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October 12, 2022 Council of Appellate Lawyers | Appellate Judges Conference

Nominations for the CAL Board and Other Ways to Get Involved

By Mark A. Kressel, Los Angeles, CA


The nominations period for the Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL) Executive Board and Officer positions is open. CAL members wishing to obtain or retain leadership positions are encouraged to submit their own nominations.

Positions eligible for nomination or re-nomination include:

  • Seven Executive Board positions: 2-year terms running December 1, 2022 - November 30, 2024
  • Secretary: 1-year term running December 1, 2022 - November 30, 2023
  • Chair-Elect: 1-year term running December 1, 2022 - November 30, 2023

The Nominating Committee consists of Immediate Past Chair Brian Miller, Chair-Elect Kirsten Castañeda, and the following additional committee members:  Deena Schneider and Katie Barrett Wiik.

Please submit a bio, profile, or resume, the position for which you are applying, and a brief description of your involvement and interest in the Council of Appellate Lawyers to Tori Jo Wible ([email protected]) by Friday, October 21, 2022.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

It is also a great time for our members to volunteer for one of CAL’s many other committees.

Enroll by simply checking off all the CAL committees that interest you. Full descriptions of our committees are available, but here are a few highlights:

Programming Committee:

The Committee organizes meetings and educational programs for the Council. Currently those include the annual educational programming at the Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit (planned and held in conjunction with the ABA Appellate Judges Conference and the Appellate Judges Education Institute), in-person programs at the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings, and webinars. Members of the committee identify and arrange for speakers, panels, and presentations, with an emphasis on diversity, and events that permit appellate attorneys to interact directly with the judges who participate in the Conference and the Institute.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee:

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the appellate bar and, importantly, the appellate bench. The committee strives to advance the careers of diverse lawyers and appellate judges by providing leadership and educational opportunities, promoting policies and programs that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and enhancing opportunities for lawyers and law students in the diversity pipeline.

Appellate Issues

Appellate Issues is the premier publication of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Appellate Issues needs editors as well as authors. The articles are published on the ABA website. For questions, more information, or to sign-up, please contact Nancy Olson, Editor of Appellate Issues, at [email protected].