California Women Lawyers (CWL) will have its annual conference, Blazing Our Path Forward, on Friday, May 19 at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa. Featuring inspirational speakers and multiple panels of top women lawyers and judges addressing timely issues, the CWL Annual Conference is a full-day conference offering MCLE credits.
Montage is excited to announce that it will be serving as a sponsor of the lunch provided at the conference, and Montage’s co-founder Erin Giglia and Montage freelance lawyer Amy Guldner will both be speaking on panels.
Erin Giglia will be speaking on an ethics panel, and will address some of the many ethical issues to consider when working with contract attorneys. This dynamic panel will present multiple complex hypothetical situations that law firms and attorneys face, and will discuss multifaceted approaches, best practices, and pitfalls, including real life examples from the panelists’ experience. Panel speakers include: Erin Giglia (Montage Legal Group Freelance Attorney Company), Judge Susan Lopez-Giss (retired LA Superior Court/mediator), Esther Ro (Senior Appellate attorney for California Court of Appeal, Second District), and will be moderated by Shaddi Kamiabipour (OC District Attorney’s office trial attorney).
Amy Guldner, a civil litigation attorney for 25+ years and Montage’s first freelance attorney, will be speaking on the Alcohol, Women & Wellness panel. Is being “functional” enough? This presentation will discuss the growing problem of women attorneys turning to alcohol for stress management, Amy’s personal story with alcohol, and the latest science on how alcohol impacts the brain and body. Co-panelist Lauren Black, also practicing for over 25 years, will share her story of burnout and evidence-based strategies to combat stress in more effective and healthy ways. Panel speakers include Amy Guldner (Montage Legal Group freelance attorney and Reframing Alcohol’s founder/coach) and Lauren Black (County of Los Angeles Assistant County Counsel and Art at Work LA founder/coach). The panel will be moderated by Natasha Chee (intellectual property and entertainment lawyer).
A networking cocktail reception honoring Ashleigh Aitkin, mayor of Anaheim, follows the conference. Ashleigh is being honored with the prestigious Judith Soley Award, which is presented to a recipient who has made a significant contribution to her community, extending beyond the practice of law, to devote time and effort to the public good and values through the tradition of public service and involvement, and who exemplifies the values and missions of CWL.
California Women Lawyers
California Women Lawyers was established in 1974 “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.” CWL, which has members statewide, seeks to advance women through legislative advocacy; provide amicus support in cases affecting women; prepare women for judicial appointments and political office; evaluate candidates for judicial appointment; recognize outstanding women lawyers and judges; provide scholarships to exceptional law students; provide valuable networking opportunities; and more. For more information about CWL or to purchase tickets, please visit www.cwl.org.
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