The 2016-2017 Executive Council


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Chair: Jason DeJonker

Immediate Past Chair: Zohra Tejani

Chair Elect: Maritza Okata

Secretary: Marilyn McClure Demers

Treasurer: Corey Lee

Historian/Chief Data Officer: Alicia Lowery Rosenbaum

2011 Fellows Liaisons: Marcos Barbosa & Jimmie McMillian

2012 Fellows Liaisons: Ronald Sia & William Simonitsch 

2013 Fellows Liaisons: Darwin Conner & Bonnie Lau

2014 Fellows Liaisons: Tamre Edwards & Wasif Qureshi

2015 Fellows Liaisons: Rakesh Gopalan & Monica Patel

Advocacy Group Committee Co-Chairs: Caryn Boisen & Kyle Ferachi

Communications Committee Co-Chairs: Aparna Dave & Jaimala Pai

6th Annual Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium Committee Co-Chairs: Patricia Palacios & Aja Sae-Kung

Outreach Committee Co-Chair: Reena Bajowala & Rafael Zahralddin-Aravena

Programs Committee Co-Chairs: Jin Liu & Lica Tomizuka


Please see the "Resources" section at the bottom of this page for a printer-friendly version of these leadership roles and committee descriptions.

Leadership Roles

Fellows Executive Council Chair

This person is responsible for leading the Executive Council. The Chair is responsible for helping the Council make decisions and leading the Fellows Alumni in a direction consistent with the goals of the organization. The Chair shapes the agenda and runs the Fellows Executive Council monthly meetings with the assistance from the Immediate Past Chair, Chair Elect, and LCLD Program Manager. The Chair Elect and the Immediate Past Chair will participate in all Executive Council meetings and may be called on to assist with special projects or strategic initiatives.


The Secretary assists the Chair to ensure that the business of the Executive Council runs smoothly. The Secretary frequently assists with the management of various working groups tasked with accomplishing specific goals. The Secretary is also responsible for keeping meeting notes during the Executive Council monthly meetings and distributing those notes to the council following the meetings.


The responsibilities of the Treasurer include, but are not limited to: (1) creating, approving, and managing the budget of the Executive Council; (2) accounting for revenues and expenditures, and reporting to the EC on a quarterly basis; and (3) acting as a liaison with LCLD staff to ensure budget compliance. 

Historian/Chief Data Officer

The Historian will be responsible for maintaining a record and documenting the current Alumni Fellow year by capturing all of the main events, pictures, and activities, and then sharing it with the larger group.

Alumni Liaisons

Alumni Liaisons are responsible for acting as a "bridge" between each Fellows class within the Fellows Alumni, including the current class of Fellows. The Liaisons strive to ensure that each Fellows class is made aware of what programs, events, initiatives, projects, etc., the other classes and LCLD are working on, and encourages members of each class to stay connected and engaged with one another and LCLD. 

Alumni Committees 

Advocacy Group Committee

This committee is governed by one chair with two vice-chairs. The Immediate Past Chair is encouraged to stay on the committee for at least one year after his or her term as committee chair is over.

This committee is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting the Advocacy Group Program, a mutual support system where participating Fellows Alumni are divided into small groups and actively promote each other’s careers. Through the Advocacy Group Program, Fellows Alumni assist each other in reaching their respective career goals through concrete steps, including providing feedback to each other on career strategy, sharing learning resources, and introducing each other to people who can be critical to career transitions or progressions.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Relationship incubation (more specifically, to strengthen relationships among LCLD Fellows Alumni within and across classes).
  2. To assist Fellows Alumni in the development of their careers. 


Alumni Leadership Symposium Committee

This committee is governed by two co-chairs, both of whom would ideally come from the existing committee. Immediate Past Chairs must agree to stay on the committee in an advisory capacity to help with future planning.

This committee is responsible for planning and implementing the next Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium, with the support of LCLD staff members. The committee’s responsibilities include (1) developing a conference agenda and conference sessions, (2) establishing and maintaining conference budget, (3) identifying and confirming guest speakers, (4) organizing social events, and (5) securing sponsorships to cover the costs of the conference. This committee also works with LCLD staff to make recommendations for the following year’s conference location and committee chairs.

Action Opportunities:

  • Develop the agenda.
  • Secure speakers.
  • Secure sponsorships.
  • Establish and maintain the conference budget.


Communications Committee

This committee is governed by one chair, who may appoint vice-chairs in his or her discretion. The Immediate Past Chair is encouraged to stay on the committee for at least one year after his or her term as committee chair is over.

This committee is responsible for building effective and ongoing relationships with and among Fellows Alumni by keeping the growing body of Fellows Alumni robustly informed of, and connected to, the Fellows Alumni experience. This committee works closely with the professional communications staff of LCLD and reaches out to Class and Regional Liaisons in order to increase and continue engagement. 

Strategic Objectives:

Developing, coordinating, and assisting in implementing an integrated plan of messaging through:

  1. Executing a cohesive new member care strategy (to facilitate the transition from Fellows to Fellows Alumni).
  2. Conducting Bimonthly Fellows Alumni At-Large Calls. 
  3. Managing Class Liaison Calls (and class-based surveys and communications). 
  4. Utilizing social media and other channels to communicate messages coherently and effectively across the Fellows Alumni. 
  5. Assessing and providing feedback on survey results and determining the more effective and useful means of communicating with the Fellows Alumni.

Action Opportunities:

This committee also will seek to coordinate messaging and implementation on specific events and/or opportunities, such as:

  1. Developing multi-channel communications efforts for the Alumni Leadership Symposium and the Rick Palmore Award.
  2. Featuring the community service endeavors of Fellows Alumni.
  3. Encouraging and supporting the nomination of Fellows Alumni for national, regional, and local awards.


Outreach Committee

This committee is governed by one chair and one vice-chair. The Immediate Past Chair is encouraged to stay on the committee for at least one year after his or her term as committee chair is over.

This committee is responsible for enabling the Fellows Alumni to have personal and collective impact on their local communities. The committee’s responsibilities include (1) organizing a yearly community service project at the Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium, (2) identifying volunteer opportunities, (3) organizing an annual fundraising event for charity, and (4) fostering an environment in which Alumni share and exchange their personal stories of community service and impact. 

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Serve Greater Good to Improve Legal Diversity—Connect the LCLD Fellows Alumni to the community through service and charitable giving. Our whole objective is how we can make an impact on the community. The major objective of this committee is to think big and to focus on the type of legacy we, as diverse leaders in the legal profession, want to leave behind—i.e., how we want the community (those not in LCLD) to perceive LCLD and the Fellows Alumni.
  2. Relationship Incubation—Create monetary or action-driven projects and, in the process, bring Fellows Alumni together and help build relationships.


Program Development Committee

The Program Development Committee is currently led by two co-chairs, who oversee the work of the sub-committees in coordination with the various sub-committee leads.

The Program Development Committee is responsible for promoting engagement among the Fellows Alumni with each other, other LCLD program participants, and LCLD Members by developing substantive programming and organizing networking events. The committee is responsible for organizing (1) roundtable discussions involving LCLD Members, other business and community leaders, and Fellows Alumni in cities throughout the United States, (2) networking events, (3) graduation events, and (4) get-togethers in connection with Leadership Lunches and Learning Experiences, and (5) other events or programs that focus on career development, leadership training, or relationship incubation. 

Finally, in an effort to build bridges across the various LCLD programs, the Program Development Committee’s event sub-committees assist City Leads in organizing Success in Law School Group Mentoring events and facilitate 1L LCLD Scholars Program networking events in participating cities.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Relationship incubation by increasing Fellows Alumni interaction with other LCLD program participants and among each other by developing and implementing networking events.
  2. Facilitate access to role models and support through programs involving LCLD Members.
  3. Develop substantive career and leadership training content through programs tailored for Fellows Alumni.

Action Opportunities:

  • Work on program and curriculum creation and development for Fellows Alumni.
  • Organize a Regional Roundtable Event in your city, giving you the opportunity to reach out to General Counsel and Managing Partners.
  • Organize a Group Mentoring Event for the Success in Law School Mentoring Program in coordination with the LCLD City Lead(s).
  • Organize a Fellows graduation event.
  • Organize a 1L Scholars Program networking event.
  • Organize a Pathfinders and Fellows event.
  • Organize a happy hour for a Leadership Lunch/Learning Experience in your city.

See below for a PDF version of the Fellows Alumni leadership roles and committee descriptions.

Leadership. Action. Results.