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ACC Southern California's volunteer-led committees are the lifeblood of our chapter !

ACC SoCal committees are responsible for the wealth and breadth of networking events, educational programs, social gatherings, pro bono opportunities and other programming and initiatives that make our chapter so great.The following is an introduction to the committees, their leadership and their volunteers, as well as example of the many opportunities they offer for involvement in the chapter and the community.


  • ACC SoCal Works!!

    The ACC SoCal Works!!! Committee organizes opportunities for in-transition members and members looking for their next opportunity.

    COMMITTEE CHAIR:

    Jennifer Ishiguro

    Committee Vice Chair:

    Shedrick Davis

  • Advocacy Committee

    The Advocacy Committee develops ACC Southern California's positions on legislation and other initiatives relevant to in-house attorneys.

    COMMITTEE CHAIR:

    Elizabeth Duong

  • Attorney Well-Being Committee

    The Attorney Well-Being Committee provides activities, information, resources and support focused on managing stress, work-life balance increasing resilience, and creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  For additional information please visit ACC Global's Wellness Initiative website.

    Chairs: Jeff Compangano, Jill Kalliomaa
    Co-Chair: Robbie Hurwitz

  • Charity Golf Classic Committee

    The Charity Golf Classic Committee is responsible for the Annual Golf Classic Tournament each Fall.  The day-long event begins with a barbeque lunch and putting contest (with prizes) and culminates with a dinner and awards ceremony during which ACC Southern California presents a cash gift to Public Law Center in addition to tournament awards.  There is also a golf clinic for those who would like to learn the game or brush up on their skills.

    COMMITTEE CHAIR:

    James Dierking

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Ken Block, Tammy Brandt, Joe Craciun, Harry Fields, William Harn, Michael Klein, John Kedishian, Julie McKinney, Jim Schindler, Joe Treves

  • CLO Suite Committee

    The CLO Suite Committee hosts quarterly events where CLO and General Counsel members can meet and informally discuss issues confronting Chief Legal Officers.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Victoria Harvey, John Kedeshian

  • Communications and Public Affairs Committee

    The Communications and Public Affairs Committee is responsible for the chapter's newsletter and media relations.

    COMMITTEE CHAIR:

    Robert Kang

    Committee Members:

    Danielle Blanchard, Crystal Ventura

  • Diversity Committee

    The Diversity Committee develops diversity initiatives and programs, such as the ACC SoCal Diversity Award, ACColades, INside Diversity, Street Law, and the Bar Exam Scholarship Program.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Lynette M. Jones and Conchita Valenzuela

     

  • DoubleHeader® Committee

    The DoubleHeader® Committee produces quarterly programs combining three hours of MCLE with a sporting event or other entertainment.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Kush Desai

  • Gala Dinner Committee

    The Gala Dinner Committee is responsible for organizing and planning the annual Gala Dinner and Charity Silent Auction.

    DINNER COMMITTEE CHAIR:

    Ellen Yang

    DINNER COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Jeffrey Compangano, Danielle Van Lier, Rhea Ricard, Rebecka Biejo, Dawn Haghighi, Serra Aladag, 

  • CLE Express Committee

    The CLE Express Committee produces monthly MCLE programs which are presented at different venues throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Rhea Ricard

    Elizabeth Duong, Co-Chair

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Ako Williams

    Wade Pyun

    Heather Stangle-Smith

    Greg Sowers.

  • In-house Counsel Conference Committee

    The In-house Counsel Conference Committee produces three full-day programs: a multi-venue In-house Counsel Conference in January of each year; a Sports & Entertainment Conference in partnership with the ACC Global Sports and Entertainment Committee each Summer; and a New-to-In-house Counsel Conference in the Fall of each year.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Albert Nicholson

    Committee Co-Chairs:

    Rebecka Biejo

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Melissa Alexander, Leila Brown, Jeff Compangano, James Dierking, Brian Farell, Robbie Hurwitz, Ayano Ichida, Jennifer Ishiguro, Albert Nicholson, Harrison Perla, Karen Rindner, Jason Romrell, Fernanda Schmid, Denise Ustariz

  • Membership Committee

    The Membership Committee is responsible for expanding ACC's outreach within the Southern California in-house community as well as retaining and engaging members who have either lapsed or are at the periphery of the chapter's membership base.  The Committee accomplishes this by hosting several events open to friends, colleagues, and interested in-house counsel at Los Angeles or Orange County locations where guests are able to learn more about ACC's resources, information, and the free tools available to them as part of their membership, while also meeting chapter members for meaningful networking opportunities.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Peter Macdonald

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Christina Zabat-Fran, Relani Belous

  • CLE and Networking Committee

    The CLE and Networking Committee hosts educational presentations and networking receptions at popular and unique venues in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Elizabeth Duong

    Committee Co-Chair:

    Rhea Ricard

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Eileen Uy

    Nada Alnajafi  

    Njeri Mutura 

    Brian Farrell

     

  • Pro Bono Committee

    The Pro Bono Committee promotes pro bono and community activism to ACC Southern California members through dedicated programs designed to maximize impact and contributions to our local community.  Programs include citizenship clinics, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) clinics, nonprofit clinics, small business clinics, guardianship clinics, mentorship programs etc.

    COMMITTEE CHAIR:

    Nicole Nakagawa

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Michael Chang, Kush Desai, Jill Kalliomaa, Rob Katchen, Asteghik Khajetoorians, Nanu Johansen, Nicole Nakagawa, Christina Rogers, Juliet Stone, Conchita Valenzula, Adriana Dulic

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