Diversity Conference - 2023

The Barristers Club Diversity and Inclusion Committee  presents
Diversity Conference 2023

Date Wednesday, December 6 - Thursday, December 7, 2023

In-Person Location

BASF Conference Center
201 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

MCLE Registration 
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. December 6, 2023
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. December 7, 2023

In-Person Program 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. December 6, 2023

Virtual Program 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. December 6, 2023
9:15 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. December 7, 2023

MCLE Up to 6 hours of MCLE in Elimination of Bias will be provided.
The 2023 Diversity Conference theme is "Defending Diversity." The conference will include 6 sessions over two days and will deepen awareness and engagement around racial equity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry and society. This conference includes multiple thought-provoking panels, prominent guest speakers, and more. 

We are excited to announce Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, of Berkeley Law, as this year's keynote speaker at the in-person program on December 6, 2023. This part of the program will also be available as a virtual program to those who register for the virtual conference.

DECEMBER 6, 2023
MCLE Registration| 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Time: 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Elimination of Bias
The Implications of the Supreme Court's Ban on Affirmative Action for Diversity in Law School Admissions
Join Dean of Berkeley Law, Erwin Chemerinsky for his in-person keynote address at this year's conference, which will discuss the Supreme Court's two recent decisions striking down affirmative action (Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard and Students for Fair AdmissionsInc. v. University of North Carolina).  While space is limited at this in-person event, Dean Chemerinsky's keynote, which also qualifies for CLE credit, will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.  Dean Chemerinsky will not only analyze the Supreme Court's decisions, but also offer a path forward.  California banned affirmative action prior to the Supreme Court's rulings, and Dean Chemerinsky will elucidate how Berkeley Law has learned to build a diverse class without considering race as a factor in its admissions.

Erwin Chemerinsky,  Dean, Berkeley Law 

Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award Presentation
Time:  6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Please join the Barristers Club Board of Directors in honoring Sydney Allen and Michael Nguyen (aka Juicy Liu) at the 15th Annual Barristers Club Diversity Reception. This award reflects an individual’s efforts to increase awareness of diversity issues in the Bay Area Legal Community. 


 Sydney Allen

Michael Nguyen (aka Juicy Liu)

Reception and Networking | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 7, 2023
MCLE Registration 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Time: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Elimination of Bias
Session 1: Defending Reproductive Rights Post Roe
Join Professor Mariah Lindsay of UCI Law, Adam Laughton of Greenberg Traurig as well as representatives from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the Black Women for Wellness Action Project for a discussion of both the practical and policy implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. This panel will also focus specifically on the impact of the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade on women of color. Additionally, moderator, Mary McNamara, brings her unique perspective as a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Legal Alliance for Reproductive Rights.

Mariah Lindsay, Senior Executive Policy Fellow, Center for Biotech and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Lisa Matsubara, Chief Legal & Advocacy Officer, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
Adam H. Laughton, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Onyemma Obiekea, Policy Director, Black Women for Wellness/Action Project


Mary McNamara, Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, Legal Alliance for Reproductive Rights; Partner, Swanson & McNamara; 2022 President, Bar Association of San Francisco

Time: 10:40 - 11:55 a.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Elimination of Bias
Session 2:  Defending and Ensuring Equitable Access to Court
Ensuring equitable and fair access to courts is an ongoing challenge for our system and is key to living up to the promise of equal justice under law. Join Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who chairs the San Francisco Superior Court Committee on Elimination of Bias, and Betsy Wolkin, administrator for Indigent Defense Administration at the Bar Association of San Francisco to learn about various approaches and strategies being taken to ensure equitable access to courts.
Topics discussed will include elimination of bias, training and education, as well as the San Francisco pilot program Be the Jury, which increased juror pay in an attempt to produce more representative and diverse juries.

Honorable Suzanne Bolanos
, San Francisco Superior Court 
Betsy Wolkin, Indigent Defense Administration, The Bar Association of San Francisco 


Kevin Benedicto, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

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

Time: 12:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Elimination of Bias
Session 3: Equitable Frameworks: How Cannabis & Psychedelics Became a Model for Equitable Legislation
The panel will explore how legislation in this space has and can help redress failed legislative policies (e.g., war on drugs, etc.) disproportionately impacting underrepresented communities (e.g., communities of color, native communities, the neurodivergent) and how this can provide a model for similar or even improved equitable legislation in other areas. Some examples: including communities in rule making processes, requiring regulators consider social / cultural impacts in administration, and designing licensing and tax regimes that help rebuild impacted communities.   

Ismail Ali, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Sam Chapman, Executive Director, Healing Advocacy Fund
Robert Haferd, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Office of the D.C. Attorney General                                                              


Anthony Guzman, Greenberg Traurig

Time: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Elimination of Bias
Session 4: Don’t Say Hate: Inclusive & Educational Responses to a National Conversation on LGBTQ+ Rights
This panel will explore the national conversation on LGBTQ+ rights in education, it’s impacts on students and LGBTQ+ members, and how certain legislatures have responded through inclusive legislation, like CA’s recent suite of LGBTQ+ bills touching on everything from book bans to cultural competency trainings, inclusive restrooms, name / gender affirmation, and anti-outing protections.

Amanda Goad, Director of LGBTQ+, Gender, and Reproductive Justice Project, ACLU SoCal
Alice Kessler, Head of Government Law & Policy Group, Greenberg Traurig
Paton Moody, Legal Fellow, Equality California
Dr. Corey Jackson, Assemblymember, 60th District, California State Assembly         

2:45 - 2:55 p.m.
Yoga Break 
A brief yoga practice that you can do right from the comfort of your desk.  


Jacqueline M. SimonovichYoga for Lawyers

Time: 2:55 - 4:10 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Elimination of Bias
Session 5: Defending Diversity in a Downturn 
It seems that every organization says DEI is important to them, yet many scale back investments in this area when economic uncertainty looms. That seemed to happen this year as the economy soured. Join Shana Simmons, General Counsel of Everlaw, Angeliqu Magliulo-Hager, Director of Training, Inclusion, and Belonging at Orrick, and Oyango A. Snell, immediate past Executive Director of the California Lawyers Foundation, for a discussion on why and how organizations can push through even in economic downturns.

Shana Simmons
, Chief Legal Officer, Everlaw
Angelique Magliulo Hager, Director, Diverse Talent & Firmwide Training, Orrick                                                             


Oyango A. Snell, Former CEO & Executive Director, California Lawyers Association 

Conference Committee Chairs
Anthony Guzman, Greenberg Traurig and Jacqueline Simonovich, Weintraub Tobin


(as of 11/15/23)




      Weintraub Tobin | Capital Region Family Business Center         


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