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Kara Wild, President 2024

Dear Queen's Bench Members and Friends:

I am honored to be Queen's Bench’s President for 2024, and to help continue its mission of promoting equality and opportunity for all women.  I want to encourage as many as possible to join or to renew their membership, as there are so many benefits to being a member.     

New and existing members can make a meaningful difference in the community by joining Queen’s Bench’s committees, such as Amicus Briefs, Employment/Work-life Balance, Civic and Judicial Appointments, Events, and more.  Co-chair positions are open, and those who join can quickly rise to leadership positions on the committee and in Queen’s Bench.

Members also have the opportunity to attend our signature events at a reduced cost.    

  • We have our virtual Induction Ceremony in February, where the new Board will be sworn in by the Honorable Mary Wiss, and new inductees to the California Bar will have the opportunity to learn more about the Queen’s Bench while interacting with established members and judges.

  • This will be followed by the Past Presidents Dinner in the late Spring, where we will honor the more than 100 past presidents of the Queen’s Bench while also looking ahead to the future.  A fun dinner with a familial feel, the Past Presidents Dinner also includes the popular silent and live auctions, which raise money for the Queen’s Bench Foundation, a 501(c)(3).   

  • In the fall, we will hold our annual Judges’ Dinner, which honors our local judges while also providing a forum for a speaker of substance and stature to discuss issues of importance to women.  This has typically been our largest event, and in 2023 was held in the Green Room at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

We also have other significant events planned, including:

  • Get Into the Legal Loop on March 6, 2024, an event overseen by the Mentorship Committee that will held at the Apple “Infinite Loop” headquarters in Cupertino.  Geared toward law students and college students from underrepresented backgrounds, it provides an opportunity to network with attorneys and learn about more about the legal profession. 

  • Cocktails and Couture, overseen by the Business Development Committee, a social event that brings attention to independent women-owned clothing stores.  A percentage of the amount spent on clothing goes to the Queen’s Bench Foundation.  

  • LEAADD, overseen by the Business Development Committee, a cross-professional networking event that celebrates "A Coalition of Women Lawyers, Engineers, Architects, Accountants, Dentists, Doctors and Other Women Professionals."

In addition, there are MCLE events, informal mentorship gatherings, and the Queen’s Bench book club.    

We are also in the process of launching a new website, which will better promote our activities and events, so that we can offer more services, reach out to more long-term members and to engage new members.  

Queen’s Bench’s success depends upon you.  People looking to make a positive impact on the community are the lifeblood of our organization.  We welcome any new faces who want to join, and will do whatever we can to help them feel at home.  Many members have formed long-lasting friendships due to coming together and working as one to expand equality and women’s professional opportunities.  

Like many organizations, the Covid pandemic left an impact on Queen’s Bench, lessening engagement and affecting both Queen’s Bench’s membership base and the amount of funding available to carry out its daily operations.  We are working to build up our membership and to plan new initiatives.   

However, due to the impact on our funding, Queen’s Bench will need to make some changes in the way it offers services.  This including raising some prices slightly and charging a small fee for some items that were previously free. 

We rely on the generosity of individuals and entity sponsors.  Please click HERE for the 2024 Sponsorship Menu, which provides information about sponsorship of Queen’s Bench events and donations to Queen’s Bench as a 501(c)(6).  Your support will help us continue to grow stronger.

Join Queen’s Bench as we move forward into exciting new places.  Together, we will continue Queen’s Bench’s mission to promote equality and opportunity.      

Yours Truly,

Kara L. Wild
2024 President

  • 30 Jan 2024 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Governor Newsom Appoints 

    Queen's Bench member,

    Elizabeth L. Riles to the Alameda Bench

    Elizabeth L. Riles, of Alameda County, has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court. Riles has served as a Commissioner at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2023. She served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board from 2022 to 2023. Riles was Managing Shareholder at Bohbot & Riles PC from 2003 to 2022. She was an Associate at Kerosky & Bradley LLP from 2001 to 2002, at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP from 1999 to 2001 and at Jackson, Tufts, Cole & Black LLP from 1998 to 1999. Riles earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the transfer of Judge Kevin Murphy to the Marin County Superior Court. She is a Democrat.

  • 16 Jan 2024 11:34 AM | Anonymous

  • 16 Jan 2024 11:32 AM | Anonymous

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