CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Staff

Meet the team that is working to advance a more business-friendly environment in California..

John Doherty, President

John Doherty, President

John Doherty, prior to joining CJAC, was responsible for remaking, managing and expanding a fifty state advocacy and political team for the technology industry at TechNet as their Vice President of State Policy and Politics and General Counsel.

Rick Rivas, Director of Public Affairs

Rick Rivas, Director of Public Affairs

Rick Rivas, who joined CJAC in May 2007, founded and directs CJAC’s political research program, the California Project

Julie Stevens, FairPAC Director

Julie Stevens, FairPAC Director

Julie Stevens, who joined CJAC in June 2013, directs CJAC’s political action committee. Prior to joining CJAC, Stevens worked as the Deputy Finance Director for Speaker John A. Pérez at Assembly Democrats.

Fred J. Hiestand, General Counsel

Fred J. Hiestand, General Counsel

Fred J. Hiestand, CJAC General Counsel, manages the Appellate Program. Mr. Hiestand has nearly 30 years of appellate experience. He participates in oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in cases where CJAC has filed an amicus brief and is consulted by appellate attorneys preparing cases for argument.

Debbie Edgar, Finance and Operations Manager

Debbie Edgar, Finance and Operations Manager

Debbie Edgar joined the CJAC team in 1995 as the Assistant to the President. Edgar is responsible for managing the support staff, overseeing membership development, financial tracking, budget preparation, the annual audit, retirement and benefit programs, and compliance with workplace regulations.

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