Boxer & Gerson attorneys Maria Grasso and Deirdre Mochel represented the firm at the recent Women Lawyers of Alameda County Judges Dinner that drew a large contingent of women attorneys to Scott’s Seafood Restaurant at Oakland’s Jack London Square. The annual gathering is an occasion for recognizing newly appointed women justices, judges, and commissioners; honoring award winners in several different categories; and announcing a special scholarship award for a law student dedicated to advancing women in the legal profession and advocating for issues impacting women in the larger population.
“It was great to see so many accomplished woman legal professionals gather together in mutual support, sharing their unique gifts and honoring their own. It was an inspiring evening,” observed Grasso, a longtime partner at Boxer & Gerson.
Adding to that inspiration was a mini-reunion of Grasso (second from right above) and Mochel (middle) with former Boxer & Gerson attorneys Leslie Levy, Darci Burrell (left and second from left), and Jean Hyams (right). The trio left Boxer & Gerson in 2010 to help found Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams, a women-owned employment law firm also based in Oakland.
Women Lawyers of Alameda County was founded in 1980 as an affiliate of California Women Lawyers (CWL), a statewide bar association. CWL brings together leaders from around the state to advocate for issues important to women lawyers and, by extension, their clients.
The mutual support of CWL and its affiliates has done much to put California at the forefront of the effort to increase the numbers and visibility of women lawyers in the United States. The ever more popular Judges Dinner was but the latest example of that effort.