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Board and Committees

Executive Board

J. Bernard Alexander III, Chair
Members:
  • Scot Bernstein
  • David deRubertis
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Wilmer Harris
  • Phil Horowitz
  • Laura L. Horton
  • Jean Hyams
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Wendy Musell
  • Cynthia Rice
  • Anne Richardson
  • Supreeta Sampath
  • Bryan Schwartz
  • Marilynn Mika Spencer
  • Christopher Whelan

Amicus Committee

Committee work: CELA's Amicus Committee files amicus briefs to help develop California employment law and protect plaintiffs' verdicts.

 

Committee links:

Read CELA Amicus Briefs

Ask CELA to write an appellate Amicus brief

David Duchrow, Chair
Members:
  • Charlotte Fishman
  • Cliff Palefsky
  • Anne Richardson
  • Michael D. Singer

CELA Voice

Committee work: CELA VOICE is a project of the California Employment Lawyers Association. Our goal is nothing short of changing the discussion about issues of importance to California employees. Our method is simple. We will amplify the voice of worker advocates on issues that are vital to our economy, our way of life, even our health.
Co-Chairs:
  • Charlotte Fishman
  • Jean Hyams
Members:
  • Scott Ames
  • V. James DeSimone
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Nicole Heeder
  • Joan Herrington
  • Mark Allen Kleiman
  • Elizabeth Kristen
  • Eugene Lee
  • Michael Marsh
  • Ramit Mizrahi
  • Afshin Mozaffari
  • Sandra Munoz
  • Wendy Musell
  • Nicolas Orihuela
  • Lisa Peck
  • Anne Richardson
  • Supreeta Sampath
  • Sarah Schlehr
  • Christian Schreiber
  • Amy Semmel
  • Curt Surls
  • Daniel Velton
  • Sharon Vinick

DFEH Committee

Committee work: CELA's DFEH Committee works to make the Department of Fair Employment and Housing more responsive to employees and their advocates.

 

Committee links:

Contact CELA'S DFEH/EEOC Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Wilmer Harris
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Anne Richardson
Members:
  • Eve Chesbro
  • Sandra Cohen
  • Ramit Mizrahi
  • Sarah Schlehr

Diversity Outreach Committee

Committee work: The committee's purpose and function is to recruit and retain members, with an emphasis on increasing broad diversity in our organization. Through scholarships, outreach and educational programs, CELA's Diversity Committee looks to diverse communities for expanding our membership base and training new leadership within CELA, as well as working to foster sensitivity and understanding of diversity issues in our practices. The committee welcomes and encourages the representation of traditionally under represented individuals within its membership and board, including persons of color, women, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Diversity Outreach Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Eric Barba
  • Christina Cheung
Members:
  • Christine M. Adams
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Adrianne De Castro
  • Patrice Goldman
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Dolores Y. Leal
  • Lisa P. Mak
  • Cindy Panuco
  • Elizabeth L. Riles
  • Supreeta Sampath
  • Bryan Schwartz
  • Scott M. Stillman
  • Jane Tanimura

Education Committee

Committee work: CELA's Education Committee organizes CELA's seminars, including the two-day annual CELA Conference, and publishes seminar materials.

 

Committee links:

Click here for information about upcoming seminars

Click here to see CELA'S materials for sale: Conference materials and more

Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Michael Baltaxe
  • Adrianne De Castro
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • David Duchrow
  • Wilmer Harris
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Dolores Y. Leal
  • Anne Richardson
  • Marilynn Mika Spencer
  • James P. Stoneman II

FEHC Committee

Committee work: CELA’s FEHC Committee reviews all of the Fair Employment and Housing Council’s proposed amendments to the FEHA’s employment-related regulations and participates in the public comment process on behalf of CELA. The Committee also engages more generally with the Council to advance the Council’s public outreach and education mission.
Noah D. Lebowitz, Chair
Members:
  • Pouya Chami
  • David deRubertis
  • Carol Gillam
  • Jeremy Graham
  • Joan Herrington
  • Janet M. Koehn
  • Michael Marsh
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Laura Weber
  • Mariko Yoshihara

Immigrant Employee Rights Committee

Committee work: Expands the membership's awareness of unique issues facing immigrant clients and their legal representatives. The committee shares information on available remedies for undocumented workers and the irrelevance of immigration status to the recovery of wages and other employment disputes; updates a bank of pre-trial and trial materials on immigration-related litigation issues; collaborates with immigrant worker advocates outside of CELA including non-profits, worker centers, and unions, and more.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Immigrant Employment Rights Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Kirby Canon
  • Alan Romero
Members:
  • Megan Beaman
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Kathryn Dickson
  • Menaka Fernando
  • Nuzayra Haque
  • Kate Hege
  • Christopher Ho
  • Stephen Hogie
  • Lisel Holdenried
  • Laboni Hoq
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Jessica Juarez
  • Kevin Kish
  • Joseph Lovretovich
  • Nicole Marquez
  • Araceli Martínez-Olguín
  • Enrique Martinez
  • Judy McCann
  • Charlotte Noss
  • Jennifer Reisch
  • Edris Rodriguez
  • C. Joe Sayas, Jr.
  • Monali Sheth
  • Jora Trang
  • Michael Velarde
  • Victor Viramontes
  • Henry Willis

Jury Instructions Committee

Members:
  • David deRubertis

Legislative Committee

Committee work: Carries out CELA's mandate to advance the rights of California employees. Committee members are involved in a number of activities, including drafting legislation concerning employee rights, monitoring bills introduced in the California Legislature that may significantly affect employees' rights, providing technical assistance to legislators and their aides, and communicating with legislators about reasons to support or oppose bills affecting California employees. Committee members may also testify at legislative hearings.

 

Committee links:

Contact CELA's Legislative Committee

CELA Legislative Advocacy

Mariko Yoshihara, CELA Political Director
Co-Chairs:
  • Scot Bernstein
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Wendy Musell
  • Steven Pingel
Members:
  • Martin Aarons
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Megan Beaman
  • Dale Brodsky
  • Kirby Canon
  • James Clark
  • David Duchrow
  • Menaka Fernando
  • Barbara Figari
  • Gail A. Glick
  • Paul Glusman
  • Joan Herrington
  • Traci Hinden
  • Phil Horowitz
  • Christina Humphrey
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Andrew Jones
  • Brennan Kahn
  • Eric Kingsley
  • Kevin Kish
  • Noah D. Lebowitz
  • Anthony Lewis
  • David A. Lowe
  • Alexis S. McKenna
  • Maria Minney
  • Ramit Mizrahi
  • Rory Quintana
  • Alan J. Reinach
  • Edris Rodriguez
  • Alan Romero
  • Andrea Rosa
  • Samuel Rudolph
  • Christian Schreiber
  • Sonya Smallets
  • Richard J. Vaznaugh

Listserv Committee

Committee work: This committee coordinates and monitors CELA's e-mail discussion forum on the Internet, where CELA members ask questions, get answers, and share practical advice.

 

Committee links:

Need help with the CELA List
Co-Chairs:
  • Amy Semmel
  • Arthur R. Siegel
Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Christopher Hayes
  • Laura L. Horton
  • Renuka Jain
  • James (JJ) Johnston
  • Joseph Lovretovich
  • Patrick E. Turner

Mentor Committee

Committee work: Establishes a supportive community and network for new CELA members by helping them develop relationships with more experienced CELA members.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact CELA to get matched with a mentor
Co-Chairs:
  • Tamara Freeze
  • Traci Hinden
Members:
  • Alireza Alivandivafa
  • Dean B. Gordon
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Aaron Minnis
  • Josh Piovia-Scott
  • Sarah Schlehr
  • Kevin Schwin
  • Mythily Sivarajah
  • Vincent Tong
  • Christopher Whelan
  • Robert Worth

Nominating Committee

Committee work: CELA's Nominating Committee. This Committee of CELA Board and Regular Members receives nominations for future Board seats; compiles information on the nominees with respect to commitment to CELA, diversity (race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, geographic, practice size, practice area, etc.), availability, interest in serving, and more; and prepares a report with recommendations for the Board's review.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Nominating Committee
Members:
  • Patrice Goldman
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • David A. Lowe
  • Cynthia Rice
  • Anne Richardson
  • Supreeta Sampath

Political/Judicial Appointments Committee

Committee work: CELA's Political/Judicial Appointments Committee. This committee assesses political and judicial appointment candidates and helps recruit and advocate for candidates who are committed to workers' rights.
Mariko Yoshihara, Chair
Members:
  • Scot Bernstein
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Kathryn Dickson
  • David Duchrow
  • Gail A. Glick
  • Dolores Y. Leal
  • Wendy Musell
  • Steven Pingel
  • Anne Richardson

Practice Management Committee

Committee work: The committee plans roundtable discussions, webinars and seminars, covering topics such as opening and managing a small law practice, marketing, phone systems, obtaining business licenses, finding office space, managing case flow, law firm software, hardware and information technology, properly retaining clients and declining representation, and hiring and retaining employees.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Law Practice Management Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Alex Hartounian
  • Sarah Schlehr
Members:
  • Jocelyn Burton
  • Pouya Chami
  • David Graulich
  • Jennifer Kramer
  • Aaron Minnis
  • Richard Stavin
  • Mark Wagner

Public Employee Committee

Committee work: This committee works on issues of particular importance to federal and public sector employees, including maximizing access to due process on the job. The committee encourages members to represent public employees, educates members regarding representing public employees, and makes this area of employment law less mystifying to our fellow members. The committee also plans seminars regarding representing public employees, including the administrative requirements particular to representation of state and federal workers.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Public Employment Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Dale Brodsky
  • Mary-Alice Coleman
  • Wendy Musell
  • Henry Willis
Members:
  • George Allen
  • Maria Bourn
  • Lisa S. Charbonneau
  • David Duchrow
  • Edward Faunce
  • Tracy L. Fehr
  • James Guziak
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Clarice Letizia
  • Jane Oatman
  • John Ota
  • Steven Pingel
  • Andrea Rosa
  • Raven Sarnoff
  • Jeffrey Schwartz
  • Andrew Thomas Sinclair
  • Marilynn Mika Spencer
  • Marjorie Wallace
  • David P. Warren
  • Mariko Yoshihara

Publicity and Media Committee

Committee work: CELA's Publicity and Media Committee helps reporters by giving them information about California employment law, including knowledgable contacts on specific issues.

Technology Committee

Committee work: Promotes the use of technology to support the mission of CELA, to protect and expand the legal rights of working women and men. The committee identifies existing technology to assist members in the areas of litigation, including discovery, settlement presentations, trial presentations, and law practice management. It also facilitates informative educational seminars, webinars, and presentations to strengthen the organization's mission. The committee has a Wiki subcommittee.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Technology Committee
Laura L. Horton, Chair
Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Darci Burrell
  • Manbir Chowdhary
  • Kathryn Dickson
  • Roberta Fay
  • Mary Shea Hagebols
  • Genie Harrison
  • Traci Hinden
  • Phil Horowitz
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Kelly Knight
  • Eugene Lee
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Sarah Schlehr
  • Arthur R. Siegel
  • Joseph Tojarieh

Wage and Hour Committee

Committee work: Provides resources to members to enable them to effectively pursue wage and hour claims on behalf of their clients. The committee educates members about class action litigation and works closely with the Amicus Committee to avoid negative published opinions and support positive published opinions. The committee also networks with other associations, legal groups and public agencies who may be involved in wage and hour litigation or legislation.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Wage and Hour Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Cornelia Dai
  • Aaron Kaufmann
Members:
  • Louis Benowitz
  • Scot Bernstein
  • Pouya Chami
  • Manbir Chowdhary
  • Richard Donahoo
  • Rosa Vigil Gallenberg
  • Jonathan Gertler
  • Carol Gillam
  • Wilmer Harris
  • Christina Humphrey
  • Alison Kosinski
  • Jennifer Kramer
  • Elana Levine
  • Jennifer Liu
  • Hunter Pyle
  • Jennifer Reisch
  • Cynthia Rice
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Christian Schreiber
  • Lauren Teukolsky
  • James M. Trush
  • Kenneth Yoon

Website Committee

Committee work: Please contact the Website Redesign Committee with any suggestions or comments.

 

Committee links:

Send comments on our website

Worker Outreach

Co-Chairs:
  • Cynthia Rice
  • Bryan Schwartz
Members:
  • Megan Beaman
  • Kirby Canon
  • Eve Chesbro
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Joseph M. Herbert
  • Laura L. Horton
  • Alan Romero
  • Michael Velarde
  • Mariko Yoshihara

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