AACJ’s success in attaining its goals depends on the imaginative and diligent work of the volunteer members who serve on its permanent and ad hoc committees. Chairs of the committees cannot achieve these goals by themselves. We urge members who want to participate to contact the committee chair in their area of interest.
Political and Legislative
This committee is responsible for oversees AACJ’s lobbying efforts.
The Finance Committee is chaired by the Treasurer and oversees general accounting, budget, financial management and financial planning.
Chair: Louis Fidel
Amicus and Rules
In selected cases of statewide or national importance, AACJ appears as Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) in support of the fair administration of justice.
Chair: Mikel Steinfeld
This committee is responsible for membership retention and recruitment, creating and conducting a program to attract new members.
Chair: Alex Benezra
This committee is responsible for developing future goals that can be considered at the annual Board meeting.
Chair: Jared Keenan
This committee is responsible for maintaining communications with AACJ members.
Chair: Sarah Mayhew
This committee carries forward AACJ’s fight for equitable treatment of indigent defendants. Because adequacy of representation is closely tied to reasonableness of compensation for counsel, AACJ attacks indigent representation contract systems that enforce disincentives to adequate representation. It also seeks to ensure that capital defendants are represented by competent counsel and provided with adequate resources through adoption of the ABA Standards for Capital Representation.
Chair of Indigent Defense and Capital Representation: John Canby
This committee designs the program and obtains the speakers for our annual seminars. Chair(s) oversees all seminars. Each seminar has a chair or co-chairs.