Diversity Conference - 2022

The Barristers Club Diversity and Inclusion Committee  presents
Diversity Conference - 2022

Diversity Conference - 2022
Conference Date Thursday, December 1, 2022
MCLE Registration 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Virtual Program 9:15 a.m. - 5:35 p.m.
Up to 5 Hours, including 2 Hours in Elimination of Bias
Reception Date

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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This year’s theme is “Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.” Through this lens, the 2022 Diversity Conference aims to look at ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the legal industry and society as practitioners move forward in a post-COVID world. Panels will explore progress, setbacks, and opportunities in these areas, including how California state courts can increase diversity and representation through novel initiatives, how leaders in the legal industry can move past performative diversity and towards meaningful cultural change, how inside and outside counsel can work together to promote, advocate and ensure diverse attorneys receive meaningful opportunities, and the importance of these efforts to our community as a whole.

Session 1 | 9:15-10:30 a.m.
A Jury of Your Peers
A Look at Past Issues and Future Solutions for Increasing Juror Diversity
1 Hour in Elimination of Bias

Join Berkeley Law Professor, Elisabeth Semel, Brendon Woods, the first African-American Chief Public Defender of Alameda County, and Tamani Taylor, San Francisco Deputy Public Defender, for a discussion of the history of racial discrimination in jury selection in California.  In 2020, Semel and students in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic published, “Whitewashing the Jury Box: How California Perpetuates the Discriminatory Exclusion of Black and Latinx Jurors,” which provided evidentiary support for the California Legislature’s passage of AB 3070.  Woods, Semel, and clinic students played instrumental roles in the legislative process.  This statute dramatically reforms jury selection in criminal trials, and in 2026 it will also apply to civil jury selection.

Elisabeth Semel, Co-Director, Death Penalty Clinic, Berkeley Law
Brendon Woods, Chief Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Tamani Taylor, Deputy Public Defender, San Francisco County Public Defender's Office

Cara Sandberg, Of Counsel, Conrad Melitzky Kane

Session 2 10:40-11:55 a.m.
Diversity of California’s Legal Profession Report
1 Hour

A presentation on the State Bar of California’s "diversity report card" and strategies for attorneys and employers to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplaces and the profession. Participants will learn about the current demographic composition of California attorneys, including analyses that explore where attorneys work, their leadership experiences, and satisfaction with workplace experiences crucial to advancement and retention. While the State Bar’s report shows that the profession has become increasingly diverse in recent decades, an analysis of women of color in the profession highlights that there are great opportunities to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession. Calls to action, or strategies, for both legal employers and attorneys, will be shared to help employers and attorneys advance an inclusive workplace in support of a profession that reflects the diversity of California. 

Lisa Chavez, State Bar of California
Elizabeth Hom, State Bar of California

11:55 - 12:05 p.m.
Yoga Break
A brief yoga practice that you can do right from the comfort of your desk

Jacqueline M. Simonovich, Yoga for Lawyers

Session 3 | 12:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Diversity and Inclusion in a Post-COVID Environment
Coming Out of the Pandemic  
1 Hour

Join San Francisco Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng, Shantel Williams, Associate General Counsel at Quora, Angelique Magliulo Hager, Director of Diverse Talent & Firmwide Training at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as they share best practices on demonstrating an authentic commitment to diversity and will explore legal issues that may arise as some return to the office, while others continue in remote or hybrid settings.

The Honorable Samuel K. Feng, Presiding Judge, San Francisco Superior Court
Shantel Williams, Associate General Counsel, Quora
Angelique Magliulo Hager, Director of Diverse Talent & Firmwide Training, Orrick
Miki Clayton, HR and Organizational Strategy Advisory - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, Nonprofit HR; Founder at Miki Clayton Talent

Kevin Benedicto, Associate, Morgan Lewis

Session 4 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Moving Past Performative Diversity and Inclusion
Transformational Leadership
1 Hour

Join California Lawyers Association CEO, Oyango Snell, SF City Attorney, David Chiu, Thumbtack Senior Counsel, Nima Rahimi, and the head of Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy group, Alice Kessler, for a panel exploring the responsibilities of law firms, in-house legal departments, nonprofit organizations, and government to effectuate meaningful cultural change in recruiting, retaining, and promoting underrepresented attorneys in 2022, rather than making diversity an extracurricular or selling point.


Oyango A. Snell, CEO & Executive Director, California Lawyers Association
Nima Rahimi, Senior Counsel, Thumbtack

David Chiu, San Francisco City Attorney, former State Assembly Member

Alice Kessler, Head of Government Law & Policy Group, Greenberg Traurig

Lindsey Mignano, SSM

Session 5 | 2:55 - 4:10 p.m.
Stronger Together. Diversity and Inclusion in Project Staffing
Learning from the Experiences of Inside and Outside Counsel
1 Hour in Elimination of Bias

Join Executives, In-House Counsel, and Partners from Intuit, Intel, Flynn Restaurant Group, Greenberg Traurig and Reed Smith to learn how in-house and outside counsel can collaborate to ensure that diverse attorneys are staffed on pitches and projects, provide effective mentorship and sponsorship opportunities, overcome implicit bias that stands as an obstacle to these goals, and create legal policies and procedures to enforce diversity goals. Participants will learn how implicit bias can show up in project staffing, pitch make-up and participation, and mentorship, and how to interrupt implicit bias in these settings.

Philip Person, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Maytak Chin, Partner, Reed Smith
Adam Kaplan, Associate Director and Technical Assistant and Counsel to Chief Legal Officer, Intel
Kerry McLean, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Intuit 

Cherise LatortueLecturer, USC Gould School of Law; Associate General Counsel, Flynn Restaurant Group

4:10 - 4:20 p.m.
Yoga Break
A brief yoga practice that you can do right from the comfort of your desk.  


Jacqueline M. Simonovich, Yoga for Lawyers

4:20 - 5:35 p.m.
Fireside Chat

Join the Golden State Warrior’s Chief Legal Officer, David Kelly, for an engaging fireside chat with WilmerHale Partner, Davina Pujari, on important issues in diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Awards Reception

Date  Wednesday, November 30, 2022 
Time  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

BASF Offices
201 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA

Please join the Barristers Club Board of Directors in honoring Kelly Matayoshi and Ernest Hammond III at the 14th Annual Barristers Club Diversity Reception. This award reflects an individual’s efforts to increase awareness of diversity issues in the Bay Area Legal Community.


 Kelly Matayoshi

Ernest Hammond III

Health and Safety: 
Will be in guidelines pursuant to SF health orders. Please note that all attendees will be required at check-in to show proof of full COVID vaccination. We kindly ask that anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID remain home.

(as of 10/4/22)



Weintraub Tobin | Capital Region Family Business Center


Minority Bar Coalition Co-Sponsors: 

Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern CaliforniaAmerican Constitution Society-Bay Area Lawyer ChapterBay Area Lawyers for Individual FreedomAlameda County Bar AssociationEast Bay La Raza Lawyers Association; Women Lawyers of Alameda CountyBusiness Law Section of the California Lawyers Association; Queen's Bench Bar Association; The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area; Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco; San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association

Sponsorship inquiries contact mmartin@sfbar.org or click here for sponsorship form. 

Planning Committee Chair
Anthony Guzman, Greenberg Traurig

Committee Members
Sydney Allen, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
Kevin Benedicto, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Miguel Gradilla, San Francisco City Attorney's Office
Kelly Matayoshi, Farella, Braun + Martel
Lindsey Mignano, SSM
Danté Taylor, Legasse Branch Bell + Kinkead
Jacqueline Simonovich, Weintraub Tobin

Event Code B220212

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12/1/2022 9:15 AM - 5:35 PM
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