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2021 Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities – Committees – Descriptions of Duties and Members

The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities has three standing committees and multiple 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 and 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 at any time.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES:

Budget Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Bradley Wallace
Committee Members – Scott J. Corwin & Daniel Kramer

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.

Public Relations & Social Media Committee (Standing) Chair – Karina Lallande
Committee Members – Daniel Ambrose, Erica Chavez, Steve King, Sergio J. Puche, Belinda Theam & Lauren Wood

Duties. The Public Relations and 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.

Website Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Karina Lallande
Committee Members – Scott J. Corwin (FindLaw Liaison), Kristine Gallo & 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 events and campaigns in coordination with the Development and Public Relations and Social Media, and specific event 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.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES

Development Committee (Standing) Chair – Steven Vartazarian
Committee Members – Christopher T. Aumais, Jon Davidi, Daniel DeSantis, Greg Mohrman, Ese Omofoma, Sergio J. Puche, Ibiere N. Seck, Alyssa K. Schabloski, Chandra Spencer, Olivier Taillieu & Belinda Theam

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, including the creation of an Outreach Program with CAALA and other bar associations;
  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;
  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.

Cy Pres Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Sergio J. Puche
Committee Members – Christopher T. Aumais, Mark Bloom, Ryan Clarkson, Daniel DeSantis, Daniel Ghyczy & Griselda Rodriguez

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 Summer Soiree 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.

Summer Soiree Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs – Daniel Kramer & Olivier Taillieu
Committee Members – Gerald L. Marcus (Fundraising), Alyssa K. Schabloski (Program), Megan E. Klein (Partner Charities), Karina Lallande (Auction), Griselda Rodriguez (Mystery Wine) & Sergio J. Puche (Marketing)

Duties. The Summer Soiree 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 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.

Golf Tournament Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs – Kristine Gallo, Bradley Wallace & Lauren Wood
Committee Members – Mark Bloom (Auction), Mauro Fiore, Daniel Ghyczy & Geoff Hickey

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.

Annual LATLC Magazine Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Lauren Wood
Committee Members – Jon Davidi, Neyleen S. Ortiz-Beljajev & Chandra Spencer

Duties. The Annual LATLC Magazine 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 publication, revenue opportunities, and distribution of an annual LATLC Magazine;
  2. Develop, plan, and execute strategy for fundraising goal in coordination with the Development Committee;
  3. Secure advertisers and content for the magazine;
  4. Promote advertising opportunities in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee and Development Committee;
  5. Promote the published magazine in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee and Development Committee;

Virtual Events Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Bradley Wallace
Committee Members – Mark Bloom, Chandra Spencer & Gene Sullivan

Duties. The Virtual Events 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 Virtual Fundraisers;
  2. Develop, plan, and execute strategy for fundraising goal in coordination with the Development Committee;
  3. Secure sponsorships, format, and participants 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.

SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY COMMITTEES

Partner Charities Committee (Standing) Co-Chairs – Daniel DeSantis & Megan E. Klein
Committee Members – Mark Bloom, Stephen Glass, Liz Hagan, Michael M. Marzban, Griselda Rodriguez, Ibiere N. Seck, Belinda Theam, Geraldine Weiss, Michelle West & Lauren Wood

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 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 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
  7. Work in tandem with the fundraising event committees to promote these events to partner charities staff and boards of directors and seek members of partner charities to attend the Organizations’ events

College Scholarship Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Michael M. Marzban
Committee Members – Humberto Guizar, Neyleen S. Ortiz-Beljajev & Sergio J. Puche

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 $2,500 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;

Emergency Giving Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Michael M. Marzban
Committee Members – Steve King, Neyleen S. Ortiz-Beljajev & Ibiere N. Seck

Duties. The Emergency Giving 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 criteria to determine the evaluation of an "emergency situation" that a group in need that otherwise meets the requirements for a Partner Charity grant, on an immediate basis;
  2. Make decisions pursuant to those criteria to provide funding to a group in need on an emergency basis, outside the normal grant cycle for Partner Charities;
  3. The Board of Directors has unanimously approved a budget of up to $10,000 annually to meet the needs of the community and groups in need for the public good, but outside the grant funding cycle and guidelines;
  4. The Committee shall have the authority to make a determination and donations to fund an emergency need up to $5,000;
  5. The Executive Committee shall review and have final decision making authority on any emergency grant in excess of $5,000 recommended by the Committee;
  6. Work in tandem with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors to coordinate and obtain maximum marketing and advertising exposure for this Organization and its mission;
  7. Work in tandem with the Partner Charity Committee and the Executive Committee as needed.

Youth Sports Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Mark Bloom
Committee Members – Christopher T. Aumais, Mauro Fiore, Humberto Guizar, Greg Mohrman, Minh T. Nguyen, Neyleen S. Ortiz-Beljajev & Gene Sullivan

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.

Signature Community Events (Ad Hoc) Chair – Alyssa K. Schabloski

Duties. The Signature Community Events Coordinator, 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 current signature community events and direct giving programs;
  2. Actively seek out and create new opportunities for direct giving;
  3. Develop a formal plan for direct giving programs for the following year, coordinating with the Great Tryke Giveaway, Day of Dignity, and Comfort and Joy Committees, for review and adoption by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  4. Develop a budget for direct giving programs for the following year, for review and adoption by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  5. Promote LATLC’s direct giving programs in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee;
  6. Propose working groups and subcommittees as needed to support the creation of specific direct giving programs and events.

Comfort and Joy Holiday Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Alyssa K. Schabloski
Committee Members – Jon Davidi, Kristine Gallo & Ese Omofoma

Duties. The Comfort and Joy Holiday 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 Comfort and Joy Holiday event;
  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. Coordinate and arrange purchase of items and their distribution in the community;
  5. Promote the event in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee;
  6. Manage and oversee the event.

Great Tryke Giveaway Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Belinda Theam
Committee Members – Neyleen S. Ortiz-Beljajev & Griselda Rodriguez

Duties. The Great Tryke Giveaway 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 Great Tryke 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.

Day of Dignity Committee (Ad Hoc) Chair – Geraldine Weiss
Committee Members – Daniel DeSantis, Humberto Guizar, Megan E. Klein & Michael M. Marzban

Duties. The Day of Dignity 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 a Day of Dignity for the homeless;
  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.

OUTREACH COMMITTEES

Expansion Committee (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs – Daniel Kramer & Michelle West
Committee Members – Joseph M. Barrett, Geoff Hickey, Greg Mohrman & Minh T. Nguyen

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.

Youth Ambassador Program (Ad Hoc) Co-Chairs – Brynn Coleman & Eva Coleman

Duties. The LATLC Youth Ambassador Program strives to assist in LATLC ‘s mission of improving the lives and wellbeing of the disadvantaged and marginalized groups of the greater Los Angeles area through participation through charitable events and outreach programs. The Youth Ambassador Program, in addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Mobilize 6th -12th graders to take action in existing LATLC volunteer opportunities, as well as begin chapters at their schools to encourage program growth and youth involvement;
  2. Develop a budget for Youth Ambassador activities and programs for the following year, for review and adoption by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  3. Promote the events in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee.

Law Student Outreach Committee (Ad Hoc) Committee Member – Daniel Ambrose

Duties. The LATLC Law Student Outreach Committee strives to assist in LATLC ‘s mission of improving the lives and wellbeing of the disadvantaged and marginalized groups of the greater Los Angeles area through participation through charitable events and outreach programs. In addition to other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee, shall:

  1. Mobilize local law schools and their students to take action in existing LATLC volunteer opportunities, as well as begin chapters at their schools to encourage program growth and law student involvement;
  2. Develop a budget for Law Student Outreach activities and programs for the following year, for review and adoption by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors;
  3. Promote the events in coordination with the Public Relations & Social Media Committee.