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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?"

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


Women Lawyers of Alameda County congratulates Past- President Toni Mims-Cochran for her appointment to serve as Temporary Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Governor's Press Office
Friday, February 28, 2014 (916) 445-4571

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released annual applicant and appointee data for the administration’s judicial appointments.

From 2011 through 2013, there were 1,345 applicants for judicial appointments and Governor Brown appointed 161 judges, including 71 in 2013. Women accounted for about 41% of the applicant pool and 45% of Governor Brown’s judicial appointees in 2013. Approximately 40% of Governor Brown’s appointees in 2013 identified their ethnicity as American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African-American; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or Other/Unknown.

Governor Brown’s 2013 judicial appointees included a number of notable firsts, including: · Paul Lo, the first Hmong American judge ever appointed in the country; · Sunshine Sykes, the first Native American judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court; · Sunil Kulkarni, the first South Asian American judge ever appointed in Northern California; and · Rupa Goswami, the first South Asian American woman judge ever appointed in California. This follows a number of other notable firsts in 2011 and 2012, including: · Halim Dhanidina, the first American-Muslim judge ever appointed in California; · Jim Humes, the first openly gay justice ever appointed to the California Court of Appeal; · Miguel Marquez, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal; · Rosendo Peña, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal; · Chris Doehle, the first female judge ever appointed to the Del Norte County Superior Court; · Kimberly Colwell, the first openly lesbian judge ever appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court; · Mark Andrew Talamantes, the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Marin County Superior Court; · Kathleen O’Leary, the first female presiding justice ever appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three; and · Raquel Marquez, the first Latina judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court. Under SB 56 and SB 182, the Governor is required to disclose aggregate statewide demographic data provided by all judicial applicants by March 1.

**NOTE: Judge and Justice demographic data collected by the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. State Bar membership data collected by the California State Bar. ###
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Judicial Appointments

On August 29, 2013, Governor Brown announces his appointment of Lori E. Pegg and Sunil R. Kulkarni to judgeships in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Judge Kulkarni will be the first South Asian American judge appointed to the California State Court in Northern California.


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WLAC is very proud to congratulate this year's inductees to the
Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame!

PAST EVENTS


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.

Speakers
Belinda Lee
Latham & Watkins

Steve Williams
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Topics
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

Location

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

Schedule

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

Cost

Mind the Gap Member
Complimentary
BASF Student Member
$10.00
BASF Member
$35.00
Government
$35.00
Nonprofit
$35.00
Non-Member
$45.00



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.

REGISTER HERE

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 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.


GIVE 'EM L!
LGBT LADIES SALON & TALK-SHOW: THE JUDGES' EDITION

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:

Hon. ANGELA M. BRADSTREET, San Francisco Superior Court


Hon. TERI L. JACKSON, San Francisco Superior Court

Hon. TARA M. FLANAGAN, Alameda County Superior Court

Moderated by:

LEAH NUTTING, BALIF Programs Committee Chair

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When:

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

Where:

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

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

Program:
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.

Panelists:

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

Toni Mims-Cochran, Sole Practitioner

Winifred Smith, Presiding Judge, Alameda County Superior Court

Nora Wong, Public Defender

Moderator:

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


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