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2021 Quarter 3 Newsletter
WLS 2021 President 
Kelly Babineau

Summer is quickly coming to a close.  As we approach September, this will be our second fall fighting COVID and dealing with the strange hybrid of activities that is now our new “normal.”  We have all adapted to Zoom court and meetings, while trying to enjoy outdoor activities.
However, world events have me in a more serious mood.  We are witnessing a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, while COVID numbers are rising, and our state is burning. When presented with these types of situations, I find myself reeling, wanting to help but often struggling with the best way to do that.

At a recent WLS Board meeting I was reminded of why I enjoy this organization so much. We recently approved this year’s grant recipients, which will be announced at ArtFest. Throughout COVID, WLS has continued to carry out its mission of supporting and encouraging every woman lawyer in her career aspirations and helping to promote a society that places no limits on where a woman’s skills and talent can take her. To that end, the WLS Foundation has continued to fund our scholarships and community grants, along with worthwhile events that help promote wellness, career growth and access to justice.

The main fundraiser the WLS Foundation hosts every year is ArtFest. This is an opportunity to showcase local artists while raising money for the Foundation. (Check out Vice President Katherine Underwood’s article about the WLS Foundation below!). You can join us for a “Sip and See” on September 8, 2021, which will be held at Track 7 Brewing Company in Curtis Park. We will have some of the wonderful art on display that will be available for bidding at the online ArtFest Auction September 10-12, 2021.

As I mentioned earlier, world events have created serious issues that fall outside of the typical WLS mission, specifically the crisis in Afghanistan. We are witnessing, in real time, the destabilization of a country, with hundreds of thousands of people being left in immediate peril. WLS is working on ways to provide support, so please keep an eye on our social media and email updates. We hope to partner with other organizations to provide relief to those in need through various fundraisers. If you are anxious to help now, please check out Opening Doors (, World Relief Sacramento ( and IRC Sacramento ( There are many opportunities to help, and no effort is too small.

I would be remiss if I did not address our State’s recall election on September 14, 2021. Regardless of your political affiliation, please vote. It is a hard-earned right that must be exercised.

I hope to see you at a WLS event soon.
Did you know that Women Lawyers of Sacramento has a Foundation?  It’s true!  The Women Lawyers of Sacramento Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, is the charitable arm of WLS.  The WLS Foundation raises funds to support legal educational opportunities and community programs to address the unmet needs of women and children in our region.  Last year alone, the Foundation awarded over $20,000 in scholarships and grants to community organizations!
How does the WLS Foundation raise funds?  While the WLS Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations via check or online throughout the year, its premier fundraising event is ArtFest.  This amazing annual event is more than just great art and fun festivities, it is a way to give back to our community.  For the past three decades, the WLS Foundation has hosted an annual ArtFest event.  All proceeds from ArtFest are retained by the WLS Foundation and used to award scholarships and grants.  Past grant recipients have included Hearts Landing Ranch, AgingUp, Operation Protect and Defend, Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, Stand Up Placer, Inc., Women’s Empowerment, Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, and the Center for Violence-Free Relationships, just to name a few.
How can I support the WLS Foundation?  The WLS Foundation graciously accepts donations at any time, but the most fun way to support the WLS Foundation is by attending ArtFest!  ArtFest 2021 is right around the corner – September 10-12, 2021.  The WLS Development Committee did an outstanding job last year seamlessly pivoting ArtFest from a live event to a virtual one.  While many of us could not have imagined we would still be dealing with a global pandemic a year later, we are.  Yet again, the WLS Development Committee has planned another amazing virtual auction with the addition of a Sip-N-See at Track 7 Brewery in Curtis Park on Wednesday September 8, 2021, where attendees will be able to preview all art and auction items prior to bidding opening online on September 10th.  More information about ArtFest 2021 can be found on our website at www.
We look forward to “seeing” you all at ArtFest 2021 and thank you for your ongoing support of WLS and the WLS Foundation.
WLS Cycle Team

We are pleased to announce that we’ve started a WLS Cycle Team that meets once per month for a group bicycle ride.  All abilities and bicycle types are welcome to join.  We meet at Barrio Café in South Land Park and our routes are typically in the 20 mile range and travel along the American River Bicycle Trail.  Our next group ride is Saturday, September 18, at 9 a.m.  Additionally, please save the date for our next Membership happy hour on October 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
2021 Grants and Awards Committee Report
This year, the Grants and Awards Committee has funded five scholarships totaling $12,500 and nine grants totaling $13,000.
Our committee chose five scholarship recipients from a large range of applicants. These recipients are female law students who either attend law school or live locally. Each recipient was a financially needy student who demonstrated either interest in working to help particular disadvantaged groups, such as women, and children, or that they have personally overcome adversity. We were honored to present these scholarships to students who, despite personal challenges as well as the demands of law school, still found time to volunteer with local organizations they felt passionate about. These organizations serve immigrants, women, children, indigent litigants, and victims of domestic violence.
We also funded nine grants of $1,500 each, for a total of $13,000. Each of the organizations receiving a grant is doing work which aligns with our mission statements: to empower, advance, and advocate for women. We will be announcing our grant recipients at our Premier Event -- ArtFest!!

We are grateful to our community for making Artfest such a success, which was the source of funds for all of the scholarships and grants. Because of the success of the 2020 event, we were also able to donate funds ($500 each) to three organizations helping Afghan refugees here in Sacramento: Opening Doors, World Relief, and IRC Sacramento.
Looking forward to the end of the year, we will be meeting to choose a recipient for the Francis Newell Carr Award. We are still accepting nominations and encourage folks to review the call and send in nominations.
WLS Past Presidents Fireside Chat Series
Organized by Maralee Eriksen, Past President Liaison
Women Lawyers of Sacramento has a story nearly sixty years in the making, but that story does not tell itself.  In the first of its kind, Past President Liaison Maralee Eriksen organized several virtual meetings with WLS past presidents in a series of fireside chats to connect and share perspectives about where WLS has been and where it is going in the future.  In a total of three fireside chats, the WLS Board members met with Past Presidents who spanned more than 15 years of service. Each shared invaluable words of wisdom with current WLS board members in attendance. Thank you Maralee for your work bringing this wonderful experience to our WLS Board members!
Women Lawyers of Sacramento

Sip ‘n See

Date:   Wednesday September 8, 2021
Time: 5-6pm VIP viewing for Sponsors; 6-8pm open viewing

Location: Track 7 Brewery- Curtis Park Taproom, 3747 W Pacific Ave. Suite F, Sacramento, CA 95820
Join us for an exclusive preview of all art and auction items prior to online bidding. There will be complimentary craft beer from Track 7. Pizza from the Hapa Wood Fired Pizza food truck will be available for purchase. This is a casual working brewery environment with an outdoor space for eating and drinking. Masks are required.
If you are unable to join us for the Sip n’ See, please look for the registration link to our online auction platform, Greater Giving, to follow in the coming days. Bidding is open from September 10th to September 12th.
We look forward to seeing you at the Sip n’ See!
WLS ArtFest Featured Artist -- 
Rosesharon Oates is an Oakland based Artist

"Resurrection" 32" X 24" Wood Print (ready to hang) 
on Ethically Sources NorCal Wood from Small Family Owned Farm
"Shameeka Dream II"
20" X 30" Pyroglyph (Wood Burning) on Birch Panel with Acrylic and Natural Washes
Commissioned by Color of Change for 2021 Racial Justice Week of Action 
Price: $3700
Shipping: i am happy to deliver locally!!
if not, shipping should run about $200 with insurance
                          Rosesharon Oates -- Biography

Ro was born in New Orleans, LA and was raised by extended family, mainly on the East Coast.  While she is currently calling in a space to reconnect with the Land, her roots run deeply in Oakland, CA, where she has lived, loved and raised her son for the past 20 years.

Her unique medium of Pyrography involves detailed, ornate line work & shading on birch panels with a soldering iron, that is then colored with layers of acrylic washes to accentuate the natural grain & innate beauty of the wood.

Her work is deeply informed by her community, her Beloveds, and by liberation & social justice movement- particularly by the Medicine Women & Freedom Fighters who are her sisters, she-roes and muses.  Ro is consistently engaged in her spiritual practice, particularly from the Orisha tradition, as well as Ancient Wisdom New Thought teachings, where she regularly receives visions & information.  Ro is primarily focused on the Divine Feminine Force, as it permeates all of creation and sustains Life.  She aspires to embolden, nurture and empower women through her work, so that we may truly embrace our Divine nature and purpose.

​Some of Rosesharon's recent successes include a Staff Pick editorial in the East Bay Express, an Oakland Art Murmur opening at Temescal Studios, and a 2019 solo exhibit at Brickhouse Gallery in Sacramento, CA.  Ro was a 2018 recipient of the City of Oakland's Cultural Arts Funding Grant, utilized to create Project SheRose, teaching Pyrography at Youth Uprising's Sister Circle and culminating in an art opening portraiting Black and Brown Oakland women in leadership.  She was a 2019-2020 Cultural Strategist in Government with the Oakland's Department of Health & Human Services through ReCAST (Resiliency in Community after Stress and Trauma). Her art is currently on display at the Libra Foundation in San Francisco, CA.

​In addition to facilitating classes for adults in art and in wellness practices, Ro has been a youth mentor, advocate, and educator for over 20 years- an Artist in Residency, Circle Keeper, and Holistic Health Educator, who is passionate about creating more safe space for our Youth to be, to thrive and to have greater agency over their own bodies, voices, and joy.  To name a few, Ro has partnered with Youth Uprising, Alameda County Juvenile Hall, Children's Hospital, East Bay Agency for Children, and Destiny Arts.

​Ro is available for commissions, speaking engagements as well as to lead classes & workshops. ​​
WLS wants to acknowledge and thank our wonderful sponsors for ArtFest!!!!

Thomas Law Group
Flesher, Schaff & Schroeder
Law Office of Kelly Babineau (WLS 2021 President!!)
Daponde Simpson Rowe PC
Cogent Legal
Boutin Jones Inc.

Palmer, Kazanjian Wohl
Krogh & Decker, LLP
Duggan Law Corporation
Smith, McDowell & Powell
Downey Brand, LLP
Murphy Austin Adams
Martenson, Hasbrouk & Simon
Law Office of Kim Buchholz
Justice Andrea Hoch
Jacobsen & McElroy
Best, Best & Krieger, LLP
Bellacera Art Studios
Justice Elena J. Duarte
Victoria Jacobs
Law Offices of Jerilyn Paik
Hon. Emily Vasquez
WLS 2021 Events
(scroll down for more information and registration)

September 8, at 6-8pm
WLS ArtFest Sip-N-See @ Track 7 Brewery (Curtis Park location)

September 10-September 12, 2021
WLS ArtFest (Virtual Auction)

September 18, 2021
WLS Cycle Group Bike
SacLegal is co-hosting an event with McGeorge's student Lambda group this Thursday (9/2) at noon.  It's a free event with the opportunity to earn MCLE credit, and we'll discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision regarding free exercise and LGBTQ+ discrimination in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
ArtFest is the Women Lawyers of Sacramento Foundation’s premier fundraising event. This wonderful evening includes exhibits by local artists, a highly popular Silent Auction, catered buffet, and hosted wine bar. All proceeds from this event go to the WLS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, to be used for awarding scholarships to deserving law school students and grants to local organizations serving the greater Sacramento area. Scroll down for more details on the dates and the in person "Sip and See" event!
Click Here to Renew Your WLS Membership for 2021!
Senior Deputy City Attorney
The City Attorney's Office is recruiting for the Senior Deputy City Attorney classification in our Litigation Division. The ideal candidate is a litigator with at least five years' experience who is capable of independently handling a robust civil rights litigation caseload, so experience in that
area is strongly preferred. Under general direction, the Senior Deputy City Attorney provides professional legal services for the City of Sacramento and its boards, commissions, offices, and departments.

The Legal Services office of the Judicial Council of California provides quality, timely, and ethical legal advice and services to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts, and to the Judicial Council, and its advisory bodies and staff.  Legal Services is currently searching for an attorney to join its dynamic San Francisco law office made up of a highly skilled workforce that provides effective legal support to judicial branch clients on challenging, varied, and significant legal issues. The Transactions and Business Operations Unit attorney supports the Judicial Council and the trial and appellate courts on a full range of contract and business transactional issues, as well as providing legal advice on court and judicial branch business operations. This includes advice regarding the procurement of goods and services (including for information technology goods and services), facilities maintenance contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and the purchase, use and licensing of various forms of intellectual property. The attorney may also analyze and advise on public requests for records under rule 10.500 and may also work on emerging issues such as remote proceedings, remote access to court records and proceedings, open meetings, public access litigation challenges, privacy, data governance, and data sharing. The attorney will independently manage a workload in a collegial and collaborative environment.

The Department of Rehabilitation is hiring two attorney positions -- The Department’s Office of Legal Affairs and Regulations is seeking an Attorney I to join our team in downtown Sacramento just blocks from the Capitol. We are a high performing, collegial team working in collaboration with all Department programs to provide timely, thorough, balanced, and accurate counsel, information, and representation to model and empower bold decision-making to advance employment, independence, and equality for all Californians with disabilities.

State Farm is hiring an attorney -- location: Sacramento
We are not just offering a job but a meaningful career! Come join our passionate team!
As a Fortune 50 company, we hire the best employees to serve our customers, making us a leader in the insurance and financial services industry. State Farm embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure a workforce that is engaged, builds on the strengths and talents of all associates, and creates a Good Neighbor culture.

Click Here to Renew Your WLS Membership for 2021!
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