Founded in 2015 based on the pillars of Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement and Distinction, UCLA Law Women LEAD is a supportive inter-generational network of more than 3,000 women from first-year law students to senior-most level professionals. LEAD brings together women of diverse backgrounds who were born on six different continents and maintains a diverse Board that is taking an intentional approach to building an inclusive organization. UCLA Law Women LEAD helps graduates build their global reputations, expand their influence, and advance their career and personal goals throughout their lifetimes, whether in law firms, businesses, non-profits, government, or the judiciary. Through its communication platforms, mentoring opportunities, and professional programs, LEAD addresses the specific challenges facing women students and graduates, and mobilizes them as a constituency with shared interests and goals.
Join the LEAD network
Join the more than 3,000 members of UCLA Law Women LEAD.
The LEAD Summit brings together UCLA Law's community of alumnae and students to share insights on advancing the profession, promoting equity and achieving excellence. The day-long event, held every other year, features dynamic speakers and smaller roundtables on topics ranging from leadership styles to rainmaking to career pathways, all with a focus on expanding impact. Sessions are geared towards students and alumni at every stage of their careers.
UCLA Law Women LEAD Board
UCLA Law Women LEAD was founded to spread best practices and partner with women of UCLA Law, from first-year law students to professionals at the most senior levels.
Nancy L. Abell '79 J.D.*
Partner, Paul Hastings
Michelle Banks '85 B.A., '88 J.D.*
Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore LLC
Current Board Members
Adwoa Ankoma ’20 LL.M
Legal and Policy Consultant
Ashley Artmann '17 J.D.
Associate, Hueston Hennigan
Kris Cheh Beck '99 J.D.
Chief Legal Officer, CREXi
Beth Berke ’79 J.D.
Management Consulting and Adjunct Professor of Law and Business
Elaine Chang ’13 J.D.
Employment and Litigation Counsel, National Veterinary Associates
Erinn Contreras '06 J.D.
Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Anya Goldstein '12 J.D.*
Founding Partner, Summa LLP
Tanya Greene '09 J.D.
Partner, Mcguire Woods
Margarita Paláu Hernández '85 J.D.*
Principal, Hernández Ventures, and United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session with the rank of Ambassador
Cara Horowitz '01 J.D.
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Co-Director, UCLA Environmental Law Clinic
Sonia Jain '09 J.D.
Corporate Counsel, Google
Bety Javidzad '05 J.D.
Roberta Kass ’79 J.D.
Senior Legal Recruiter, Seltzer Fontaine
Amy Keroes '93 J.D.
Partner, Outside GC
Jessica Kornberg '07 J.D.*
President and CEO, Skirball Cultural Center
Margaret Levy '75 J.D.*
Mediator, ADR Services, Inc.
Cheryl Lott '04 J.D.*
Shareholder, Buchalter Nemer
Heather Morgan '94 J.D.*
Partner, Grube Brown & Geidt LLP
Marcy Morris '81 J.D.*
Partner, Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein
Tritia Murata '01 B.S., '04 J.D.
Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Kavita Jain Patel '96 J.D.*
KJP Law Group
Heather Richardson '06 J.D., '06 MPH*
Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Mary Rodriguez '88 J.D.
General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs, Interpol
Morvareed Salehpour ’10. J.D.
Managing Partner, Salehpour Legal Consulting
Evelyn Shimazaki '84 J.D.*
Associate General Counsel, Velodyne Lidar, Inc.
Sandra Stern '79 J.D.*
President, Lionsgate Television Group
Emily Gould Sullivan '95 J.D.
Vice President, Employment Law, Ross Stores Inc.
Boryana Zamanoff '04 J.D.
Senior Wealth Strategist and Fiduciary Officer, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Founding Board Members
Valerie B. Ackerman '85 J.D.
Commissioner, Big East Conference
Barbara Boyle '60 J.D.
Associate Dean of Entrepreneurial Activities and Special Initiatives, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Melanie Cook '74 B.A., '78 J.D.
Partner, Ziffren Brittenham
Janet Dhillon '91 J.D.
Chair for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Emily Given '15 J.D.
Honors Attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
Harriet Pearson '90 J.D.
Partner, Hogan Lovells
Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw '76 B.A., '79 J.D.
Federal Appeals Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Debra Alligood White '93 J.D.
Deputy Secretary, Civil Rights and Workforce, New York State Executive Chamber
*Founding Board Member
One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men)
Arin N. Reeves
Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand '91
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
What Works for Women at Work
Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey
How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life
Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston, Geoffrey Lewis
The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors
Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500
Michelle Coleman Mayes and Kara Sophia Baysinger
Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law
Gindi Eckel Vincent and Mary B. Cranston
Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients and Happy Lawyers
Deborah Epstein Henry, Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz & Garry A. Berger
Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation –and Positive Strategies for Change
Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Ladder Down: Success Strategies for Lawyers from Women Who will be Hiring, Reviewing and Promoting You
Lauren Stiller Rikleen