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Nancy Abell '79 is a partner resident in the firm's Los Angeles office. She is a trial lawyer who works exclusively in the representation of private and public employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including discrimination as well as wage and hour class and collective actions; trials of statutory and common law claims; appeals; Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs systemic cases and affirmative action compliance reviews; unfair labor practice charges and other proceedings before the NLRB; organizing campaigns; labor negotiations; arbitrations; systemic charges and complaints before the EEOC, state anti-discrimination agencies, the Department of Labor and state wage and hour compliance agencies; and disability access cases under Title III and state laws. From 2000 to April 2014 she was the Global Chair of Paul Hastings' employment law practice, which has been recognized as Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer and a recipient of Chambers USA's Award for Excellence in Labour & Employment in various years.
In December 2014 Ms. Abell was one of 50 lawyers recognized on The National Law Journal's inaugural "Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers" list of professionals who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies. In 2010 she was named as one of the decade's 40 most influential lawyers (one of three employment lawyers) by The National Law Journal.
Ms. Abell is the 2016 recipient of the Learned Hand Award, presented annually by the AJC Los Angeles to an attorney for professional achievement and contributions to the community and human rights. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and was named UCLA School of Law Alumni of the Year for Professional Achievement. Ms. Abell is one of five management employment litigators named to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, is listed in the Lawdragon Hall of Fame, and for many years has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top-ranked employment defense lawyers.
Ms. Abell's clients include major technology companies, defense contractors, manufacturing and entertainment companies, professional firms, financial institutions, and retailers. She has successfully defeated numerous high-profile discrimination and wage-hour class actions, represented numerous leading law firms in partner and glass ceiling cases and defended members of the judiciary.
Ms. Abell has been the prevailing lead counsel in many seminal cases that have shaped employment discrimination class action law, including Jackson v. Microsoft Corporation (W.D. Wash. & 9th Cir.), Donaldson v. Microsoft Corporation (W.D. Wash.), Avalos v. Cintas Corp. (N.D. Cal., E.D. Mich. & 6th Cir.), and Davis v. Cintas Corp. (E.D. Mich. & 6th Cir.), and in a broad variety of class and individual cases before the federal and state appellate courts. She regularly presents training sessions for justices and judges, including the Council of Chief Judges, on employment issues.
Ms. Abell is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the UCLA Law Women LEAD initiative to advance women in the legal profession, a member of the Board of Advisors of the UCLA School of Law, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Employment Law Council, and a Governor Emeritus and past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Corporate Counsel.
Ms. Abell graduated first in her class from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges. She graduated Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers from the UCLA School of Law. While there, Ms. Abell was co-winner of the Roscoe Pound Moot Court Competition, a member of the National Moot Court Team and an extern clerk to the Honorable Shirley Hufstedler, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to studying law, she was the Affirmative Action Director of the City of Los Angeles and a Member of Mayor Bradley's Task Force on Affirmative Action and the Status of Women.
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Cara Hale Alter, Founder of SpeechSkills. Relying on 20 years of research, Cara has a deep understanding of how nonverbal communication shapes the perception of leadership presence. She literally wrote the book on projecting credibility and confidence: the critically acclaimed The Credibility Code. In workshops, she's known for delivering precision feedback with warmth and humor. On stage, she's an energetic and compelling presenter, having won numerous national awards for public speaking.
As founder of SpeechSkills, Cara has provided training to some of the world's best-known companies, including Google, Caterpillar, Intel, PayPal, Pixar, Pinterest, Salesforce, Schwab and Wells Fargo. A guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Stanford University, and UC Hastings College of Law, Cara has also worked with numerous top-100 law firms. She is a frequent media resource, appearing in Forbes.com, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, and countless other media outlets. A past board member of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), Cara has had the pleasure of speaking at more than 500 conferences, in 20 different countries. She's currently a featured expert on the Lean In website with her video series Taming Adrenaline.
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Allyne Andrade e Silva '19 LL.M; Ph.D. Candidate in Human Rights and Law '19, University of São Paulo; Member, of Brazilian Bar Association..
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Lilit Asadourian '00. Lilit's practice focuses on commercial and financial services litigation with an additional emphasis on insurance recovery.
Lilit's practice includes representing financial institutions in connection with Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) and loan-repurchase litigations and settlements. Lilit also works on a number of high value matters pursuing mortgage insurance coverage for defaulted mortgage loans. Lilit also represents corporate policyholders in breach of contract and bad faith disputes involving first and third party coverage claims arising under commercial general liability, fiduciary, property, E & O, D & O, and Employer's Liability policies.
Lilit has also acted as in-house counsel for Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank overseeing commercial litigation and regulatory investigation and enforcement matters and providing advice regarding RMBS, mortgage servicing, insurance, retail banking and commercial lending-related matters.
More broadly, Lilit's experience includes representing financial institutions, credit and mortgage originators and servicers, and technology and construction companies in large and complex commercial disputes, securities actions, business torts and fraud claims, government investigations, and consumer fraud and unfair competition claims brought pursuant to California's Unfair Competition law.
In addition to representing clients in litigation, Lilit routinely provides strategic guidance to senior management on business practice and risk management issues, and counsels clients on dispute resolution and loss mitigation strategies. Lilit also has extensive experience managing and coordinating electronic discovery.
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Michelle Banks '88 is currently a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC, where she specializes in providing executive coaching to General Counsel and their successors in development. She co-founded and continues to Co-Chair UCLA Law Women LEAD. She serves as a Board member of DirectWomen, a national nonprofit whose mission is to prepare women lawyers to serve on the boards of directors of major corporations. She is a frequent speaker on leadership.
Until March 2016, Michelle was Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix). During her tenure at Gap Inc., Michelle led the Company's global equity, foundation, franchise services, governance, government affairs & public policy, integrity, legal, privacy, and sustainability functions.
Before joining Gap Inc. in 1999, Michelle worked as Legal Counsel for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and in Tokyo as American Counsel for Itochu Corporation, one of the largest Japanese trading companies. Her prior law firm practice with Sheppard Mullin and Morrison & Foerster in California and New York focused on corporate finance and international commercial transactions.
Michelle has been recognized as a Legend in Law by the Burton Foundation, a Distinguished General Counsel by the Directors Roundtable, a Top General Counsel to Watch by Corporate Board Member, a Corporate Counsel Innovator by the Financial Times, an Influential Woman in Bay Area Business and a Corporate Counsel Diversity Champion by the San Francisco Business Times, a Most Powerful and Influential Woman by California Diversity Council, and a Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum. Santa Clara University Law School presented her with their Social Justice and Human Rights award in 2014 and UCLA School of Law named her 2016 Alumni of the Year for Professional Achievement.
Michelle graduated from UCLA with degrees in Law and in Economics.
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Kris Cheh Beck '99 is a member of the Executive Team and serves as the Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary for United Capital - a leader and a disruptor in the financial services and fintech industries. She is responsible for leading the company's strategic and tactical legal initiatives and risk management. As the Chief Legal Officer, Kris advises United Capital's senior team on legal strategies to drive business results in diverse areas, ranging from intellectual property business platform development to corporate acquisitions.
Kris started her career with O'Melveny & Myers as a member of the firm's Transactions Department where she represented institutional clients on complex transactions ranging from infrastructure financing and public securities offerings to advising promising start-up enterprises.
Kris is a double Bruin who earned her BA in English literature and JD from the University of California, Los Angeles. During law school, Kris was a recipient of the Joseph Drown Fellowship and the Affiliates Scholarship.
Kris' work with corporate clients has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and she has previously served as a member of Pacific Council on International Policy.
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Megan Bouchier '07 is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office of Sard Verbinnen & Co, a strategic communications firm. She provides communications advice and PR services to a range of clients – including individuals, startups, investment firms and multinational corporations – as they look to manage overall positioning and navigate transformative events affecting their reputation, business and market value. Since joining SVC in 2012, Megan has worked on a variety of complex litigation and crisis matters, mergers and acquisitions, activist shareholder situations and senior management changes, in addition to ongoing corporate positioning and investor relations projects. She began her career at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s litigation department and her primary areas of representation included antitrust, white collar and IP.
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Tammy Brandt is the Chief Legal Officer, Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Dreamscape Immersive, a venture-backed start-up focused on location-based virtual reality entertainment. Dreamscape is backed by Steven Spielberg, AMC Theatres and several movie studios. Tammy is responsible for all legal and business affairs, including human resources and internal operations.
Prior to Dreamscape, Tammy was the Chief Corporate Counsel at DXC Technology Company, a fortune 100 end-to-end IT services company where she led a global team responsible for securities, corporate finance, M&A, strategic alliances and corporate governance matters. Previously she was the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ServiceMesh, an enterprise grade cloud management software company that was recognized as one of the hottest start-ups in the United States and was acquired in November 2013 by DXC's predecessor.
Tammy currently is a member of the Lambda Legal West Coast Leadership Committee and a Board member of the Cayton Children's Museum. Ms. Brandt is a past Board member for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and served on its Executive Committee. Tammy is a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School where she was on the Notre Dame Law Review and is admitted to practice in California and Ohio.
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Shiu-Ming Cheer '00, Senior Staff Attorney & Field Coordinator, National Immigration Law Center, focuses on challenging immigration enforcement, promoting access to legal status, and integrating a field strategy into NILC’s issue areas. Previously, she held the positions of Soros Justice Fellow and managing attorney at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s Los Angeles Detention Project and children’s attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. In those roles, she represented detained immigrants facing deportation. She was also the civil rights coordinator at South Asian Network and a public benefits attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctor from the UCLA School of Law Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. She has a long history of involvement in social justice organizing projects, campaigns, and coalitions and currently serves on the Board of the Filipino Migrant Center.
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The Hon. Jacqueline A. Connor (Ret.) Judge Jacqueline Connor is a full time mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience settling disputes. Before her appointment to the bench by Governor Deukmejian, she tried hundreds of jury trials. Retiring in 2012 after 25 years on the bench, having presided over trials ranging from death penalties to construction defect to medical malpractice, she has been recognized as a national leader in jury innovations. An expert in the courtroom, she has been able to use her experience to craft creative solutions and assist in realistic assessments of risks, benefits and disadvantages of trial. She is committed to keeping people out of court.
Humbled by having been named Judge of the Year from multiple organizations, named one of the top 100 lawyers in the state, and designated one of California’s Top 50 Mediator Rising Stars in 2013, Judge Connor knows well the risks and costs of litigation, financially and personally. With court budget restrictions, the ability to reserve control, restore relationships, avoid costly appellate and post-trial proceedings and achieve certainty, is priceless.
She strongly believes that mediation is the best and last place where parties have control, the only place where creative solutions solve both legal disputes and the underlying issues that no jury or judge can address.
Judge Connor knows that getting to the numbers is not always what makes the difference. Working closely with lawyers and their clients, they, as a team, have been able to attack core issues efficiently and thoroughly, reaching win-win results.
Fluent in Japanese and having been raised outside of the United States, she brings added dimensions to the art of mediation.
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Vona S. Ekpebe '05 is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Beachbody. Vona is an accomplished attorney with experience representing Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation, contractual, employment, insurance, and marketing matters. Vona has handled all facets of the litigation process, including settlement negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appellate work. Vona has successfully managed class actions and EEOC employment actions, drafted and negotiated multi-million dollar commercial contracts, and advised on key marketing campaigns. Vona's broad practice and professional background has made her proficient in evaluating and providing effective solutions to a wide variety of legal issues. Vona earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law (2005) and received her B.A. with High Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2002) where she studied Political Science. She is admitted to practice in the State of California, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and in the United States District Court, Central District of California and Southern District of California.
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Laura E. Gómez teaches Civil Procedure and Criminal Law in the first-year UCLA School of Law curriculum and has taught courses in law and society and the Critical Race Studies Program in the law school's upper-year curriculum.
In recent years she has served as Interim Dean of the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters & Science (2016-17), which is UCLA's largest academic unit, and Vice Dean of UCLA School of Law (2013-2015). Gómez began her teaching career at UCLA School of Law in 1994 and also holds faculty appointments (without teaching duties) in UCLA's Departments of Sociology and Chicana and Chicano Studies. After 12 years at UCLA, she returned to her hometown of Albuquerque in order to raise her young son amidst a large extended family. She was a professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico, served as Associate Dean of the law school (2007-09), and was a faculty fellow at the Robert J. Woods Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. Gómez rejoined the UCLA faculty in 2011.
Prior to beginning her career as a law professor, Professor Gómez clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1992-93) and worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico (1996-97), with a portfolio that included Central American policy, South African policy, and Armed Services (for the latter, she held a top secret government clearance). She graduated with honors in Social Studies from Harvard (where she was a Truman Scholar). She received three degrees from Stanford--an M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1994) in Sociology (while holding a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation), and a J.D. (1992).
Gómez has lectured widely and has published numerous articles (in both student-edited law reviews and peer-reviewed journals), book chapters, and books. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on the intersection of law, politics and inequality both today and in the distant past. Her books include the following: Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure (1997), which is widely taught in law and society and gender studies courses; Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (2013), a book co-edited with Dr. Nancy López; and Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race (2007), which is widely taught in ethnic studies and history courses. The academic popularity of Manifest Destinies has led publisher New York University Press to issue a second edition in late 2017 marking the tenth anniversary of the original publication and featuring a new preface and postscript that situate the book—which concentrates on 19th and early 20th century history, law and politics—in the current political moment. She also has a book under advance contract with The New Press.
Professor Gómez is proud to have co-founded and served as the first co-director of UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program, and she continues to be actively involved in CRS. At UCLA Law, Gómez is the faculty adviser to three student organizations: La Raza, the Latino student association, the Chicano-Latino Law Review, and the Womyn of Color Collective. She served as President of the Law and Society Association (2009-11), a multi-disciplinary organization of scholars who study law, legal actors and legal institutions in cultural and social context. She has served as an associate editor, a member of the editorial board, or a reviewer for a number of scholarly journals, including the Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, the Journal of Legal History, Latino Studies, the Law and History Review, and Contemporary Sociology.
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The Hon. Marcelita V. Haynes '76 received her judicial appointment in 1993 and was assigned to the Compton Municipal Court, where she served as presiding judge in 1995, and handled a felony preliminary hearing calendar. She was elevated by unification to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2000. During her tenure with the Court she has been a site judge for the Central Arraignment Courts, handled a sexually violent predator hearing calendar, drug court, a felony trial assignment and preliminary hearings.
Presently, she is assigned to the a newly created Community Collaborative Court in Long Beach which includes veterans court, mental health court, substance abuse court, chronically homeless court, survivors of human trafficking and former foster care at risk youth court calendars.
Judge Haynes has taught as faculty and seminar leader for the California Judicial Education and Research (CJER) New Judge Orientation program since 1995 and the B.E. Witkin Judicial College. She is also a faculty member for the Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Education Seminars program.
She was born and educated in Los Angeles. Judge Haynes received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cal State LA in 1973 and her Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1976.
The following year, Haynes was admitted to the California State Bar. From 1976-1979 she worked as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. In 1979, she stepped out on her own as a practicing attorney specializing in criminal defense. She maintained her practice until 1983 until she joined the Office of the LA County District Attorney as a Deputy DA where she remained until her appointment to the bench in 1993.
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Margarita Paláu Hernández '85 nominated by the President of the United States, serves as United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session with the rank of Ambassador. Ms. Paláu-Hernández is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hernández Ventures, a privately held enterprise involved in Spanish media, business and real estate ventures in the United States and Mexico. Ms. Paláu- Hernández is currently a director of Herbalife Nutrition, Ltd., an NYSE traded company operating a global nutrition organization in over 90 countries. She is also a director of ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company engaged in the ownership and operation of diversified consumer product companies. In addition, Ms. Paláu- Hernández serves on the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors, the UCLA Law Centennial Campaign Cabinet, is a founding Board Member of the UCLA Law Women L.E.A.D. Organization, was Co-Chair of the UCLA Law Women L.E.A.D. Inaugural Summit and served as Chair of the 2010 UCLA Law National Reunion Campaign. Additionally, she serves as Co-Chair of the Yale School of Management Council of Global Advisors and exofficio Board Member of the Yale School of Management Board of Advisors.
Ms. Paláu- Hernández is also a member of the Smithsonian National Latino Board, the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Trustee Emeritus of the University of San Diego and previously served as a member of the University of San Diego Board of Trustees. Ms. Paláu-Hernández was born in Mexico where she received her early education. She completed her education in the United States, earning a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law.
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Cara Horowitz '01, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Co-Executive Director Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment UCLA School of Law. Cara Horowitz is the co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, where she also co-directs the Environmental Law Clinic. The Emmett Institute was founded as the first law school center in the nation focused on climate change law and policy. Cara teaches at the law school and directs the work of the Emmett Institute to advance innovative research, public policy debate, and legislative reform to address climate change and its devastating effects. Prior to joining UCLA, Cara worked in the private sector and for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she litigated high-profile cases and advocated domestically and internationally to protect oceans and wildlife. Horowitz is a graduate of Yale College and the UCLA School of Law, from which she graduated first in her class.
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Maria Pilar Hoye '91 is a partner and the Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department in Latham’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. Her work in this area includes advising clients on land use, environmental, and regulatory issues associated with entitling, developing, remediating, and managing complex developments in California.
Ms. Hoye focuses her practice on obtaining land use entitlements and environmental approvals for major real estate and development projects in California. She advises clients involving planning and zoning regulations as well as related environmental issues, including state and federal land use and environmental laws. Ms. Hoye also advises on the evaluation of potential environmental liabilities, environmental regulatory compliance, and negotiation of environmental agreements for real estate and other business transactions.
Ms. Hoye is a former adjunct professor of Environmental Law at the University of Southern California Law School. She is a former member of Latham’s Training and Career Enhancement, Diversity, and Finance Committees.
Ms. Hoye is on the Board of Valley Industry Commerce Association and on the Board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and she previously served on the Board of PUENTE Learning Center.
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Lily Yan Hughes, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Public Storage. Lily reports to the CEO and is a member of the Executive Team of Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) -- a component of the S&P 500 and FT Global 500. Lily provides leadership and oversight for all legal and internal audit matters, including board, corporate securities, governance, capital markets, litigation management, labor and employment, real estate, compliance, operations, intellectual property, M&A, business continuity, government affairs, investor relations and external communications. The 30+ legal and internal audit teams report to her.
Public Storage is a real estate investment trust, a REIT with market cap of $35+ billion and based in Glendale, California. It primarily acquires, develops, owns, and operates self-storage facilities. Public Storage has direct and indirect interests in 2,400 self-storage properties in 38 states, with approximately 159 million net rentable square feet. Public Storage also owns a 42% common equity interest in PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYSE:PSB) with $4+ billion in market cap. PS Business Parks own and operate approximately 28 million rentable square feet of commercial space, primarily flex, multi-tenant office and industrial space. Public Storage also owns nearly 40% equity interest in Shurgard a new public company with 240 storage facilities located in seven Western European nations.
Lily is a trusted advisor to the two public company Boards, Public Storage and PS Business Parks. She also oversaw the successful October 2018 IPO of Shurgard and listing on EuroNext Brussels.
Prior to joining Public Storage in January 2015, Lily served in roles of increasing responsibilities for almost 18 years in the legal department of Ingram Micro, an Orange County based Fortune 100 and the world's largest wholesale information technology & mobile devices distributor, with $46 billion in annual sales and over 30,000 employees, serving customers in 160 countries. Lily's last role was Vice President and Associate General Counsel-Corporate, M&A & Finance, the #2 corporate lawyer of the company, with primary legal responsibilities for corporate securities, governance, finance, treasury, tax, executive compensation, and global leader on all M&A transactions.
Lily was a corporate & securities partner with the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips focused on serving the financial services industry, including national and state community banks. Lily has been an active volunteer and leader with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the largest in-house bar association in the world, with over 43,000 in-house lawyers in 85+ countries as members. Lily was elected in October 2018 to serve a three-year term on the ACC global Board of Directors. She had previously served as Secretary and Vice-Chair of the global ACC Corporate & Securities Committee with over 3,500 Committee members. Lily served seven years on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of ACC, a large chapter with a long track record of leadership and excellence. She has also served in other key leadership roles at the Chapter, including as Chair of the Membership Committee, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President – Services, Vice President – Programs, and as President, Oct. 2015 to Sept. 2016.
Lily's community leadership includes past service as a member of the Tournament of Roses Committee in Pasadena, California, as Secretary and as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Los Angeles Affiliate Chapter of the American Heart Association, and as a member of the Audit Committee of the national American Heart Association based in Dallas, Texas.
Lily has also been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including named as 2018 General Counsel of the Year by Corporate Counsel Magazine, the 2017 Public Company General Counsel of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the nation by the National Diversity Council, recipient of a 2016 Most Influential Women Award and a 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award from the California Diversity Council, the 2013 Orange County Rising Star General Counsel Award from the Orange County Business Journal, and named twice as one of the top 100 "Next Generation General Counsel" by Inside Counsel Magazine.
Lily is an immigrant from Kowloon City, Hong Kong, moving the U.S. when she was 11. Her husband farms in Upstate New York -- growing soy, wheat, corn, and hay, operating a grain mill, and tending to 150+ heads of cattle.
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The Hon. Joanna Kishner '89 is a native of Southern Nevada. She was elected to Dept. XXXI of the Eighth Judicial District Court in 2010. She is licensed in both Nevada and California. Judge Kishner is very active in the community. She currently serves as a Trustee for the Law Library Board, is a member of the Legal Aid of Southern Nevada's Pro Bono Advisory Council, a member of the Boyd Law School Public Interest Law Foundation and its Executive Board, as well as a member of the state-wide Access to Justice Commission. She was also Chairperson of the Eighth Judicial District's Rules Committee for several years. Judge Kishner continues to be a guest speaker and/or a volunteer judge at many civic and community events including the Judicial Open World Program, "We The People" student moot court programs, student mock trial programs, and student speech and debate programs. Judge Kishner is also one of the founding judges of the Legal Studies Internship program for area high schools.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Kishner had the honor of working as a Justice of the Peace Pro Tem, Pro Tem Small Claims Referee, a Pro Tem Traffic Court Referee, and as an Arbitrator all while maintaining an active legal practice for over 21 years, including overseeing the Las Vegas office of DLA Piper, a multi-national law firm. Judge Kishner represented various client entities in a broad spectrum of litigation and administrative matters before federal and state district courts and appellate courts, as well as various state and federal agencies and alternative dispute resolution mediums.
Previous to working at DLA Piper and its predecessor firms, Judge Kishner was Senior Counsel for Warner Bros., a division of Time-Warner Entertainment Company, where she advised the international multimedia company on a variety of litigation and employment-related matters, as well as other legal issues. Judge Kishner was also an associate with the multi-national firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, where she had a broad-based multi-jurisdictional legal practice.
As a result of her efforts, Judge Kishner has been recognized by several publications for her legal work including Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Super Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America publications. She has also been honored and recognized for her pro bono work including working with disadvantaged children through the Children's Attorney Project (CAP) and national pro bono programs, as well as serving on the State and County Bar's Pro Bono Recruitment Committee. Judge Kishner was also one of the featured attorneys and judges in the Nevada Lawyer magazine. In 2016, Judge Kishner was awarded the Justice Nancy Becker Pro Bono Award of Judicial Excellence.
Judge Kishner has edited and/or written on numerous topics, including editing a chapter in Employment Discrimination Law, Barbara Lindemann & Paul Grossman (3rd Edition, 1996). Also, she has often been a speaker at various seminars and has donated her time to various groups such as the Constitutional Rights Foundation Lawyers in the Classroom Program; the Council on Education in Management; Time Magazine's Time to Read Program; and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce SmartGrad Program.
Prior to commencing her legal career, Judge Kishner graduated magna cum laude in 1986 with a double major in Political Science and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College. While at CMC, she worked with the Claremont Graduate School's Autism Clinic.
Thereafter, Judge Kishner received her Juris Doctorate in 1989 from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, she was a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson of the United States District Court, Central District of California. She was also the Managing Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the Third Year Editor of the UCLA School of Law Yearbook, a Volunteer for the Homeless Legal Project, and participated in Moot Court as well as many other activities.
Judge Kishner has been married for over 25 years and has two children.
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Jessie Kornberg '07 joined Bet Tzedek as President & CEO in 2014. Kornberg's tenure has seen the agency grow to address the most pressing legal issues facing low-income families, including the nation's first transgender medical-legal partnership, Los Angeles' first low-income tax and small business start-up clinics, and a family preparedness program to respond to growing concerns surrounding the deportation of undocumented parents. Prior to taking the helm at Bet Tzedek, Kornberg distinguished herself as a trial attorney at Los Angeles-based litigation boutique Bird Marella. Among her achievements there, she lead the trial team that prevailed in one of the 10 largest intellectual property verdicts of 2013, served as pro bono counsel in ground-breaking inmate-safety litigation on behalf of the inmates of the Angola death-row facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and chaired the firm's pro bono program.
Prior to joining Bird Marella, Kornberg served as the first executive director of Ms. JD, which she established as a national voice on issues concerning women and law. Kornberg's earliest exposure to impact litigation and strategic policy work – which intersect with two of Bet Tzedek's core strengths – came while serving as a legal fellow with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now known as Legal Momentum). Other economic justice work included projects with the Los Angeles Community Action Network, Homes for the Homeless, and the Institute for Children and Poverty. Following graduation from law school, Kornberg was a clerk to Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla of the U.S. District Court in Memphis, Tenn. She earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she was editor in chief of the Women's Law Journal. Kornberg holds a bachelor's degree in American history from Columbia College of Columbia University.
Kornberg is frequently sought as a speaker, panelist and commentator on non-profit management, anti-poverty topics, Jewish life, and gender inequality, and has been recognized by The Recorder and Super Lawyers as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" and "Rising Star," respectively. In 2016, she was named to the American Bar Association's inaugural list of "40 Under 40," and in 2017, she joined the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. In 2019 she joined the board of the Los Angeles Urban League.
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Kelly L.C. Kriebs '99 is a corporate partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson who maintains a broad corporate
practice, advising on transactions ranging from mergers, acquisitions and divestitures to financings and
recapitalizations. She also provides corporate governance and strategic counseling to boards and
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kriebs spent nearly two decades at Sidley Austin LLP,
where she advised private equity funds, companies, entrepreneurs and other clients in a broad
range of private transactions and strategic and governance matters. She represented
corporate, limited liability company and partnership buyers and sellers in private company merger,
acquisition and divestiture transactions, as well as in recapitalizations and joint ventures. Her
practice also included representation of secured creditors in bankruptcy and out‐of‐court
Ms. Kriebs' recent experience includes:
- Representing Mitsubishi Electric USA in the creation of its joint venture with Ingersoll‐Rand for
the marketing, sales and distribution of HVAC products.
- Corporate governance advice to Southern California Permanente Medical Group.
- Sale of Revolution Studios to Content Partners on behalf of investment funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group.
- Equity investment by a prominent investment firm in a sport and media finance company.
Ms. Kriebs serves as a board member and co‐chair of the Business Law Section of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She is also a member of the California, American and Los Angeles County
Bar Associations. She earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she graduated with honors
and served on the UCLA Law Review. She obtained a B.A., magna cum laude, from University of
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The Hon. Sheila Kuehl. Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, representing Los Angeles County's Third District, was elected on November 4, 2014, assumed office on December 1, 2014, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Supervisors.
In her first three years on the Board, she has undertaken or collaborated in a number of initiatives and motions to improve the quality of life and reform systems in the County, including increasing the minimum wage, creating a Sheriff's Oversight Commission, providing unprecedented funding and services for our homeless population and those trying to find and keep affordable housing, increasing services and support for relative caregivers for our foster children, supporting the creation of the Office of Child Protection, creating oversight of the Probation Department, innovating on issues of water conservation and recycling, creating a County-led Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) JPA to bring green power choices to County residents, protecting our arts venues and productions, spurring the construction and re-opening of the John Anson Ford Theatres, reforming both our adult and juvenile justice systems to emphasize and enhance "second chance" and anti-recidivism programs, including the opening of Campus Kilpatrick, a state-of-the-art juvenile justice facility that emphasizes rehabilitation and preparation for a constructive future, protection of the Santa Monica Mountains, as well as the Coast, kicking off a Women and Girls Initiative to build toward a County-wide collaboration on needed changes and programs in all County departments and services, bringing together three County health departments into a new Agency model to break down barriers to service for those who need physical health, mental health and substance abuse treatment, bringing a focus in County Departments on better serving and supporting our LGBTQ youth who comprise almost 20% of our foster kids, and much more.
She is also Chair of the Board of Commissioners of First 5, LA, Chair of the Board of Directors of Metro, Vice-Chair of the Board of the new Clean Power Alliance and Chair of the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee.
Supervisor Kuehl served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She was the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and, in 2012, was Regents' Professor in Public Policy at UCLA.
She was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature. She served as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Natural Resources and Water Committee, and Budget Subcommittee on Water, Energy and Transportation, as well as the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
She authored 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation to establish paid family leave, establish nurse to patient ratios in hospitals; protect the Santa Monica Mountains and prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education. She fought to establish true universal health insurance in California.
Prior to her election to the Legislature, as a public-interest attorney Supervisor Kuehl drafted and fought to get into California law more than 40 pieces of legislation relating to children, families, women, and domestic violence. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women's Law Center.
Supervisor Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978. In her youth, she was known for her portrayal of the irrepressible Zelda Gilroy in the television series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
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Joann Lublin writes the Your Executive Career column for the Wall Street Journal.
She long served as the Journal's management news editor, working with reporters to conceptualize and organize coverage of management and workplace issues. She covered corporate governance, executive pay, management recruiting and succession. Her stories on these topics mainly appeared on the front page and Business & Tech section.
Ms. Lublin also is the author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. The book, published in late 2016, reflects interviews with 52 high-level executives. Most are experienced public company CEOs.
In July 1971, Ms. Lublin joined the Journal as a reporter in San Francisco and transferred to Chicago in 1973. In 1979, she moved to Washington. Her beats included labor issues and housing and urban affairs. Named news editor of the Journal's London bureau in 1987, she became its deputy bureau chief in 1988.
She transferred to New York in August 1990 as a senior special writer covering management. In August 1992, she became deputy management editor. In July 1993, she created the Journal's "Managing Your Career" column.
In September 1998, Ms. Lublin helped initiate the Journal's Your Career Matters page. Her "Your Executive Career" advices column, launched in August 2010, appears regularly.
In 2018, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award given annually by the Gerald Loeb Awards, the highest honor in business journalism. She was a Loeb finalist in 2007. In 2003, she was a member of a Journal team given the Pulitzer Prize for stories exposing corporate scandals.
Ms. Lublin earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with honors, from Northwestern University. She received a master's degree in communications from Stanford University.
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The Hon. Holly J. Mitchell. A third-generation native Angeleno, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is the proud daughter of career public servants and the protégé of community leaders who instilled in her a passion for service. She continued her family legacy of "firsts" when she was named the first African American to chair the powerful Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee in December 2016. Less than two months later, a profile in The Los Angeles Times described Mitchell as "the Legislature's moral compass."
She proved to be just that in 2017 and 2018 when she oversaw the adoption of consecutive state budgets of nearly $200 billion each and won wide praise for directing funds to elementary and college students, the health-care systems and long-neglected programs to assist infants, the elderly, youth and working families.
In recognition of her work, the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last November presented her with its Distinguished Legislator Award.
Advocate for children
Mitchell, the mother of a teen-age son, has devoted her professional life to creating a California where all children thrive. She has led the charge to reform the criminal and juvenile justice systems, expand access to healthcare, early care and education, foster care, secure women's reproductive health and end the trafficking of minors. She is a passionate defender of women's rights and the environment.
Fighting for #EquityAndJustice
In addition to fighting for a budget that better serves the more vulnerable among us, Mitchell joined up with Sen. Ricardo Lara and over two years jointly authored a successful package of 10 criminal justice reforms that place a greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.
A history of caring
Mitchell previously headed California's largest child and family development organization, Crystal Stairs, and worked for the Western Center for Law and Poverty. This gave her valuable insights in how to improve services to diverse communities whose needs were not being addressed by state or local governments.
With nearly 70 bills signed into law, Mitchell's other groundbreaking successes include improving human services, expanding access to healthcare, defending the civil rights of minorities and the undocumented, and reducing the numbers of children growing up in poverty.
Mitchell sits on the Senate Health Committee; the Joint Committee on Rules; the Public Safety Committee; the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee; and the Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. She also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, which she founded. In January, 2018, she was named vice chair of the Joint Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response.
Mitchell has been cited for her outstanding leadership by more than 100 community and business groups, including the Courage Campaign, Sierra Club, United Cerebral Palsy Association, the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Foundation of California Board. She was named the 2017 Lois DeBerry Scholar by Women in Government Leadership and this year received the first Willie L. Brown Jr. Advocacy Award from the California Black Lawyers Association. The National Conference of State Legislatures last summer elected her to its national Executive Committee. Her advocacy on behalf of the expansion of mental health services earned her Legislator-of-the-Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness California, as well as the 2017 California Champion of Mental Health from Mental Health California. She also served as Faculty in Residence at Rutgers University in 1997, and has served as Legislator in Residence at Mount St. Mary's University since 2016.
First elected to the Legislature in 2010, Mitchell represents nearly 1 million residents of the 30th Senate District, which ranges from Century City to South Los Angeles and takes in Culver City, Cheviot Hills, Crenshaw District, USC, downtown L.A. and a portion of Inglewood. For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell's Web site.
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Jennifer Mnookin, David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, joined the faculty of UCLA School of Law in 2005 and became dean in August 2015. As dean she has worked to build upon UCLA Law’s reputation for excellence and access, and to support a collaborative and engaged environment among students, the school’s renowned faculty and its 17,000 alumni. Initiatives she has spearheaded include new programs in human rights, criminal justice and immigration; and the expansion of clinical opportunities in areas ranging from veterans’ needs to documentary filmmaking. A leading evidence scholar, Dean Mnookin is founder and faculty co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (the Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence) and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law. She received her A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History and Social Study of Science and Technology from M.I.T.
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Rachel F. Moran is Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, she was the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. From July 2008 to June 2010, Moran served as a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine Law School, and during her career has served on the faculties of Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, NYU School of Law, the University of Miami Law School, the University of Texas, Fordham Law School, and Harvard University. Moran received her A.B. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981, and began her career as a clerk for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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Heather A. Morgan '94 represents and counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on defending equal employment opportunity cases, including "high stakes" discrimination class actions. Heather devotes a significant portion of her practice to helping employers develop or revamp personnel processes, build "best practices," and ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations impacting recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, termination, affirmative action compliance, voluntary diversity and inclusion programs, succession planning, and other personnel practices. In particular, Heather has significant experience partnering with employers who seek to design improved and compliant personnel processes through a transition to new or upgraded workforce-related software and HR technologies. As part of this counseling, Heather regularly provides compliance advice regarding multi-jurisdiction background check laws, e-signature and data retention requirements, and the use of computer algorithms in hiring and other personnel processes. Heather's practice also includes a special focus on the development and analysis of statistics used in case defense, to conduct preventative, privileged diagnostic reviews of employers' personnel practices (such as pay equity audits), and to develop diversity and inclusion metrics.
Prior to joining GBG, Heather was a partner in the Employment Law department of Paul Hastings LLP and the Global Chair of the firm's Workforce Data and Technology practice.
Played a lead role in obtaining denial of class certification in a nationwide hiring discrimination lawsuit against Cintas Corporation.
Defended and successfully resolved a number of discrimination class actions, most recently a gender pay discrimination case against a large insurance company—the first to be filed under the California Fair Pay Act.
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Tritia M. Murata '04 is a litigation partner in the Employment & Labor Group in Morrison & Foerster's Los Angeles office. She has extensive experience litigating complex cases in both state and federal court, and holds an impressive track record of successfully defeating class certification in high-exposure wage and hour class actions. Outside the courtroom, Tritia provides her clients with practical, business-minded advice regarding various labor and employment law issues.
Tritia is a member of Morrison & Foerster's Women's Strategy Committee, a group that works closely with firm leaders to ensure the advancement of women remains a strategic priority, and is the founder and partner sponsor of the firm's Working Parents Affinity Group in Los Angeles. She is also a proud "double Bruin" and an active alumna of the UCLA School of Law, serving on the Board of UCLA Law Women LEAD. In 2018, Tritia was featured on the "Beyond #MeToo" panel at the Ms. JD conference, a discussion that provided thoughtful insights into how to combat sexual harassment in the workplace and in the legal profession.
In 2015, Tritia was selected by Morrison & Foerster as its Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow, a program established to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments. She was also selected by the National Diversity Council and California Diversity Council to receive a "2015 California Most Powerful and Influential Women Award," which recognizes and honors the women who have not only achieved personal success but have made it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps.
Tritia earned her J.D. in 2004 from the UCLA School of Law, where she was an articles editor of the UCLA Law Review. She received her B.S. in 2001 from UCLA where she was a Regents Scholar.
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The Hon. Dorothy Wright Nelson '53. Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit); former Dean and Professor of Law, University of Southern California Law Center; Former Chair, Ninth Circuit Standing Committee on ADR; Chair Emerita, Board of Directors of Western Justice Center; Co-Chair, Sino-American Conference on Mediation and Arbitration, Beijing, China, 1992; Winner ABA Dispute Resolution Section D'Alemberte/Raven Award, April 2000; Bernard E. Witkin Award from State Bar of California, Sept. 2000; Pasadena Bar Association Judge of the Year Award, Oct. 2002. 2005 Thurgood Marshall Career Achievement Award - Chicago. 2006 Harry Sheldon Award, Pasadena Human Relations Commission. 2009 Project Peace, Lifetime Achievement Award. 2009 Los Angeles County Bar Association Outstanding Jurist Award. 2009 Inner City Law Center Humanitarian Award. 2010 ADR Lifetime Achievement Award, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 2010 Earl Johnson Equal Justice Award, Western Center on Law & Poverty. 2012 Leadership Award, National Association of Women Lawyers. 2013 UCLA Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year Award. 2017 Lady Justice Award for Public Service, National Association of Women Judges.
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Angela J. Reddock-Wright '95. Named a "Top California Employment Lawyer" by the Daily Journal, and one of Los Angeles' "Most Influential Minority and Women Attorneys" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Angela Reddock-Wright is the Managing Partner of the Reddock Law Group. A practicing attorney for nearly 23 years, and a former employment and labor law litigator for more than 15 years, Angela's practice now focuses on the mediation, arbitration and investigation of workplace disputes. In her investigation practice, Angela is retained by public, private, and non-profit sector employers to conduct independent and neutral investigations of workplace harassment, discrimination and other claims.
Angela oversees compliance for contractor and local worker diversity and inclusion for the Los Angeles World Airports/LAX $5Billion Dollar (+) Landside Modernization Access Modernization Program (LAMP), a construction and infrastructure program to rebuild, renovate and modernize LAX. She also co-manages the Project Labor Agreement for the Los Angeles Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (City of Inglewood football stadium) where the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers will play. This project will generate thousands of jobs in the Los Angeles County area and will be a great economic boost to the area.
Angela is the President of the Southern California Mediation Association, and is a member of the distinguished panel of arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association. She is a Member of the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel, an independent oversight body comprised of employment law experts, that advises the County on equity investigations.
Angela has extensive training in conducting workplace investigations, and holds certificates from the Association of Workplace Investigators ("AWI-CH"), and T9 Mastered training for conducting Title IX sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct investigations.
Angela is an Associate Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills, in the Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Program. She is an Instructor at UCLA Extension, in the Human Resources Certification Program.
Angela is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, Amherst College, and the Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Policy and Public Affairs. She received her training as a mediator from the Strauss Institute at the Pepperdine University School of Law.
Angela also is a published author, and frequent speaker and legal commentator. She has been featured on CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Essence Magazine, among other news and media outlets.
Angela is passionate about the workplace, and has made it her life's mission to help build great 21st Century workplaces, and to help bridge the gaps that often divide employers and employees.
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The Hon. Luz Rivas '06 was born in Los Angeles to an immigrant family and grew up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. She attended LA Unified schools before earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT and a master's of education from Harvard.
Luz has built her career at the intersection of engineering, education and public service. She worked as an electrical design engineer at Motorola before founding DIY Girls, a nonprofit that provides enrichment programs focused on encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. While presiding over DIY Girls, she served as a Champions Board Member of the California Girls in STEM Collaborative; as a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab; on the Visiting Committee for the MIT Dean of Undergraduate Studies; and as a service learning instructor for engineering undergraduates at USC. She also collaborated with engineers, planners and environmentalists to develop environmental technology curricula for high school students, and worked to increase diversity at Caltech and on NASA- and NSF-funded projects that aimed to increase access to STEM in community-based organizations. In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.
Luz was elected and sworn in to the California State Assembly in June of 2018. She currently serves on the Assembly Committees on Budget; Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation; Jobs, Economy Development, and the Economy; Labor and Employment; Local Government; Revenue and Taxation; and is co-chair of the Legislative Ethics Committee. It is an honor for her to represent the community she grew up in.
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Mary D. Rodriguez '88 is the General Counsel/Director of Legal Affairs at INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization with 194 member countries. Ms. Rodriguez is the first woman and the first American to serve in this position. Seconded to INTERPOL since March 2016, from the United States Department of Justice, Ms. Rodriguez is the former Acting Director of the Criminal Division's Office of International Affairs.
At INTERPOL, headquartered in Lyon, France, Ms. Rodriguez directs the Office of Legal Affairs, which is responsible for providing legal support to INTERPOL's governing bodies, operational units, and 194 member countries on a broad range of legal subjects. She oversees advice on issues relating to international police cooperation, information storage and retention, and governance. Ms. Rodriguez also serves on INTERPOL's Strategic Management Board.
One of Ms. Rodriguez' signature achievements at INTERPOL is the creation and implementation of the Notice and Diffusions Task Force, a multi-disciplinary unit of lawyers, police officers, and analysts that ensures legal compliance for INTERPOL's notices and wanted person diffusions.
An attorney with over 25 years' experience, she has been involved in multiple aspects of the practice of law, including civil and criminal litigation, providing advice and counsel, and managing and leading lawyers. As Acting Director of the Office of International Affairs, Ms. Rodriguez led over 100 lawyers and staff dedicated to international extraditions and mutual legal assistance for the United States government. Ms. Rodriguez negotiated several international law enforcement treaties. She also achieved a $13 million budget increase for new technology and staff to meet growing demands for international cooperation and evidence sharing. In collaboration with the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C., and the U.S. District Court, she improved efficiency, reduced delays and backlogs and lightened the workload of federal prosecutors by implementing specialized units to fulfill foreign requests for evidence. Ms. Rodriguez also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and as a Trial Attorney with the Voting Rights Section of DOJ's Civil Rights Division.
Ms. Rodriguez is a talented and highly motivated attorney and leader recognized with the Attorney General's John Marshall Award in 2013 for her role in transforming the U.S./Mexico extradition relationship into one of the most successful bilateral partnerships resulting in unprecedented numbers of extraditions. In 2015, Ms. Rodriguez received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for her work on the team that dismantled a global botnet of ransomware that extorted approximately $100 million from U.S. and European businesses and consumers.
A native of California, and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ms. Rodriguez is fluent in Spanish and studied French and Italian. She received her law degree from UCLA School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of San Diego. Ms. Rodriguez and her husband, Alan Hernandez, also a lawyer, have a son and a daughter.
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Morvareed Z. Salehpour '10 is Managing Partner of Salehpour Legal Consulting, a law firm specializing in handling a diverse range of complex legal matters both in and outside the courtroom. She is experienced in negotiating a variety of contracts and legal agreements and handling cases from inception to trial and appeal. She has represented clients across the nation ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and works in a variety of industries, including real estate, entertainment, technology, blockchain, media, banking, manufacturing, fashion, retail, cannabis, food and beverage, and healthcare, among others.
Ms. Salehpour earned a degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from UCLA in 2007 and received her JD from the UCLA School of Law in 2010, where she also served as a Managing Editor for the UCLA Law Review. Ms. Salehpour previously practiced at BakerHostetler, a national firm where her work included being a member of the legal team seeking to recover the principal lost in the Madoff Ponzi scheme, and then at Strange & Butler, a complex litigation boutique. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, is a member of the bars of the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California, and a member of the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Salehpour is also a Trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association and a regular speaker and writer on blockchain and business law issues.
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Lauri M. Shanahan '87 has over 25 years of leadership experience across a number of global, multi-channel, and multi-brand enterprises as well as private, high-growth companies from a diverse array of industries including consumer products, consumer services and hospitality. She currently serves on the board of directors of three public companies: Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK), a $3.7B global, omni-channel footwear, accessories and apparel lifestyle company with a portfolio of well-known brands (eg UGG, Hoka, Teva, Sanuk); Treasury Wine Estates (ASX: TWE), an Australian, $13B vertically-integrated global wine company with a portfolio of over 70 brands; and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the world's largest amusement park and resort operators with a $3B market cap.
Ms. Shanahan serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee for Deckers and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for Cedar Fair, and is a member of TWE's Compensation Committee. Lauri was previously the Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of Gap Inc., a global retailer with $16B in annual revenues, where she spent over 16 years of her career. She served on the Executive Leadership Team and oversaw key strategic, operating and administrative functions serving all brands and business units. Lauri worked closely with Gap Inc.'s Board of Directors, attending all board and committee meetings for over a decade.
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Michelle Sherman '88 is a Senior Corporate Counsel for Farmers Insurance where she works with the Business Insurance group advising Underwriting, Billing, Operations, Communications, and the Product Groups. Michelle was the lead for the Women's Inclusion Network for Farmers and helped employees of the company develop the skills and professional connections to land their next position at Farmers. Michelle has also given programs to graduate and undergraduate students at USC (as an adjunct professor teaching PR related courses), and law students and alumni at UCLA, on how to get a job or make a career change. Having started her career at Farmers managing outside law firms in litigation matters, Michelle looks forward to sharing her lessons learned on how to do well in a corporate counsel position and be recognized with more career opportunities.
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Evelyn Aguilar Shimazaki '84 is Of Counsel at Parsus LLP. Her practice is focused on the representation of companies in intellectual property licensing and commercial transactions including joint development, distribution and commercialization activities, strategic alliances, outsourcing and other services arrangements.
Prior to joining Parsus, Evelyn was a Senior Counsel at Apple in Cupertino, California for fourteen years. After leaving Apple, she was Chief Counsel at Tesla in Palo Alto, California and then a Consultant at Oculus VR/Facebook in Menlo Park, California. While Evelyn started her legal career as a Public Interest Attorney after graduation from UCLA Law School, she began her in-house career a few years later in the Tokyo Headquarters of Aiwa Co. Ltd.
A native of the Philippines, Evelyn speaks Tagalog, Spanish and some Japanese. She received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law. Evelyn is a Founding Board Member of UCLA Law Women LEAD and an Advisory Board Member of the Lowell Milkin Institute of Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law.
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Alicia Solow-Niederman is a 2017–2019 PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy. Her scholarship focuses on the ways in which emerging technologies such as AI interact with law and regulation as well as with political and social institutions and norms. Solow-Niederman’s work on data breaches was selected as a winner of the 2017 Yale Law Journal’s recent graduate essay competition on emerging legal problems and challenges in law and technology. After her fellowship, she will clerk for the Honorable Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. She received her B.A. with Distinction in Communication and Political Science from Stanford University and earned her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review (HLR) and served as Chair for the HLR Forum, the online compendium to the print edition. She has previously worked as a project manager at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and interned at a DC law firm as well as with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy.
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Benita S. Yu '19 is a third-year J.D. student at UCLA School of Law and a UCLA Law Women LEAD Student LEADer. Benita received her undergraduate degree from USC and worked as a Litigation Analyst at Munger, Tolles & Olson before attending law school. In addition to UCLA Law Women LEAD, Benita is a member of UCLA Law's Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association and a Discourse Editor of the UCLA Law Review.
As a child, Benita lived in Hong Kong for seven years. This experience has fostered her interest in traveling and learning about different cultures, as well as her openness to diverse perspectives and ideas. In her spare time, Benita enjoys sketch journaling, reading the New York Times, and exploring the Greater Los Angeles Area with family and friends (especially for good food).
After law school, Benita hopes to pursue a career in litigation. Benita looks forward to serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John D. Early on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California this coming fall.
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