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Join us for a day full of panels offering MCLE credits and networking opportunities.


Pathways to Equality and Success

Friday, May 8, 2015

DoubleTree by Hilton SF Airport

835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Networking Breakfast - facilitated by Karen Kahn, EdD PCC

9:45 AM - 5:00 PM: Panels and General Session

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Cocktail Reception


True to its theme, this year's conference will help direct you through equality issues with panels such as Sexual Harassment and Implicit Bias Toward Female Attorneys: Interactive Study and Transgender Issues: Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Expression and lead you to career success with panels such as The Grit Project: Using Grit and Growth Mindset to Advance Women Lawyers and Building and Leveraging Your Own Book of Business.

 Additional Panels:

Lawyers Have Rights Too: Pregnancy, Lactation, and Related Accommodation Issues Female Attorneys Face in the Workplace (MCLE)  ● Effective Negotiation Strategies for Women in the Legal Profession (MCLE) ● Mentors, Sponsors, and Coaches: How to Enhance Your Career Trajectory ● What In-House Counsel Really Want from Outside Counsel 

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Michele Coleman Mayes

Chair, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, New York Public Library


CWL Regular Member Price:                                                               $200              

Non-Member Price:                                                                            $225               

Member Law Student/New Admittee (Practicing 3 years or less)       $125

Non-Member Law Student/New Admittee Price:                                $150



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Directed and Produced by Freida Mock
Sunday, March 9, 2014
1:00 p.m. Fremont Theatre
Tickets are $10.00 at the door or online. For Pre-Sale Tickets visit or call 85-546-FILM
Sponsored by San Luis Obispo County's Women's Legacy Fund

Freida Mock tells the story of Anita Hill, whose testimony in the sensationalized Senate Judiciary hearings for the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas in 1991 led to the recognition of sexual harassment in the workplace.

"Enthralling and Revealing portrait of Anita Hill, whose Senate Judiciary testimony led the country to recognize workplace sexual harassment." - Anita: Sundance Review, Hollywood Reporter  (Read this Review

A moderated panel discussion with the filmmaker and local attorney Jacqueline Frederick and Senior Human resources Specialist Betsey Nash will follow.

For More Information, or to purchase tickets please click HERE!

Anita Hill on January 18, 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival

The Oakland City Attorney's Office is Currently Accepting Applications for 3 Attorney Positions - Please Click HERE for more information.

Please Join the Local Anti-Defamation League Committee
for a Special Event, 

There are 15 spaces available, which will be filled on a First RSVP, First served basis. RSVP Now to Reserve your Seat!

To Download a copy of the form, please click HERE.

WLA is Donating a MAJOR RAFFLE PRIZE to SLO Bar Association Charities Fundraiser 

A Basket of SLO Goodness containing merchandise and certificates for venues and services in SLO County. 


We will be assembling the basket April 30th for delivery May 1st. If you have anything you can contribute (T-shirt from local venue, tickets to an event, anything is welcome!), please drop it off at:

         560 Higuera Street, Suite B by Tuesday, April 30th 

with the form below and we will see that you and/or the vendor who supplied the goodies is credited. 

If you need Event Tickets ($50.00 per person) or Raffle Tickets ($10.00 each or 5 for $40.00) call Jane Heath @ Duggan Smith & Heath (805) 546-2060. They can be picked up at 560 Higuera, Suite B, SLO.


San Luis Obispo County Bar Association presents...

The Second Amendment is a hot topic these days.  For our April meeting, we have three people from the Sheriff’s Office to discuss that issue, and also talk about their mid-life transformations.  Ian Parkinson was a San Luis Obispo County law enforcement officer for 26 years before he was elected the County’s Sheriff in 2011. Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Tony Cipolla was a popular news anchor on the Central Coast for 20 years before he made the switch to a career in the Sheriff’s Office.  Longtime body builder and actor Lou Ferrigno aka “the Hulk” donned a new shade of green and underwent extensive training to serve as a  reserve Sheriff’s Deputy in Los Angeles County and now here in San Luis Obispo County.


Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 12 noon

Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo


The San Luis Obispo County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.  This program qualifies for one (1) hour MCLE credit; the speakers’ presentation will be one hour.


Pre-Paid Members $25

Non-Members/Walk-Ins $35

Visa/MasterCard accepted.

Register on-line at



Gender Bias Against Women in the Law: Where We Are and What Can We Do About It

April 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern

Although women have been graduating from law school in large numbers for several decades, many fewer women than men have advanced into senior law firm positions and leadership roles. Since 2006, NAWL and the NAWL Foundation have surveyed law firms on their retention and promotion of women lawyers, and most recently on the role played by Women's Initiatives for advancing legal careers. The results offer surprises as well as recommendations for women lawyers and their firms.

NAWL, the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, the CBA Alliance, and Ms. JD have joined together to co-sponsor a presentation on the latest research into women’s initiatives in law firms. Come learn more about this unique research, its implications for eliminating gender bias and the steps firms can take to advance women lawyers.

To view the report on the National Survey of Women’s Initiatives, please click HERE 

NAWL will be addressing questions about the survey and its results as part of the panel presentation. Please send your questions by April 10th to Sarretta McDonough, NAWL Board Member, .

Join NAWL for this interactive session and earn some CLE!*

*Registrants must be individually registered in order to be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits.


Stephanie Scharf 
Attorney ,
Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Stephanie A. Scharf is a partner in Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, a boutique Chicago firm that provides legal services to U.S. and global businesses. She concentrates in complex litigation, especially in life sciences, business disputes and trial work, and in techniques to help companies avoid litigation. A member of the Illinois and New York bars, she has represented clients in federal and state courts in many jurisdictions around the country. Stephanie is especially adept at presenting complex scientific and technical matters to lay audiences. She is a prolific writer, with such publications as the PLI treatise, Product Liability Litigation (Lead Editor and chapter author), and ABA monographs on Epidemiology and the Law and Toxicology and the Law (Editor and chapter author). Her recent CLE presentations have focused on jury selection and trial techniques. Before practicing law, Stephanie conducted national survey research in her role as Senior Study Director, NORC, where she helped design and manage large-scale public health surveys commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Stephanie received her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1985 and a Ph.D. (Behavioral Sciences/Psychology) in 1978.

Long active in the legal community on issues concerning the advancement of women in the law, Stephanie is a former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and founded many of NAWL’s signature events including, among others, the NAWL General Counsel Institute, the NAWL Committee for Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees, the NAWL Annual Survey of Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, the Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition, and programs such as Take Charge of Your Career and From Backpack to Briefcase. Stephanie is currently President of the NAWL Foundation, which conducts research on the advancement of women and special education projects. Stephanie has also written seminal articles about how women advance their careers, including reports of the 2006- 2011 NAWL Annual Survey of Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms and a report on the first-ever National Survey of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms.


Janet Wallace
Duggan Smith & Heath LLP

Janet Wallace is an associate at Duggan Smith & Heath LLP in San Luis Obispo, California. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, where she served as President of Law Students for the Arts and Research Assistant to Professor Lisa R. Pruitt. During law school, Janet interned with the Office of General Counsel for the University of California and California's Legislative Counsel. She graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture. Prior to attending law school, Janet was a high school photography teacher, robotics adviser, White House gift wrapper, and art gallery docent. In addition to serving as Vice President and co-chair of content for Ms. JD, Janet serves on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council.

Leslie Richards-Yellen 
Partner/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP

Leslie Richards-Yellen is a bond attorney with over 25 years of experience as In-House Counsel and in private practice. In addition to her public finance practice at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Ms. Richards-Yellen serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and as Chair of the Diversity Committee. Prior to relocating to Chicago, Ms. Richards-Yellen was associate General Counsel with a leading mutual fund company where she provided legal services and analysis for the Fixed Income Group. Ms. Richards-Yellen was a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers Steering Committee. She is Chair of the Board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and sits on the boards of NAWL and Blackburn College, as well as the advisory board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Ms. Richards-Yellen can be reached at 312.704.3562 or

Jennifer Gust
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Jennifer Gust concentrates her litigation practice in representing parties in insurance disputes involving commercial property and casualty policies, director and officer policies, errors and omissions policies, professional lines, credit disability and excess coverages. Additionally, she regularly defends insurance carriers in complex bad faith litigation nationwide, and has aided insurers with their reinsurance issues and concerns. Ms. Gust also provides assistance and guidance to insurance carriers with respect to drafting policy language for school and municipal package policies, professional liability and excess lines. Ms. Gust is a regular speaker at conferences and has published several articles.

Ms. Gust started her career at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in January of 2003. Previously she served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Thomas P. Quinn in the Cook County Chancery Division where she researched and assisted in the preparation of judicial opinions involving all equitable matters before the Court. Ms. Gust participates extensively in firm leadership. She currently chairs the Non-Capital Partner Women’s Group. She also dedicates a significant amount of time to the training and mentoring of new Hinshaw associates. Ms. Gust has served on the planning committees for Hinshaw University, a comprehensive training program for all new associates, and has contributed to Hinshaw’s Trial Advocacy program. She is also a mentor and supervisor for Hinshaw’s summer associate program. In addition, Ms. Gust has served as a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.

CWL Annual Conference Registration and Sponsorship Forms

Please Join the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Avila Bay Club
for a fundraiser to benefit SLOBAC 

MCLE OPPORTUNITY (Lunch + 1 Hour of MCLE Education Credit)

The Central Coast Paralegal Association (CCPA) 
in Partnership with the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA)



Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:00 p.m. -1:15 p.m.

Presented by Warren Sinsheimer, Esq.
of Sinsheimer, Juhnke, McIvor & Stroh, LLP

@ the San Luis Obispo County Library Community Room
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 

Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25:00

Please RSVP by Noon on February 11 to Simon Lowrie via email at or by calling (805) 781-5497 

You are cordially invited
to the  
Thirteenth Annual
Northern California Judicial Reception

CWL will present
The 2013 Rose Bird Memorial Award
The Honorable Patricia Bamattre-
Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal 
6th Appellate District 
Friday, March 15, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McManis Faulkner
50 West San Fernando St., 10th Floor, San Jose

See for registration.

Supreme Court Review 2014

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:15 PM by WLA SLO   [ updated Jul 2, 2014, 9:21 PM ]

The Supreme Court Review MCLE
9:00 a.m., Tues. July 8, 2014
 Union Bank - Community Room, Downtown San Luis Obispo 

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of U.C. Irvine School of Law and President Frederick Lawrence of Brandeis University along with ADL's Civil Rights Director, Deborah Lauter, will discuss the significant first amendment and governmental process cases of the 2013-14 term of the Supreme Court, and the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education. 

Co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the National Constitution Center.

Limited to 50 persons. Please RSVP ahead of time to You will then receive a confirming message with more details.

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