Alameda County
Bar Association

Member Spotlight: Jocelyn Burton 

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Jocelyn BurtonThis month we are spotlighting Jocelyn Burton.  She has been a member of the ACBA for several years now and is a also member of the Business Section.

When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer when I was fifteen.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what would you be doing instead?

I would be working in education.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were first admitted to practice?

I wish I had known more about the business side of the practice.

What is the biggest challenge facing you as a lawyer today?

I had the luxury of practicing law for almost twelve years without ever thinking about the business side of the profession.  I now have to think about making sure that every case that I take will be a profitable one.

What’s your favorite part of being a lawyer?

I love helping people.

What is your dream vacation?

I want to go to South Africa.

What are you reading right now?

I start reading something and either I finish it right away or it lingers for awhile.  I am still trying to finish The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I love college basketball.

What person, living or dead, real or fictional, would you like to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with Barack Obama.

Why do you choose to be a member of the ACBA? What is the greatest benefit you have enjoyed as a member?

I wanted to get to know lawyers in the East Bay.  I have enjoyed getting to know the lawyers in the labor and employment committee.