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Committees

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 info@cwl.org or the Chair(s) of the committee to see how you can get involved! 

AFFILIATES COMMITTEE

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.

CO-CHAIRS:
Michelle Kazadi & Jaclyn Smith

CONTACT:
affiliates@cwl.org

AMICUS COMMITTEE

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. 

CO-CHAIRS:
Anna-Rose Mathieson & Nicole Sugnet

CONTACT:
amicus@cwl.org

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

DUTIES: To plan and conduct the Annual Conference, offering MCLE credits for members of CWL and its Affiliates. 

CO-CHAIRS:
Jessica Rowe, Ariel Brownell Lee & Wendy Krog

CONTACT:
ac@cwl.org

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.

CHAIR:
Amee Mikacich

CONTACT:
ad@cwl.org

ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE

DUTIES: To manage annual sponsorship opportunities.

CO-CHAIRS:
Jessica Rowe & Renee Galente 

AWARDS COMMITTEE

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.

CO-CHAIRS: 
Amee Mikacich & Ana Storey

CONTACT:
awards@cwl.org

BYLAWS COMMITTEE

DUTIES: To review and revise By-laws as necessary.

CHAIR:
Susan Formaker

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

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.

CO-CHAIRS:
Amelia Burroughs & Jodi Cleesattle (Newsletter) 
Renee Galente (Facebook)
Michelle Philo (Twitter)
Ahtossa Fullerton (LinkedIn)
Renee Galente & Michelle Philo (Website)

CONTACT:
newsletter@cwl.org

GENDER EQUITY COMMITTEE

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. 

CO-CHAIRS:
Michelle Philo & Jodi Cleesattle

CONTACT:
genderequity@cwl.org

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

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.

CO-CHAIRS:
TBD

CONTACT:
TBD


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.

CO-CHAIRS: 
Suzette Torres (Puzzle Program) 
Alison Kleaver & Ellen McGlynn (Whiskey & Bites)

CONTACT:
ihcn@cwl.org
whiskeyandbites@cwl.org

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE

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.

CO-CHAIRS: 
Naomi Dewey, Demetria Graves & Mika Domingo (Judicial Evaluations) 
Gina Boer & Danielle DeSmeth (So You Want to be a Judge)

CONTACT:
judicial@cwl.org
sywtbaj@cwl.org

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

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™.

CO-CHAIRS: 
Sabrina Ashjian & Melissa Marsh (Legislative) 
Michelle Ialeggio & Yahairah Aristy (Elect to Run)

CONTACT:
legislative@cwl.org
etr@cwl.org

MEMBERSHIP

DUTIES: To attract new and lapsed members to CWL and investigate additional member benefits.

CHAIR:
Renee Galente

CONTACT:
membership@cwl.org