HISTORY

 

“A BRIEF HISTORY OF ECLA”
By Steve Henderson, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Ventura County Bar Association, California

Executives of California Lawyers’ Association (ECLA) was casually activated in September 1979 by Linda Sternhill Davis, the Executive Director of the Beverly Hills Bar Association from 1979-1984. Two other Executive Directors, Sue Keating (San Fernando Valley Bar Association) and Vivian Stephenson (Ventura County Bar Association) would occasionally meet with and speak to Ms. Davis so as not to “reinvent the wheel.” At State Bar of California Conferences, the three began to expand their circle to include additional executives of other associations. Several years later, ECLA was formally incorporated. ECLA would like to salute these three pioneering women who founded this professional society.

PAST PRESIDENTS
This is a comprehensive listing of past presidents of ECLA. Most served a one-year term between the months of September/October through August/September depending on the scheduling of the State Bar’s Annual Meeting. A few presidents served a couple terms back-to-back.

Linda Sternhill Davis (1979-1984) Beverly Hills Bar Association

Adelle Barrette (1985) San Joaquin County Bar Association

Louise Biddle (1993-1994) Riverside County Bar Association

Steve Henderson (1994-1996) Ventura County Bar Association

Julia Spain (1997-1998) Alameda County Bar Association

Lynn Pfeifer (1998-1999) Marin County Bar Association

Dalton Mendhall (1999-2000) San Diego County Bar Association

Elaine Glass (1998-2000) Santa Monica Bar Association

Susan Goodrich (2000-2001) Monterey County Bar Association

Lisa Reep (2001-2003) Contra Costa County Bar Association

Linda Martin (2003-2004) Santa Cruz County Bar Association

Christine Burdick (2004-2005) Santa Clara County Bar Association

Ann Wassam (2005-2006) Alameda County Bar Association

Elizabeth Post (2006-2007) San Fernando County Bar Association

Stuart Forsyth (2007-2008) Los Angeles County Bar Association

Robynn Gaspar (2008-2009) Marin County Bar Association

Trudy Levindofske (2009-2010) Orange County Bar Association

Deborah Kemper (2010-2011) San Mateo County Bar Association

Dan Burkhardt (2011-2012) Bar Association of San Francisco

Juliette Bleecker (2012-2013) San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Marc Staenberg (2013-2014) Beverly Hills Bar Association

Rebekah Burr-Siegel (2014-2015) San Joaquin County Bar Association

Bonnie Benitez (2015-2016) Consumer Attorneys of San Diego