President's Message

Jeannine Taylor

WLALA President 2023-2024

President's Message, July 2024

The WLALA History Project is Back!

“Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.”

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize winning Harvard historian

 

For over four decades, the WLALA History Project has recorded, archived, and preserved the oral histories of more than 100 leaders in the Los Angeles legal community. Thanks to the generosity of The Barnes Firm, the History Project has been reinvigorated with the recording of eight interviews featuring WLALA presidents, scholarship, and fellowship recipients on June 25, 2024. Special thanks to Mory Ahmadi, Co-Chair of the History Project Committee, for spearheading this effort.

WLALA maintains its historical archive at Southwestern School of Law, which houses a rich source of women’s legal history in Los Angeles. A collection of past videos can be viewed at the link below. To nominate an influential Los Angeles judge or lawyer for an interview with the History Project, please email info@wlala.org. If you are interested in learning more about the collection or participating in transforming the Project into a publication, please contact us! Aspiring authors will also want to join our WLALA panel on July 11th, where women lawyers will share their tips for balancing a law practice while authoring and publishing books.

In honor of the History Project, I would like to share a preview of my recorded interview.

What is your personal philosophy on leadership and management?

Listen first and talk last. My experience has been that people who lead without listening usually create more problems than solutions (and know less than they think they do).

The managers who I admire most surround themselves with gifted people, value their talent, and acknowledge their contributions. Also, many people, (particularly women), often struggle with taking credit for their own successes. Because of this, I’ve seen how meaningful it can be for managers to highlight a team member’s accomplishments.

What accomplishment of your presidency are you most proud of?

Building on the WLALA roadmap for sister bar collaborations laid by my law school bestie and past president, Janet Hong. In law school, we were presidents of our respective minority student organizations and brought that collaborative energy to WLALA. We’ve proudly created a precedent of annual collaborations with our sister bars during HerStory month, extended free WLALA memberships to affiliate bars, and actively supported our sister bars’ programming, public service efforts, and celebrations.

What do you hope for the next generation of female attorneys/professionals?

I hope they confidently promote their accomplishments, nominate themselves for recognition and awards, and advocate for resources to develop professionally; including seeking out mentors, coaches, and sponsors to learn from and grow with. It would be my pleasure to share my experiences from doing these things and to help others find a comfortable approach for doing the same.

In your service,

Jeannine Taylor
President, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

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Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

Congratulations to WLALA Past President Stacy Horth-Neubert on her new role as Executive Director of Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law!  The Center protects victims of domestic violence and improves the well-being of children living in poverty. With the help of volunteers, the Center provides free family law assistance and legal education to the poor.  WLALA proudly supports Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, which strives to empower people in need and assure them meaningful access to the courts.