The Santa Monica Bar Association is a volunteer organization that functions through its Board of Trustees, its officers and through its committees.  Committees offer members a means of becoming more involved in the SMBA within specific areas of focus.  Here is the 2015-2016 roster of officers, court advisor, trustees, committees, and sections.  How do you want to become more involved in the SMBA?  Join SMBA.

OFFICERS

Catherine Burke Schmidt

Past President

Stephen Weaver

President

Alejandro H. Herrera

President Elect


Jennifer Millier

Secretary


Maria Jonsson

Treasurer


COURT ADVISOR

Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr.

Judge of the Superior Court

Court Advisor

Trustees

James Ahn

Trustee   

Sarah Christian

Trustee

Joanna Chen

Trustee

Mark Fingerman

Trustee


David Gharakhanian

Trustee

Alice Graham

Trustee   


Trustees, cont.

Sections

Employment

Chair: Jon Weinman


Entertainment

Chair: John Pfeiffer


Family Law

Co-Chair: Jennifer Skolnick
Co-Chair: Janet Kaplan

Co-Chair: Ruth Estep

Immigration


Intellectual Property


Personal Injury

Co-Chair: Sarah Christian

Co-Chair: David Gharakhanian


Probate & Trust

Co-Chair: Timur Berberoglu
Co-Chair: Karen Knutson


Real Estate

Co-Chair: Keith Turner
Co-Chair: Kendra Leghart

EVENTS

  • After Holiday Party
  • Judges Night
  • Installation Dinner
  • Summer Party
  • The Toast
  • Bench & Bar Bike Ride
  • Softball Game
  • First Friday Lunches
  • Networking Events

NEWSLETTER

The SMBA publishes a weekly newsletter including a calendar of events and timely articles.  We encourage our members to contribute their articles.

COMMITTEES

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

develops board leadership and process.

Chair: Alejandro H. Herrera
Members: Debra Hartman Warfel

EVENTS

oversees all events including their budgeting, attendance, and goals.

Chair: Jennifer Millier
Co-Chair: Alice Graham
Members: Michael Schwimer (Event Ambassador)

MANDATORY FEE ARBITRATION

oversees the fee arbitration program, ensuring compliance with California State Bar regulations.

Chair:  Sandra Segal Polin
Members: Rae Lamothe (Presiding Arbitrator)
Program Manager: Stephanie Gordon

FINANCE

reviews the finances of the organization.

Chair: Maria Jonsson
Co-Chair: Caroline Vincent
Members: Michael Spindler, Catherine Burke Schmidt, Kristen Marquis Dennis

INTERNET AND PUBLICITY

promotes SMBA activities including the publishing of this website and the newsletter.

Chair: James Ahn
Members: Kristen Marquis Dennis (Social Media), Catherine Burke Schmidt

LAWYER REFERRAL AND INFORMATION SERVICE

oversees the lawyer referral service program, ensuring compliance with California State Bar regulations.

Chair: Monica A. Mihell
Members: Michael Schwimer
Program Manager: Stephanie Gordon

MEMBERSHIP

focuses on growing membership and overseeing membership policy.

Chair: Steven Weaver
Co-Chair: Alejandro H. Herrera
Members: Debra Hartman Warfel

SPONSORSHIP

oversees sponsorship goals and policy.

Chair: Mark Fingerman
Co-Chair: Kristen Marquis Dennis

LEGISLATIVE

reviews proposed laws and makes recommendations for supporting new law.

Chair:  Jennifer Skolnick

JUDICIARY

reviews candidates for judicial office

Chair: David Gharakhanian
Members: Jennifer Skolnick, Catherine Burke Schmidt

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