WLALA Newsletter: August 2020
Volume 25, No. 12
President's Message
By Jennifer Leland
It’s a wrap! It is hard to believe, but WLALA’s Board year is over. On August 16, the 2020-2021 Board of Governors and the Executive Committee will be sworn in and kick off WLALA’s 101st year. The year certainly took a turn that no one could have predicted, but WLALA continues to move forward and through it, and grow as a result. I could not be more proud. This past year our membership increased to over 1200 members, we expanded our social media presence and created a Facebook networking page, put on 34 programs and events (with seven more scheduled this month), joined five amicus briefs advancing women’s issues, and have increased our outreach efforts to make WLALA a more inviting and diverse organization. 

To view the rest of the President's Message, please CLICK HERE.
Upcoming WLALA Events
Complimentary WLALA Membership for WLALA's Local Sister Bar Organizations

WLALA is offering one complimentary year of membership to WLALA's local sister bar organization members at APAWLA, BWL and LLBA. Offer is good until December 31, 2021. Membership will be good for one year after you register.
COVID-19 News Updates

WLALA has created a COVID-19 page to inform our members of current news related to COVID-19. To view the page, please CLICK HERE.
Public Counsel Remote Pro Bono Opportunities - 2020

The following is a list of current pro bono opportunities that lend themselves to working remotely. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Amicus Briefs and Letters 2019-2020

ACA Affordable Birth Control: Since President Trump’s election, women’s rights have been increasingly in jeopardy and at the forefront of the news and politics. Since 2017, WLALA has joined numerous amicus briefs organized by the the National Women’s Law Center in support of injunctions to block the Trump administration’s rules that broadly exempt employers and universities from complying with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate. In 2017, the Trump administration removed the ACA's requirement that employers provide employees with no-cost birth control coverage, creating an exemption if an employer or university invokes a broad religious or moral objection. This issue touches on a host of social and legal topics important to WLALA, including the protection of access to contraception, preservation of access to medical services for low-income groups, and the elimination of gender discrimination in health care and insurance. As a result, WLALA has joined briefs on this issue in 2019 in the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the First, Third and Ninth Circuits, as well as several district courts. To read more, please CLICK HERE.
Member News

WLALA member Jade Kosché is a recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. She will be in Israel at Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law to earn her LL.M in international trade law. Congrats, Jade!

WLALA member Eleanor Barr developed a website to honor the 100th Anniversary of the women’s right to vote. The goal is to provide history and encourage voting. For more information and to view the website, please CLICK HERE.
A partner at Polsinelli, Angel Lezak, and her Inn of Court Pupilage group created a musical revue.
See below to view the video, enjoy!
WLALA Webinar Recording's
WLALA webinars have been recorded and are available for purchase. To view all recordings, please CLICK HERE. Following the purchase, the recording will be sent via email. If MCLE credit applies, the materials will be sent after we receive zoom confirmation that the video has been viewed.
iDepo will make a donation to WLALA if you schedule a court reporting or videotaped deposition with them as follows:

  • $20 donation to WLALA for each court reporting services of at least 100 pages per day.
  • $50 donation to WLALA for each videotaped deposition with at least 100 pages per day.

When scheduling, please email or call and mention Code WLALA. Email to Calendar@iDepoReporters.com or call at 323-393-3768. 

IDepo will send donations to WLALA within 90 days after receipt of payment of invoices.
Sister Bar Events
APAWLA Young Lawyers and Law Students (YLLS) is having an ongoing Resume Review Workshop. To participate you must be an active APAWLA member. Please send in a word copy of your resume and/or cover letter to apawla.ylls@gmail.com. You will be assigned an APAWLA board member who will review and suggest revisions in the document with track changes. The anticipated turnaround for feedback is one week. Please be sure to maintain prompt communication. This is an ongoing workshop open until the end of the pandemic.
Littler & APAWLA's "Litigation in the New World Order" webinar is on August 27, 2020. To register, please CLICK HERE.
Friendly Reminder
Sister Bar members receive a complimentary one year membership! To sign up, please CLICK HERE.
Women Lawyers On Guard - Report Published:
Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

Women Lawyers On Guard just published its report, Still Broken: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Legal Profession, a National Study. To view the press release, please CLICK HERE. To view their report, please CLICK HERE.
Women Lawyers On Guard would like to thank all who responded to their previous survey sent and has provided the attached report for you to read. You can access the full report and the executive summary HERE.  

The Healthcare Rights and Access Section of the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General (in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento) is looking for Fall 2020 Externs. The position will have a remote working arrangement for now but we anticipate the externs will join us in the office when we return in the future. This is a unique learning opportunity for law students interested in health law and its intersection with various practice areas (including privacy!). For example, our summer cohort assisted us with various projects including legal and factual research, and also writing multi-state amici. Please share with law students in your network!

Upcoming Local Bar Events and News 

The Law Society's "Women In Law Dialogue series: Is COVID-19 taking Women Lawyers' careers back to the 1950's?" is on Thursday, August 6, 2020. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
To view the rest of the local bar events and news, please CLICK HERE.
Request for Attorney Mentors for WLALA Law Student Mentor Program

Over 100 mentorship opportunities now available! Has a mentor impacted your career? 
Now is the time to pay it forward! WLALA has over 100 women law students seeking a mentor like you. 
CLICK HERE to show your interest and share how much time you’d be willing to commit, no amount is too small and the rewards are unlimited!
WLALA Networking Facebook Page
We are excited to announce that WLALA has created a Facebook page for members called WLALA Networking where you can connect with other members of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. You can join HERE. Please note that you must be a member to join. Before posting, please be sure to read the Rules and Guidelines here:
New Members

Alina Ahmed, Tamara S. Benefield Faulk, Brynn M. Bodair, A.B. Burns-Tucker, Melissa Carr, Destinae Demery, Sophia Ellis, Carol H. Forsyte (Hyland), Arturo Garcia, Allegra Garside, Maria E. Hall, Jaimie M. Harraka, Priscilla Hernandez, Regina E. Horton, Kristina Iliopoulos, Centrina Jackson, Taylor Jones, Susana E. Juarez, Allison L. Kahn, Min Kang, Nora Y. Kaprielian, Grace Kennemer, Michelle E. Korol, Irma K. Kroneman Esq., Lauren Krug, Sabrina Kumre, Krista Landis, Laura Lascoe, Janelle A. Li-A-Ping, Vivian W. Liu, Timothy Martin, Venessa Martinez, Shelby Miner, Gladys Morales, Kimberly Morosi, Darcy Morris, Margaux H. Nagano, Rebecca Nasrallah, Nayiri-Tara C. Partamian, Katie D. Pinto (Dimas) Natalie Rondon, Gunita Singh, Taleen L. Tertzakian, Lauren Trenor, Melody Saadian, Kari Van Sinden, Chloe M. Wigul, Allison Woods, Cassidy T. Young Maria A. M. Zavaleta, Candice Zee.
WLALA Job Bank

Did you know that your WLALA membership allows you to access the WLALA Job Bank? The Job Bank has employment opportunities from different non-profit organizations and law firms. 

Public Counsel is hiring for Directing and Staff Attorney positions. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

The office of the Attorney General is hiring for Deputy Attorney General III positions. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Office of the Attorney General is hiring for Deputy Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Section. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) is calling for a VP, Senior Corporate Counsel - Litigation in Seattle, WA. or Irvine, CA. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law has an opening for a full-time staff attorney. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Castlight Health is looking for an experienced corporate and securities attorney to assume primary responsibility for in-house legal support. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California seeks to hire exceptionally talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds who wish to serve the public and the cause of justice by becoming Assistant United States Attorneys. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

 You must be a current member and logged into the website to view job postings. If you need help obtaining your username and password, please email info@wlala.org. To view the WLALA Job Bank, please CLICK HERE and click on the Search Openings link in the upper left corner of the page. 
The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles ("WLALA") promotes the full participation in the legal profession of women lawyers and judges from diverse perspectives and racial and ethnic backgrounds, maintains the integrity of our legal system by advocating principles of fairness and equality, and improves the status of women by supporting their exercise of equal rights, equal representation, and reproductive choice.
 - WLALA Mission Statement
The WLALA newsletter is a publication of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Contents do not necessarily reflect the views of WLALA. To advertise and for rates, contact the WLALA Office at (213) 892-8982. The newsletter welcomes articles, submissions and information about our members’ activities. For information about submissions to the WLALA newsletter, please contact Jeannine Taylor at jytaylor@usc.edu.