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

Message from OCWLA President Jessica Munk

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 11:37 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Happy April OCWLA Members!

We are off to a busy and fun year so far! On March 2nd we held our Annual Wine Event at the Roof Bar at Old Vine Kitchen & Bar at the Camp and had an excellent turnout. We just kicked off April with our Annual Equal Pay Day MCLE. While Equal Pay Day for all women on average this year was March 14th, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 21st, Latina Equal Pay Day is October 8th, and Native and Indigenous Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30th. Thank you to our all-star panel, Lori Andrus, Shauna Madison, and Professor Andrew Penner for a very informative discussion on how the U.S. measures up in terms of pay equity for women, how women litigators are fighting for equal pay in the workplace, and for highlighting the continued disparities for equal pay for women of different ethnicities.  

On Friday, April 14th we are doing Zumba with the Chapman Women Lawyers Association, which will be taught by The Honorable Erithe Smith. Please save the date for our quarterly free coffee meetup on May 5th from 8:15-10:00 a.m. at the Corner Bakery. I hope to see you there!

Finally, stay tuned for upcoming details on a spectacular new venue for our 47th Annual Gala, which we will be announcing soon! 

We also have Annual Sponsorship opportunities available that include sponsoring our Annual Gala. Please check out our packet here.


Let's Zumba with Chapman Women Lawyers Association

Join Chapman Women Lawyers Association on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 5pm at Aitken Arts Plaza Field, One University Drive, Orange. This special Zumba class is free, and will be lead by The Honorable Erithe SmithYou won't want to miss this!

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April OCWLA Book Club 

An OCWLA Members-Only Club. Join us for our monthly book club! This month we will be reading is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. The discussion will be led by Yvette Patko, OCDA's Office at 5:30pm on April 24th at Mimi's Café in Tustin!

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Cinco de Mayo Coffee Meetup

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a free coffee breakfast with the OCWLA! Members and non-members are welcome to attend. May 5, 2023 8:15am - 10:00am at Corner Bakery Irvine/Tustin Marketplace. Please RSVP by May 2.

Sponsored by Knobbe Martens

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CWL 2023 Annual Conference

Featuring inspirational speakers and multiple panels of top women lawyers and judges addressing timely issues, the California Women Lawyers Annual Conference is a full-day conference held on May 19, 2023 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa. 

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Judith Soley Award Reception Honoring 2023 Awardee Ashleigh Aiken

Join OCWLA and CWL on May 19, 2023 at Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa to honor OCWLA Past President and Mayor of Anaheim Ashleigh Aitken. The Judith Soley Award is presented at the CWL Annual Conference to a worthy recipient who has made a significant contribution to her community, extending beyond the practice of law, to devote time and effort to the public good and values through the tradition of public service and involvement, and who exemplifies the values and missions of California Women Lawyers.

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Elimination of Bias MCLE: Celebrate Equal Pay Day with the OCWLA!Members and guests attending our presentation to learn how women litigators are fighting for Equal Pay in the workplace, and how the United States stacks up in terms of pay equity for women. Featuring attorney leaders in their field Lori Andrus and Shauna Madison, as well as Professor Andrew Penner, Director of The Center for Administrative Data Analysis at UCI (via Zoom).


Welcome New & Renewing Members!

Thank you & welcome Ashley Aceves, Julianne Avery, Katherine Bissett, Mina Brar, Susan Chace, Emily Cook, Morgan Gallagher, Sarah Hasselberger, Marsha Jones, Julia Kilpatrick, Cara LaChance O'Neill, Catherine Learned, Chloe Lee, Cindery Liang, Brigette Martinez, Laila Masud, Atrina Mirza, Nina Moreno, Gracie Naranjo, Lizzette Olvera, Lauren Ownbey, Rebecca Rogers, Busra Sahin, Angelika Sidoruk, Jacqueline Smart, Jamie Sprague, Jenny Tran, and Joanna Weiss. We are thrilled that you joined OCWLA! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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