President's Message

Mary McKelvey

WLALA President 2021-2022

This month brings us a two-fold opportunity: to explore our perceptions and fears of mental illness and to recognize the need to prioritize and tend to our own mental health.

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Matters of the Mind . . . Mental Health Matters

President’s Message, May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized every year to normalize talking about mental health and mental illness and to highlight the importance of taking care of our mental wellness without shame. Mental health and mental illness are, of course, two different things. Not all people will experience a mental illness, but everyone will at some point struggle or have a challenge with their mental well-being. This month brings us a two-fold opportunity: to explore our perceptions and fears of mental illness and to recognize the need to prioritize and tend to our own mental health.
 
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, cognitive and social well-being and affects how we feel, cope, think and act – every aspect of our lives. Good mental health is about living and coping well despite challenging situations, and there have been no shortage of these during the past few years.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has been unique among major crises in our lifetime in that it has impacted everyone in numerable ways, including ways we are not yet aware of.

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Inner City Law Center

Inner City Law Center (ICLC) fights for housing and justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, immigrants, people who are disabled or living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans.  As the only full-time legal-services provider located on Skid Row, ICLC advocates for equitable housing policies and provides legal services to prevent and end homelessness.

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) has not only served as a dedicated pro bono partner on ICLC’s housing work, but the WLALA Foundation has also sponsored WLALA fellows to work with ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project on issues affecting women veterans, including those who have been victims of military sexual trauma, as well as with ICLC’s Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project, where they address a variety of legal issues that create barriers to stable housing.

These exceptional WLALA fellows have passionately worked alongside ICLC attorneys to reduce barriers to income and housing stability for Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable residents. 

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Fiammetta Piazza’s path to being a transactional associate at Polsinelli LLP is as circuitous as it is interesting. A dual citizen of Italy and the U.S., Fiammetta was born and raised in Italy while spending extensive time in the U.S. After graduating high school, she decided not to continue on her path as a professional ballet dancer and moved to Milan where she attended Bocconi University School of Law. Upon graduating, she and her family moved to Los Angeles permanently and Fiammetta earned an LLM from UCLA and a JD from Loyola Law School. 
 
Fiammetta, whose name means “little flame,” has put her three law degrees to good use by bringing her unique perspective to bear for her clients.