Mock Trial Judges Needed

Alameda County Office of Education: 

Seeking Volunteer Judges and Scorers Judges, attorneys, law students, & other legal staff for the Alameda County High School Mock Trial Competition

Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition 2019(Pick 2 dates to score) Time: 5:30-8:30 PM

● Practice Rounds: 1/29, 1/31
● Competition: 2/5, 2/7, 2/13, 2/14
● Semi-Finals: 2/26
● Finals: 2/28

Mock Trial 2019 Volunteer Flyer

Sign-up here

Questions? Contact Tanya Avila, Harley Mock Trial Coordinator, Cell 510-520-3258 or

Ioana Petrou Appointed to First District Court of Appeal

Congratulations Justice Ioana Petrou!

Judge Seligman, Judge True and Judge Petrou
Judge Seligman, Judge True and Justice Petrou at VLSC’s Justice for All: Celebrating Pro Bono in May 2018

Governor Brown announced on November 21st that Justice Ioana Petrou has been appointed associate justice, Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal. Justice Petrou has served as a judge at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2010. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California from 2004 to 2010 and was counsel at O’Melveny and Myers LLP from 2002 to 2004.

Justice Ioana Petrou
Justice Ioana Petrou

Justice Petrou served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York from 2000 to 2002. She was an associate at Foley and Lardner LLP from 1996 to 1999, at Weissburg and Aronson from 1995 to 1996 and at Proskauer Rose LLP from 1994 to 1995. Justice Petrou served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 1992.

She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Justice Petrou will fill the vacancy created by the elevation, subject to confirmation, of Justice Stuart R. Pollak to presiding justice, Division 4 of the First District Court of Appeal.

ACBA Job Board 11.13.18

ACBA Job Board 11.13.18

ACBA members get first crack at our job board postings in the ACBA Bi-Weekly e-Newsletter.  Contact our membership department at (510) 302-2201 today to join! 

THE OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – Multiple Openings: Learn more

California State Bar – Director, Office of Access & Inclusion: The Director of Access and Inclusion will be responsible for leading and implementing the State Bar’s initiatives on access to justice, diversity and inclusion, and support for legal services programs through grants including IOLTA funds, Equal Access funds, Partnership Grants, and bank grants. The Director is responsible for planning, directing, and managing those efforts to achieve the access to justice and diversity and inclusion missions of the State Bar, including the administration of upwards of $60 million in grants to nonprofit legal services organizations across the state. Learn more

The City of Oakland Office of the City Administrator seeks firms or individuals (contractor) to serve as a Hearing Officer. Learn more

CEB – ATTORNEY EDITOR  – TRUSTS AND ESTATES: Under general direction, this position is responsible for the full range of project management skills, new content development, original writing, legal editing, and legal research and analysis of both primary and secondary law. Incumbent must ensure accuracy, currency, practice orientation, and balance in CEB content. Read more

PRC – Staff Attorney: The Staff Attorney provides legal representation to homeless and low-income clients living with HIV and/or mental health issues to secure disability income and health insurance benefits. Read more

San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) is recruiting for several openings: Senior Civil Rights Attorney | Civil Rights Attorney

East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. – Dependency Staff Attorney: EBCLO seeks a full-time dependency attorney. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for a full caseload representing children at all stages of juvenile dependency proceedings pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code § 300. Learn more

Santa Clara University – Director of External Relations: The purpose of the External Relations Director position is to create and implement resource development strategies to achieve specific fundraising goals and to enhance and expand the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center’s (KGACLC) strategic communications and fundraising efforts. Learn more  

Legal Aid of Marin – Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Housing & Homelessness: Legal Aid of Marin is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team. The attorney will handle impact litigation, policy advocacy, and service cases for very low income Marin residents and seniors. Learn more

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Attorney, Self Help Services: This is a journey level attorney position that is assigned to Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator Program and reports to the Managing Attorney. Incumbents are expected to perform more complex professional legal work and research with minimal guidance and supervision. We are hiring 4 attorneys with: family law, housing, or probate experience. Learn more

Family Violence Appellate Project  -Finance and Administration Manager: The ideal candidate is an experienced manager of nonprofit finances capable of managing FVAP’s financial practices to ensure meticulous compliance with grants requirements and accuracy of financial reports. Learn more

 Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Deputy City Attorney II, III or IV Real Estate: The City Attorney’s Office seeks a seasoned real estate attorney with significant expertise in development and/or transactional aspects of real estate to fill the position of Deputy City Attorney II, III or IV, depending on experience. Learn more

UC Berkeley – Associate Campus Counsel: Responsible for independently handling a variety of very important, moderately to very complex, assigned legal projects for the campus.  Generally not assigned to the most “mission critical” priorities of the campus administration, which assignments are performed by the Chief Campus Counsel and/or a Deputy Campus Counsel. Learn more

General Court News for the Northern District of California

Notice to the Bar and the Public: 

Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements and Standing Order for All Judges Revised

A new version of the Court’s Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements went into effect on November 1, 2018. 

⇒ View Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements

In addition, the Standing Order For All Judges Of The Northern District Of California has been revised to require counsel in class actions to include in Joint Case Management Statements “whether all attorneys of record for the parties have reviewed the Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements.”

 ⇒ View Standing Order For All Judges Of The Northern District Of California 

The Court thanks the Northern District of California Civil Rules & Practice Committee, the FBA Ad Hoc Committee, Professor Joshua Davis (University of San Francisco), Professor Sam Issacharoff (New York University), Professor Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt University), and Professor William Rubenstein (Harvard University) for providing comments and observations on the revisions.

Lawyers in the Library

The Lawyers in the Library Program is a countywide service coordinated by the Alameda County Law Library and staffed by volunteer attorneys. Volunteers provide short consultations and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues. These consultations take place at public libraries each the month.
Attorney volunteers are urgently needed for the following vacant sessions:

Lakeview Library – 2nd Tuesday / month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Montclair Library – 2nd Tuesday / month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
West Berkeley Branch – 2nd Friday / month- 10:00 – 11:30 am
San Lorenzo Library – 2nd Tuesday / month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Hayward Public Library – 2nd Tuesday / month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hayward Public Library- Weekes Branch – 3rd Wednesday / month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm, and 4th Saturday / month- noon – 2:00 pm

For more information about Lawyers in the Library, please contact Emily Bergfeld at

Free October Kicks off with a Splash


Alameda County Bar Association

Test drive bar membership and find out if it’s a good investment in your career!

No risk, no obligation! We want to make it even easier to check out all the great benefits we offer our members. We’re offering all CLEs under two hours for free, and all networking events for free in October. 

Joining your local bar is a great way to make connections, get discounts on products and services you use every day, and grow your practice.

Important Dates

Programs and events are held at the ACBA office in downtown Oakland unless stated otherwise. ACBA CLEs and networking events under 2 hours are FREE in October! 

For our 1,500 members, membership in the Alameda County Bar Association brings educational opportunities, networking events, professional development, and a chance to lead and shape the legal community in Alameda County.  We have free CLE programs and benefits that apply to a range of legal professionals, from judges and attorneys, to paralegals and law students.

By joining any of our  practice area sections, members have invitations to social networking events, plus the opportunity to make their voices and opinions heard.

We listened to you, and we’ve made some major changes. We are excited to introduce you to the ACBA member benefits, including free CLE and free legal research.  Learn more

Check out and register for our upcoming events below, or on our calendar at

October 2, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Immigration Section: Immigration October Study Group

October 4, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Labor and Employment Section: Worker’s Compensation 101

October 9, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA: An Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase Webinar

October 10, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(The Miranda)
ACBA Business, IP, Immigration and Labor and Employment Sections: ACBA October Side Bar Social at the Miranda

October 11, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA ADR Section: Successful Personal Injury Mediation Outcomes

October 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BALI and ACBA: Case Manage Web Showcase Webinar

October 16, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
ACBA Family Law Section: Identifying Assets and Mitigating Obstacles in a Vocational Evaluation

October 17, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
VLSC and the ACBA Family Law Section: VLSC Family Law Day of Court Volunteer Training

October 18, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m
ACBA and BALI: New Cal Bar Rules for Unbundling, Limited Scope Representation and Flat Fees

October 18, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
ACBA Barristers, Criminal, and Trial Practice Sections: Evidence Tool Kit Part One

October 19, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Rene C. Davidson)
Superior Court and the ACBA: The Science and Treatment of the Disease of Addiction

October 23, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA Business, and L&E Sections
Classification of Workers as Employees vs. Independent Contractors After Dynamex

October 24, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Bankruptcy Section: 70 New Ethics Rules: What the Bankruptcy Law Practitioner Needs to Know!

October 25, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
ACBA Cannabis Section: Tales of Two Cities: SF and Oakland Cannabis Equity Programs

October 25, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
ACBA Barristers, Criminal, and Trial Practice Sections: Evidence Tool Kit Part Two

October 30, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ACBA Criminal Law, Barristers Sections: Strategies for Effective Criminal Pretrial Negotiation

October 30, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
ACBA Barristers and Cannabis Sections: Cannabis 101 for Oaksterdam Practitioners

October 31, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA: What California Attorneys Need to Know About the New Ethics Rules

October 31, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ACBA Barristers Section: ACBA Creepy Crawly Halloween Bash

For more information about October CLE programs and events, or to register, please call 510-302-2201, or visit

ACBA Job Board 10.1.18

ACBA Job Board 10.1.18

ACBA members get first crack at our job board postings in the ACBA Bi-Weekly e-Newsletter.  Contact our membership department at (510) 302-2201 today for  discounts on 2018 membership.

THE OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – Multiple Openings: Learn more

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is seeking Circuit Mediators with at least six (6) years of post-JD legal work experience to work in its San Francisco office. Learn more

The Office of the County Counsel, County of Alameda – Assistant County Counsel:  Reporting directly to the County Counsel and part of the management team, the successful candidate will supervise a team of lawyers, have responsibility for certain aspects of office administration and directly represent assigned county agencies and departments. Learn more

Bonjour, Thorman, Burns, Dahm & Wargo – Litigation Senior Associate Attorney – Plaintiff Personal Injury: California-licensed lawyers practicing for 3 to 10 years with at least 3 years of personal injury litigation experience are encouraged to apply. Learn more

Bonjour, Thorman, Burns, Dahm & Wargo –Litigation Associate Attorney – Criminal Defense: California-licensed lawyers practicing for 0 to 5 years with criminal law experience are encouraged to apply. Our firm is extremely busy so interested candidates must be flexible and willing to jump in and take on work as assigned. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus. Learn more

SEEKING CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY – We are seeking a full-time Associate Attorney with experience in a private criminal defense setting or District Attorney/Public Defender’s office. Candidates with jury trial, preliminary hearing, and felony experience are preferred. Learn more

Judicial Council – Self-Help: We are very pleased to announce two new job openings at the Judicial Council dedicated to self-help projects. One is a Supervising Attorney and the other is a Senior Analyst.  Each position could be based in San Francisco or Sacramento. Learn more

Bay Area Air Quality Management District – Assistant Counsel I/II and SENIOR STAFF SPECIALIST. Learn more

Legal Services for Children – Bilingual (Spanish) Staff Attorney: LSC seeks a bilingual staff attorney to represent children primarily in our Education and Dependency practices. We welcome applicants at all levels and provide opportunities for training and leadership. Learn more

WC Attorneys: Looking for Balance?Are you a Working Parent? Want a Flexible Schedule? Prefer to Work from Home some days? Then join us! RTGR Law is hiring motivated Workers’ Compensation attorneys throughout California. We offer great benefits, competitive salaries, work-life balance and pizza parties! Learn more at RTGR Law and reach out to our hiring partner at

Swords to Plowshares – Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager: The Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager is responsible for the cultivation of relationships with key pro bono stakeholders and the provision of a strategic vision for Swords’ Pro Bono Program.  In addition, this position will carry a small case load as a Staff Attorney. Learn more

JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA – Supervising Attorney: This position will supervise the operations, staff, and contractors of multiple complex projects in the portfolio of the Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency unit, which consists of four Attorney II and one Administrative Specialist. Learn more

City of Hayward – Administrative Hearing Examiner: Learn more

CYDL – Coach:  CYDL is hiring a part-time lead coach (or two co-lead coaches) for the DeAnza High School Mock Trial Team in Richmond. Attend afterschool practice sessions twice per week to prepare the DeAnza student team members to participate in a rigorous, annual, County Mock Trial competition based on a criminal case developed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.  The lead coach will work approximately 6-10 hours per week.  We may instead hire two co-lead coaches, who will share the lead coaching duties and compensation.  Time period is September 2018 through early February, 2019.  If interested, please email Nancy Schiff at