(2019 EVENTS at bottom of page)






Speaker Carmel K. Jud, founder and executive director of Rising International

"A Conversation About The Hidden Crime of Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz County"

We're a women's empowerment organization, and I can't tell you anything about human trafficking in our own community."   I said this to my co-workers several months ago. The very next morning I got a call about a 13 year old girl who was sold by her father right in my own backyard.

If you don't think human trafficking happens in your backyard, please think again.

Trafficking of youth is a wide-spread nationwide tragedy. 
Rising International's Website

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Event Start: 12:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 11:45am

At The Crow's Nest
2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

$30 Members
$35 Non-Members

RVSP Below or Email your RSVP to 


For An Evening of Wine & Appetizers at our


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Event Start: 5:30 p.m.

At Vino Prima  
55 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

FREE Event!

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Please join the
with David Demergian of the Other Bar

November 5, 2014
Check-In: 11:45 a.m.
Event Start: 12:00 p.m.

Substance Abuse CLE provided

At The Crow's Nest
2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

$30 - WLSCC members
$35 - Non-Members

RVSP Below or Email your RSVP to and pay at the door



Please join the

invites its current members and the local judiciary officers to join us at our 

Annual Holiday Party

December 3, 2014
5:30 p.m.

At Chaminade Resort
1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz CA

RSVP Required for Entry!

RVSP Below, Email your RSVP to or call (831) 471-7170 



Please join the
for a presentation by Michelle Galloway:

Gender Communication, Persuasion, and Power

This seminar explores women in the legal profession, implicit bias, gender communication differences, and challenges facing women attorneys in practice and in the courtroom. We will learn about current research on the benefits of gender diversity on teams and the uniqueness of women advocates. Finally, we will discuss how to alleviate gender bias in law practice.

September 3, 2014
Registration: 11:45 a.m.
Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

1 Hour MCLE provided

At The Hotel Paradox
611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

$35 - WLSCC members and SCCBA Members
$40 - Non-Members

Please RSVP by Friday, August 29, 2014

RVSP Below or Email your RSVP to and pay at the door




Please join the
for a presentation with Judge Gallagher:

"CASA Interplay with the Courts"

Wednesday June 11, 2014
Registration begins at 11:45am
Presentation begins at 12:00pm

1.0 Hours of MCLE credit

At Michael’s On Main 
2591 Main Street, Soquel, CA

Entree Choices:
Kobe Beef Burger - Grilled Kobe beef with lettuce and tomato, crispy shoestring onions, and pickle, served with criss-cut fries.  

Roasted Beet Salad - Sliced beets, pickled onions, and field greens drizzled with balsamic shallot dressing topped with crispy goat cheese.

Corralitos Cobb Salad - Grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, tomatoes, Point Reyes blue cheese and hardboiled Glaum eggs over romaine lettuce with a shallot vinaigrette. 

$25 - Members of WLSCC
$35 - Non-Members

Please RSVP below or call 831-227-2245.  

Don't forget to renew your membership!




Please join the
for a presentation:

"Duties of Lawyers on Non-Profit Boards"

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Registration begins at 11:45am
Presentation begins at 12:00pm

1.0 Hours of MCLE credit

Event will be held at
Mei Gardens
533 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060

Cost TBD.
Please RSVP below or call 831-425-227-2245.  Don't forget to renew your membership!




Please join the
for Lynne Murphy's presentation:

"Demystifying Financial Planning: Basic Information Everyone Should Know and When to Advise your Clients to bring in a Specialist?"

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Registration begins at 11:45am
Presentation begins at 12:00pm

1.0 Hours of MCLE credit

Event will be held at
Mei Gardens
533 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060

Lynne Murphy specializes in strategic financial planning, wealth management and retirement planning.

Cost TBD.
Please RSVP below or call 831-227-2245 forget to renew your membership!




Please join the

Annual Meet & Greet

February 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. 

Event will be held at
Center Street Grille
1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz CA

Hearty appetizers, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. In attendance will be locally elected women officials.

This event is free to our members.
Please RSVP below or call 831-227-2245.  Don't forget to renew your membership!





FEBRUARY 27, 2019


What You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About the

Court's Self-Help Center &

What Self-Help Customers Need from Attorneys



Sasha Morgan is the Director of Civil Operations and Manager of the Self-Help Center at the Santa Cruz County Superior Court. 

She will provide an overview of the court's self-help center and an update on new laws that affect the self-help center's clients. 

She will also provide information on our local lawyer referral service and law library.

Entree Choices:

Prawn Taco - A fresh handmade corn tortilla filled with shrimp sauteed in cilantro-garlic butter, and filled with marinated cabbage, refried beans, and tomatillo salsa

Asada Taco - Carne asada, chipotle mayo, avocado, jalapenos, & onions, on a traditional Mexican roll served with salad tossed in a house vinaigrette (does not include rice, beans, or tortillas)

Vegetarian Burrito - A large flour tortilla stuffed with beans, rice and cheese; topped with salsa fresca and guacamole

Location: El Palomar

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

$30 for WLSCC members

$35 for non-members

MARCH 2019

Please join the


for a presentation during Women's History Month

Bettina Aptheker will discuss the legal, political, and cultural infringements and practices related to the First Amendment's right to free speech.  She will also explore the ways in which women’s speech, and women of color’s speech is subject to substantially less credibility than men’s.  This double standard and privileging means that freedom of speech must be considered in this social and political context and is not accorded the same status for everyone.  Freedom of speech is not, in practice, universal and never has been.  

Entree Choices:

Charbroiled Chicken Breast - fresh boneless breast marinated in soy, cilantro & garlic, topped with pickled ginger & sesame seeds

Sirloin Angus Steak - aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, marinated in sweet, smoky BBQ sauce, charbroiled to order & thinly sliced

Seafood Special - chef's daily selection, served with Crow's Nest "delicious sauces"

Butternut Squash Ravioli - sauteed with brandy cream, spinach, and tomato

Location: Crow's Nest

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

$35 for WLSCC members

$40 for non-members


(MAY 7th)

Starting and Maintaining Your Own Legal Practice



So you want to have your own law practice, but you don't know where to start?  

Please join the WOMEN LAWYERS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY for a presentation with solo practitioners Ashley Wheelock and Gina Occhipinti Borasi who will walk you through some of the initial considerations of starting up your own small practice including

entity formation, malpractice insurance, getting clients, and other start up issues.

Ashley B. Wheelock received her Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.  Ms. Wheelock first worked with Manning, Leaver, Bruder & Berberich in Los Angeles from 2006, through spring 2008, where she specialized in civil litigation involving auto dealerships.  Upon returning to the Bay Area in June 2008, she joined Burton, Schmal & DiBenedetto where she continued to specialize in civil litigation.  In 2014, Ms. Wheelock left Burton, Schmal & DiBenedetto to open her own practice.  She was the 2014 President of Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County and served on the board through 2017.  She has been on the Santa Cruz County Bar Board since 2016.  She also occasionally serves as a hearing officer for the City of Santa Cruz.

Gina Occhipinti Borasi volunteered at Women’s Crisis Support/Defensa de Mujeres (now Monarch Services) for approximately three years. There she advocated for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by preparing restraining orders and accompanying victims to court.  Ms. Borasi interned Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, assisting victims of crime in obtaining counseling, medical care, and relocation assistance.  She also interned at California Rural Legal assistance and helped low income residents of the county with landlord/tenant issues.  Ms. Borasi has been a Board Member of Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County since 2010, and also served as the President in 2013.  She has been practicing as a personal injury attorney for eleven years, assisting victims of motor vehicle collisions, and she formed her own firm in September 2017.

Entree choices:

Enchilada Suiza - A corn tortilla filled with pollo a la Parrilla, topped with tomatilla salsa, melted cheese,

guacamole, and sour cream

Chile Relleno - A roasted Anaheim chile stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, lightly battered and fried,

then simmered in a tomato onion broth.  Garnished with fresh cilantro and chopped onion.

Taco de Huachinango - A fresh handmade corn tortilla filled with charbroiled red snapper,

marinated cabbage, refried beans, and tomatillo salsa.

Location: El Palomar

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

$30 for WLSCC members

$35 for non-members

(MAY 22 2019)

The Life and Legacy of RBG

In anticipation of Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's upcoming premiere of a major new work inspired by the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - When There Are Nine by composer Kristin Kuster - The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Festival, and Bookshop Santa Cruz have come together to present a panel discussion and Community Read kickoff event.


UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor and feminist activist Bettina Aptheker will moderate a conversation with Judge Syda Cogliati, Attorney Anna M. Penrose-Levig, and Attorney Jessica Delgado about the significant cases and opinions Justice Ginsburg has championed over the course of her career and the impact she has had on women's equality, civil liberties, and racial justice under the law.


This event is cosponsored by: The Humanities Institute, Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation for Feminist Studies, Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County, and UC Santa Cruz Presidential Chair Craig Haney.

Location: DNA's Comedy Lab, 155 South River Street, Santa Cruz


Presentation: 7:00 p.m.


Cost: FREE and open to the public

Please arrive early.  Seating is first come, first served.

(JULY 23 2019)

Storytelling & The Million Person Project


Please join the


for a presentation by Heather Box:

Storytelling is the world's oldest (and studies show, most effective) form of communication and is a critical leadership tool to understand and master.  Storytelling can assist in telling your client's story - whether in a brief, at mediation, or in a trial setting.  Storytelling will also allow you to tell your own story which may assist you in obtaining clients, reaching out to the community, and connecting with yourself, all of which will improve your practice. 


Stories have power - come learn how to harness that power!   

Heather Box is a writer, activist, and trainer who works in partnership with change makers around the globe to support them to use their voice and tell their personal stories. Over the past ten years she has worked in the social change movements in the United States, Uganda, South Africa, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Japan, Spain, Australia, Uruguay, Argentina, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Brazil on issues of civic engagement, climate change, human rights, immigration and sustainable development. She writes for Huffington Post and has been published in Source Magazine, Foreign Policy Focus, Ms. Magazine, Stark and Smith Magazine. She is the co-founder and CEO of the Million Person Project a global project about love, storytelling and connecting change makers.

Location: Back Nine Grill & Bar, 555 CA-17, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

Entree Choices:

Green Horn Vegetarian Burger - Black beans, tomatoes, corn, green & red peppers, served with sweet potato fries

BBQ Chicken Salad - Locally grown greens, black beans, sweet corn, jicama, cilantro, basil, crispy corn tortilla strips, and Monterey Jack cheese tossed together in a homemade ranch dressing, and topped with diced BBQ chicken breast coated in BBQ sauce, diced tomatoes, and green onions.

Please join the


for a presentation by Judge Rebecca Connolly:

Youth and Family Engagement: How Santa Cruz County is Striving to

Improve Outcomes for Youth and Families.

Meet Superior Court Judge Rebecca Connolly during "Coffee with a Judge."

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Reception/coffee: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Please join the


for a presentation by Rolanda Pierre Dixon:

Why Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases is Important and What Attorneys Can Do to Assist Victims & Families

Rolanda Pierre Dixon was an Assistant District Attorney for Santa Clara County from 1981 through 2011 and is considered by many as the county’s expert on domestic violence.  She was also the Human Trafficking liaison for the District Attorney’s office. Ms. Pierre Dixon is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA degree in Political Science.  She received her JD from the University of Santa Clara in 1980.  She has handled all types of criminal prosecutions; including drunken driving, assault and battery, child abuse, robbery, juvenile, narcotics and domestic violence.

She established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County in 1991 and was the supervisor of the unit until January 2006 when she was promoted to Assistant District Attorney and became the first African American Assistant District Attorney in the history of the office. She supervised the Family Violence Unit which included domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and child abduction, the Criminal Issuing Team, Child Dependency and oversaw the Victim Witness Program.  She also supervised the Robbery/Assault and Narcotics units. In all she has supervised over seventy lawyers throughout her career. The Family Violence Unit reviewed over 4,700 cases per year and is considered one of the premiere units in the country. She was also the office’s expert on Human Trafficking.  She retired in August of 2011 after 30 years of service as an Assistant District Attorney.

Rolanda is also a past Chair of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, Santa Clara County Women Lawyers, Santa Clara County Black Lawyers and the State Bar Women Lawyers. She was also a prior chair of the Law School/College Committee of the Council on Access and Fairness of the California State Bar.

She was recently a member of the City of San Jose’s Election Commission, a Board of Visitor member for Santa Clara University School of law, and a Board member of the Social Justice Committee SCU Law. In 2013 she was appointed to the Defined Compensation Committee for the County of Santa Clara. She is currently a local Board Member of the Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum (ALF) and President of the board of ALF National.

Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Crisp romaine lettuce served classically, tossed in Caesar dressing, topped with grated Parmesan cheese and herb seasoned croutons.  Topped with grilled chicken.


Bleu Cheese & Pear Salad

Tossed greens served with Bosc pears, Pt. Reyes Bleu Cheese, caramelized pecans, cherry tomatoes in a sherry vinaigrette.


Grilled Santa Cruz Chicken Sandwich

Grilled all-natural chicken breast with roasted sweet peppers, balsamic onions, baby arugula, pesto spread, and provolone cheese.  Served with homemade fries.

$35 - WLSCC and SCCBA's Family Law Group members

$40 - Non-Members

This event is approved for 1.0 hour of general MCLE credit.

Location: Back Nine Grill & Bar, 555 CA-17, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:00 p.m.

Please join the


for our:


Free for all current members of WLSCC!

Chaminade Resort

1 Chaminade Lane

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

5:30 p.m.

You can check your membership status by clicking here:  

If you are not a current member, you can join now for 2020, and as an added bonus, you can attend this year's holiday party!

You can RSVP for the holiday party by emailing us at or filling out the form below. 





(1 Unit MCLE General Credit)



12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.


Please join us for an hour of thoughtful consideration of the hard work of 100 years and multiple generations of women who fought to gain the right to vote for women in the United States; the connections between the struggle of women to gain equality, the abolition of slavery, and recognition of rights of Native Americans; the historical and societal context and laws that created the need for women to demand equality in the first place; and the lessons we can find and use today in the ongoing fight for equality for all persons under the law. 


Anna Penrose-Levig is an associate attorney at a small law firm in Santa Cruz, California, practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate administration, and estate and trust litigation. She has been licensed to practice in California since 2003, and Nevada since 2007. Prior to her current practice, she worked for a state regulatory agency for seven years, and gained experience creating and refining regulation to implement state law in Nevada. She also practiced before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and argued before the Nevada Supreme Court. 

This event is free to current members of WLSCC. You can check your membership status here. You can renew or join here.



“The talk of sheltering women from the fierce storms of life is sheerest mockery, for they beat on her from every point of the compass just as they do on man, and with more fatal results, for he has been trained to protect himself, to resist, to conquer.  

Whatever the theories may be of woman’s dependence on man, in the supreme moments of her life, he cannot bear her burdens.  

In the tragedies and triumphs of human experience, each mortal stands alone.”


Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in her address titled, “The Solitude of Self”

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Please join the

for a (virtual) event with Master Instructor, Arwen Brooke.


A FREE 45 minute session, followed by 15 minutes of socializing!



10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.




Are you exhausted from juggling work and home obligations during a pandemic?  

Do you miss socializing with your fellow women lawyers?  

If so, PLEASE join WLSCC for 45 minutes of Pilates, yoga, and meditation, followed by 15 minutes of socializing!

This session will be beginners level and modifications will be offered.  No props are required.  A mat is helpful; however, you may substitute a towel if you do not have a mat.  Friendly reminder:  If, at any time during the session, you feel physical discomfort, please stop immediately.  This session has been thoughtfully designed to be invigorating, refreshing, and peaceful.  


Arwen Brooke is a Balanced Body Master Instructor in Pilates and CoreAlign.  She's been teaching Pilates since 2006 and certifying Pilates teachers since 2011.  Arwen is also a practicing Yogi and has completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training.  Arwen often infuses her teaching with the beautiful and ancient wisdom inspired by Yoga. Arwen excels at unwinding the human body, alleviating pain from all sorts of life-acquired imbalances, and training for ease and strength.  Arwen manages to do all this while moving you through a challenging flow, strategically designed to give you a workout that  both makes you feel amazing and informs your relationship with your body for lasting change.  Arwen brings a lightness and heartfelt care to every class.  She encourages you to rediscover your own power and inner light!  


This event is FREE for WLSCC Members!


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“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”


Joseph Pilates