COUNTDOWN

Join us on October 14, 2021 at 5:30PM PST for our 2nd Annual Virtual Fundraiser and a fireside chat with Honorees Justice Jenkins and Angela Winfield, and Moderator Judge Armendariz. No need to drive downtown, pay for expensive drinks, or hassle valet parking. But you are invited to dress up and grab a glass of wine to toast our future changemakers.

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HONOREE

Justice Martin J. Jenkins

Justice Martin J. Jenkins was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court in November 2020. Previously, he served as Senior Judicial Appointments Advisor to Governor Newsom, also as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, a federal district judge for the Northern District of California, and a trial judge on the Oakland Municipal and Alameda County Superior Courts.

After graduating from Santa Clara University and before entering the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law, Justice Jenkins was briefly employed as a player by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He obtained his law degree from USF in May 1980. After graduation, Justice Jenkins worked as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division-Criminal Section, and later was an attorney in Pacific Bell’s Legal Department.

HONOREE

Angela Winfield

Honoree Angela Winfield is chief diversity officer for the Law School Admission Council. In this role, she provides leadership, vision, energy, and a unified philosophy to LSAC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on behalf of member law schools and the students who seek a career in law. Prior to her current position, Winfield was associate vice president for inclusion and workforce diversity at Cornell University. Winfield is a certified leadership coach and motivational speaker. She also is an advisory board member for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, serves on the board of trustees for Cayuga Community College, and sits on the board of directors for The Rev Theatre Company, Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, and Success Beyond Sight. Winfield earned her JD from Cornell Law School and earned her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University.

MODERATOR

Judge Armendariz

Our moderator is Judge Lucy Armendariz who has presided over cases at the State Bar Court of California for over a decade. Judge Armendariz was appointed to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in California under Governor Jerry Brown in October 2018 where she serves at the East Los Angeles Courthouse presiding over criminal trials. Judge Armendariz is a graduate of Roosevelt High School where she now serves as a Teen Court Judge. As an undergraduate at UCLA she majored in Sociology and Economics. She earned her law degree in 1997 from U.C. Hastings School of Law.

Thrust into the foster care system at age 8, Judge Armendariz bounced between homes before a long-term placement provided the stability that facilitated her pursuit of a college education. Judge Armendariz has volunteered her time as a Commissioner to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and as a Board Member to Leadership California, an organization dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women and girls.

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