Monterey County Women Lawyers Association (MCWLA) has announced that attorney Anne Secker will receive the 2018 Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Advocacy and Community Service. Given annually by MCWLA, Ms. Secker’s award will be presented at a dinner on November 29, 2018 at Scales Restaurant in Monterey.
Ms. Secker earned her J.D. from University of Illinois in 1980 and joined the law firm of Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss as an attorney the same year. She is a shareholder with Noland Hamerly, an “AV Prominent,” top-ranked law firm providing legal services to the Central Coast region since 1928. Ms. Secker is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Monterey County Bar Association, California Women Lawyers, and Monterey County Women Lawyers Association, in which she has served on the Board of Directors. From 1983 to 1995 she served as Judge Pro Tempore of Monterey County Court. She holds the highest rating, “AV” from Martindale Hubbell, and is well-respected by her peers, her clients, and the judiciary. Ms. Secker’s education includes a B.A., cum laude, from Northern Illinois University and she also attended Salzburg College in Austria.
According to the MCWLA Board, “Anne Secker meets all the criteria in the guidelines for the Lady Justice Award, and she exemplifies the type of lifetime achievement the award is intended to honor. She has practiced law in Monterey County since 1980, contributing significantly to an office that has been a mainstay in law practice in the area for over 90 years.”
In addition to MCWLA, Ms. Secker is active in community service, including the Hartnell College Foundation where she currently serves on the Board and has served as President, Chair, on the President’s Advisory Council and as co-chair of its Planned Giving Committee. She is a Board member with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and a member of local wine groups. She has served on the Monterey County Historical Resources Review Board, the Ag Against Hunger Board, and the Board of the Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association (CHISPA), a local non-profit agency developing housing for low income families, and the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for California State University Monterey Bay. Ms. Secker has appeared as a lecturer in various seminars and specialized classes in contract, commercial and construction law. She has authored articles for local publications including Coastal Grower magazine.
Steve Pearson, a senior member of Noland Hamerly, stated “Anne exemplifies Noland Hamerly’s commitment to community service, giving back to the communities we serve. We are very pleased that her contributions are being recognized by the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association, and we are proud of her many services to the Monterey Bay area’s nonprofit community.”
Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss, celebrating its 90th year, is a 15-attorney firm representing clients in civil litigation, complex business matters, sophisticated estate and tax planning strategies, real estate and development transactions, water rights, land use, environmental compliance, and nonprofit law; providing diverse services to individuals, families and businesses in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.