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Executive Board

Jean K. Hyams, Chair
Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Scot D. Bernstein
  • Cornelia Dai
  • Adrianne De Castro
  • David deRubertis
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Barbara Figari
  • Carol Gillam
  • Phil Horowitz
  • Laura Horton
  • Renuka Jain
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Wendy Musell
  • Cynthia L. Rice
  • Elizabeth L. Riles
  • Supreeta Sampath
  • Sarah Schlehr
  • Bryan Schwartz

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

Barristers Committee

Committee work: The Barristers Committee is comprised of members of CELA in their first ten years of practice. The mission of the CELA Barristers Committee is to inspire and encourage new attorneys to commit to standing up for the civil and human rights of workers, to provide opportunities for new employee-side employment attorneys to develop legal and practice-management skills, to support and sustain their growth in the profession through targeted educational and social programming, and to provide a voice for newer attorneys in the direction and priorities of CELA.
Xinying Valerian, Chair
Zoe Tellman, Vice-Chair
Members:
  • James Clark
  • Acrivi Coromelas
  • Flor C. Dery
  • R. Michael Flynn
  • Ely Grinvald
  • Nicole Heeder
  • Marisa Hernandez-Stern
  • Alison Kosinski
  • Byron Lau
  • Elizabeth Lyons
  • Lisa Mak
  • Sean McHenry
  • Ghazaleh Modarresi
  • Erin Pulaski
  • Rabiah Rahman
  • Christa Riggins
  • Brandon Ruiz
  • Eliot J. Rushovich
  • Mythily Sivarajah
  • Glicel Sumagaysay
  • Emily Thiagaraj
  • Amanda Thompson
  • Vincent Tong
  • Jeannette A. Vaccaro
  • Saba Zafar

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.
Mariko Yoshihara, Director
Co-Chairs:
  • Charlotte Fishman
  • Jean K. Hyams
Members:
  • Scott Ames
  • Megan Beaman
  • V. James DeSimone
  • Nicole Heeder
  • Sami Khadder
  • Helen Kim
  • Mark Kleiman
  • Marvin Krakow
  • Elizabeth Kristen
  • Eugene Lee
  • Lisa Mak
  • Michael Marsh
  • Alexis S. McKenna
  • Afshin Mozaffari
  • Sandra Munoz
  • Wendy Musell
  • Monique Olivier
  • Nicolas Orihuela
  • Lisa Peck
  • Alan J. Reinach
  • Anne Richardson
  • Supreeta Sampath
  • Sarah Schlehr
  • Christian Schreiber
  • Kevin Schwin
  • Amy Semmel
  • Hina Shah
  • 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
Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Eve Chesbro
  • 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:
  • Tilak Gupta
  • Lisa Mak
Members:
  • Christine Adams
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Navruz Avloni
  • Christina Cheung
  • Adrianne De Castro
  • Kiran Preet Dhillon
  • Patrice Goldman
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Dolores Y. Leal
  • Michelle G. Lee
  • Cindy Panuco
  • Elizabeth L. Riles
  • Supreeta Sampath
  • Bryan Schwartz
  • Scott M. Stillman
  • Jane Tanimura

Education Committee

Committee work: CELA's Education Committee coordinates the year-round calendar of CELA educational offerings, including webinars, seminars, and conferences. Members of the committee plan and organize the two-day annual CELA Conference and publish seminar materials

 

Committee links:

Click here for information about upcoming seminars



CELA Members: Contact the Education Committee

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

Marilynn Mika Spencer, Chair
Adrianne De Castro, Vice-Chair
Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Michael Baltaxe
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • David Duchrow
  • Matthew Helland
  • Traci Hinden
  • Jean K. Hyams
  • Dolores Y. Leal
  • Anne Richardson
  • Robert C. Robinson
  • Xinying Valerian

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. *The committee re-forms and its membership is reconstituted on an as-needed basis when the FEHC engages in rulemaking activity.
Noah Lebowitz, Chair
Members:
  • Kirby Canon
  • Calvin Chang
  • Zachary Crosner
  • Menaka Fernando
  • Ely Grinvald
  • Roger Haag
  • Joan Herrington
  • Vida Holguin
  • Cory Hurwitz
  • Deborah Kochan
  • Mikhail Liberzon
  • Jana Moser
  • Stephen Murphy
  • Sherri Nazarian
  • Melissa Petrofsky
  • Hunter Pyle
  • Fred Quiel
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Jennifer Schwartz
  • Denise K. Top
  • 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, unions, and more.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Immigrant Employee Rights Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Kirby Canon
  • Alan Romero
Members:
  • Megan Beaman
  • Cathe Caraway-Howard
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Kathryn Dickson
  • Menaka Fernando
  • Antonio Gonzalez
  • Ely Grinvald
  • Christopher Ho
  • Stephen W. Hogie
  • Lisel Holdenried
  • Laboni A. Hoq
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Joseph Lovretovich
  • Enrique Martinez
  • Gus T. May
  • Judy McCann
  • Ana Mendoza
  • Jennifer Reisch
  • C. Joe Sayas, Jr.
  • Ruth Silver Taube
  • Mark Thuesen
  • Victor Viramontes

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 D. Bernstein
  • Wendy Musell
  • Steven Pingel
Members:
  • Asaf Agazanof
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Megan Beaman
  • Dale Brodsky
  • Kirby Canon
  • James Clark
  • Zachary Crosner
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • David Duchrow
  • Menaka Fernando
  • Barbara Figari
  • Erika Gaspar
  • Gail Glick
  • Paul Glusman
  • David Graulich
  • Traci Hinden
  • Phil Horowitz
  • Christina Humphrey
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Andrew B. Jones
  • Brennan Kahn
  • Zahra Khoury
  • Eric Kingsley
  • Noah Lebowitz
  • Anthony Lewis
  • David A. Lowe
  • Gus T. May
  • Alexis S. McKenna
  • Maria Minney
  • Annette Morasch
  • Erin Pulaski
  • Rory Quintana
  • Alan J. Reinach
  • Alan Romero
  • Andrea Rosa
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Christian Schreiber
  • Charles Shute
  • Sonya Smallets
  • Richard Vaznaugh
  • Michael Velarde

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 Horton
  • Renuka Jain
  • 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
  • Mythily Sivarajah
  • Susan M. Swan
  • 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
Renuka Jain, Chair
Members:
  • Roger Haag
  • Jean K. Hyams
  • Rebecca Kagin
  • Wendy Musell
  • Cynthia L. Rice
  • Alan Romero

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.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Interested in applying for a judicial or political appointment?
Mariko Yoshihara, Chair
Members:
  • Scot D. Bernstein
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Kathryn Dickson
  • David Duchrow
  • Gail 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:
  • Lenton Aikins
  • Jocelyn Burton
  • Pouya Chami
  • Jennifer Kramer
  • 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 Employee Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Maria Bourn
  • James J. Guziak
  • Wendy Musell
Members:
  • George Allen
  • Dale Brodsky
  • Calvin Chang
  • Mary-Alice Coleman
  • David Duchrow
  • Edward Faunce
  • Tracy Fehr
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Clarice Letizia
  • Michael Morguess
  • Jane Oatman
  • John Ota
  • Steven Pingel
  • Andrea Rosa
  • Raven Sarnoff
  • Alyssa Schabloski
  • Jeff 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 Horton, Chair
Members:
  • J. Bernard Alexander III
  • Darci Burrell
  • Manbir Chowdhary
  • Kathryn Dickson
  • Roberta Fay
  • Tilak Gupta
  • Phil Horowitz
  • Toni Jaramilla
  • Kelly Knight
  • Eugene Lee
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Sarah Schlehr
  • Amy Semmel
  • Mary Shea
  • Arthur R. Siegel
  • Zoe Tellman
  • 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 D. Bernstein
  • Pouya Chami
  • Zachary Crosner
  • Richard Donahoo
  • Rosa Vigil Gallenberg
  • Jonathan Gertler
  • Carol Gillam
  • Elizabeth Gropman
  • Wilmer Harris
  • Christina Humphrey
  • Alison Kosinski
  • Elana Levine
  • Jennifer Liu
  • Hunter Pyle
  • Jennifer Reisch
  • Cynthia L. Rice
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
  • Christian Schreiber
  • Vache Thomassian
  • Mark Thuesen
  • 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

Committee work: This committee works on projects to help low wage workers with claims, and to organize CELA members to do pro bono work.

 

Committee links:

CELA Members: Contact the Worker Outreach Committee
Co-Chairs:
  • Cynthia L. Rice
  • Leonard H. Sansanowicz
Members:
  • Maria G. Diaz
  • Kenneth Goldman
  • Ely Grinvald
  • Tilak Gupta
  • Joe Herbert
  • Laura Horton
  • Louis Kreuzer
  • Irma Martinez
  • Sandra Munoz
  • Nicolas Orihuela
  • Allison Schulman
  • Bryan Schwartz
  • Ruth Silver Taube
  • Joshua Cohen Slatkin

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