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March Spotlight: Women's Legal Association

The month of March commemorates Women’s History Month. At Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, we honor and celebrate women who have served as trailblazers in paving the way in the legal profession. This month we highlight the work of the Women’s Legal Association (WLA), a student-run organization at the law school. The purpose of the WLA is to provide its members with a common forum for expressing their needs and concerns as law students and future members of the legal community and to provide members with an effective mechanism.

For WLA president Tylin Schepper and vice-president Lauren Guggisberg, the mission of WLA is to “encourage [the] admission and enrollment of female students, improve student-community interactions, encourage the faculty and administration to seek out and employ female distinguished visiting professors and other female faculty and personnel, employment and training opportunities for WLA members through increased interaction with the Career Development Office and the legal community, and to increase awareness of the domestic and international legal issues women face.”

To accomplish these ambitious goals, WLA puts on a series of programming throughout the year. Last semester, the organization encouraged bonding among its members through a TransparenTea, and hosted a number of panel discussion events that connect students with successful alumni and female legal professionals. WLA also annually hosts a Dean’s Tea to help connect students with female faculty and administration.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, WLA will be hosting “Women in Entertainment Law" on March 28 during the lunch hour. The organization will have guests who are women in the legal field, including a former WLA president, for an engaging conversation about their careers in entertainment law. We encourage you to learn and engage with WLA to support the efforts of the organization.

The Office of Diversity and Belonging will also recognize Women’s History Month with an event on March 14 titled “Reimagining Justice: ABA Day of Conversation." The event will be a time of dialogue among our female faculty, staff, and students based on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s report, This Talk Isn’t Cheap: Women of Color and White Women Attorneys Find Common Ground, and some thought-provoking additional resources.