2021 Barristers Annual Meeting - Let's Get Practical!

The Barristers Annual Meeting Committee presents

Barristers Annual Meeting 2021

Let's Get Practical!

Date Thursday, October 7, 2021
MCLE Programs 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Networking reception to follow.
MCLE Up to 4.25 hours

The Barristers Club will hold its eleventh annual meeting on Thursday, October 7. This half-day conference gives attorneys the opportunity to hone their professional development while obtaining up to 4.25 hours of MCLE credit and networking with their peers. 

The 2021 annual meeting will give attendees invaluable tips for practicing law ethically and mindfully, while ensuring you impress your clients and supervising attorneys. This year’s annual meeting is for all attorneys in their first 10 years of practice no matter the practice area.  The program will begin by giving attendees valuable insight from the Bench.  Attendees will then have the ability to choose between two practical skills panels followed by two ethics panels, depending on the skills and insight they are looking to obtain.  The final panel is focused on how new attorneys can prevent burnout by recognizing it early. A networking reception will follow.

OPENING PANEL | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Judges Panel
MCLE: 1.25 Hours

Hear from Bay Area judges about their background and tips and tricks for junior lawyers on how to succeed in court. 


Honorable Terri Jackson
 Presiding Justice,
California Court of Appeal, First District
Honorable Anne-Christine Massullo
 San Francisco Superior Court 


 Honorable William H. Orrick
United States District Court,
Northern District of California
Honorable Goodwin H. Liu  
California Supreme Court


BREAKOUT SESSIONS I | 1:40 - 2:40 p.m.

Panel Option 1A: Successful Negotiation Tactics for Junior Attorneys (MCLE: 1 Hour)

The presenters will address all phases of the negotiation process from early stage informal settlement discussions with opposing counsel to working with a mediator. Topics will include bargaining for information, understanding party interests, the value of conducting an early neutral evaluation, how to select the right mediator, breaking an impasse, and a host of other tips for a successful negotiation.


Diana Kruze
Judicate West

Sheila Purcell
UC Hastings Center for
Negotiation & Dispute Resolution



 Aaron Gothelf
American Arbitration Association


Panel Option 1B: Practical Advice from Supervisors and Managers for New Attorneys (MCLE .75 Hours)

It is not uncommon to start at a firm and with little to no orientation or guidance, be given a stack of files, and told to get started. This panel will feature 3 supervising attorneys in different fields from different sized firms and departments who will answer common questions new attorneys may not feel comfortable asking. This panel seeks honest information from supervising attorneys on the tough questions, including lifecycle of a civil lawsuit, in-house and agency legal work, case management, legal writing, how to draft legal pleadings and written discovery, deposition appearances, and how to get feedback from supervising attorneys.


Steven E. McDonald
Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane

Brett A. Pletcher
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Gilead

Deborah Stachel
Regional Chief Counsel,
Social Security Administration


Holly Graves
Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane

BREAKOUT SESSIONS II | 2:50 - 3:50 p.m.

Panel Option 2A: Ethical Obligations in Delegation and Management of Work to Junior Associates, Paralegals, and Staff (MCLE: 1 Hour in Legal Ethics)

What are the ethical obligations of Partners and Senior Attorneys in delegating and overseeing work performed by Junior Associates, Paralegals, and Staff?  This panel, comprised of law firm leaders and an ethics attorney, will discuss how to best execute the requisite ethical obligations when making assignments, managing, and supervising the work product of others.

Thomas J. D’Amato
D'Amato Law

Staci Dresher
Dresher Consulting & Investigations
Terrance Evans
Duane Morris



Lindsey Mignano
Smith Shapourian Mignano

Panel Option 2B: Ethical Pitfalls New Lawyers Face (MCLE: 1 Hour in Legal Ethics)

There are many situations that arise where new attorneys find themselves facing real ethical dilemmas.  This program will address common ethical issues that new lawyers should be aware of, including: Trends in discipline; duties of a subordinate attorney: what should an attorney do if a supervising attorney asks them to do something unethical; billing Practices; and Discovery, including ethical issues involving communications with experts, inadvertent disclosure of privileged information, and metadata.


Stephen Bundy
Stephen Bundy Law

Carol Langford
Law Office of Carol M. Langford
University of San Francisco School of Law


Courtney M. Brown
Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold 

CLOSING PANEL | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Attorney Burnout: Recognizing When You’re Close to the Edge and How to Ask for Help (MCLE: 1.0 Hour Competence Issues)

In the “typical” circumstances, the rigors of practicing law can impact a lawyer’s personal life, professionalism, and work product.  Now, with many lawyers working from home, burnout may also be coupled with isolation and anxiety, and many feel like they are “running on empty.”  This panel will provide practical advice and guidance on how navigate these issues including how to recognize the warning signs of burnout and what to do when you realize you are on the edge. 

NETWORKING RECEPTION| 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Join the speakers, committee members and conference attendees for a casual post-conference reception. Share your thoughts on the presentations, network with other Bay Area attorneys and chat with Barristers Club board members about our upcoming programs and how to get more involved.

(As of 9/15/2021)


Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Complete the sponsorship form or e-mail events@sfbar.org 

Barristers Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Courtney Brown, Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold 

David Casarrubias, Hanson Bridgett
Raisa Dyadkina, Squire Patton Boggs
Aaron Gothelf, American Arbitration Association
Holly Graves, Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane
Lindsey Mignano, Smith Shapourian Mignano 
Alexander Westerfield, Nossaman

Event Code: B217320

For a printable flyer, click here

For information on the 2020 Barristers Annual Meeting, click here.


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