SacLegal holds its board meetings on the first Wednesday of every month. Email [email protected] for more details.
Meet our 2022 Board of Directors:
AJ Wipfler (Co-Chair)
Anna James (AJ) is a judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. AJ has also clerked for the Honorable Todd M. Hughes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and previously served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. AJ graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law where he authored a law review article advocating removing sex from the legal portion of U.S. birth certificates as a way to promote self-defined gender identity. After many years of city hopping, AJ is delighted to be back in his home state of California where he and his partner and their two dogs can enjoy gardening, hiking, and soaking in the sun year round.
Ashley Silva-Guzman (Co-Chair)
Jorge Gaitan (Secretary)
Jorge is a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Trustee Program, focusing on civil litigation and prevention of fraud and abuse in bankruptcy. This will be Jorge's first year serving on SacLegal's Board of Directors. Jorge moved to Sacramento in 2020 after several years serving as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Judge Mark Houle in the Central District of California. Jorge has worked as an assistant general counsel for the State of California's ALRB and was counsel for chapter 7 trustees while working as an associate at BG Law in Los Angeles. Jorge spends his free time with his husband and two daughters exploring Northern California.
John Tan (Treasurer)
John has been a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California since June 2011, working in the Health rights unit in the Sacramento office. He is currently the Program Manager/Managing Attorney for HICAP Services of Northern California, which provides counseling to Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, he is an instructor for UC Davis School of Law's Lawyering Practice curriculum.
Ashley is a Deputy District Attorney for Yolo County, focusing on consumer fraud and environmental protection. Ashley has served on SacLegal's Board of Directors since 2018 and as Co-Chair from 2019-2020. Before moving to Sacramento, Ashley worked for an environmental nonprofit in Washington, D.C., where she moved after completing law school in her home state of Florida. Ashley has intensive experience in event coordination and management. Environmentally friendly practices and products is a passion of Ashley's and she continually strives for an eco-conscious lifestyle.
Lexi Purich Howard
Lexi Howard (she/her) is a real estate and business attorney for the downtown Sacramento firm Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate, including purchase and sale transactions, leasing, easements, conservation and mitigation transactions. Prior to joining Murphy Austin, Lexi was a legislative advocate, representing real estate interests and the judiciary, and other trade association and businesses. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lexi worked for twenty six years for a national title insurance and financial services firm. Lexi graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2015, and received her B.S. in Business Management from California Lutheran University.
Andi is the Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), which provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. She joined DOR in 2018 as the Chief Counsel and was appointed in her current role in 2020. She graduated with honors in 1989 from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and has extensive experience serving leadership roles in non-profit organizations and in litigating a variety of discrimination and disability-related claims. She is admitted to practice law in California, Arizona, and Michigan. Before joining DOR, Andi served as the Deputy Director of Disability Rights California, the largest disability rights law firm in the country and the largest legal services provider in California. On a personal note, Andi is a proud transgender woman with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as Brittle Bone Disorder.
Les is Staff Counsel at California New Car Dealers Association, a trade organization representing over 1,200 franchised new car and truck dealers throughout California. He graduated with distinction from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law with a business concentration. While attending McGeorge, Les served on the board of Lambda, the school’s LGBTIQ+ organization as the student liaison to SacLegal. After graduating and passing the California Bar Examination, Les joined SacLegal as a board member and continues to serve in that capacity. Les lives with his wife and daughter in Elk Grove and enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, hiking, reading, and making music.
Robin Bariel (McGeorge Law Student Representative)
Rob Guzman (Lincoln Law Student Representative)
Meena Morar (UC Davis Law Student Representative)
Meena is a first-year law student at the UC Davis School of Law, journalist, researcher, and queer community builder. Meena received their B.A. in American Studies and Journalism from Georgetown University, in which they completed their senior thesis analyzing historic preservation and the way it has been used as a form of activism in Barry Farm, a public housing complex in DC. Meena is interested in centering the voices of people with lived experience at the forefront of any project or work through direct services and advocacy. As an aspiring lawyer, Meena is interested in the impact that analyzing and utilizing the law can hold in destabilizing institutions of power in order to promote social change in the public interest sector. In their spare time, you can find Meena doing a NYT crossword or attempting to take care of their new plant obsession.