Women Lawyers of Alameda County

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October 13, 2016

Journey to Justice: What a Long, Strange Trip We’re On

Keynote Speaker Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Sponsorship Opportunities

News and Opportunities

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.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle with Alameda County Judges, and colleagues in the legal community!

Our annual membership mixer returns to the lovely Poolside Garden of Judge Yolanda Northridge and Judge Robert McGuiness in Alameda

Address will be provided with RSVP.

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

Mix and mingle with Alameda County judges and fellow WLAC members, then meet the 2016 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 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.

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.

Join WLAC today!


Please RSVP by Friday, May 13th to admin@wlaconline.org for location details.

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!

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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