JOIN A CWL COMMITTEE
We welcome and encourage you to join a CWL committee. Joining a CWL committee gives you additional opportunities to meet fantastic and energetic CWL members while helping to advance our goals and ensure that our voice is a powerful one.
Below is a list of committees. Please choose the committees that most interest you and email our administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Chair(s) of the committee to see how you can get involved!
DUTIES:To initiate, coordinate and oversee outreach to and communications with potential and current affiliate organizations; encourage coordinated affiliate activities and solicit submissions about them for newsletter and website; organize and oversee certification process for CWL affiliates.
Michelle Kazadi & Jaclyn Smith
DUTIES: To identify and recommend issues to CWL Board for potential CWL amicus participation; organize drafting of amicus briefs by CWL members; review requests that CWL sign onto the amicus briefs of others and make recommendations to the Board.
Anna-Rose Mathieson & Nicole Sugnet
DUTIES: To plan and conduct the Annual Conference, offering MCLE credits for members of CWL and its Affiliates.
ANNUAL DINNER AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING COMMITTEE
DUTIES: To organize CWL’s Annual Dinner, the organization’s major fundraising event where the new officers and board are sworn in. This year, this event occurs in conjunction with the California Judges Association Annual Conference.
ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE
DUTIES: To manage annual sponsorship opportunities.
Jessica Rowe & Renee Galente
DUTIES: Publicize the criteria and deadlines for nominations for CWL awards, solicit and evaluate nominations, recommend recipients to the board, publicize award winners; nominate candidates for awards from other organizations.
DUTIES: To review and revise By-laws as necessary.
DUTIES: To manage all communications for CWL including to produce CWL Newsletter and emails news blasts. Solicit content and edit content for final publication. Set communications policies and coordinate communications strategies.
Jodi Cleesattle (Newsletter)
Jessica Rowe (Social Media)
GENDER EQUITY TASK FORCE
DUTIES: To further CWL’s mission of gender equity by identifying and addressing instances where women are overlooked or excluded and to help advance the recognition of women in those areas.
Beth W. Mora & Sabrina Ashijan
DUTIES: To oversee CWL's Strategic Framework, policies and governance to ensure best practices are utilized and the organization is focused on accomplishing goals which best further its mission and meet its members' needs.
IN-HOUSE COUNSEL NETWORK COMMITTEE
DUTIES: To bring in-house counsel from across the state together to partner on an agenda that includes advancing women in law and business, gender pay equity, diversity in corporate legal and executive departments, leadership training, and educational, networking and community service opportunities. This committee includes the Puzzle Program, a four-part program that culminates with a Retreat and Whiskey & Bites, a networking event and short program over whiskey tasting which helps build the IHCN community.
DUTIES: To work to increase diversity on the bench; evaluate candidates for judicial appointment; review and revise judicial evaluation procedures when necessary. This committee also includes CWL's national award-winning program So You Want to be a Judge™. So You Want to be a Judge provides information to help women and diverse candidates successfully seek judicial appointment.
Naomi Dewey & Mika Domingo (Judicial Evaluations)
Melissa Marsh (So You Want to be a Judge)
DUTIES: To develop CWL’s Legislative Agenda for CWL Board approval, organize evaluation of proposed and pending legislation and recommend positions to CWL Board, lobby legislators to further CWL’s position on proposed and pending legislation, and educate our membership of CWL's legislative activities. This committee also includes CWL's national award-winning program Elect to Run™.
Sabrina Ashjian (Legislative)
DUTIES: To attract new and lapsed members to CWL and investigate additional member benefits.