Queen's Bench Committees

    Amicus Briefs Committee

    Our Amicus Briefs Committee prepares amicus briefs authorized by the Board of Directors. Additionally, the committee advises the Board on amicus briefs for which Queen's Bench's support is requested by other organizations. Visit the Amicus Briefs Committee page.

    Chair
    Josephine K. Petrick
    Hanson Bridgett LLP 
    e-mail: JPetrick(at)hansonbridgett(dot)com
    Chair

    Kara Wild
    Ericksen Arbuthnot 
    e-mail: kwild(at)ericksenarbuthnot(dot)com

    Awards Committee

    The Awards Committee chooses the recipients of the Queen’s Bench Lifetime Achievement and Queen’s Bench Merit Awards and advises the Board on other awards as needed.

    Chair
    Angel L. Garrett
    Trucker Huss 
    e-mail: agarrett(at)truckerhuss(dot)com
    Chair

    Holly Schaitberger
    Hersh Family Law Practice, P.C. 
    e-mail: hschaitberger(at)hflp(dot)com

    Business Development Committee

    The Business Development Committee works to advance the interests of members in connection with business development and works with other professional associations, as they are available, to arrange for the annual LEAADD dinner (Lawyers, Engineers, Architects, Accountants, Doctors, and Dentists). One of the BD Committee's most popular events is the annual Cocktails and Couture.

    Chair
    Tammy Haygood
    UBS Financial 
    e-mail: tammy(at)[email protected](dot)com
    Chair

    Lisa A Villasenor-Volosing
    The Hassell Law Group 
    e-mail: lavillasenor744(at)aol(dot)com

    Centennial/History

    The Centennial Committee maintains the archives of Queen's Bench.  The committee is already planning the centennial of Queen's Bench in 2021.

    Chair

    Clarissa A. Kang
    Trucker Huss, APC 
    e-mail: ckang(at)truckerhuss(dot)com
    Chair
    Hon. Charlotte Walter Woolard, Ret.
    San Francisco Superior Court 
    e-mail: judgewoolard(at)adrservices(dot)org

    Civic and Judicial Appointments Committee

    The Civic and Judicial Appointments Committee provides information to the Board and to the members regarding open positions in all branches and levels of government and information about candidates for those openings. The goal is to encourage member participation in elections and ensure communication of open positions to the membership.

    Chair

    Sara Craig
    Levin Simes Abrams LLP 
    e-mail: scraig(at)levinsimes(dot)com
    Chair
    Andrea L. Russi
    Horvitz & Levy 
    e-mail: alrussi(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Conference of Delegates

    The Queen's Bench delegation to the CCBA represents Queen's Bench at the annual Conference of California Bar Associations and prepares and submits to the conference, resolutions on behalf of Queen's Bench.

    Chair

    Andrea Carlise
    IANGEL 
    e-mail: andrea(at)iangel(dot)org
    Chair
    Liku Madoshi
    Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa, and Crane LLP 
    e-mail: lmadoshi(at)bledsoelaw(dot)com

    CWL Liaison
    Liaison

    Sophia Maria Román
    The Gap, Inc. 
    e-mail: sophia_roman(at)gap(dot)com

    Development
    Chair

    Hana Hardy
    City of San José, Office of the City Attorney 
    e-mail: hananhardy(at)gmail(dot)com
    Chair

    Sophia Maria Román
    The Gap, Inc. 
    e-mail: sophia_roman(at)gap(dot)com

    Diversity

    The Diversity Committee coordinates events for the membership relevant to diversity issues.

    Chair

    Sharon Alkire
    Law Office of Sharon Alkire 
    e-mail: newsletter(at)queensbench(dot)org
    Chair
    Liku Madoshi
    Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa, and Crane LLP 
    e-mail: lmadoshi(at)bledsoelaw(dot)com

    Domestic and Sexual Violence

    The Domestic Violence Committee coordinates events for the membership relevant to issues of domestic violence.

    Chair
    Elisha Jussen-Cooke
    Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic 
    e-mail: elisha(at)roclinic(dot)org
    Chair

    Kimberly Pye
    Yaron & Associates 
    e-mail: kimberlypye(at)gmail(dot)com

    Education

    The Education Committee coordinates MCLE programs for the members of Queen's Bench.

    Chair

    Kimiko Akiya
    Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller 
    e-mail: kimiko.akiya(at)gmail(dot)com
    Chair
    Stephanie Smeekens
    ON24, Inc 
    e-mail: sasmeekens(at)gmail(dot)com

    Employment/Work-Life Balance

    This committee provides information on employment opportunities and other employment-related matters to the Board and to the members.

    Chair
    Angel L. Garrett
    Trucker Huss 
    e-mail: agarrett(at)truckerhuss(dot)com
    Chair

    Kimberly Wong
    The Veen Firm, P.C. 
    e-mail: k.wong(at)veenfirm(dot)com

    Finance
    Chair

    Beverly Brand
    Lesser Law Group 
    e-mail: beverlyanbrand(at)gmail(dot)com

    Juvenile Hall

    The Juvenile Hall committee organizes twice a month visits to the girls' unit at the Youth Guidance Center.  The committee plans activities to do with the young women incarcerated there. These visits provide a forum for interaction, informal mentoring, and access to role models for the detainees. Read more.

    Chair
    Cheryl Cotterill
    Law Office of Cheryl Cotterill 
    e-mail: cheryljcotterill(at)gmail(dot)com
    Chair
    Chloe Noonan
    Root & Rebound 
    e-mail: cnoonan(at)rootandrebound(dot)org

    Legislative and Reproductive Rights

    This committee studies and reports to the Board of Directors and to the members on legislative matters and ensures communication of the position of the organization to the appropriate legislative body.

    Chair
    Karine Cargo
    Hersh Family Law Practice 
    e-mail: KCargo(at)hflp(dot)com
    Chair
    Beth Hodess
    OnPoint Legal Counsel, PC 
    e-mail: beth(at)hodesslaw(dot)com

    Marketing and Communications
    Chair

    Hana Hardy
    City of San José, Office of the City Attorney 
    e-mail: hananhardy(at)gmail(dot)com

    Membership
    Chair

    Alice Anne Purdy
    Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP 
    e-mail: apurdy(at)fkkblaw(dot)com

    Mentorship

    The Mentorship Committee organizes mentorship events as well as the various mentorship pods. The mentorship pods are created around any shared interest of members and thus is not limited to practice area. The pods include members of varying levels of experience.  

    Chair
    Angel L. Garrett
    Trucker Huss 
    e-mail: agarrett(at)truckerhuss(dot)com
    Chair
    Lyndsey Heaton
    Sideman and Bancroft 
    e-mail: lheaton(at)sideman(dot)com

    Newsletter
    Chair

    Sharon Alkire
    Law Office of Sharon Alkire 
    e-mail: newsletter(at)queensbench(dot)org

    Programs
    Chair

    Sophia Maria Román
    The Gap, Inc. 
    e-mail: sophia_roman(at)gap(dot)com

    Scholarships

    The Scholarships Committee advises the Board on the selection of recipients of the Agnes O'Brien Smith and Mildred W. Levin Scholarships.  

    Chair
    Hon. Adrienne Jacobs Miller, Ret.
    Office of Administrative Hearings 
    e-mail: adriennemilller(at)gmail(dot)com
    Chair
    Hima Raviprakash
    California Department of Social Services 
    e-mail: ravip.hima(at)gmail(dot)com