Welcome to the Barristers Section!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Barristers Section of the ACBA! Our section focuses on developing programming (both educational and social) dedicated to attorneys in their first 10 years of practice.

We are kicking off this "Year of The New Attorney" with an exciting, sold-out event with the Golden State Warriors on January 27, 2015. Throughout 2015, we will host a variety of continuing legal education programs, networking opportunities and socials, including the Judges-Barristers Social on June 11, 2015, and the Golf Tournament on August 7, 2015. Through our Mentorship Program, we will pair younger attorneys with more senior attorneys in their fields of practice. 

In addition to these wonderful events and programs, our members will benefit from a plethora of initiatives spearheaded by the ACBA's New Attorney Task Force!

I, along with my fellow executive committee members, invite you to fully and actively engage in our events and programs this year. We welcome co-sponsorship opportunities with other sections, local bar associations, and neighboring organizations. 

Should you have any questions, or would like to participate in our executive committee, please do not hesitate to call me at (510) 371-7835 or email at

Here's to an excellent 2015!

Vincent Tong
Barristers Executive Committee, 2015 Chair


Barristers Section Group Shot


Upcoming Events

Friday, July 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dine with a Judge: Kimberly Colwell

ACBA Barristers Section members are invited to join Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Colwell for lunch and casual conversation at the Oakland Administration Building.

July 15, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion, Part IV: Labor and Employment Law

Would you like to sit down with seasoned labor and employment law attorneys for an informal discussion on the ins and outs of practicing L&E law in Alameda County? Would you like to share your experience with newer attorneys over light refreshments and a glass of wine?

Tuesday July 28, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Liege Spirits and Lounge)

Barristers Trivia Night at Liege - Save the Date

Test your knowledge for prizes and bragging rights while mixing it up at Barristers Trivia Night. Join a team upon arrival, or bring a team with you. Teams can be up to 6 people. The sign-up is from 5:30: to 6:00 p.m. and the game starts at 6:30 p.m. It will have five rounds and last about an hour and a half. All are welcome at the social, even if you do not wish to play. 

July 30, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost-Effective Research: Saving Time and Separating the Wheat from Chaff

In this program, Alameda County Law Library (ACLL) librarians Mark Estes and Emily Bergfeld will discuss:

  • free research options (the coverage, authenticity, etc.) and explain select features of those tools;
  • when to begin your research in books; and
  • when to continue your research in a premium legal research database available free of charge at the Alameda County Law Library.
Saturday and Sunday August 1-2, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whether you have a job lined up, or are embarking on a search, the New Attorney Boot Camp is designed specifically to jump start your legal career. This two-day boot camp will give you all the basics you need that you never learned in law school.

Friday August 7, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

11th Annual Barristers Golf Classic

The ACBA Barristers Section is proud to announce the 11th Annual Barristers Golf Classic being held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Metropolitan Golf Links Golf Course located near the Oakland Airport.

Whether you’re a new golfer wanting to spend an afternoon networking with other attorneys and judges, or an experienced golfer hoping to see your name engraved on the President’s Cup, you’re welcome at the ACBA Barristers Golf Classic. Last year Team Aiken Welch won: Jani Matsui, Ignascio Camarena, Matthew Graham, and Khaled Taqi-Eddin . Will there be a repeat this year?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Labor and Employment Law Nuts and Bolts, Part V: Discrimination and Harrassment

Please save the date for the fifth program in the Labor and Employment Nuts & Bolts Series on Discrimination and Harrassment. More information coming soon!

Friday, August 27, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dine with a Judge: Ursula Jones Dickson

ACBA Barristers Section members are invited to join Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ursula Jones Dickson for lunch and casual conversation at the RDC.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dine with a Judge: Noël Wise

ACBA Barristers Section members are invited to join Alameda County Superior Court Judge Noël Wise for lunch and casual conversation at the George E. McDonald Hall of Justice.

Friday, September 25, 2015 (Tailgate: 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.  Game starts: 7:05 p.m.)

Barristers Night Out: Oakland A's vs SF Giants!

The Battle of the Bay, or Bay Bridge Series, is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your peers while enjoying a fantastic evening of baseball. Please join us for a pregame tailgate in the parking lot (exact location TBA) with food and drinks before the game. Tickets for the game must be purchased by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015. Tickets are in Section 130.

Please check out the ACBA calendar for more upcoming events.


Barristers Mentorship Program

The Barristers Mentorship Program was created to link new attorneys (mentees) with seasoned attorneys (mentors) in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional legal careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law, and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons. Please check out the program guidelines for more information. The Barristers Mentorship Program Committee pairs mentees and mentors twice a year, but you can submit a mentor application or a mentee application at any time! To be considered for the first round of 2015 pairings, mentee applications must be recieved by April 13, 2015.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) programs

The Barristers Section is presenting a trial practicum series, which will culminate in mock trials, presided over by Alameda County judges. The seminars are hands-on workshops where participants practice skills in small group settings moderated by experienced attorneys and judges.  The Barristers have already presented programs on Jury Selection and Opening Arguments, and will be presenting more programs on Closing Arguments, Direct Examination techniques, Cross Examination techniques, and Objections. Individuals will be eligible to participate after taking four of the six seminars being offered by the Barristers Section as part of this Trial Practicum series.


Throughout the year, the Barristers gather to socialize and to network.  Our events range from simple gatherings at a local restaurant or pub, to co-sponsored and more elaborate events such as Tailgate and BBQ at an A’s v. Giants game.  Regardless of the theme or the venue, each social is designed to create opportunities to network and develop friendships as well as to relax and having some fun.

Dine with a Judge

The ACBA and Barristers are committed to building a stronger relationship between the Bench and Bar in Alameda County. The Barristers Dine with a Judge programs provide you and several of your peers the unique chance to enjoy a delicious dinner and casual conversation with some of the area's premier judges. Whether you have already appeared in court for a case or may make a future court appearance, these dinners are terrific ways to gain new insights and become acquainted with a member of the bench outside the courtroom setting. Dine with a Judge affords you an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn information that may guide you during your court appearances. Ask the judges about their career path and learn about their experiences before they took their seats on the Bench.

Annual Barristers Golf Classic

Whether you’re a new golfer wanting to spend an afternoon networking with other attorneys and judges or an experienced golfer looking for a chance to get your name engraved on the President’s Cup, you’re welcome at the ACBA Barristers Golf Classic! Register today for the 11th Annual Golf Classic on August 7th!

For photos of the 10th Annual Golf Classic click here!

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Barristers Mentorship Program

MCLE programs


Dine with a Judge

Annual Barristers Golf Classic

Upcoming Events

Executive Committee


JAMS - Neutrals

Dine with a Judge: Assistant Presiding Judge Morris Jacobson

Lunch with Judge Jacobson

Warriors Basketball Night with the ACBA Barristers: Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls 

2015 Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Reception

Lauren Powe - Award Recipient for New Attorney

ACBA Holiday Reception

Raiders vs Chiefs Social

10th Annual Barristers Golf Tournament

Battle of the Bay Social

Barristers and Judges Social


For more photos of recent events, please visit the ACBA Facebook page.

Barristers Executive Committee

Vincent Tong

Tong Law
409 Thirteenth Street, 9th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 371-7835

Vincent Tong  

Jo-Anna Nieves

The Nieves Law Firm, APC
505 14th St Ste 900
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 588-8580
Jo-Anna Nieves


The practice of law allows Vincent to merge his passion for social advocacy, innovative problem solving and entrepreneurship. Since starting his employment and business law practice, he has had the honor of working with a broad spectrum of clients, community members and legal organizations in furtherance of those commitments that he has held strongly to since his days as a community organizer. When not in court or meeting with clients, Vincent loves escaping to the outdoors, rock climbing, and eating his way back home.



Jo-Anna Nieves has a passion for criminal law and currently runs her own criminal defense and family law practice in Oakland.  She is a member of the Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program and the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. She is also a volunteer with the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, and serves as a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Leader at Covenant Worship Center in Berkeley. Jo-Anna recently received a 2014 Thirty Under 30 Award from Florida State University, an award created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of FSU’s young alumni.  She is originally from Miami, FL and enjoys traveling, reading, and eating at new restaurants.

Casey Williams

Donahue Gallagher Woods, LLP
1999 Harrison Street, 25th F
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-0544
Casey Williams  

Norah Alyami

Neighborhood Law Corps.
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA. 94612
Norah Alyami


Casey became an attorney because she enjoys tackling and debating complicated problems while also helping other people. Her practice is focused on business litigation and non-profit transactional work. She also volunteers with the ACBA/VLSC's low income landlord and immigration clinics and works with several Bay Area non-profits on a pro bono basis. Casey considers this to be extremely enriching work that connects her to her community and she is supported and encouraged by her firm Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, one of the East Bay’s leading multi-disciplinary civil law firms.



Norah is an enthusiastic young attorney seeking to advance the protections and interests of women, children, and people of color. Advocating for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault highlight her particular passions in the practice of law. Norah's professional vision is to become a county prosecutor, where she will have the ability to work with various constituencies and promote community safety. She is an active member in both California Women Lawyers and Charles Houston Bar Association, in addition to the ACBA. Fun fact: Norah is a Zumba instructor! 

Alice Cheng

Law Offices of Tracey C. Wapnick
1939 Harrison St, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 763-3000
Alice Cheng  

Adrieannette Cioccone  

1000 Broadway Ste 500
Oakland, CA 94607
Adrieannette Cioccone


Alice's favorite aspect of practicing law is using a practical approach to help people solve their problems, whether that is by working with her clients to make positive changes in their lives at her family law practice in Oakland, or through volunteering with the VLSC Family Law Day of Court Clinic. When she is not working, Alice enjoys watching sports (especially baseball), cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.



Adrieannette knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was a young child. As time progressed, she realized that much societal injustice was the result of socioeconomic inequality. To that end, she developed an interest in community economic development and revitalization of depressed communities at the global level. After earning a joint MA in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies, Adrieannette embarked on her legal career. She is now working to secure a position as a land use and/or municipal attorney and currently serves on the board of Youth Spirit Artworks, a non-profit dedicated to using art to provide financial resources to homeless and low-income youth. When she is not working on socioeconomic equity, Adrieannette enjoys travel, practicing Portuguese and Spanish, Afro-Latin dance, and fusion cooking.  
Michael A. Liebert

Law Offices of Mullen & Filippi, LLP
255 California Street, Suite 1150
San Francisco, CA
(415) 835-7540, x1213
Elizabeth F. Pacheco

Elizabeth Pachco


Mike practices worker’s compensation law on the defense side with Mullen & Filippi in San Francisco. The fast-paced, litigation heavy aspect of the worker’s comp realm is very intriguing, and he enjoys this aspect of the law. While not working, Mike enjoys all sports, including basketball, water skiing, and running. He recently returned from Israel on his Birthright trip and is a big fan of the Sacramento Kings.



In addition to her appellate work, Elizabeth has handle a variety of cases, including special education, juvenile law, civil practice trial work litigation, and employment law, which extends her work to both administrative and judicial proceedings.  Most recently, she represented families in child welfare case and currently represents children in special education and disability rights claims.  Elizabeth treasures the opportunities she has had to work with and advocate for families in the various areas of need.  And through her years of practice has gained an appreciation for the possibilities and power law has as a source of meaningful change.


Lauren Powe

Bennett, Samuelsen, Reynolds & Allard
1301 Marina Village Parkway Ste 300
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 444-7688
Lauren Powe  
David Reagan

Law Office of David Reagan
317 Washington Street, Ste. 121
Oakland, CA  94607
(510) 506-9061
David Reagan


Lauren became a lawyer after growing up babysitting lawyers’ kids. Through speaking with her employers, she learned that the law encapsulated many things she enjoyed: writing, research and arguing. A little known fact, she also enjoys playing soccer (she's on three teams) which in its own way is not only a physical work out but also an exercise in strategy.



David practices criminal defense because it is the crucial intersection of government power and constitutional rights. With an emphasis on social justice, he represents defendants facing criminal charges, prisoners appealing their sentences, and former offenders seeking to clean their criminal records. Outside of the law, David enjoys rock climbing, reading, and traveling to Latin America.

Hadassah Hayashi

Membership and Education Coordinator
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200



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