Carla Rodriguez


Carla Rodriguez is a Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. She has been a criminal prosecutor for over 23 years, taking a wide variety of cases to trial including homicides, domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. Carla has proudly served on the SCWiL board since 2017.

Angela Emerick

Vice President

Angela Emerick joined the SCWIL board in 2018 and is an Attorney at Emerick Law Offices. Mrs. Emerick focuses on Immigration Law and Criminal Defense. Mrs. Emerick is passionate about immigration since she was born in Australia and has gone through the immigration process herself.

Deirdre Kingsbury


Deirdre Kingsbury is a Sonoma County native and a founder of the woman-owned law firm Evans Kingsbury LLP. She has practiced law since 1986, and currently handles family law matters, civil litigation, and appeals.

Nicole Jaffee


Nicole Jaffee is a civil litigator and trial attorney with Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz, LLP. She represents clients in a wide array of matters, including landlord-tenant, medical malpractice, and business disputes. In addition to serving as the Treasurer for Sonoma County Women in Law, she is Co-Chair of the Sonoma County Bar Association Diversity + Inclusion Workgroup and board member of Chop’s Teen Club and Empire Runners Club. Nicole obtained her Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall) and bachelor’s degree in English from UC Davis.

Janessa McCune

Membership Chair

Janessa McCune is an associate attorney at Terre Family Law where she practices Family Law. Ms. McCune is an alumna of UC Irvine and received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern School of Law.

Kristin Horrell

Scholarship Chair

Kristin Horrell is a Deputy County Counsel with the Sonoma County Counsel’s Office. She is a Sonoma County native and salutatorian of the 2020 Empire College School of Law graduating class.

Lynne Stark-Slater

Co-Event Chair

Lynne Stark-Slater is a Chief Deputy with the Sonoma County Public Defender's Office where she supervises the felony trial unit and represents clients on the mental health caseload. She is a proud Santa Rosa native and graduate of the Univ. of the Pacific and Empire Law, where she now teaches Criminal Procedure.

Marci Reichbach

Co-Event Chair

Marci Reichbach is a research attorney at Sonoma County Superior Court. She is a 1998 graduate of Stanford University and a 2001 graduate of Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Before putting down roots in Sonoma County in 2012, she worked as the research attorney for San Mateo Superior Court’s complex civil litigation department. In addition to her work at the courts, Marci spent more than half of her career in private practice, first as an attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Francisco and later at Friedemann Goldberg Wargo Hess in Santa Rosa, with a focus on banking, insurance law, and complex litigation.

Hon. Troye Shaffer

Judicial Liaison

The Honorable Troye Shaffer was admitted to practice law in 1999, where she started as an associate attorney in a civil litigation firm. She joined the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in 2001, handling a wide variety of cases including domestic violence, narcotics possession, gang cases and homicides. Commissioner Shaffer was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2015, supervising prosecutors and assisting with the administration of the office. In 2019, Commissioner Shaffer was sworn onto the bench of the Sonoma County Superior Court, where she is currently assigned to the criminal division.