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Member involvement is essential to fulfilling our mission. Committee work helps you gain valuable leadership skills and build your network.

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Elvira Cortez, President 2019-2020

FY2020 Sections and Committees:

Community Relations Section

Vice President:Yahairah Aristy

Awards, Endorsements & Nominations
Community Outreach

Judicial Elections Endorsements (JEEC)
Judicial Endorsement (JEC)

Amicus Briefs

Equality & Action

Human Trafficking Collaborative
Newsletter & Media
Women's Advocacy

Finance & Fundraising Section

Vice President:Tracy Schimelfenig

Annual Dinner
Golf Tournament
Red, White & Brew
Fund for Justice

Programming Section

Vice President:Megan Walker


Diverse Women's
Leadership Development
Professional Advancement
Life & Law

Bench Bar

Trial Advocacy


Policy & Membership Section

Vice President:Brigid Campo


50th Anniversary
Bylaws & Policy Advisory
Membership Development
Law Student Outreach

North/Mid County

Mediator Task Force Group
Bradley Bunch

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FY2020 Committee Co-chairs and Committee Purpose Statements:

Amicus Briefs Committee

The Amicus Briefs Committee reviews requests for amicus participation by Lawyers Club as directed by the Board of Directors, and provides recommendations to the board following review. Procedures adhere to the policy, Amicus Curiae Briefs, approved by the Board on March 8, 2016.

Co-chairs: Catherine Asuncion, Shelley Carder


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: Amanda Singer, Kim Ahrens


Awards, Endorsements and Nominations Committee
The Lawyers Club Awards Committee's purpose is to facilitate the recognition of Lawyers Club The Lawyers Club Awards Committee facilitates the recognition of Lawyers Club and Lawyers Club members by researching potential awards, awardees, and recommending to the Board nominees that have made important contributions to the community, the legal profession, or who otherwise best fit the specific award criteria. Through these awards, we honor those who support Lawyers Club’s mission to advance the status of women in the law and society.

Co-chairs: Mehry Mohseni, Kelly Gemelli, Rebecca Church


Bench Bar Committee

The Bench/Bar Committee plans judicial receptions, the Bench/Bar Luncheon, and other events, and engages members of the judiciary to participate in meetings and events.

Co-chairs: Jonah Toleno, Sherry Thompson-Taylor

Bradley Bunch
The Bradley Bunch supports social connections between long-term Lawyers Club members who are no longer engaged primarily in the practice of law or administration of justice. 
          Chair: Tina Dyer

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: Sara Waller, Annie Smiddy


Community Outreach Committee
The Community Outreach Committee (COC) works to improve the lives and status of women and children in San Diego through volunteer and pro bono opportunities. COC oversees Lawyers Club's educational partnership with Central Elementary School, including twice a year Read-Ins where volunteers read, interact, promote literacy and serve as role models for Central Elementary students. COC coordinates collaboration with on Casa Cornelia immigration assistance training, with the National Conflict Resolution Center, and for opportunities to interact with Fund For Justice recipients.

Co-chairs: Kate Langmore, Anna Romanskaya


Diverse Women's Committee
The Diverse Women's Committee works 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. The committee plans and executes the Spring Women of Color Reception and serves at the liaison to San Diego County Bar Association’s Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee.

Co-chairs:  Euketa Oliver, Arlene Yang


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.


The LC Sexual Harassment Task Force is now housed within this committee as well. The Sexual Harassment Task Force was created in 2018 by the Board of Directors to explore the prevalence of sexual harassment in the legal community and create solutions that prevent women from leaving the practice of law.

Co-Chairs: Amanda LoCurto, Brenda Lopez

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: Jennifer Chang, Rebecca Kanter, Becky Zipp


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: Elaine Harwell, Kaitlin Preston, Alex Rodriguez 


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:  Casey French, Colette Mahon


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: Corrie Klekowski, Kate Kowalewski 


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: Jonah Toleno


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:  Jaclyn Reinhart, Audrey W. Surridge, Christine Fitzgerald


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:  Kate Lee Carey, Jessica Sizemore


Life & Law Committee
The Life & Law 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: Ruth Hauswirth, Chandra Moore, Justine Philips


LGBTQ Committee

The LGBTQ Committee's purpose is to identify, acknowledge and address the unique challenges faced by women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer members of the legal community.

Co-chairs: Anita Margolis, Julie Wolff


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:  Shannon Finley, Mikhak Ghorban, Jylan Megahed


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.

Editor: Suzanne Pollack

Associate Editor: Lauren Bushman

Article Editing: Alina Litoshyk

About us: Carla Sanderson

Member & Committee Profiles: Alexandra Valentine

Press Liaison: Jodi Cleesattle

Blog Editor: Kristin Beattie

Social Media: Brigid Campo

30 years ago: Lizzette Herrera


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: Bridget Burns, Kimberly Miller, Jennifer Oliver


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: Maggie Schroedter, Winnie Weil

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:  Kristen Price, Kara Siegel



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:  Tracy Schimelfenig


Trial Advocacy

Trial Advocacy Task Force will develop programs that serve to build trial skills for women to act as lead counsel and to provide courtroom skills and experience to enhance judicial applications by women.

Co-chairs:  Debbie Cumba, Christopher Todd


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).


In 2019, the Reproductive Justice Committee merged with WAC and 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:   Tarina Mand, Jinsook Ohta


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