Orange County Women
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  • Thursday, December 07, 2023 10:50 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Now Accepting 2024 Sponsorships!

    OCWLA Annual Sponsorship Program

    OCWLA is pleased to offer its 2024 Annual Sponsorship Program. 

    For one singular discounted price, the program allows sponsors to receive the benefit of recognition throughout the calendar year at OCWLA's signature events including:

    • OCWLA Annual Gala
    • Women Judges Reception
    • Annual Wine Tasting 
    • Holiday Celebration & Installation Dinner

    In addition to the annual sponsorship program, OCWLA offers exclusive title sponsorships for each of its continuing education luncheons. Title sponsors receive exclusive branding on all e-communications for the sponsored luncheon and are able to share promotional materials with members attending the luncheon. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please email us at

    Sponsorships support OCWLA's mission of advancing women in the legal profession by providing a professional network, raising awareness of discrimination and bias, and supporting charitable organizations. The ongoing support of OCWLA's sponsors have enabled the organization to continue to grow, offer additional resources to its members, and support the local legal community. 

    Questions about the sponsorship program may be referred to


    Sponsor the OCWLA!

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2023 11:13 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Kutak Rock seeks an experienced environmental attorney to join its Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group. This position may be located in any Kutak Rock office location: Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Fayetteville, AR; Irvine, CA; Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR: Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, VA; Rogers, AR; Scottsdale, AZ; Spokane, WA; Springfield, MO; Tallahassee, FL; and Washington, D.C.

    I have included the full job description below. Interested individuals may apply at:

    We would like to share this position with the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Please let me know what further information is required.

    Thank you!

    Sarah E. Anderson

    Talent Acquisition & Compliance Specialist


    Kutak Rock LLP

    901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1000, Richmond, VA 23219

    p: 804.343.5248   f: 804.783.6192

    Job Summary Kutak Rock seeks an experienced environmental attorney to join its Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group. Our team works closely with our colleagues across practice groups at Kutak Rock nation-wide to provide advice and counseling on environmental risk and liability to Kutak Rock clients. Attorneys in this role regularly interface with colleagues across offices and practice groups and engage directly with clients. This is an opportunity to grow an already established practice with a broad existing client base that includes state and local governmental entities, publicly and privately held corporations, not-for-profit groups, and lending organizations.

    This position may be located in any Kutak Rock office location: Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Fayetteville, AR; Irvine, CA; Kansas City, MO; Little Rock, AR: Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, VA; Rogers, AR; Scottsdale, AZ; Spokane, WA; Springfield, MO; Tallahassee, FL; and Washington, D.C.

    Responsibilities Advise on matters associated with:

    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Real estate, tax credits, and financing transactions
    • Permitting related to stormwater, air, and water emissions
    • Risk mitigation
    • Federal, state, and local statutory and regulatory compliance
    • Emerging contaminants
    • Renewable energy projects
    • National Environmental Policy Act


    • Strong writing and communication skills
    • Law degree (JD) from an ABA accredited law school
    • Bar admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction
    • 5+ years of environmental law experience in the public and/or private sector
    • Experience with federal law and standards (including but not limited to CERCLA, NEPA, RCRA, TSCA, FIFRA, CWA, CAA)
    • Familiarity with state and local environmental regulatory requirements
    • Experience with pollution legal liability insurance and prior defense sites preferred, but not required
    • Portable business preferred, but not required


    Position Information Salary Range: $150,000 - $400,000, commensurate with experience and location
    Position Status: Exempt
    Workplace Type: Hybrid

    Benefits Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Dependent Life, Disability, and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance. Flexible Spending Plan. Health Savings Account. Fertility coverage assistance. Profit-Sharing and 401(k) Retirement benefits. Discretionary bonuses. Nine Paid Holidays per calendar year. Bereavement, jury duty, military leave. Employee Assistance Program. Back-Up Care. Domestic Partner Benefits. Commuting Benefits. Some of the foregoing benefits include Employer/Employee cost sharing.

    Additional Information Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
    Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO).

    About The Firm Kutak Rock was formed in 1965 with a commitment to exceptional client service delivered with a collaborative, team-focused approach. Our founding charter commits the firm to “allow and encourage each individual within it to be a full person,” and we strive to offer an exceptional professional environment, intellectually challenging and engaging work in multiple disciplines, competitive compensation and benefits, opportunities for training and career development. We are a leading national law firm with locations in 19 cities united by our common commitment to our core values of client service; integrity and fairness; innovation; and inclusiveness and diversity.

    We are dedicated to the maintenance of a respectful, collegial, communicative, and equal opportunity workplace that encourages and rewards innovation and entrepreneurship. We measure our success not just on the basis of our revenues or our profits, but by the satisfaction we deliver for our clients and the health, engagement and loyalty of our people.

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2023 11:09 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The UC Irvine mock trial team is hosting an elite mock trial tournament this January, featuring top schools from across the county. We are very much in need of attorney volunteers from the community to serve as competition judges.

    More than half of all students who participate in mock trial are women, but year to year, our judging pool is often 60-75% male. This year, we hope to actively recruit more female attorneys to serve as judges. In our view, female representation among judges at these events can be an important part of showing ambitious young women that they belong in law.

    Would you please share the details of our upcoming mock trial tournament with your membership at OCWLA? Here is our information for folks who are willing and able to help:

    We are in need of judges for a collegiate mock trial tournament taking place on Jan. 6th & 7th at the University of California, Irvine.

    You can sign up to judge by clicking HERE. Please sign up by Dec. 15th.

    The trials: The trials are approximately three hours long and require no preparation. There will be two days of trials, both consisting of a morning round from ~9:00 to 12:00 PM and then an afternoon round from ~2:00 to 5:00 PM. Depending on your availability, you can judge as many or as few as you would like.

    The case: This year’s case is a criminal matter about a heist that occurred at a charity gala. Each trial, the prosecution gets to pick one of two defendants to charge, selecting either (1) one of the alleged robbers ("Poe Cameron") or (2) a local billionaire accused of funding the operation ("Berkley De la Porta"). The evidence, charges and witnesses available vary across the rounds, which makes each trial unique and interesting to watch.

    Judge orientation: Before each round, we will hold a 30-minute judge orientation session. In that session, we will explain how to judge the trials, how to score the trial ballot, and other logistics. No other preparation is needed to judge (i.e., you don’t need to read any part of the case ahead of time).

    Judge check-in will open 30 minutes before the orientation session, making morning check-in at 8:00 AM and afternoon check-in at 1:00 PM each day. During both days of the trials, we will be providing bagels, coffee and lunch.

    Here's the link to sign up:

  • Monday, November 13, 2023 10:52 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The IRS Office of Chief Counsel is the largest tax firm in the country with approximately 1,500 attorneys, and Small Business/Self Employed is the largest Chief Counsel division with attorneys assigned to 47 field offices, including four different offices in Southern California.  At this time, we have an open announcement to fill many GS-12 to GS-14 attorney positions throughout the country, including at our California field offices in Los Angeles, Laguna Niguel, Thousand Oaks, and San Diego.  Please see the link below for the vacancy announcement and note that the deadline to apply is December 29, 2023.  However, application reviews and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis so we encourage anyone interested to apply as soon as they can.  Please share this announcement with your members and encourage interested members to apply.

    Vacancy Announcement #:

    Open Period: 07/10/2023 to 12/29/2023

    For more information regarding what it’s like to work at Chief Counsel, please follow this link to learn about the many benefit programs and to read different attorney profiles.

  • Monday, October 16, 2023 7:26 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    It’s time for OCWLA’s annual election for ten (10) Director positions. The time commitment for an OCWLA Director (or Officer) is a one (1) year term, and includes:

    1. Attendance at the OCWLA monthly Board meetings (on the fourth Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noticed);
    2. Attendance at the OCWLA monthly lunch or evening programs;
    3. Participation in OCWLA committees; and
    4. Participation in the Board Planning Retreat.

    Collegiality and camaraderie are all integral to the OCWLA Board experience.

    If you are interested in running, please submit a short Candidate's Statement and photo (optional) to us by the close of business on Friday, October 20, 2023, via email: The 2024 Slate of Director candidates will be presented to the membership via e-blast the following week.

    Elections are held online and in-person in November. Online voting will close on November 8. In-person voting will occur during the start of the OCWLA November lunch meeting on November 9 at Avenue of The Arts, Costa Mesa. Election results will be announced at the end of the lunch meeting.

    Installation of the 2024 Board of Officers and Directors takes place at the OCWLA Holiday Reception & Installation Dinner on November 29, 2023.

    We are very excited about your interest in joining the OCWLA Board. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

  • Friday, October 13, 2023 3:56 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)


    CALCRIM 2023-02

    Title: Criminal Jury Instructions: Revisions Proposed Rules, Forms, Standards, or Statutes Revised Jury Instructions

    Summary: Revisions to user guide and jury instructions reflecting recent developments in the law and user suggestions.

    Deadline: Comments must be submitted by Monday, November 27, 2023 at, 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 7:02 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The National Association of Women Lawyers’ General Counsel Institute (“GCI”) is a multi-day program of networking, education, and inspiration designed for senior in-house women counsel. Sessions with the general counsel of major corporations and other inspirational speakers foster frank, collegial discussions about career advancement. Workshops on key topics with leading experts provide opportunities to refine skills. GCI creates a unique environment to connect with other women counsel, share the highs and lows of in-house life, and build legal and leadership skills. Join NAWL on November 8 – 10 in New York as they focus on “; Extraordinary Times: Leading Through Change and Uncertainty”. Please note that attendance at GCI is limited to in-house counsel and sponsors. As a member of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, you’ll receive 10% off your registration by using a discount code: please email for your code.

  • Wednesday, October 04, 2023 8:14 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Dorsey is seeking a Labor & Employment Associate with two to four years of experience to join our Southern California office in Costa Mesa. This associate will work closely with partners on a wide variety of employment litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff cases, as well as advice matters. Experience with organized labor and union negotiations is a plus.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a proven foundation in employment litigation who is ready to take the next step in their career. 

    Qualified candidates will have:

    - A JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
    - Two to four years of employment litigation and counseling experience in a law firm setting;

    - California bar admission
    - Excellent analytical and writing skills; 
    - Excellent verbal communication; 
    - Strong academic performance

    Examples of what you’ll be working on over time, with increasing responsibility: 
    - Defend single-plaintiff cases and play a substantial role in managing complex litigation including class actions.
    - Recommend and collaborate with partners on case strategy and tactics.
    - Substantial brief writing.
    - Argue motions in court.
    - Interview witnesses and prepare fact presentations for litigated matters.
    - Draft discovery requests and responses to discovery requests.
    - Take and defend depositions.
    - Substantial trial work, as required.
    - Provide increasingly complex employment law advice and counsel based on experience.
    - Proactively maintain workload and caseload; anticipate next steps and implement follow-up procedures.
    - Maintain electronic and paper files.
    - Manage case dockets, dates and deadlines for client projects and legal filings.
    - Assist with special projects and cooperate as a team member with co-workers.


    For California applicants only, the salary range for this position is $200,000 - $240,000. Pay is determined based on depth of experience in the practice area. The individual hired for this position may have the option of electing a lower billable-hours track with a proportional reduction in salary. Associates are eligible to participate in Dorsey’s associate bonus program, subject to the program’s conditions and restrictions.


    Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance; domestic partner benefits (for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners); Dorsey & Whitney 401(K) Retirement and Savings Plan; 15 weeks of paid parental leave, plus an additional 6-8 weeks of paid short-term disability for lawyers who give birth; adoption assistance; back-up child care program; education and college advising programs; well-being programs and activities; a 24/7 employee assistance program with confidential counseling; and more!


    Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive work environment. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of our community.


    You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.


    Dorsey participates in E-Verify.


    About Dorsey

    Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, dedicated approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies.

    Our lawyers apply superb legal knowledge and skills with practical wisdom and a deep understanding of business and industry. We serve clients in nearly all industries, but focus on six key industries in which we have excellent depth and a history of achieving client success: 

    - Banking and Financial Institutions

    - Development and Infrastructure

    - Energy & Natural Resources

    - Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

    - Healthcare

    - Technology


    Among Dorsey’s many distinguished alumni are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser, Minnesota’s first woman judge Betty Washburn, former U.S. Vice President and Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York Zachary Carter, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Recognized for our dedication to community, Dorsey has met the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge every year since the Challenge began in 1993 by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono work.


    One of our greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual. Dorsey has received external recognition for our welcoming workplace, including:

    - Mansfield Certification Plus (Diversity Lab)

    - Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers)

    - 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign)

    - Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)

    How to Apply
    Dorsey accepts online applications at We do not accept application materials by mail or email except as a reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled applicants. Dorsey is committed to providing disability and religious-based reasonable accommodations. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application and hiring process, or if you have questions about a workplace reasonable accommodation, please contact us at 612-492-5033.

  • Monday, October 02, 2023 8:04 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)



    Title: Technology: Final Findings & Recommendations of Advancing the Hybrid Courtroom

    Summary: The Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) is responsible for making recommendations for improving the administration of justice through the use of technology and for fostering cooperative endeavors to resolve common technological issues with other stakeholders in the justice system. In 2021, the ITAC initiated a workstream to work on a framework for courtrooms that are optimized for proceedings involving any number of physical

    or remote participants. After assessing and reviewing the current implementation of hybrid courtrooms, the workstream now requests your input on the draft of the Final Findings & Recommendations for developing standards for hybrid courtrooms.

    Deadline: Comments must be submitted by Thursday, October 12, 2023 at, 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023 6:22 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Position Base: Los Angeles (Westwood), California

    Location: UCLA Campus

    Please apply via this link:


    The UCLA Office of the Campus Counsel (OCC) serves as the in-house legal office for the UCLA campus, including its professional schools. In that capacity, the OCC has created this web site to familiarize the UCLA community with our Office and its services. The OCC attorneys provide counsel and legal advice to officers, deans, faculty, and schools and departments of the University requiring legal assistance, and provide coordination and liaison between the campus, the UC Legal Office of the General Counsel in Oakland, and outside counsel engaged on behalf of the University. We hope this web site provides a valuable first resource for legal matters concerning UCLA.


    Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs, serving on the campus legal team in coordination with the University of California Office of General Counsel, this role provides advice on the wide range of legal questions associated with the administration, management and operation of UCLA, including but not limited to academic affairs, student affairs, business affairs, research and compliance, employment (e.g., reviewing and responding to complaints received from regulatory agencies, such as the OCR, DFEH, and EEOC), litigation and risk management, public records, policies and procedures.


    1. Provides general problem solving and advice on a wide range of legal questions associated with the administration, management and operation of UCLA.

    2. Provides legal advice regarding issues relating to staff, academic personnel and employment issues in all segments of UCLA community.

    3. Provides legal advice on student-related matters such as FERPA, constitutional rights such as 1st and 14th Amendment questions, immigration issues, travel abroad, sports and recreation, disability accommodation, student conduct, and policy review.

    4. Provides legal advice on matters of research and compliance, workplace violence prevention, E-discovery, privacy and data protection, public records, EH&S/OSHA compliance, and other matters affecting the campus.

    5. Drafts documentation for wide range of academic, administrative, student and business matters; including review of contracts and MOUs.

    6. Oversees Employment and General Liability litigated matters involving UCLA in concert with the Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs.

    7. Reviews, evaluates, advises about, and revises proposed UCLA policy and procedures, or revisions to current policy and procedures, obtaining consultation where appropriate.

    8. Coordinates review of and response to complaints received from regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, California Civil Rights Department, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as agreed with central campus human resources offices and client departments.

    9. Negotiates special transactions, including settlement agreements.

    10. Reviews/revises waivers, acceptance of (and responses to) subpoenas and interaction with governmental agencies.

    11. Prepares or obtains legal opinions and advice as sought by UCLA administration.

    12. Prepares or directs the preparation of correspondence, documentation, reports and executive summaries as necessary.

    13. Develops strong working relationships with senior management and administrators at UCLA, and with administrators at the UC Office of the President, as needed.

    14. Executes all other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs.

    15. Serves on campuswide committees as requested.



    • J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited institution and active membership in good standing of the State Bar of California (or eligible for immediate membership).
    • Demonstrated effective letter drafting and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated effective oral communication skills.
    • Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with senior administrators and a diverse range of constituents.
    • Demonstrated ability in setting priorities and completing work in a timely manner.
    • A workplace style that emphasizes collaboration, teamwork, and facilitation.
    • Readily and regularly professionally accessible to the Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs, and campus clients.
    • Ability and willingness to use standard computer software applications, including Word, email programs, Internet browsers, and on-line legal research.


    • Experience in employment law, student affairs, academic personnel and research, federal regulation compliance, complex contracts, international agreements, risk management and litigation processes.
    • Knowledge of University or higher education policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of legal issues associated with governmental/public entities.
    • Experience in matters relevant to business transactions, state and federal contracts, and intellectual property.
    • Experience with complex organizations and the management of significant legal issues.


    This position requires a hybrid schedule (2 days on site, 3 days remote per week).


    Job Title: Counsel 3

    Job Code: 000202

    Salary Grade: MSP 27

    Payscale: $129,600 - $190,000 annual, with salary placement based on skills, knowledge, and experience.

    Benefits information can be found at:


    Please be prepared to attach a writing sample with a minimum of 10 pages - maximum of 20 pages demonstrating the applicant's analytical/persuasive skills.

    Please apply via this link:

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