Barristers Litigation Summit - 2023

Barristers Litigation Summit - 2023
The Barristers Annual Meeting Committee presents

Barristers Litigation Summit - 2023

Date Thursday, October 12, 2023
201 Mission Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco CA 94105
Registration and Lunch 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Program 1:35 - 6:00 p.m.
Networking Refreshment Breaks Between each panel
MCLE 3 credits

The Barristers Litigation Summit consists of continuing legal education programs focused on honing knowledge and skills for professional success. The 2023 summit will focus on issues attorneys and law students from both sides of the courtroom should know. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Bay Area judges and law clerks about being successful in the courtroom, as well as hear tips and tricks or having successful mediations. The conference will conclude with an empowering panel focused on women and minority litigators.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Registration and Light Lunch

Panel I:  Behind the Veil: What You Would Want to Know from Clerks and Staff Attorneys
1:35 - 2:50 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour
Former judicial clerks discuss what clerks and judges want and don't want from attorneys appearing before them


  • Hear from current and former law clerks about best practices for being effective advocates to a judge
  • Learn and develop strategies for making the best impression on the judge for your case and client
  • Understand the importance of judges’ standing orders and other case management requirements


Oscar Sarabia, ACLU
Brenda Munoz, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Laurel O’Connor, Hanson Bridgett


G. Thomas Rivera, Hanson Bridgett

2:50 - 3:10 p.m.
Networking Break

Panel II: Mediation Essentials: A Crash Course for New Attorneys
3:10 - 4:25 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour
This program will feature three seasoned mediators who will give advice on how newer attorneys can successfully represent their clients in mediations that lead to settlement. Additionally, for junior associates who have been told not to waste their time starting a mediation career until they have a few decades of litigation experience under their belts, we’ll discuss ways to shorten the career path and start laying the foundation for a successful career as a mediator now, not decades from now.


  • Practical advice on all stages of the mediation process, including preparing clients for the mediation, the use of joint and separate sessions, overcoming impasse, memorializing settlement agreements, and post session follow-up. 
  • How to draft an effective mediation statement to tell your client’s story. 
  • What role does a 1st through 5th year associate have in a mediation and how that can lead to a career as a mediator
  • Opportunities for attorneys in the early years of their careers to mediate cases through various court and pro bono programs 

Geri Green, ADR Services, Inc.
Harold Coleman, Jr, American Arbitration Association
Justice Terence Bruiniers, JAMS


Aaron Gothelf, American Arbitration Association

4:25 - 4:45 p.m.
Networking Break

Panel III: Etiquette and Esquires: Cultivating Civility for All Attorneys
4:45 - 6:00 p.m. | MCLE: 1 Hour in Ethics
This panel discussion will explore strategies to promote civility in litigation, with a particular focus on the experiences of women and minority attorneys. We will address the importance of civility, the hurdles that diverse attorneys face, and how to foster a professional environment that promotes inclusivity and respect, including how attorneys can advocate for themselves and for their colleagues while maintaining ethical duties. The panel will equip attendees with actionable insights to promote positive change in their workplaces and the broader community.

Nate Dunn, Freeman Mathis & Gary
Ashley Pellouchoud, Gomerman | Bourn & Associates
Kelly Matayoshi, Farella Braun + Martel


Sarah Hoffman, Venable


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Committee Chair
Courtney Brown, The Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold

David Casarrubias, Hanson Bridgett
Grace Davis Fisher, Munger Tolles & Olson
Michael Foley, Golden Gate University School of Law
Gian Gualco-Nelson, WilmerHale
Aaron Gothelf, American Arbitration Association
Holly Graves, Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane
Anthony Guzman, Greenberg Traurig
Sarah Hoffman, Venable
Kendra Rivas, Office of the Attorney General
Ali Roseboro, Golden Gate University School of Law
Rebecca Stephens, Farella Braun + Martel

Event Code: B237312

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MCLE Notice

To receive MCLE credit, you must sign in during the designated MCLE registration period. This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. BASF is a certified provider: Provider #103


People with disabilities and/or special requests should contact BASF regarding reasonable accommodations.

10/12/2023 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Bar Association of San Francisco 201 Mission Street Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94105
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