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CJAC Expands Political Team

Posted on 02/06/2017 @ 08:00 AM

The Civil Justice Association of California is pleased to announce the expansion of its political team. Marva Diaz joins the Association as Vice President of Political Operations and Micah Scheindlin as Political Director.

Marva and Micah join our FairPAC Director Julie Mahoney, who has been with CJAC for over three years. Together they form our political team.

Both Marva and Micah have extensive experience in the political arena.

With over 17 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Marva has successfully worked on over 100 bills and collaborated on over 600 campaigns, ranging from internal corporate campaigns to gubernatorial races. Until recently, Marva served as Capitol Director for Assemblymember Adam Gray. She will oversee all political operations as it relates to the promotion of CJAC’s mission.

Micah comes to CJAC from one of California's pre-eminent political campaign firms, where he spent over 5 years as a full time consultant. He was involved in every facet of strategy and execution for state and local ballot measures, independent expenditures, and candidate campaigns. Micah will help shape and implement CJAC’s political strategies.

Marva and Micah can be reached at mdiaz@cjac.org and mscheindlin@cjac.org, or by phone at 916-443-4900.

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Please join CJAC as we say farewell and good luck to Hal Dasinger!

Posted on 12/15/2016 @ 08:00 AM

CJAC invites you to honor Hal Dasinger at a farewell and good luck party to be held Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Downtown & Vine, 1200 K Street, Sacramento, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Please RSVP to Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org, 916-443-4900. (Flyer)

We hope to see you there!

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CJAC Names John Doherty as New President and CEO

Posted on 11/18/2016 @ 08:00 AM

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), the state’s leading advocacy group for legal reform, has selected John Doherty to serve as its new President and CEO.

Doherty is currently Vice President of Politics and Policy and General Counsel of TechNet, an advocacy organization for the innovation industry.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to lead the Civil Justice Association of California and look forward to advocating for a stronger California, protecting our economy and creating a balanced civil justice system,” Doherty said.

“Excessive litigation discourages innovation and drives up costs for all California consumers and taxpayers. California businesses, both small and large, face unprecedented challenges in trying to create jobs and revenue for the state. I will advocate aggressively for common sense reforms that will make California stronger for everyone,” he said.

Doherty will officially take the helm on December 15.

“I’ve often had the privilege of working with John during my tenure at CJAC,” said Kim Stone, who departs CJAC next month after becoming its President in 2011. “He understands the importance of CJAC’s role as an issue-driven organization that works in both the Legislature and the Courts as an advocate for legal reform.

“CJAC is fortunate to have someone with John’s unique experience step into the role of CJAC President and CEO,” said Mark Sektnan, CJAC Board Chair. “He brings a wealth of political and policy advocacy experience, and has a strong awareness of the important issues that matter to CJAC’s members. He will be a great leader for the Association.”

Prior to joining CJAC, Doherty, 47, was responsible for remaking, managing and expanding a fifty state advocacy and political team for the technology industry at TechNet. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, State Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and Chief of Staff to California State Majority Leader Alberto Torrico.

Doherty received a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and received a Bachelor of Political Science from Santa Clara University.

Commenting on departing CJAC President Stone, Sektnan said, “Kim’s tireless efforts to promote a fair civil justice system have served not just CJAC members but all Californians. Indeed, she has helped make CJAC a model for other civil justice reform groups around the country.”

Doherty and his wife have two children and reside in Sacramento.

Please contact Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org, 916-443-4900, should have have any questions.

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Please join CJAC as we say farewell and good luck to Kim Stone!

Posted on 11/15/2016 @ 08:00 AM

CJAC invites you to honor Kim Stone at a farewell and good luck party to be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Ella, 1131 K Street, Sacramento, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Please RSVP to Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org, 916-443-4900. [Flyer]

We hope to see you there!

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Op-Ed: Nuisance lawsuits by local prosecutors: A dangerous game?

Posted on 09/27/2016 @ 09:00 AM

In an op-ed that ran in the Daily Journal this week, Kim Stone questions the dangerous precedent of nuisance theory lawsuits by local prosecutors. To read the op-ed, click here.

Nuisance lawsuits are the topic of CJAC’s Issue Briefing to be held September 28 in the Cafeteria 15L Ultra Room, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, from 11:15 to 1:00. Free lunch will be served and free MCLE credit is available. It’s not too late to reserve a space. Click here for details or contact Debbie Edgar at 916-443-4900 to RSVP.

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