2022 Barristers Litigation Summit

The Barristers Annual Meeting Committee presents

Barristers Litigation Summit 2022

Date Thursday, October 13, 2022
MCLE Registration  11:30 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. 
Live Hybrid Program 12:00 - 5:45 p.m.
In-Person Networking Reception  5:45 - 7:30 p.m. 
MCLE Up to 4 hours

The Barristers Club will hold its 12th annual meeting on Thursday, October 13, this year re-envisioned as a Litigation Summit. This conference gives attorneys the opportunity to hone their professional development while obtaining MCLE credit and networking with their peers. 

The 2022 Summit will focus on ethics and competence issues attorneys and law students from both sides of the courtroom should know, and will conclude with a networking reception.

PANEL 1 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Judges Panel
MCLE: 1 Hour

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


Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler
United State District
Northern District of California
Judge Ethan P. Schulman
San Francisco Superior Court


Judge Maria E. Evangelista
San Francisco Superior Court 


PANEL 2 | 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Incompetent or Imposter
MCLE: 1 Hour in Legal Ethics

Imposter Syndrome is something a lot of us experience. We do not realize how many of our peers feel as though they do not belong in the legal field. This panel features 3 attorneys who will share their experiences overcoming Imposter Syndrome. This panel will explore the ABA and California Rules of Professional Conduct and how the Imposter Syndrome affects an attorney’s ability to ethically represent clients and how to communicate effectively with supervising attorneys, staff, clients, and the Court despite feeling like an imposter.

  • Imposter Syndrome is prevalent amongst the legal world
  • When navigating the practice of law, one must overcome feelings of incompetence and feeling like an “imposter” to adequately and ethically represent the interests of the client
  • ABA Professional Rules of Conduct & CA Professional Rules of Conduct 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.3, 1.6, 1.16, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 5.1
  • Competence – case management, representation, calendaring
  • Ethical Attorney-Client Communications and Relationships: How and when to speak to clients, opposing counsel, and court staff
  • Communications with supervising and reporting attorneys (CA Ethics Rule 5.1-5.6)


Teela Crosthwaite Smith
Cesilia Fernandez
Deputy Public Defender
Santa Clara County


Mark Punzalan
Chan + Punzalan

Raisa Dyadkina
Squire Patton Boggs
Holly Graves
Bledsoe, Diestel,
Treppa & Crane

PANEL 3 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

A Lesson in Civility
An Ethical Attorney’s Guide to Creating Civil Culture
MCLE: 1 Hour in Legal Ethics

As officers of the Court, attorneys are obligated to be professional with clients, other parties, opposing counsel, the courts and the public. This obligation includes being civil and ethical as we work to resolve legal matters.

PANEL 4 | 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Pivoting Past the Pandemic
Work Life Balance for Legal Professionals
MCLE: 1 Hour in Competence Issues (pending)

Learn about attorney work-life balance and burnout issues and how to overcome them. How substance use and mental health issues can lead to detrimental and/or deadly consequences and develop a self-care plan and wellness strategies during these challenging times.

  • Learning about attorney work-life balance burnout issues and how to overcome them
  • Discussing how substance use and mental health issues can lead to detrimental and/or deadly consequences
  • Developing a self-care plan and wellness strategies during these challenging times
  • Learning about the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) and other resources to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle
Lita Abella
State Bar of California

Jason D. Crain



Aaron Gothelf
American Arbitration Association

Networking Reception| 5:45 - 7:30 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 8/22/22

 Host Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Litili, LLC

Judges Panel Sponsor
Farella Braun + Martel
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold
Liberty Med-Legal Admin, Inc.
Morrison Foerster
Squire Patton Boggs  

Barristers Supporter
ADR Services, Inc.

Barristers Friend

Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane
Gluck Daniel Atkinson
Lawless, Lawless & McGrath
U.S. Legal Support

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

Barristers Litigation Summit 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: B227312

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10/13/2022 12:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Thursday, 13 October 2022

Panel I - Judges Panel
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10/13/2022 12:00 PM

Panel I - Judges Panel
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10/13/2022 12:00 PM

Incompetent or Imposter
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
10/13/2022 1:45 PM

Incompetent or Imposter
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
10/13/2022 1:45 PM

A Lesson in Civility
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
10/13/2022 3:00 PM

Lesson in Civility
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
10/13/2022 3:00 PM

Pivoting Past the Pandemic
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
10/13/2022 4:15 PM

Pivoting Past the Pandemic
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
10/13/2022 4:15 PM


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