WLALA Newsletter: July 2020
Volume 25, No. 11
President's Message
By Jennifer Leland
I joined WLALA twelve years ago because there were very few female attorney role models at my then firm, and I felt like needed to be a certain “type” to fit in with the firm’s culture. I wanted to connect with other women attorneys and see if they were facing the same struggles I was experiencing. Not only did I feel immediately welcomed by the WLALA members I met, but I was inspired by them. They were the role models I desperately needed. So many of them were and continue to be mentors to me. Given my own experience (and what I hope has been the experience of others), it troubles and saddens me to hear that WLALA is not viewed as inviting to all. We need to change, and change dramatically, if that is the case. And we will because doing anything less would be contrary to the mission of our organization. Every challenge is an opportunity for change and growth. To this end, I want all of you to know that WLALA’s leadership is listening. While we may not be able to be everything to everyone, we are committed to and actively taking steps to become a more diverse organization, increase member engagement, and create opportunities for meaningful dialogue and connection. ​

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 organziation members at APAWLA, BWL and LLBA. Offer is good until December 31, 2021. Membership will be good for one year after you register. Must be a new member of WLALA.
WLALA Foundation
2020 Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) Foundation is pleased to offer the 2020 Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a woman high school senior, who is interested in the field of law or public service, and who was inspired in this career choice by the WLALA Foundation’s Power Lunch Program, the WLALA organization, or by a WLALA leader. Judge O’Connell, who was long-time board member of WLALA, created the Power Lunch Program to provide civic education, judicial mentorship and exposure to the judicial branch to local high school students. As part of the Power Lunch Program, students come to courthouses to have lunch with judges, lawyers, courtroom staff and members of law enforcement.   

The deadline to apply has been extended to July 27, 2020 . For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE .
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 .
COVID-19 Pro Bono Bank
Pro Bono Opportunities Needed! 

As our communities are experiencing significant impacts of the spread of COVID-19, we have a unique opportunity to support urgent legal needs and provide remote access to appropriate legal services. 

Please share any pro bono opportunities you’re aware of so WLALA can help with enlisting interested attorneys who are willing to donate their time and provide free legal services.

COVID Good News!
How about some good news for a change?

There have been A LOT of facts going around regarding COVID-19, and it would be great to hear “positive news” items to lift our spirits. If you know of any victories, good deeds, or items to celebrate, please share them with us to help spread the word throughout the WLALA membership. WLALA wishes you all the best and wants to remind everyone that our most important tool during times of panic and crisis is our mindset.
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 .
Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration
By Jennifer Lieser-Deubler, WLALA Criminal Justice Section Co-Chair,
and Darcy Morris, WLALA Member
 
WLALA held a panel on Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration on June 10, 2020, which is recorded and available on the website. The panelists included Loyola Law School Emeritus Professor Scott Wood, the Honorable Suzanne H. Segal (Ret.), Deputy District Attorney Gilbert Wright, Deputy City Attorney Jose Egurbide, and U.C. Irvine School of Law Professor Katie Tinto. 

Scott Wood, who founded the Loyola Law School Center for Restorative Justice, introduced the concept of restorative justice. He explained that the major difference between a “restorative justice” system and a criminal court system is the questions each seeks to answer.  In a traditional criminal court setting, the questions are: “who did it, what did they do, and what do they deserve.” Restorative justice instead identifies harms, needs, and obligations, and is where the violation is usually to a person or a relationship. Restorative justice processes have been increasingly utilized in the United States, and in fact, they have been implemented in all fifty states and at all stages of the legal process. 

To read the rest of the article, please CLICK HERE .
Book Review: Judy K. Davis & Carole A. Levitt
Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost
Resources for Lawyers (2d ed. 2020)
By Rachel E. Green
 Librarian & Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law
One of my colleagues once wrote: “The best legal reference books have a good beat and are easy to dance to; that is, their organization and usefulness are immediately apparent.” [1]   I remembered this line as soon as I started poring over Davis and Levitt’s  Internet Legal Research on a Budget .  I could tell immediately from the organized and detailed Table of Contents that I was going to love this book – so much so that I agreed to write a review after seeing just that TOC!  As a librarian, lecturer, and sometimes lawyer (I still practice but only pro bono), I appreciate a legal research guide that can simultaneously appeal to librarians, students, and practitioners alike.

This book is exceptionally user-friendly.  Davis and Levitt do more than just list free or low-cost databases; they also walk you through how to search many of these databases efficiently, often offering step-by-step instructions and sometimes including screenshots.  The book is organized into 18 different chapters across the following five parts: general legal research, legal portals and directories, case law databases, additional research sources, and cite checking.  At 352 pages, I am still working my way through it all, and I am focusing this review on a particular area of interest for me: dockets and case documents (Chapter 15).

To read the rest of this article, please CLICK HERE .
Member News

Scholarships Co-Chair Carmela Pagay is the incoming 2020-2021 chair of the Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine. The magazine is always looking for articles. Please send any submissions to ctp@lnbyb.com
WLALA June Webinar Recording's
WLALA webinars for the month of June 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.
Sister Bar Events
Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) Presents
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

BET TZEDEK, APAWLA, SCCLA & APABA Present
Every Wednesday 4-8 p.m. from June 3, 2020 - July 29, 2020


Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
BWL has compiled the following list of resources in order to aid protestors and the broader community navigate these times. The resource list is separated into three sections: 1) Community Resources, 2) Resources to Help Effect Change and 3) Ways Attorneys Assist Protestors. To view the list of resources, please CLICK HERE .

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Friendly Reminder
Sister Bar members that are new to WLALA receive a complimentary one year membership! To sign up, please CLICK HERE .
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and
WLALA Foundation Survey


We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey to share what you care about and hope to see from your involvement in WLALA and the WLALA Foundation. All feedback is welcomed & is anonymous.

It can be completed on your phone or desktop via  https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/BUybSK.
 
Thank you.
Recipes of the Month

Most of us are doing a lot more cooking these days and we thought it’d be nice to bring you some of our members favorite recipes.  WLALA Board Member Hon. Sandra Klein is sharing some of her delicious recipes this month . Enjoy!
Upcoming Local Bar Events and News 

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association is hosting a virtual panel, Thursday, July 9th , recognizing the accomplishments of recent trailblazers in the law and discussing strategies for breaking down structural racism and implicit bias. For more information, please CLICK HERE .

The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations presents Women's Bar Leadership Virtual Summit Owning The 'Change' Reaction on July 30th and 31st . For more information, please CLICK HERE .

California Women Lawyers "So You Want to be a Judge?" virtual conference is on July 11, 2020 from
1-4 p.m. For more information, please CLICK HERE .

Womxn of Color Collective is having their 10th Anniversary Gala ' Bridge to the Stars ' on Friday, August 28, 2020 . To register, please CLICK HERE . To view their sponsorship packet, 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

Sandra Anderson, Lori Chang, Kathryn L. Dermenjyan, Michelle E. Diaz, Arturo Garcia, Vanessa Gomez, Lauren M. Guggisberg, Maria E. Hall, Jennifer Halvas, Jaime M. Harraka, Leslie Ivie, Centrina Jackson, Min Kang, Neelu K. Khanuja, Prachi Kohli, Sabrina Kumre, Janelle A. Li-A-Ping, Vivian W. Liu, Melissa Mayer, Kimberly Morosi, Daniela Murch, Margaux H. Nagano (Curcuru), Olu K. Orange Esq., Natalie Rondon, Radhi Shah, Susan Strick, Lisa Thorsen, Lauren Trenor, Gavin H. Wasserman, Megan Watt (Varni), Deveney Wells-Gibson, Maria A. M. Zavaleta, Zeana Zoreikat.
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. 

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has an open announcement to fill at least nine GS-14 attorney positions throughout the country, including at their California field offices in Laguna Niguel, Thousand Oaks, and San Diego. For more information, please CLICK HERE .

Small, successful boutique plaintiffs firm that focuses on health insurance bad faith, catastrophic personal injury, class actions, and sexual abuse cases seeks a strong writer to handle firm’s law and motion, strategically direct cases, and conduct discovery. For more information, please CLICK HERE .

A prestigious law firm is looking to hire an experienced Bankruptcy/Restructuring Associate Attorney with AmLaw 100 law firm (bankruptcy) associate experience for their LA offices. For more information, please CLICK HERE .

Jenesse Center, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to provide direct legal services, including limited scope representation, to low income, un-served and underserved victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes, accessing Jenesse Center’s emergency shelter, transitional living, and drop-in programs. 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 .