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CELA's legislative advocacy program is headed by CELA's Legislative Counsel & Policy Director, Mariko Yoshihara and CELA's Legislative Committee, chaired by Scot Bernstein, Wendy Musell, and Steven Pingel.

Through our Legislative Committee and broader membership, CELA helps analyze pending legislation affecting employees and the attorneys who represent them. Our advocacy efforts involve working with policy makers and legislative staff to help craft legislative language, consult on policy issues, and testify at hearings. We work closely with legislators and ally organizations to sponsor and promote legislation that advances workers’ rights and to defeat legislation that harms workers or our ability to represent them.

If you are interested in becoming involved in our legislative efforts, please contact our Legislative Counsel & Policy Director, Mariko Yoshihara, at  CELA is an organization that advocates for policy change through volunteerism. With our strong grassroots efforts, we can effect broad scale change! Like us on facebook at




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