CAALA's Committees
 
CAALA members are here for a common cause and we invite our members to lead the way by participating in one of our many committees.

Whether you would like to develop even more programs benefits for our growing membership, help to determine association policies and direction, guide our advocacy efforts through political affairs, or promote wellness, diversity and inclusion among our members, we have opportunities ready for you!

Below is a list of committees you can join to share your personal expertise, learn from others within the industry, and be able to network with local experts.

 


 
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The CAALA Diversity Committee strives to promote diversity among the organization’s membership and in leadership, and foster alliances among all minority bar associations. The Committee aims to promote fairness and inclusion, mentorship, promote diversity among its membership, and encourage acceptance of diversity among the plaintiff’s bar such that no member feels disenfranchised among us. For more information contact Kwedi Moore, Director of Development, kwedi@caala.org.
 
Education Committee
The Education Committee coordinates all MCLE programs for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, including the Annual Las Vegas Convention. The committee meets regularly to develop new and cutting edge programs for the membership. Volunteers should be willing to devote time for substantive review and discussion, however, speaking spots are not guaranteed. Committee meets the third Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00 p.m. You must be an attorney member of CAALA to join the committee. Contact Liz Hagan, Membership Director, liz@caala.org.
 
Law Student Outreach Committee
Identify the needs of law students and outline ways CAALA can assist with their professional development. Serve as representatives between the CAALA community and local law schools. Assist with oncampus programs and events as needed by the schools to connect students and members. For more information contact Liz Hagan, Membership Director, liz@caala.org.
 
Legal Support Committee
CAALA Legal Staff membership provides access to programs and benefits exclusively for our legal staff members including the Legal Staff List Serve. Upcoming programming includes the legal staff education track during CAALA Vegas. For more information contact Jordan Smith, Project Manager, jordan@caala.org.
 
Legislative Affairs Committee
Determine what legislation our members would like proposed and pursued, using the CAOC and AAJ criteria, to better represent their clients and protect the rights of consumers. Coordinate CAALA resources to assist in the support of pro-consumer and civil justice legislation and to defeat legislation intended to inact some aspect of tort reform or other anti-civil justice purpose. For more information contact Stuart Zanville, Executive Director, stuart@caala.org.
 
Membership Committee
Volunteers are needed to devote an hour or two a month to help build and strengthen the association through member recruitment and retention campaigns, expansion of the member benefit program, mentor program and more. Attorney members are welcome to participate in the ongoing projects. Contact Liz Hagan, Membership Director, liz@caala.org.
 
New Lawyers Committee
Identify the needs of member attorneys with 0-10 years of experience which represent a diverse and significant portion of CAALA membership. Provide education and networking opportunities to build a strong community among the new lawyers. Contact Liz Hagan, liz@caala.org.
 
Political Affairs Committee
The CAALA Public Affairs Committee provide a forum for members to educate the public, the media and elected officials about who trial lawyers are, what they do and what they believe in.  The Committee combines Government Relations, Public Relations and Community Relations. Under the leadership of Committee Chair Ibiere Seck and Vice Chair Geraldine Weiss, the Public Affairs Committee welcomes all CAALA members interested in supporting the Committee's important mission. For more information contact Stuart Zanville, Executive Director, stuart@caala.org or Jordan Smith, Project Manager, jordan@caala.org.
 
Wellness Committee
CAALA provides resources, information and education to make our members better trial lawyers. CAALA also strives to address the member’s wellness and health; especially, mental health, to help them achieve and maintain personal and professional well-being. For more information contact Stuart Zanville, Executive Director, stuart@caala.org.
 
Women in Law Committee
Provide support, resources, and a forum for the sharing of ideas and concerns that affect women in the legal industry. To empower women to become active participants and leaders in CAALA. For more information contact Liz Hagan, Membership Director, liz@caala.org.

The committees below are By Invitation Only. If you would like to join one of them, please email the person listed.

Finance Committee
Per the CAALA Investment Policy, review the CAALA investment portfolio and report to the Executive Committee any issues or concerns. Work with CAALA’s Financial Advisor to review past and current investment portfolio and performance history. For more information contact Bill Smith, Director or Finance and Operations, bill@caala.org.
 
List Serve Committee
Monitor and reinforce the primary purpose of the List Serves as a way to confidentially exchange important information and advice with each other relating to trial tactics, strategy and other attorney workproduct information. For more information contact Bill Smith, Director of Finance and Operations, bill@caala.org.

COMMITTEES/TASK FORCES STAFF LIAISON CHAIR VICE CHAIR
AAJ Mock Trial Stuart Zanville Daniel Pierson
Timothy Loranger
 
Advocate Stuart Zanville n/a n/a
Diversity & Inclusion Kwedi Moore Denisse Gastelum
Michelle Iarusso
Cioffi Remmer
Mo Eldessouky
Education Liz Hagan Christina Coleman Diana Diskin
Shannon Ward
Finance/Investment Review Bill Smith Martin Aarons Danny Abir
Michael Cohen
Katherine Trepinski
Jeff Westerman
Law Student Outreach Liz Hagan Sonya Ostovar Chris Montes de Oca
Legal Support Staff Jordan Smith Lupe Flores Rose Gutierrez
Legislative Affairs Stuart Zanville Lory Lallande Olivier Taillieu Oscar Gutierrez
Listserve Bill Smith Timothy Loranger Robert Ounjian
Membership Liz Hagan Lauren Horwitz Torsten Bassell
Molly McKibben
Steve Vartazarian
New Lawyers Liz Hagan Belinda Theam Teresa Johnson
Sergio Puche
Derek Tran
Plaintiff Trial Academy Jordan Smith Christa Ramey Martin Aarons
Tamara Freeze
Liz Hernandez
Ese Omofoma
Robert Simon

Mike Arias
(Advisor Emeritus)
Political Affairs Kwedi Moore Stuart Fraenkel
Griselda Rodriguez
Dan Kramer
Allison Schulman
Wellness Stuart Zanville Kathryn Trepinski Scott Tillet
Women In Law Liz Hagan Louanne Masry
Candice Klein
Lourdes DeArmas
Taylor Rayfield
COURT COMMITTEES
LASC Civil Bench/Bar Stuart Zanville Steve Glickman
Gretchen Nelson
 
LASC Complex Courts Stuart Zanville Kathryn Trepinski  
LACBA Lit Section Stuart Zanville Genie Harrison