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8/23/2013 Press Release

October 10 Event Will Bring Together the Legal Industry’s Women Leaders

SACRAMENTO, August 23, 2013 – The California Women Lawyers (CWL) at its 39th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction will honor Patricia K. Gillette with the Fay Stender Award and Mary-Christine (“M.C.”) Sungaila with the Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award. To be held on Oct. 10 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, the dinner also features keynote speaker Therese M. Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco, and the induction of the 2014 CWL Board of Directors by Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

“Patricia and M.C. represent the future of women lawyers,” says outgoing CWL President Eliza Rodrigues, associate general counsel at Sedgwick LLP. “Their dedication to blazing a trail for other females navigating this still male-dominated field is unmatched within the legal community, and CWL is a very appreciative beneficiary of their leadership efforts and amazing talents.”

As a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, Gillette focuses on issues of equal employment. She is founder of the Opt-In Project, a publication that prioritizes structural change within the legal world. Gillette is frequently chosen as a keynote speaker for conferences pertaining to women’s issues in the workplace, such as “Flying the Coop on the Wings of Economic and Institutional Power,” a conference hosted by Ms. JD in June of 2012.

Sungalia is a partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Orange County, where she focuses on counseling clients on appellate and class action issues. She was named as one of the Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal in May 2013 and received the Distinguished Service Award by the Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles, among other notable awards.

Reservations for the 39th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction are due by Sept. 6. Additional details and registration information can be found at

California Women Lawyers is the only statewide bar association dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the profession of law and society. The organization has represented the interests of more than 30,000 women in all facets of the legal profession, influencing lawyers, educators, students and judges.

CWL was founded in 1974 as a commitment to the advancement of women, to universal equal rights and to the elimination of unfair bias. Connect with CWL on LinkedIn and Facebook. On the net:
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