David Wallach, Board Chair
David Wallach is FVLC’s Board Chair. He is a partner at Jones Day, where his practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, international civil litigation and complex civil litigation. Dave has represented clients in many pro bono matters, including cases involving domestic violence and federal civil right violations. He has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a B.A. from Colorado College.
Christina Hamilton, Secretary
Christina Hamilton is FVLC’s Board Secretary. She is a partner in Shartsis Friese LLP’s Corporate Department. She specializes in representing investment advisers, including advisers to hedge funds and other private investment funds, and traditional advisers to separately-managed accounts. Christina also provides advice on general business matters. She has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.
Janelle Smith, Finance Committee Chair
Janelle M. Smith is FVLC’s Finance Committee Chair and has served on the board since 2015. She is an attorney in the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Smith worked in private practice and assisted pro bono clients with obtaining asylum on domestic violence grounds. Ms. Smith has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Aaron Langberg is an attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP where he represents and counsels management on a wide range of employment law matters. Prior to F&P, Aaron worked as a litigation associate at a national full-service law firm. Aaron is also a former FVLC volunteer attorney and assisted survivors with preparing domestic violence restraining orders. He has a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Mark Danis is Vice President – Associate General Counsel at The Clorox Company. His responsibilities include the oversight of U.S. litigation, regulatory, marketing, privacy, and cyber security. Prior to joining Clorox, Mark practiced for 25 years as a civil litigator with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he also worked on pro bono cases involving foster care, tenants’ rights, and sexual orientation discrimination. Mark received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, and his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley.
Katherine Jen is the Director of Global Practice Management at Vinson & Elkins. In this role, she oversees operations and personnel of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group and San Francisco office. Prior to V&E, Katherine was the Director of Attorney Development & Recruiting at Best Best & Krieger, a law firm servicing public agencies. Katherine’s interest in helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault began with her time as a legal advocate at FVLC during law school and later with Peace Over Violence. Katherine received her J.D. from Berkeley Law and undergraduate degree from UCLA.
Molly A. Jones
Molly A. Jones is a counsel in the San Francisco office of Crowell & Moring. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation spanning across various industries, including internet and networking technology, software, biotechnology, higher education and academic research, health care, and real estate. In addition, Molly has an active pro bono practice with special emphasis on immigration issues. A long-time resident of Oakland, Molly received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Stephen Knight brings three decades of experience as an advocate for social justice, both in law and policy advocacy. Stephen currently is the Policy & Partnerships Director with Alameda County Community Food Bank. His professional career includes work on the intersection of women’s rights, refugee law and immigration law as Deputy Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. He has also worked in affordable housing and the environment with the National Housing Law Project and Save the Bay, A native San Franciscan, Stephen is a graduate of Yale University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law
Leo Bialis-White is a Senior Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, and he focuses on sourcing, funding, and supporting organizations that help redesign K12 schools. Prior to joining NewSchools, Leo served as Vice President of Customer Success and Chief of Staff for Schoolzilla, an education technology company. In addition, he has experience as a school psychologist, teacher, and research consultant spanning charters, traditional districts, and nonpublic schools. He has a PhD in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley in addition to Psychology and Sociology degrees from the University of Georgia. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two boys.
Amy Wireman is Group Vice President – Human Resources at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Amy oversees all aspects of human resources, with a focus on advocacy for employees as well as management. Prior to joining BioMarin, Amy served as Global Total Rewards and HR Systems Head at several high tech companies, starting her career as an HR consultant with a focus on international compensation and benefits. Amy is a resident of the city of Alameda with a strong interest in support for families in crisis as a result of domestic violence. Amy has degrees in Mathematics and Spanish from New York University.
Mallika Kaur is a lawyer, author, and organizer who focuses on international human rights with particular attention to gender and minority issues. Kaur has worked with victim-survivors of gender-based violence since 2002, including as an emergency room crisis counselor, attorney, and an expert witness on domestic violence. She is the co-founder and Board Chair of the community-based nonprofit, Sikh Family Center, focused on promoting healthy and violence-free families across the U.S. She practices at the Bay Area family law firm, ADZ Law. Mallika holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard; and a JD from UC Berkeley Law School, where she teaches social justice classes including Negotiating Trauma, Emotions and the Practice of Law.