Velma-Ahda J. Carlisle-Sands, Esq.

Title:  Lawyer
Company: State Compensation Insurance Fund
Location: Long Beach, CA United States



  • American Bar Association, former member
  • American Bridge Association, former member
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (donating essentials to battered women shelters, 1995-1996) (Thanksgiving meals for the needy, 1995-1996)
  • California Association of Realtors (2011-Present)
  • California State University Dominguez Hills, CA, alumni
  • International Association of Women (IAW) (2016-2019)
  • John M. Langston Bar Association (Hall of Fame committee annual picnic, 1987-Present)
  • Los Angeles Bench and Bar Affiliates (scholarship committee, meeting host)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, member
  • Los Angeles Superior Court of Los Angeles, CA (temporary judge, volunteer, 1996-2002)
  • Multicultural Bar Alliance (MCBA) (co-chair, 2001-2003)
  • National Association for Female Executives, former member
  • National Association of Bank Women U.S. (chair, ways and means committee scholarship fund, 1986)
  • National Association of Realtors (2011-Present)
  • Phi Alpha Delta (1983)
  • Prosperity Through Real Estate (2011-Present)
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (1997)
  • Southwestern School of Law, alumni
  • The State Bar of California (1990-Present)
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program (federal government, former volunteer)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020)
  • Eight-time Recognition, Outstanding Trial results, State Compensation Insurance Fund (2019, 2018)
  • Nine-time Recognition, Teamwork Award, State Compensation Insurance Fund (2019, 2018)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (2003-2016)
  • Outstanding Member, International Association of Women, Orange County, CA (2015- 2016)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in American Law,” Marquis Who’s Who (1992-2015)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who of American Women,” Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2011, 1991-1992)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the World,” Marquis Who’s Who (2007)
  • Certificate of Congratulations, Black Woman Lawyers Association (2002)
  • Certificate of Recognition, California State Assembly (2001)
  • Certificate of Special Recognition, Unites States House of Representatives (2001)
  • Commendation Letter, City of Los Angeles, CA (2001, 1968)
  • Commendation Letter, Governor of California (2001)
  • Commendation Letter, United States Senate (2001)
  • Recipient, 1st Annual Samuel L. Williams Spirit of Law Award, RBD Communications(2001)
  • Recipient, Los Angeles President’s Special Recognition Award, John M. Langston Bar Association (1997)
  • Recipient, Miss Community Beautiful, Watts Christmas Parade (1968)
  • Recipient, RBD Communications Community Leadership Award

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