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 fifth OCCDL Diversity Story, courtesy of member firm Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP, featuring partners Lorraine McGowen, Warrington Parker, Annette Hurst, and firm chairman Mitch Zuklie. At Orrick, inclusiveness is a core value that shapes the way the firm is run. It's part of their daily conversation about investing in talent, staffing their teams, and measuring their success. In fact, OCCDL's current treasurer, Krystal Anderson, is an associate in Orrick's Orange County office. Orrick has made some groundbreaking moves for diversity in the law, including, but not limited to, an industry-leading parental leave policy, a professional development forum for diverse in-house counsel, and the first legal career fair for military veterans, but the firm is still not satisfied. Some of Orrick's continued efforts this year include launching an Orrick Racial Justice Fellowship Program to enable at least five Orrick lawyers to devote a year each to working on civil rights and social justice issues, adopting the name "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative" (rather than just D&I), and granting each attorney 50+ hours of bonus eligible time for DEI efforts. 

October 27 | 9:00 pm (EST)
Premiere of "The Soul of America"
THE SOUL OF AMERICA, debuting on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 (9:00 PM ET) on HBO and HBO Max, follows writer, journalist, historian and prolific presidential biographer Jon Meacham as he offers his timely and invaluable insights into the United States' current political and historical moment by examining its past. Based on Meacham's 2018 bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels and produced by Kunhardt Films (Emmy® winner for HBO's "True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality"), the film illuminates our current fraught political reality by exploring historical challenges of the past, such as the women's suffrage movement, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, McCarthyism and the struggle to pass Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s – all instances in which "our better angels" battled against the forces of hatred and division that are recurring themes in American life. See the trailer HERE.

October 28 | 3:30 pm
Power The API Vote
SABA-SC is joining Asian Americans Advancing Justice for a national, non-partisan phone banking effort to reach out to Asian American voters in battleground states and ensure they have the information they need to vote early and safely. Sign up for one or more shifts, but we’re encouraging our members to join SABA-SC for the Wednesday, October 28 phone bank, from 3:30-6 PT. In the first half-hour, AAAJ will provide training on how to set up a virtual phone bank account and how to talk to or text voters (no prior experience or training is necessary). Language skills are helpful, but not required. RSVP HERE.

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 | 5:30 pm
Racial Justice: Where Do We Start? - CLE
LACBA members and the public are invited to join prominent members of the Los Angeles Legal Community in discussing racial justice in the legal system, in policing, and in the larger community. This candid discussion is designed to broaden the audience's perspectives and help each of us advocate for racial justice and equality. Register HERE.

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 | 4:00 pm
Diversity & Inclusion: From ADR to "Sip in Place" - CLE
Presented by Association of Corporate Counsel San Francisco Bay Area. This 2-part virtual event featuring a CLE program exploring ways in which ADR can become more diverse and inclusive, followed by a wine tasting with award-winning, black-owned winery, Theopolis Vineyards. How can we make diversity in ADR an increased priority for the users of ADR? What can in house counsel do to support diversity and inclusion in ADR? Is this another way that in house counsel can impact the pipeline of diverse candidates in the legal profession? Join us for an interactive panel discussion between transactional attorneys, litigators, in house counsel, ADR professionals, about ways legal teams can work together to increase diversity during the mediator selection process, as well as in arbitrator selection through drafting ADR clauses. Featured JAMS Speakers: Hon. Candace Cooper (Ret.) and Shirish Gupta, Esq. Register HERE.

November 4 | 12:00 noon
When there are Nine - November CLE
Join OCWLA for this webinar featuring four esteemed women judges who will address how to increase the number of women, including women of color, on the Orange County Superior Court bench. Judges: Free | Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $35 | Students: $20. Register HERE.

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.

November 5 | 5:00 pm
​OCHBA: Dia de los Muertos - Save the Date
More information and register HERE.

November 6 | 2:00 pm
​The Road to Becoming a Lawyer Series
TMBA offers Part 3: Financing Law School & Surviving Your Student Loans. Go HERE for more information.

November 9 | 5:30 pm
Lawyers for Warriors
Join Veterans Legal Institute's for an incredible night of storytelling and camaraderie! Featuring notable speakers and inspiring testimonials to show what is possible. VLI is a local 501 (c)(3) dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income veterans that remove barriers to housing, healthcare, education and employment. Go HERE for more information & sponsorship opportunities.

November 11 | 7:00 pm
Wine Down Wednesdays
Life happens. Wine helps. Hosted by TMBA the second Wednesday of each month. Go HERE for more information.

November 12 | 12:00 noon
Guidelines for Using Technology-Assisted Review - CLE
Presented by KABA. Questions regarding the use of technology-assisted review (TAR) in discovery generally focus on whether TAR will be user-friendly for the responding party and how its use will be perceived by the requesting party. From workflow transparency and seed set disclosure to proportionality and cost shifting, courts are providing guidance on these and other TAR issues. This program will analyze these issues and provide practical insights on a complex discovery practice area. Register HERE.

November 12 | 5:30 pm
OCKABA Virtual Mixer
OCKABA is hosting another virtual speed mixer! We had a blast last time and hope you will join us.
This event is free for members and non-members. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off. Please register to receive a Zoom registration.

November 13 | 12:00 noon (EST)
Emotional Intelligence: A Lawyer's Key to Success
HNBA's Leadership Conference featuring Mr. Angel Gomez, who has 25 years of diverse professional experiences, making him a trusted partner to some of the world’s leading companies and helping thousands of people and global brands like Facebook, Walmart and Kraft to strategically approach key initiatives through accelerated performance. Notably, Mr. Gomez previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Midwest Division of Walmart Stores, Inc., was a partner at several large law firms in Chicago, and is a Past National President of the HNBA. Register HERE.

November 13 | 12:00 noon
Inside View to In-House Counsel
Join OCWLA for an inside view to in-house counsel. The panelists will discuss the path to obtaining an in-house position, bias that they have faced in their careers, how COVID has impacted work-life balance, and tips for attorneys working with in-house counsel. If you are looking into a career in-house or work with in-house attorneys, you don’t want to miss this great event! Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $35 | Students: $20. Register HERE.

November 15 | 5:00 pm
Latina Judges: Breaking Barriers & Achieving Success
Join the HNBA Northern & Southern California regions for this panel of five distinguished Latina judges:
  • The Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • The Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos, Superior Court of San Francisco County
  • The Hon. Patricia Garcia, Superior Court of San Diego County
  • The Hon. Elizabeth G. Macias, Superior Court of Orange County
  • The Hon. Connie R. Quinones, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

The judges will talk about overcoming implicit bias, how they were able to create success in their careers, and break barriers to rise to the highest level in the profession. Register HERE.

November 18 | 12:00 noon
APAWLA's Trailblazer Speaker Series
You are invited to a conversion with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California. Moderated by Christine J. Gonong, California State Bar Board of Trustees and Nguyen Lawyers, ALC. This event is free. Register HERE.
John M. Langston Bar Association 2020-21 Scholarship
Register for the virtual information session being held Monday, October 26 at 4:50pm Scholarships are limited to law students enrolled in an accredited law school. Your application will be evaluated based on a combination of factors, including your scholarship (grades), writing, financial need, and community involvement. If selected as a finalist, you will also be required to participate in an interview with the selection committee (the interview will also be considered in evaluating your application for this scholarship) Applications can be submitted HERE by Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT.

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.
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