President's Message - November 2023

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Jeannine Taylor

WLALA President 2023-2024


To our WLALA membership,

As November unfolds, many of us find ourselves reflecting on gratitude and counting our blessings. Simultaneously, our resiliency and perseverance have been tested by the turmoil in the Middle East, which has taken the lives of entire communities, innocent civilians, and children.

During this time of immense pain and intense polarization, it is more important than ever for our community to emphasize collaboration over confrontation, and compassion over judgment. We encourage all members of our community to continue to see the humanity in one another, recognize and respect each other’s value and dignity, and treat each other as cherished members of our WLALA community. If you have a moment today, join us in creating the community we are all searching for by reaching out to a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while, or someone in your life who may be hurt or grieving.

I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Kim Kamkar for composing the following thoughtful words of comfort and encouragement for all affected by recent deadly conflicts and its unfolding aftermath:

“Many in our WLALA community have been left reeling from the extreme violence and bigotry, and the ghastly and cruel images on television, social media, and the Internet.

WLALA stands shoulder to shoulder with you through the heartache of this conflict, and hand in hand with you, as we cope, heal, and grieve the loss of family, friends, and the thousands of innocent lives whose names we may never know. We offer our collective strength as women to serve as your source of power in these challenging times. We offer our faith in the goodness of people for you to fall back on when all feels lost.

Grief and tragedy are too great a burden to carry alone – we hope that you find strength in our membership and hope that peace can be restored.”

In your service

Jeannine Taylor
President, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles