A “Super Dine-Around” with Members of Lawyers Club’s Mentorship Roundtable October 2014

October 2014
Mentorship Roundtable
A “Super Dine-Around” with Members of Lawyers Club’s
Advisory Board and San Diego’s Legal Leaders
By Patricia P. Hollenbeck
George Brewster
Hon. Patricia Cowett
Hon. Maureen Hallahan
Hon. Margaret McKeown
Every year, the new Lawyers Club president outlines those initiatives which are
particularly important. At the Annual Dinner in May, I mentioned how proud I am
to follow in the footsteps of the women and men who have helped us to advance
our mission over the past 42 years. It was my hope that, as someone who has
practiced law for over 25 years, my experience will help our collective efforts to
increase our profile, and to encourage collaboration and involvement. I told you
that, to me, Lawyers Club is about an awareness of our mission, leadership, and
working together. We all recognize that the challenges are still there, but it’s time
to make a difference. And I encouraged you to find your passion, and to recognize
the women – and men – who step up to support and mentor you.
It is probably obvious that mentorship is extremely
important to me, and I believe that for Lawyers Club
to be the best it can be, our organization has to
include newer attorneys and law students, as well
as more experienced lawyers, judges, and other
members of the community. We are so fortunate that
Lawyers Club has a wealth of riches in the men and
women who founded and supported our organization
and those who have, and continue to, advance our
It is with this in mind that we announce a
tremendous, and new, program for October’s
Mentorship Luncheon. You may know that a year
ago, we created a hugely successful program called
Dine-Arounds, where our membership had the
opportunity to sign up for small-group dinners with
What? When? Where?
Johanna Schiavoni
prominent Lawyers Club members. The event was so
popular that it sold out in less than half an hour after
registration opened. Spoiler alert: We are planning two
sets of Dine-Arounds this year!
You may also know that Lawyers Club has an
Advisory Board. The history of the Advisory Board is
outlined in the wonderful article, infra, on Charlie Bird.
The precursor to the Advisory Board was the Strategic
Planning Committee, formed in 1988; its purpose
was to address whether there was still a need for
a “cause-based” bar association. The Strategic
Planning Committee morphed into the Advisory
Board, an informal group “serving at the pleasure of
the President and advising her on key issues facing
Lawyers Club”. I am so fortunate to be mentored and
advised by this illustrious group.
Continued on page 4
What: Lawyers Club’s Annual Mentorship Luncheon
When: Thursday, October 16, 2014; 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: The U.S. Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.
Cost: Members, $30; Non-members, $45; Students, $45; (at the door subject to availability)
RSVP: www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
What’s Inside
Upcoming Events:
The Professional Advancement Committee
hosts, “Negotiating Your Career” with Ann
marie Houghtailing, see page 5.
Lawyers Club hosts Fall Judicial Reception
for San Diego Judiciary and the National
Association of Women Judges on October
17, the details are on pages 12-13.
Of Note
By popular demand, we have
republished Janine Sarti’s
speech from the June
Luncheon’s General Counsel
Roundtable discussion on pages
Past Events
Lawyers Club shines at California
Women Lawyers 40th
Anniversary Dinner; all the
details and photographs on
pages 14-15.
Find out what happened 30 years
ago in Lawyers Club history on
page 4.
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President’s Message to Members
Escaping the Marzipan Layer: Mentors, Sponsors, and Champions
Patricia P. Hollenbeck
I was born on Torrejon AFB in Madrid, Spain, thirteen years after my two older
brothers. I was, as they say, a “surprise.” My mother says it was the water, but I think
that may be a fib. My dad took up golf when I was six, and as it turned out, so did I.
We’d go to the local Par 3 course, which had giant lights to facilitate night golf. I’d tag
along to hit balls on the range. Girls really didn’t play then; it was a man’s sport. But
one day something happened that changed my future—we played with a man and
woman. So I asked my dad, “If she can play, can I?” My dad was all for it. He took
me to Sears Roebuck, because Big 5 and stores like it didn’t exist, and bought me a
“short set” of clubs. They came in a tiny red plaid bag. After that, I played all the time.
Years later I had the opportunity to compete all over the country, and ultimately I went
to Stanford on a golf scholarship, thanks to the enactment of Title IX.
Neither of my parents attended college, but they made it clear to
the three of us that we would. I really never considered not going; I
started kindergarten the same fall my “younger older” brother went to
college. My dad must have told me a thousand times how important
it was for a woman to be self-supporting. He had three sisters, and no
brothers, and was particularly attuned to women. One of his sisters
endured a difficult marriage, eventually deciding to divorce at a time
when divorce was disfavored. My dad understood the challenges that
are unique to women. He was a feminist before the term existed. He
was my champion.
There are no lawyers in my family, so when I started working at
a law firm, it was all brand new. And like any young lawyer, I had to
figure out how to succeed—on a myriad of levels. There is the practice
of law, but there is also business development, and relationships
within the firm. While my law school class was 50% women—yes,
that statistic has been around for 30 years—it was not that way in
practice. There weren’t that many women, particularly at the partner
level. But I was lucky. I was assigned to work for Judy Haller, who is
now an Associate Justice on the 4th District Court of Appeal. Judy’s
job was to train me. It took two years and at least a gross of red
pens, but I still recall the day she proofed a letter I wrote and didn’t
make a single edit. My assistant gleefully offered to frame it. Judy
was instrumental to my career. She taught me the foundation of law
practice. I turn to her for advice, even now. Judy Haller is my mentor.
So what is a sponsor? When I was a younger lawyer, the term
“sponsor” didn’t exist. But it does now. In 2013 the New York Times
published: “Mentors Are Good. Sponsors Are Better.” http://www.
nytimes.com/2013/04/14/jobs/sponsors-seen-as-crucial-for-womenscareer-advancement.html?_r=0. The article summarizes a two-year
study conducted by the Center For Talent Innovation, which concludes
that women, in particular, need a sponsor—a powerfully positioned
champion—to help us escape the “marzipan layer” which is apparently
located just below the glass ceiling. As I understand the difference,
mentors act as a sounding board, and give advice whereas sponsors
invest and advocate, but expect outstanding performance.
Forbes publishes a Most Powerful Women list every year. In 2012
the issue included the article: “Got a mentor? Good. Now Find a
Sponsor” which offers tips for finding a sponsor, including building on
a mentoring relationship, identifying those who inspire you, and asking
for guidance. See, http://fortune.com/2012/09/21/got-a-mentor-goodnow-find-a-sponsor/. One of the women profiled included the senior
vice president of global business services at IBM. She described
mentoring as good advice. But her sponsor did more; he took action
by recommending her for a significant global position. While not
many of us have sponsors with global reach, her story is illustrative.
Sponsors are men and women who have power and influence. They
go a step further because the relationship merits it, and they offer
affirmative help with career advancement.
What I hope to convey is that mentoring is key to career
advancement and to your happiness quotient. As with any career,
practicing law isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. You may start in one area
of the law, and change to another. You may start in private practice,
and move to the public sector. Perhaps your goal is partnership, or
your life-long dream is to be a judge. Whatever your circumstances,
mentoring is important. And if one of your goals is to find a sponsor,
you first need to connect with others. Developing a mentoring
relationship is the perfect place to start.
So how do you find a mentor? Well, Sheryl Sandberg says you can’t
just pop the question. You know, like the children’s book Are You My
Mother? But I want to suggest that mentoring isn’t random. It’s a
relationship that develops. It takes time, but it’s worth it. At the Equal
Pay Day luncheon last April, Ann marie Houghtailing made a telling
observation—being glued to your desk hoping against hope that
someone will notice you is not enough. It takes effort to stand up,
raise your visibility, and accept suggestions. When a person you know
reaches out to you, it’s because you’ve made an impression, and you
have forged a connection. Whether that person is a mentor, sponsor,
or champion, it’s an opportunity.
Lawyers Club is a great place to start building relationships, which
will in turn help you increase your business and referral network,
and elevate your profile. We have a highly successful mentoring
initiative called Circles of Influence. We pair groups by interest,
in an effort to encourage connections. Our October lunch is also
devoted to mentorship. Our special guests this month are prominent
members of the legal community, and the Lawyers Club Advisory
Board—our founders, past presidents, and other long-time supporters
of our mission. They devote their time to advise and mentor the
Lawyers Club president. Yep, that’s me, and it’s incredible. At our
October luncheon their focus is you. Please join us for a remarkable
Patricia P. Hollenbeck, President of Lawyers Club, is a Partner at Duane
Morris LLP.
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About Us
Lawyers Club Members Making News
By Jodi Cleesattle
Anna Romanskaya
Vickie Turner
Hon. Irma Gonzalez
Lawyers Club vice president Anna Romanskaya was elected
secretary of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers
Division at the ABA annual meeting in Boston in August.
Romanskaya, a partner at Stark & D’Ambrosio, LLP, will serve a
year as secretary, then will take the position of chair-elect, then as
chair of the division in 2016-17.
Lawyers Club past president Vickie Turner, a partner with
Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, was elected chair of the National Bar
Association Commercial Law Section and also elected to serve
as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Bar
Association during the association’s annual convention in Atlanta
in July. The Commercial Law Section brings members together
with in-house counsel at major corporations who seek to increase
the diversity of their outside counsel ranks.
Robert Francavilla
Denise Asher
Fausta Albi and Diana Vellos Coker, partners with Larrabee
Albi Coker LLP, have been selected by their peers for inclusion
in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in San Diego in the field of
immigration law. Their practice focuses on employment-based
immigration matters including immigration compliance.
On the Move
Denise Asher has joined the panel of mediators, arbitrators
and private judges at Judicate West. Asher helps parties resolve
complex and highly emotional cases, with particular subject
matter expertise in elder abuse, employment, personal injury, and
professional malpractice matters.
Jodi Cleesattle is a deputy attorney general with the California
Department of Justice and Lawyers Club’s Press Liaison.
Retired U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez, a Lawyers Club
sustaining member, received a Latino Spirit Award from the
California Latino Legislative Caucus at the State Capitol in
Sacramento in May. Gonzalez, who served on the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of California from 1992 to 2013 and
served as Chief Judge from January 2005 to January 2012, was
recognized for achievement in law and public service.
“Best Lawyers”
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield partner Robert
Francavilla has been named as San Diego’s “Lawyer of the
Year” for plaintiffs’ products liability litigation by Best Lawyers
in America. He also is recognized in the plaintiff’s personal
injury litigation category. A total of five Casey Gerry partners, all
Lawyers Club members, are featured in the 2015 edition of Best
Lawyers, including Gayle Blatt, David S. Casey Jr., Thomas
Penfield and Frederick Schenk. Blatt, Casey and Penfield are
recognized in the plaintiff’s personal injury litigation section, and
Schenk is listed in the plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class action
Have you...
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...won any recent awards?
Don’t be shy about sharing your good news.
Submit information regarding your or your colleagues’
career accomplishments for our “About Us” column –
awards, promotions, job changes, board appointments,
published articles, presentations, etc. –
to Jodi Cleesattle at [email protected].
The deadline for each issue of Lawyers Club News
is the first of the month prior to that issue.
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Mentorship Roundtable - “Super Dine Around”
Continued on page 4
Our program is using the Dine-Around concept—
the small group “nosh” with prominent Lawyers
Club members—so you can meet the Advisory
Board and other leaders in the legal community.
They will serve as table leaders, and you will have
the chance to talk to them about a host of topics.
The members of the Advisory Board include Hon.
Katherine Bacal, Hon. Cynthia Bashant, Wendy M.
Behan, Charles Bird, Sarah Boot, George Brewster,
Hon. Jill Burkhardt, Hon. Patricia Cowett (Ret.),
Hon. Cindy Davis, Christina Dyer, Stacy Fode, Hon.
Irma Gonzalez (Ret.), Hon. Maureen Hallahan, Hon.
Anthony Joseph (Ret.), Hon. Judith McConnell,
Lilys McCoy, Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Hon.
Paula Rosenstein, Hon. Lynn Schenk, Johanna
Schiavoni, Hon. Stephanie Sontag, Hon. Randa
Trapp, and Vickie Turner. They are our founders, pastpresidents, and leaders—and they are AWESOME,
and I mean that. (If you’ve not seen the TED talk
on how people overuse awesome, search for “TED
talk and awesome”.) So far, fourteen Advisory Board
members have committed to attend to meet and
greet. A host of community leaders have also
volunteered. Please join us for this highly anticipated
Patricia P. Hollenbeck, President of Lawyers Club, is
a partner at Duane Morris LLP.
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Vice Presidents
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Renee Galente
Jessica Jagir
Anna Romanskaya
Tamera Weisser
Jennifer Chang
Bhashini Weerasinghe
30 Years Ago in Lawyers Club History
By George W. Brewster Jr.
The October 1984 addition of the Lawyers Club News is jam-packed.
The sense of it is that the organization has really taken off, with a swirl of
activities and opportunities.
The front page highlights the popular Wine
and Cheese Reception—at that time, still held in
the homes of members (in October 1984, it was
the home of Hon. Sheridan Reed). As noted in
the Board Briefs, Lawyers Club had 280 regular
members and 39 student members.
County Bar Association but as its compliment. In
the safe environment of Lawyers Club, members
feel comfortable. They ask the “dumb” questions
otherwise answered by experience. They are free
to share their successes and challenges, to be
understood and to understand.”
Speaking of student members, this issue
launched two new programs by the Lawyers Club
Student Committee: (1) Student Law Clerkship
Referral Service (linking attorney members with
students seeking law clerk opportunities); and (2)
Ride Along (to give student members “the chance
to participate in the day-to-day world of legal
practice by observing attorney members in their
actual work place”).
The October Lawyers Club luncheon featured the
President of California Women Lawyers (Meredith
Taylor). A former Lawyers Club president and
also then a member of CWL’s executive board,
Cheryl Ruffier was featured in a separate article,
promoting a lecture she was giving on wrongful
termination. At the time, Ruffier was a litigation
partner in a private firm. Later on she joined the
Office of the District Attorney, and currently serves
as a Chief Deputy (Administration) for District
Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Helen Rowe became the new editor of the
newsletter. For many years Helen authored a
social news column for the San Diego County
Bar Association’s monthly magazine, DICTA (and
hosted an annual holiday party at her home for
DICTA staff). She served on the Lawyers Club
Board and was Lawyers Club President in 1987.
Helen had a number of articles in this particular
issue, including a brief interview with Lawyers
Club President Bonnie Dumanis. When Dumanis
was asked how Lawyers Club fit into the San
Diego legal community in 1984, her response
included: “Lawyers Club works with and for its
members facing gender bias. It does not act as
a substitute for membership in the San Diego
Also of note in this issue is the promotion of
a play by the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company
called “The Third Party”, based on the life of Belva
Lockwood (the namesake of Lawyers Club’s
service award). Among other things, Lockwood
was the first woman to be admitted to practice
before the U.S. Supreme Court, advocated for
equal pay for equal work (in 1870), and in 1884 ran
for President of the United States on the “National
Equal Rights Party” ticket (receiving 4,149 votes).
George W. Brewster Jr., is a member of the
Lawyers Club History & Archives Committee.
Amanda Allen
Olga Alvarez
Jennifer Chang
Eric Ganci
Shalini Kedia
Jamie Quient
Susan Swan
North County Chapter
Danielle Hultenius Moore
Tara (Jacobson) Duester
Associate Editor
Carla Sanderson
Executive Director
Elaine Lawrence
Administrative Coordinator
Vicky Frank
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“Negotiating Your Career”
Sponsored by Professional Advancement Committee
By Frann Setzer
Negotiating on your own behalf can make all the difference in achieving
what you want and what you deserve in your career. Ann marie
Houghtailing, CEO of the Millionaire Girls’ Movement, will explain how to
craft an elegant, professional “ask,” how to manage your beliefs around
negotiating and how to be an agent of your own success.
Whether it’s discussing salary, obtaining credit for your work, asking
for a career-related opportunity or flexible work hours, the ability to
negotiate your career impacts your bottom line as well as the quality
of your life. Houghtailing’s program will detail how to construct a
communication plan and become more expansive in your thinking
about negotiation. In addition to serving as the CEO of the Millionaire
Girls’ Movement, Houghtailing is the author of How I Created a Dollar
Out of Thin Air. Houghtailing’s writing has appeared in the Yahoo!
Finance, Daily Worth, Huffington Post, San Diego Business Journal,
and Daily Transcript.
The program will be held on October 23, 2014 at Hughes Marino,
1450 Front Street, San Diego CA, 92101. It will begin at 5:30pm
and end at 7:00pm. More details will follow. Registration is open to
Lawyers Club Members only.
For more information or to join at the committee level, please
contact Frann Setzer ([email protected]) or Stephanie
Reynolds ([email protected]), Co-Chairs of the Professional
Advancement Committee.
Frann Setzer is a partner at Lewis, Warren & Setzer, LLP, a boutique
family law firm and is Co-Chair of the Professional Advancement
Who? What? When? Where?
Who: Ann marie Houghtailing, CEO of the Millionaire Girls’
Movement and author of How I Created a Dollar Out of Thin Air
What: “Negotiating Your Career”
Where: Hughes Marino, 1450 Front Street, San Diego CA, 92101
Date: October 23, 2014, 5:30pm-7:00pm
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Janine Sarti - Speech from General Counsel Roundtable
Forward by Tara Jacobson Duester, open letter by Janine Sarti
At Lawyers Club’s June 19 luncheon, “Direct from the C-Suite: Tips for
In-House Counsel and Lawyers in the Trenches,” Janine Sarti, Chief Legal
Officer of Palomar Health identified tips for professional advancement. Sarti
spoke about leadership. Sarti’s mantra: “talent is a gift, but leadership is a
choice.” Sarti had the following to share in reflection on her involvement in
the 2014 General Counsel roundtable and those of years’ past:
Hello everyone. I’m
Janine Sarti. I feel the need
to introduce myself to you,
because in the flyer for this
program, I am a blonde. Thank
you to Lawyers Club for the kind invitation to speak at this event. I see
the familiar faces of many of my friends; I also see the new faces of
the friends I have not yet met.
I attended the past two General Counsel Roundtables. The prior
years’ speakers, Carol Lam and Phil Rudolph are esteemed attorneys
who enhance the reputation of our profession. I am humbled to be
considered among their number and aspire to their lofty standards.
At this year’s luncheon, I was asked to speak about tips from the
trenches, and share with you what I have learned in my career, and
I will. But first, I want to give you a context about me and how I
was raised. My parents were immigrants and money was tight. We
were so poor, we’d joke that we didn’t eat chicken unless we were
sick, or the chicken was. My dad was illiterate in both Italian and
in English. My mother’s parents believed that girls should not be
educated, as they would only get married, and that education would
be wasted. I was raised by two parents who believed that education
and hard work were next to godliness, and they were hell-bent to
get me to deification. My parents taught me to be nice. Tell the truth.
Always do your best. My parents never expected that I would be the
smartest person in the room, but they sure as heck demanded that
in any situation no one would ever outwork me. Regardless of the
circumstance, I was always to be gracious.
Those principles shaped who I am today, in my career, with my
family, and with my friends. In addition, in the 30 years that I have
been an attorney, I have learned some important lessons from the
boardroom, about how to get there, and how to stay there. It is those
lessons that I want to share with you today.
My goal for you today: the next time you speak with a client,
they recognize you as a trusted advisor. They embrace you as an
indispensable member of the team. And I want you to be able to
create for them an atmosphere of confidence in you and your advice.
I’m not asking for much, so listen up.
There is no substitute for hard work and competence. I know
that every person in this room is smart and hardworking. That is not
enough – just being smart and hardworking will never be enough to
What I found over the course of my career is that in order to be
what I considered a success, I needed something more. I needed
to bring value beyond my job description. I found the path to what I
considered a success was actually a journey of discovery about who
I am and what I stand for. I learned these lessons more from my
failures than from my conquests.
My values about how I live my life are what made me more
respected by and successful to the organization, over and above
anyone else who applied for my job. These may be unique just to me
and I do not expect that they would be a fit with everyone. Your path
to what you consider “success” is a journey for you of discovering
your own values, and using them to benefit others.
This is who I am and this is how I got here:
1.It’s about leadership. Leadership has nothing to do with power
or control. Leadership has nothing to do with your title or reporting
relationships. Leadership is quite simply the ability to create
an environment where others succeed, and in that regard that
makes every one of you in this room a leader. Talent is a gift,
but leadership is a choice. Do you know the fastest route to the
C-Suite? Help someone else get there first.
2.Believe in yourself. Have the confidence that you are valuable.
That confidence will precede you whenever you enter a room.
Confidence is an observable quality and speaks volumes before
you open your mouth. Confidence is a habit. One TED talk that I
listened to said that before you go into an important meeting, to
take a superman stance with your feet apart, hands on your hips,
and chest out. Hold this position for three minutes and tell yourself
that when you go into that meeting that you are going to rock their
world. This physical stance and positive affirmation trains your brain
to get in a habit of being confident.
3.Know your truth, and don’t be afraid to live it. My truth: I will live
my life as an example to my son, and at the end of each day, I
must be able to look in the mirror and say “job well done, good and
faithful servant.”
4.Be passionate. Whatever you do in life, do it with all your heart
and trust me, the world will notice. If the work environment that
you are in isn’t conducive to your being passionate about it, quit.
You will never make it to the C-suite if you aren’t passionate about
what you do. And, life is far too short to spend it being lukewarm.
5.It’s all about relationships. If you come to work for me, you will
hear me tell you that for every dollar I pay you, 1 penny of that
dollar pays you for your technical skills. With the other 99 cents, I
pay you for your ability to get along.
6.Determine your brand and be proud of it. Are you Sandra Day
O’Connor? Are you Beyoncé? Whatever it is, accept that you are
uniquely and beautifully you. Go out there and shake what your
mama gave you. To help me determine my brand, I hired an image
consultant, because Honey, I don’t wake up looking like this. She
helped me figure out how to project the look of a successful leader
from my hair to my shoes. It was one of the best investments I
made in myself and in my career.
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7.Never, ever give up on yourself. Not many people know that I
was going quit law school after my first year. It was my wonderful
husband who helped me through. Whatever your goals are, from
your career to your education to your love live, don’t ever give
up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever sell out. Don’t ever stop trying.
Surround yourself with people who believe in you. And if you find
yourself surrounded by naysayers, tell them to kiss your grits and
carry on. But never, ever give up on yourself and your dreams.
8.Be courageous. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage
is doing what you are afraid to do. Comfort and success rarely go
hand in hand. Courage is finding your voice to speak the truth to
power. Courage is grace under pressure. Take the plunge, however
small. I’ve been scared lots of times to the point where I wanted to
pee my pants. Just don’t let the fear paralyze you, and be sure to
always wear Depends.
9.Well behaved women rarely make history. It’s the successful
person who is able to determine which rules to follow, and which
rules are actually mere suggestions. Rules are just words on the
page, begging, and yearning for you to rewrite them. You make the
10. Be kind to yourself and to each other. You never know the load
that someone else is bearing. You don’t know what is happening in
their lives. I believe that whatever you put out in the world comes
back to you ten-fold. Be kind, because in the end, only kindness
So those are my tips for career success. If you believe that what
you saw at the luncheon panel table are images of “success,” then I
want you to know you can do that too. Every one of you in this room
can do that. And every single one of you in the room is worthy of
every success.
In the words of Winnie the Pooh, there is something you must
always remember, “you are braver than you believe, stronger than you
seem, and smarter than you think.”
Thank you Lawyers Club. I wish you all every good thing,
Tara Jacobson Duester is an associate at the Brown Law Group and the Lawyers Club News Editor. A special thank you to Janine
Sarti, Chief Legal Officer of Palomar Health for sharing her perspective.
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Fund for Justice Spring 2014 Grants:
Purposeful Giving Gives Lawyers Club Members Purpose
By Rupa Singh
What does it mean to have purpose? Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What
Motivates Us, defines it as a universal desire to do what we do in service of something larger than
ourselves. [Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation, TEDGlobal, July 2009 (http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_
pink_on_motivation).] In Lawyers Club parlance, that something larger than us necessarily includes, if
not begins with, the Fund for Justice.
Established in 1997 as the Lawyers Club charitable foundation, and
managed through a donor-advised fund at the San Diego Foundation,
the Fund for Justice awards grants to nonprofits dedicated to
education, research, and programming for “at-risk” women and
children. The Fund for Justice embraced early-on an idea that has now
gained wider acceptance—that investing in women and girls is a highly
effective strategy for creating social change [High-Impact Giving to
Women and Girls, a Guide for Donors, U.S. Trust Bank of America
Private Wealth Management (http://www.ustrust.com/Publish/Content/
application/pdf/GWMOL/ARA36DE4.pdf).] Not surprisingly, then, giving
to women and girls is growing at a faster pace than overall foundation
giving by all types of donors. [Accelerating Change for Women and Girls:
The Role of Women’s Funds, The Foundation Center and the Women’s
Funding Network (2009).] “I contribute to the Fund for Justice because
I have seen that even small grants made to the selected women’s
organizations have a big impact,” says Lawyers Club immediate past
President and Fund for Justice Committee member Johanna Schiavoni.
The Fund for Justice is financed by tax-deductible donations from
Lawyers Club members, annual contributions from various events
directed to it by the Lawyers Club Board of Directors, and the
Lawyers Club signature charitable fund raiser, the Annual Holiday
Luncheon. It awards grants twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.
In its Spring 2014 cycle, it awarded seven grants totaling $12,500,
as follows: (1) $1,000 to Break the Silence, which operates a social
media forum for domestic violence survivors; (2) $1,500 to Generate
Hope, which provides shelter, counseling, and rehabilitation services
to sexually trafficked women; (3) $1,500 to Palomar Health-Forensic
Health Services, the only facility in North County to provide forensic
examination and specific preservation for victims of domestic violence,
child abuse, and sex trafficking; (4) $2,500 to Kids’ Turn, which
runs workshops to help children experiencing divorce and military
transitions; (5) $2,500 to Street of Dreams: Musicians for Education,
which supports high-risk teen mothers in graduating high school and
entering college; (6) $2,500 to Hannah’s House, which provides a
safe venue for families with domestic violence issues to have parentchild visitations; and (7) $1,000 to Dress for Success, which furnishes
homeless and indigent women with clothes to enter or re-enter the
“I know my money is being put to good work!” says Deborah
Dixon, a long time Fund for Justice Committee Member and Lawyers
Club Board member. Michelle Ialeggio, a former Lawyers Club Board
member and Co-Chair of the Fund for Justice Committee, says that
the Fund for Justice exponentially increases her ability to help, making
my “dollar stretch” to help “more people who need it.” Ann Parode
Dynes, who was involved in establishing the Fund for Justice under
the San Diego Foundation and is one of the original donors, particularly
likes contributing to the Fund for Justices “because, as a retiree,
I can leverage my support of Lawyers Club with a tax deductible
But the fact that the Fund for Justice leverages members’ support
for needy and underserved women and children is only part of the
story. The impact that such purposeful giving has on the donors, is
separately noteworthy. Research indicates that donors cite not just the
perceived outcomes and effects of their charitable activity as reasons
for philanthropy, but also the personal fulfillment and empowerment
that their charitable activity engenders. [The 2011 Study of High Net
Worth Women’s Philanthropy and The Impact of Women’s Giving
Networks, Research and Written by The Center on Philanthropy at
Indiana University, Sponsored by Bank of American Merrill Lynch (Nov.
“I believe that charitable activity by a professional organization
like Lawyers Club provides valuable philanthropic experience to its
volunteers, makes a statement to its community as to its values,
harnesses the financial resources of its members, and is the right thing
to do,” says Dynes. Not surprisingly, others echo Dynes’s sentiment
that it is not just what the Fund for Justice does for the collective good,
but also how it empowers them to be meaningful agents of social
change, that sustains them. “The Fund for Justice is such an important
part of why I belong to Lawyers Club,” says Ialeggio, who particularly
values the dedication necessary to vet grant applications and direct the
organization’s giving.
Separate from the substantive impact of the Fund for Justice, Dixon
also derives fulfillment from her work on the Committee, whose
“hard work, due diligence and analysis of each grant request” allows
her to impact the work of organizations she might otherwise never
encounter. “I personally give to Fund for Justice because it allows me
to feel confident in my charitable giving,” she says. Schiavoni adds that
working on the Fund for Justice Committee brings the added benefit
that it helps everyone learn “about nonprofits in San Diego doing muchneeded work to support underserved women, youth and children.”
Lawyers Club Board member, Erika Hiramatsu, says, “I contribute
to Fund for Justice because—and I’ll shamelessly borrow from a
commercial—with a great career comes great responsibility. I feel so
fortunate to live in San Diego, doing work I enjoy. Through the Fund
for Justice, I can contribute to the community on a larger scale than I
could on my own.” And that, of course, brings us full circle to having
purpose, and the desire to serve something larger than ourselves.
Rupa Singh is a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
and a member of the Lawyers Club Fund for Justice Committee.
Any views expressed herein are her own. Please visit www.
lawyersclusandiego.com to learn more about the Fund for Justice.
Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Lawyers Club News
Join SDVLP’s Task Force to Assist Vulnerable Women and Children
By Leslie J. Mackay
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program is seeking
volunteers to plan the 2015 Women’s Resource
Fair. If you are interested, please attend the next
Task Force meeting on October 24 at 12:00 p.m.
at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, 501
West Broadway, 19th Floor, San Diego 92101.
The Task Force is a group of approximately sixty volunteers who
organize the annual one-day event for the benefit of homeless,
battered, and indigent women and their children. Task Force members
recruit volunteers, recruit funders, plan seminars, arrange childcare,
organize transportation, coordinate legal and social services, arrange
and coordinate publicity, and help with all aspects of the event.
The Task Force meets monthly, and then with greater frequently
immediately prior to the Fair.
The first Women’s Resource Fair, established and produced by
SDVLP with the assistance of Lawyers Club members, was held 26
years ago in 1989. It was inspired by Stand Down, a similar weekend
project for veterans. Up to 1000 homeless, battered, and indigent
women and children are served each year. This year’s Women’s
Resource Fair, co-sponsored by Lawyers Club, will be held on February
28, 2015. For more information about the event visit our website:
Women’s Resource Fair 2014
We hope you will join us at our next meeting to learn more about
the Task Force and how you can be involved. For more information,
please contact Task Force co-chairs Sarah Weber (sarah.p.weber@
gmail.com) or Collette Cavalier ([email protected]).
Leslie J. Mackay is a Staff Attorney at San Diego Volunteer Lawyer
Welcome New Lawyers Club Members
Ms. Stephenie Alexander
Ms. SharonAnn Hamilton
Ms. Vanessa Negrete
Ms. Julia Schneider
Ms. Andrea Auclair
Ms. Jamie Handrick
Ms. Van Nguyen
Ms. Danielle Erica Short
Ms. Marci Bair
Ms. Katherine Hart
Ms. Phuong Vien Nguyen
Ms. Kristen Silverman
Ms. Christina Cameron
Ms. Christina Diane Hess
Mr. Jake Novack
Ms. Shawn Skillin
Ms. Emily Campbell
Ms. Nikki Hlavin
Ms. Bethsaida Obra-White
Ms. Autumn Springfield
Mr. Rafael Castellanos
Mr. Yousaf Husain
Ms. Lauren Ogata
Mrs. Shannon Stein
Ms. Helaina Lynn Chinn
Ms. India Jewell
Ms. Jin Hee Park
Ms. Jamie Anne Steward
Ms. Julia I De Beers
Ms. Laura MacNeel
Ms. Jacquelyn Emilia Quinn
Ms. Sherry Thompson
Ms. Michelle Dicks
Ms. Marie Kathleen Maloney
Mr. Adam Radtke
Ms. Pua Uyehara
Ms. Shay Dinata-Hanson
Ms. Erica Martin
Ms. Stephanie Monique Ramirez
Ms. Laura Vogltanz
Ms. Amy Drapkin
Ms. Kim McDonnell
Ms. Anne Lorentzen Rauch
Ms. Colleen A. Warren
Ms. June C Fan
Ms. Sharon Regina Mehlman
Ms. Heather Ray
Ms. Monica Willian
Ms. Amber Helena-Therese
Ms. Lindsey Bronwyn Mercer
Ms. Julie Remer
Ms. Stephanie Winemiller
Ms. Dionne Mochon
Ms. Jessica A Rowland
Ms. Ziwei Xiao
Mrs. Grace Gower
Ms. Beth Amanda Molloy
Ms. Genevieve Ruch
Ms. Jessica Bea Yang
Ms. Jawid Habib
Mrs. Natalie N. Mueller
Ms. Lana Rudakova
Mr. Roger C Haerr
Ms. Dana Nassiri
Ms. Joanna Schneider
Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Lawyers Club Hosts Fall Judicial Reception for San Diego Judiciary and the
National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)
By Laura Castillo
Lawyers Club is pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity for our membership. On Friday,
October 17, Lawyers Club will host an event for both our local judiciary as well as for attendees of
the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) 36th Annual Conference. Many members of the
San Diego judiciary are involved in planning the conference, including conference chairs Superior
Court Judges Tamila E. Ipema and Margie G. Woods. The theme of the NAWJ Conference this year is
“Protecting and Advancing Meaningful Access to Justice”. The reception will honor members of the
judiciary, allowing our local judges to meet NAWJ attendees from across the country and around the
world. Likewise, Lawyers Club members will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with our San
Diego judges and NAWJ attendees.
Lawyers Club created the annual Fall Wine & Cheese reception
to provide attorneys and law students with the rare and valuable
opportunity to talk with judges outside of the courtroom. After over
forty years of success, the Fall Judicial Reception continues to foster
interaction between our legal community and judges in an informal,
yet professional setting. This year, the Wine & Cheese committee
adopted a new name—the Bench Bar Committee, which will not only
organize the fall and spring judicial receptions, but which will organize
ongoing events with the judiciary, with the assistance and guidance of
Bench Bar Committee liaison, Hon. Katherine Bacal.
The reception is free for all Judicial Officers and NAWJ attendees.
For Lawyers Club members, the reception fee is $10. Due to security
reasons, all attendees must register and pay in advance by October
10. No late registrations or substitutions will be permitted. All guests
should RSVP by registering online at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
Laura Castillo is a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
and is Co-Chair of Lawyers Club’s Bench Bar Committee.
The Fall Judicial Reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at
the beautifully appointed United States District Court Annex Jury
Assembly Room, and the adjacent outdoor terrace, located at 333
West Broadway.
18th Annual
Halloween Read-In
with Lawyers Club
This year Lawyers Club’s Halloween Read-In will be extra
special, with the event taking place on the actual day of
Halloween! Friday, October 31, 2012 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15
p.m. at Central Elementary. Don’t miss this favorite Lawyers
Club event on October 31!
If interested in volunteering please contact the Co-Chairs of Lawyers Club’s
Community Outreach & Special Projects Committee, Michele Macosky at
[email protected] or Dana Grimes at [email protected].
Lawyers Club News
Friday October 17, 2014
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
U.S. District Court Annex | Jury Assembly Room
333 West Broadway
In Conjunction with the
National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) Conference
Title Sponsor
Free for all Judicial Officers and NAWJ attendees.
$10 for Lawyers Club members.
This event is expected to sell-out so please register early.
Lawyers Club members must RSVP by registering online at
by Friday, October 10, 2014.
No refunds or cancellations allowed after October 10, 2014.
Due to security reasons, late registrations cannot be accepted. Absolutely no entrance will be permitted for
non-Judicial Officers whose names are not on the list. Last-minute substitutions will not be permitted.
Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Lawyers Club shines at California Women Lawyers 40th Anniversary Dinner
By Renee Galente
As a state-wide organization, California Women Lawyers’ annual
dinner celebration travels throughout the state; it is held on the first
night of, and in the same locations as, the State Bar Annual Meeting.
Having the 40th Anniversary Dinner in San Diego was a return “home”,
in a sense. Lawyers Club founders Justice Judith McConnell and Hon.
Lynn Schenk also helped to found CWL just two years after starting
Lawyers Club. And this year San Diego was represented at the dinner
in force! The 600 attendees included many local attorneys, judges, law
school representatives, and businesses, all of which lent their support
and helped celebrate 40 years of hard work.
Justice Joyce L. Kennard giving the keynote address
The Keynote Speaker of the evening was Justice Joyce Kennard,
who recently retired from the California Supreme Court. Twenty five
years ago Justice Kennard (Ret.) delivered her maiden speech as a
Justice at the California Women Lawyers dinner—and also signed up
as a lifetime member! This year, she gave what she called her Farewell
Speech. She shared her personal story with the attendees of her
struggles growing up during World War II, losing her leg, losing her
mother and her fight to achieve her dream of getting an education.
After moving to the United States from Holland, Justice Kennard
started her career path as a receptionist; she ended a State Supreme
Court Justice. On the bench, Justice Kennard has been a steady
supporter for equality, and a staunch supporter of personal rights. Her
love for the United States was palpable. She inspired and filled the
room with reverence, particularly given that the dinner fell on the 13th
anniversary of September 11.
Justice McConnell gave a warm and witty introduction to this year’s
recipient of the Fay Stender Award, Hon. Lynn Schenk. Lawyers Club
members may know of Schenk’s accomplishments in breaking down
barriers at the Grant Grill and as a former U.S. Congresswoman. But
they may not know that she was the first woman hired as in-house
counsel by SDG&E, she gave up her term as President of CWL when
she was appointed as a White House Fellow, and she served in the
Offices of Vice Presidents Rockefeller and Mondale. She was also the
first female Chief of Staff to Governor Gray Davis. Schenk’s lifelong
commitment to public service and her ability to change unacceptable
status quos made her a perfect honoree for an award meant to honor
a woman committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged
groups and unpopular causes whose courage, zest for life and
demonstrated ability to effect change as an individual make her a role
model for women attorneys.
Outgoing President, McManis Faulkner partner Neda Mansoorian
turned over leadership of the organization to Past Lawyers Club
President, CaseyGerry partner Wendy Behan. Behan articulately
described CWL as a relevant organization which provides a unified voice
for women in the law throughout the state and in the nation through
legislation affecting issues important to women. Throughout the
evening, Behan repeatedly acknowledged that her time with Lawyers
Club of San Diego prepared her for her upcoming Presidency of CWL.
“The support from Lawyers Club and the San Diego legal
community as a whole at the CWL dinner was overwhelming,”
Behan noted, “I was so honored to be sworn in as President of CWL
Hon. Judith McConnell, Kelly Spoon, and Hon. Keri Katz
amongst my good friends and colleagues in San Diego and introduce
CWL to a broader audience.”
Michelle Ialeggio, a former Lawyers Club board member, was sworn
in as the District 9 Governor and Renee Galente was sworn in as
Treasurer, joining the Executive Board.
If you attended and enjoyed the Dinner, please consider joining CWL
as a member. Lawyers Club members receive a reduced membership
price with CWL, as an affiliate member. Joining now at www.cwl.org
will provide a membership which is valid through the end of 2015.
Want to try it before you buy it? CWL will be in Beverly Hills on
October 10, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Feminist Majority
Foundation for its inaugural “Elect to Run” program featuring San
Diego-local and former Lawyers Club president Sarah Boot, Compton
Mayor Aja Brown, and Senate candidate Sandra Fluke, among others.
The Keynote Speaker is the Hon. Toni Atkins. The program will be
followed by a reception at The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. The event is
Watch for more on Lawyers Club members making news
at the State Bar Annual Meeting in the November issue of
Lawyers Club News.
Renee Galente is an owner and trial lawyer at Galente Ganci, APC,
Lawyers Club Vice President and CWL Treasurer.
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Left: Fred Schenk and
Hon. Lynn Schenk
Below: Hon. Tamila Ipema,
Hon. Katherine Bacal,
and Meryl Maneker
Above: Eran Bermudez,
Loren Freestone, and
Lizette Herrera Castellanos
Right: Rachel Cano and
CWL Board Member
Michelle Ialeggio
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Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Lunch and Learn: Lawyers Club’s New Website
Email in-box overflowing with Lawyers Club notifications? Interested in making connections?
Curious what the committees are doing? Unsure of how to log-in to the new Lawyers Club website?
Join your website liaisons, as we host a hands-on “Lunch and Learn” for
members looking for help using the new Lawyers Club website.
We will cover a number of topics including:
• Logging-in
What? When? Where?
What: Lawyers Club Lunch and Learn
When: November 12, 2014,
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
• Paying membership dues
• Updating your profile
Where: Hera Hub Mission Valley,
8885 Rio San Diego, Suite 237,
San Diego, CA 92108
• Accessing your groups
• Registering for events
Bring your laptop, tablet or other personal computing device, along with your
lunch and a “can do” attitude--we will get you comfortable with using the new
Lawyers Club website in no time! Drinks and dessert will be provided.
Cost: Free for Lawyers Club Members
This event is co-sponsored by:
Kristin Beattie
Legal Advisor,
San Diego Sherriff’s Department
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Mary Wenzel, JD
Lawyers Club News
Mentorship is a Critical Component of Your Career; Join Influence
to Become or Connect with a Mentor
By Cassandra Hearn
Lawyers Club is lucky to have many members who inspire us. They make us
think about where we have been and where we are going, and if we are very
fortunate, they advise us personally. The Lawyers Club Mentorship committee
asks you to think about who has taught you, and where would you be without
their influence? And we also ask that you take a step further and think about
how you have influenced others.
Lawyers who are savvy
understand the importance of
having a mentor—someone who
can give you advice from time
to time and who has an impact
on you and your career. We can
all agree that practicing law is
difficult. The law is nuanced and,
Cassandra Hearn
at times, daunting. Understanding
the practice of law, and becoming
a polished and capable practitioner takes time and effort. And legal
practice is only part of what we all need to learn to be successful.
Other topics, such as business development, networking, community
service, professional advancement, career goals, workplace politics,
professional recognition, and career satisfaction are all significant
components of legal practice. It is for precisely these reasons that
having a mentor is so important.
A New York Times best-selling author, Brendon Burchard, who
writes about high performance and motivation, made a statement
about one of the most highly recognized business visionaries in the
world, and noted how critical it is for him to get input from trusted
advisors and mentors. Burchard said, “I’ve seen that phenomenally
successful people believe they can learn something from everybody.
I call them ‘mavericks with mentors.’ Richard Branson, for instance, is
a total maverick but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful,
smart people and he listens to them.”
Last year, the Mentorship Committee launched a new, year-long
mentorship initiative called “Influence”. The name of the initiative
was taken from the definition of the word: A person or thing with
the capacity or power to have an effect on someone or something.
The mentorship circles we formed last year were organized around
the following practice areas: (1) Government/Non-Profit/In-House, (2)
Solos, (3) Large Firm, (4) Small Firm (less than 20), and (5) Elected/
Appointed Office and Boards. We connected fifty new attorneys with
twenty experienced attorneys.
Our first year of Influence will be finishing this fall. We are currently
accepting suggestions for the next group of mentorship circles. In
addition, by the end of October we will post sign up information on
the Lawyers Club website for the next year of Influence. We will also
remind you to sign up through the Lawyers Club Weekly E-news and
Noteworthy. Space is limited. Please submit your mentorship circle
ideas to [email protected].
Please also consider joining the mentorship committee. Whether
you are a new lawyer or you have been practicing law for seven
or more years we would like to partner with you. The mentorship
committee has a huge year planned. In addition to Influence, we
organize speed mentoring events, and other mixers. We also
partner with other Lawyers Club committees including Networking,
Student, and Bench/Bar. The fall is the perfect time to get involved.
Join Influence, the mentorship committee’s program. Come to our
luncheon this month. It just might change your life, and you might
change someone else’s.
Cassandra Hearn is the owner of Law Offices of Cassandra Hearn,
APC and is co-chair of the Mentorship Committee along with Sasha
Kamfiroozie of Hickman & Robinson LLP.
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he is committed to taking on the region’s most challenging
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Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Lawyers Club Endorses Two Impressive Candidates for the 2015 San Diego
County Bar Association Board of Directors Election
By Justine Phillips and Rebecca Church
Lawyers Club is pleased to endorse two exceptional candidates in the upcoming San Diego County
Bar Association (“SDCBA”) Board of Directors elections: Jodi Cleesattle and Lilys McCoy.
A 19-member Board of Directors governs SDCBA. Directors are elected at large by the membership and elections are held in November of
each year. All attorney members of the SDCBA who maintain active status with the State Bar of California are eligible to vote in the election.
There is one open regional (North County) seat for the 2015 Board of Directors. The elected candidate will serve a three-year term.
Lawyers Club’s Endorsements & Nominations Committee is co-chaired by Justine Phillips of Sheppard Mullin and Rebecca Church of Duane
Morris. The esteemed members of the committee include Betty Boone, Abby Silverman-Weiss, Cindy Freeland, Kate Kowalewski, and Shanna
Pearce. The committee reviews applications for endorsement and thoughtfully assesses each candidate before making recommendations for
endorsement to Lawyers Club’s Board of Directors. This year, the Board accepted the Committee’s recommendation and voted to endorse these
two remarkable leaders in our legal community, each of whom exemplifies Lawyers Club’s mission “to advance the status of women in the law
and in society.” Below are brief bios that demonstrate each candidate’s commitment to our San Diego legal community.
Jodi Cleesattle
Lilys D. McCoy
Jodi Cleesattle is a deputy
attorney general in the California
Department of Justice’s Civil
Division, in the Employment and
Administrative Mandate section.
She defends state agencies in
employment lawsuits, represents
state agencies in challenges to
disciplinary actions filed with the
State Personnel Board, and handles
various types of administrative law
cases. Before joining the Attorney
General’s Office in 2007, she was a
partner at Ross, Dixon & Bell LLP,
where she litigated complex cases
nationwide, including insurance
coverage and bad faith, commercial
litigation, employment law, libel and defamation, and First Amendment
cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a daily newspaper reporter
covering politics and legal issues and was editor and co-founder of a
national magazine for law students, The National Jurist.
Lilys D. McCoy is the Director
of the Thomas Jefferson School
of Law (TJSL) Center for Solo
Practitioners. She also supervises
TJSL’s award-winning Trial Team.
Prior to entering academia,
McCoy practiced consumer law
with the firm of McCoy, Turnage
& Robertson, LLP. McCoy was
president of Lawyers Club from
2002 to 2003 and received the
Lawyers Club’s Belva Lockwood
award in 2007. She served as
co-president of the Tom Homann
LGBT Law Association from 2005
to 2007 and received the THLA
Co-Presidents’ award in 2008. In
addition to her varied volunteer activities with the local bar, McCoy
has also been a career-long delegate to the Conference of Delegates
of the Conference of California Bar Associations. From 2009 to 2010,
McCoy served as the Chair of the CCBA.
Cleesattle was named a Top Attorney in Municipal & Government
Practice by the San Diego Daily Transcript from 2009 to 2012, and
has been named a Bar Star by the San Diego County Bar Association.
She volunteers extensively in the legal community as well as the
broader community, and she was honored with Lawyers Club’s 2014
Community Service Award for her volunteer work. She is co-chair of
the California State Bar’s Council of State Bar Sections, and is the
immediate past chair of the Public Law Section. As chair of the Public
Law Section, Cleesattle was the lead organizer of the first annual
California Public Records and Open Meetings Conference, a daylong
CLE program held in Los Angeles in 2013. She also served as editor of
the Public Law Journal for two years.
McCoy has a passion for community service, especially with
respect to guiding and mentoring law students and new lawyers.
Toward that end, McCoy also volunteers her time as a member of
the Board of Directors of the San Diego Inn of Court, where she
has co-chaired the Evidence Program and the Trial Practice Program
and serves as a workshop leader. She is currently the co-chair of the
Lawyers Club History & Archives Committee. McCoy has recently
been recognized by California Women Lawyers as a 2012- 2013
Woman of Achievement. In addition, she was named a San Diego
Daily Transcript Top Attorney in 2006 and 2013 and listed in Super
Lawyers in 2007 and 2009.
Cleesattle is active in Lawyers Club and currently serves as press
liaison, working to promote the activities and achievements of
Lawyers Club and its members. She previously served as a Lawyers
Club board member from 2008-2011, co-chaired the Leadership
Development Committee for six years, and edited Lawyers Club News
for three years.
Justine Phillips is an attorney with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
LLP and is co-chair of the Endorsement Committee with Rebecca
Church, an attorney with Duane Morris LLP.
Club Calendar
of Events
Club News
Information for your calendar. All dates subject to change. For latest information, contact Lawyers Club
at (619) 595-0650 or visit our website at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
October 2014
Wednesday, 10/15/14 – 10/19/14
National Association of Women Judges 2014 Conference
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, California 92101
Join NAWJ for a multi-day exploration of current topics in access to
justice from leading local and national jurists, scholars and experts;
visits to major legal landmarks; presentation of annual NAWJ awards;
and many fun social receptions and hospitality activities to join and
meet fellow conferees.
Register at www.nawj.org/annual_2014.asp.
Thursday, 10/16/14
Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The US GRANT Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
Please join us for our annual Mentorship luncheon featuring the LC
Advisory Board.
Register at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
Friday, 10/17/14
Fall Judicial Reception
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
U.S. District Court Annex, Jury Assembly Room
333 West Broadway, San Diego, California 92101
Register at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
Thursday, 10/23/14
“Negotiating Your Career”
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hughes Marino
1450 Front Street, San Diego, California 92101
The Professional Advancement Committee presents “Negotiating
Your Career” with Ann marie Houghtailing. Houghtailing will address
a variety of issues relating to how women can build and advance
their legal careers including discussion points on preparing for an
annual review and salary negotiations, and how to get exposure in the
This program is exclusive to Lawyers Club members only and is free.
Register at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
Tuesday, 10/28/14
SDLRA Prof. Mariano-Florentino Cuellar Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Bristol Hotel
1055 First Avenue, San Diego, California, 92101
California Supreme Court nominee Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar
on “Tomorrow’s Yesterday.”
Register at www.sdlrla.com.
Friday, 10/31/14
18th Annual Halloween Read In
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Central Elementary
4063 Polk Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
Celebrate Halloween by reading to children at Central Elementary.
If interested in volunteering please contact the Co-Chairs of Lawyers
Club’s Community Outreach & Special Projects Committee, Michele
Macosky at [email protected] or Dana Grimes at dana@gwdefense.
November 2014
Thursday, 11/20/14
Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The US GRANT Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
Please join us as we review and discuss our annual Equality Survey
Registration to open soon at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
December 2014
Wednesday, 12/3/14
Lawyers Club East County Chapter Holiday Judges Reception
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Avenue, El Cajon,
CA, 92020
Registration to open soon at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
Thursday, 12/11/14
Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The US GRANT Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
It’s time for Lawyers Club’s annual Holiday luncheon!
Registration to open soon at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
January 2015
Thursday, 1/15/14
Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The US GRANT Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
Registration to open soon at www.lawyersclubsandiego.com.
Wednesday, 11/12/14
Website Lunch and Learn Session
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hera Hub Mission Valley
8885 Rio San Diego, Suite 237, San Diego, California 92101
Email in-box overflowing with Lawyers Club notifications? Unsure of
how to log into the new Lawyers Club website? Interested in making
connections through Lawyers Club? Curious what the committees
are up to? Join your website liaisons on November 12 at Hera Hub in
Mission Valley as we host a hands-on “Lunch and Learn” for members
looking for help using the new Lawyers Club site.
Lawyers Club of San Diego is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider. (619) 595-0650. Email: [email protected].
Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Member Profile: Tanya Joyce
Giving New Meaning to the Word Retirement
By Lauren T. Ogata
For recently-retired Deputy County Counsel, and Lawyers Club member Tanya
Joyce, retirement is proving to be busier than she imagined. Since her retirement
in May 2014, Joyce has become involved in a significant amount of pro bono
work through the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She takes on cases of
her own, and also helps individuals navigate the confusing world of restraining
orders at weekly clinics. In addition, Joyce volunteers at Casa Cornelia, a non-profit
organization that takes on cases of political asylum and immigration. To top it off,
Joyce strives to improve the lives of abused and neglected children at Casa De
Amparo, a residential facility tasked with caring for every aspect of a dependent
child’s life from therapy and tutoring to daily living, through her position on the
organization’s policy committee.
Joyce’s clear desire to give back to her community has been a
lifelong pursuit. After emigrating from civil war-ridden Nicaragua to
the United States at the age of 17, Joyce was thrust into an entirely
new world of public co-ed high school where students spoke English
exclusively. Despite the self-described “culture shock” that Joyce
experienced during her senior year of high school, Joyce thrived.
She earned admission to the prestigious UCLA where she eventually
discovered her calling.
While at UCLA, Joyce read a book called Executioner’s Song
that guided her toward a career in public service. “It talked about a
probation officer. I learned about what they do,” Joyce recalls, “And I
fell in love with the concept.”
Not surprisingly, after graduating from UCLA, Joyce became a
Deputy Probation Officer for Los Angeles County. Though Joyce loved
her job, after several years she decided she wanted to work on the
other side, as an attorney. So for three and a half years, she was a
probation officer by day and law student by night.
Upon graduating from Southwestern University in 1992, Joyce
became a Deputy Public Defender in Riverside County. During her
rotation representing juveniles, Joyce became hooked. She fell in love
with the work and was determined to find a way to make a career of
working with youths.
Fortuitously, she found the Riverside Office of County Counsel
where she handled all aspects of juvenile dependency cases from
detention hearings to hearings for the termination of parental
rights. “It was an amazing career. But it was also a very emotional
profession. Some things are hard to erase.”
After over twenty years as an advocate for juveniles, Joyce looks
forward to being able to spend more time with her own children – a
son, a junior at Cal Poly Pomona and a daughter, a graduate student
at Cal State San Marcos – and foster new relationships with fellow
Lawyers Club members.
Lauren T. Ogata is a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County.
Abridged Proust Questionnaire.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Having a life in which
I’m able to perfectly balance a rewarding career in which I
make a positive difference in people’s lives with tons of hiking,
backpacking, and family time.
What talent would you most like to have? To be an accomplished
What is your greatest fear? Degenerative disease including
memory loss and the loss of self-sufficiency.
What is your greatest achievement? Raising two compassionate,
loving, amazing children.
What is your greatest extravagance? Travel.
What is your most treasured possession? A plastic tortilla-warmer
given to me by my daughter years ago.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Round-the-clock
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Oh my
goodness!,” and “Oh, Lordy.”
What is your greatest regret? Not doing more to avoid family
When and where were you happiest? Living with my grandmothers
while I was in fourth grade. I’ve never been spoiled like that before
or since!
Tanya Joyce is a Deputy District Attorney and Lawyers Club member.
What is your current state of mind? Ecstatic and yet terrified to
begin a new career on my own.
Where would you most like to live? On the beach in Central
America, close to my grandmother and cousins, with multiple trips
to San Diego a year.
What is your most appreciated trait in friends? Loyalty.
What is your idea of misery? Being stuck anywhere with nothing to
For what fault have you the most toleration? Foolhardiness.
Lawyers Club News
Member Profile: Charles A. Bird
By Lawyers Club History & Archives Committee
When reflecting on the path Lawyers Club has taken over its 42-year history,
attorney Charles Bird recalls Cindy Abbott, a competitor in the 2013 Iditarod, the
famed dog-sled race in Alaska. Abbott, who trekked over 600 miles half-blind and
with a broken pelvis, “just kept mushing.” So too it was with the original members
of Lawyers Club, who just kept “mushing” in the face of adversity.
Bird began practicing law in San Diego
in 1974 at Luce, Forward, Hamilton &
Scripps. When Bird learned of Lawyers
Club, he was already involved in the San
Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).
He heard whisperings of the formation of a separate bar association
dedicated to women’s issues, and wanted to support the effort. Bird
remembers attending some of his first Lawyers Club lunches at Tom
Ham’s Lighthouse. In addition to himself, Bird recalls two other men
who attended regularly.
Bird has remained active in Lawyers Club since those early days.
Reflecting on his long involvement, he is particularly proud of his service
on a strategic planning committee that addressed whether a need
remained for a separate bar association dedicated to advancing women
in the profession. In the late 1980’s, many young women entered
practice with the impression that the generation before them fought
all the important battles. They did not want to be known as “feminists.”
They expected that their success depended only on their personal
efforts in a world blind to gender, and many of them had little interest in
Lawyers Club.
Bird was writing a semi-monthly opinion column in the Daily
Transcript, which continued until 1995. A 1988 column entitled “The
Sorry State of Feminism”, reported Bird’s experiences with weaknesses
in the movement for women’s equality in the legal profession. The
resulting controversy led to creating the strategic planning committee.
After all, some questioned what was the need for a cause-based bar
association if there was no longer a cause to fight. Why not merge
with the SDCBA, a general-interest regional association that enjoyed
numbers-based clout and economies of scale?
The committee, which was comprised of Bird, Justice Judith
McConnell, Betty Boone, and Paula Hui, produced a report documenting
many ways in which important battles, e.g., the glass ceiling, were only
beginning. The report emphatically supported the need for professional
organizations with missions like Lawyers Club’s and for Lawyers Club in
particular. The committee gave Bird the privilege of being primary drafter
of the final report.
The report helped several presidents and boards of directors
rejuvenate Lawyers Club and reaffirm its mission. One practical
consequence was upgrading the function of the Endorsements
Committee, which primarily supported candidates for directorships
in the SDCBA. Bird chaired that committee for many years, starting
just after the strategic planning process. Before then, as Bird recalls,
there were “really very few bar associations and the SDCBA was the
giant among them.” Not having access to leadership positions in local
bar associations was contributing to the glass ceiling impeding the
advancement of women in the law. The Endorsements Committee
ultimately proved pivotal in getting many women elected as SDCBA
directors and to a series of outstanding women presidents.
The strategic planning committee morphed into the Advisory Board,
conceived as an informal group serving at the pleasure of the President
and advising her on key issues facing Lawyers Club. So it remains, and
every President since the group’s creation has asked Bird to continue to
Parenthetically, the first woman president of SDCBA was Melinda
Lasater in 1985. Bird was one of her vice-presidents, as well as a
supporter and mentor. Lawyers Club member Judy Copeland was
another change-agent on the board that elected Lasater.
Besides supporting the women’s movement, there are other areas
where Bird sees a need for Lawyers Club, especially in partnering
with other groups seeking to advance equality. In addition, Bird notes
that the recent economic downturn has “forced the legal industry
to be more concerned with financial issues, particularly maintaining
the prosperity of equity owners of law firms.” Firms’ reactions to the
downturn have impaired and sometimes destroyed work-life balance
programs, reduced hiring of entry-level lawyers, and increased
emphasis on growing firms by lateral acquisition of partners with big
books of business. Bird observed, “If you are not hiring associates at
all, you don’t have to worry about how you are going to make sure that
minority associates are welcomed at your firm. And if you are doing
all hiring at a lateral level, you don’t have to worry about mentoring.” In
Bird’s opinion, these shifts disproportionately disadvantage women and
ethnic minorities.
Bird cites to several of the early leaders in Lawyers Club, naming
Lynn Schenk, Justice Judith McConnell, and Betty Boone, calling them
practitioners in the “art of the possible.” Whatever degree of anger
or frustration they may have felt, they understood the need to keep
moving forward with civil adamancy. “There was no golden era of
advancement,” Bird noted, “but rather stepping stones along the way
to equality.” These stepping stones included the first large cohort of
women appointed to the bench in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, in
which Lawyers Club had influence far out of proportion to its size.
Bird fondly recalls another woman well versed in the art of the
possible: Annette, his client in Sharon S. v. Superior Court (2003) 31
Cal.4th 417. Annette wanted to adopt her same-sex partner’s biological
son, Joshua. This was long before same sex marriage or even the
statute allowing registered domestic partners to use the step-parent
adoption process. The second-parent adoption process had worked for
more than 10,000 same-sex couples, but Annette incurred just about
every bad break she could in the trial and appellate court until Bird took
over her fully and badly briefed case 10 days before argument. That was
on Labor Day weekend, 2001. Although they lost a 2-1 decision in the
Court of Appeal, holding all second-parent adoptions void, the California
Supreme Court granted Bird’s petition for review and then upheld the
second-parent adoption process. The case was hard-fought, extremely
emotional, and professionally intense. “Annette just keeps on mushing,”
Bird states with a smile: “She fits the mold of Betty Boone and the
woman who did the Iditarod with a cracked pelvis.” And, as Lawyers
Club moves through its 42nd year, its members continue in the tradition
of Charlie Bird and so many others, driving the sled past societal
checkpoints, both large and small, to finish the race for equality.
Special thanks to Erin DeNatale for interviewing Bird and providing an
initial draft of this article.
Lawyers Club News
october 2014
Awards Corner
Help Us Recognize The Accomplishments Of Our Members!
By Alara Chilton
Do you know of a Lawyers Club member deserving of an award? Then we want to hear from you!
This year, we continue our tradition of recognizing the
diverse accomplishments of our members through the Awards
Committee, which is committed to facilitating the recognition of
Lawyers Club members by nominating those who have made
important contributions to the community, the legal profession, or
who otherwise best fit the specific award criteria. The Committee
would like your help in recognizing Lawyers Club members for
their accomplishments. We will keep you posted of awards
throughout the year.
Two awards that the Committee will soon evaluate are the
California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”) Awards and the
2015 San Diego Daily Transcript Young Attorney publication.
The CLAY Award is given to attorneys in various practice
areas. To be eligible, the attorney must be an active member
of the State Bar of California whose work was completed or
resolved between November 2, 2013 and November 3, 2014. The
lawyer’s achievements during this time period must have had a
significant impact on the law, the profession, a particular industry,
or the general good of the public. The deadline for nominations
is Monday, November 3, 2014. For more information visit the
website: http://www.callawyer.com/clayawardNominations.cfm.
The Daily Transcript Young Attorney award is given to young
attorneys in practice for 7 years or less, and who possess the
following criteria: hard-working, detail-oriented, knowledgeable,
enthusiastic, ethical, professional, and committed to furthering
the interests of justice in society. Nominations are due October
31, 2013. For more information visit the website: http://www.sddt.
If you know of a Lawyers Club member deserving of these
award nominations, please contact the Awards Committee at
[email protected].
Alara Chilton and Amy Lepine are the Co-Chairs of the Lawyers
Club Awards Committee.
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