Judith Soley as Citizen Award Announcement

California Women Lawyers (CWL) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Judith Soley Award.   The award will be presented at the annual award dinner.  If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for this award, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

The Soley Award will be presented to a worthy recipient who has made a significant contribution to the community, extending beyond the practice of law, to devote time and effort to the public good and values through the tradition of public service and involvement, and who exemplifies the values and missions of California Women Lawyers.

Candidates for the award are judged on the basis of the following attributes which were characteristic of Judith Soley:

* Possesses a demonstrated commitment and passion regarding civic and charitable engagement;

* Embodies the elements of being an excellent, civil and honorable lawyer;

* Values compassion and empathy along with advocacy when addressing clients’ individual needs;

* Works to improve the legal system through education and involvement in bar associations;

* Participates in the public life of his or her community, state and nation;

* Is a leader, a role model and mentor; and,

* Demonstrates a commitment to the missions of California Women Lawyers.
Nomination forms must be received on or before May 1, 2014.
For information concerning this award, please visit www.cwl.org

Announcement for State Bar Education Pipeline Award

The California State Bar’s Council on Access & Fairness is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Education Pipeline Award.   The award will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for this award, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com

The State Bar of California Education Pipeline Award was established in 2008 by the Board of Governors to recognize outstanding efforts of law-related educational programs that train and support students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in the law. All California kindergarten through college educational programs are eligible. Programs must demonstrate successful efforts to increase student awareness about the judicial system and knowledge about the legal profession and careers in the law.

Nominations must be e-mailed, faxed or postmarked on or before, March 31, 2014.

For information concerning these awards, please contact Patricia Lee at 415-538-2240 or visit http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/Awards/EducationPipeline.asp.

Announcement for Faye Stender Award

California Women Lawyers (CWL) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Faye Stender Award.   The award will be presented at the CWL dinner during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for this award, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com

CWL established the Fay Stender Award in 1982 in honor of Fay Stender, a Bay Area attorney who spent much of her professional life fighting for prisoners’ rights.  The annual award is given to a feminist attorney who, like Fay Stender, is committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged groups and unpopular causes, and whose courage, zest for life and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual make her a role model for women attorneys.

Nomination forms must be received on or before May 1, 2014.
For information concerning this award, please visit www.cwl.org

Announcement for State Bar of California Diversity Awards

The California State Bar’s Council on Access & Fairness is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Diversity Awards.   The awards will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for one of these awards, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

The State Bar of California Diversity Awards were established in 2001 by the Board of Governors to recognize outstanding efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession, in particular, to recognize efforts that ensure the full and equal opportunity of all persons for entry and advancement in California’s legal profession.  Award categories include bar associations, legal employers, individual lawyers and organizations.
Nominations must be e-mailed, faxed or postmarked on or before, March 31, 2014.

For information concerning these awards, please contact Patricia Lee at 415-538-2240 or visit http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/Awards/DiversityAwards.asp.

Please Join Us At The Women Lawyers of Sacramento February Luncheon Featuring Doreathea Johnson and Celebrating Black History Month

Please Join Us At The Women Lawyers of Sacramento February Luncheon
Featuring Hon. Alice Lytle (Ret.) Celebrating Black History Month

***PLEASE NOTE THE SPEAKER CHANGE***

DATE: February 27, 2014

Hon. Alice Lytle (Ret.) is a pioneer and a role model. Born in Harlem, New York, Judge Lytle was the first of her family’s ten children to graduate from college, receiving her degree in Physiology and Public Health from Hunter College of New York. She worked for several years in the medical field, eventually moving west to work in the department of pediatric cardiology at the University of San Francisco Medical Center. After the 1968 assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, she decided to leave her career in medicine to attend law school and become a civil rights lawyer. While in law school at Hastings College of the Law, Judge Lytle served as the President of the Black Law Students Association, and worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Housing and Economic Development Law Project, the Earl Warren Institute, and the Alameda County Public Defender’s office. Beginning in 1975, Judge Lytle served in the Administration of Edmund P. (“Pat”) Brown, Jr., first as Chief Deputy Legal Affairs and then as Division Chief of the Fair Employment and Housing Division of the Department of Industrial Relations. By 1979 she was Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency, an executive-level position. In 1982, Governor Brown appointed her to the Sacramento County Municipal Court, and upon unification of the courts in 1998, Judge Lytle was elevated to the Sacramento County Superior Court. She was the first African American woman appointed to the Sacramento County court, and for all but the last two months of her 20-year tenure, she was the only African American woman to serve on that bench. While on the bench, Judge Lytle established what is believed to be the first Children’s Waiting Room in the nation, she established the Healthy Teen Mothers Project, served as a mentor to pregnant teens while working with an outreach program for first-time expectant mothers called The Birthing Project, and she created the SacraMentor Program to assist juvenile delinquents. Judge Lytle led the Sacramento County Superior Court’s Self-Represented Litigants Team and was a member of the Judicial Council’s Self-Represented Litigants Team. She also served on the Judicial Council’s Gender Bias Committee and its Standing Committee on Juvenile and Family Law. Judge Lytle was the first recipient of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento’s prestigious Frances Newell Carr Award, and she also received the San Francisco Women Lawyers’ Alliance’s Crystal Gavel Award for Jurist and the California Women Lawyer’s Rose Bird Memorial Award.

WHERE: Lucca Restaurant and Bar, 1615 J Street, Sacramento, CA
TIME: 12:00-1:15 p.m.

MENU: Penne with Vegetables, Roast Beef Sandwich, Stuffed Peppers, House Chop Salad with Chicken. Each menu item comes with the choice of soda or iced tea.

COST: $25.00 for current WLS members, past presidents of WLS, and judges; $30.00 for all others, except law students, whose cost is $20.00. Without advance reservation, it may not be possible to get the entrée of your choice.

RSVP with menu choice and confirmation of mailed check by February 25 to Wendy Taylor at (916) 781-2550 or wtaylor@hansenkohls.com. Please mail your check, payable to WLS, with menu choice for receipt by February 26 to WLS, Attn: Luncheon, P.O. Box 936, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please indicate if you are a current WLS member, past president, or judge on the check. WLS is charged for cancellations. Payments must be received in advance and are not refundable. Seating at the door is subject to availability.

Pending 1.0 MCLE credit

Please bring any unused toiletries and women’s personal items to the luncheon for donation to Maryhouse, a non-profit organization that helps homeless women and children.

 

California Women Lawyers Rose Bird Memorial Award Announcement

California Women Lawyers (CWL) is now accepting nominations for the ROSE BIRD MEMORIAL AWARD.  This annual award is named for one of CWL’s  founding members and is given to a jurist from Northern California.

NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FEBRUARY 28, 2014.

The  candidate  should  be  from  the  Northern  California  area and will be evaluated on excellence as a  jurist with longstanding or  groundbreaking  public  service  and  inspiration  to  women lawyers in California.

The nominations will be reviewed by CWL’s Awards Committee and the Board of Governors will announce the recipient of this honor on March 7, 2014. The Award will be presented at CWL’s Northern California Judicial  Reception  to  be  held  in  April  of  2014.    The awardee must be available  to  attend  the  reception.

The nomination should consist of the following:
A. Nominee’s Resume/Bio –  Include  the  nominee’s resume or biography.
B. Nominee’s Photo – Include a high resolution photograph of the nominee.
C. Supporting Statement – A  letter  supporting  the nominee  as  a  worthy  recipient  of  this  honor  with  a description of the candidate’s qualifications for this award.
D. Articles and Letters –  To  present  a  comprehensive picture  of  the  nominee,  you may  include  news/magazine articles  written  by  or  about  the  candidate  and  letters  of support from individuals or organizations.

The nomination and supporting materials should be sent to co-chairs of CWL’s Awards Committee, Jaimi Groothuis at Jaimi@bermanandmore.com and Amee Mikocich at Amee.Mikacich@sedgwicklaw.com.

Announcement for Jack Berman Award of Achievement

The California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), a Committee of the California State Bar Association, is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Jack Berman Award of Achievement.   The award will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for this award, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

Each year CYLA recognizes a young or new lawyer for distinguished service to the public sector, the judiciary, or the public with the Jack Berman Award of Achievement.  The California State Bar established this prestigious award in 1992 to recognize the individual achievements of a lawyer who is either in his/her first five years of practice or age 36 and under.  The award is named in memory of Jack Berman, a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the profession and the public, and who was tragically killed in a San Francisco shooting. This annual award honors his dedicated service to issues of concern to the profession, especially its young lawyers.

Nomination forms must be received on or before, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  The project/service may include work performed in prior years, but should highlight the achievements accomplished in 2013.

For information concerning this award, please contact Laila Bartlett at laila.bartlett@calbar.ca.gov or by phone at (415) 538-2232 or visit http://cyla.calbar.ca.gov/CYLA/JackBermanAward.asp.

State Bar of California Loren Miller Legal Services Award Announcement

The State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Loren Miller Legal Services Award.   The award will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for this award, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

The Loren Miller Legal Services Award, named after the late Loren Miller, an African American lawyer and judge who was a leader in the civil rights movement, was established in 1977 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the State Bar of California. It is considered a lifetime achievement award and is given annually to a lawyer admitted to practice in California who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. Previous award recipients include the staff of legal services organizations such as directors of litigation, executive directors and private bar attorneys.

Nomination forms must be received on or before, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, March 17, 2014.  Previous nominations are accepted, but must be resubmitted with updated information for the calendar year 2013.  Self-nominations are accepted.

For information and questions regarding the Loren Miller Legal Services Award, contact Sharon Ngim via email at: mailto:sharon.ngim@calbar.ca.gov or visit www.calbar.ca.gov/aboutus/awards.asp.

State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Awards Announcement

The State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services is now accepting nominations for the 2014 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.   The awards will be presented during the State Bar 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego. If you would like to request that WLS support a nomination for these awards, please contact Meghan Covert Russell at mrussell@kmtg.com, Amy Heavey Halloran at amy@williamslawassociates.com or Julia Reeves at Julia.reeves80@yahoo.com.

The State Bar Board of Trustees created the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards in 1983. The awards recognize California attorneys, law firms and associations of California lawyers who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client, in the preceding calendar year. In November 2009, the Board of Trustees expanded the list of award recipients to include California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association or The State Bar of California and law students currently enrolled in those law schools. A combined total of up to nine awards shall be given annually in all five award categories, which include: 1. individual attorneys (with various subcategories such as newly admitted attorney, law school faculty member, etc.) 2. law firm, 3. corporate legal department or government department, 4. law school and 5. distinguished pro bono work. Recommendations for the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are made by the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services to the Board of Trustees, which reviews and approves the recommendations.

Nomination forms must be received on or before, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, March 17, 2014.  Previous nominations are accepted, but must be resubmitted with updated information for calendar year 2013.  Self-nominations are accepted.

For information and questions regarding the President’s Pro Bono Service Award, contact Sharon Ngim via email at: sharon.ngim@calbar.ca.gov or visit www.calbar.ca.gov/aboutus/awards.asp.