Welcome to the Barristers Section!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Barristers Section of the ACBA! Our section focuses on developing programming (both educational and social) dedicated to attorneys in their first 10 years of practice.

We are kicking off this "Year of The New Attorney" with an exciting, sold-out event with the Golden State Warriors on January 27, 2015. Throughout 2015, we will host a variety of continuing legal education programs, networking opportunities and socials, including the Judges-Barristers Social on June 11, 2015, and the Golf Tournament in mid-August. Through our Mentorship Program, we will pair younger attorneys with more senior attorneys in their fields of practice. Look out for the submission deadline, April 13th!

In addition to these wonderful events and programs, our members will benefit from a plethora of initiatives spearheaded by the ACBA's New Attorney Task Force!

I, along with my fellow executive committee members, invite you to fully and actively engage in our events and programs this year. We welcome co-sponsorship opportunities with other sections, local bar associations, and neighboring organizations. 

Should you have any questions, or would like to participate in our executive committee, please do not hesitate to call me at (510) 371-7835 or email at

Here's to an excellent 2015!

Vincent Tong
Barristers Executive Committee, 2015 Chair


Upcoming Events

March 26, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (at Wendel Rosen)

Electronic Evidence: Introducing & Objecting to Digital Media at Trial

Have you ever tried to introduce a Google Earth map or image into evidence? How about incriminating emails of an adverse party? Or, important information down loaded from a website or social media site? What are the foundational requirements for doing so? What objections can be raised?

Please join the ACBA Trial Practice, Barristers, and Real Estate Sections to find out answers to these questions and more from our distinguished panel of experts!

Tuesday, April 1, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

NonProfits 101: Social Enterprise, the Sharing Economy, and Beyond

Covering the basics of representing a nonprofit, this presentation is ideal for business and commercial lawyers who do not specialize in the nonprofit sector. 

Monday, April 6, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Barristers Basketball NCAA Finals Social

Please join us at Liege to catch the NCAA Men's Basketball championship game. Appetizers will be provided.

Wednedsday April 8, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Utilize Technology to Enhance Your Mediation and Law Practice

Please join the ACBA ADR, Barristers, Labor and Employment, and Trial Practice sections for a presentation on how to enhance your legal and mediation practice through the use of new technology.

Are you often running from the office, to the court, to client meetings? This program will provide better insight on how to use technology in the office and while on-the-go to streamline your practice.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Labor and Employment Law Nuts and Bolts: Whistleblowing and Retaliation 

Please join the ACBA Labor and Employment and Barristers Sections for the second program in the Nuts & Bolts Series. Part Two will cover retaliation cases under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Labor Code, and whistleblower claims under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd Frank.

April 24, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

ACBA Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert D. McGuiness at the County Administration Building, Department 22.

May 8, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Dine with Judge Morris Jacobson

ACBA Barristers Section members are invited to join Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson for lunch and casual conversation at the Hayward Courthouse.

Friday, September 25, 2015

    - Tailgate: 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    - Game starts 7:05 p.m.

Barristers Night Out: Oakland A's vs SF Giants!

The Battle of the Bay, or Bay Bridge Series, is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your peers while enjoying a fantastic evening of baseball. Please join us for a pregame tailgate in the parking lot (exact location TBA) with food and drinks before the game. 
Tickets for the game must be purchased by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015. Tickets are in Section 130.

Please check out the ACBA calendar for more upcoming events.


Barristers Mentorship Program

The Barristers Mentorship Program was created to link new attorneys (mentees) with seasoned attorneys (mentors) in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional legal careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law, and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons. Please check out the program guidelines for more information. The Barristers Mentorship Program Committee pairs mentees and mentors twice a year, but you can submit a mentor application or a mentee application at any time! To be considered for the first round of 2015 pairings, mentee applications must be recieved by April 13, 2015.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) programs

The Barristers Section is presenting a trial practicum series, which will culminate in mock trials, presided over by Alameda County judges. The seminars are hands-on workshops where participants practice skills in small group settings moderated by experienced attorneys and judges.  The Barristers have already presented programs on Jury Selection and Opening Arguments, and will be presenting more programs on Closing Arguments, Direct Examination techniques, Cross Examination techniques, and Objections. Individuals will be eligible to participate after taking four of the six seminars being offered by the Barristers Section as part of this Trial Practicum series.


Throughout the year, the Barristers gather to socialize and to network.  Our events range from simple gatherings at a local restaurant or pub, to co-sponsored and more elaborate events such as Tailgate and BBQ at an A’s v. Giants game.  Regardless of the theme or the venue, each social is designed to create opportunities to network and develop friendships as well as to relax and having some fun.

Dine with a Judge

The ACBA and Barristers are committed to building a stronger relationship between the Bench and Bar in Alameda County. The Barristers Dine with a Judge programs provide you and several of your peers the unique chance to enjoy a delicious dinner and casual conversation with some of the area's premier judges. Whether you have already appeared in court for a case or may make a future court appearance, these dinners are terrific ways to gain new insights and become acquainted with a member of the bench outside the courtroom setting. Dine with a Judge affords you an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn information that may guide you during your court appearances. Ask the judges about their career path and learn about their experiences before they took their seats on the Bench.

Annual Barristers Golf Classic

Whether you’re a new golfer wanting to spend an afternoon networking with other attorneys and judges or an experienced golfer looking for a chance to get your name engraved on the President’s Cup, you’re welcome at the ACBA Barristers Golf Classic! 

For photos of the 10th Annual Golf Classic click here!


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Barristers Mentorship Program

MCLE programs

End of Summer Social

Dine with a Judge

Annual Barristers Golf Classic

Upcoming Events

Executive Committee


Warriors Basketball Night with the ACBA Barristers: Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls 

2015 Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Reception

Lauren Powe - Award Recipient for New Attorney

ACBA Holiday Reception

Raiders vs Chiefs Social

10th Annual Barristers Golf Tournament

Battle of the Bay Social

Barristers and Judges Social

Barristers' Night Out: Oakland Warriors Social

Warriors Game

End of the Year Social with the AABA at Dogwood Bar

For more photos of recent events, please visit the ACBA Facebook page.

Barristers Executive Committee

Vincent Tong

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


Jo-Anna Nieves

The Nieves Law Firm, APC
505 14th St Ste 900
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 588-8580


The practice of law allows Vincent to merge his passion for social advocacy, innovative problem solving and entrepreneurship. Since starting his employment and business law practice, he has had the honor of working with a broad spectrum of clients, community members and legal organizations in furtherance of those commitments that he has held strongly to since his days as a community organizer. When not in court or meeting with clients, Vincent loves escaping to the outdoors, rock climbing, and eating his way back home.



Jo-Anna Nieves has a passion for criminal law and currently runs her own criminal defense and family law practice in Oakland.  She is a member of the Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program and the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. She is also a volunteer with the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, and serves as a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Leader at Covenant Worship Center in Berkeley. Jo-Anna recently received a 2014 Thirty Under 30 Award from Florida State University, an award created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of FSU’s young alumni.  She is originally from Miami, FL and enjoys traveling, reading, and eating at new restaurants.

Casey Williams

Donahue Gallagher Woods, LLP
1999 Harrison Street, 25th F
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-0544

Norah Alyami

10 Highgate Road
Kensington, CA 94707
(510) 910-0968


Casey became an attorney because she enjoys tacking and debating complicated problems while also helping other people. Her practice is focused on business litigation and non-profit transactional work. She also volunteers with the ACBA/VLSC's low income landlord and immigration clinics and works with several Bay Area non-profits on a pro bono basis. Casey considers this to be extremely enriching work that connects her to her community and she is supported and encouraged by her firm Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, one of the East Bay’s leading multi-disciplinary civil law firms.



Norah is an enthusiastic young attorney seeking to advance the protections and interests of women, children, and people of color. Advocating for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault highlight her particular passions in the practice of law. Norah's professional vision is to become a county prosecutor, where she will have the ability to work with various constituencies and promote community safety. She is an active member in both California Women Lawyers and Charles Houston Bar Association, in addition to the ACBA. Fun fact: Norah is a Zumba instructor! 

Alice Cheng

Law Offices of Tracey C. Wapnick
1939 Harrison St, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 763-3000

Adrieannette Cioccone  

1000 Broadway Ste 500
Oakland, CA 94607


Alice's favorite aspect of practicing law is using a practical approach to help people solve their problems, whether that is by working with her clients to make positive changes in their lives at her family law practice in Oakland, or through volunteering with the VLSC Family Law Day of Court Clinic. When she is not working, Alice enjoys watching sports (especially baseball), cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.



Adrieannette knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was a young child. As time progressed, she realized that much societal injustice was the result of socioeconomic inequality. To that end, she developed an interest in community economic development and revitalization of depressed communities at the global level. After earning a joint MA in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies, Adrieannette embarked on her legal career. She is now working to secure a position as a land use and/or municipal attorney and currently serves on the board of Youth Spirit Artworks, a non-profit dedicated to using art to provide financial resources to homeless and low-income youth. When she is not working on socioeconomic equity, Adrieannette enjoys travel, practicing Portuguese and Spanish, Afro-Latin dance, and fusion cooking.  
Elizabeth F. Pacheco


Lauren Powe

Bennett, Samuelsen, Reynolds & Allard
1301 Marina Village Parkway Ste 300
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 444-7688


In addition to her appellate work, Elizabeth has handle a variety of cases, including special education, juvenile law, civil practice trial work litigation, and employment law, which extends her work to both administrative and judicial proceedings.  Most recently, she represented families in child welfare case and currently represents children in special education and disability rights claims.  Elizabeth treasures the opportunities she has had to work with and advocate for families in the various areas of need.  And through her years of practice has gained an appreciation for the possibilities and power law has as a source of meaningful change. 



Lauren became a lawyer after growing up babysitting lawyers’ kids. Through speaking with her employers, she learned that the law encapsulated many things she enjoyed: writing, research and arguing. A little known fact, she also enjoys playing soccer (she's on three teams) which in its own way is not only a physical work out but also an exercise in strategy.

David T. Reagan

Law Office of David T. Reagan
317 Washington Street, Ste. 121
Oakland, CA  94607
(510) 506-9061

Hadassah Hayashi

Membership and Education Coordinator
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200


David practices criminal defense because it is the crucial intersection of government power and constitutional rights. With an emphasis on social justice, he represents defendants facing criminal charges, prisoners appealing their sentences, and former offenders seeking to clean their criminal records. Outside of the law, David enjoys rock climbing, reading, and traveling to Latin America.



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