirability to be fair is a strong motivational factor.

Often a judge or juror recognizes bias, but believe that it does not affect decision-making. Bias does not imply misconduct. Bias helps in decision-making by establishing a framework for comparing right or wrong on many different levels. In the Apple v. Samsung verdict, bias in jurors did not rise to the level of misconduct.

Do we recognize our own biases? Sometimes – but mostly not. An "acquaintance” or a "friend” could mean one travels in the same circles, such as your kids play in the same soccer league or attend Boy Scouts camp together. There are common values that link individuals to a group affiliation. Despite the Groucho Marx quip about refusing to join any club that would have him as a member, most people affiliate with people like them. The affiliation and familiarity with the group tends toward liking individuals within the group. Taking an action such as connecting to a Facebook friend indicates a level of acceptance. Conversely, some people like to keep their enemies close and connect with people they do not like.

Other ethics opinions stem from prevalent social media use. The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics released a formal opinion in 2010 that stated that obtaining evidence from social networking websites is okay as long as one does not deceptively communicate (or deceptively "friend” a potential witness or juror in the process). In today’s courtroom, trial lawyers must include social media searches to flush out bias while the case is in progress.

What can a trial lawyer do when a judge shows bias and chooses to remain rather than recuse from a case? At the trial level, it appears that the defendant will need to look for other appellate issues if the trial outcome is not to the client’s liking.

WLALA Member Cynthia Cohen specializes in jury research, trial strategies, and settlement decision-making at Verdict Success. Dr. Cohen can be reached at 310-545-7914 or


Meltdown in the Courts: Is Arbitration the Answer?



July 17, 2013

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

ADR Services, Inc.

1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 250

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Learn from top neutrals about the pros and cons of arbitration and how it can be used creatively in your court case to speed up the judicial process. Our experienced panel will also share their personal "pet peeves” and give invaluable tips on how to get the best results for your clients.



                                                            Hon. Joe Hilberman         

Deborah Rothman             

Deborah Saxe





Christine Page
Thank you to our generous sponsor:




WLALA Nail Night
July 24, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a night of mingling and pampering with a manicure and
pedicure at Neihulé.
512 West 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Women and Negotiation: Skills of Effective Negotiators
Save the Date!
July 31, 2013
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sidley Austin LLP
555 West Fifth St., Suite 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90013



Polish Your Professional Image at the Frederic Fekkai Salon
August 13, 2013
Services from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Photography from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Do you need a professional head shot for your firm/corporate website or social networking site? Is your head shot just out of date? Join WLALA and Frédéric Fekkai Salon for a night of pampering followed by a photo session done by professional photographer Adam Sheridan Taylor ( Professional head shots can cost up to $1,000, so don't miss out on this great deal and networking opportunity!
Only 25 spaces are available on a first come-first served basis, so please register early.
Services include complimentary smooth outs, polish changes or makeup touchups. Guests receive a choice of one service.
The photograph that the participant chooses will be e-mailed to her/him and can be used for any purposes thereafter.
Payment is due upon space registration and refunds will only be issued if cancellation is received before August 8, 2013.
Frédéric Fekkai Melrose Place
8457 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
WLALA Awards and Installation Dinner
Save the Date!
September 23, 2013
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90014 


WLALA will install Anne C. Tremblay as President for 2013-2014, along with the Executive Committee and the dedicated 2013-2014 board members who have been appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of WLALA and/or the WLALA Foundation. WLALA will also be honoring three inspiring award recipients and the extraordinary women with whom you practice law every day for an evening of celebration.

            Ernestine Stahlhut Award        Myra Bradwell Award   The Distinguished Service Award
District Attorney Jackie Lacey        Occidental Petroleum Corporation        Commissioner Nicole Bershon


Very Limited Number of Tickets to DWC Gala

50% off for WLALA Members

The Downtown Women Center (DWC) Annual Gala, "Dinner with a Cause,” will take place on October 3rd at the Marriott at L.A. Live. This year the DWC will be marking its 35th anniversary of ending homelessness for women. The event will honor Avis and Mark Ridley-Thomas, who have been effective and consistent advocates for positive change in the community for over 30 years. DWC will also recognize other remarkable individuals and organizations that make its work possible, including Anne Shen Smith, Chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, and Wells Fargo. The evening includes hosted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, dinner, and a live auction. The auction includes prime lots such as a weekend stay at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., and an Italian package including a stay at the Bauer il Palazzo in Venice.

Thanks to a contribution by the WLALA Foundation, which has been a longtime supporter of the DWC, WLALA will be listed as a sponsor of the Gala provided we can fill a table of eight. Best of all, those eight WLALA members may attend the Gala and support the DWC’s work for half the individual ticket price -- just $250 per seat.

If you are interested in sitting at the WLALA table, please email call the WLALA Office at (213) 892-8982. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that you must reserve through WLALA to take advantage of the 50% discount.


The WLALA Summer Golf League off to a great start!

WLALA’s Summer Golf League is now in full swing after their first meeting on June 8th. WLALA Member Cynthia Cohen organized the league and new and experienced golfers alike came out to enjoy the game, some sun, and time with some fabulous women! A new league will be starting in the fall, so don’t worry if you missed out on the summer league...there will be plenty more to come!


To see more photos, please CLICK HERE.


The Young Lawyers Section Event - "Practical Skills for the New Lawyer: What You Need to Know to Succeed as an Associate"

By Julie Stromberg
Following Ms. Bailey’s presentation, a panel of four prominent Los Angeles litigation and transactional partners from top national and international law firms candidly revealed their "Pet Peeves” and other insights regarding what new attorneys can do to maximize their success as new associates. Moderator Tanya Forsheit, founding partner of Info Law Group LLP and former partner with Proskauer Rose, led the high-powered panel, which included: Katherine Blair, managing partner of K&L Gates LLP’s corporate practice in Los Angeles; Melanie M. Blunschi, litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP; Meryl K. Chae, partner and leader of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP’s Los Angeles real estate practice and one of the leaders of Skadden’s REIT practice; and Mary Craig Calkins, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Significant take-aways from the panel discussion include:
-Learn how to describe your billing based on your supervising billing partner’s and client’s specifications.
-Be sure to ask questions throughout the process, in both transactional and litigation matters.
The Young Lawyers Section’s "Practical Skills for the New Lawyer: What You Need to Know to Succeed as an Associate,” was captivating from beginning to end. On June 11, 2013, approximately 50 new lawyers and guests attended the Young Lawyers Section’s final event of the year at K&L Gates LLP’s Century City office. The exciting MCLE event kicked off with an engaging lecture by Exec Comm LLC’s Communications Expert, Beth Bailey. Ms. Bailey’s lecture taught attendees how to identify their unique, individual communications styles and how to leverage them to maximize their practical and productive impacts. According to Sarah Schuh, Senior Attorney with the Federal Government and Young Lawyers Section Committee Member, "Ms. Bailey emphasized that all communication styles contribute to a more productive work environment. The examples resonated with me and taught me to appreciate each communication style rather than find differing communication styles to be at odds.” Strong communication skills are keys to success in any profession, but especially in the legal profession. As a result of Ms. Bailey’s lecture, attendees were able to learn how to develop better communication skills and, as Ms. Schuh explained, use them in a more cooperative and productive manner.

-If you choose to embark on the social media wave, be conscious that your personal and professional lives may collide.

-Partners are very busy and are inundated with emails on a daily basis. Therefore, if you need an immediate response from a partner, consider sending an email with an attention-grabbing subject line. Or, pick up the phone and call the partner!

-Long emails are a common partner pet peeve. Consider sending succinct emails or use bullet points to shorten your email without sacrificing important points.

-Consider "thinking outside of the box.” For example, if you are assigned a research task and are unable to find a case or statute on point, look for alternative arguments or cases and statutes that may help your argument "persuasively.”

-Be productive with your billable time.

Overall, the program was a success and attendees were able to gain invaluable insider’s points on how to maximize their success as associates. Alexis Endsley, Senior Associate at Wood, Smith, Henning, and Berman LLP, stated, "I really enjoyed the program, and thought it was beneficial for new associates and more senior associates alike. I appreciated learning about the impact of different communication styles in getting one's message across, with both partners and clients.” Based on the overall positive response regarding the program, the Young Lawyers Section will consider repeating this event in the future. The success of the event would not have been possible without the help and insight of our amazing moderator and speakers. In addition, the support from the following sponsors was also invaluable: Exec Comm LLC; K&L Gates LLP; Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith (a legal search firm); and Veritext LLC.

Julie Stromberg is co-chair of WLALA's Young Lawyers Section.



LACBA/WLALA Joint Task Force Present Program on Women’s Initiatives

by Stacy Horth-Neubert

More than 50 people attended the June 20, 2013 program presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Joint Task Force On Retention and Promotion of Women in the Legal Profession, entitled The Indispensable Woman Lawyer—Getting Results From Law Firm Advancement and Promotion Initiatives. The program focused on steps law firms can take to optimize and measure results from their women's initiatives, and featured a panel of thought leaders in the field. Sarretta McDonough of the National Association of Women Lawyers, spoke regarding NAWL's annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. As NAWL describes it, "The Survey is the only national study of the nation’s 200 largest law firms which annually tracks the progress of women lawyers at all levels of private practice, including the most senior positions, and collects data on firms as a whole rather than from a subset of individual lawyers." Meryl Vaughn of Major, Lindsay and Africa, discussed her firm's 2012 Partner Compensation Survey, a follow-up to its "ground-breaking 2010 Survey, which was the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken to identify ranges of partner compensation, the criteria law firms use in determining partner compensation, and the satisfaction of law firm partners with their compensation and compensation systems." The final panelist was Victoria Pychon of She Negotiates, who has authored a series of articles for on women's initiatives and issues. The program was moderated by White & Case LLP partner and Joint Task Force member, Brenda Dieck. The Joint Task Force's Steering Committee is comprised of Anne Tremblay, Susan Alker, Helen B. Kim, Stacy Horth-Neubert, Ellen Pansky, and Deborah Crandall Saxe.

Moderator: Brenda Dieck Speakers: Sarretta C. McDonough, Victoria Pynchon and Merle Vaughn


2013-2014 WLALA Officers

WLALA is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 WLALA Officers:

President: Anne C. Tremblay

President-Elect: Jennifer S. Romano

First Vice President: Kimberly R. Arnal

Second Vice President: Stacy R. Horth-Neubert

Secretary/Treasurer: Amy T. Brantly

Communications: Heather E. Stern


The Select-A-Mediator Launch Party and Networking Mixer
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sofitel Hotel
8555 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
In response to the closure of the LA Superior Court ADR Department, the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) invites you to attend this event. ALL PROFESSIONALS WELCOME.
The SCMA is launching Select-A-Mediator, a searchable directory of mediators who are willing to offer their services at a variety of market rates. There are NO administrative fees charged to parties using Select-A-Mediator. The requirements to be listed on Select-A-Mediator are comparable to the qualifications for the LA Superior Court ADR Department.
No Cover Charge; Cash Bar
RSVP to Floyd Siegal at
RSVPs Encouraged – Walk-Ins Welcome
Parking: Beverly Center across the street ($1 Per hour) or Sofitel Valet Parking ($10)

Join the National Association of Women Lawyers for our 2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

July 25, 2013

The Waldorf-Astoria New York Hotel
301 Park Avenue
New York, New York

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Joins as a Co-Sponsor!
WLALA members receive a 10% discount on registration.

Join over 800 leading women lawyers from across the country at the National Association of Women Lawyers' 2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon held on July 25, 2013 at the historic Waldorf-Astoria New York Hotel in New York, New York. NAWL will honor those who have made significant contributions to diversifying the legal profession as well as its members, who have devoted their time and efforts to NAWL. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in interesting and timely CLE programs along with networking events, including NAWL's Networking Night of Giving benefiting inMotion.

Honorees include:


Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

accepted by Sheila Kearney Davidson
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel


Executive Director and President of inMotion

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc.


President & CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel


Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Chief Legal Officer, Pruco Securities, LLC, Prudential Financial

Associate General Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Counsel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


WLALA members will receive a 10% discount when registering for this event. Please use the following code when registering: 2013AMCS


California Women Lawyers 25th Southern California Judicial Reception

Friday, July 26, 2013

8:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Nipomo, CA

To register, please CLICK HERE.

The Iranian American Lawyers Association (IALA)
"Cultural Competency in Family Practice:
Piercing the Veil of Culture”
July 27, 2013
8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
University of West Los Angeles (UWLA)
9800 S. La Cienega Blvd., 12th Floor
Inglewood, CA 90301
The Iranian American Lawyers association (IALA) is hosting a daylong family law seminar titled "Piercing the Veil of Culture". It is part of an umbrella program called "Cultural Competency in Family Practice". We have four panels studying "creation of marriage", " marital relationship during the marriage", "divorce", and "consequence of divorce" from global perspective. We have a luncheon program addressing how California Courts address the cultural issues.

In the Member News Section of the June 2013 E-Newsletter, WLALA congratulated WLALA Member M.C. Sungaila for being installed at President of the Asian Pacific Women Lawyers Alliance. WLALA would like to retract this statement. WLALA Member Cynthia Loo was installed as President of the Asian Pacific Women Lawyers Alliance. Congratulations, Cynthia!

Of Interest

WLALA Member, M.C. Sungaila, wrote an article for the American Bar Association: The Woman Advocate—The Business of Law: Women on Leadership, Mentoring, and Client Service

Member News

WLALA President, Ruth Kahn, was featured in the "Meet The Women Rainmakers!” Section of the ABA’s Webzine—Law Practice Today. To read the article, please CLICK HERE.

WLALA Board Member, Jessica Kronstadt, was appointed by the State Bar Board of Trustees to a three-year term on the State Bar’s California Young

Lawyer’s Association (CYLA), which is comprised of 20 attorneys who are either under age 36 or have been practicing for fewer than five years. Her term starts this October. Congrats, Jessica!

The law firm founded by WLALA Immediate Past President Tanya Forsheit, InfoLawGroup LLP, was ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of the top national Privacy & Data Security law firms. Congrats, Tanya!


New Members

Archana Acharya, Abigail Anderson, Caitlin Berger, Mary Bresnan, Angelina Chew, Kristen Clark, Jennifer Chou, Emily Crim, Varty Defterderian, Malin Delling, Anya Freedman, Alexandra Garchie, Susan Garrett, Sarah Gerdes, Melissa Hernandez, Slki Hong, Leah Johannesson, Megan Holbrook, Alison Kalinski, Kay Kochenderfer, Kate Kraus, Jayme Long, Zhen Lu, Jessica Matic, Marisa Melero, Katelyn Mirolla, Catherine Monreal, Becky Morgan, Melissa Newman, Stacy Okun-Wiese, Vicki Perkowirz, Shana Ramirez, Jennifer Sacro, Katherine Sales, Evelina Shpolyansky, Cheryl Solomon, Grace Song, Alysha Stein-Manes, Farah Tabibkhoei, Bray Taylor, Chetna Vora, Kayla Walsh, Katelyn Wierenga, Tammy Wu


WLALA Job Bank

Did you know that your WLALA membership allows you to access the WLALA Job Bank? The Job Bank has employment opportunities from different non-profit organizations and law firms. To view the WLALA Job Bank, please CLICK HERE.
WLALA Member Discounts
Did you know your WLALA membership comes with opportunities for discounts on everything from deposition services to dry cleaning? To view our current member discounts, please CLICK HERE.
WLALA Calendar of Events
To view the WLALA’s Calendar, please CLICK HERE.
Local Bar Calendar of Events
To view the Calendar of Events for local bar organizations, please CLICK HERE.

Thank You To This Month’s Sponsor