2018 - 2019 ACC Southern California Committees

ACC Southern California's volunteer-led committees are the lifeblood of the chapter!  They are responsible for the wealth and breadth of networking events, educational programs, social gatherings, pro bono opportunities and other programming and initiatives that make ACC Southern California 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 Southern California Works!!!

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

Committee Chair:

Ellen Yang

Committee Vice Chair:

Jennifer Ishiguro

Committee Members:


Advocacy Committee

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

committee chairs:

Jill Kalliomaa

CLO Suite Series

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:

Elizabeth Duong, Victoria Harvey

Communications and Public Affairs Committee

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

committee chairs:

Rebecka Biejo, Joni Gaudes

DoubleHeader® Committee

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

committee chairS:

Tiffany Easton, James Dierking

hACCess MCLE Programs Committee

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

committee chairS:

Jim Schindler, Jerry Huang, Jennifer Ishiguro


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:

Kush Desai

Committee Co-Chairs:

Albert Nicholson John Kedeshian, Robert Kang

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

Networking CLE and Cocktails Committee

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

committee chairs:

Joni Gaudes

Committee Co-Chair:

Relani Belous

committee members:

Serra Aladag, David Eisler, Brian Farrell, Wendy Freedman, Rahwa Ghebre-Ab, Frank Kim, Reg Levy, Natasha Pfeiffer, Sanjesh Sharma, Owen Smigelski

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:

John Kedeshian, Peter Macdonald, Rebecka Biejo

committee members:

Evie Lee, Rhea Riccard, Ken Swenson, Jen Tedmori

Annual Gala Dinner Committee

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

dinner committee chair:

Jennifer Fisher

dinner committee members:

Relani Belous, Alex Winsberg, Peter Macdonald, Ellen Yang

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:

Christina Zabat Fran, Robert Kang, Lynette Jones

committee members:

Diego Arp, Relani Belous, Andrea Brizuela, Latrice Byrdsong, Irene Chung, Kobie Conner, Don Dennis, Camilla Eng, Melanie Frank, Vince Gonzales, Preston Hopson, Faythe Hughes, Lynette Jones, Robert Kang, Princeton Kim, Christine Lawton, Sharon Linder, James Michalski, Nicole Nakagawa, Helen Omapas, Julia Sumijda, Jasamine Simmons, Pam Washington

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

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:

Jim Schindler, Victoria Harvey

committee members:

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

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