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The Honorable Clare Maier
Contra Costa County Superior Court
will be presented
The 2015 Rose Bird Memorial Award
Friday, March 13, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John F. Kennedy University
100 Elinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
For information and to register, visit www.cwl.org or download the flyer below:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Governor's Press Office Friday, February 28, 2014 (916) 445-4571
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released annual applicant and appointee data for the administration’s judicial appointments.
From 2011 through 2013, there were 1,345 applicants for judicial appointments and Governor Brown appointed 161 judges, including 71 in 2013. Women accounted for about 41% of the applicant pool and 45% of Governor Brown’s judicial appointees in 2013. Approximately 40% of Governor Brown’s appointees in 2013 identified their ethnicity as American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African-American; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or Other/Unknown.Governor Brown’s 2013 judicial appointees included a number of notable firsts, including: · Paul Lo, the first Hmong American judge ever appointed in the country; · Sunshine Sykes, the first Native American judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court; · Sunil Kulkarni, the first South Asian American judge ever appointed in Northern California; and · Rupa Goswami, the first South Asian American woman judge ever appointed in California. This follows a number of other notable firsts in 2011 and 2012, including: · Halim Dhanidina, the first American-Muslim judge ever appointed in California; · Jim Humes, the first openly gay justice ever appointed to the California Court of Appeal; · Miguel Marquez, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal; · Rosendo Peña, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal; · Chris Doehle, the first female judge ever appointed to the Del Norte County Superior Court; · Kimberly Colwell, the first openly lesbian judge ever appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court; · Mark Andrew Talamantes, the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Marin County Superior Court; · Kathleen O’Leary, the first female presiding justice ever appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three; and · Raquel Marquez, the first Latina judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court. Under SB 56 and SB 182, the Governor is required to disclose aggregate statewide demographic data provided by all judicial applicants by March 1.
**NOTE: Judge and Justice demographic data collected by the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. State Bar membership data collected by the California State Bar. ###
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
On August 29, 2013, Governor Brown announces his appointment of Lori E. Pegg and Sunil R. Kulkarni to judgeships in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Judge Kulkarni will be the first South Asian American judge appointed to the California State Court in Northern California.
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Contra Costa Country Bar Association's
Barristers / Young Lawyers Section and Women’s Section are sponsoring
Women's Section Annual California Women Lawyers (CWL) Fundraiser
Thursday, August 28, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
JFK University, School of Law
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Neda Mansoorian—President, California Women Lawyers, Partner, McManis & Faulkner
Neda Shakoori—Associate, McManis & Faulkner, Leader of firm's e-Discovery Initiative
Part 1.: California Women Lawyers: The Leading Force for Elimination of Gender Bias - Neda Mansoorian (bio)
Part 2.: eDiscovery Management: Best Practices for the Everyday Case (regardless of firm size) - Neda Shakoori (bio)
With the ever-increasing use of technology by individuals and corporations, the litigation landscape is one that is constantly evolving and attorneys are obliged to maintain a certain level of competence when it comes to litigation involving eDiscovery. While this may not be an issue for a large firm with a myriad of resources aimed solely at tackling eDiscovery, the reality is not the same for solo practitioners and small- to medium-sized firms. There are, however, ways to maintain an equal footing. This informative session will provide valuable insight into management of the everyday case in an organized, efficient and cost-effective way.
Refreshments and sandwiches will be provided. Proceeds from this event support the Women's Section Representative to CWL.
General 1 hr
Elimination of Bias 0.5 hr
Members: When you register, we’ll calculate the best price based on your membership level and section membership. Not a member? Join today to take advantage of discounted pricing on all CCCBA events.
Special Member Pricing
WLAC Member $30.00
Law Student $30.00
Barristers Section (10 yrs or less) $30.00
Women's Section $30.00
The Contra Costa County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for 1 hour of General & .5 hours of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, Provider #393. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Civility in the Courtroom Series Part IV of IV: Team Dynamics
June 17, 2014: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 H , of Legal Ethics Credit. This is a brown bag luncheon.
Latham & Watkins
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
A joint defense or prosecution group is really a team and in this session we will explore how team dynamics, civility, and other litigation strategy questions affect:
• Selection of lead counsel
• Division of labor among the joint defense/prosecution group
• Gender and diversity questions within a joint defense or prosecution group, especially with regard to selection of lead counsel
• What to do if your joint defense/prosecution group is far from civil
• Being civil in the role of liaison counsel between joint defense/prosecution groups
BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Mind the Gap Member
BASF Student Member
The Bar Association of San Francisco, along with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession True Grit Project, and BASF's No Glass Ceiling Initiative presentTrue Grit and Growth Mindset: Secrets of Success for Women
June 5, 2014: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 hour of Elimination of Bias in the legal profession.REGISTER HERE
CWL 14th Annual Northern California Judicial Reception &
Presentation of the Rose Bird Memorial Award to
The Honorable Justice Rebecca Wiseman (Ret.)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Downey Brand, LLP
621 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
For information and to register, visit www.cwl.org or download the flyer below:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Poolside Garden of Judges McGuiness and Northridge in AlamedaLight hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
Mix and mingle with fellow WLAC members and meet the 2014 recipients of the Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Award.
The Margaret A. Gannon Legal Education Stipend Fund provides assistance to deserving law students trying to survive the financial rigors of the bar exam. The Stipend Awards are funded through the tax-deductible proceeds received at the Annual Judges' Dinner Silent Auction, and the raffle for the beautiful centerpieces. The Fund is named in honor of Ms. Margaret Gannon who served as WLAC President from 2007-2009, who is also the visionary behind the Fund. Ms. Gannon said she was inspired to initiate the Stipend Fund while attending a California Women Lawyers’ function.
This event is FREE for WLAC members, and you are encouraged to renew your membership or join prior to the event. Non-members may pay their annual dues of $75 at the door. Membership application form and online link below.
Please RSVP by Sunday, May 11, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (cocktail reception to follow)
DoubleTree Los Angeles Downtown
120 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Join us on Friday, May 16th at our annual conference for an informative and thoughtful discussion about issues facing transgender individuals in California. Our distinguished panelists will discuss proper terminology, recent cultural and legal developments, employment protections, issues related to access to health care, and protections for trans and gender non-conforming youth in public schools.
We are excited to welcome Judge Victoria Kolakowski from Alameda Superior Court to moderate this very important discussion. We will also honor her at our cocktail reception as a Pioneer In The Law in recognition for her courage, strength, and achievement as thefirst openly transgender judge in the United States.
Our distinguished panel also includes:
Amanda Goad, Staff Attorney from the ACLU
Christopher Argyros, Manager of the Anti-Violence Project at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center
Sasha Buchert, Staff Attorney from the Transgender Law Center
Michelle Abidoye, Labor and Employment Attorney from FordHarrison, LLP.
May 1, 2014, 6-8pm
Back by popular demand: BALIF's second LGBT Ladies Salon & Talk-Show!
You do not want to miss this -- here come the judges! Join us for a spectacular evening with trailblazing judges sharing their experiences and perspectives from the bench, and touching upon issues concerning women, LGBT, and women of color in the legal profession and judiciary. This fun and informative talk-show styled discussion will be followed by a networking reception to mingle with fellow LGBT attorneys and law students. Register early as space is limited!
Hon. TARA M. FLANAGAN, Alameda County Superior Court
Moderated by:LEAH NUTTING, BALIF Programs Committee Chair
6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 1, 2014
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw PittmanFour Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
6:00 - 6:30: Welcome and Meet & Greet
6:30 - 7:30: Talk Show and Q&A
7:30 - 8:00: Reception
This compelling film follows girls from nine different developing countries as they overcome extremely difficult circumstances to continue their education. The film premiered in the United States on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened by millions in cinemas, campuses, corporate boardrooms and private homes worldwide.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street, Room 2203
San Francisco, CA 94105
RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-rising-screening-and-discussion-tickets-11008080465
Direct questions to Shannon Walker at email@example.com or (206) 355-3731
Horizons Foundation: An Update on Marriage Equality
March 18, 2014: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Horizons Foundation presents: An Update on Marriage Equality
A decade ago, a new chapter of history began when gay and lesbian couples flocked to San Francisco City Hall as it opened its doors to perform more than 4,000 marriages in the time period now referred to as the "Winter of Love." We all know what followed, as a movement within a movement was born. A new battle for equal rights launched a nation into action. Hundreds of LGBT organizations signed on, committed allies marched with their LGBT friends and family, and eventually even the President of the United States declared his support.
With same-sex marriage now legal in 17 states and counting, there's no denying that the marriage equality movement is riding the momentum created by the fall of DOMA and Prop 8 here in California some eight months ago.
Please join us for a look back at how we've achieved these gains, and at what's ahead in those 33 states where we are still fighting. Horizons Foundation and the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco are pleased to invite you to hear from some of the nation's top leaders and strategists who are spearheading the continued battle for marriage equality.
Jon Davidson, National Legal Director, Lambda Legal
Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Thomas Wheatley, Director of Organizing, Freedom to Marry
Moderator: Jewelle Gomez, Writer and Activist
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Hosted Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Please RSVP by March 16 here.
For questions, please contact Jenna Heath or call 415.398.2333 x115.
Women Lawyers of Alameda County presents...
Running on Empty: Work/Life Balance Strategies from
Parents Who Stayed in the Race
Four women discussing how they navigated the challenges of parenting and lawyering, how their careers evolved, and why/how they made it work.
Nancy Fineman, Partner, Cotchett, Pitre Simon, & McCarthy
Toni Mims-Cochran, Sole Practitioner
Winifred Smith, Presiding Judge, Alameda County Superior Court
Nora Wong, Public Defender
Karen Bovarnick, CA Attorney General’s Office
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Alameda County Family Justice Center, Conference Room
470 27th Street, Oakland
Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 pm
Join us for a viewing and Q&A of Daughters of Justice, Part II
Join us to earn 1 MCLE unit!
* refreshments will be provided *
555 12th Street, Suite 1500, Oakland
Please RSVP by March 15th: firstname.lastname@example.org