March 2018 Newsletter

March Newsletter

Path to Appointments: Legislative, County & City Commissions

On March 14, 2018, California Women Lead, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and the McGeorge School of Law presented a panel on the path to appointments for legislative, county, and city commissions.  Panelists Mona Pasquil, Appointment Secretary for Governor Brown; Rachael O’Brien, Assistant Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; Jia Wang-Connelly, Commissioner at the City of Sacramento Planning and Design Commission; and Florence Evans, Clerk for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, presented on this important topic.

Resources from this event are shared below.

3-18 Vacancy List (Updated)

3-18 PC Vacancy List Update.docx

Appointments Workshop Overview

Bds Comms App rev 12-3-15

Deputy Assignments

Maddy List eff 2-28-18

Planning Commission App rev 10-16-13

Vacancy Rpt 3-2-18

2018 Calls for Scholarship Applications

WLS is currently soliciting applications for six scholarships:

The Frances Newell Carr Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy student who currently is a first or second year law student (or third year in a four-year program) and has an outstanding academic record. Special consideration is given to candidates who have overcome personal adversity.

For information about how to apply, click here: Frances Newell Carr Scholarship 2018

The Jean C. McEvoy Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy law student currently in the first or second year (or third year of a four year program). The successful candidate will have an interest in pursuing a legal career in either probate or elder law, and/or has a demonstrated interest in assisting seniors and children in achieving stability in their lives. Special consideration will be given to individuals who have entered law as a second profession and/or began law school at the age of 35 or later in life.

For information about how to apply, click here: Jean C. McEvoy Scholarship 2018

The Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy student who is currently a first or second year law student (or third year in a four-year program). The successful candidate will have an interest in pursuing a legal career in family law and/or has assisted women and/or children (i.e. dissolution process, adoptions, etc.). Special consideration will be given to individuals who have a desire to start their own family law practice.

For information about how to apply, click here: Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship 2018

The Margaret A. Flynn Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy student who is currently a first or second year law student (or third year in a four-year program). The successful candidate will have engaged in exemplary community service. Special consideration is given to candidates whose community service has benefited women and/or children.

For information about how to apply, click here: Margaret A. Flynn Scholarship 2018

The Virginia S. Mueller Scholarship: This scholarship is available to third year day or fourth year evening students who will be sitting for the 2018 California bar examination. Special consideration is given to candidates who have worked to expand opportunities for historically disadvantaged persons, including women.

For information about how to apply, click here: Virginia S. Mueller Scholarship 2018

The WLS Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy student who is currently a first or second year law student (or third year in a four-year program) and whose achievements are consistent with WLS’s goals of advancing the position of women in law and society.

For information about how to apply, click here: WLS Scholarship 2018

The deadline to apply for each of these scholarships is March 16, 2018.

WLS Signs On to Amicus Brief Submitted by the National Women’s Law Center

Women Lawyers of Sacramento has signed on to an amicus curiae brief filed by the National Women’s Law Center in the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et al. vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al. case pending in the Supreme Court of the United States.  The case involves a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple.  The implications of the case are much broader, however, as many amicus briefs have been filed in the matter, some of which seek to argue that having “heartfelt religious beliefs” to be grounds for objecting not only to discrimination laws involving LGBT persons, but more broadly to many other types of civil rights, including public accommodations laws and other rights applicable to women and other protected classes.  Other amici curiae include the California Women Lawyers, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.  To read the entire brief click here.

August 2017 Newsletter

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June 2017 Newletter

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Call for Nominations – 2017 Frances Newell Carr Award

The Frances Newell Carr Achievement Award is a prestigious annual award given by Women Lawyers of Sacramento to an outstanding lawyer, judge, or scholar in the Sacramento community in celebration of the awardee’s professional achievements, commitment to furthering legal opportunities for women in the law, and contribution to the lives of women and children in our community.

The 2017 Frances Newell Carr Achievement Award for Professional Excellence will be presented at the WLS December luncheon. If you would like to nominate an individual for the award, contact Tara Rojas (Tara@rojasfamilylaw.com), Co-Chair of the Grants and Awards Committee. Nominations will be accepted until September 15, 2017.

For more information on how to nominate someone click here.

 

May 2017 Newsletter

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Law Day 2017

Please join us for Law Day 2017 presented by the Sacramento Office of the City Attorney and Women Lawyers of Sacramento.