Continuing OCCDL Diversity Stories!

Several member firms and organizations within OCCDL put together short and valuable videos containing a few of their perspectives, experiences, plans, and ideas related to diversity, both in the legal community as a whole, and in Orange County specifically. This content highlights our member organizations, and can serve as a tool for other legal organizations to shape their own diversity ideals and initiatives!

Please enjoy our fourth OCCDL Diversity Story, courtesy of member firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, featuring Elle Hayes, an associate in the Miami office. McDermott has developed comprehensive policies and programming to attract, nurture, retain and promote top talent from a wide range of backgrounds. In 1957, McDermott was the second major US law firm to elect a female partner. As a result of their efforts, they are a recognized leader in workplace diversity, including: as a top-10 law firm for gender equality by Yale Law Women, a 100 percent rating for the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index since 2007, Working Mother’s “Best Law Firms for Women,” and Mansfield certification since joining the Mansfield Rule pilot program. The Firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee and its subcommittees also work with the highest levels of firm management to ensure all McDermott lawyers have equal access to all client development activities, challenging work assignments and viable advancement options. The doors at McDermott are open to all who share their commitment to excellence in fueling missions, knocking down barriers and shaping markets. In fact, the current president of OCCDL, Jiaxiao Zhang, is an associate in McDermott’s Orange County office! McDermott has also expanded its diversity and pro bono fellowships, to support law students and advocates from underrepresented communities. Along with other efforts to address racial justice, this year McDermott launched McDermott Rise, to combat inequality and promote fairness by providing free and reduced cost legal and business services to entrepreneurs of color.

October 12 | 12:00 pm
The Challenges of Women in Law, Construction & Insurance
Lewis Brisbois & Bolton & Company along with Travelers Insurance & Pete Fowler Construction are hosting a thought provoking discussion about the issues women face in male dominated careers like construction, law, and insurance. Register for thisi free ethics seminar HERE.

October 14 | 5:00 pm
Walking the Walk: Initiatives to Diversify The Legal Profession
Join the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area for a lively discussion about what companies, law firms, and legal services providers are doing to meaningfully advance diversity in the legal industry. Get more information HERE.

October 14 | 5:00 pm
Housing Rights & Cultural Sensitivity During the Age of COVID-19
Presented by Inner City Law Center, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Karsh Center & JAMS. This training will cover the law and procedure of eviction cases, national, state and local level legislation aimed at addressing housing instability during COVID-19 and how to practice cultural sensitivity when working with clients. Get all the details HERE.

October 14 | 6:00 pm
Election Proposition Education
Presented by The Langston Bar Association & Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles. This webinar is a brief review (pro/con) of all the propositions and then a focus on criminal justice issues (Measure J, Prop 25, Prop 20). RSVP HERE.

October 14 | 7:00 pm
Wine Down Wednesdays
Sip Sip Hooray! Grab your glass and join TMBA's live broadcast with the fabulous DJAmRo for a virtual social hour. Get all the details HERE.

October 15 | 12:00 noon
SCCLA Clerkship Panel Series: Federal Externships & Clerkships
The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association is hosting the first installment of our Clerkship Panel Series; the first panel covers Federal Externships & Clerkships. The event is free for everyone. More information and register HERE.

October 15 | 12:00 noon
Elections and Law: The Impact of the Courts on Free and Fair Elections
From racial and political gerrymandering to the expansion of the franchise, purging of voter rolls, voter suppression, and voting fraud, what the courts have done - and chosen not to do - is impacting who can vote and when, where, and how our elections take place. This panel discussion is presented by BLWA and WLALA. *One hour of general CLE credit. $15 for WLALA Members & $25 for Non Members. Register HERE.

October 15 | 12:00 noon
Corporate Counsel Internships: What you as a Law Student need to know to Apply and Succeed!
Hosted by HNBA. Join representatives from Google, T-Mobile, and Lenovo who will provide insight into what law students can expect from an in-house internship, the application process, and what makes a strong candidate. Email any questions to: lawstudentdivision@hnba.com. RSVP HERE.

October 15 | 7:00 pm
Virtual Wine Tasting
Join OCWLA for an evening of wine tasting benefiting the OCWLA Foundation. Tickets: $99. Register at OCWLA.org for this fun evening.

October 15 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
15th Annual OCKABA Installation
The Honorable Lucy H. Koh will give a keynote speech at this year's installation. Register at OCKABA.org for this exciting evening.

October 16 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Road to Becoming a Lawyer: Law School Life – Dispelling the Myths and Exploring the Truths
Current law students & recent graduates talk about their experiences preparing for law school, selecting a law school, the ups and downs of being a Black law student, and all the other aspects of the daily life of a law student. Register at HERE with TMBA.

October 20 | 12:00 noon
SCCLA/KABA Mock Interview Program
SCCLA and the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA) are proud to announce a mock interview program to help the next generation of young lawyers put their best foot forward during the pandemic. Go to SCCLA.org more information.

October 21 | 6:00 pm
Marco Polo Night
KABA and multiple bar associations present their annual MARCO POLO NIGHT! An Interactive Zoom Event! You don't want to miss this fun night. Go to HERE for more information.

October 22 | 12:00 noon
United States Attorney's Office - Justice Talks
The Diversity and Hiring Committees of the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Central District of California invite you to participate in an interactive discussion with AUSAs from the Criminal, Civil, National Security and Tax Divisions. The virtual event will begin with a welcome and overview, followed by breakout, small group sessions between AUSAs and participants. For more info and to register, contact Julia Choe: julia.choe@usdoj.gov

October 28 | 6:00 pm
Virtual Networking Event
KABA & BHBA present a joint Virtual Networking Event. There will be three 15-minute breakout sessions. Space is limited; RSVP now.

October 29 | 7:00 pm
OCWLA Virtual Painting Fundraising Event
Member: $40 and Non Member: $50. Join OCWLA for a fun Virtual Painting Class. No experience required and open to all levels. A professional instructor will walk us through step-by-step. Go to OCWLA.org to sign up.

October 30 | All Day
PLC Advocates & OC Lavender Bar Association Halloween Bash
A virtual Trivia Night to benefit the Public Law Center. Go to OCLBA.org to register & see sponsorship opportunities.

November 4-7, 2020
​2020 NAPABA Convention | Virtual Experience
NAPABA's new digital experience, bringing meaningful insights, networking opportunities, and perspective to the legal community. Go HERE for more information.
2020 SCCLA Scholarships and Fellowships
The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) awards several $1,000 scholarships and $2,000 fellowships each year to law students and this year, recent law school graduates, with a demonstrated interest in advancing the Chinese American and/or broader Asian Pacific American community. Current law students (including LLM students) and law school graduates from the class of 2020 can apply. Applications must be submitted electronically HERE by Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM PDT.

Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California
The Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California is currently offering Post-Bar Fellowships. Go HERE for detailed information and to apply.
PLC Domestic Violence Assistance Project
Assist self-represented litigants who are seeking domestic violence restraining orders over the phone or Zoom during Covid 19 social distancing and closures. Go HERE to sign up (password DVAP); training and CLE available.

Election Protection – Staffing National Remote Voter Hotline
Election Protection is a nonpartisan coalition that works to make sure that every voter has an equal opportunity to vote and to have that vote counted. Election Protection is seeking volunteers to staff its remote English language national voter hotline between now and the general election on November 3rd. The hotline is already receiving a record number of calls and, as such, there is a huge need for volunteers between now and Election Day (November 3rd). See the flier for the details are below and attached. You can sign up HERE.

Laura's House
Laura’s House, a domestic violence shelter, also accepts a variety of items for their clients, families, and their upscale resale store. Get more information about Laura's House HERE.

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association is partnering with Duidough Cafe & Cookie Lab to feed residents at Los Angeles LGBT Center's Triangle Square, the nations largest affordable housing development for LGBTQ seniors. Just $9 provides a meal! Go to SCCLA.org for details and to donate.

Working Wardrobes
For anyone doing some belated spring cleaning, Working Wardrobes is still rebuilding after their fire in the spring. Information about clothing and accessories needed for their clients is available HERE.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES *reference OCCDL when you apply
This diversity event and job posting roundup is being provided as a service by OCCDL for the legal community to share events and notifications on a roughly biweekly basis.

If you have an event or an item you would like to be included, please email info@occdl.org.