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 is the 2015-2016 roster of officers, court advisor, trustees, committees, and sections. How do you want to become more involved in the SMBA? Join SMBA.
EmploymentChair: Jon Weinman
Co-Chair: John McDowell
EntertainmentChair: John Pfeiffer
Family LawCo-Chair: Jennifer Skolnick
Co-Chair: Janet Kaplan
Co-Chair: Ruth Estep
Co-Chair: Layla Khamoushian
Co-Chair: Allison-Claire Acker
Chair: Joanna Chen
Personal InjuryCo-Chair: Sarah Christian
Co-Chair: David Gharakhanian
Probate & TrustCo-Chair: Timur Berberoglu
Co-Chair: Karen Knutson
Real EstateCo-Chair: Keith Turner
Co-Chair: Kendra Leghart
The SMBA publishes a weekly newsletter including a calendar of events and timely articles. We encourage our members to contribute their articles.
develops board leadership and process.
Chair: Alejandro H. Herrera
oversees all events including their budgeting, attendance, and goals.
Chair: Jennifer Millier
MANDATORY FEE ARBITRATION
oversees the fee arbitration program, ensuring compliance with California State Bar regulations.
Chair: Sandra Segal Polin
reviews the finances of the organization.
Chair: Maria Jonsson
INTERNET AND PUBLICITY
promotes SMBA activities including the publishing of this website and the newsletter.
Chair: James Ahn
LAWYER REFERRAL AND INFORMATION SERVICE
oversees the lawyer referral service program, ensuring compliance with California State Bar regulations.
Chair: Monica A. Mihell
focuses on growing membership and overseeing membership policy.
Chair: Steven Weaver
oversees sponsorship goals and policy.
Chair: Mark Fingerman
reviews proposed laws and makes recommendations for supporting new law.
Chair: Jennifer Skolnick
reviews candidates for judicial office
Chair: David Gharakhanian