The ACBA Board of Directors lead the ACBA in policy development and program review; promote active participation in the ACBA; act as ACBA spokespersons with the courts, the public, and the community on issues of mutual concern; and are responsible for encouraging, guiding, and directing other volunteer leaders.

Eric Handler

Eric Handler

President
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-0544

Eric Handler is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP in Oakland, specializing in IP law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy. He is the 2016 Secretary-Treasurer of, and an active volunteer with, the ACBA VLSC. Prior to law school, Eric worked extensively in the computer software industry as a software developer and management consultant.

Michael P. Johnson

Michael P. Johnson

President-Elect
AT&T Services, Inc.
Legal Department
525 Market Street, Room 2800
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 778-1485

Michael Johnson is an Assistant Vice President – Senior Legal Counsel, Global Business – Government, Education & Healthcare Solutions, specializing in healthcare and governmental contracting issues. A former business and civil litigator, he is also the 2016 President of the ACBA VLSC Board of Directors.

Cheryl Poncini

Cheryl Poncini

Vice-President
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
1225 Fallon Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612

Cheryl Poncini is a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she is currently assigned to the Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Unit. Cheryl is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, and received her Master of Public Administration degree from CSU East Bay in March 2013. She is also a member of the ACBA VLSC Board of Directors.

Colin Bowen

Colin Bowen

Oakland City Attorney’s Office
1 Frank H. Ogaawa Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6324

Colin Bowen is a Supervising Deputy City Attorney in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office. He has previously served on several committees within ACBA, including JAEC and Long Term Strategic Planning. Colin devotes significant time to youth “pipeline” efforts, and has developed a number of programs and workshops concerning youth and their interactions with law enforcement and the justice system. He is also a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association.

Megan Burns

Megan Burns

Bonjour, Thorman & Burns
24301Southland Drive, Suite 312
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 785-8400

Megan Burns is a partner with the law firm of Bonjour, Thorman & Burns where she specializes in high stakes litigation in the areas of criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury. Ms. Burns spent many years advocating for indigent defendants at the San Francisco County and Solano County Public Defender’s Offices prior to joining the firm. She is a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and previously served on the board of directors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) and Women Defenders.

Leonard Marquez

Leonard Marquez

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
1111 Broadway, Suite 2400
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 834-6600

Leonard E. Marquez, is a partner with Oakland-based law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. His practice focuses on commercial landlord-tenant law, as well as general civil litigation. He is a contributing author for the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) treatises, Retail Leasing and Office Leasing. Leonard is also an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). He currently serves as the General Counsel for the state-wide California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) and is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County.

Lauren Powe

Lauren Powe

State Compensation Insurance Fund
1390 Market Street, Suite 1110
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 522-4819

Lauren Powe is a lawyer with the California State Compensation Insurance Fund. She served as the 2014 Barristers Executive Committee Chair, and was an active member until she termed out this year. Lauren was the 2015 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer. She is also a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and the Charles Houston Bar Association.

Joy Ricardo-Clay

Joy Ricardo-Clay

East Bay Children’s Law Office
7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 496-5200

Joy Ricardo-Clay is the managing attorney at East Bay Children’s Law Office, a Nonprofit Child Advocacy organization that provides legal representation to children and youth involved in foster care, delinquency and probate proceedings in Alameda County She is also serves as the 2016 Secretary for the Charles Houston Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

Pamela Ross, Jr

Pamela Ross, Jr

All for the Children 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 the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation’s award for Volunteer of the Year.

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong

Tong Law
409 13th Street, Floor 9
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 371-7835

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 Chair in 2015. He is a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court, California Employment Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association, National Lawyers Guild, and California Lawyers for the Arts. Vincent is the 2016 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer

Paul Wellenkamp

Paul Wellenkamp

Law Office of Paul Wellenkamp
1260 B Street, Suite 325
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 538-7285

Paul Wellenkamp is a criminal defense attorney in practice since 1981. He served on the CAAP Advisory Committee for seven years and was the 2015-2016 Chair. He is also an organizing member of the South Alameda County Criminal Defense Bar.

Ex-Officio Members

Stephanie Sato

Stephanie Sato

Ex-Officio Past-President
Law Offices of Stephanie K. Sato
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 330
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 398-0887

Stephanie Sato is the owner of the Law Offices of Stephanie K. Sato in Oakland, specializing in family law. Stephanie has been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List since 2013 . In 2009, she received the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for a Young Lawyer and in 2011-2012 she served as Chair of the ACBA Barristers Section Executive Committee.

Alice Cheng

Alice Cheng

Ex-Officio
Law Offices of Tracey C. Wapnick
101 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 201
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 932-2225

Alice Cheng is a family law attorney with the Law Offices of Tracey C. Wapnick in Walnut Creek. She is an active member of the ACBA Barristers Section, and its 2017 Executive Committee Chair. Alice also speaks Cantonese and basic conversational Mandarin.