May has been a month full of exciting announcements. As we appreciate these moments, we try our best to continue to find ways to make a difference in the community.

Here’s the month in review.
Women of Influence: Julia P. McDowell, Partner and CFLS  
We are pleased to announce that Julia P. McDowell, Partner and Certified Family Law Specialist, has received the Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award, 2022. This honor is annually bestowed upon women leaders in the Bay Area who have made a positive impact in their jobs and communities.
Julia has vast experience in handling cases of various complexity and has advocated for hundreds of clients facing family law matters. Her demonstrated litigation experience makes her an exceptional mentor to our diverse team of associates. Outside of the legal community, Julia and her husband lead a non-profit organization, Demonstrate Love. Demonstrate Love operates predominantly in Malawi, Africa, and focuses on education and essential services for children. Julia and her team have established three new schools to accommodate 200 students each and sponsored 17 high school students.
Congratulations to Julia P. McDowell and to the other esteemed honorees who will be recognized at this year’s SVBJ Women of Influence award ceremony on June 16th.
Employee Spotlight: Monica Nemec
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, when we are reminded of the importance of prioritizing mental health and extending a helping hand to others in need.  

This month, our employee spotlight shines on Monica Nemec, Senior Associate Attorney. In addition to advocating for clients facing family law matters, Monica has supported individuals struggling with mental health disorders and promoted policies to advance access to mental health care in Washington D.C. She was also one of the original proponents of efforts to designate a 3-digit phone number for mental health emergencies.  

To learn more about how mental health plays out in family law cases, please see Monica’s article in the June 2021 edition of Lawyer Monthly Magazine.
May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so we found it fitting to amplify the messaging and efforts of the Asian Law Alliance (ALA). ALA is a non-profit organization established in 1977 in Silicon Valley with a mission to provide equal and easy access to services such as legal counsel, education, and advocacy for minorities to Asian Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals. ALA’s legal services assist individuals facing housing disputes, public benefits, immigration and deportation, domestic violence, and civil rights. The ALA team assists individuals in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, and other languages needed.

We invite you to show your support by contributing to the Give In May campaign. Donations will go towards their programs to support individuals facing domestic violence, hate incidents, disabilities, and many others who could not otherwise afford or receive the help.
We celebrate our employees, referral partners, clients, friends, and families of Asian American and Pacific Island descent and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe
Memorial Day Weekend.
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