2017 Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Committees, Description of Duties and Chairs

The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities has three standing committees and six ad hoc committees in addition to our Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is made up of the five officers, President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and the three immediate Past Presidents of the Organization. The Executive Committee is chaired by the President. We are looking for members of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities to volunteer with the three standing committees and four of the five ad hoc committees (the Budget Committee’s membership is restricted to the Treasurer members of the Board of Directors). Working on a committee is a great way to get to meet members of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities, better get to know what we do and how we help those most vulnerable in our local community. If you have interest in working with any of our committees please contact our Committee Chairs, Co-Chairs or Vice Chairs at any time.

AAJ TLC Award Nomination Selection Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair - Karina Lallande
Committee Members - Gerald L. Marcus, Alyssa K. Schabloski & Geraldine Weiss

Duties. The AAJ TLC Award Nomination Selection Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. "The American Association for Justice (AAJ) provides an annual Trial Lawyers Care (TLC) Award recognizing the efforts of members and trial lawyer-affiliated organizations that serve the community and foster positive relationships with the public through volunteer activities. Their outstanding efforts demonstrate how trial lawyers care. If you are the driving force behind a community service project that goes above and beyond-or if you know another American Association for Justice member who is-please consider nominating him/her for AAJ's Trial Lawyers Care Award, which will be presented at the AAJ Annual Convention in July." - AAJ Website www.justice.org
  2. Review the nomination criteria presented by AAJ for its TLC Award - which is set forth below;
    1. Has the nominee received an award for the project from another organization?
    2. Describe the community service or outreach project. (Please include whether the project/service is one time, ongoing, the frequency, and whether it involves other people in the nominee's firm).
    3. What was it that led the nominee to develop the project?
    4. How has being involved in this project or service affected the nominee's life? (Share reflections about what the community service or project has meant to the nominee).
    5. Why is it important to the nominee to give back to the community?
    6. What has been the resulting impact of the project/service upon the community? (If applicable and possible, include number of people affected over certain period of time. Share reflections/feedback about what the community service or project has meant to the community).
    7. How would you judge the effect of this project on the perceptions of the public as far as who trial lawyers are and what they do?
  3. Review all potential candidates that are members of the LATLC Board of Directors, Honorary Board of Governors, volunteers and/or supporters;
  4. Determine which potential candidates best meet the criteria presented by AAJ for its TLC Award;
  5. Oversee the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for the Organization;
  6. Select a nominee for the AAJ TLC Award to represent LATLC in the award nomination process;
  7. Advise the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of its selection of a nominee for the AAJ TLC Award;
  8. Assist in the preparation of the nomination package to be submitted to AAJ for the TLC Award for the LATLC candidate for review by the candidate and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee;
  9. Submit the nomination package to the AAJ for the TLC Award in a timely fashion at least five business days before the deadline - which for the current year is April 11, 2016.

Budget Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Daniel Kramer & Alyssa K. Schabloski
Committee Members - Scott J. Corwin, Gerald L. Marcus & Steven Vartazarian

Duties. The Budget Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee preparation of the Organization’s budget, to include the adoption of an annual budget preparation calendar, to ensure that it reflects the Board of Directors programs and priorities consistent with the Mission of the Organization as set forth in the Bylaws;
  2. Monitor the budget throughout the year to determine if anticipated income and expenditures are line in with reasonable estimates;
  3. Report findings and make recommendations on the adopted budget periodically, or when otherwise necessary and advisable to do so, to the President, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee;
  4. Review, on an ongoing basis, existing Organization policies and procedures regarding budget and investment matters, and propose additions, deletions or other modifications as the committee deems advisable.
  5. Oversee the annual financial audit process, to include adoption of an annual audit calendar and the selection of a certified public accounting firm (if required by law) to conduct an annual audit of the Organization’s financial books and records;
  6. Prepare, or cause to be prepared, any reports and studies on the Organization’s financial condition for, or at the request of, the President, the Board of Directors and or the Executive Committee;
  7. Review the Organization’s monthly financial statements and report findings and make recommendations when necessary and advisable to do so to the Board of Governors, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

Bylaws Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Scott J. Corwin, Daniel Kramer & Alyssa K. Schabloski

Duties. The Bylaws Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Review, on an annual basis, the existing bylaws of the Organization to ensure the continued relevance of all articles contained therein;
  2. Determine proposed additions, deletions or other modifications to the bylaws, that the committee deems advisable;
  3. Present recommendations for formal amendments to the bylaws for the Organization to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for review and consideration and formal adoption;
  4. Ensure the compliance of all entities of the organization referenced in the bylaws to the articles set forth in the bylaws;

Casino Night Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Karina Lallande, Gerald L. Marcus & Geraldine Weiss
Vice Chairs - Ryan Clarkson, Mauro Fiore, Kristine Gallo, Megan Klein, Alyssa K. SchabloskiSteven Vartazarian
Committee Members - Christopher T. Aumais, Conal Doyle, Andrew L. Ellis, Thomas F. Feher, Arash Homampour, Daniel Kramer, Minh T. Nguyen, Nicholas C. Rowley, Bobby Saadian & Gene Sullivan

Duties. The Casino Night Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the development and implementation of our annual Casino Night and Texas Hold’em Tournament fundraiser;
  2. Develop, plan, and execute strategy for fundraising goal in coordination with the Development Committee;
  3. Secure sponsorships, venue, and vendors for the event;
  4. Promote the event in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee and Development Committee;
  5. Promote ticket sales for the event in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee and Development Committee;
  6. Manage and oversee the event.

College Scholarship Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Minh T. Nguyen & Ibiere N. Seck
Committee Members - Candice S. Klein & Twila S. White

Duties. The College Scholarship Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Draft, develop and prepare the LATLC scholarship award application for review and approval by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Scholarships are to be awarded to ten public high school students each year, who will receive a $5,000 grant scholarship from LATLC based on both need and merit;
  2. Develop a timeline for the preparation and circulation of the application, process for distribution and collection, review and selection by the Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors;
  3. Draft, prepare and circulate the application to all public high schools in Los Angeles county. The individual high schools will select three semifinalist applications to be submitted to the Committee for review and further consideration;
  4. Be responsible for following up with the public high schools and appropriate staff to collect the semifinalist applications;
  5. Develop criteria for selecting the awardees from the semifinalists submitted by the public high schools. The Committee will select finalists and submit them to the Executive Committee for final review and submission to the Board of Directors. The ten finalists will be selected based on both need and merit as determined by the Board of Directors;
  6. Present the award winners with their awards at the LATLC Casino Night. The Committee will work in tandem with the Casino Night Committee regarding the manner and presentation of the awards at Casino Night.

Cy Pres Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Ryan Clarkson, Gene Sullivan & Twila S. White
Committee Members - Christopher T. Aumais, Andrew L. Ellis & Spencer Lucas

Duties. The Cy Pres Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Develop and implement a Cy Pres Program for the Organization for review and approval by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  2. Create a Cy Pres Program Packet, which shall include a sample "Declaration Re Cy Pres Donation to LATLC" provided by LATLC's [President] under penalty of perjury and consisting of: (i) LATLC's Background, Mission Statement, and Strategic Goals, (ii) most recent Annual Report (to be attached as a declaration exhibit), (iii) most recent Audited Financial Statements (to be attached as a declaration exhibit), (iv) direct versus indirect donation ratio, i.e., the percentage of funds used for charitable purposes as opposed to administrative expenses; (v) the scope of LATLC's outreach, including annual operating budget, programming information, and number of people benefited by LATLC's efforts. (vi) an analysis of the proposed class action settlement at issue, and (vii) a description of how the funds will be utilized consistent with the goals of the litigation at issue.
  3. Identify, contact, interface with, and develop relationships with class action attorneys and law firms to facilitate the direction of Cy Pres funds from class action lawsuits to the Organization;
  4. Work in tandem with the Development Committee to establish, in consultation with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, annual fundraising goals and targets;
  5. Work in tandem with the Development Committee, Budget Committee, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors to coordinate and implement Cy Pres fundraising strategies for the Organization;
  6. Develop and execute an annual Cy Pres fundraising plan utilizing creative tools and approaches designed to achieve fundraising goals, including the establishment and execution of any fundraising activities coordinating with any Ad Hoc Committees for special events;
  7. Recruit volunteers from the Organization to assist in the implementation of the Cy Pres program for the Organization and development of relationships with class action attorneys;
  8. Promote the Organization's Cy Pres Program in tandem with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee;
  9. Work in tandem with the Golf Committee and Casino Night Committee to promote these events to potential Cy Pres donors and class action attorneys and to attend the Organization's events;
  10. Review, on an ongoing basis, existing Organization policies and procedures regarding Cy Pres fundraising activities and events in coordination with the Development Committee, and propose additions, deletions, or other modifications to the Board of Directors as the committee deems advisable.

Development Committee (Standing) Co-Chairs - Andrew L. Ellis & Daniel Kramer
Committee Members - Scott J. Corwin, Thomas F. Feher, Mauro Fiore, Kristine Gallo, Gerald L. Marcus, Minh T. Nguyen, Robert J. Ounjian, Nicholas C. Rowley & Robert T. Simon

Duties. The Development Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for the Organization;
  2. Establish, in consultation with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, annual fundraising goals and targets;
  3. Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan utilizing creative tools and approaches designed to achieve fundraising goals including the establishment and executive of any fundraising activities coordinating with any Ad Hoc Committees for special events;
  4. Participate in, recruit or cause other members to participate in, Organization fundraising activities and events; and
  5. Review, on an ongoing basis, existing Organization policies and procedures regarding fundraising activities and events, and propose additions, deletions or other modifications to the Board of Directors as the committee deems advisable.

Expansion Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Daniel Kramer & Alyssa K. Schabloski
Committee Members - Scott J. Corwin, Lisa Maki, Shahrokh Sheik & Lauren Wood

Duties. The Expansion Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Develop relationships and discuss with other trial lawyer bar associations to determine the feasibility of expansion of the "trial lawyers' charities" model to other locales throughout California;
  2. Prepare, or cause to be prepared, a formal report of recommendations for potential expansion of the "trial lawyers' charities" model to other locales throughout California to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for review and consideration;
  3. In the event of approval by the Board of Directors for the expansion of the "trial lawyers' charities" model to other locales throughout California, assist with implementation of the expansions;
  4. Develop policies and procedures for the implementation of the expansion of the "trial lawyers' charities" model to other locales throughout California for review and consideration by the Policies & Procedures Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors;
  5. Oversee on a quarterly basis any and all other "trial lawyers' charities" organizations that have been established to ensure compliance with the Organization’s policies and procedures, to ensure that they reflect the priorities consistent with the Mission of the Organization as set forth in the Bylaws.

Golf Tournament Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Kristine Gallo, Gerald L. Marcus & Lauren Wood
Committee Members - Ryan Clarkson, Mauro Fiore, Daniel Kramer, Spencer Lucas, Robert J. Ounjian, Robert T. Simon & Gene Sullivan

Duties. The Golf Tournament Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the development and implementation of our annual Golf Tournament fundraiser;
  2. Develop, plan, and execute strategy for fundraising goal in coordination with the Development Committee;
  3. Secure sponsorships, venue, and vendors for the event;
  4. Promote the event in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee and Development Committee;
  5. Promote ticket sales for the event in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee and Development Committee;
  6. Manage and oversee the event.

Partner Charities Committee (Standing) Co-Chairs - Alyssa K. Schabloski & Geraldine Weiss
Vice Chairs - Kristine Gallo, Megan Klein, Karina Lallande & Nicholas C. Rowley
Committee Members - Ryan Clarkson, Scott J. Corwin, Thomas F. Feher, Spencer Lucas, Ibiere N. Seck, Steven Vartazarian & Twila S. White

Duties. The Partnered Charities Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Interface and develop relationships with partner charities to further the mission of the Organization;
  2. Develop, arrange, and execute plans for twelve partner charity volunteer service projects throughout the year with various partner charities for review and approval by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  3. Recruit volunteers from the Organization to participate in the volunteer service projects with the partner charities;
  4. Promote the volunteer service projects with the partner charities in tandem with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee;
  5. Coordinate all partner charity annual events with this Organization including securing dates and Directors and Honorary Board of Governors to attend such annual partner charity events;
  6. Work in tandem with the Budget Committee, Public Relations & Social Media Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors to coordinate partner charity grant giving to coincide with the partner charity annual events to obtain maximum marketing and advertising exposure for this Organization and its mission;
  7. Work in tandem with the Golf Committee and Casino Night Committee to promote these events to partner charities staff and boards of directors and seek members of partner charities to attend the Organizations' events.

Policies & Procedures Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Daniel Kramer & Alyssa K. Schabloski
Committee Members - Ryan Clarkson, Scott J. Corwin, Thomas F. Feher, Candice S. Klein, Geraldine Weiss & Twila S. White

Duties. The Policies & Procedures Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the development of formal policies and procedures for the Organization;
  2. Consult with and review the existing policies and procedures of the Organization’s other committees to incorporate into the development of formal policies and procedures for the organization;
  3. Present recommendations for formal policies and procedures for the Organization to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for review and consideration and formal adoption;
  4. Monitor new informal policies and procedures being instituted by the Organization and its various committees throughout the year for potential consideration and adoption by the organization;
  5. Oversee the Organization’s policies and procedures to ensure that they reflect the priorities consistent with the Mission of the Organization as set forth in the Bylaws;
  6. Review, on an annual basis, existing Organization policies and procedures, and propose additions, deletions or other modifications as the committee deems advisable to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Public Relations & Social Media Committee (Standing) Co-Chairs - Karina Lallande & Twila S. White
Committee Members - Megan Klein & Lauren Wood

Duties. The Public Relations & Social Media Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the Organization’s efforts to communicate its mission, purpose and programs to its membership and the public by magazines, newsletters, flyers, advertisements, Organization’s website and or any other electronic or print means;
  2. Review and evaluate news items and editorials involving the Organization and the trial bar and suggest a response to the President when appropriate;
  3. Review existing programs and develop new ones to communicate the Organization’s activities to its members and involve them in its grassroots efforts;
  4. Oversee the Organization’s Social Media Campaign;
  5. Propose and participate in Organization programs and efforts to foster the widest understanding of legal issues involving the trial bar among legislative members, community, fraternal, business, and industrial groups, the judiciary, and bar Organizations; and
  6. Review, on an ongoing basis, existing Organization policies and procedures regarding public relations and communications issues, and propose additions, deletions or other modifications to the Board of Directors as the committee deems advisable.

Turkey and Toy Giveaway Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Minh T. Nguyen, Gerald L. Marcus, Scott J. Corwin & Geraldine Weiss

Duties. The Turkey and Toy Giveaway, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the development and implementation of our annual Turkey and Toy Giveaway;
  2. Develop a budget and plan, and present recommendations for the event to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for review and consideration and formal adoption;
  3. Secure sponsorships, external partners and organizations to participate in the community event;
  4. Promote the event in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee;
  5. Manage and oversee the event.

Website Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair - Scott J. Corwin
Committee Members - Alyssa K. Schabloski

Duties. The Website Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Oversee the Organization’s efforts to communicate its mission, purpose and programs to its membership through the creation, development and maintenance of the Organization’s website;
  2. Review and evaluate the Organization’s website on at least a quarterly basis to ensure that its website content is current and updated;
  3. Review and update the website on at least a monthly basis to reflect the current Board of Directors, Officers, Past Presidents, Honorary Board of Governors, Sponsors and Members of the Organization are properly identified on the Organization’s websites;
  4. Promote the Organizations’ Honorary Board of Governors fundraising campaign and the annual Casino Night and Golf Tournament events in coordination with the Development, Public Relations & Social Media, Development, Casino Night and Golf Tournament Committees;
  5. Work in tandem with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee to promote the Organization and its mission through the website and other electronic means including the posting of photographs to the website photo gallery, articles, videos, radio, television and/or other media promotions of the Organization are posted to the websites.

Youth Sports Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs - Megan Klein, Daniel Kramer, Minh T. Nguyen & Lauren Wood

Duties. The Youth Sports Committee, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Draft, develop and prepare the LATLC Youth Sports Program on an annual basis for review and approval by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  2. Develop a timeline for the solicitation of grant requests and banners for display at public parks and schools for review and selection by the Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors;
  3. Draft, prepare and circulate the proposed budget for the Youth Sports program on an annual basis for review and approval by the Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors;
  4. Develop an application for a grant request and contract for the display of LATLC banners at public parks and school parks for review and approval by the Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors;
  5. Develop a program for the donation of batting helmets, bats, and other equipment directly to Buddy Ball leagues serving exceptional children with special needs;
  6. Be responsible for following up with the public park and school leagues for the distribution and display of LATLC banners;
  7. Be responsible for following up with the buddy leagues for the distribution batting helmets, bats, and other equipment.