About ACBA

Board of Directors

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong

President

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

President Elect

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

Pamela Ross is the founder and CEO of All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc. She previously served as the Chair of the ACBA Family Law Section and regularly volunteers with Legal Access. She has been selected to the California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers since 2016. Since 2017 she has been selected as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorney’s under 40 in Northern California by NAFLA. In May of 2015 she was honored by VLSC as their Volunteer of the Year and in March of 2014 she was honored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk’s office as the District 20 Woman of the Year in Law.

Alice Cheng

Alice Cheng

Vice President

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

Alice Cheng, Candelaria PC – ACBA Vice President, is a family law attorney who handles matters throughout many of the Bay Area counties. Alice was the 2017 recipient of the ACBA Distinguished Service Award for Barristers. Alice has been included on the SuperLawyers – Rising Stars list for 2018, 2019, and 2020, and the SuperLawyers list for 2021. Alice is on the ACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service Family Law Panel, and regularly volunteers with Legal Access Alameda’s pro bono clinics. She is also a member of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court Executive Board and the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Family Law Section Executive Committee. An proud immigrant from Hong Kong, Alice also speaks Cantonese and basic conversational Mandarin.

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Vincent Brown

Director

Oakland City Attorney’s Office

Vincent Brown joined the City Attorney’s Office in May 2017 as a Deputy City Attorney in the Real Estate Unit. Prior to joining the Office, Mr. Brown worked as an associate attorney at Downs Pham & Kuei LLP in San Francisco and at Goldfarb & Lipman LLP in Oakland. In addition to his real estate experience, Mr. Brown has provided guidance to tax exempt organizations on issues concerning nonprofit governance. Mr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and received his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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.

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H. Glenn Kim

Director

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Glenn Kim has been a prosecutor for over 13 years. He currently serves as a Deputy District Attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Glenn is currently assigned to the Felony Domestic Violence Unit, where he prosecutes DV homicides and other extremely violent DV cases. He has prosecuted 44 jury trials to verdict; including homicides, child sexual assaults, and domestic violence cases.

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

Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP

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.

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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.

Lauren Powe

Lauren Powe

Past President
James Cook

James Cook

Barristers Chair
(Ex-Officio)