The Women of Willenken Present Emily Murphy with The Advocacy Award

October 30, 2018

It was on a beautiful fall evening that the women of Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP hosted the firm’s first Women in Law Cocktail Party. In the garden at Manuela in the Los Angeles Arts District, surrounded by homegrown herbs, fruit, flowers, and even chickens, guests enjoyed lively cocktails and delicious bites. But it was more than a pleasant space and good food that brought the women together that evening.

Willenken partners Eileen Ahern and Megan O’Neill, of counsel Ashley Kirk, senior counsel Mayra de Aguiar, senior associates Amelia Sargent and Aarti Wilson, and staff attorney Sherin Varghese welcomed women from legal professions throughout the Los Angeles area to gather together on October 24 and celebrate the firm’s guest of honor, Emily Murphy. Emily, an Associate Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, was one of the first women to speak publicly about former Judge Alex Kozinski's misconduct when she was a Ninth Circuit clerk.

“As a majority-women firm, we wanted to host an event celebrating and supporting women in law,” Eileen said. “We are delighted so many of our friends and colleagues in the legal community came together this evening to enjoy each other’s company and to honor Emily.”

On behalf of the women of Willenken, Eileen presented Emily with the firm’s first Advocacy Award. The award recognizes Emily for using her courageous voice on behalf of women in law.

“It is an extreme honor to accept this award from Willenken,” Emily stated. “I am gratified that my actions have meant so much to many women in the legal profession. Together we can continue to break down barriers to getting our best work done.”

See photos from the event below.

Eileen Ahern, Megan O'Neill, Aarti Wilson, Ashley Kirk, Emily Murphy, Amelia Sargent & Sherin Varghese
The women of Willenken with guest of honor Emily Murphy.

Amelia Sargent & Emily Murphy
Senior associate Amelia Sargent with Emily Murphy.

Jessie Kornberg, Aarti Wilson& Isabel Daniels
Senior associate Aarti Wilson with guests Jessie Kornberg and Isabel Daniels.

Rose Ehler, Anya Goldstein & Brionna Ned
Guests Rose Ehler, Anya Goldstein, and Brionna Ned.

Sherin Varghese & Guests
Staff attorney Sherin Varghese with guests Alyssa Bell, Allyson Bennett, Tara Norris, and Alexis Casillas.

Lisa Stilson, Mayra de Aguiar & Kirsten Bass
Senior counsel Mayra de Aguiar with guests Lisa Stilson and Kirsten Bass.

Megan O'Neill, Rachel Fiset & Sabina Clorfeine
Partner Megan O'Neill with guests Rachel Fiset & Sabina Clorfeine.

The Advocacy Award for Emily Murphy
The Advocacy Award presented to Emily Murphy.