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A message from former WLAC President, Lise Pearlman:

Hello friends and colleagues. I am writing to ask you to subscribe to my mailing list for "The Real Trial of the 20th Century" documentary project based on my 2012 award winning book "The Sky's The Limit: The People v. Huey Newton -- The Real Trial of the 20th Century?"

Please click HERE to subscribe.

Lise Pearlman
Real Trial Movie Co-Producer and Co-Director

State Bar's De Anza High School Law Academy

Want to make a difference in the lives of young people? Have a limited amount of free time? Commit to as little as four 2-hour meetings during the school year!


Sign up to become a mentor! CLICK HERE.

Support Girls, Inc. as an Internship Sponsor

For a list of past sponsors and to learn more, click HERE.


Ethics and Social Media: Spotting the Issues and Finding the Answers

October 7, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.

Meyers Nave, 555 12th Street, Suite 1500, Oakland, CA

Presented by: The Honorable Robert D. McGuiness, Mary Cain-Simon, & Jeff Chorney


Please join Women Lawyers of Alameda County and the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Law Section, Women's Section, and Diversity Committee for a screening of:

Anita - Speaking Truth to Power

March 26, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:47 p.m.

Landmark Piedmont
4186 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611


A landmark movie about a young, brilliant African American, Anita Hill, who accuses Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of unwanted sexual advances during explosive Senate Hearings in 1991 and ignites a political firestorm about sexual harassment, race, power and politics that resonates some 20 years later. For the first time on film Anita Hills speaks about her experience in the Senate Hearings, her impact on issues of sexual harassment, workplace rights for women and men, social justice and equality.

After the movie join us for discussion on elimination of bias (and ice cream at Fenton's up the street). Guests are welcome, but keep in mind, there is graphic actual testimony of Justice Thomas's alleged sexual harassment of Anita Hill.

Here is the link to register for tickets: https://www.tugg.com/events/13466

Additional fee of $5 for the MCLE credit will be collected by the CCCBA after the event (based on the attorney's sign-in sheet).

This CROWDSOURCED showing is confirmed - we have met the ticket sale minimum!

Fifteenth Annual Northern California Judicial Reception

The Honorable Clare Maier
Contra Costa County Superior Court

will be presented

The 2015 Rose Bird Memorial Award

Friday, March 13, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John F. Kennedy University
100 Elinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

For information and to register, visit http://www.cwl.org/ or download the flyer below:

WLAC is very proud to congratulate this year's inductees to the

Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame!

Contra Costa Country Bar Association's

Barristers / Young Lawyers Section and Women’s Section are sponsoring

Women's Section Annual California Women Lawyers (CWL) Fundraiser
Thursday, August 28, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
JFK University, School of Law
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Neda Mansoorian—President, California Women Lawyers, Partner, McManis & Faulkner
Neda Shakoori—Associate, McManis & Faulkner, Leader of firm's e-Discovery Initiative

Part 1.: California Women Lawyers: The Leading Force for Elimination of Gender Bias - Neda Mansoorian (bio)

Part 2.: eDiscovery Management: Best Practices for the Everyday Case (regardless of firm size) - Neda Shakoori (bio)

With the ever-increasing use of technology by individuals and corporations, the litigation landscape is one that is constantly evolving and attorneys are obliged to maintain a certain level of competence when it comes to litigation involving eDiscovery. While this may not be an issue for a large firm with a myriad of resources aimed solely at tackling eDiscovery, the reality is not the same for solo practitioners and small- to medium-sized firms. There are, however, ways to maintain an equal footing. This informative session will provide valuable insight into management of the everyday case in an organized, efficient and cost-effective way.

Refreshments and sandwiches will be provided. Proceeds from this event support the Women's Section Representative to CWL.

MCLE Credits
General 1 hr
Elimination of Bias 0.5 hr

Members: When you register, we’ll calculate the best price based on your membership level and section membership. Not a member? Join today to take advantage of discounted pricing on all CCCBA events.

Non-Members $50.00
Members $40.00

Special Member Pricing

WLAC Member $30.00
Law Student $30.00
Barristers Section (10 yrs or less) $30.00
Women's Section $30.00

The Contra Costa County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for 1 hour of General & .5 hours of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, Provider #393. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Civility in the Courtroom Series Part IV of IV: Team Dynamics
June 17, 2014: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 H , of Legal Ethics Credit. This is a brown bag luncheon.

Belinda Lee
Latham & Watkins

Steve Williams
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

A joint defense or prosecution group is really a team and in this session we will explore how team dynamics, civility, and other litigation strategy questions affect:
• Selection of lead counsel
• Division of labor among the joint defense/prosecution group
• Gender and diversity questions within a joint defense or prosecution group, especially with regard to selection of lead counsel
• What to do if your joint defense/prosecution group is far from civil
• Being civil in the role of liaison counsel between joint defense/prosecution groups


BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111


MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Mind the Gap Member
BASF Student Member
BASF Member

The Bar Association of San Francisco, along with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession True Grit Project, and BASF's No Glass Ceiling Initiative present

True Grit and Growth Mindset: Secrets of Success for Women

June 5, 2014: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

MCLE Credits - 1 hour of Elimination of Bias in the legal profession.


CWL 14th Annual Northern California Judicial Reception &
Presentation of the Rose Bird Memorial Award to
The Honorable Justice Rebecca Wiseman (Ret.)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Downey Brand, LLP
18th Floor
621 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

For information and to register, visit http://www.cwl.org/ or download the flyer below:

Annual Member Reception

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Poolside Garden of Judges McGuiness and Northridge in Alameda

Light hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Mix and mingle with fellow WLAC members and meet the 2014 recipients of the Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Award.

The Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Fund provides assistance to deserving law students trying to survive the financial rigors of the bar exam. The Stipend Awards are funded through the tax-deductible proceeds received at the Annual Judges' Dinner Silent Auction, and the raffle for the beautiful centerpieces. The Fund is named in honor of Ms. Margaret Gannon who served as WLAC President from 2007-2009, who is also the visionary behind the Fund. Ms. Gannon said she was inspired to initiate the Stipend Fund while attending a California Women Lawyers’ function.

This event is FREE for WLAC members, and you are encouraged to renew your membership or join prior to the event. Non-members may pay their annual dues of $75 at the door. Membership application form and online link below.

Please RSVP by Sunday, May 11, 2014 to admin@wlaconline.org.

CWL 2014 Annual Conference
Celebrating 40 Years of Advancement: Strategies for Success

Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (cocktail reception to follow)

DoubleTree Los Angeles Downtown
120 S. Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may view the schedule, download the registration form, or register online at the website.

Judge Victoria Kolakowski to Moderate CWL Program on Transgender Issues

Join us on Friday, May 16th at our annual conference for an informative and thoughtful discussion about issues facing transgender individuals in California. Our distinguished panelists will discuss proper terminology, recent cultural and legal developments, employment protections, issues related to access to health care, and protections for trans and gender non-conforming youth in public schools.

We are excited to welcome Judge Victoria Kolakowski from Alameda Superior Court to moderate this very important discussion. We will also honor her at our cocktail reception as a Pioneer In The Law in recognition for her courage, strength, and achievement as thefirst openly transgender judge in the United States.

Please come out and show your support for this very important issue! Register for the CWL Annual Conference today!

Our distinguished panel also includes:

Amanda Goad, Staff Attorney from the ACLU

Christopher Argyros, Manager of the Anti-Violence Project at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center

Sasha Buchert, Staff Attorney from the Transgender Law Center

Michelle Abidoye, Labor and Employment Attorney from FordHarrison, LLP.


May 1, 2014, 6-8pm

Back by popular demand: BALIF's second LGBT Ladies Salon & Talk-Show!

You do not want to miss this -- here come the judges! Join us for a spectacular evening with trailblazing judges sharing their experiences and perspectives from the bench, and touching upon issues concerning women, LGBT, and women of color in the legal profession and judiciary. This fun and informative talk-show styled discussion will be followed by a networking reception to mingle with fellow LGBT attorneys and law students. Register early as space is limited!

Featured speakers:


San Francisco Superior Court


San Francisco Superior Court

Hon. TARA M. FLANAGAN, Alameda County Superior Court

Moderated by:


BALIF Programs Committee Chair



6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 1, 2014


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00 - 6:30: Welcome and Meet & Greet
6:30 - 7:30: Talk Show and Q&A
7:30 - 8:00: Reception

RSVP here!

Presents a Movie Screening & Panel Discussion on Girl Rising.

This compelling film follows girls from nine different developing countries as they overcome extremely difficult circumstances to continue their education. The film premiered in the United States on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened by millions in cinemas, campuses, corporate boardrooms and private homes worldwide.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:00 pm
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street, Room 2203
San Francisco, CA 94105

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-rising-screening-and-discussion-tickets-11008080465
Direct questions to Shannon Walker at shannon.m.walker@gmail.com or (206) 355-3731

Horizons Foundation: An Update on Marriage Equality

March 18, 2014: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Horizons Foundation presents: An Update on Marriage Equality

A decade ago, a new chapter of history began when gay and lesbian couples flocked to San Francisco City Hall as it opened its doors to perform more than 4,000 marriages in the time period now referred to as the "Winter of Love." We all know what followed, as a movement within a movement was born. A new battle for equal rights launched a nation into action. Hundreds of LGBT organizations signed on, committed allies marched with their LGBT friends and family, and eventually even the President of the United States declared his support.

With same-sex marriage now legal in 17 states and counting, there's no denying that the marriage equality movement is riding the momentum created by the fall of DOMA and Prop 8 here in California some eight months ago.

Please join us for a look back at how we've achieved these gains, and at what's ahead in those 33 states where we are still fighting. Horizons Foundation and the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco are pleased to invite you to hear from some of the nation's top leaders and strategists who are spearheading the continued battle for marriage equality.

Confirmed Panelists
Jon Davidson, National Legal Director, Lambda Legal
Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Thomas Wheatley, Director of Organizing, Freedom to Marry
Moderator: Jewelle Gomez, Writer and Activist

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Hosted Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

Please RSVP by March 16 here.

For questions, please contact Jenna Heath or call 415.398.2333 x115.

Women Lawyers of Alameda County presents...

Running on Empty: Work/Life Balance Strategies from
Parents Who Stayed in the Race

Four women discussing how they navigated the challenges of parenting and lawyering, how their careers evolved, and why/how they made it work.


Nancy Fineman, Partner, Cotchett, Pitre Simon, & McCarthy

Toni Mims-Cochran, Sole Practitioner

Winifred Smith, Presiding Judge, Alameda County Superior Court

Nora Wong, Public Defender


Karen Bovarnick, CA Attorney General’s Office

When: Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Alameda County Family Justice Center, Conference Room
470 27th Street, Oakland

Cost: Free

RSVP: admin@wlaconline.org

Judicial Appointments with Josh Groban

Josh Groban, Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, will offer insight into the judicial appointments process. Given the several judicial vacancies in San Diego, this event is a "must" for anyone interested in serving on the bench - now or in the future! When: Friday, January 31, 2014, from 12-1:15 p.m.
Where: The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Avenue, Second Floor, San Diego, 92101
Why: We need more women on the bench! (plus 1 hour general MCLE) How: Tickets are $30 for Lawyers Club, California Women Lawyers, California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness, California State Bar Judiciary Committee members, Iranian American Law Association, Korean American Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, and Tom Homann LGBT Law Association members; $45 for Non-members; $45 At the door if space is available. Register here today!

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Women's History Month Movie Night

Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 pm

Join us for a viewing and Q&A of Daughters of Justice, Part II

Join us to earn 1 MCLE unit!

* refreshments will be provided *

Meyers Nave

555 12th Street, Suite 1500, Oakland

Please RSVP by March 15th: klongoria@meyersnave.com