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Member involvement is essential to fulfilling our mission. Join a committee to assist in planning a program or event, to gain valuable leadership skills, and to build your network! Committees are organized within four sections, each lead by a Vice President. Connect with committee co-chairs via email links below. Members may join committees through their member profiles - login and select Find a Group. If you need assistance joining or leaving a committee click here for detailed instructions. You must be a member of Lawyers Club to participate on a committee. Not yet a member? Learn about the benefits of membership.

FY2018 Sections and Committees:

Olga Álvarez, President 2017-2018

Community Relations Section

Vice President: Danna Cotman

Community Outreach
Endorsements & Nominations
Judicial Elections Endorsements (JEEC)
Judicial Endorsement (JEC)
Newsletter & Media
Equality & Action
Women's Advocacy
Lawyers Club and Association of Corporate Counsel Task Force on Gender Equality
Human Trafficking Collaborative
Finance & Fundraising Section

Vice President: Frann Setzer

Annual Dinner
Golf Tournament
Red, White & Brew
Bench Bar
Fund for Justice
Programming Section

Vice President:Rebecca Kanter

Diverse Women's
Leadership Development
Professional Advancement
Reproductive Justice
Work-Life Balance
Policy & Membership Section

Vice President:Sara Simmons

History & Archives
Bylaws & Policy Advisory
Membership Development
Law Student Outreach
Law Firm Outreach
North County
East County Working Group
LGBTQ Task Force
External Organizations and LC Liaisons
California Women Lawyers Liaison
Mediator Group

Click hyperlinks below to contact co-chairs by email.

FY2018 Committee Co-chairs and Committee Purpose Statements:

Approved by the Board of Directors on November 7, 2016

Annual Dinner Committee
The Annual Dinner Committee plans and produces the Lawyers Club Annual Dinner, a gala event held annually to celebrate the achievements of Lawyers Club and its members, and honoring individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to Lawyers Club and its mission of advancing the status of women in the law and society.

Co-chairs: Elvira Cortez, Tracy Schimelfenig


Awards Committee
The Lawyers Club Awards Committee's purpose is to facilitate the recognition of Lawyers Club members by nominating those who have made important contributions to the community, the legal profession, or who otherwise best fit the specific award criteria. By achieving this purpose, we support those who support Lawyers Club's mission to advance the status of women in the law and society.

Co-chairs: Rebecca Kanter, Carla Sanderson, Katie Shank


Bench Bar Committee

The Bench Bar Committee plans judicial receptions, the Bench Bar Luncheon, and other events.

Co-chairs: Kristen Fritz,Shanna Pearce


Bylaws and Policy Advisory Committee
The Bylaws and Policy Advisory Committee is tasked with creating, maintaining, and updating the Lawyers Club policy manual. Additionally, the Committee provides research and advice to the Lawyers Club Board of Directors and other Lawyers Club committees on issues regarding bylaws and policies, including proposed amendments and revisions of existing bylaws and policies.

Co-chairs: Roxy Carter, Christine Wu


California Women Lawyers Liaison
Lawyers Club is an affiliate of CWL. To be a voting affiliate, 20% of Lawyers Club members must belong to CWL. An an affiliate, we have a right to have one of our members to be on CWL's Board. We must qualify (in membership and dues) to be a voting affiliate every year. The CWL Board has over 30 members from all over the state, including regional and affiliate governors. It lobbies in Sacramento for and against legislation, which is one of its main functions. the CWL Legislative Committee is very active, and the Governor has appointed a special liaison to get input from CWL before he takes a position on legislation. CWL Board members must join at least one committee, take part in attracting members to CWL, in fundraising efforts, in Board meetings all over the state, in helping with bench bar receptions and other receptions, in submitting newsletter articles, in evaluation of judicial candidates, and in any other assignments from the Board.

Co-Affiliates: Yahairah Aristy, Rebecca Zipp

District 9 Governor: Michelle Ialeggio

President: Renee Galente


Community Outreach Committee
The Community Outreach Committee (COC) works to improve the lives and status of women and children in San Diego through hands-on projects and volunteer and pro bono opportunities. COC oversees Lawyers Club's partnership in education with Central Elementary School, including twice a year Read-Ins where volunteers read, interact, promote literacy and serve as role models to children at Central Elementary.

Co-chairs: Jylan Megahead, Elaine Harwell


Diverse Women's Committee
The Diverse Women's Committee will work to identify, confront, and address particular challenges that women of color, as double minorities, continue to face in the legal profession and society, particularly in San Diego.

Co-chairs: Jonah Toleno, Angelica Sciencio


Endorsements and Nominations Committee
The purpose of the Endorsements and Nominations Committee is to consider and select applicants for endorsement by Lawyers Club to the San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors. The Committee gives great weight to past and present participation and involvement in Lawyers Club and community activities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and advancing the status of women in the law and society.

Co-Chairs: Corrie Klekowski, Justine Phillips


Equality and Action Committee

The Equality and Action Committee addresses issues relating to gender bias and barriers to the advancement of women in the San Diego legal community.  The Committee conducts the Annual Equality Survey, which surveys public agencies in San Diego County and private sector law firms to assess the status of women in the legal profession, presents the Annual Equal Pay Day luncheon to highlight and address pay equity, and promotes gender equality through programming and supporting similar efforts in the greater San Diego community.

Chair: Vaani Chawla, Kate Lee Carey


Fund for Justice Committee
The Lawyers Club Fund for Justice makes charitable gifts in the name of Lawyers Club and its members to address, through education, research, funding and programming, social issues and specific problems in San Diego County, which relate to gender issues. The Fund for Justice Committee carefully vets grant applications, conducts on-site interviews and makes recommendations to the Lawyers Club Board of Directors regarding allocation of grant funding. The Committee also organizes the Annual Fund for Justice Holiday Luncheon and coordinates Lawyers Club's other fundraising activities for the Fund for Justice.

Co-chairs: Deborah Dixon, Johanna Schiavoni


Golf Tournament Committee

The Golf Tournament Committee plans and executes the Annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the Tournament, in part, benefit the Fund for Justice, the charitable arm of Lawyers Club. The Tournament also provides networking opportunities for participants and is open to golfers and non-golfers alike. The Committee solicits sponsorships and donations, promotes and markets the tournament, and helps host a successful event.

Co-chairs: Anne Rudolph, Angela Jae Chun, Melissa DeLeon


History and Archives Committee
The History and Archives Committee seeks to locate and preserve historical documents relevant to the founding and mission of Lawyers Club, capture reflections and biographies of people who have been participants in the organization, and provide historical as well as current context to women’s struggles in the legal community and in the workplace. The Committee also provides articles of interest for Lawyers Club publications and participates in various Lawyers Club events.

Chair: Lizzette Herrera


Human Trafficking Collaborative
The Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative (HTC) (previously the Human Trafficking Task Force), is a Lawyers Club initiative aimed at raising awareness and addressing the overwhelming and growing problem of human trafficking in our region. HTC's primary areas of focus are: (1) community and legal education; (2) advocacy; and (3) survivor support.

Co-Chairs: Megan Walker, Danica Taylor


Judicial Elections Endorsement Committee
The Judicial Elections Endorsement Committee (JEEC) is charged with conducting a confidential evaluation process of candidates seeking election to judicial office in San Diego County who seek Lawyers Club’s support in the election. The JEEC thoroughly evaluates the candidates and makes recommendations to the Lawyers Club Board of Directors, which votes on the final determination as to who receives the organization’s support. Lawyers Club uses the word "support,” rather than "endorse,” because the JEEC may recommend supporting any candidate who meets Lawyers Club’s criteria. Thus, the Committee may recommend and the Board may vote to give Lawyers Club’s support to one candidate, multiple candidates, or no candidates in any given race.

Chair:  Kate Kowelewski


Judicial Endorsement Committee
The purpose of the Judicial Endorsement Committee (JEC) is to support, assist and endorse for state court judicial positions those judicial applicants who have affirmatively demonstrated the goals and objectives of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Chair:  Michelle Ialeggio


Law Student Outreach Committee

The Law Student Outreach Committee fosters relationships among students, lawyers, and judges to facilitate law student transition into the San Diego legal community. The Committee coordinates and oversees Lawyers Club's outreach efforts to all San Diego's law schools and encourages student involvement in Lawyers Club. The Committee meets regularly and all law students are encouraged to participate.

Co-chairs: Shannon Finley, Alex Rodriguez, Mikhak Ghorban


Lawyers Club and Association of Corporate Counsel Joint Task Force on Gender Equality
The Lawyers Club and the Association of Corporate Counsel - San Diego Chapter (ACC-SD Chapter) Joint Task Force on Gender Equality is a Lawyers Club initiative to bring together general counsel and law firm leaders and managing partners to drive long-term business practices that promote inclusion and equality within the legal profession. The goal is to cultivate high-level discussions regarding best practices and to spark a dialogue within top-levels of law firms and at the corporate C-Suite level regarding the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Co-chairs: Shalini Kedia, Hannah Cole


Leadership Development Committee
The Leadership Development Committee works to cultivate Lawyers Club members as civic leaders, develop their leadership skills and them in their efforts to obtain leadership positions in the community. The Committee also organizes events with community leaders to share information about how to get appointed and elected to various leadership positions. The Committee publishes regular articles in the Lawyers Club newsletter highlighting open positions on local boards and commissions and on other topics related to leadership development.

Co-chairs: Renie Leakakos, Chandra Moore, and Rose Bowlus


Membership Development Committee
The purpose of the Membership Development Committee is to attract new members, as well as to retain and serve current membership. The Committee seeks to increase members’ involvement in Lawyers Club activities and to provide members with leadership and networking opportunities.

Co-chairs: Yahairah Aristy, Parisima Roshanzamir


Newsletter and Media Team
The Newsletter and Media Team promotes past, present, and upcoming Lawyers Club events and initiatives. The Team also profiles members' achievements, highlights important advances by women in the law and in our community, and raises awareness of current issues related to women's advancement. It also strives to memorialize Lawyers Club's accomplishments, track the organization's rich history, and inform members about the work done by other committees and their purposes.


Editors: Maggie Schroedter, Suzanne Pollack

Associate Editor: Dana Nassiri Park

Press Liaison: Jodi Cleesattle

Blog Editor: Kristin Beattie


North County Committee
The North County Committee promotes and expands Lawyers Club's mission of advancing women in the law and society in North County. The Committee hosts networking and continuing legal education events such as the Annual Taste of North County, monthly committee meetings and quarterly brown/bag/mentorship lunches. The Committee also promotes Lawyers Club and its mission to the North County Bar Association and its members.

Co-chairs: Assly Sayyar, Melissa San Angelo


Professional Advancement Committee
The Professional Advancement Committee inspires and equips female and women of color lawyers to succeed at the highest levels of the legal profession through innovative training, networking, and professional growth opportunities.

Co-chairs: Sherry Thompson-Taylor, Arlene Yang


Red, White and Brew Committee

The Red, White, and Brew Committee plans and produces the annual Red, White and Brew event, which in part benefits the Lawyers Club Fund for Justice, the charitable arm of Lawyers Club.  The Committee solicits sponsorships and donations, promotes and markets the event, and helps host a successful event.

Co-chairs: Amanda Singer, Kelly Gemelli


Reproductive Justice Committee
The Reproductive Justice Committee promotes Lawyers Club's commitment to reproductive justice and gender equality. The Committee seeks to achieve these goals by monitoring legislative developments, liaising with the Coalition for Reproductive Choice, advocating for the advancement of women, and providing information and opportunities to Lawyers Club members for activism and community involvement on issues related to reproductive justice and gender equality.

Co-chairs: Mehry Mohseni, Kimberley Donohue


Sponsorship Committee
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for developing the Lawyers Club Sponsorship Program, liaising with current and potential sponsors, and ensuring sponsorship engagement and support. The Sponsorship Committee is comprised of the Lawyers Club President, Executive Director, Vice President of Finance and Fundraising, Vice President of Programming, Treasurer, and other Lawyers Club Board members.

Chair: Frann Setzer


Women's Advocacy Committee
The Women's Advocacy Committee vets legal issues (including proposed legislation, voter referendums, and appellate cases) through the lens of the Lawyers Club mission to promote the status of women in law and society, and advises the Board on whether or not to take a position on an issue.  If the Board approves a position on an issue, the Advocacy Committee is then responsible for carrying out efforts to demonstrate its support, opposition, or constructive criticism thereof (approved by the Board of Directors on December 13, 2016).

Co-chairs: Amanda LoCurto, Rebecca Zipp


Work-Life Balance Committee
The Work-Life Balance Committee hosts regular discussions and programs regarding the unique work/life management challenges faced by women in the legal profession and society. The Committee also encourages employers to hire and retain talented women in the legal profession by promoting progressive work/life management policies and practices.

Co-chairs: Priyanka Talukdar, Victoria Stairs


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