Board Liaison: Joy Vega
Member Chair: Jennifer King

This committee is responsible for the provision of information and events to its members through email, social media and marketing.


Board Liaisons: Erin Wynne and Amy Lombardo
Member Chair: Lisa Carlson

The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting new members and ensuring new IWL members are integrated into IWL and its various committees. We work on initiatives to reach out to prospective new members and encourage them to take advantage of benefits offered by IWL. Our goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to be involved, either through participation or leadership, is afforded the opportunity.

Mentoring Subcommittee

Board Liaisons: Kira Pfisterer and Kristin Dunn
Member Chair: Allison Blackman

This subcommittee supports the development of strong mentorship relationships among IWL’s members by sponsoring various programs such as IWL’s ongoing mentorship pairing program and its annual “speed mentoring” luncheon.

Community Service Subcommittee

Board Liaison: Anna Courtney
Member Chair: Jodi Nafzger

This subcommittee plans and coordinates quarterly community service projects for IWL members. These projects are designed to be one-time or short-run community service events that work with our members’ demanding schedules and allow for family involvement, if possible. The quarterly events provide opportunities for members to give back to the community in meaningful ways, and also foster new relationships between IWL and community organizations.


Board Liaison: Brenda Bauges
Member Chairs: Leslie Hayes-Smith and Julianne Hall

The Health/Wellness/Lifestyle Committee was created to address work/life balance issues affecting the professions and personal lives of women attorneys. This committee will provide platforms and networks for sharing best practices and solutions to the challenges women may face in successfully advancing both their practices and personal lives simultaneously. The committee includes a health/fitness component which encourages IWL members to integrate fitness and good health practices into their daily lives. Training programs are designed by this committee to encourage member participation in organized runs and fitness activities, facilitate connections between IWL members with similar health and fitness goals, and seek to identify other means of encouraging IWL members to overcome the barriers that can interfere with the cultivation of personal health and fitness.


Board Liaison: Sarah Simmons
Member Chair: Open

The Positions and Pipelines Committee (“P&P”) has collected substantial information regarding various state and federal bar positions, judicial positions, and other positions in which involvement by women would promote diversity, efficiency and success. P&P encourages and supports women in obtaining leadership roles through networking and the provision of specific knowledge.

Leadership Roles for Women Lawyers

Boards with Public Members

Judicial Subcommittee (Board Liaison: Brenda Bauges)

Member Co-Chair: Peg Dougherty
Member Co-Chair: Laura Burri


Board Liaison: Amber Ellis
Member Chair: Open

This committee supports the objective of IWL to advance our mission through the education of IWL members and the community at large. The committee supports two subcommittees, which coordinate monthly luncheons on topics of interest to IWL members and our annual sponsorship of an Advocate issue. In addition, the education committee will work to identify and develop other avenues to educate both IWL members and the community about issues facing women in the legal profession. Subcommittees will be formed as needed to work on special projects developed by the committee.

Lunch and Learn Subcommittee

Board Liaison: Edith Pacillo
Member Co-Chair: Jenevieve Swinford

This subcommittee coordinates IWL’s monthly luncheons for members, both by planning the content and by handling the logistics. With respect to the content, the subcommittee works with the IWL Board, other IWL committees and subcommittees, and the members to choose topics that support IWL’s mission and to invite speakers with unique perspectives. With respect to the logistics, the subcommittee handles the advertising and the event planning.

Advocate Issues Subcommittee

Board Liaison: Amber Ellis
Member Chair: Jenifer Marcus

Each year, IWL sponsors or co-sponsors an issue of the Idaho State Bar’s monthly publication, The Advocate. This subcommittee recruits authors, and collects and edits articles for publication.


Board Liaison: Jane Gordon
Member Chairs: Sarah Arnett and Melissa Maxwell

This committee houses both the social and professional aspects of networking in order to create and promote opportunities for women and to build a community of shared interests. This committee plans events like informal happy hours and group outings at various community events. In addition, this committee organizes seminars, workshops, and other professional opportunities to explore issues related to networking, such as gender communication issues and rainmaking for women.