WLALA Newsletter: September 2020
Volume 26, No. 01
President's Message
By Jessica Kronstadt
Mary Church Terrell – founder and president of the National Association of Colored Women – wrote: “And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long. With courage, born of success achieved in the past, with a keen sense of the responsibility which we shall continue to assume, we look forward to a future large with promise and hope.”  Ms. Terrell was a tireless advocate for Black women’s suffrage.  This August, through a series of programs put on with the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), WLALA celebrated the Centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.  In these programs, we recognized and celebrated the efforts of heroic women who fought for, took and ultimately gained the right to vote for women.  We also recognized that the right to vote did not extend to all women equally.  During the Women’s Suffrage movement, Black women often had to march separately from White women in suffrage parades.  Additionally, in writing the history of women’s suffrage, White suffragists rendered women of color, and their important and significant contributions to the fight for equality, invisible.

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Upcoming WLALA Events
2020 Inner City Law Center Fellow: Victoria Bonds
​I am a third-year part-time student at Loyola Law School and am a WLALA 2020 Fellow. As a fellow, I interned at Inner City Law Center in their Homeless Veterans Project this summer.

I was interested in this fellowship because of the impact legal services had on my grandfather, who is a veteran. Without the work of nonprofit legal services, he would not have been able to navigate the complexities of receiving his veteran benefits after serving in Vietnam. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to help veterans who are in similar situations through my internship this summer, especially during this time of financial insecurity.

To read more, please CLICK HERE.
2020 Inner City Law Center Fellow:
Andrea Poma Hernando
This summer was filled with confusion, hurt, anger and change, but I was able to hone in on a beacon of light every day when I clocked into work from my living room. During these unprecedented times, it was an incredible privilege to be able to work for an organization that was doing its best to ease some of that pain that I saw my community struggling with. As a WLALA /ICLC Fellow, I worked directly with Veterans, some of whom were people of color and female, fighting for their rights to receive benefits and compensation after serving our country. As a law school student, the skills that I gained this summer were instrumental. However, as a person whose dream has always been to help her community, the knowledge and experience was astonishing.

To read more, please CLICK HERE.
Get to Know the New Board: Autumn L. Moore
Each month, WLALA will feature a 2020-2021 WLALA Board Member so you can get to know more about her role within WLALA, her professional experience and her personal interests.
Autumn L. Moore, Co-Chair of WLALA's Labor & Employment Section, is an experienced litigator and counselor at Clark Hill LLP. She focuses her practice on resolving labor and employment matters for employers in state and federal courts, arbitration and government agency hearings regarding wrongful termination, FEHA-related harassment and discrimination, whistleblower actions, PAGA representative actions, retaliation, wage and hour, and failure to provide leave actions. Autumn also advises and counsels employers on a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to the employment relationship, including personnel management, employee discipline and termination, personnel policies and practices suitable to the size and culture of an organization, as well as leave of absence issues. Autumn has also performed workplace investigations dealing with complex employment issues. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys being a part of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

You can find Autumn Moore on Linkedin.
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.
WLALA Membership for New Admittees and Law Students is FREE

WLALA offers free memberships to New Admittees (those who passed the bar less than a year ago) and Law Students. Don't forget to pass the word along and join today and see what WLALA has to offer!
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

The following is a list of current pro bono opportunities that lend themselves to working remotely. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
2020 Conference of California Bar Associations Virtual Conference on ​Saturday, September 26, 2020

Have you ever thought, “this law should be changed or amended,” or “it should not exist at all?” Have you ever thought “there ought to be a law about this” but when you researched the appropriate legal authorities, you found no law existed that addressed the topic you researched? Do you enjoy debating policy and the law as well as meeting interesting people from across the state? 

If so, now is your chance to get involved by attending the Conference of California Bar Associations annual Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Because of COVID-19, it will be a one-day virtual video conference for the low price of $25.00. To register for the Conference go to www.calconference.org

CCBA is a group of attorneys from local, specialty, and affinity bar associations across the state, that are focused on improving California’s laws. ​During the Conference, the various bar associations debate revisions and amendments to California law called “resolutions.” Once a resolution is passed by the Conference, CCBA takes the resolution to the State Legislature or California Judicial Council to find a sponsor and hopefully get the resolution passed into law. To see the resolutions that will be debated at this year’s Conference go to CCBA’s website at www.calconference.org

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Member News
WLALA member Mary-Christine Sungaila, who anchors Haynes and Boone's California appellate practice, has a long record of pro bono legal work and board service. In more than 50 pro bono appeals, she has secured important rights for women and girls, ensured the return of Holocaust stolen art, and protected the rights of gay and transgender asylum seekers. She has served on nonprofit boards continuously since 1996, including Pacific Symphony and the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. M.C. received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2017 in recognition of her combined professional achievements, humanitarian, and pro bono work. Congrats, M.C.!
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
SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 22nd Annual Access to Justice Virtual Event on September 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. With special appearances by Regina King, Katey Segal, Lance Reddick, Aimee Garcia, Richard Kind, Brandon Michael Hall and Exclusive Performance by VOX Femina.
APAWLA What You Need to Know About Financial Planning on September 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.Topics include how to set yourself up for success before review season begins, mastering the dreaded self-evaluation, preparing for the face-to-face review meeting and salary negotiations.
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.
APAWLA Webinar Performance Review Workshop on September 24, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.Topics include how to set yourself up for success before review season begins, mastering the dreaded self-evaluation, preparing for the face-to-face review meeting and salary negotiations.
APAWLA Happy Hour for Parents on September 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The virtual happy hour is to meet each other, show support, share survival tips and have fund during this pandemic we are living in.
Friendly Reminder
Sister Bar members receive a complimentary one year membership! To sign up, please CLICK HERE.
High School Voter Registration Week
#HSVoterRegWeek is about all of us making a decision that we won't let young voices be silent. It's about reaching out to students at our schools to say, "you matter and we need your voice on election day." It's about taking action together. Join the movement at thecivicscenter.org. @thecivicscenter

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 
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. 

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel is recruiting for their Honors Program as well as for the Summer Legal Program. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is seeking a highly qualified associate with four to eight years of solid patent litigation experience to join our Technology and IP Litigation business unit. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

The Los Angeles - Century City & San Francisco offices of McGuireWoods seek an Associate for the Labor & Employment Department. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

UC Hastings Law School Center for Innovation (C4i) is seeking a seasoned, longer-term research manager with a JD to lead their team. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

The Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program application is available until September 8, 2020. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening in the Los Angeles office for a litigation associate. 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 info@wlala.org. The newsletter welcomes articles, submissions and information about our members’ activities. For information about submissions to the WLALA newsletter, please contact Farah Tabibkhoei at ftabibkhoei@reedsmith.com.
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