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Please join the Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County  


An MCLE on emergency protective orders, temporary restraining orders, and permanent restraining orders. 

Please join the

Annual Holiday party

December 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. 

At the home of
Moira Leigh and Nancy Wenz
621 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz

This event is free to our members.





Please join the
for Jennifer Rose's presentation: 

"Breaking the Cycle: Creating a Community Response 
to Helping Teens Experiencing Dating Violence"

Jennifer Rose is the co-executive director of the Walnut Avenue Women's Shelter, has engaged in national consulting regarding domestic violence issues, and conducts trainings regarding domestic violence nationwide.

1.0 hours of MCLE credit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Registration begins at 11:45 a.m.  
Presentation begins at 12:00 p.m.  
Mei Gardens Restaurant
533 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Cost: $20 ~ WLSCC Members / $25 ~ Non-members

Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider (#6014) and certifies that this event has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit in the amount of one hour (1.0) by the State Bar of California.





Please join us for an MCLE event!
Proudly Presents:  

Mary LaVigne-Butler
Vice President of Development and General Counsel, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

“The National Roll-Back of Abortion Rights Laws”

Ms. LaVigne-Butler’s talk will discuss the current attack on abortion rights laws in the U.S. including bans, regulation of abortion providers and parental notice laws. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. 

1.0 hours of MCLE credit

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Registration begins at 11:45 a.m.  
Presentation begins at 12:00 p.m.  
Mei Gardens Restaurant
533 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
A delicious family style lunch will be provided! 

Cost: $20 ~ WLSCC Members / $25 ~ Non-members


Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider (#6014) and certifies that this event has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit in the amount of one hour (1.0) by the State Bar of California.
Download Event PDF for Print

How to Register:


  • Send this form with a check to WLSCC, P.O. Box 737, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0737  Email your RSVP to and pay at the door




Friday June 7th at 5:30 pm
WLSCC is sponsoring the CWL 13th Annual Judicial Reception

Wherein the Rose Bird Memorial Award will be presented to Justice Bamattree-Manoukian for her excellence as a jurist and her longstanding public service. The event will be held at McManis Faulkner in San Jose, CA. 

Please register at: 
or click here to download the registration form.





You are Invited to Attend

Women Doctors / Women Lawyers
Spring Colloquy

April 25, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Chaminade Resort and Spa, Manresa Room
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Law Enforcement - Current & Proposed Gun Control Laws;

Mental Health Issues – How Can We Support Those with Mental Illness and Ensure a Healthy, Safe and Supportive Community? 



  • Amy Christey, Chief of Police of Morro Bay, first woman ever to hold that position in the City of Morro Bay; formerly with Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years rising through the ranks, eventually promoted to Lieutenant (second woman ever to hold that rank in the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office); as Bomb Technician, later Bomb Team Commander, trained extensively with the FBI and ATF dealing with security issues and explosive devices. 

  • Dr. Rama K. Khalsa, Ph.D., former Director of Santa Cruz County Health Services; retired after a 26 year career with County Health during which she championed “Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County”, part of an effort to provide universal health coverage for county children. In March 2012, she was honored as “Woman of the Year” at ceremonies in Sacramento at the State capitol.

Cost: $35 ~ Doctors, WLSCC Members / $40 ~ Non-membersRSVP: By Tuesday, April 23, 2013~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider (#6014) and certifies that this event has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit in the amount of one hour (1.0) by the State Bar of California.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Download Event PDF for Print




Please join WLSCC for Karen D. Thompson's Presentation
"Love is a Dangerous Promise"
presented by UC Santa Cruz

Thursday March 7, 2013 AT 7 p.m.







To obtain one (1) unit of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit for this presentation, 

please RSVP by March 4th, 2013 to:

Note that WLSCC has a limited number of tickets available.

This event, and MCLE credit, is free to WLSCC members. 

If you are not a WLSCC member, the event is free but the cost to obtain MCLE credit is $15.

If you do not wish to obtain MCLE credit, the event is free and you may obtain tickets at:

This event is free to the public, however, it is expected to reach capacity quickly.





Saturday, January 19 10:00 a.m.

"Post Election Perspectives: 
Reproductive Choice& Health Care Access"

What have we gained, what are the opportunities, and what's still at risk? Come hear the inside story on what the recent election results will mean for reproductive rights and affordable health care, at the federal, state and local levels. 

Keynote Speaker:
Lupe Rodriguez, Director of Public Affairs
Planned Parenthood Del Mar

Elanor Littman, Executive Director
Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County 
United Methodist Church, 250 California Street, Santa Cruz
Sliding scale donation: $10-25, Students free
Reserve in advance or pay at the door
For more information: 423-2356




 Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County’s annual Meet and Greet

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

At Baskin Grant, 331 Soquel Avenue, Ste. 100, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

This event is free to our members. Come enjoy hearty appetizers and drinks with some of our locally elected women officials. Hope to see you all there!

You can RSVP online at or 
call Gina Occhipinti at 831-442-7232, ext. 329


2012 past events below:







Annual Holiday Gala!

December 5, 2012
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Click to print out a flyer!

Always FREE for Members and Judicial Guests. 
Endless fabulous feast and libations. 
Always a of lot fun! 
Only members and the local judiciary are invited to attend, so please make sure your membership is current. 




Friday November 9, 2012

Please join us for a 1 hour MCLE discussion

“After the Great Recession: Poverty and Social Welfare Policy in the U.S.”

Being offered to us by:

Professor Eva Bertram, Associate 
Professor, UCSC Politics Department

Or you can CLICK HERE to print out the registration flyer, and mail in your reservation soon!

Join us and have a 
delicious family style 
lunch at
Mei Gardens Restaurant
533 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Professor Bertram’s talk will include attention to issues of women’s economic insecurity in the current economic context with an opportunity for questions and answers.  

California Women Lawyers

38th Annual Dinner in Monterey

Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Please join WLSCC at this event! Congresswoman 
Speier is nationally known for her passionate and compelling speeches on the House floor, such as her spontaneous response to a congressional colleague who trivialized women who - like her - have had medically necessary second trimester abortions. She routinely speaks on the House floor about men and women in our 
armed forces who have been raped or sexually assaulted while in the line of duty. She has also taken a lead role in working with the veterans organizations to improve delivery of VA benefits to Bay Area veterans. In 2012 Newseek named Jackie to its list of 150 “fearless women” in the world. 




Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00 p.m. reception
7:00 p.m. dinner

Domestic Violence 
Awareness Month
MCLE Peachwood's Luncheon

Please join WLSCC and the Santa Cruz County Family Law Bar at this co-sponsored event!

Rolanda Pierre-Dixon
Friday, Oct 5, 2012
12:00 p.m.

"Domestic Violence-Assessment 
and Assistance: 
All While Taking Care of You"

Santa Clara Assistant District Attorney Rolanda Pierre-Dixon is an expert on domestic violence issues.  She started the Santa Clara D.A.'s domestic violence unit in 1991 and has supervised that unit for over 17 years.  Her commitment to domestic violence issues spans over 20 years.  Currently she is the supervisor over the Family Violence Unit, Victim Witness Advocates, Criminal Issuing, and the Victim Restitution Unit.  She is the Office liaison on Human Trafficking. Last year, Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San José) honored Ms. Pierre-Dixon for her commitment to ending domestic violence in Santa Clara County at a ceremony held in the Assembly Chambers.  Ms. Pierre-Dixon was honored for her tireless efforts to end and prevent domestic violence in Santa Clara County.




SCCTLA Golf Tournament

Friday, August 31, 2012 
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
DeLaveaga Golf Course

WLSCC is hosting a hospitality table to help benefit Senior Legal Services. If you would like to volunteer at our table, please let us know at If you would like to donate to the cause, you can click on the link below to go their webiste:

Sandra Caruba 

Divorce and Bankruptcy:
Helping Your Clients Stay In Their Home

Download a flyer Here




June 8, 2012
Peachwoods at noon

who will speak on
Click to Download Flyer




May 12, 2012
9:30 - noon AAUW event

Guest Speaker
Sara Clarenbach

How education changed her life
Sara Clarenbach graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA, and from the University of California Berkeley School of Law with a JD, before arriving in Santa Cruz in 1974. She then practiced law here for 35 years, before turning her focus to the nonprofit sector in Watsonville as an advocate for a healthcare nonprofit, engaging the community and working in media relations. Sara now works with a national nonprofit supporting Hispanics and Native Americans in science. Sara comes from a family deeply rooted in the importance of education for women, and she has avidly supported scholarships for women throughout her career.




Thursday April 19, 2012
2012 Spring Colloquy
at the
Chaminade Resort
















5:30 p.m. hearty appetizers; no host bar
6:15 p.m. program

An Introduction to 
Medical-Legal Partnerships
California leads the nation in the number of medical-legal partnership projects aimed at addressing patient care issues. 
Under such partnerships, hospitals and community clinics add 
lawyers to medical  teams in an effort to help resolve issues associated with "social determinants of health," such as housing, poverty and domestic violence.

Panelists include:

Jennifer Kelleher, Directing Attorney
Legal Advocates  for Children & Youth

Dr. Lee Anna, Botkin, Medical Director of MLP
Valley Medical Center

Lee Anna Botkin is a pediatrician at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and is a co-founder and the current medical director of the Silicon Valley  Medical Legal Partnership Clinic at SCVMC Pediatrics.  Lee Anna’s medical practice focuses on the ambulatory care of pediatric patients from infancy through adolescence. She is a volunteer clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and teaches 
medical students and residents.  Lee Anna received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges with a concentration in History and Science,  and received her medical training (MD, internship and pediatric residency) from 
the University of California, San Francisco.




 Monday, April 9, 2012
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Join family and friends to celebrate the life of 
Celestial Summer Dove Cassman ‘04
and the endowed scholarship created to honor her.

Hosted by Joan Cassman
500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA  95814

For more information or 
to donate to the scholarship, go here. 

The Celestial Summer Dove Cassman Scholarship has been established at UC Davis School of Law to recognize a core value of Celestial’s life—the goal of ensuring access to resources and support institutions for the most vulnerable amongst us who face challenges that undermine their quality of life. The second purpose is to reinforce our lasting memory of Celestial as a beloved friend, colleague, and family member—her beautiful smile, radiant spirit, and joy of life itself.




Wednesday, March 28
Update on Prop 8

Please join us in hearing an update on Prop 8 

Kate Kendall and 
Dana McRae

Peachwoods 12 p.m.
MCLE event co-sponsored with SCCBA




Saturday luncheon
March 24, 2012
Co-Sponsored MCLE event
at the Seascape Golf Course
11:30 a.m.

"The Beauty of Argument, 
and its Effect on the Law"

      Speaker:  Dinah V. Sapia 

Dinah will discuss how the argument in a brief; the oral arguments in court; the arguments by lobbyists; and the arguments in the media are all a part of how our laws are formed and changed. How much does a good argument affect the way a law is written, enforced, or interpreted? 

Come join in the discussion and meet some of the local members of the American Association of University Women, Santa Cruz chapter.




Wednesday luncheon
March 14, 2012

"The Angela Davis Trial
How the Case was Won"

UCSC professor Bettina Aptheker will be speaking at our MCLE luncheon at the Mei Garden on Ocean in Santa Cruz. 




February 23, 2012 
WLSCC Meet & Greet
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Invited honored guests 
who have confirmed so far include: Katharine Beiers  Hilary Bryant, Lynne Robinson,  
and Stephanie Harlan. 

at the law firm of Baskin & Grant *
331 Soquel Avenue, Suite 100

* Special Thank You to Baskin & Grant 
for generously sponsoring this event!

...Thank you also to Ryan Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards, for providing and pouring the wine. 


Saturday, January 21, 2012

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reproductive Rights Network Brunch 
(Download the flier here)

Come help us celebrate 
the anniversary of the 1973 

Roe v. Wade 
Supreme Court decision

Keynote Speaker:
Phyllida Burlingame
Reproductive justice policy director,
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

    Nationally recognized expert on sex education and reproductive health policy, Phyllida Burlingame was instrumental in passage of California’s two landmark sex education laws. She is the author numerous policy studies including Sex Education in California Public Schools: Are Students Learning What They Need to Know?; Sex, Lies and Politics: Abstinence-Only Curricula in California Public Schools; and Preventing Unfair Prosecution of Abortion Providers: An Investigation into Political Bias by the Medical Board of California.


2011 WLSCC Past Events and Photos        








Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 
Annual Holiday Party 
5:30 ~ 7:30 p.m.
for Members and  Judicial Guests 
Endless Fabulous Feast & Libations 
Always a Lot Fun!


















Nov 9 Ethics MCLE
Mei Garden luncheon
Noon - 1pm
Eliza Rodrigues
Special Ethics and Conflicts Counsel 
at Sedgwick

"Conflict of Interest: 
What Every Attorney Must Know” 
Includes 1 hour of Ethics MCLE


















Nov 4 Family Law Bar
Peachwoods luncheon

WLSCC President-Elect 
Syda Kosofsky
“Family Law Appeals & Writs”
Includes 1 hour MCLE


















On November 2, Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz dedicated a commemorative lectern commissioned in honor of Judge Akao, to the legal community.


















Oct 21 , 2011 
Domestic Violence Awareness 

Hon. Rebecca Connolly
How to identify which victims of domestic violence are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners

Comm. Stephen Siegel
Everything you wanted to know about obtaining or renewing a civl domestic violence restraining order


















Judge Akao's 
Commemorative Lectern







California Supreme Court 
Chief Justice 
Tani Cantil-Sakauye 
came to Santa Cruz !




October 11, 2011 Chaminade
“The Current State of the  
California Judiciary Branch”

Click here to read Syda Kosofsky's review of the CJ's visit











Caio Arellano; Adair Paterno










January 22, 2011
Reproductive Rights Network





















February 17, 2011 
WLSCC Meet & Greet 
Hosted by the law firm of 
Grunsky, Ebey, Farrar & Howell





















March 8, 2011
International Women's Day
Women Take Care of the World,
When Will the World 
Take Care of Its Women?




March 19, 2011
WLSCC President Dinah V. Sapia
WLSCC President-Elect Syda Kosofsky

The Effect of Women on the Law















April 8, 2011
Immigration Luncheon
The Impact of Immigration Laws on Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Families
Vilma Guerrero
PDF presentation from the lecture











Vilma Guerrero










April 15, 2011
Honorable Ariadne Symons
Women in the Law











Susan Tomley and Susan Barisone







May 11, 2011
Women Lawyers/Women Doctors
Spring Colloquy
on Mental Health











Sandra L Caruba, Hon. Rebecca Connolly and Arnold Leff M.D.


December 1, 2010
Annual Holiday Gala











Amy Christy & Emily Trexel










Nov 10, 2010
The Power of Women











Bill Litt & Kim Gee










October 1, 2010
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Families / Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Julie Schneider
Victim Advocate for Santa Cruz Police Department





September 23, 2010
California Women Lawyers Annual Dinner


















September 10, 2010
Welcome to our new judges
Reception honoring WLSCC members 
Hon. Rebecca Connolly & 
Hon. John Gallagher

Hosted by the law firm of 
Atchison, Barisone, Condotti & Kocevich


















September 1, 2010
Hon. Rebecca Connolly Investiture











Rebecca on the bench as a judicial officer










June 4, 2010
Knowing The LGBT Legal Landscape; Steps You Can Take To Protect Same-Sex Families




May 19, 2010
Women Doctors / Women Lawyers 
Spring Colloquy
Download event flyer
Some Remedies to Sex Discrimination 
in the Workplace; Where Have We Been and Where are We Headed?
Guest speaker, Faye Crosby, specializes in gender, social identity, social justice, and affirmative action issues, and is a professor at U.C.S.C.











Group listens to speaker Faye Crosby










April 23, 2010
Judicial Forum
Green Valley Grill, Watsonville
Download event flyer
John Gallagher * Philip Crawford * James Sibley
Running for Judge Robert Atack’s position
Rebecca Connolly * Steve Wright
Running for Judge Michael Barton’s position

February 10, 2010
WLSCC Meet & Greet
Meet Elected Women Officials and Judges
Download flyer for more info

January 28, 2010
Social Equity through an LGBTQ Lens
Download flyer for more info 




December 2009 
WLSCC Holiday Event











Adrienne & Jack Stein










February 2009
Sara Clarenbach's 
Retirement Celebration











Alyce Prudden, Sara Clarenbach, Tom Dwyer, Rebecca Connolly






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