1 March 2015 Ascending in Leadership: Your Personal Journey By Elvira Cortez Self-doubt may creep in when offered a new position that is challenging. Identifying those things that you do not know or what will go wrong is a natural response for many. However, overcoming fears and saying yes to the challenge is critical to your career and the advancement of all women. Please join the Diverse Women s Committee on March 19 to hear California State Controller Betty T. Yee speak on Ascending in Leadership: Your Personal Journey. The event will draw on Yee s experiences. She will discuss the challenges and consequences of pursuing and accepting leadership positions on a personal level as well as its overall impact. She will also focus on the importance of diversity within leadership positions and its impact given the demographics of California and the United States. Yee will discuss her own experience as a child of Chinese immigrants growing up in San Francisco and helping her parents with their small business, as well as her election as California s State Controller in November 2014 and her previous experience as a member of the California Board of Equalization from As the 32nd State Controller of California, Yee serves as the State s Chief Financial Officer, thus acting as the state s accountant and bookkeeper of all public funds. She also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a board member of CalPERS and the California State Teachers Retirement System. Yee received her bachelor s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Cal Alumni Association, California Women Lead, and the Equality California Institute. Yee also co-founded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to public service, public policy, and political arenas. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from one of California s top female leaders and to create your own path for legal success. Elvira Cortez is a member of the Diverse Women s Committee and represents Lawyers Club on the Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee for the San Diego County Bar Association. She is a civil litigation attorney at Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel. What? When? Where? What: Diverse Women s Committee s Monthly Luncheon When: Thursday, March 19; 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Where: The U.S. Grant 326 Broadway, San Diego Cost: Members, $35; Non-members, $50; Students, $25; Pre-registration required. RSVP: www. lawyersclubsandiego.com. Betty Yee What s Inside Upcoming Events: Lawyers Club s 2015 Annual Dinner registration is under way! See expanded coverage inside. Of Note: Congratulations to all Lawyers Club members honored as Super Lawyers. See page 5 Learn how to get more out of the new LC website, inside. Past events: Roe at Risk Screening and Roe v. Wade celebration dinner, see pages 6-7.
2 2 Lawyers Club News march 2015 The Impossibility of Time Management: Sometimes You Have to Let it Go By Patricia P. Hollenbeck Patricia P. Hollenbeck We recently had a three day holiday, and I decided to tackle my to do list. It s on the notepad feature on my phone; I call it TODAY. I use ALL CAPS so I won t forget it s there; I m sure that does no good especially because I will never finish what I have to do in a single day, but it makes me feel like I m in control. It is somewhat duplicative of my hard copy to do list, written on small color-coded Post-it notes that are strategically placed next to my keyboard at work. It gives me great pleasure to crumple and toss them away, one at a time. So, on my day off I set out to accomplish a few domestic tasks, including some mending. What I discovered is that I used to be proficient at sewing; now I m just painfully slow. If I ran a tailor shop, I d starve. I mentioned my experience to a friend, who is on the bench, and her response was why? She mentioned her own time management moment of enlightenment. She was wrapping plastic silverware in napkins, and tying ribbon around each one that she used a scissors to curl. It was for one of her kid s birthday parties. And she thought, Will anyone notice if I don t do this? We are in a time crisis. I don t mean balance or practice management. I mean time. I recently read an article in The Economist called In search of lost time: Why is everyone so busy? In 1930 economist John Maynard Keynes made predictions about the future: individuals would work around three hours a day, probably by choice. Time saving tools and appliances would reduce the drudgery of life, and time would be plentiful. Social psychologists at the time even began to wonder what people in the future would do with all their free time. But it turns out that an abundance of time is not one of the world s more significant issues. Everyone, in every walk of life, seems to be suffering from too much to do and too little time in which to do it. McKinsey, a global consulting firm, found that in the corporate world, a perennial time-scarcity problem afflicts executives all over the globe, and the matter has only grown more acute in recent years. According to The Economist, some of what we feel is a perception problem (they obviously have not seen my desk). Studies show that physical labor has decreased as more people work in office settings, and domestic chores are easier than they were decades ago (e.g. the microwave). See, Part of the perception problem relates to using a clock to measure our productivity and to some degree, our success. In many jobs, workers are paid by the hour, and for many of us in the law, we measure every hour of every working day of every year in increments of 6 minutes, or as you know it, a.10. To put a fine point on it, we see time as money, and we worry about wasting time and profitability. But this is not an issue solely related to our profession. As economies grow and incomes rise, time becomes more valuable. Cultures that emphasize achievement reinforce the need to make every moment count according to Harry Triandis, a social psychologist at the University of Illinois. Larger, wealthier cities, which have higher costs of living, raise the value of people s time. Pedestrians in London are swifter than those in Lima. The tempo of life in rich countries is faster than that of poor countries. Our sense of time, observed William James in his 1890 masterwork, The Principles of Psychology, seems subject to the law of contrast. The fast pace of our lives leaves many of us feeling rushed. New technology, intended to be helpful, makes us impatient. According to a study by Google, people visit websites less often if they are more than 250 milliseconds slower than that of a close competitor, and more than a fifth of internet users will abandon an online video if it takes longer than five seconds to load. See, com/2012/03/01/technology/impatient-web-users-flee-slow-loadingsites.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. And the demands at work are exacerbating the problem. A 2008 Harvard Business School survey of a thousand professionals found that ninety-four percent worked fifty hours or more a week, and almost half worked in excess of sixty-five hours a week. Overwork has become a credential of prosperity. See, The leisure class has never been busier. Following this year s Super Bowl, comedian Jimmy Fallon hosted a lip sync battle with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Ferrell started the competition, singing Beyonce s Drunk in Love complete with dance moves. Fallon, known for his inability to keep a straight face, was doubled over in laughter, and noted, You can never unsee that. But Ferrell s best performance was Let it Go, the song Queen Elsa sings in Disney s Frozen. I m sure you ve heard the song. If you haven t, ask any little kid, because they are, as a group, mesmerized with the film s music. In her article, Let Me Go. Please, Columnist Yvonne Abraham of The Boston Globe called the song musical crack which sends kids into altered states. But the song has a message for all of us. And it s not that millions of little kids can memorize supremely difficult song lyrics where no two choruses are the same. It s that we have to be aware that we have intense demands on our time, so we can make informed choices. There is an analogy that is often used which I think is helpful. Life is about juggling; some of the balls we have in the air are rubber, and others are crystal. Focus on the crystal balls. All of which means that you can t always get to your to do list today. Some things you will have to put off. Focus on what has to be done, and take solace in the fact that everyone eats take-out from time to time. Remember to include something in your day that makes you happy and gives you energy. And I don t just mean a cup of coffee. As for those things that really don t matter, we all need to heed the song lyrics. Let It Go. Indeed. Patricia P. Hollenbeck, President of Lawyers Club, is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP.
3 Lawyers Club News 3 About Us Lawyers Club Members Making News By Jodi Cleesattle On the Letterhead Stephanie Reynolds, a partner at Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP since January 2013, has been added as a named partner to the firm. Effective January 1, 2015, the firm changed its name to Pope, Berger, Williams & Reynolds, LLP. The firm also recently moved to new office space at 401 B Street, Suite 2000, downtown. New Partners Andrea Kaplan Russell has been named a partner with Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge. She has represented defendants and plaintiffs in civil, tort and business litigation, and professional and product liability. Catherine Hanna-Blentzas was named a shareholder of Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel. Hanna-Blentzas, who joined Sullivan Hill as an associate in 2010, focuses her practice on construction, insurance, real estate, and commercial and business litigation. She also advises policyholders regarding insurance coverage issues, securing insurance coverage on their behalf, and representing them in declaratory relief and bad faith actions. Honored San Diego Defense Lawyers recognized Heather Rosing, shareholder and CFO of Klinedinst, as its 2015 Defense Lawyer of the Year in February. Rosing chairs her firm s professional liability department, defending professionals such as lawyers and accountants. Committee of the San Diego Unified Port District for a three-year term beginning in February. On the Speaking Circuit Lawyers Club board member Jamie Quient, an associate with Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch spoke in February to ASIS International, the leading industry organization for private security professionals on the topic of The Role of the Private Security Industry in the Fight Against Human Trafficking. On the Move Christine Polito has joined Lincoln Gustafson & Cercos LLP as an associate. She is a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara and Southwestern Law School. New Ventures Lawyers Club past president Kate Kowalewski has started Kowalewski Law and Consulting, a venture consisting of two separate but affiliated business entities, Kowalewski Law and Kowalewski Consulting. Kowalewski who is an attorney, Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner will provide business-focused legal services as well as forensic accounting and litigation support services. She previously was a partner with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. Kowalewski Law and Consulting has an office in Liberty Station and can be found online at Jodi Cleesattle is a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice and Lawyers Club s Press Liaison. Stephanie Reynolds Catherine Hanna- Blentzas Hon. Patricia Cowett (ret.) Andrea Kaplan Russell Heather Rosing Jamie Quient Appointed Retired San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett, a past Lawyers Club president, has been appointed as the City of Coronado representative to the Public Art Christine Polito Kate Kowalewski HAVE YOU spoken at a professional conference?...changed jobs?...won any recent awards? Don t be shy about sharing your good news. Submit news of your own, or of your colleagues career accomplishments awards, promotions, job changes, board appointments, published articles, presentations, etc. to Jodi Cleesattle at The deadline for each issue of Lawyers Club News is the first of the month prior to the month of publication.
4 Lawyers Club News 4 Lawyers Club of San Diego 701 B Street, Suite 224, San Diego, CA (619) phone (619) fax President Patricia Hollenbeck Vice Presidents Deborah Dixon Renee Galente Jessica Jagir Anna Romanskaya Tamera Weisser Treasurer Jennifer Chang Secretary Bhashini Weerasinghe Directors Amanda Allen Olga Alvarez Jennifer Chang Eric Ganci Shalini Kedia Jamie Quient Susan Swan march 2015 Spring Judicial Reception Honoring International Women of Color By Stephanie Poli March is Women s History Month and in celebration, Lawyers Club will be hosting its annual Spring Judicial Reception Honoring International Women of Color on March 26, from 5:00 7:00pm. This is the third year Lawyers Club has held an event celebrating the diversity of women and their many achievements, while also acknowledging the unique barriers women of color still face, both within and beyond the legal community. This year, Lawyers Club is pleased to announce Superior Court Judge Tamila E. Ipema will be the keynote speaker. Judge Ipema will share her truly inspirational story of how she overcame challenges and achieved great success through perseverance and hard work, resulting in her appointment to the position as a Superior Court Judge in San Diego. The reception is being organized by the Bench Bar Committee, with the support of the Diverse Women s Committee. The Reception is free, but open to Lawyers Club members and supporting diverse bar associations only. The event is generously sponsored by Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. This is a unique opportunity for law students, attorneys, the judiciary, and other members of the legal community to celebrate women of color. Pre-registration is required, and walk-ins will not be accepted. Please join us and register today! Stephanie Poli is a trial attorney with Gomez Trial Attorneys. North County Chapter President Danielle Hultenius Moore Editor Tara (Jacobson) Duester Associate Editor Carla Sanderson Executive Director Elaine Lawrence Programs & Events Coordinator Rhianna Maras Administrative Coordinator Vicky Frank Lawyers Club News is published monthly 11 times a year, with a combined July/August issue. Lawyers Club welcomes contributions to the newsletter, as well as your comments and suggestions regarding Lawyers Club News; contact Tara (Jacobson) Duester at brownlawgroup.com and Carla Sanderson at The deadline for articles is the 1st of the month prior to the month of publication. Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word. The advertising deadline is the 8th of the month prior to the month of publication. For advertising information, contact Elaine Lawrence at Spring Judicial RECEPTION Thursday, March 26, :00 PM 7:00 PM Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP 525 B Street #2200 San Diego, CA Honoring International Women of Color in the Law Featuring Hon. Tamila E. Ipema San Diego Superior Court Judge Title Sponsor and Host: Free for all Judicial Officers, Lawyers Club members, and members of Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, Iranian American Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association of San Diego, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, Run Women Run, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, and Tom Homann LGBT Law Association This event is expected to sell out so please register early All guests must RSVP by registering online at by Friday, March 20, 2015 For further information, please contact Bench-Bar Committee co-chairs Laura Castillo or Stephanie Poli at
5 Lawyers Club News 5 Lawyers Club members named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars By Jodi Cleesattle Six Lawyers Club members were named to the Top 10 Super Lawyers list in San Diego for 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine, including the top two spots on the list. John Gomez, founder of Gomez Trial Attorneys, topped the list, while Heather Rosing, shareholder and Chief Financial Officer of Klinedinst PC, took the number two spot. Other Lawyers Club members on the Top 10 list include: Harvey Berger, of Pope Berger & Williams; Charles Bird, of McKenna Long & Aldridge; Charles Grebing, of Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie; and Virginia Nelson, of the Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson. Several more Lawyers Club members were named to the San Diego Top 50 list and the San Diego Top 25 Women list. The Top 50 list includes: Vincent Bartolotta, Jr., of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire; David S. Casey, Jr.; of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield; Ezekiel Cortez, of the Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez; Lawyers Club president Patricia Hollenbeck, of Duane Morris; George S. Howard, Jr., of Jones Day; Lynne Lasry, of Sandler Lasry Laube Byer & Valdez; and Jerrilyn Malana, of Littler Mendelson. The Top 25 Women list includes: Gayle Blatt, of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield; Juanita Brooks, of Fish & Richardson; Susan Hack, of Higgs Fletcher & Mack; Kendra Hall, of Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch; Karen Hewitt, of Jones Day; Patricia Hollenbeck, of Duane Morris; Lynne Lasry, of Sandler Lasry Laube Byer & Valdez; Jerrilyn Malana, of Littler Mendelson; Virginia Nelson, of the Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson; Heather Rosing, of Klinedinst; Vickie Turner, of Wilson Turner Kosmo; Karin Dougan Vogel, of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton; and Claudette Wilson, of Wilson Turner Kosmo. Numerous Lawyers Club members also were named Southern California Super Lawyers in individual practice areas. They are listed online at com/california-southern/browse. Super Lawyers magazine also listed Rising Stars of attorneys 40 years old or younger in individual practice areas this year, with numerous Lawyers Club members named to the list. Among them were Amanda Allen, of Aguirre Allen Law, real estate; Micaela Banach, of Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, business litigation; Rebecca Blain, of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, business litigation; Melissa Bobrow, of Law Office of Melissa Bobrow, criminal defense; Carolina Bravo-Karimi, of Wilson Turner Kosmo, employment litigation: defense; Brigid Campo, of Law & Mediation Office of Garrison Kluek, family law; Angela Jae Chun, of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, personal injury general: plaintiff; Christina Denning, of Higgs Fletcher & Mack, construction litigation; Lisa Hird Chung, of Duane Morris, employment & labor; Melissa Deleon, of Gilliland & Burgess, personal injury general: plaintiff; Deborah Dixon, of Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie, business litigation; Kristen Marquis Fritz, sole practitioner, civil litigation: plaintiff; Meagan Garland, of Cara & Garland, business litigation; Renee Galente, of Galente Ganci, personal injury general: plaintiff; Kathryn Gray, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, employment & labor; Dana Grimes, of Grimes & Warwick, criminal defense; Srinivas Hanumadass, of Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie, personal injury general: defense; Elaine Harwell, of Selman Breitman, civil litigation: defense; Nicole Heeder, of Law & [M]ocean, employment litigation: plaintiff; Danielle Humphries, of Hahn Loeser & Parks, estate planning & probate; Tara Jacobson Duester, of Brown Law Group, employment litigation: defense; Rachel Jensen, of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, class action/mass torts; Julie Kearns, of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, securities & corporate finance; Brooke Killian Kim, of DLA Piper, personal injury products: defense; Jennifer Koh, of Latham & Watkins, intellectual property litigation; Marissa Lyftogt, of Wilson Turner Kosmo, employment litigation: defense; Laura MacNeel, of Marks Finch Thornton & Baird, employment & labor; Megan Mazza, of Gresham Savage, real estate; Ivy Ngo, of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, securities litigation; Adriana Ochoa, of Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, business litigation; Robin O Shea, of Klinedinst, construction litigation; Cara Patton, of Butz Dunn & DeSantis, business litigation; Justine Phillips, of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, employment & labor; Natalie Prescott, of Cross Prescott, personal injury general: plaintiff; Jamie Quient, of Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, insurance coverage; Heather Riley, of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, environmental litigation; Kristin Rizzo, of Rizzo Law, employment litigation: plaintiff; Anna Romanskaya, of Stark & D Ambrosio, family law; Puja Sachdev, of Sachdev Legal Group, family law; Rachel Scatizzi, of Smith & Scatizzi, family law; Frann Setzer, of Lewis Warren & Setzer, family law; Susan Swan, of Gruenberg Law, employment litigation: plaintiff; Christina Tapia, of Wilson Turner Kosmo, employment & labor; Colleen Warren, Lewis Warren & Setzer, family law; and Bhashini Weerasinghe, Law Office of Bhashini Weerasinghe, estate planning & probate. The Super Lawyers lists are comprised of attorneys in private practice who have been nominated by their peers and vetted by Super Lawyers magazine. Jodi Cleesattle is a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice and Lawyers Club s Press Liaison.
6 6 Lawyers Club News march 2015 Roe at Risk: A Reminder By Sheila Wise The Reproductive Rights and Women s Advocacy Committee (RRWAC) hosted January s luncheon that previewed a short documentary film produced by the Alliance for Justice (AFJ), Roe at Risk, and was introduced by Nona Randois of AFJ s Bolder Advocacy Initiative. Following the film, Mattheus E. Stephens, a UCSD Lecturer and principal of The Progressive Law Group, addressed a full house at the US Grant Hotel. Roe at Risk documented the harsh reality that, in fact, a woman s reproductive rights here in the United States are being compromised. The film demonstrates that, although it has been forty years since the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, we are headed back in that direction if we do not stand up for women s reproductive rights. Even though Roe remains the law of the land, states continue to pass increasingly burdensome restrictions on a woman s right to choose. In 2013, there were 200 laws introduced to restrict a woman s right to choose. Most of these laws were introduced in state legislatures in about 20 different states. The fact is, it has been four decades since Roe v. Wade, yet a woman s right to choose is being whittled away before our eyes. The film used Mississippi as a case study of sorts. There were, at one time, thirteen abortion clinics in the state of Mississippi. Today, there is only one. Since the local doctors have been harassed by the anti-abortion protestors, they no longer feel safe working at the clinic. Dr. Willie Parker, one of the heroes of the film, flies into Mississippi to offer care and comfort to the women of Mississippi. The movie drove home the fact that when legal abortion is not available, women can die. Roe at Risk discussed the sad fact that some women in Mississippi have been known to drink bleach or use other unsafe methods of trying to abort their own fetus due to a lack of other options. As the threat to reproductive justice grows, those fighting for reproductive justice also grow in strength. A woman s constitutional right is at risk here in the United States. Access to medical care is a right and it is necessary to maintain that right. This threat is real and is happening now. This is a threat to our democracy and affects both men and women as it is a human rights issue. On June 25, 2013, Wendy Davis led a protest at the Texas capital. People came out by the thousands to stand up against these antiabortion bills. President Obama tweeted his support by writing the hashtag #Getw/wendy. After the film, Stephens, who teaches Sex and the Law at UCSD, discussed the ramifications of the recent Hobby Lobby decision, including the effects of a corporation making decisions that affect one s basic rights. We ought to be scared, offered Stephens, noting that the LGBT community knows well the dangers of expanding corporate rights in the name of religious freedom. What can you do, you might ask? Get involved on social media. Write to your legislators. Again, this is not just an abortion issue. This affects everyone as it is a human rights issue. Take this topic to heart. In the past, the concern was to prevent pregnancy. Now, it s having those health restrictions taken away. There are over one hundred organizations committed to fighting against these laws coming into place. If you are interested in becoming a part of RRWAC, please Speaker Nona Randois Shalini Kedia, Erika Hiramatsu, Amanda Allen, Sara Simmons, and Brock Rovered Kenneth Hall, Matt Rinky, and Patrick Monroe join via the Lawyers Club website or contact one of the committee chairs, Rebecca Zipp or Amanda Weber. RRWAC meets monthly at Esquire Deposition Solutions to plan events around current issues in reproductive rights and women s advocacy issues, and new committee members are always welcome! Sheila Wise is an active member of RRWAC, and a Regional Litigation Consultant for Esquire Deposition Solutions.
7 Lawyers Club News 7 Coalition for Reproductive Choice s Annual Roe v. Wade Celebration Dinner By Amanda Weber At the Coalition for Reproductive Choice s ( CRC ) Annual Roe v. Wade dinner on January 22 at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, attendees celebrated the 42nd anniversary of that landmark decision which established a women s right to have an abortion as fundamental. This year s compelling theme was Reproductive Justice, Spirituality and Religion. CRC Chair Jennifer Kish and Vice Chair Rebecca Zipp worked tirelessly to bring this event to its successful conclusion. Dr. Reverend Madison T. Shockley, pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad acted as keynote speaker. Reverend Shockley was originally ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1979 and he has served churches in Saint Louis, Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles. Reverend Shockley pursued higher education at Harvard College, University of Missouri, Union Theological Seminary and Claremont Graduate School. Reverend Shockley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Divinity degree. He was raised in mid-city Los Angeles where he was active in Los Angeles politics prior to being called to Pilgrim Church in He and his wife, Gayle, have four adult children and currently reside in Carlsbad. Reverend Shockley s commentary pieces have been published in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Reverend Shockley gave an impassioned speech to a rapt audience about Christianity and reproductive choice, positing that the Bible discusses neither abortion nor reproductive rights and is therefore not a source of authority for abortion opponents. Reverend Shockley reminded attendees that religion and reproductive choice need not be diametrically opposed. He further discussed how he arrived at his pro-choice stance, recalling that a woman s right to determine what to do with her own body resonated with him as an American black man, since slavery similarly denied slaves the right to control his or her own body. CRC also awarded its Defender of Choice award this year to First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego s Reproductive Justice Group for their unwavering commitment to teach and support reproductive justice actions. The award was accepted by Reverend Kathleen Owens. The dinner was well-attended by Lawyers Club members and elected officials, including San Diego District Attorney (and former Lawyers Club president) Bonnie Dumanis, City Councilman Todd Gloria, California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and State Senator Marty Block. The opportunity drawing benefited the Make A Difference Fund. Amanda Weber is an attorney at Fickel & Davis.
8 8 Lawyers Club News march 2015 Legislative Updates and News from the Reproductive Rights and Women s Advocacy Committee By Sarah Abshear California Several statutes passed by the California Legislature in 2014 took effect on January 1. They include: Healthy Workplace Bill (AB 2053), introduced by Rep. Lorena Gonzalez, adds abusive conduct to the required biannual 2-hour training in sexual harassment for supervisors of all employers in California with more than 50 employees. Healthy Babies Act (AB 1579), introduced by Rep. Mark Stone, provides CalWORKs benefits to pregnant women three months earlier, to include the month in which the birth is anticipated and the six-month period immediately prior to the month in which the birth is anticipated. SB 1388, introduced by Senators Holly Mitchell, Ted Lieu, and Jerry Hill, redefines the crime of prostitution by replacing the term prostitution with the term commercial sex, distinguishes buyers from sellers, and imposes harsher punishment for those who exploit minors. Fines paid by violators are given to exit and recovery services to persons exploited through commercial sex, as well as law enforcement and prosecution agencies to fund programs to prevent sex purchasing. Federal Anti-choice members of the new Congress introduced five bills, some of which had been introduced in prior Congresses, curtailing women s access to abortion in the first three days of the 2015 session, four by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA): Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36): Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which the GOP-controlled House previously passed in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has vowed to bring the bill to the floor this time. If passed, the law would violate the precedent set by Roe v. Wade in The law has a criminal penalty of fines and up to 5 years in prison for anyone who attempt[s] an abortion, which is defined as conduct that would constitute a substantial step in a course of conduct planned to culminate in performing an abortion. Women seeking abortions are exempt from the criminal penalty. Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2015 (S. 48): Sen. Vitter introduced this ban on abortions undertaken based on the sex or gender of the child. Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2015 (S. 50): Sen. Vitter s amendment provides that federal, state, and local governments cannot discriminate against health care entities that refuse to undertake certain activities involving abortion. The law previously covered entities that refused to perform induced abortions; the new law adds participate in, provide coverage of, or pay for induced abortions. It also adds a private right of action for injunctive relief for the health care entities, as well as for the U.S. Attorney General. Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (S. 51, H.R. 217): Sen. Vitter and Rep. Diane Black (D-TN) reintroduced this bill that prohibits family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions. This would most notably include Planned Parenthood. Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act (S. 78): Sen. Vitter reintroduced this bill which would require physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Because hospitals have wide discretion over to whom they grant admitting privileges, laws like this at the state level have resulted in clinics closing. For example, two different panels for the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently upheld a similar Texas law in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, but limited a Mississippi law in Jackson Women s Health Org. v. Currier, because it would close the last clinic in the state and effectively extinguish the right to abortion in Mississippi. Pro-choice members of Congress responded to these measures by introducing legislation of their own: Women s Health Protection Act of 2015 (S. 217, H.R. 448), introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT.) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA27), would protect a woman s right to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services. Both Democratic California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are co-sponsoring the bill, along with many other Democrats and one Independent. Supporting Women s Reproductive Health Care Decisions (S.Res. 37 and H.Res. 47) was introduced by Sen. Boxer and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). Although resolutions do not have the force of law and are only passed in one chamber, prochoice advocates indicated their support for women s health care decisions in face of other attempts by the states to deny women their rights, which are outlined in the Resolutions. Legislation introduced regarding contraception includes: S. 358, introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and H.R. 742, introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA14), would amend the U.S. Code to ensure that women members of the Armed Forces and their families have access to contraception. The Healthy Relationships Act of 2015 (H.R. 453), introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL14), would allocate funding to education that sends the unambiguous message that youth should abstain from sexual activity. State of the Union In his State of the Union Address, President Obama advocated for the creation of more affordable childcare options, paid sick and maternity leave, and closing the gender wage gap. Sarah Abshear is an attorney with The Mogin Law Firm, P.C. and a member of Lawyers Club s Reproductive Rights and Women s Advocacy Committee.
9 Lawyers Club News 9 Carmel Valley Thirsty Thursday Draws a Crowd By Roxy Carter The Networking Events Committee s most recent North County Thirsty Thursday, co-hosted by the Lawyers Club North County Chapter Committee, was a success! Lawyers Club members and friends from all over San Diego County gathered at Rimel s in Carmel Valley to mix, mingle, and in true Lawyers Club fashion get things done. Veronica Sandoval said it was the most useful and enjoyable networking event I ve experienced since moving to San Diego. Attorneys and professionals with ties to the legal community attended this fun and productive gathering. Danna Cotman said, I met some great people that night and felt it was a very valuable networking effort. Next time I will bring more business cards because I met so many wonderful people to follow-up with that I ran out of cards! Post-event, Laura Pflugfelder commented, I enjoyed the venue and made some valuable connections. I was happy to see attorneys from downtown as well as North County. In an effort to provide opportunities for all Lawyers Club members to engage, form meaningful connections and build diverse networks, the Networking Committee is committed to hosting Thirsty Thursday events that alternate geographic locations throughout San Diego County. Join us for the next Thirsty Thursday on March 12 at 98 Bottles in Little Italy. Bring extra business cards! Roxy Carter is a Health Law Attorney at Legal Aid Society of San Diego and a member of the Networking Events, Red White & Brew, and Annual Dinner committees. Save the Date Thirsty Thursday in Little Italy Join the Networking Events and Membership Committees for a Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour. Non-members are invited to learn about the many benefits of Lawyers Club membership from Lawyers Club Membership Ambassadors. Already a member? Re-connect and socialize with your friends and colleagues! What? When? Where? What: Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour When: Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 110 San Diego, CA Register: This Thirsty Thursday is generously sponsored by Veritext, and is free to both members and non-members.
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11 Lawyers Club News 11 Climbing on Common Ground: The Path to Our Highest Potential in the Senate and in the Legal Profession By Kate Mayer Mangan In 2001, several women Senators published a book called Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate. Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, the keynote speaker of Lawyers Club s Annual Dinner on May 12, 2015, was one of the nine. The book told of how Senator Snowe and her colleagues put partisanship aside to discuss and solve difficult issues. True to their theme of finding common purpose, the women sat side by side for a book signing, chatting amiably. Congressional staffers from both parties waited in line for hours to have their books signed. Regardless of party, the staffers bantered, formed friendships, and discussed policy, united by the thrill of having nine women in the Senate. Seeking and finding common ground, as the women of the Senate and the staffers did, was nothing new for Senator Snowe. Throughout her storied career, she has solved problems through consensus-building, compromise, and pragmatism. She built a reputation as a reasonable moderate, proving time and again that consensus-builders can be powerful, effective advocates. As Time magazine reported in an article called The Caretaker, Because of her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring, Snowe is in the center of every policy debate in Washington... she is also known as one of the most effective advocates for her constituents. Time named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators in Consensus-building is not a squishy feelgood approach to governing. Rather, it is the path to meaningful solutions. Monumental solutions to urgent problems require compromise, discussion, creativity, Senator Snowe wrote in the Washington Post. In a politically diverse nation, only by finding that common ground can we achieve results for the common good. Her approach is simple, though not easy: to hear the viewpoints of others, to discuss and respect them, and to innovate practical solutions. In 2012, Senator Snowe stunned her supporters by announcing that she would not seek reelection. Instead, she would take her voice outside the Senate because the polarization of that body had impeded its ability to solve the nation s problems. Remarking that she was deeply disturbed about that polarization, Senator Snowe has taken her approach to the streets by writing and speaking about how Washington can once again become a place of meaningful discourse and real solutions. She hopes to inspire legislators to rise to the heights that [they] are capable of reaching to deal with the big issues and maximize their potential. Senator Snowe s dedication to solving big problems through discussion, consensusbuilding, and creativity makes her a fitting speaker for the Lawyers Club Annual Dinner. Lawyers Club, too, seeks to solve a monumental issue: advancing the status women in the law. Though progress has been made since Lawyers Club was founded in 1972, gender discrimination in the legal industry remains insidious, and gender parity continues to be elusive. The Senate, for all its problems, has fared better than the legal industry as far as the trend of women rising in its ranks. In 2001, there were 9 women in the Senate (9%). Now there are 20 (20%). In contrast, the numbers in the legal field have stagnated. According to the Report of the th Annual National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, women comprise over 40% of law school graduates since the mid-1980s. Yet the survey reveals that a typical AmLaw 200 firm has only 17% female equity partners. The 2012 NAWL Report of a National Survey of Women s Initiatives showed that only 4% of firm wide managing partners were women. Senator Snowe s prescription for Congress offers essential tools for solving gender discrimination in the legal field. Employers in the legal industry, just like our elected legislatures, must seek common ground to create innovative solutions to combat Senator Olympia Snowe discrimination. Perhaps then we can forge a path towards gender equality. This year s Annual Dinner will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, Downtown San Diego. As a benefit exclusive to Lawyers Club members, a pre-sale for individual tickets begins March 2, 2015 at noon. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 16, 2015 at noon. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. Details regarding sponsorship levels and benefits can be found on the Lawyers Club website at and on page 13. For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Annual Dinner Committee Co-Chairs Shalini K. Kedia and Amanda Allen at lawyersclubsandiego.com. Kate Mayer Mangan is the founder of Donocle, an education and consulting company that helps lawyers work at their highest potential. She began her career as a Senate staffer and made many friends in the line for the Nine and Counting signing.
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13 Lawyers Club News 13 Exclusive Diamond Annual $15,000 *SOLD OUT* SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW Platinum Annual $10,000 Gold Annual $7,500 Silver Annual $5,000 Annual Dinner Bronze $5,000 Annual Dinner Copper $2,500 Annual Dinner Supporter $1,250 Annual Dinner Friend $ seats at premium reserved table at Annual Dinner with verbal recognition by co-chairs during event 10 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Logo and name recognition in slide presentation, certain printed materials and event signage associated with dinner Full-page, premium color ad in dinner program and half-page ad in each of May and July/August LC Newsletters Red, White & Brew White level sponsor with 10 tickets and name recognition in certain printed materials 23rd Annual Golf Tournament Birdie level sponsor including one hole sponsorship with tee box signage, foursome at tournament, quarter-page ad in program and name recognition in certain printed materials Holiday Luncheon 10 tickets Other Year-long Recognition Website, LC newsletter and event signage (when used) 2 Annual Memberships 10 seats at preferred reserved table at Annual Dinner 10 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Logo and name recognition in slide presentation, certain printed materials and event signage associated with dinner Half-page color ad in event program and quarter-page ad in each of May and July/August LC Newsletters Red, White & Brew Brew level sponsor with 10 tickets and name recognition in certain printed materials 23rd Annual Golf Tournament Foursome at tournament Holiday Luncheon 10 tickets Other Year-long Recognition Website, LC newsletter and event signage (when used) 1 Annual Membership 5 seats at preferred reserved table at Annual Dinner 5 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Name recognition in slide presentation, certain printed materials and event signage associated with dinner Half-page color ad in event program Red, White & Brew 5 tickets 23rd Annual Golf Tournament Foursome at tournament Holiday Luncheon 5 tickets Other Year-long Recognition Website, LC newsletter and event signage (when used) 1 Annual Membership 7 seats at preferred reserved table 7 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Name recognition in slide presentation at dinner and on certain printed materials and event signage Quarter-page color ad in event program 3 seats at preferred reserved table 3 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Name recognition in slide presentation at dinner and on certain printed materials and event signage Quarter-page color ad in event program 2 seats at preferred reserved table 2 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Name recognition in slide presentation at dinner and on certain printed materials and event signage 1 seat at preferred reserved table 1 tickets to exclusive VIP reception with Sen. Snowe Not otherwise available to general public Name recognition on certain printed materials and event signage Quarter-page color ad in event program Lawyers Club of San Diego, Inc., Federal Tax ID# , is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) organization. For income tax purposes, membership, sponsorship, or event payments are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be tax deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax advisor if you have questions. TICKET SALE DATES Monday, March 2, 2015 at Noon Monday, March 16, 2015 at Noon Individual Tickets exclusively for Lawyers Club Members Group Tickets Tables of Ten (10) exclusively for Lawyers Club Members Individual Tickets for General Public Tickets available exclusively online at Lawyers Club of San Diego, Inc., For Federal more Tax information, ID# , is please a tax-exempt contact 501(c)(6) organization. For income tax purposes, membership, sponsorship, or event payments are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be tax deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax advisor if you have questions. Annual Dinner Co-Chairs Shalini Kedia and Amanda Allen at
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15 Lawyers Club News Years Ago in Lawyers Club News By George W. Brewster Jr. Lawyers Club News Editor Helen Rowe changed the look and feel of the newsletter: shorter articles, more features and editorial commentary throughout. Melinda Lasater, the first female San Diego County Bar Association President (1985), is profiled. On the Lawyers Club Board of Directors at that time is Regina Petty, who later became the 4th female (and first African-American) Bar President in The March Lawyers Club luncheon speaker is Kitti Johnson, one of San Diego s first female radio announcers (with KYXY 96.5 FM). The luncheon was held in the University Club, which later became home to the County Bar Association (thanks in great part to the work of the second female Bar President (in 1990), Virginia Nelson). Johnson was then chair of the City of San Diego s Advisory Board on Women. In an About Us column, it was noted that a recent San Diego Union column by Tom Blair pointed out that the law firm of Post, Kirby, Noonan & Sweat, which started out as an all-male firm, has balanced the scales with five of its last six attorney hires being women. David Noonan was on Nelson s bar board, and became president of the bar in 1993 (followed by Adrianne Orfield and then Petty). Lawyers Club s first sponsored law seminar, on Family Law, was held in January 1985, and highlighted in this March edition. Longtime Lawyers Club supporter Judge Anthony Joseph (Ret.) was the moderator, and a host of familiar names participated on the panel: then-judges William Kennedy, James Malkus, Elizabeth Zumwalt and family law practitioners Barbara Brown, Marshall Hockett, Lynne Lugar, Sandra Morris, Christine Pate, Bonnie Reading, Andrew Wagner, and Marge Wagner. Keeping new lawyers in mind, the Western State University student members of Lawyers Club advertised a seminar on the Overview of the Practice of Law, including the views of a prosecutor (Lisa Guy- Schall), criminal defense attorney (Alex Landon), civil litigation attorney (Brian Monaghan) and a view from the bench (Hon. Sheridan Reed). This edition of Lawyers Club provided the strong feeling (and record) of an organization moving forward. George W. Brewster Jr., is a member of the Lawyers Club History & Archives Committee. Notice to Regular Voting Members Regarding Board of Directors Elections: It is our practice annually by March 31 to provide candidates for the Board of Directors with (a) addresses for all Lawyers Club voting members (minus judicial officers), and (b) mailing labels for all Lawyers Club voting members, for the purpose of soliciting member votes in their candidate bids for open positions on the Lawyers Club Board of Directors. If you wish your contact information to be excluded from the lists provided to all candidates, login to your member profile no later than Friday, March 21, 2015, on the website Once logged in, navigate to Manage Profile (found on top bar to right of social media icons), then select category Information & Settings, and item Edit Bio. While in Edit Bio, please confirm that all of your contact information is correct; look for Board Candidate List near the bottom Do you wish to be included in lists provided annual to candidates for Lawyers Club Board of Directors? Select No to be excluded; those left blank or with Yes selected will be included. Be sure to scroll down and select Save Changes at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, notify Elaine Lawrence, Executive Director, at no later than Friday, March 20, Regular voting members must be either: A member in good standing of the State Bar of California; A judge, commissioner or referee; A full-time member of the faculty of an accredited law school in the State of California; or A retired attorney who was in good standing with the State Bar of California at the time of retirement.
16 16 Lawyers Club News march 2015 Logging into the Lawyers Club Website By Mary Wenzel Once you ve registered to become a Lawyers Club member, you will need to sign in to the Lawyers Club website to access the member directory, register for events, send s to your group and utilize many of the other resources available exclusively to Lawyers Club members. Signing-in is easy! STEP 1: Go to Click Sign In on the right hand side of the purple bar at the very top the of the Lawyers Club website. STEP 2: Enter your username and password in the fields provided. (If you are on your own computer, you can always mark the box next to Remember Me to streamline this process in the future). STEP 3: After signing in, you will be taken to your profile and from there you can access all of the members-only content on the Lawyers Club website. *** Stay tuned for additional tips and tricks in every edition of the Lawyers Club News to make the most of your Lawyers Club membership by using all of the features of the website!*** Mary Wenzel, J.D., is the founder and co-owner of Write Law, a legal copywriting company. She is also the Lawyers Club website liaison. Social Media Corner By Sarah A. Bennington and Katie Keitges Whether or not you watched the Super Bowl last month, you have probably heard about Always groundbreaking Like A Girl ad campaign. The ad features boys and girls demonstrating what it means to run, fight, and throw like a girl, and encourages viewers to change the conversation and make the phrase mean amazing things. More than 100 million viewers watched the Super Bowl this year, and the Always ad was one of the most talked about campaigns. To read more and see the commercial, visit Sarah A. Bennington and Katie Keitges are both associates at Jones Day.
17 Lawyers Club News 17 Women and the Criminal Justice System: 15th Annual Women and the Law Conference By Professor Marjorie Cohn More than one million women in the United States are under the supervision of the criminal justice system. The number of incarcerated women has increased more than 800 percent in the last 30 years. Women of color are imprisoned at a much greater rate than white women. Many women receive increasingly punitive sentences for nonviolent offenses. Female prisoners struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, and physical and sexual abuse both prior to and during incarceration. Women who give birth in custody are often shackled during labor in states such as New York. Women face more discrimination upon release from prison. The 2015 Women and the Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson School of Law will be devoted to the topic of Women and the Criminal Justice System. Noted criminal defense attorney Leslie Abramson, who handled the Menendez Brothers trial and the Phil Spector case, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture. Three panels will discuss Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System, Women in Prison, and Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law. Speakers include Rita McKnight (former bailiff), Bridget Kennedy (federal defender), Wendy Patrick (district attorney), Cassandra Lawrenson (Thomas Jefferson Law Review), Rebecca Jones (criminal defense attorney), Gerald Uelmen (Santa Clara law professor), Hon. Irma Gonzalez (ret.), Bonnie Dumanis (District Attorney), Maya Schenwar (author of Locked Down, Locked Out ), Adriana Buelna (former inmate), Alex Landon (criminal defense attorney), and Julia Yoo (civil rights attorney). The Women and the Law Conference was inaugurated by Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the Women and the Law Project in In 2003, after her visit to TJSL, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg established the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture Series, which has become part of the conference. In 2013, Associate Justice Ginsburg again visited Thomas Jefferson School of Law and during the Women and the Law Conference, she shared her perspectives as the second appointed female member of the nation s highest court. The conference will be held on Friday, March 27, and will be followed by a reception The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In light of Lawyers Club s longstanding support of this event, Lawyers Club members are invited to attend at a special discounted rate. MCLE credit is available. To register and obtain more information, please visit conferences/wlc/. Professor Marjorie Cohn has taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law since She is a published author, a lecturer on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy, a news consultant, and a legal analyst and commentator. SAVE THE DATE Take Your Child to Work Day Mark your calendar for a special opportunity to introduce your child to law enforcement and courtroom dogs at the Lawyers Club Annual Take Your Child to Work Day Luncheon. What? When? Where? What: Lawyers Club Annual Take Your Child to Work Day Luncheon hosted by the Work/Life Management Committee When: Thursday, April 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm Where: The US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, followed by a courthouse tour and mock trial Frozen style. Why: To introduce your child to our four-legged friends, and to a behind the scenes look at our local judicial system! Please contact the Work/Life Management Committee co-chairs Kimberly Miller and Kelly Gemelli for additional details.
18 18 Lawyers Club News march 2015 Millennial Communication in Business of Law By Alephia Baxamusa The Professional Advancement Committee organized Bridging the Gap on January 27, hosted and sponsored by Peterson Reporting. Dan Negroni, the founder of Launchbox, a company that specializes in crossgenerational issues, gave a detailed presentation about communication with millennials to increase employee engagement, productivity, innovation and profits. The presentation included examples and statistics regarding common characteristics of the millennial generation. Negroni explained that meeting the client s needs is the most essential part of both a business and a law practice, and to do this, firms need to be conscious of changes in the workplace, technology, and crossgenerational issues. Significantly, Negroni explained that millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) consist of 60 percent of the world s population, will make up 75 percent of the workforce, and will be the most significant group of consumers by Negroni described the millennial generation as socially well connected to everyone everywhere, and a generation whose norm is to multi-task. Their days are filled with scheduled activities, and information is at their fingertips. They are well-educated, highly ambitious, tech-embracing, purpose driven and information addicted. Negroni explained that millennial is a state of mind. For example, he highlighted the work culture of Zappos, an online business. At Zappos, their employees are given the freedom and responsibility to design the company s boxes to exercise their creativity, collaborate and foster a sense of ownership. Negroni then addressed communication issues between employers and millennials. He noted that the single most important life and work skill is communicating and interacting with people. Additionally, he suggested that employers should coach millennials in order to connect, mentor, lead and motivate them in the workplace. When coaching millennials, it is important to refrain from micromanagement styles. To be a great communicator, one must listen, have a clear vision, be technically good at your practice, and be productive. Lawyers Club member and attorney Timothy Williams commented that he had not been acutely aware of how the millennial generation may communicate differently than other generations, and that it was interesting to hear about cross-generational communication issues. Karine Faure Wenger said, I love the topic because I manage 40 people consisting of millennials which is a mindset I recognize. I recognize a gap in the generation and how to leverage the quality of millennials on how to deliver their service. Monica Sherman echoed the sentiment, I thought it was interesting to hear about the positives of the millennial generation and how to leverage their strengths. Alephia Baxamusa has a L.L.M in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego School of Law and is a member of the Professional Advancement Committee.
19 Lawyers Club News 19 Lawyers Without Courtrooms Committee Hosts Contract Drafting Tales From the Trenches: A Transactional & Litigation Perspective. By Elidia C. Dostal Just in time for those seeking credits for the Group 2 CLE deadline, the Lawyers Without Courtrooms Committee hosted the CLE presentation Contract Drafting Tales From the Trenches: A Transactional & Litigation Perspective. The program featured Michelle Hon Donovan, Partner at Duane Morris LLP, and Megan Mazza, Senior Counsel at Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC, who provided specific, practical tips on how to avoid common pitfalls in contract drafting. The event was held at the offices of Jones Day, Title Sponsor, where guests enjoyed a delicious spread of Greek dishes and refreshments provided by Jones Day. Presenters Megan Mazza and Michelle Hon Donovan The Lawyers Without Courtrooms Committee Michelle Hon Donovan kicked off the program with pointers in her practice areas of intellectual property, technology transactions, and cyber law. Because software development and website design and optimization often include technical jargon, a major theme of the presentation was to make sure contract language is clear and understandable to all parties, not just the technology expert providing the services. Technology contracts often have overly broad definitions of services, no clear ownership provisions or access to work product, and unilateral termination rights. Examples of language to avoid from actual contract drafts were provided, along with pointers on specific elements to include in the contract. Megan Mazza followed with tips on how to draft contract language related to her practice areas of business, real estate, and employment litigation. Many contracts contain boilerplate language on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), liquidated damages, and indemnification that should be carefully reviewed and modified as necessary to ensure the parties intentions are actually reflected in the contract. In the area of ADR, participants learned about the benefits of judicial reference under the Civil Code as an alternative to the more common arbitration and mediation. In discussions after the conclusion of the presentations, many participants noted that this was the first time they had learned of the availability of judicial reference. Lawyers Club thanks Donovan and Mazza for providing interesting and valuable contract drafting advice from both the transactional and litigation perspective, with specific tales from the trenches. The program was a great success, presented to nearly 40 attendees, including individuals for whom this was their first introduction to Lawyers Club. Special thanks to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for assisting Lawyers Club with publicizing this event. Lawyers Club also thanks Title Sponsor Jones Day for generously providing the conference space and delicious refreshments. The Lawyers Without Courtrooms committee addresses the unique needs and concerns of Lawyers Club s transactional and in-house attorney members. The committee is co-chaired by Jennifer Chang, Jaime Choi, and India Jewell. Elidia C. Dostal is a member of the Lawyers Without Courtrooms Committee, whose practice areas include surrogacy law, environmental compliance, and business transactions.
20 20 Lawyers Club News march 2015 Mock Interview Workshop a Great Success By Joshua Stutz What do you consider to be your most significant weakness? For many students and young professionals, answering the weakness question during interviews is their most significant weakness. On January 22, Lawyers Club Student Committee held its fifth annual Mock Interview Workshop. This annual event provided law students with an opportunity to practice interviewing techniques and receive immediate feedback from local legal professionals. Over twenty students from California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and University of San Diego School of Law participated in the event. Each student interviewed with a pair of local legal practitioners. The interviewers were a cross section of San Diego s legal community, including transactional attorneys, public and private litigators, and a judge. If you were an animal, what would you be? Anyone, who has been asked this question, will probably agree that interviews can be awkward and intimidating experiences. Anxiety and uncertainty during the interview process represents a substantial barrier to professional success for many students and young attorneys. The best way to overcome anxiety and uncertainty is practice. The interview workshop was an outstanding learning experience for students because it gave students an opportunity to practice and experiment with interview techniques and strategies. Each interview lasted approximately 10 to 15 minutes. After receiving valuable feedback from the first pair of interviewers, participants could immediately apply the advice in the next interview. Participating students were able to interview up to three times. The event received very positive reviews from students. Participating as a law student in the Lawyers Club Mock Interview program was a greatly enriching experience for me, Desi Kalcheva said. From the onset, Mara Elliott, Student Committee Co-Chair, was incredibly thorough in guiding the students through the interview process by sharing her advice and insights from an employer s perspective. The interviewers were exceptionally resourceful as well. Their role-playing expertly mimicked a true interview experience and their feedback was essential to strengthening my interviewing skills. Special thanks to Chief Deputy City Attorney Mara Elliott for organizing the Interview Workshop, Robert Half Legal for graciously hosting and sponsoring the event, and all the interviewers: Hon. Jill L. Burkhardt, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California Kristin Beattie, Special Assistant to the Sheriff/Legal Advisor at San Diego Sheriff s Department Deborah Dixon, Senior Trial Attorney at Gomez Trial Attorneys Laura A. Fleischmann, Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Legal Bill Gersten, Deputy City Attorney John Hemmerling, Chief Deputy City Attorney Kim Houston, Assistant Vice President /Division Director at Robert Half Legal Karen Li, Deputy City Attorney Keith Phillips, Deputy City Attorney Anna Romanskaya, Partner at Stark & D Ambrosio, LLP Joshua Stutz is a student at California Western School of Law and is a member of Lawyers Club s Student Committee. Anna Romanskaya, Erin Lupfer, and Hon. Jill L. Burkhardt Jessica Gross, Madison Adler, and John Hemmerling