The Santa Monica Bar Association is a volunteer organization that functions through its Board of Trustees, its officers and through its committees.  Committees offer members a means of becoming more involved in the SMBA within specific areas of focus.  Here are our current roster of officers, court advisor, trustees, committees, and sections.  How do you want to become more involved in the SMBA?  Join SMBA.

OFFICERS


President

Alejandro H. Herrera

President-Elect

Jennifer Millier


Secretary

Sarah Christian


Treasurer

David Gharakhanian, Jr.


Past-President

Stephen Weaver


Judicial Advisor

Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr.

Judge of the Superior Court

Trustees


James Ahn

 Ashleigh Bhole

Mark Fingerman

Maria Jonsson

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Mario Meza


Mukunda Raghavan


Stephanie Taft


Debra Hartman Warfel

Megan Waugh

Sections

Barristers

ChairStephanie Taft

Co-ChairVictoria McLaughlin


Employment

Chair

John McDowell



Entertainment

Chair

Joseph Anderson


Family Law

Chair

Matthew Skarin


Immigration

Co-Chair:

 Layla Khamoushian


Intellectual Property

Chair

Joseph Anderson


Personal Injury

Co-Chair

Sarah Christian


Probate & Trust

Co-Chair: Timur Berberoglu
Co-Chair: Karen Knutson


Real Estate

Co-Chair: Keith Turner
Co-Chair: Kendra Leghart

EVENTS

  • After Holiday Party
  • Judges Night
  • Installation Dinner
  • Summer Party
  • The Toast
  • Bench & Bar Bike Ride
  • First Friday Lunches
  • Networking Events

NEWSLETTER

The SMBA publishes a quarterly newsletter including a calendar of events and articles.  We encourage our members to contribute their articles.

COMMITTEES

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

develops board leadership and process.

Chair: Debra Hartman Warfel
Co-Chair: Alejandro H. Herrera

EVENTS

oversees all events including their budgeting, attendance, and goals.

Chair: Jennifer Millier
Co-Chair: Ashley Bhole

MANDATORY FEE ARBITRATION

oversees the fee arbitration program, ensuring compliance with California State Bar regulations.

Chair:  Sandra Segal Polin
Members: Rae Lamothe (Presiding Arbitrator)
Program Manager: Stephanie Gordon

FINANCE

reviews the finances of the organization.

Chair: David Gharakhanian
Co-Chair: Maria Jonsson

INTERNET AND PUBLICITY

promotes activities including the publishing web content and marketing.

Chair: Curtis Roberts
Co-Chair: Alejandro H. Herrera

MEMBERSHIP

focuses on growing membership and overseeing membership policy.

Co-Chair: Debra Hartman Warfel
Co-Chair: Sarah Christian

SPONSORSHIP

oversees sponsorship goals and policy.

Chair: Stephen Weaver

LEGISLATIVE

reviews proposed laws and makes recommendations for supporting new law.

Chair:  Mukunda Raghavan

JUDICIARY

reviews candidates for judicial office

Chair: Mukunda Raghavan

SMBA Administration

2461 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 529

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ph. 310-450-9289 Arb. (310) 581-5163

 smbaoffice@smba.net


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