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February Coffee Chat
Tips To Sustain Your Career During These Trying Times

You’re invited to our first Virtual Coffee Chat in 2021! Say hello and network with fellow OCCDL members and OCCDL board members over coffee and conversation.

Special thanks to Michael C. Chow, Senior Associate at OCCDL member firm Orrick. Michael will be hosting a discussion on how to sustain your career during the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, including work, and you may feel like your career growth has stalled out.

Now more than ever, it is important to find new social rituals that can help to lessen the emotional toll the past few months have taken.

WHEN: Thursday, February 4 | 3:00 – 3:30 pm. RSVP to: info@occdl.org

Registration is limited to 6 participants. The Conference link will be emailed when you RSVP.
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OC Superior Court Judge Karen L. Robinson has broken the glass ceiling for women of color time and time again. In 2003, she became the first African-American mayor to the city of Costa Mesa. That same year, Judge Robinson became the first African-American Superior Court Judge in Orange County, appointed by Governor Gray Davis. A local group of attorneys have now launched an effort to advocate for Judge Robinson to be appointed to the U.S. District Court, Central District, Southern Division, in Santa Ana. If appointed, she will be the first female African-American judge in this division. If you are interested in signing your name onto the nomination letter, please follow this link.
On January 26, 2021, the Irvine City Council considered a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) Resolution put forward by Mayor Farrah Khan, as sponsor, and all City Councilmembers, as co-sponsors, requesting reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to DEI and the creation of a DEI committee that will provide input on the needs of the community and advise the City Council on meeting measurable equity goals and outcomes, policies that do not meet DEI goals, and other important considerations. Krystal Anderson, OCCDL Treasurer, attended the City Council Meeting and expressed support of the resolution on behalf of OCCDL. The resolution was passed by unanimous vote of the city council. If you are aware of any OC city actions related to DEI, please let us know at occdlboard@occdl.org.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
On Thursday, January 21, 2021, OCCDL hosted its first Professional Development event of 2021: Building Confidence in Public Speaking Through Improv with master of the fine art of comedy and improv coach Erik Escobar! Erik led the group of attendees (which included a few law students and several associates from local OC firms) through improv exercises that directly apply to lawyering skills in the courtroom/boardroom, such as active listening, quick thinking, and story-telling. We had great feedback on the quality of the event, and everyone had fun! We hope to see you at our upcoming Professional Development events in 2021!
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