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Our Tocqueville Society’s Bench and Bar is a robust legal network of prominent local attorneys who are taking a stand for our next generation and advocating for positive change in Orange County.

Bench and Bar is an important attorney network sub-group of United Way’s Tocqueville Society — an elite alliance of successful, community-minded local philanthropists who invest $10,000 or more annually, with $3,000 or more invested in United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

Benefits of Membership

  • Valuable networking opportunities with key participants in the legal industry
  • Become part of a network of nearly 250 local philanthropic leaders who are creating long-lasting, positive changes in the community
  • Connect with hundreds of our country’s top legal philanthropists and community leaders through invitations to exclusive events and volunteer programs throughout the year
  • Name recognition in the national Tocqueville Society directory and Orange County United Way’s Annual Report to the community
  • A dedicated UNITED4OC donor liaison to help you manage and reach your philanthropic goals
  • Annual Scorecard Report of Community Impact Programs
  • Membership in the National Tocqueville Society
  • Confidence and satisfaction knowing that your contribution and leadership are helping to address the critical areas of Education, Income, Health, and Housing in Orange County
  • Additional engagement opportunities through Tocqueville Society affinity groups

Bench & Bar Committee Members

Jay Wertheim
Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Michele Johnson
Partner, Latham & Watkins

John Simonis
Managing Partner, Paul Hastings

Bench & Bar Networking Mixers

Our networking mixers occur 3 times per year and feature a topical speaker/panel discussion along with ample networking time at an exclusive venue.

Interested in learning more about these events? Contact Kalina Covello at 949.263.6154 or via email.


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Tocqueville Society Pledge Form

Send your Tocqueville Society gift to United Way online using the form below. Or, if you prefer, you can download the form in PDF format.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in learning more about Tocqueville Society or the Bench & Bar group, please contact Kalina Covello at 949.263.6154 or via email. We’d love to hear from you!

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