Orange County Women
 Lawyers Association
For Women Lawyers and Those Who Support Their Advancement

OCWLA President Dana Heyde’s July Message

Monday, July 18, 2022 12:39 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Hello OCWLA Community! 

Happy (early) Fourth Of July!

As our country celebrates our freedom, it is important to recognize the reproductive freedoms that were taken away from women last month. Sometimes it seems that the fight for women’s equality is never done. Along with Sister Bars of Los Angeles and Allies, OCWLA issued a statement voicing our opposition to the egregious holding in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. I am proud to be part of an organization that continues to work together to advance women everywhere.  

Upcoming Events

Connect With Other Book Lovers: This month, Lori Cheyne and Betty Fracisco will lead the group as we read The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti by Jennifer Probst. This chick lit/romance will take our group to the Amalfi Coast. Join us on July 25, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café in Tustin. Click here for more information.

Women Judge’s ReceptionJoin us for an event celebrating and encouraging the advancement of women on the bench. The event will take place at The Boardwalk on August 4, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hosted appetizers, wine & beer will be served. Sitting Judges are complimentary! Sponsorships are available.

Our Empowering June

Thank You Blood Donors!: Thank you to everyone who participated in OCWLA’s Blood Drive! Read more here.


Summer Membership Mixer: OCWLA members had a blast at the Summer Membership Mixer! 

Book Club: Bette Robin led our book club in reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington. This empowering book motivated us!  

June MCLE: An amazing In-House Counsel Panel discussed career options, insights, and inspiration. - Remove “Presentation: In-House Insights”. This engaging conversation was appreciated by all who attended! 

Gala Updates

Become A Gala Sponsor: Join us at the Gala on October 12, 2022, at Shady Canyon Golf Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as OCWLA honors 2022 Judge of the Year Judge Debra Servino, 2022 Attorney of the Year Antoinette Balta of Veterans Legal Institute, and the recipient of the Advancement of Women award Community Legal Aid SoCal. You can support these amazing honorees with a Gala Sponsorship.

Donate To The Silent Auction: Do you have a good or service that would be perfect for the Gala’s Silent Auction? The OCWLA Foundation is accepting donations! All donations to the OCWLA Foundation are tax deductible. Donors are recognized in the Gala program. Contact to donate today! 

Get Involved!

Make An Immediate Impact: You can advance women in the legal profession, raise awareness of discrimination and bias, and support charitable organizations by becoming an Annual Sponsor of OCWLA. Sponsors receive recognition and connect with OCWLA members at several events throughout the year. Thank you for your interest in supporting this amazing organization! 

Share Your Recent Achievements: We love learning more about our members! Our Featured Member Series is a great way for members to introduce themselves to the membership and share their recent accomplishments. Nominate yourself or another spectacular OCWLA member today. 

Let’s Celebrate Each Other!: OCWLA’s Everyday Hero Award recognizes members of our profession who have made a positive impact in the community through their hard work, generosity, and commitment to justice. To nominate an Everyday Hero, send the nominee’s contact information and a brief description of why they are a hero to Executive Director Kaity Van Amersfort at

Utilize Our Discussion Forum: OCWLA continues to take action that will connect members in new ways. Members can access a Discussion Forum to share referrals, mentorship, and provide professional resources. Simply log in to your OCWLA account to access the Discussion Forum. Once logged in, you can start a discussion but hovering over membership and then by clicking on the Discussion Forum/List Serve link. 

Join Us!: We would love to have you join OCWLA! Renew your membership today to become a part of this active and dynamic group! Discounted and/or complimentary membership rates are available for judges, government attorneys, attorneys with less than five years of practice, and law students. 

Become A California Women Lawyers Member: Over forty years ago, OCWLA aligned with California Women Lawyers, which in 1974 established itself as the only statewide women lawyers organization. The mission of both OCWLA and CWL is the advancement of women in the legal profession through collaboration and leadership. Join today!

Recognizing OCWLA’s Members

Welcome New Members!: Welcome Jae-Min Cho and Kaelyn Keller. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to meeting you at the next event. 

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Dana Heyde, OCWLA President
Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP

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