LACBA Women's History Month Honorees

LACBA Celebrates 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past Bar Presidents in Honor of Women's History Month


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Patricia Phillips

Ms. Phillips was the first woman president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1984). She received LACBA's highest honor--The Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award (1991)--for her extraordinary contribution to improving the administration of justice in Los Angeles County. Ms. Phillips is now a partner at Phillips Jessner in Los Angeles and specializes in family law and civil litigation.


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Hon. Margaret M. Morrow (Ret.)

Hon. Margaret M. Morrow (Ret.) was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1988. She received LACBA's highest honor--The Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award (1997)--for her extraordinary contribution to improving the administration of justice in Los Angeles County. Hon. Morrow was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Prior to the appointment, she was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arnold & Porter. She is currently President and CEO of the nation's largest pro bono law firm, Public Counsel.


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Margaret P. Stevens

Margaret P. Stevens was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2016. Margaret has served as a trustee, president of the Barristers, Finance Committee Chair, and as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She is a founding and managing partner of Daehnke Stevens LLP and works in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.


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Danette Meyers

Danette Meyers was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2008. Danette has served as a trustee, chair of the Criminal Justice Section, member of the Delegation to the Conference of Delegates, and as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She is currently Deputy District Attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.


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Andrea Sheridan Ordin

Andrea Sheridan Ordin was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1991. Andrea received LACBA's highest honor--The Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award (2011)--for her extraordinary contribution to improving the administration of justice in Los Angeles County. She is now senior counsel at Strumwasser & Woocher.


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Justice Laurie D. Zelon

Justice Laurie D. Zelon was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1995. Justice Zelon served on LACBA's Federal Courts Committee, Judiciary Committee, Access to Justice Comittee, as well as being a former Board of Trustee member. Justice Zelon currently serves as an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal.


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Linda L. Curtis

Linda L. Curtis was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2014. Linda previously served as chair of LACBA's Business and Corporations Law Section. She has also served on LACBA's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section Executive Committee. Linda is currently a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Los Angeles office.


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Hon. Patricia Schnegg, Ret.

Judge Patricia Schnegg was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1999. Judge Schnegg was awarded Judge of the Year by LACBA's Criminal Justice Section in 2012. Judge Schnegg retired after 15 years of service for the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2014. Judge Schnegg is currently a neutral for Judicate West.


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Edith R. Matthai

Edith R. Matthai was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2005. She received LACBA's highest honor--The Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award (2014)--for her extraordinary contribution to improving the administration of justice in Los Angeles County. Edith is a founding partner of the law firm Robie & Matthai. The firm handles complex cases at the trial and appellate levels with an emphasis on business disputes, insurance litigation and the representation of attorneys.


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Patricia Egan Daehnke

Patricia Egan Daehnke was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2013. Patricia received the Matthew S. Rae Outstanding Section Leader Award for her service as Chair of the Litigation Section, and she is a past Chair of the LACBA Delegation to the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations. Patricia is a founding partner of Daehnke Stevens LLP.


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Miriam Krinsky

Miriam Krinsky was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2002. Miriam was the first lawyer from the public sector to hold this position. Ms. Krinsky is currently executive director for Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP). FJP brings together newly elected local prosecutors as part of a network of leaders committed to promoting a justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion, and fiscal responsibility.


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Gretchen M. Nelson

Gretchen M. Nelson was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2007. Ms. Nelson was also past chair of LACBA's Litigation Section. Gretchen is currently of counsel at the law firm of Kreindler & Kreindler LLP. Gretchen is one of the founding members of their Los Angeles office, and she continues to practice in the area of complex class action litigation.


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Justice Lee Smalley Edmon

Justice Lee Smalley Edmon was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1998. Justice Edmon has a rich history with LACBA. She is a former president of the Barristers Section, named one of LACBA's Trailblazers of the Bar (2011) and received LACBA's Outstanding Jurist award in 2013. Justice Edmon is a former Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. She is currently Presiding Justice of Division Three of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District.