About ACBA

Board of Directors

Pamela Ross

Pamela Ross Jr

President

All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc.

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

President Elect

Law Offices of Vanessa Candelaria, P.C.

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.

Yen Chau

Yen Chau

Vice President

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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Vincent Brown

Director

San Francisco 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.

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.

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.

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong

Past President

TONG LAW

Ryan Knutson

Ryan Knutson

Barristers Chair
(Ex-Officio)

Knutson Law Offices (KLO)

Tiela Chalmers

Tiela Chalmers

CEO

Alameda County Bar Association
Legal Access Alameda

Tiela Chalmers is the Chief Executive Officer/General Counsel of the Alameda County Bar Association and Legal Access Alameda.  After working for years at a law firm, she moved to the San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program, ultimately becoming its Executive Director.   

In 2011, Tiela became a consultant focusing on legal services for low-income communities, working nationally.

In 2014, she joined the ACBA/Legal Access.  She chairs the Disaster Legal Services Collaborative, a statewide group of bar associations, legal services providers, and champions working to provide free legal assistance to survivors of disasters.