Board of Directors

SacLEGAL holds its board meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, 1927 L Street, Sacramento, California 95811.

Meet our 2018 Board of Directors:

Emmanuel Salazar, Esq. (Co-Chair)

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Emmanuel works at the California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General charged with investigating and prosecuting government health care fraud. Emmanuel also serves as a regional governor of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and is the President-Elect of its local Sacramento affiliate. Emmanuel is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law and is dedicated to maintain and improve the leadership pipeline of diverse LGBTQ+ attorneys. Emmanuel loves to travel. He plays tennis and ultimate frisbee, and is currently the captain of SacLegal's and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's softball team, the Black Sheep.


 Lexi Purich Howard, Esq. (Co-Chair)

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Lexi is a Lobbyist/Public Policy Consultant & Advocate for the California Advocates, Inc. She has experience in advocacy and public policy before the California State Legislature and state agencies, representing a variety of clients with emphasis in real estate, the judiciary, notaries public, immigration, and other trade association and corporate interests. From 1985 until 2011 Lexi worked for a national title insurance and financial services firm and is a subject matter expert in title insurance, escrow/settlement, commercial and industrial sale, purchase, and financing; multi-parcel land trust and conservation easement transactions; and residential and personal property transfers. A graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Lexi received the school's Outstanding Student Service Award, served as President of the McGeorge Government Affairs Student Association, and as Board member for the McGeorge Lambda Law Students Association and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Lexi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. 


Jocelyn Wolf, Esq. (Secretary)

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Jocelyn is the Self-Help Attorney at the Yolo County Superior Court. She has worked at a small law firm doing family law and civil litigation and for various non-profit organizations, including Legal Services of Northern California. She is passionate about access to justice and public interest work.


James Tiehm, Esq. (Treasurer)

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James is an attorney working for the Family Law division of the Sacramento County Superior Court. He has served as SacLegal's Treasurer in the last four years, ensuring that SacLegal has funds to support its mission and goals.


Steven Muni 

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Steve, a Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse since 2003, came out in 1985 as a Santa Cruz deputy district attorney, making him the longest out openly gay career prosecutor in California. A member of BAILIF from 1987 to 1990, he was a founding member of the Santa Cruz Gay and Lesbian Legal Association in 1990 and has testified before the California State Senate and the State Assembly as an openly gay prosecutor. Steve also served on the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination from 2002-2005. He served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus from 2004-2006 and again from 2008-2009. An Adjunct Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law from 2010 to the present, he is currently the statewide co-chair of the California Attorney General’s Office LGBT Employees Advisory Committee and was previously a member of the SacLegal Board from 2009 to 2016, serving as the co-chair in 2015 and 2016. Steve has served as the chair of SacLegal's Judicial Endorsement Committee in the last several years.


Kathleen Finnerty, Esq.

Kathleen ("Kathi") is the proprietor of Finnerty Law Offices, Inc., specializing in business litigation and ADA defense. She is a founding member of SacLegal. She is SacLegal's liaison to various community organizations and its lead representative to the Court-Clergy Conference of Sacramento County.


Michael Rhoads

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Michael works for the California Supreme Court as a research attorney on the Criminal Central Staff. He previously worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals, Writs, and Trials and Correctional Writs and Appeals sections of the California Attorney General’s Office, as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and as a Graduate Law Clerk for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He is an adjunct professor and moot court coach at UC Hastings, and has been an adjunct professor for the University of San Diego Law School and McGeorge School of Law. Michael studied English and Political Science at Santa Clara University, and earned his law degree from George Washington University. He is a member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, and enjoys hiking and exploring Sacramento with his partner and their golden retriever.


 

Ashley Harvey

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Ashley Harvey is a Deputy District Attorney for Yolo County, focusing on consumer fraud, environmental protection, and civil cannabis enforcement. Ashley has intensive experience in event coordination and management and she still helps coordinate weddings when the time allows. Environmentally friendly practices and products is a passion of Ashley's and she continually strives for an eco-conscious lifestyle.