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

March 2023 Message from OCWLA President Jessica Munk

Monday, March 06, 2023 9:45 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Happy Women's History Month 

OCWLA Members! 

Women’s History Month first began in 1978 in Santa Rosa, California when a task force was commissioned to address the status of women. The organizers selected the week of March 8th to correspond to International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country. In 1980, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

Looking back on our history, Orange County Women Lawyers started in 1975 with 5 members. The original goal was to focus on the rights not only of women but also of all individual groups that may have experienced discrimination in our society or before the law. At the time, there were no women jurists sitting on the bench in Orange County. The group quickly grew to over 30 members. Since this time, OCWLA has been dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the support of diversity both on the bench and in law firm partnerships. Nearly 50 years later, today the OCWLA has over 500 members. While women have come a long way in the legal profession and on the bench, there is still much work to do.

Equal Pay Day this year is March 14th, which represents how far into the year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Women who work full-time are paid on average just 84% of what men are paid and for part-time work just 77%These percentages are even lower for women of color.

Our Annual Equal Pay Day MCLE will be on April 7th. Learn how women litigators are fighting for equal pay in the workplace and how the U.S. stacks up in terms of pay equity for women. This will be a very informative event, so I hope to see you there.

2023 Award Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the 2023 Judge of the Year, Attorney of Year, and Advancement of Women Award. Please submit all nominations by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Become An Annual Sponsor Today!

If you or your organization would like to become an OCWLA Annual Sponsor this year, we have a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available. Please check out our sponsorship packet here

Don't forget to check OCWLA's News Page for Job Opportunities and other postings. To submit a posting, email


Galentine's Day Coffee with OCWLA & Mommy Esq.Members and friends joined together for some free coffee and treats sponsored by Knobbe Martens. Thank you to all who attended!

February OCWLA Book Club: Our book club ended February with a discussion led by OCWLA Secretary, Heidi Plummer on Elin Hilderbrand's Golden Girl! We are always so happy to see our book club regulars each month and hope to see more newcomers! Visit our website for next month's book selection!


OCWLA Annual Wine EventMembers of the OC Legal Community enjoyed rooftop views and good company at Old Vine Kitchen & Bar in Costa Mesa on March 2. This annual event was generously sponsored by Bock & Plummer, Attorneys At Law. Visit our Facebook page for more photos!


Welcome New & Renewing Members!

Thank you & welcome Michele Assayag, Martha Binder, Jessica Burger, Hope Callahan, Paula Dizon, Emily Engler, Belinda Escobosa, Siobhan Fogarty, Dana Glasser, Darian Hackney, Denise Hansen, Triana Henderson, Joyce Kim, Amanat Kular, Elsa Larsen, Melody Leonard, Polina Litvina, Megan Musquiz, Natalie Najarian, Emily Neves, Mindy Nili, Misty Perry Isaacson, Stella Pogosyan, Giselle Preciado, Tamera Pruitt, Lauren Raya, Jacqueline Sarte, Shelby Slaughter, Hon. Erithe Smith, Mireya Valle. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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