Barristers Diversity Conference and Awards - 2021

The Barristers Club Diversity and Inclusion Committee  presents

Date Thursday, December 9, 2021
Program 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Reception & Awards 
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Up to 3.5 Hours


The 2021 Diversity Conference aims to deepen awareness and engagement around equity and inclusion efforts, both in the legal industry and society. Panel discussions will explore allyship, and how to actively utilize privilege to create a culture of inclusion within law firms and organizations- including how to move beyond performative diversity. We will also focus on today’s most pressing social justice topics. This year’s full day conference will include multiple thought-provoking panels on these topics, a fireside chat with prominent guest speakers and a reception to follow. 

Panel I 9:00 - 10:35 a.m.
Moving Beyond Performative Diversity  Effecting Organizational Change
MCLE: 1 Hour in Recognition and Elimination of Bias

This roundtable panel will feature leaders in law firms and companies that have demonstrated an authentic commitment to diversity, and have made significant efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in their organizations.  The panel will discuss how to move beyond “performative” diversity to achieve meaningful organizational change.

Michael Coston, Coston Consulting
Colin Vandell, Venable
Rachel Wilson Patterson, Manager, MTN Programming & Diverse Talent, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Rosa Walker, Counsel Netflix
Lindsey Mignano, Smith Shapourian Mignano
Panel II 10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Defund the Police? Police Reform? Where We Are and Where We Are Going
MCLE: 1 Hour

A panel of experts on criminal justice and policing will discuss the state of police reform in California more than one year after the tragic murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer.  The panel will focus on recent legislative and community-based efforts to address problems in policing and public safety, including what steps have been taken to date, obstacles to reform, and potential paths forward that the legal system can take. 
Brian Cox, Head of Integrity Unit, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Lateef Gray, Managing Attorney of Independent Investigations Bureau, San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Professor Nikki Jones, UC Berkeley
Professor David Alan Sklansky, Stanley Morrison, Stanford Law School 

Yoel Haile, Criminal Justice Program Director, ACLU of Northern California
Panel III 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Lunchtime Keynote   Fireside Chat with Keith Wattley
No MCLE provided.

Keith Wattley, Founder and Executive Director of UnCommon Law, has been advocating for the rights of people in prison and on parole for more than 20 years.  In 2018, Keith was selected as one of Obama Foundation’s inaugural Fellows for UnCommon Law’s unique legal model, and in 2020, he received the James Irvine Foundation’s Leadership Award. Keith will be joined by Emile DeWeaver, a former UnCommon Law Client, who was serving a life sentence in California and now works as a Senior Strategist at Prison Policy Initiative.
Keith Wattley, Founder and Executive Director, UnCommon Law
Emile DeWeaver, Senior Strategist in Advocacy, Prison Policy Initiative
Panel IV   2:05 - 3:20 p.m. | Disrupting Societal Microaggressions Interactive Workshop (LIMITED SPACE – only the first 100 attendees will be admitted to the live virtual program)
No MCLE provided.

Microaggressions remain one of the top reported challenges experienced by marginalized and underrepresented talent in the workplace. While often neutral or well-intentioned, it’s an important skill to identify what a microaggression is, break down their hidden messages of bias, and offer up a basic framework for how to address them when you see or experience them. This interactive workshop starts by contextualizing how stereotypes are created and reinforced over time to illustrate which stereotypes they reinforce and the message they send to recipients. In helping participants understand how they are perpetuated, we provide the antidote: micro-inclusions. Understanding how to employ micro-inclusions to crowd out microaggressions gives us a framework to break the cycle of “death by a thousand papercuts.”

Steven Huang, Founder, Millennial HR Design

Millennial HR Design is a DEI consultancy that seeks to inspire a generation of leaders to interrogate systems of oppression, learn inclusive management practices, and wield privilege to create positive change.
Panel V 3:35 - 5:30 p.m.
Prosecuting Hate Crimes - Mens Rea and the Burden of Proof 
MCLE: 1.5 Hours

Our esteemed panelists from local government to nonprofit and academia will discuss problems posed by mens rea and the burden of proof in prosecuting hate crimes.

Shilpi Agarwal,  Legal-Policy Co-Director, ACLU of Northern California
Prof. Jeannine Bell, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
Prof. Brian Levin, Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism/ Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernardino
Kenneth H. Wine,  Chair, Mental Health Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Prof. Shirin Sinnar, Stanford Law School 

Josh Patashnik, Deputy Solicitor General, California Department of Justice

5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Barristers Club Diversity Awards & Networking Reception (Virtual)

Please join the Barristers Club Board of Directors in honoring Chambord Benton-Hayes and Terrance Evans at the 13th Annual Barristers Club Diversity Reception. This award reflects an individual’s efforts to increase awareness of diversity issues in the Bay Area Legal Community.


 Chambord Benton-Hayes
Benton Employment Law Group
Terrance Evans
Duane Morris 

Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Sydney Allen, Long & Levit
Cristina Piechocki, Littler Mendelson

Committee Members
Samantha Adhikari, Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office
Donovan Bonner, Withers Bergman
Ernest Hammond III, Meta
Sarah Hoffman, Venable
Priyah Kaul, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld
Miguel Gradilla, Conrad, Metlizky, Kane
Kelly Matayoshi, Farella, Braun + Martel
Lindsey Mignano, Smith Shapourian Mignano
Jessica Ryland, Uber Technologies
Jacqueline Simonovich, Weintraub Tobin

(As of 11/23/2021)

Keker Van Nest & Peters

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Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP

Minority Bar Coalition Co-Sponsors: 

Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California; American Constitution Society-Bay Area Lawyer Chapter; Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco; San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association; Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association; Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; Alameda County Bar Association; East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association; Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley; The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area; Charles Houston Bar Association

Sponsorship inquiries contact or click here for sponsorship form. 

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12/9/2021 9:00 AM - 6:15 PM
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