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Associates Advisory Board

LAFLA’s Associates Advisory Board (AAB) is an association of like-minded professionals dedicated to supporting LAFLA’s mission by providing pro bono service, fundraising, and raising awareness of LAFLA’s work in the greater Los Angeles community.

 The AAB provides leadership, professional networking, and pro bono and social opportunities for its board members.

2021 Associates Advisory Board Officers:

Chair: John Atallah, Foley & Lardner LLP
Vice Chair: Ryan Wedell, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Secretary: Monee Hanna, Tucker Ellis LLP
Recruitment Chair: Edward Hillenbrand, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Pro Bono Chair: Emerson Luke, City of Los Angeles
Social Chairs: Najee Thornton, Fenwick & West LLP; Kendall Bass, Proskauer Rose LLP
Fundraising: Christopher Rivas, Reed Smith LLP; Adam Pullano, Kibler Fowler & Cave LLP

How To Get Involved:

Whether you are interested in expanding your professional network, leadership growth, providing pro bono services, planning social and recruitment events, or fundraising, the AAB has a committee for you (see below).

For more information and/or to apply, contact Pro Bono Director Phong Wong at pwong@lafla.org.

Pro Bono Committee

For more than 20 years, AAB members have been actively involved in nearly every aspect of LAFLA’s pro bono projects. Members serve as liaisons to generate support for pro bono projects by encouraging attorneys from their respective organizations/firms, as well as other attorneys in the community, to provide free legal services to the community that LAFLA serves. 

Fundraising Committee

Members raise awareness of LAFLA’s services and raise funds to support key programs that help the most vulnerable. Recently, the AAB dedicated its fundraising efforts to support LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Center.

Recruitment Committee

The AAB always seeks new members and works to maintain relationships with existing members. The Recruitment Committee achieves these goals by hosting recruiting events and implementing outreach strategies to recruit attorneys from law firms, government agencies, corporations, and other entities throughout Los Angeles.

Social Outreach Committee

This Committee coordinates the annual AAB FAB event. Held each summer to welcome summer associates, the AAB FAB is a summer evening mixer that brings together the greater Los Angeles legal community so that summer associates and attorneys can mingle and learn about LAFLA.

Volunteer Awards

Each year at the AAB Fab Summer Event, we honor two volunteers for their exemplary pro bono service to LAFLA. In 2019, we honored Tanya Greene and Gisella Soto. pictured below: Tanya Greene, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis (left); and Gisella Soto, Paralegal at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (right). Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our clients and communities!