Lauren Powe

Lauren Powe

President
California Department of Justice
1515 Clay St., Suite 2000
Oakland CA 94612

Lauren Powe is a Deputy Attorney General with Department of Justice in the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section. She served as the 2014 ACBA Barristers Executive Committee Chair. Lauren was the 2015 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer. Lauren is the 2018, outgoing Chair of the California Young Lawyers Association Board and Secretary of the Earl Warren American Inns of Court Board. Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer. Lauren is the 2018, outgoing Chair of the California Young Lawyers Association Board and Secretary of the Earl Warren American Inns of Court Board. Lauren is the 2018, outgoing Chair of the California Young Lawyers Association Board and Secretary of the Earl Warren American Inns of Court Board.

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong

President Elect
Tong Law
409 13th Street, Floor 9
Oakland, CA 94612

Vincent Tong is the owner of TONG LAW, an employment and business law practice in Oakland. He is an active member of the ACBA and its Barristers and Labor and Employment Sections, and served as the Chair for the Barristers section in 2015. Vincent currently serves as a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Executive Board. He is a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court, Asian American Bar Association, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, and California Lawyers for the Arts. Vincent has been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List since 2015, and was the 2016 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer.

Pamela Ross Jr

Pamela Ross Jr

Vice-President
All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc.
3137 Castro Valley Blvd. #210
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Pamela J. Ross, Jr., is the founder and CEO of the All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc., a public benefit corporation dedicated to providing low cost legal assistance to the San Francisco Bay Area. She primarily handles family law cases, but also works in the areas of estate planning and landlord-tenant law. Pamela has served on the ACBA Family Law Section’s Executive Committee since 2012, and as its Chair since 2014. Pamela was the 2015 recipient of Legal Alameda’s (formerly VLSC) award for Volunteer of the Year.

Yen Chau

Yen Chau

Director
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Yen Chau is Senior Counsel in Donahue Fitzgerald’s Employment and Litigation practice group, and a registered patent attorney. An active member of the legal community, she has been involved in the leadership of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Employment Section. She has a strong scientific background and previously worked in biotech as a research associate for a gene therapy company.

Alice Cheng

Alice Cheng

Director
Law Offices of Vanessa Candelaria, P.C.
1981 N. Broadway, Suite 440
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Alice is a family law practitioner and an active member of the ACBA Barristers Section, and was its 2017 and 2018 Executive Committee Chair. Alice was the 2017 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for Barrister. Alice also speaks Cantonese and basic conversational Mandarin.

H. Glenn Kim

Director
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

H. Glenn Kim has been a Deputy District Attorney with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for the past 9 years, where he currently handles violent felony cases. He previously worked in the Contra Costa County’s District Attorney’s Office, and has served on the boards of the Asian American Prosecutors’ Association and the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.

Jo-Anna Nieves

Jo-Anna Nieves

Director
Nieves Law Firm

Jo-Anna Nieves formed the Nieves Law Firm, APC in order to help those accused of crimes to navigate the complex and challenging legal process of the criminal justice system. A former member of the ACBA Barristers Section Executive Committee and current Vice-Chair of the ACBA Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee, she also volunteers as a mock trial coach for El Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy and is a member of the Earl Warren Inns of Court.

Autumn Paine

Autumn Paine

Director
Law Office of Autumn Paine

Autumn Paine works with people charged with all kinds of crimes and juveniles in delinquency proceedings, as well as with people seeking post-conviction relief. Autumn has worked with in the Kern and Lassen County Public Defender’s offices and in private practice as a member of the ACBA’s Court Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) panel. Committed to supporting the legal community, she currently sits on the Board of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), is a past board member of the Women Lawyers of Alameda County, has served as a CAAP Advisory Committee member, and is a long-time member of the California Public Defender’s Association.

Peter Shelton

Peter Shelton

Director
Peter Shelton Law

Peter Shelton is the owner of Peter Shelton Law, an estate planning and inheritance litigation firm in Berkeley. Peter is certified by the California State Bar as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, and is a Past-President of East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers (EBTEL). He has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2015.

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith

Director
Law Office of Kristin Smith, Esq.

Kristin Smith practices employment law in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. She has over 14 years of experience handling employment matters from wage and hour cases to discrimination and wrongful termination. She has litigated state, federal, and administrative employment actions. Ms. Smith has managed non-litigation transactions and alternative dispute resolution proceedings as well as advised clients on day-to-day human resource issues, compliance, policy updates, and employee trainings.

Byron Toma

Byron Toma

Director
Office of the General Counsel, BART

Byron Toma is an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at BART where he works on transactional matters including public contracting, free speech, governmental transparency, and public health and safety issues. He also serves on the legal staff assigned to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority where he works on marketing, real estate, environmental and telecom issues. Prior to working at BART, Byron served in county counsel’s offices, city attorney’s offices, and a DA’s office. He holds a JD from Santa Clara University (SCU) School of Law and an LLM in environmental law from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Cheryl Ponicini

Cheryl Ponicini

Past President (Ex-Officio)

Eileen Eib

Eileen Eib

Barristers Chair (Ex-Officio)