ACBA Member Spotlight: Gina Boer

Gina Boer is a partner at Haapala, Thompson, & Abern in downtown Oakland. Her nearly 30 years of practice have put her in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-eminent Women Lawyers. Her litigation practice specializes in real estate, complex litigation, commercial and residential landlord/tenant, construction defect, insurance defense, personal injury, contract disputes and divorce law. Gina is also a certified mediator serving bay area litigants in the areas of real estate, contract disputes, business, debt recovery and personal injury.Read More

Judicial Spotlight: Roger Chan

ACBA member Roger Chan was appointed to the San Francisco County Superior Court on June 28th. Roger has been the Executive Director at the East Bay Children’s Law Offices since 2009. He served as a deputy public defender at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2009 and from 1999 to 2000. Roger served as an attorney at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 2000 to 2003 and in 1999. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Please join us in sending Roger our congratulations and best wishes!Read More

VLSC Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Kretzer

Why do you volunteer with VLSC?
I’m a retired bankruptcy lawyer. When I retired, I knew I would need to get involved in something to keep myself from watching television all day. I also knew that a lot of low income debtors get their bankruptcy advice from non-attorneys and paralegals that not only charge to complete the paperwork, but who also don’t know enough to be giving out bankruptcy advice.

Volunteering for the bankruptcy clinic seemed like an obvious choice for putting my skills to work and keeping me busy. Read More