Barristers

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 kicked off 2016 by co-sponsoring the ACBA New Attorney Boot Camp – a 2-day event designed to jump-start legal careers and address practical nuts and bolts of law practice that weren’t taught in law school.

Throughout 2016, we will host a variety of continuing legal education programs, Dine with a Judge lunch events, networking opportunities and socials including meeting with the Warriors General Counsel, David Kelly, and then watching the Warriors dominate the Rockets on February 9, 2016 as well as the annual Judges-Barristers Social on June 2, 2016.  You can also look forward to the 12th Annual Barrister’s Golf Classic in the summer.

In addition to these wonderful events and programs, our members will benefit from our Mentorship Program where we will pair younger attorneys with more senior attorneys in their fields of practice and various initiatives spearheaded by the ACBA's New Attorney Task Force. 

The Barristers Executive Committee invites you to fully and actively engage in our events 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) 588-8580 or email at info@thenieveslawfirm.com

Here's to an excellent 2016!

Jo-Anna Nieves

Barristers Executive Committee, 2016 Chair

2016 Barristers Executive Committee


Upcoming Events

April 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Liege)

Barristers Night Out: Pub Trivia

Test your knowledge for prizes and bragging rights while mixing it up at ACBA Barristers Trivia Night. We're bringing in a Quiz Master just for our group - who will be crowned the next trivia champs? The Details:

  • Join a team upon arrival, or bring a team with you
  • Teams can be up to 6 people
  • Sign-up is from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Game starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Game will be five rounds (about an hour and a half)
All are welcome at the social, even if you do not wish to play!

May 24, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Bankruptcy 101 for Litigators

Please join us for a survey of bankruptcy principles, law, and strategy for non-bankruptcy attorneys, particularly civil litigators. The MCLE will cover:

  • a big picture discussion of bankruptcy and insolvency
  • how to use state court litigation to obtain issue preclusion in bankruptcy court
  • preserving a state court judgment / collectability of a judgment the automatic stay
  • filing a claim in bankruptcy court
  • resolving litigation in bankruptcy after a case is filed
  • litigation in bankruptcy court
  • a brief discussion on "traps for the unwary" litigator in bankruptcy

 

‚ÄčJune 2, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Lungomare)

 

ACBA Annual Barristers and Judges Social

Please join the ACBA Barristers Section for an evening with judges from the civil, criminal, family, juvenile and federal benches for a networking and mentorship cultivating experience. Appetizers provided, and the first 60 people in the door get a free drink ticket. Otherwise, no host bar.

This event is an excellent opportunity meet members of the Alameda County Bench! Approximately 20 judges will be in attendance, and we've scheduled "Break Out Sessions" with 2-4 judges at a time. This is a popular event, reserve your spot today!

June 30, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Please join the ACBA Barristers Section for a night out at the Oakland Athletics game against the San Francisco Giants on June 30, 2016.

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 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in the parking lot (exact location TBA) with food and drinks before the game.

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! 


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.


Socials

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 11th Annual Golf Classic click here!

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Barristers Mentorship Program

MCLE programs

Socials

Dine with a Judge

Annual Barristers Golf Classic

Upcoming Events

Executive Committee

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ACBA Holiday Reception

Barristers at the ACBA Holiday Reception

Creepy Pub Crawl

Battle of the Bay Social and Tailgate

Battle of the Bay Tailgate

11th Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Mentorship Social

mentorship social

Trivia Night at Liege

Trivia Night

Dine with a Judge: Hon. Kimberly Colwell

Dine with a Judge

Dine with a Judge: Assistant Presiding Judge Morris Jacobson

Lunch with Judge Jacobson

 

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


Barristers Executive Committee

CHAIR

Jo-Anna Nieves


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

VICE CHAIR

Alice Cheng


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

About:

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.

 

About:

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.

SECRETARY
Norah Alyami


ACBA
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland CA 94607
Norah Alyami  

MEMBER

Adrieannette Cioccone  


1000 Broadway Ste 500
Oakland, CA 94607
(619)727-8997
Adrieannette Cioccone

About:

Norah Alyami is the Supervising Attorney for the Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Day of Court Program for Family Law. Norah is extremely active in the county bar and is dedicated to making justice accessible to underprivileged and underrepresented community members. Advocating for survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault highlight her particular passions in the practice of law and in life, generally. In addition to serving as an officer on the Barristers Executive Committee, Norah is an active member in the Charles Houston Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, and Earl Warren Inn of Court.  Outside of her many legal related activities, Norah enjoys dance, travel and red wine.

 

About:

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 defend the legal rights of those faced with civil lawsuits.  She is an active board member of Youth Spirit Artworks, a non-profit dedicated to using art to provide financial resources to homeless and low-income youth and also serves as the 2016 Community Service Chair for the Charles Houston Bar Association. When she is not advocating for others or serving the community, Adrieannette enjoys global travel, practicing Portuguese and Spanish, Afro-Latin dance, and fusion cooking.  

 
MEMBER
Michael A. Liebert

Law Offices of Mullen & Filippi, LLP
255 California Street, Suite 1150
San Francisco, CA
(415) 835-7540, x1213
Michael Liebert  
 
MEMBER
Lauren Peebles

Lauren Peebles
The Law Office of Lauren N. Peebles
505 14th St Ste 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 984-4529
Lauren Peebles

About:

Mike practices worker’s compensation law on the defense side with Mullen & Filippi in San Francisco. The fast-paced, litigation heavy aspect of the worker’s comp realm is very intriguing, and he enjoys this aspect of the law. While not working, Mike enjoys all sports, including basketball, water skiing, and running. He recently returned from Israel on his Birthright trip and is a big fan of the Sacramento Kings.

 

About:

Lauren N. Peebles, “The Peebles Lawyer”, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012 after obtaining her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to law school, Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Lauren has a diverse legal resume including asbestos litigation, landlord-tenant law, personal injury, criminal defense, and civil litigation. However, it was not until she was appointed as successor trustee of her late grandmother’s estate that Lauren dedicated herself to Estate Planning and Administration. Lauren currently runs her own Estate Planning and General Civil law firm in Oakland. Lauren is committed to service and the community. Her tagline is “the people’s lawyer is the Peebles lawyer!”
 
MEMBER
Blake Asdorian

317 Washington St., Ste. 157
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (510) 629-9658
Blake Asdorian  
 
ALTERNATE
William Walraven 

Law Offices of William Walraven
505 14th Street, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (650) 731-5580
William Walraven

About:

Blake Asdorian is a family law attorney, whose practice is based in Oakland, CA.  For Blake, the most satisfying aspect of practice is helping people to successfully navigate issues that can be intensely personal and stressful.  In addition to private practice, Blake spends time volunteering in the VLSC Family Law Day of Court Clinic.  When not working, Blake enjoys cooking, hiking, and watching films.

 

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STAFF LIASION
Hadassah Hayashi


Membership and Education Manager
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200

   

 

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