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May 2014 - Meet the Board
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Meet the Board


Lisa Jaskol
Amicus Briefs






Tell us about your background. I am the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Appellate Law Program. Previously, I was a partner at the law firm Horvitz & Levy LLP. I am the immediate past-Chair of the Appellate Courts Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a California State Bar certified appellate specialist, and a member of the Appellate Advisory Committee of the California Judicial Council.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I work with my Co-Chair to keep WLALA at the forefront of important legal developments affecting women by helping the Board make decisions about the cases in which WLALA will provide amicus support.

What are your passions and interests? Lawyers have a unique ability to help increase access to justice and ensure fidelity to the rule of law. I enjoy working on cases and projects that further these goals.



Jennifer Leland 
Appointive Office
Tell us about your background. I practice commercial, business and bankruptcy litigation at Peitzman Weg LLP in Century City, where I’ve been representing public corporations, privately held companies, and individuals in all phases of litigation in federal and state courts for the past ten years.  I love the variety of cases I work on and the challenges that come with having to get up to speed on new areas of the law.  I received my law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree from UC San Diego. 
What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?  I’ve been on the Board of WLALA for the past seven years and currently am Co-Chair of the Appointive Office Committee which conducts evaluations of candidates for judicial and other legal-related positions.  In the past, I have served as Co-Chair of the Financial Development Committee, the Litigation Section and the Public Action Grant Committee.  WLALA is such a great organization with so many inspiring women.  The more time you put into anything, the more you get out of it so I encourage current members to attend as many WLALA events as they can, become actively involved in committee work and spread the word about the organization.


What are your passions and interests?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two young children and friends.  Some of our favorite places and things to do are hiking in Temescal Canyon, going to the beach, Friday nights at LACMA, visiting our local ice cream shop and spending lazy afternoons in our backyard.  I am interested in and love travelling, the visual arts and dance (watching, not performing).  

Jill Piano
Community Service/Special Events

Tell us about your background.  Born and raised in Minnesota (although I love Los Angeles , I am still a Minnesota girl at heart), I attended St. Catherine's College and University of Minnesota Law school. Upon graduation from law school, I came to Los Angeles, and worked at Writers and Artists Agency and Hidden Beach Recordings. I am now partner at Duchrow & Piano LLC and specialize in Employment Law, Contracts, Family Law, ART, Adoption and Bankruptcy. In addition, I perform pro bono work at the Harriet Buhai Center which I find highly rewarding and would encourage more members to explore as well. I have served on the board for eight years and I am so inspired by all its members.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? I plan the annual Polish your Professional Image at the Frederic Fekkai Salon event which combines networking, salon pampering with a photoshoot for a professional headshot for the law firm or social media website. Since we need to have fun on top of our overloaded work schedules, I help plan events such as Girls Night Out at the Ahmundson Theater. My pet project is working with the Harriet Buhai Center on a pro bono jail project where members would assist incarcerated women with civil legal issues. Once the project is up and running, I would like to see the members participate in the program, as well as offer ideas for any other community services opportunities where WLALA members may become involved.

What are your passions and interests? Outside of helping others with the law, my passions include walking (around the lakes in Minneapolis, the beaches and canyons in Los Angeles), and attending the theater (either the Ahmanson in Los Angeles, or the Guthrie in Minneapolis). In addition, I love attending concerts and dancing. In fact, for the past 14 years, I have attended the GRAMMY’S and all the Grammy week events. Of greatest importance to me is spending time with family and friends (which is precious time, with our schedules).

Courtney Powers


Tell us about your background.
 I grew up in a small town in the Central Valley of California and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA School Law and pursue a career in advocacy and public policy. After litigating for three years at Folger Levin & Kahn, I joined the Daughters of Charity Health System, a non-profit health system with a mission to serve the poor. I now serve as Vice President and General Counsel of GRACE, a new non-profit sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, with a mission to reduce child poverty.

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved? The Outreach Committee brings the mission of WLALA to other community organizations and professional associations with the goal of increasing WLALA membership and attendance at events, creating networking opportunities for WLALA members and identifying new opportunities for programs, advocacy and other collaboration. I encourage WLALA members to suggest other organizations they are involved with that may be good candidates for outreach by WLALA.

What are your passions and interests?  Tennis, swimming, travel.

Jennifer Romano

Tell us about your background. I am a litigation partner at Crowell & Moring, and I serve on the firm's five-partner Litigation Group Steering Committee. My practice focuses on defending companies against unfair competition and consumer class actions, litigating on behalf of health care companies, and representing companies in high stakes litigation matters. I recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of a health care client in a contract dispute filed in federal court.

I also enjoy doing pro bono work and am currently representing a Coptic Christian woman in her efforts to seek asylum to escape oppression if deported to Egypt

What is your role for WLALA and how would you like to see members get more involved?This year I serve as President-Elect for WLALA, and I am looking forward to serving as President beginning in September 2014. I also serve as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association/WLALA Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women and on the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


While women have made up more than 50% of law school graduates for several years, the retention and promotion rates of women attorneys fall far behind those of men. I believe that WLALA can play an important role in encouraging women to stay in the profession, inspiring them to excel and seek stretch opportunities and promotions, and helping women attorneys identify other positions when a current position is not working. We encourage both new and longstanding members to attend WLALA’s events, exchange your advice and wisdom with other members, and give us your thoughts on how we can achieve these goals.

What are your passions and interests? My biggest passion is spending time with my family – I am married and have an 8 year-old daughter and 5 year-old son. I also enjoy pilates and volunteering at my children’s local public school. 
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