Founded in 1919
Attornies, Judges and Affiliates
A Foundation that Empowers
WLALA’s Mentoring Committee, Business Development Committee, and Membership Directory offer valuable professional development tools to members. Our Mentoring Program matches new attorneys with more experienced practitioners to provide support and advice. The Business Development Committee teaches marketing, public relations and other business development skills to help develop a healthy book of business and achieve professional success. The Membership Directory is a vital resource for networking, finding referrals and promoting one’s practice to the community at large.
Pro Bono Legal Services for Women in Need
WLALA members can volunteer their services through the Domestic Violence Project, the Jail Project and the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law. WLALA members also support the Downtown Women’s Center, Break the Cycle, and WLALA’s mentoring and scholarship projects. Few other organizations have as much direct impact on the lives of women in need.
Advancing the Interests of Women Attorneys in Every Area of Legal Practice
Our Business Law, Criminal Justice, Family Law, and Litigation Sections address the most critical issues of the day and provide useful substantive programs to our members. These sections also provide excellent networking opportunities for women. WLALA also has a Work & Family Committee that helps women address issues of work/life balance.
Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future
WLALA is engaged in an exciting oral history project in which over 100 women lawyers’ interviews have been videotaped (including our past-presidents the Honorable Shirley Hufstedler and the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw). WLALA maintains its historical archive at SouthwesternUniversityLawSchool, which provides a rich source of women’s legal history in Los Angeles. WLALA also supports and develops the next generation of women lawyers through its scholarship program, which provides vital educational funding to high achieving law students with a demonstrated commitment to women’s and children’s issues, and through its Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant Program, which provides financial assistance for special projects undertaken by law students working in the public interest on issues that relate to WLALA’s mission.
Women Addressing Women’s Issues
Our members play an extremely important role in defining and analyzing women’s issues and advocating on behalf of women in the workplace and community at large. Through our Legislation, Appointive Office, Amicus Briefs, and Pro-Choice and Reproductive Rights Committees, respectively, we review legislation, interview and evaluate candidates for judicial and other appointive office, prepare amicus briefs and defend the right to choose.
Networking and Social Events
Our monthly membership meetings feature prominent lawyers and judges as well as community and national leaders. WLALA has hosted meetings with Janet Reno, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Loretta Sanchez, Sarah Weddington and Gray Davis. In addition, members enjoy many special events, such as receptions for judges, our annual holiday parties at the Downtown Women’s Center, special movie screenings, women’s sporting events (L.A. Sparks), and an annual gala silent auction (like this summer’s “WLALApalooza” event at the Gilmore Adobe). Members also receive WLALA’s informative monthly print newsletter and regular e-newsletters. Even if you are unable to join a committee or participate in all of our events, we encourage you to join to remain connected to the women’s legal community in Los Angeles and to help us further the mission of the organization.
iDepo Gives Back
iDepo makes a donation to WLALA Foundation whenever you use their Court Reporting or Videotaped Deposition Services. Email Calendar@iDepoReporters.com or Call (323) 393-3768 and mention code WLALA. iDepo will send donations to WLALA within 90 days after receipt of payment of invoices.
iDepo provides a $20 donation for each court reporting service of at least 100 pages for day.
iDepo provides a $50 donation for each videotaped deposition with at least 100 pages per day.
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President’s Message – January 2022 Choices Mary McKelvey WLALA President 2021-2022 Choice and free will are the ultimate and inimitable gifts to us from our Creator. These separate us from […]Read More
President’s Message – December 2021 A Leap of Faith Mary McKelvey WLALA President 2021-2022 I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane from approximately thirteen thousand feet above the earth […]Read More
Affiliated Bar Associations
Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance
APAWLA is an organization that promotes inclusion, empowerment and advancement of Asian Pacific American women in the legal profession. We are devoted to advocating for, educating, mentoring, networking, and developing leadership within the profession and larger community.
Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc.
Founded in 1975 by a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is dedicated to charitable, educational and community-based services.
California Women Lawyers
CWL was chartered in 1974. It was organized "to advance women in the profession of law; to improve the administration of justice; to better the position of women in society; to eliminate all inequities based on gender, and to provide an organization for collective action and expression germane to the aforesaid purposes."
Latina Lawyers Bar Association
LLBA recognizes that Latinas bring tremendous talents and perspective to the practice of law, yet we face unique challenges as we attempt to succeed in the legal profession. In the twenty-two years since its formation, LLBA has worked diligently to provide Latinas with a community of support, together with specific resources and tools to allow them to achieve their greatest potential.
Los Angeles County Bar Association
LACBA was founded in 1878 and is one of the largest voluntary metropolitan bar associations in the country, with more than 16,000 members. LACBA serves attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals through 28 sections, committees, networking events, live and on-demand CLE programs, and pro bono opportunities, as well as public service and informational resources.
The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) is a unique organization of women’s bar associations, for women’s bar associations, representing approximately 35,000 women lawyers. It provides a national forum for exchanging ideas and information vital to organizational growth and success in today’s profession.
The California State Bar
The State Bar's mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.