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Callahan, McCune & Willis APLC


Cirrus Alpert is a 2004 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. She is an associate at Callahan, McCune & Willis APLC.

In the past, she served as president of the Young/New Lawyers Division and as the Young/New Lawyer Director on the board of the San Diego County Bar Association. She currently serves as the Finance Chair for Share Our Strength's charitable fundraiser Taste of the Nation San Diego.


Union Bank of California


Carlee Harmonson is the regional director-personal trust of the Wealth Management Group of Union Bank of California in San Diego and has been with the bank since 2002. She currently oversees the San Diego, La Jolla, Rancho Mirage and Irvine Trust offices, utilizing her unique background of more than 25 years of experience in both the personal trust and employee benefit plans area.

The Personal Trust Group serves as trustee, agent or custodian for clients who need trust administration, trust real estate, tax and investment management services. Harmonson is a veteran of the trust business and, having formerly been with First National Bank for more than five years and with Danielson Trust Co. and its predecessor HomeFed Trust for more than 14 years.

Harmonson is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where she earned her bachelor's degree in sociology. She also holds the professional designation of Certified Retirement Services Professional.

Harmonson serves the community in many capacities: She is a member of the Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, chair of the Trusts and Estates Committee for Children's Hospital Foundation, member of the Scripps Hospital Foundation Advisory Board and member of the Friends of Vista Hill Board of Trustees. She served as past chairman of the board of the American Lung Association, former president of the San Diego Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference Board, a former executive committee member of the Western Region IRS/Practitioners Benefits Conference. She is also a founding member of the Professional Women's Fellowship, a co-founder of the Scripps Ranch High School Girls Athletics Parent Booster Club, member of the Jewish Community Foundation Estate & Tax Planning Council and board member of the Women's Resource Guide.


Comerica Bank


As vice president of the western market and trust discipline manager for Comerica Bank, Craig Henton brings 28 years of experience in the areas of personal trust, investment management and charitable planned giving services. He is a knowledgeable professional who understands the need for flexibility in addressing the planning objectives of individuals and organizations.

Prior to joining Comerica, Henton served several other San Diego trust institutions including Union Bank, Bank of California and Scripps Bank. He has been engaged by the American Bankers Institute as an instructor for various trust and investment management courses.

In addition to his undergraduate work at San Diego State University, Henton has completed advanced professional trust programs through the University of San Diego, The Cannon Institute and Pacific Coast Banking School.

As a native San Diegan, Henton has consistently supported the community through several civic and professional organizations including La Jolla Estate Planning Trust & Probate Section, Senior Community Centers of San Diego, National Committee on Planned Giving and the YMCA. He lives in North San Diego County with his wife and two sons. The family is active in community athletic and service programs.


Kramm Court Reporting


Industry veteran Rosalie Kramm has been court reporting since 1981 and founded Kramm Court Reporting in 1985.

Among her extensive skill sets, Kramm has successfully reported for highly complex business and patent litigation matters involving industrial processes and biotechnology. She has traveled throughout Asia, Australia and Europe as a court reporter.

Kramm currently sits on the board of directors of the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting (STAR) and has been selected to be an ambassador for the National Court Reporters Association to Russia. She has served as president of the California Deposition Reporters Association and as president of the General Reporters Association of San Diego.

Kramm is certified as a court reporter in California and Nevada and holds the national license of Certified Realtime Reporter.


University of San Diego School of Law


Cara Mitnick is an assistant dean for career services at the University of San Diego School of Law. She brings the combined experience of both career counseling as well as legal practice to career services.

A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Mitnick worked for almost a decade in the tax group at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue LLP in New York City. While there, she was actively involved in the firm's recruiting efforts.

Most recently, she served as director of the career services office at California Western School of Law.

Mitnick's many years of practice and counseling as well as her experience as a research analyst for the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., have provided her with valuable insights into the legal market that are indispensable for students.


California Bank & Trust

Kelly Pearl joined California Bank & Trust in September as exchange counsel and business development officer for its tax-deferred exchange division, Exchange Services LLC.

Prior to joining California Bank & Trust, Pearl was local exchange counsel for Chicago Deferred Exchange Corp., managing its West Coast operation and, most recently, First American Exchange Corp.

Pearl began her law career as an attorney in private practice in San Diego, specializing first in real estate litigation and transactional matters and then later in estate planning, trust administration, probate and elder law. She was one of the very first recipients of the Certified Exchange Specialist designation from the Federation of Exchange Accommodators.

She attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received a J.D. in 1993 and an LL.M. in 1998.


California Western School of Law


Jacquelyn Slotkin is professor of law and director of the LL.M./M.C.L. program for foreign lawyers at California Western School of Law. She is a former legal research and writing professor and the Legal Skills program director at California Western. She teaches Introduction to U.S. Law and the U.S. Legal System, and Legal Research and Writing.

Before returning to teaching 21 years ago, Slotkin spent five years in private practice.

Her first book, "It's Harder in Heels: Essays by Women Lawyers Achieving Work-Life Balance," written and edited with her daughter (a "young lawyer" in Los Angeles), was published in late 2007. Her latest law review article compares role conflict experienced by German women lawyers and U.S. women lawyers.

Slotkin received a B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh; an M.A. from West Virginia University; a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona; and a J.D. from the University of San Diego.


Exclusively Legal


Daniel Sweeney serves as attorney teams specialist for Exclusively Legal. He focuses on managing document review teams ranging from five to 100 attorneys for some of the largest law firms in the world. Sweeney also consults with clients to customize Exclusively Legal’s service offerings and to set up best practice protocols on their document review projects.

Before joining Exclusively Legal, Sweeney practiced law for eight years in California and Florida, primarily in litigation, where he handled more than 100 cases from inception to conclusion. He earned a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

Sweeney is a frequent speaker to various community and legal organizations, including recent addresses to the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporation Counsel and the San Diego Legal Recruitment Association.

Exclusively Legal, a division of the Eastridge Group of Staffing Companies, is celebrating nearly 20 years of serving the San Diego legal community. Exclusively Legal partners with law firms and corporate legal departments to provide customized staffing solutions, including temporary and direct-hire support and management staff, project attorneys and trial teams.


TW2 Marketing Inc.


Teresa Warren is president of TW2 Marketing Inc., with offices in San Diego and Seattle. TW2 specializes in developing marketing and communications strategies for professional services firms and then working closely with firms to successfully development and implement plans that meet -- and exceed -- goals and expectations.

Before founding TW2 in 1992, Warren was an in-house marketing director for a large San Diego law firm. She also worked for several years in agencies servicing clients in various industries including real estate and a major New York-based financial institution. In total, she has 27 years of experience working in the areas of marketing, media relations/visibility and public relations.

Throughout her award-winning career, Warren has demonstrated a creative approach to each and every project she has tackled. She is often quoted as an expert on professional services and law firm marketing topics. She serves on the board of directors of the State Bar of California Legal Specialization and the San Diego County Bar Foundation and provides extensive pro bono marketing and public relations support to several nonprofit organizations.

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