The mission of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”) is to promote the full participation in the legal profession of women lawyers and judges from diverse perspectives and racial and ethnic backgrounds, maintain the integrity of our legal system by advocating principles of fairness and equality, and improve the status of women by supporting their exercise of equal rights, equal representation, and reproductive choice. Social Media Shares To download, right click on graphic and save to your device. WLALA Joint Statement in Response to [...]
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Choices Mary McKelvey, WLALA President Choice and free will are the ultimate and inimitable gifts to us from our Creator. These separate us from the animals and provide powerful opportunities to steer the trajectory of our lives and ultimately determine who we become. A woman’s right to make the extraordinarily personal choice about whether to terminate a pregnancy can be one of the most difficult and pivotal decisions she will make – the effects of either choice have lifetime repercussions. The experience of abortion is something millions of women have experienced for many decades, but there [...]
A Leap of Faith Mary McKelvey, WLALA President I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane from approximately thirteen thousand feet above the earth a couple of weeks ago. This was voluntary on my part. A dear friend and mentor had a transformative experience with his first jump a couple years ago and his enthusiasm after several more jumps was both infectious and inspiring. Thus, I was persuaded to my “yes.” We boarded a small plane and sat on a hard bench with ten or so others. As the plane ascended, I watched the surface of the [...]
Incoming WLALA President's Message: Mary McKelvey Twenty years ago, I walked into a large hotel ballroom room filled with women lawyers and judges and had an experience that forever changed the trajectory of my life. At the time I was a first-year law student in my late thirties attending the annual dinner as a guest of a friend who had previously been president of the organization. The energy in the room that night was palpable. The raw power that exuded from these confident, elegant, and educated women was exhilarating—I had never before been in the presence of so [...]
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles – Statement Condemning Hate and Racism Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community
I am reminded of the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” But I say love is action. Proud to serve as WLALA President-Elect and committed to heed the call. Mary McKelvey Community Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Statement Condemning Hate and Racism Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) condemns the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the nation. We stand with WLALA members and members of our [...]
Awards An Honor to Be Nominated From Los Angeles Business Journal NEWS October 2020 Join us on Wednesday, October 21st as we honor and celebrate the terrific women business leaders in the Los Angeles community with our big virtual awards ceremony, the 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards. This year, we will name: • CEO of the Year • Entrepreneur of the Year • Executive of the Year • Community Impact Advocate • Rising Star of the Year • Volunteer of the Year Nominated: Mary McKelvey, Esq. Register to Attend: Register Download [...]
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Pro Bono Judge Rules in Favor of McKelvey and Schultz in Death Row Inmate Case Los Angeles attorneys Mary McKelvey and David Schultz received a rare initial victory in a state habeas death penalty case, given less than 3% of these claims are granted. Los Angeles attorneys Mary McKelvey and David Schultz received a rare initial victory in a state habeas death penalty case, given less than 3% of these claims are granted. The judge ruled in favor of their client on four issues of the nine claims raised in their 550 page habeas brief following [...]
Pro Bono Immigration Victory for the Third Sister! Los Angeles Partner Mary McKelvey and Associates Danila Toscano and Ilana Zelener received another immigration victory this week in a case involving the third of three sisters who fled horrors and abuse in the Honduras. The Polsinelli team has been working to obtain status in the United States for three sisters who came to the United States as unaccompanied minors in 2014. We were able to obtain a grant of asylum for two sisters in 2017. While we have also applied for asylum for the third sister, her case [...]
Community Inflluential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles: MARY T. McKELVEY from Los Angeles Business Journal Mary McKelvey is a principal of Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 law firm with over 850 attorneys in 21 offices. She is a highly respected trial attorney who is influential in every aspect of her career, including litigating difficult cases for national and global clients, engaging in high profile litigation for pro bono clients and in successfully assuming leadership positions at the state and local bar levels. As a trial attorney, McKelvey is one of very few women litigation attorneys in the country [...]