Betsy Butler, Executive Director

Betsy Butler is the Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) and has fought for equality and justice throughout her career. Before joining CWLC, Betsy served in the California State Assembly, representing the 53rd Assembly District, which covered coastal Los Angeles. During her tenure in the legislature, she prioritized bills addressing the needs of veterans, older Americans, working families, the environment, and consumer rights. Committed to those who have served our country, Betsy was honored to be named the 2011 Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the 2012 Legislator of the Year by the American Veterans (AMVETS).

A committed advocate for fairness and equal rights, Betsy has worked for the California League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. She began her career in public service with Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy and was an appointee of President Bill Clinton in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

Betsy is an appointed member of the California Commission on Aging and an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission. She presently serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles, Equality California, the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and she is an Advisory Board member of the Soldier’s Project and Peace Over Violence, a domestic violence education and support organization.

Betsy graduated from San Diego State University and from the Executive Program in Management at UCLA.

Kathy Paspalis, Senior Staff Attorney

Kathy Paspalis joins the legal staff of the California Women’s Law Center after years as an attorney, advocate, and activist.

Before joining CWLC, Kathy most recently was the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Lambda Legal, a national legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of LGBT people and those living with HIV. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Kathy worked in private practice for smaller boutique law firms handling civil litigation, family law, and general municipal law practice, and she has assisted several large LGBT organizations with fundraising and development.

Kathy presently serves on the Board of the Culver City Unified School District where she has had the responsibility of deciding which projects are funded from the $106 million construction bond she helped pass in 2014.

Kathy received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Bucknell University, and her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law.

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney

As Senior Staff Attorney, Amy oversees CWLC’s advocacy efforts across all areas, including gender discrimination, Title IX enforcement, women’s health and reproductive justice, and economic security.

Prior to joining CWLC, Amy was a litigation associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Los Angeles, where she represented a wide array of clients in large-scale commercial disputes through all stages of litigation. While at Akin Gump, Amy also worked on a multitude of pro bono matters, including representation of domestic violence victims and LGBTQ clients in petitions for asylum before the immigration court.

Before joining Akin Gump, Amy spent a year as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice Warren E. Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court in Boise, Idaho.

Amy earned her juris doctor magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law and received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from UCLA.

Erin LaMere, Development Associate

Erin is honored to help the California Women’s Law Center and our effort seeking justice for women and girls. Prior to CWLC, Erin worked for the National Clinic Access Project at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles. There, she assisted the Foundation’s event coordination and outreach efforts and their mission supporting safe, legal and accessible abortion, contraception, and family planning. Erin received her Bachelors of Science in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University.