LIFTING AS WE CLIMB CWLâ€™S 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND DINNER
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Dear friends, Thank you all for attending the California Women Lawyers’ 45th Annual Dinner and our Annual Conference, combined for the first time this year. With 2019 as the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, we thought, no better place in our State than Sacramento to celebrate the women’s right to vote. This year our theme is “Rise, lifting as we climb.” We are here tonight to not only thank and appreciate the women that came before us, but stand proud and reach our hand out to the next generation. This year is our inaugural year of combining our annual conference with our annual dinner. It has been a huge feat of planning but the pay-off is immeasurable. Our attendees have spent the day collaborating, learning, listening and hopefully leaving this event to rise, climb and lift. We are so honored to have the amazing panelists, keynote speaker and sponsors that have made this event happen. The biggest of thank yous to Naomi Dewey, our incoming President-Elect and the chair of this year’s annual conference. Tonight’s dinner honors Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye with the Rose Bird Award. The namesake of this award was California’s first woman Chief Justice, and Justice Cantil-Sakauye is the second. This honor is far beyond due and the recognition more than fitting. The Rose Bird award is given annually to a Northern California Judge who exhibits: excellence as a jurist, longstanding or groundbreaking public service, and inspiration to women lawyers in California. Justice Cantil-Sakauye not only fits this mold, she breaks it! Justice Cantil-Sakauye has created multiple public service initiatives, most notably the Power of Democracy, “to support civil discourse education for students, and to emphasize the importance of jury trials as a matter of civics.” Please join us in honoring the Chief Justice with the Rose Bird Award. Our keynote speaker for tonight’s event is Noreen Farrell, the executive director of Equal Rights Advocates. The ERA has more than a soft spot in the heart of California Women Lawyers, we have shared lineage. Drucilla Ramey is both a founding mother of CWL and serves as chair of the Equal Rights Advocates’ Board of Directors. Noreen leads the ERA with an unparalleled passion and dedication for equality and social justice. Noreen founded and now chairs A Stronger California Advocates Network, a collaboration of 30 organizations advancing a comprehensive women’s economic security policy agenda. The list of Noreen’s achievements is extensive, and one thing is clear, her work embodies the mission of California Women Lawyers. We are ecstatic to have Noreen as our keynote speaker. Noreen, we thank you for everything you do in your work and for your inspiring words here this evening. As I start my presidential year with CWL, I am optimistic, excited and humbled. I am humbled by the amazing women on the CWL board. I am excited for the various opportunities to advance our mission that lay ahead. And, I am optimistic about the future we are assisting to cultivate. Thank you to all our generous sponsors. Thank you to the Board and the Annual Dinner committee. Thank you to all of you attending tonight. Here is to the next 100 years of lifting as we climb! Jessica Lynn Rowe CWL President, 2019-2020 AARON, RIECHERT, CARPOL & RIFFLE, APC
LIFTING AS WE CLIMB CWLâ€™S 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND DINNER Thank you to the committee members who made this event possible: 2019 Annual Dinner Committee Jessica Lynn Rowe, Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC Renee Stackhouse, Stackhouse APC Shelly Aronson, Aronson Law Offices Nicole Sugnet, California Supreme Court Michelle Barnett, Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC Sacramento Host Committee Jennifer Hartman King, Hartman King PC Kristin Blocher, Angelo Kilday & Kilduff LLP Catherine Smith, Smith Moore and Associates
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2019 CONFERENCE AGENDA Thursday, September 19 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception and presentation of the Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award Maple Suite
JUDITH SOLEY LAWYER AS CITIZEN AWARDEE Eileen M. Decker, Los Angeles Police Commission Eileen M. Decker is a co-founder of Pacific Intelligence & Cyber, an investigation, intelligence and cybersecurity firm. In 2019, she was chosen as the first woman to serve as President of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She is also a Fulbright Specialist in Cybersecurity Law & Policy, and Adjunct Professor in Cybersecurity, Privacy, and National Security Law at USC, UCLA, and Pepperdine Law Schools. Until March 2017, Ms. Decker served as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. She served as Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for nearly six years (the only Deputy Mayor to serve in this position for two Los Angeles Mayors). Prior to being Deputy Mayor, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for almost 15 years, where she was the first Chief of the National Security Section, responsible for all counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases in the district. Before becoming an AUSA, she worked in private practice at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor. Ms. Decker received her undergraduate and law degrees from New York University, a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and was a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. Ms. Decker is a past President of Women Lawyers of Los Angeles (WLALA), and serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, and the LACBA-WLALA Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women Lawyers. Ms. Decker recently received the 2019 Pinnacle Award from Women in Homeland Security (Los Angeles), and the 2019 Pioneer Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Counsel for Inclusion in Financial Services (CIFS), and has also been recognized by the Women Lawyers Association (Distinguished Service Award), Los Angeles Business Journal (Distinguished Leaders-Civic), the Walt Disney Company (the “Mouscar”), Los Angeles Magazine Game Changer Award, and numerous other awards and recognitions. The Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award was first given in 2011. The award is presented to recipients who have made a significant contribution to their community, beyond the practice of law, to devoting time and effort to the public good through public service and involvement. Judith Soley was a lifelong member of California Women Lawyers and Fresno County Women Lawyers, and was a board member of both organizations. She served as the first woman president of the Fresno County Bar Association. She was a member of the Conference of Delegates, Chairperson of the Fresno Attorney Referral Service, a member of, and chaired committees for the State Bar, California Trial Lawyer’s Association, and Fresno County Barristers. She was a member of the Federal Judicial Selection Commission, and the 9th Circuit Federal Nominating Commission. She was an instructor and a member of the advisory board of the Hastings College of Advocacy. She also served as Judge Pro Tempore for Fresno County Superior Court. Governor Brown appointed her to the California Transportation
Commission, where she was elected chair. Judith led and volunteered for a host of other Fresno organizations. She was a member of Fresno Rotary, National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Fresno Academy. As a result of a birth injury, Judith was wheelchair bound. Judith and a client were gunned down at a Bass Lake restaurant by the client’s husband during a break in divorce proceedings.
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Friday, September 20 8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast Magnolia Ballroom 8:30 am – 9:30 am Morning Keynote presentation from Lauren Babb, Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood Northern California 1 Hour Elimination of Bias CLE Lauren is a Contra Costa community leader and has spent the last nine years on a series of federal, state and local campaigns. As the Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood Northern California, Lauren works to protect and ensure reproductive justice for all patients. She also manages Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund (501-c4) and VOTE Planned Parenthood Northern California (527 political action committee). In addition to being a fierce advocate for women’s equality, she has worked to defend the rights of several labor groups across the country. As an organizer for the United Auto Workers International Union (UAW), Lauren ran political labor campaigns at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis and fought to unionize researchers, specialists, scientists at both universities. She’s also worked with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) where she led AFL-CIO labor-run campaigns in support of 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Florida, and Nevada. Lauren is a graduate of American University and the George Washington University College of Professional Studies and Emerge California. While in college, Lauren worked in Virginia on the 2012 Obama for America reelection campaign as the college outreach manager and later worked for a political communications firm producing direct mail during the 2014 election in Iowa, Illinois, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Outside of her professional work, Lauren is an appointed commissioner and executive committee member of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She is a 2019 state policy fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California on the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice team. Lauren is legislative chair of the Contra Costa Commission for Women. She also serves as secretary on the Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), a tripartite advisory board to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD). Through the EOC, Lauren works to help regulate the Federal Community Services Block Grant, which funds head start programs for low- income children. Lauren is also an appointed member of the 2020 Contra Costa Complete Count Steering Committee. She is also a member of Black Women Organized for Political Action, Climate Justice Workers, Contra Costa Young Dems, and the East Oakland Collective, Ensuring Opportunity, and Contra Costa NOW.
2019 CONFERENCE AGENDA Friday, September 20 9:45 am – 11:00 am (2 breakouts to choose from) The Art and Science of Attending a Conference “Like a Boss” — And Staying Sane Doing It Alder Ballroom 1 Hour Competency CLE Panelists: Jennifer Forester, C-Suite Solutions, and Cami McLaren, McLaren Coaching Whether you are extroverted, introverted, overwhelmed, or underconnected, an industry conference can be a professional and business development windfall for attorneys at all stages of practice. But obstacles like procrastination, burnout, imposter syndrome, or work/life imbalance can derail our best intentions around marketing and personal branding. With compelling arguments and creative strategies from our panelists, this session will inspire you to work a conference “Like a Boss,” — before, during and after attending. Elect to Run, Part 1: Helping Women Win: Organizations Supporting Candidates Maple Suite 1 Hour Ethics CLE Moderator: Sabrina Ashjian, Cannabis Control Appeals Panel Panelists: Susan Eggman, Assemblymember, Susannah Delano, Executive Director, Close the Gap, Melanie Ramil, Executive Director, Emerge CA, Valerie McGinty, Founder, Fund Her, Karen Humphrey, National Women’s Political Caucus of CA and former first female mayor of Fresno
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In this special version of our award-winning Elect to Run program, held over two sessions, hear from leaders of supporting organizations that champion women running for elected office, and three women running for office, about what it takes to hold a successful campaign and the importance of putting more women into elected positions. Please note that due to the interactive nature of this program, speakers may switch between Parts 1 and 2. 11:15 am – 12:15 pm (2 breakouts to choose from) Women in ADR Alder Ballroom 1 Hour Elimination of Bias CLE Moderator: Hon. Louise LaMothe. Magistrate Judge, Central District of California Panelists: Neda Mansoorian, Founder and Managing Partner, Oleander Law Group; Ruth Glick, independent arbitrator and mediator; Tamara Lopez, JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator Ever wondered why there aren’t more women in Alternative Dispute Resolution? This panel is for those considering careers in mediation and arbitration as well as those who are looking for strategies to identify and support women in ADR, ranging from the language we draft for arbitration clauses to the way we select mediators. Elect to Run, Part 2: Women Making Change: Candidates Running for State Legislature Maple Suite 1 Hour Ethics CLE Moderator: Sabrina Ashjian, Cannabis Control Appeals Panel Panelists: Shelly Masur, candidate for Senate District 13, current Redwood City Councilmember, Elizabeth Betancourt, candidate for Assembly District 1, Jackie Smith, candidate for Assembly District 6 In this special version of our award-winning Elect to Run program, held over two sessions, hear from leaders of supporting organizations that champion women running for elected office, and three women running for office, about what it takes to hold a successful campaign and the importance of putting more women into elected positions. Please note that due to the interactive nature of this program, speakers may switch between Parts 1 and 2. 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Keynote Presentation- Kelly Dermody Magnolia Ballroom Kelly M. Dermody, managing partner of the San Francisco office of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2019 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award and a trailblazer in the areas of pay equity, sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion. 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm (2 breakouts to choose from) Zero Tolerance: Interrupting Bias using the ABA’s Toolkit Alder Ballroom 1 Hour Elimination of Bias CLE Moderator: Beth Wolf Mora, Mora Employment Law Panelists: Gay Grunfeld, Managing Partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP; Andrea Carlise, Executive Director, International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law; Brenda Adams, Equal Rights Advocates What are the tools that women and their organizations need to prevent, and interrupt, bias in the workplace? Based the ABA Commission on Women’s new Zero Tolerance toolkit, this
program builds on prior work to reflect the intersectional nature of biases and how to develop and enforce new strategies to fight discrimination.
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Does Size Matter? Career Paths in Solo/Small Firms, Mid-size and Big Law Firms Maple Suite 1 Hour Elimination of Bias CLE Panelists: Renee Stackhouse, Stackhouse APC, Chair of California Lawyers Association, Solo & Small Firm Section; Jennifer Duggan, founder, Duggan Law Corporation; Wendy C. Krog, Sheppard Mullin From big law’s diversity initiatives, changes in the partner track and the ability to bring infants into the workplace, women are fighting to make the practice of law a friendlier place. This program draws on the experience of three women forging very different career paths, looking at the difference in experience, and common threads, that women face at a time when women are leaving the legal profession years before their male colleagues. 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (2 breakouts to choose from) From Diversity to Inclusion – A View From The Bench Alder Ballroom 1 Hour Elimination of Bias CLE Panelists: Hon. Elena J. Duarte, Associate Justice, Third District Court of Appeal; Hon. M. Kathleen Butz, Associate Justice, Third District Court of Appeal and Hon. Shama Mesiwala, Superior Court of Sacramento County CWL has long fought to increase the number of women on the bench, through groundbreaking programs like “So, You Want to Be a Judge” and a robust judicial evaluation program. As more women step into judicial roles, what has changed, and what remains to change, for women on the bench - and what does this mean for the rest of us? A close look at the experience of women judges over three decades. Careers in Environmental and Public Impact Litigation Maple Suite 1 Hour General CLE Moderator: Christine Monroe, Greben & Associates. Panelists: Amanda Riddle, Partner, Corey, Luzaich, de Ghataldi and Riddle; Jennifer Hartman King, President, Hartman King PC and Tracy Hughes, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office. These three women have forged successful careers as litigators on both sides of cases involving environmental and public impact law. Learn how today’s changing world has impacted their
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Welcome & Personal Remarks By Amee A. Mikacich, CWL 2018-2019 President, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 2019 Rose Bird Award Presentation Presented to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, State of California Introduced by Renee N. G. Stackhouse, Stackhouse, APC Administration of Oath to CWL Board By Chief Justice of the State of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye Keynote Speaker Noreen Farrel, Equal Rights Advocates Introduced by Summer C. Selleck, S.C. Selleck Law Closing Remarks By Jessica Lynn Rowe, Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC, and CWL President, 2019-2020 Keynote Speaker – Noreen Farrell Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates
Noreen Farrell is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national nonprofit advancing the rights of women and girls through policy reform, litigation, community education, and movement building. Noreen is a nationally recognized leader and innovator on a variety of gender justice issues. She has represented thousands of women and girls in groundbreaking impact litigation to end sex discrimination in school and the workplace, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. Noreen also leads ERA’s state and national policy reform campaigns to improve the lives of women and girls and their families. She co-founded and chairs the national Equal Pay Today Campaign, working with 30+ organizations in dozens of states and at the federal level to close the gender wage gap for women of color and low-paid workers. Noreen also serves a Founding Partner of the Closing the Women Wealth Gap Initiative. At the state level, Noreen founded and leads a women’s economic security campaign called Stronger California: Securing Economic Opportunities for All Women with dozens of statewide coalitions to drive comprehensive policy reform setting trends for states across the country. Unified behind a single policy agenda, this cross-sector network has promoted dozens of policy and budget reforms to help women and families build assets and access childcare, end pay disparities and open access to high pay jobs, address sexual harassment and other inequalities hindering job prosperity, and promote family friendly workplaces. ERA-driven wins include some of the nation’s strongest laws on fair pay and sexual harassment in the workplace and broader gig economy. Noreen lectures and publishes widely on civil rights and economic justice matters. She is regularly featured in media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Fortune, The Information, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, and other television programs. She has been named one of the Top Women Leaders in Law, Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, Top 100 Women Lawyers in California, and a Top Legal Innovator.
ROSE BIRD MEMORIAL AWARD HONOREE Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the State of California During her eight years in office, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has emerged as one of the country’s leading advocates for equal access to justice, transparency, and reform of state court funding models that unfairly impact the poor. When Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye was sworn into office in January 2011 as the 28th Chief Justice of California, she was the first Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. In recent years, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has raised awareness of the unfair financial impact of fines, fees, and the bail system on the poor. She is a leading national advocate calling for bail system reform by addressing concerns about fairness and public safety. In California, her Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup provided recommendations that informed work between the judicial branch, the Governor and the Legislature on a bill to eliminate money bail and replace it with a system that values public safety while ensuring defendants are treated fairly no matter their wealth. In addition, she has asked federal authorities to protect the integrity of the state court system by not arresting undocumented residents at courthouses. As leader of California’s judicial branch and chair of the Judicial Council, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has helped lead the judicial branch out of the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. She has improved the branch’s efficiency, accountability, and transparency in how it conducts business and discloses information. When she became Chief Justice, she opened meetings of the Judicial Council and its advisory bodies that were once closed to the public and has made public comment more accessible. Judicial Council meetings are now webcast, as are state Supreme Court oral arguments. Most recently, she has appointed a group of judicial officers, court executive officers and lawyers to address how the judicial branch can prevent harassment, discrimination, or inappropriate workplace conduct. The Chief Justice is a leader in revitalizing civic learning through her Power of Democracy initiative. She, along with other state leaders, fulfilled one of the initiative’s goals in July 2016 when the state Board of Education unanimously approved an instructional framework that encourages civic learning. And she continues these efforts to inform the public about how the courts, both federal and state, play a key role in the state government. The Chief Justice has also convened leaders to address issues of implicit bias, human trafficking, and truancy—which is part of a national movement to keep kids in school and out of the criminal justice system. All the Chief Justice’s initiatives support her vision for a judicial branch that provides physical access through safe and secure courthouses, remote access through technology initiatives, and equal access to all Californians.
List of Past Recipients: 2018 Hon. Judge Claudia Wilken 2017 Hon. Judge Carol Brosnahan 2016 Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee, San Mateo County Superior Court 2015 Hon. Clare Maier, Contra Costa Superior Court 2014 Hon. Rebecca Wiseman (Ret.) 2013 Hon. Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District 2012 Hon. Diana Becton, Contra Costa County Superior Court 2011 Hon. Isabella Horton Grant (Dec.) 2010 Hon. Ramona Garrett (Ret.) 2009 Hon. Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.) 2008 Hon. Emily E. Vasquez, Sacramento County Superior Court 2007 Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte, Alameda County Superior Court
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2019-2020 CWL OFFICERS CWL President Jessica L. Rowe is an estate planning and probate litigation attorney, and a shareholder at the law firm of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC in Redwood City, Ca. Jessica serves on the board of the San Mateo County Bar Association Women Lawyers Section and is the current chair of the Trust and Estates Section. Jessica is a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Jessica lives in San Carlos, California with her husband, two kids and French Bulldog, Mac. CWL President - Elect Naomi Dewey is Founder of Trusted Legal, where she leads a litigation, business and real estate practice based on the trusted advisor model. Naomi is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and SuperLawyer. Naomi is a past president of Santa Barbara County Bar Association and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, and currently serves as Chair of Women’s Economic Ventures’ League of Extraordinary Women. She received her law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law, and her undergraduate degree from University of Sheffield, England. She has three children. Immediate Past President/President, CWL Foundation Amee Mikacich is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in San Francisco where she is a general litigator and trial attorney specializing in the defense of cases involving product and premises liability, environmental torts, breach of contract, labor and employment, and other business disputes. Ms. Mikacich is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a Past President of the Queen’s Bench Bar Association. First Vice-President Michelle Ialeggio is a San Diego Deputy District attorney specializing in ethics and crimes against children. She has tried over 75 cases to verdict. In 2018 she was awarded the San Diego County Bar Association Service by a Public Attorney Award. She is a previous board member of Lawyers Club of San Diego and has served as co-chair of CWL’s Elect to Run program, chaired CWL’s Annual Conference and is CWL’s first Vice-President. Second Vice-President Summer Selleck is a solo practitioner at SC Selleck Law in Walnut Creek, California. Summer practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Litigation, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Contra Costa County Bar Association. Summer has been named Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2017. Iin 2018, Summer was named by Diablo Magazine as one of the annual “40 under 40” for the region, and Summer received the California Lawyer Association Solo Section Award for Excellence in Service in 2019. She has served on the California Women Lawyers Board since 2015.
Secretary Nicole Sugnet is a Chambers Attorney for Justice Joshua Groban at the California Supreme Court. In this position, she assists in drafting and analyzing the court’s opinions, determining whether to grant petitions for review, and preparing for oral argument. She was previously a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann, and Bernstein where she represented consumers in class action cases. While a litigator, Nicole was named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star every year from 2013 through 2016, and was named a Super Lawyer in 2017. She graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2006. Treasurer Ana M. Storey is the Executive Director of LevittQuinn, a nonprofit family law center protecting children and standing with family members in crisis. She began her legal services career in 1999 handling custody and civil domestic violence cases, eventually overseeing work in family and consumer law, self-help services, and veterans’ issues. The Legal Aid Association of California recognized her in 2010 with their Family Law Award in Direct Representation. Ms. Storey is a CWL district governor and chairs the Awards Committee. She is a USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Alumni Association board director, serving as vice-president of community service. Ms. Storey is a former chair of both the California State Bar’s Family Law Executive Committee’s Affirmative/Developing Legislation Committee and of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council’s Systems Improvement Committee. She is a former two-term president of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association.
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2019-2020 At Large Executive Committee Sabrina Ashjian, Cannabis Control Appeals Board Beth Mora, Mora Employment Law District Board of Governors District 1 (Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba counties) Rebecca Chenoweth- Law Offices of Rebecca Chenoweth District 2 (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne and Yolo counties) Theresa Barfield- Somach Simmons & Dunn District 3 (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties) Beth Mora- Mora Employment Law Summer Selleck- S C Selleck Law District 4 (San Francisco and Marin Counties) Melissa Gardner- Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP Nicole Sugnet- California Supreme Court District 5 (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties) Sabrina Ashjian – Cannabis Control Appeals Panel District 6 (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Riverside, San Bernardino counties) Danielle De Smeth – Bamieh & Erickson, PLC District 7 (Los Angeles County) Janet Hong- The Hong Firm Ellen McGlynn- Collier Walsh Nakazawa LLP
Courtney Puritsky- Grodsky & Olecki LLP Ana M. Storey- LevittQuinn Michele Anderson- Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office District 8 (Orange County) Betty Fracisco – Garrett & Jensen District 9 (Imperial and San Diego counties) Michelle Ialeggio – San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Jodi Cleesattle- Department of Justice, State of California At Large Governors Mike Domingo, M.S. Domingo Law Group, P.C Jennifer Hatman King, Hartman King PC Affiliate Governors Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Trina Saunders - Office of the Attorney General Contra Costa County Bar Association Patanisha Davis - Key Counsel PC Fresno County Women Lawyers Association Melissa Marsh – Fresno County District Attorney’s Office Lawyers Club of San Diego Shannon Finley- Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin Long Beach Women Lawyers Ann Oakleaf- Johnson Oakleaf, APC Marin County Women Lawyers Roni Pomerantz- Office of the Attorney General Orange County Women Lawyers Association Shelly Aronson - Aronson Law Offices Queen’s Bench Bar Association Sophia Roman- Gap San Mateo County Bar Association - Women’s Section Michelle Barnett– Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Naomi Dewey – Trusted Legal Santa Clara County Bar Association Wendy Krog- SheppardMullin Truckee –Tahoe Women Lawyers Peggy Headley- Attorney at Law Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Susan Formaker - Office of Administrative Hearings Women Lawyers of Alameda County Sterling Elmore- Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County Erin Childs- San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Women Lawyers of Sacramento Kristin Blocher- Angelo Kilday & Kilduff Women Lawyers of Ventura County Jaclyn Smith – County of Ventura Judicial Liaisons Northern California Justice Elena Duarte – Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District Southern California Hon. Yvonne Campos – Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
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JOAN DEMPSEY KLEIN DISTINGUISHED JURIST AWARD Southern California Judicial Reception Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award Honorable Judge Maria D. Hernandez The Honorable Judge Maria Hernandez was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for Orange County on January 1, 2014 where she served until January of 2018. As a juvenile judge she was responsible for both dependency and delinquency inventories, presided over Juvenile Drug Court, Dependency Drug Court and the Boys Court program. Judge Hernandez created and presided over the dedicated court addressing commercially sexually exploited children (GRACE-Generating Resources to Abolish Child Exploitation) and co-chairs the Orange County Committee relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). While overseeing all daily court operations for the juvenile branch, she convened the County’s first Juvenile Justice Summit in 2016 which brought together over 400 of the county’s leaders to address the special needs of the children and families of Orange County. Judge Hernandez is currently assigned to the Court’s Felony Trial Panel handling felony criminal trials and has recently created and launched a Young Adult Court (YAC) which will address the special needs of emerging adults charged with felonies in the criminal justice system. Currently, Judge Hernandez also serves as a member of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Initiative”, the Judicial Council of California’s “Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness” and is a faculty member for the Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER). Judge Hernandez leads numerous projects and commissions working to reduce truancy and creating successful educational outcomes for the youth in Orange County. Judge Hernandez is an active member of numerous law and community related organizations at the local, state and national levels. Judge Hernandez worked as a senior deputy public defender for the County of Orange as a trial lawyer until she was appointed to the bench as a Commissioner in 2006,and appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a judge in 2009. Since 2011, she has served as adjunct Professor of Juvenile and Domestic Law at Western State College of Law. Judge Hernandez is a University of California, Irvine alumni, having graduated with her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in 1986 and law degree from Western State UniversityFullerton in 1991. Judge Hernandez received the Distinguished Service Award for the 2016 which is the highest award presented by The Judicial Council of California honoring a judicial branch member for extraordinary dedication, outstanding leadership and significant contribution to advancing the council’s strategic goals for the judicial branch. Judge Hernandez was recognized for her personal dedication and extraordinary commitment to advancing and improving the juvenile justice system. Judge Hernandez was also bestowed with the 2016 Diamond Individual Award for her exceptional commitment and leadership serving women and children in the movement to eradicate human trafficking focusing on the commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez was inducted into the Western State College of Law Hall of Fame in 2016 for her continued outstanding service to the legal profession and community In 2017 Judge Hernandez was honored with OC Women Lawyers Association’s Judge of the Year as well as being named Orange County’s 2017 Ambassador of Peace
for her dedicated work to protect and serve the children and families of Orange County. In 2018, Judge Hernandez was recognized for her continued committed work in serving the community and legal profession with the Orange County Child Abuse Council’s Blue Ribbon Honoree and the Public Law Interest Center’s Judge of the Year. CWL JOAN DEMPSEY KLEIN – DISTINGUISHED JURIST AWARD List of Past Recipients: 2018 Hon. Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell (Dec.) 2017 Hon. Marguerite D. Downing 2016 Hon. Holly Fujie, Los Angeles County Superior Court 2015 Hon. Yvonne Campos, San Diego County Superior Court 2014 Hon. Kathleen E. O’Leary, Fourth District Court of Appeal 2013 Hon. Teresa Estrada-Mullaney (Ret.) 2012 Hon. Audrey B. Collins, Chief Justice of Central District of California 2012 Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon, Second District Court of Appeal 2011 Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) 2010 Hon. Deborah B. Andrews, Los Angeles County Superior Court 2009 Hon. Eileen C. Moore, Fourth District Court of Appeal 2008 Hon. Patricia Yim Cowett (Ret.) 2007 Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California 2006 Hon. Wendy S. Lindley (Ret.) 2005 Hon. Sandra A. Thompson, Los Angeles County Superior Court 2004 Hon. Judith L. Haller, Fourth District Court of Appeal 2003 Hon. Pamela Iles (Ret.) 2002 Hon. Fumiko Hachiya Wasserman, Los Angeles County Superior Court
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FAY STENDER AWARD Fay Stender Honoree Merrianne E. Dean The Fay Stender award was created in 1982 in honor of attorney Fay Stender, a founding mother of CWL and staunch supporter of under-represented groups and individuals. This year California Women Lawyers was proud to present the 2019 Fay Stender Award to Merrianne E. Dean. Merrianne E. Dean has more than two decades of courtroom experience litigating probate and trust disputes, financial elder abuse matters, conservatorships and business disputes. She also serves as a court-appointed attorney representing developmentally disabled and elderly individuals who are the subject of conservatorships before the probate court. Ms. Dean served for two years as a co-chair for the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association and volunteers her time as a mentor for new attorneys seeking advice and assistance as they learn the ropes of their new careers. Since 2003, Ms. Dean has served as a member of the San Diego Probate Bench-Bar Committee which works collaboratively to improve the services provided to the public by the court and the attorneys who practice there, and is a founding and current board member of Probate Attorneys of San Diego, which was created in 2012 to take over and expand the continuing education programs developed by the Bench-Bar Committee. Ms. Dean is rated Preemminent by Martindale-Hubbell, with a score of 5.0 of 5.0. Ms. Dean has been a member of Lawyers Club since 2004 and volunteers as a member of the Community Outreach Committee which actively strives to improve the lives and status of women and children in San Diego through hands-on projects. She has been a member of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association since 1995 and served as a board member in 2005. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Redlands and Western State University. She attended Western State University (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law) while working full time and received her JD in 1994. FAY STENDER AWARD List of Past Recipients: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
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2018-2019 CWL ADVOCACY/ACTION Since its inception, CWL has fostered an active amicus committee in which CWL prepares or joins others in presenting amicus briefs in cases relevant to CWL’s core issues. In 2018 and 2019, CWL signed on to the following amicus briefs: Moussouris v. Microsoft Corporation In this employment gender discrimination case, we argued that the district court erred in denying class certification by mandating that litigants provide a minimum number of declarations from impacted employees, while at the same time ignoring hundreds of formal complaints of gender bias, frustrating antidiscrimination laws and permitting barriers to women’s career advancement to remain firmly in place. Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University In this case, a unanimous jury found in favor of a professor who was denied tenure after undergoing a male to female gender transition, but the district court denied her claim for reinstatement. CWL joined a brief underscoring the importance of reinstatement in employment discrimination cases and arguing that the factors the court considered in denying reinstatement were improper. Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services CWL achieved a favorable result from the First Circuit in a case challenging rules that broadly exempt employers from complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. The First Circuitheld that Massachusetts has standing to challenge the rules “based on an imminent fiscal injury that is fairly traceable to the federal regulations and redressable by a favorable decision” since it is likely that at least some women would lose contraceptive coverage under the rules and those women would seek contraceptive care or prenatal care for unintended pregnancies from the state. Doe v. University of Kentucky CWL joined an amici brief to the Sixth Circuit supporting the plaintiff in her appeal of a district court decision holding that she lacked standing to bring a Title IX claim. The plaintiff alleged that the University of Kentucky acted with deliberate indifference after she reported that she was raped by a student in the university’s dormitory. Even though the plaintiff was a community college student taking part in a program at the university, resided at the university, and had access to the university’s services and facilities, the district court held that she lacked standing because she was not a student at the university. As the amici brief explained, the district court’s narrow reading of a plaintiff’s standing under Title IX is inconsistent with the purpose and policy goals of the statute and frustrates a university’s obligation to protect all members of its community. Doe 2 v. Trump CWL signed on to an amicus brief supporting current and prospective transgender service members who have brought suit to challenge President Trump’s directives and to enjoin the implementation of the President’s 2017 memorandum that, among other things, (1) indefinitely extended a prohibition against transgender individuals entering the military, and (2) required the military to authorize the discharge of transgender service members. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission To prohibit business owners from disregarding non-discrimination protections in the name of religion and free speech.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Donald J. Trump, State of California et al v. Eric D. Hargan et al CWL continues to support lawsuits brought by states challenging rules that broadly exempt employers from complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. In the beginning of 2019, CWL signed on to an amici brief supporting a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s final version of the rules, which the district court issued. In March 2019, CWL joined an amici brief in the Third Circuit opposing the Trump administration’s appeal of the preliminary injunction. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 To decide whether employees who enjoy union benefits -including antidiscrimination protections and greater pay equity- should be required to contribute to the cost of securing them. At stake is the decades-old Supreme Court precedent, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that public sector collective bargaining agreements may include these “fair share” provisions. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra To argue that the disclosures required by California’s Reproductive FACT Act comply with the First Amendment, since that Act reasonably requires Crisis Pregnancy Centers to avoid misleading women and inform them of the availability of low-cost or free family planning services provided by the state. Jock v. Sterling Jewelers A class action challenge to pervasive sex discrimination in pay and promotion opportunities under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act.
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State of California, et al v. Health and Human Services, et al CWL continues to support lawsuits brought by states challenging rules that broadly exempt employers from complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. In the beginning of 2019, CWL signed on to an amici brief supporting a preliminary injunction against the final version of the rules, which the district court issued. In April 2019, CWL joined an amici brief in the Ninth Circuit opposing appeal of the preliminary injunction. Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, Inc. Our amicus brief argued that the lower court inappropriately dismissed the sex discrimination claim. The Fourth Circuit reversed the lower court ruling in its decision by an unanimous three-judge panel, holding that rumors that a female employee slept with her male boss to obtain promotions can give rise to her employer’s liability under Title VII for sex discrimination. The Fourth Circuit revived the claims of sex discrimination in this case agreeing that “the traditional negative stereotypes regarding the relationship between the advancement of women in the workplace and their sexual behavior” are still at play and allowing harassment based on such stereotypes can violate federal law. Karnoski, et al v. Trump In opposition to dissolving the preliminary injunction halting the government’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the military. Adams v. St. John’s County School Board CWL signed on to an amici brief in a case involving transgendered students’ rights to use the restroom of their choice. The brief argued that the presence of transgender students in a restroom does not
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create a hostile environment under Title IX or implicate a privacy concern under the U.S. Constitution; that sex-based protections in federal civil rights laws and the Constitution’s equal protection provision include protections for transgender students; and that transgender students face documented harms when they are not permitted to use facilities that align with their gender identities. Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2 CWL signed on to an amici brief in a case involving transgendered students’ rights to use the restroom of their choice. The brief argued that the presence of transgender students in a restroom does not create a hostile environment under Title IX or implicate a privacy concern under the U.S. Constitution; that sex-based protections in federal civil rights laws and the Constitution’s equal protection provision include protections for transgender students; and that transgender students face documented harms when they are not permitted to use facilities that align with their gender identities. Amicus Briefs on Women’s Issues and Equality
CWL 2019 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA CWL creates a legislative agenda each year of bills we support. We do this by following our priorities of: 1) ensuring reproductive justice, including choice, maternity care, access and privacy; 2) preventing violence against women and children, including domestic violence, human trafficking, gun violence and sex crimes; 3) supporting human rights and equality; 4) protecting court funding & access to justice; and 5) overcoming economic inequities. This year there were so many bills to choose from as all of the legislators are pursuing important work for our society. After lots of consideration we narrowed it down to eight bills. Here is a short description of each of the bills on our agenda: SB 22, Senator Leyva: Rape kits: testing. This bill would require a law enforcement agency to either submit sexual assault forensic evidence to a crime lab or ensure that a rapid turnaround DNA program is in place, as specified. Because this bill would impose a higher level of service on local law enforcement agencies in processing that evidence, it would impose a state-mandated local program. SB 24, Senator Leyva: Public health: public university student health centers: abortion by medication techniques. This bill would make abortion medication available at on-campus student health centers at postsecondary educational institutions in California.
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SB 171, Senator Jackson: Employers: annual report: pay data. This bill would require that private employers with 100 or more employees and who is required to file an annual Employer Information Report under federal law, to submit a pay data report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing that contains specified wage information. SB 464, Senator Mitchell: California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act. This bill would make legislative findings relating to implicit bias and racial disparities in maternal mortality rates. The bill would require a hospital that provides perinatal care to implement an evidence-based implicit bias program as well as a refresher course every 2 years thereafter, or on a more frequent basis if deemed necessary by the facility.
SB 493, Senator Jackson: Education: sex equity. This bill would require an institution of higher education that receives state funds, including funds for student financial assistance, to comply with requirements relating to the protection of students from, and providing students with procedural protections relating to complaints of, sexual harassment. AB 467, Assemblymember Boerner-Horvath: Competitions on state property: prize compensation: gender equity. This bill would require those entities seeking to receive a permit for state property for a competition event to have prize award compensation that is identical between gendered categories at each participant level. AB 767, Assemblymember Wicks: Health care coverage: essential health benefits: infertility. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to consider the inclusion of infertility treatment in the definition of essential health benefits. AB 931, Assemblymember Boerner-Horvath: Local boards and commissions: representation: appointments. This bill would require the composition of a local board and commission of a city with a population of 50,000 or greater with appointed members to have a specified minimum number of women board members or commissioners based on the total number of board members or commissioners on that board, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. Our legislative committee also considered bills relating to tampon and diaper taxes but Governor Newsom announced a new policy in May that would end the sales tax on both items. To get involved with the CWL Legislative Committee please reach out to Legislative Chair Sabrina Ashjian at email@example.com.
ELECT TO RUN In 2014, CWL introduced Elect to Run (ETR), a program that educates and encourages women to run for public office. The event invites women in elected office to share their experiences, insight and advice with attendees who are considering running for office. The event also provides information from women’s candidate support and training organizations to show women a path to public office. As a result of the inaugural program, three attendees went on to apply for, and graduate from, Emerge CA’s candidate training program. In August of 2016, ETR was honored with the Outstanding Member Program Award from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. This year, California Women Lawyers held the Elect to Run on June 26, 2019, in San Francisco. The event was chaired by Beth Hodess, and featured keynote speakers Ann Ravel (Candidate for CA State Senate) and Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (Member of the CA Assembly, 16th District). Panelists included Gayle McLaughlin, Former two-term Mayor of Richmond, CA, Megan Pillsbury, Board Member, Piedmont Unified School District, Pamela Price, Civil Rights Attorney, Aisha Wahab, Hayward City Council, Valerie McGinty, Frances Schrieberg and Jodie Smith. Campaign and candidate resource groups including National Women’s Political Caucus, Close the Gap, Emerge and FundHer also participated.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A JUDGE? California Women Lawyers partnered with the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers’ Association for this year’s “So, You Want to be a Judge” (SYWTBAJ). This popular program is designed to offer insight and advice about the judicial appointment process in California and to help increase the number of women and
diverse candidates who seek and obtain appointment to the bench. SYWTBAJ began in 1985 when it was hosted by Judge Marie B. Collins in her own home. Since then, it has become one of CWL’s signature events, and the program was honored with the Outstanding Member Program Award from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in 2009. This year’s event was held on August 23, 2019 in San Francisco. Naomi Dewey, Co-Chair of CWL’s Judicial Committee, and Melissa Marsh, Event Chair and Affiliate Governor for Fresno County Women Lawyers, kicked off the program and explained CWL’s robust judicial evaluation process to attendees. Mika Domingo, who has led multiple judicial evaluations for CWL in the past year, was on hand to answer questions from potential applicants. Justice Martin Jenkins, Judicial Appointments Secretary to Governor Gavin Newsom, Diane Bellas, JNE Commission Chair, and David Casey, Chair of Senator Feinstein’s Statewide Judicial Advisory Committee, spoke about the process and procedure of becoming a judge, while attendees went on to hear from panels of state and federal judicial officers about their path to the judiciary. Speakers included Hon. Beth Freeman, Hon. Andrew Guilford and Hon. Lucy Koh on the federal court panel, and Hon. Suzanne Bolton’s, Hon. Beverly Bourne, Hon. Audra Ibarra and Hon. Richard Seabolt on the superior court panel. The event ended with a networking reception for attendees and panelists. If you are interested in seeking appointment to the bench you can request a judicial evaluation from CWL by emailing info@ cwl.org.
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In addition to the scholarship, the CWL Foundation also produces educational and awareness materials that strive to enlighten society and the legal community. This year the Foundation made its historical video project “Lessons from our Mothers,” which chronicles the California history of women in the legal profession, on our website and available to watch for free. The CWL Foundation podcast “A Seat at the Table” hosted by Summer C. Selleck and Ariel Lee Brownell recorded a record amount of podcasts sitting down with legal luminaries who are changing the legal profession, including DA Diana Becton, Hon. Tara Flanagan, Hon. Victoria Kolakowski and more. You can listen to the podcast at cwlseatatthetable.blogspot. com. In San Francisco, the Foundation continued its collaboration with the National Association of Women Judges and Queen’s Bench to support the award-winning Color of Justice program. This statewide program brings together judges and lawyers together with young girls and minorities to consider legal and judicial careers and providing them with the resources to pursue their goals.
As part of its mandate since 2017, the Foundation provides the Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship to a law student whose prior and current activities and future plans demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and children in the community. Each year the CWL Foundation is tasked with reviewing an ever-increasing number of remarkable applicants for the scholarship. This year, U. C. Berkeley student Janani Ramachandran received the scholarship. Ms. Ramachandran launched a dedicated domestic violence program training medial staff, connecting with local governmental agencies and designing educational materials before enrolling in Berkeley. At Berkeley, Ms. Ramachandran founded the Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence (BRAIV), of which she currently serves as President. She also serves on the Executive Boards for Berkeley Law Women of Color Collective and the Coalition for Diversity. She is an Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, a student member of the East Bay Community Law Center Housing Clinic, a volunteer law student for the Tenant’s Rights Workshop, a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Organization, member of the South Asian Law Student Association, member of Women of Berkeley Law, and member of the Queer Caucus. She serves her community on the Board of Directors for the Family
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2019 SPEAKERS Brenda Adams Brenda Star Adams is the Senior Litigation Attorney at Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national nonprofit organization that fights against gender discrimination. Brenda leads ERA’s Title IX litigation practice and manages its Advice & Counseling Program, which delivers free legal advice and services to individuals nationwide experiencing gender-based discrimination at work or at school. Brenda has spent her 12 years of practice litigating cases on behalf of the most disadvantaged populations with a focus on representing survivors of sexual violence and in the following areas: civil rights, family law, immigration, housing, and appeals. Sabrina Ashjian Sabrina Ashjian served as Chairperson for the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel after being appointed by Governor Brown. Prior to that she was a consumer fraud and environmental protection prosecutor. She serves on the board of California Women Lawyers and is the Legislative Chair and Gender Equity Task Force Co-Chair. Sabrina also sits on the boards of National Women’s Political Caucus California, California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section Executive Committee, Central California Legal Services, Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno County Women Lawyers, Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community, and is a member of the Emerge Central Valley Advisory Team. Elizabeth Betancourt Elizabeth Betancourt has worked for nearly twenty years in resources management and planning for all levels of government and the private sector. She’s worked collaboratively with many and diverse activists, and has advocated locally and with the state legislature to ensure balanced policies supporting resource use, planning, and management, and to ensure that rural regions are adequately recognized for the important role they play in California’s economy. This deep collaborative experience and legislative advocacy – with the invitation and push of a number of recruiters advocating for more women in the state legislature – led Elizabeth to declare, in June of this year, her candidacy for California State Assembly District 1: the geographically largest Assembly District in the state, and the most rural. She was the top vote-getter in the August Primary and is now in the midst of the General Election. Elizabeth has an MS in Watershed Science, works for the Central Valley Water Board, and lives in Shasta County on a small farm with her husband. M. Kathleen Butz Justice M. Kathleen Butz graduated from UC Davis School of Law. After 13 years in private practice, she was elected to the Nevada County Superior Court in 1996 and served as its presiding judge in 2001-2002. She was appointed to the appellate court in October 2003. Justice Butz has served as faculty for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) and the B. E. Witkin Judicial College. She is a past president of the Schwartz-Levi American Inns of Court. Andrea Carlisle Andrea Carlise leads IANGEL with a long history of passionate advocacy for gender equity and inclusion. She is a past president of both the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) and California Women Lawyers. She served as the NCWBA’s Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, where she co-chaired the Commission’s sexual harassment committee. Prior to joining IANGEL, Andrea worked as a litigation attorney for 28 years, specializing in labor and employment law. She served as an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Alameda, and was the managing partner of Patton Wolan Carlise, LLP.
Susannah Delano Susannah Delano is Executive Director of Close the Gap California (CTGCA), a campaign that has recruited one quarter of the women currently serving in the California State Legislature. By continuing to recruit diverse, progressive women to run in targeted districts, CTGCA aims to bring the percentage of women serving from 31% as of 2019, to at least 50% by 2028. Susannah began her career in politics building power alongside SEIU homecare workers statewide from 2002-2010. From 2010-2017 she led Planned Parenthood Northern California’s advocacy work as Public Affairs Director. Susannah is based in Vallejo, CA. Jennifer Duggan Jennifer is the founder of Duggan Law Corporation which is currently all female and has grown to five lawyers since its inception in 2013. Jennifer’s practice focuses on employment and trade secret litigation, as well as preventative advice and counsel. She launched her career at Sacramento’s largest litigation firm where she made partner after 5 years and where she was the first female partner to have a child. Throughout her career Jennifer has represented clients in litigation in state and federal courts and argued before the Third District Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit. She has taught as an adjunct professor at both Pacific McGeorge and UC Davis School of Law. Jennifer has been recognized by numerous organizations including The Sacramento Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and Best of the Bar awards, Super Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers, and the Women Lawyers of Sacramento’s Frances Newell Carr award. She is proud mother of two teenagers.
Associate Justice Elena J. Duarte Justice Duarte was confirmed as an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, on December 10, 2010. Prior to her elevation to the Court of Appeal, Justice Duarte was a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and then a Judge of the Sacramento Superior Court. All three of her judicial appointments were by Governor Schwarzenegger. Before her appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Los Angeles Office of the United States Attorney, where she worked first in the Major Frauds Section and later in the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, becoming Section Chief in 2005. Prior to her move to Los Angeles, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Sacramento and, before that, worked two years at the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. (in Italian) from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She was born and raised in San Jose, California, and currently lives in El Dorado County. Susan Talamantes Eggman Born and raised in Northern California, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman grew up on her family’s small almond orchard and apiary in Turlock. She enlisted in the U.S. Army out of high school and served four years as a medic. After her service, she attended California State University, Stanislaus, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. She worked as a mental health provider and medical social worker before completing a Ph.D. at Portland State University. She also has extensive experience in substance abuse counselling. A professor of social work at Sacramento State University before her election to the
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legislature, Assemblymember Eggman was the first Latina to serve on the Stockton City Council. Her district, the 13th, includes the San Joaquin Delta communities of Stockton, Tracy, Thornton and Mountain House. Assemblymember Eggman is the chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, and serves on the committees on Appropriations, Business and Professions, Natural Resources, and Utilities and Energy. She is the author of the landmark End of Life Option Act. Jennifer Forester After spending more than a decade in large law firm marketing departments, Jennifer Forester joined the gig economy as a consultant and now uses her “lawyer whispering” superpowers to help attorneys avoid random acts of marketing. As a business development coach and trainer, she encourages her clients to identify their strengths, tune in to their objectives, and build a practice on their terms. Jennifer is an Affiliate Partner with C-Suite Solutions, a consultancy for outsourced COO, CMO, and recruiting services for lawyers and law firms in the greater Sacramento area and beyond. Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn, Twitter at @jenforester or on the web at www.c-suitesolutions.us. Ruth Glick Ruth Glick is an arbitrator and mediator with over 25 years experience. She has mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of domestic and international complex disputes. She is on the Large and Complex Case panel, the national commercial and labor and employment arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association, as well as the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and an IMI Certified Mediator. A Northern California Super Lawyer, Ruth was a past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and currently serves as a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She is also a member of the Council of the American Arbitration Association- International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Gay Grunfeld Gay Grunfeld is the managing partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, a twenty-lawyer litigation boutique in San Francisco. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, including class actions, with an emphasis on employment, civil rights, and business disputes in state and federal courts. Ms. Grunfeld has served on a number of community boards and organizations and is a long-time CWL member. In 1995, Ms. Grunfeld received CWL’s Fay Stender Award for her work with the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance to establish children’s waiting rooms in the San Francisco Superior Courts. Shama Hakim Mesiwala Shama Hakim Mesiwala is a judge on the Sacramento Superior Court where she has served since 2017, first as a commissioner. After graduating from UC Davis Law School, Judge Mesiwala represented indigent criminal defendants at the Federal Public Defender’s Office and the Central California Appellate Program. Judge Mesiwala then spent 13 years as an attorney for the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. She has taught appellate advocacy at UC Davis Law School for the last seven years. As the first South Asian judge on the Sacramento bench and one a few of Muslim judges in California, Judge Mesiwala is passionate about diversity in the legal profession.
Tracy Hughes Tracy Hughes is a Senior Deputy District Attorney and the Assistant Head of Court for the Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases and now specializes civil prosecutions of cases affecting consumer health and safety. Tracy holds a Certificate of Commission from the US Food and Drug Administration to facilitate collaborative enforcement actions between federal, state and local enforcement agencies, and received the “Leveraging and Collaboration Award,” from the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, Pacific Region in 2016. She is currently the lead OCDA Deputy assigned to the People v. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al case, an action brought by the OCDA and the County of Santa Clara in 2014 against five pharmaceutical companies for deceptive marketing of opioids. Jennifer Hartman King Jennifer Hartman King is President of Hartman King PC, an environmental law boutique located in Sacramento that is inspired by a team-oriented philosophy and a commitment to providing clients with creative, strategic and practical advice. Jennifer launched the firm in 2014 after spending a number of years in “BigLaw” and serving as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to California Governor Gray Davis. She and her team specialize in contaminated property matters, regulatory compliance, defense of government enforcement actions, and civil litigation involving environmental claims. The firm represents clients throughout the US, helping them navigate complex federal, state and local environmental laws. Karen Humphrey Karen Humphrey is Public Policy Chair and former President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of California, whose 10 local caucuses work statewide to recruit, train and elect progressive pro-choice women to office. She’s been active in NWPC since joining in 1979. During a 45-year career in communications, public service, and education, Karen broke barriers as the first women TV journalist in two California markets, first woman Mayor of Fresno, and first women Executive Director of California’s higher education agency. She served as an advisor to Delaine Eastin, first woman State Superintendent of Public Instruction and 2018 gubernatorial candidate. Wendy C. Krog Wendy is member of the Trust & Estate Litigation Practice in the Palo Alto office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, an AmLaw 100 firm. Wendy represents a wide range of banks, professionals, and individuals in will contests, trust contests, financial elder abuse actions, and other probate-related litigation. Prior to joining SheppardMullin, Wendy was a member of the Trust & Estate Litigation team in a mid-sized San Jose firm, and before that, she specialized in financial institution litigation with a national firm. Hon. Louise LaMothe United States Magistrate Judge Louise LaMothe occupies a unique part-time judicial position in Santa Barbara for the Central District of California. She has served since 2014 and handles a wide variety of criminal duties as well as settlement conferences for the Court. She practiced as an arbitrator and mediator for 20 years in Santa Barbara before her appointment, and continues her private ADR practice in areas that do not conflict with her official duties. A Stanford Law School graduate and Martindale AV-rated litigator in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, she serves on the American Arbitration Association’s commercial, employment, international, class action and large complex case panels She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an International Mediation Institute-certified
mediator. She is a former Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation, and a life member of the ALI and CWL. She has written and spoken throughout her career on gender equity, and has been named one of California’s Top 50 California Neutrals and a California Super Lawyer. Her website is www.dispute-solutions.com. Tamara Lopez Tamara Lopez, Esq. joined JAMS as a full-time neutral after a career as an independent mediator and government litigator. She has handled matters involving probate litigation and appeals, conservatorships, trusts, decedent estates, financial elder abuse, personnel, ADA compliance, juvenile dependency and appeals, public health, Public Records Act, school districts, general government, real property, and contract law. Tamara served in the Office of the County Counsel, Town of Los Gatos, Santa Clara County Water District for over 20 years, handling a broad range of land use and water disputes, including water rights, water use, eminent domain, and relocation. Tamara most recently provided legal and litigation services for the Department of Health and Human Services Agency, including Adult Protective Services (Financial Abuse Specialist Team “FAST”) and the Public Administrator Guardian for probate conservatorship matters. Her other assignments included legal counsel to the Personnel Department, Risk Management, the Public Health Department, the Office of the Sheriff, the Department of Family and Children Services, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and school districts. Neda Mansoorian As a mediator, Neda uses her 20 years of combined skills as a trial lawyer and private adviser in sensitive matters, to create a clear path toward resolution in seemingly “unfixable” circumstances. As a crisis manager, Neda has handled countless sticky issues, including cyberstalking and cyberthreats, extortion,
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surprise C-Suite shake-ups, embezzlement schemes, and governmental/ regulatory investigations. Known throughout the legal community as a master problem-solver, Neda brings unique interpersonal skills and a keen understanding of the human condition to all matters in which she is involved, whether in her capacity as a legal adviser or as a mediator. Before starting Mansoorian Law P.C., Neda founded and managed Oleander Law Partners. Prior to Oleander, Neda served as the Chief Legal Officer of Silicon Valley trial firm, McManis Faulkner. Neda’s cherished time as President of California Women Lawyers (CWL) provided a rare opportunity to lead CWL’s numerous vital committees and 23-member Board of Governors. Shelly Masur Redwood City Councilwoman Shelly Masur is a leader in women’s health and education. Inspired to get her Masters in Public Health through organizing to protect women’s access to health care and abortion, Shelly has led youth-serving non-profits, and held women’s health and education leadership roles, most recently as CEO of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation. Shelly was elected to Council in 2015 after serving 10 years on the Redwood City School Board. She was voted as 100 Most Influential Women by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She lives in Redwood City with her husband and three children. Valerie McGinty Valerie McGinty is an award-winning certified appellate specialist (www.plaintiffsappeals.com). She is a Super Lawyer, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. In 2017, Valerie launched a PAC called Fund Her, powering progressive women to lead our states (www.fundher.org). Fund Her has helped elect 15 women in California, increasing women’s
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representation in our legislature from 22 to 31%, the largest gain in California history. This fall Fund Her has expanded to Virginia, where women can deliver the four seats needed for a Democratic majority, allowing Virginia to cast the final vote needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Cami McLaren As an attorney who practiced law for 16 years, Cami McLaren is passionate about assisting other attorneys to create lives that are productive, balanced and fulfilling. With a fundamental belief that no profession has to be “hard,” Cami coaches attorneys and other professionals to create new ways to practice. She also presents workshops on communication, trust, accountability and time management. Cami is a certified performance coach, relationship coach, and leadership coach; and is a certified NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner. She is the owner of McLaren Coaching and can be found on the web at www.mclarencoaching.com. Christine Monroe Christine Monroe is a litigator at Greben & Associates. Christine practices complex litigation with a focus on various environmental statutes including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). She obtained her JD from the Colleges of Law – Santa Barbara, completing her studies with high honors while working as a paralegal. Christine serves as the President of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association, and as past-president of the SBWL Foundation. She is a director of Get Oil Out!, which focuses on preserving the Santa Barbara coastlines. Beth Mora Attorney Beth W. Mora owner of MORA EMPLOYMENT LAW, a law firm dedicated to representing victimized employees. She is a zealous and skilled advocate for those facing a wide range of employment law issues. Ms. Mora is committed to aggressively pursuing her clients’ best interests while treating each person she serves with integrity and compassion. Melanie V. Ramil Melanie V. Ramil serves as the Executive Director of Emerge California, a statewide organization that is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training and encouraging Democratic women to run for office and win. In the political arena, Melanie has led multiple campaigns, including for United States Senator Kamala D. Harris and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. She also served as Deputy Chief at the Bureau of Cannabis Control, Deputy State Director for Senator Kamala D. Harris, and Chief of Community Programs for Commissioner Jones. Melanie is a UC Berkeley alum and proud daughter of Filipino immigrants. Amanda L. Riddle Amanda L. Riddle is the managing partner of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle LLP. For the better part a decade, Amanda has served in lead roles representing victims and survivors of utility caused disasters, including wildfires, explosions and mudslides. Amanda currently represents thousands of victims of the 2017 PG&E North Bay Fires and the 2018 PG&E Camp Fire that destroyed the Town of Paradise. Ms. Riddle is selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers Top 50 Female Attorneys in Northern California list, and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2013.
Jackie Smith Jackie Smith ran for State Assembly in 2018. A graduate of Emerge, the Victory Institute, EQCA Leadership Academy and even Christine Pelosi’s Boot Camp, Jackie challenged the sitting Incumbent. Although she did not win the seat, she received more votes than any other previous Democratic candidate, raising over $200k. Jackie has 30yrs business experience. She has a Bachelors degree and certificates in Project Mgmt and Business Administration. She is a Commissioner on the Older Adult Commission on Aging and California Alliance for Retired Americans. Jackie has filed her paperwork to run in 2020 again. Losing is not an option. Renee N.G. Stackhouse Renee is a solo practitioner and trial lawyer at Stackhouse, APC focusing on plaintiff’s personal injury in San Diego and military defense worldwide. She is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocates. She is a proven leader in local, state, and national organizations, including the San Diego County Bar Association, California Women Lawyers, and the National Association of Women Judges. She has received numerous recognitions including Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and she is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbel. Most importantly, Renee is mother to 2.5 year old Gabriel. Summer S.C. Selleck S.C. Selleck is a solo practitioner at SC Selleck Law in Walnut Creek, California. Summer practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Litigation, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Contra Costa County Bar Association. Summer has been named Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2017. In 2018, Summer was named by Diablo Magazine as one of the annual “40 under 40” for the region, and she received the California Lawyer Association Solo Section Award for Excellence in Service in 2019. Summer has served on the California Women Lawyers Board since 2015.
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We gratefully acknowledge the women lawyers whose passion for the advancement of women contributed to the establishment and leadership of California Women Lawyers. The Founders of CWL include (listed alphabetically): Carol Agate Edna R. S. Alvarez Dagny Winkler Blanche C. Bersch Justice Rose E. Bird (Dec.) Betty Bryant Jeanette Christy Judith E. Ciani Arlene Colman Hon. Patricia Yim Cowett (Ret.) Georgia Franklin-Shutan Joanne M. Garvey (Dec.) Sue Hone Hon. Barbara Barnhouse Johnson (Ret.) Carolyn Kammler Melodie M. Kleiman (Dec.) Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein (Ret.) Janice E. Koll Hon. Lucy Kelly McCabe Judith G. McKelvey (Dec.) Olga A. Miller Ruth Rymer Miller Marjory Winston Parker Barbara Price Hon. Roberta Ralph (Dec.) Drucilla Stender Ramey Louise H. Renne Renee Rubin Beverly Savitt Hon. Lynn Schenk Candis Scott Carol Ruth Silver Mary-Louise Smith Fay Stender (Dec.) Karen Pedersen Stevens (Dec.) Diane Wayne
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