Welcome to the Barristers Section!

If you are an attorney within your first 10 years of practice, welcome. The Barristers recognize that as newbies we need assistance in developing our practical skills, networking, and creating a presence in the ever growing legal market.  Through the ACBA Barristers Section you are invited to meet with Judges in a semi-informal relaxed setting through our Dine With A Judge Program. Our Mentorship Program invites you to create a relationship with a senior attorney who will act as a guide and sounding board as you navigate your first few years of practice.  Applications are being excepted now, don't miss out!

We are excited to announce our 10th Annual Golf Classic. We carry on the time honored tradition of wheeling and dealing on the golf course by inviting our members to play in a best ball tournament with fellow practitioners and judges.

Additionally, we look forward to seeing you at our variety of Socials and CLE programs. This year we are excited to present a Night Out with the Warriors in April and a Battle of the Bay in July where we will celebrate the clash between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. Our CLE programs focus on developing skills every young lawyer needs to have in order to thrive.

Check back here often to see what is next on the agenda for the Barristers. We will post deadlines to sign up for our events as well as program descriptions.

Please contact me if you have questions about our programs, or if you would like to participate on the Barristers Executive Committee, which plans these programs.  I can be reached at (510) 444-7688, or by email at

Lauren Powe
Barristers Executive Committee, 2014 Chair

Meet the 2014 Barristers Section Executive Committee

Seated, left to right:
Secretary Dave Anderson, Chair Lauren Powe, and Vice Chair 
Vincent Tong

Standing, left to right:
David T. Reagan, Alberto Rosas, Jo-Anna Nieves, Sibyl Wong, Casey Williams, and Michael Makdisi

Upcoming Events

Dine with Judge Claudia Wilken: April 28, 2014

Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch at the courthouse with the Chief District Judge Claudia Wilken. Enjoy lunch and conversation in a casual and relaxed Q & A setting. Get to know the judge over discussions including Federal court do’s and don’ts for young practitioners. Don't miss out on this rare one-on-one opportunity to network and socialize with a U.S. District Court Judge.

Register now as space is limited to a small group!

Dine with Judge Roger J. Efremsky: April 30, 2014

Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch at the courthouse with the United States Bankruptcy Judge Efremsky of the Northern District of California.

Effective Legal Writing: How to Not Write Like a Lawyer: May 22, 2014

Wendy Lascher (Ferguson Case Orr Patterson LLP) will discuss effective writing techniques for transactional, trial and appellate lawyers.

Dine with Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton: May 30, 2014

Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch at the courthouse with the Chief District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton.

Judges and Barristers Social 2014: June 5, 2014

Please join the ACBA Barristers and Trial Practice sections, and the Minority Bar Coalition for an evening with judges from the civil, criminal, family, juvenile and federal benches for a networking and mentorship culitvating experience.

Dine with Judge William J. Lafferty: July 1, 2014

Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch at the courthouse with the United States Bankruptcy Judge Lafferty of the Northern District of California.

Dine with Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers: July 9, 2014

Barristers Section members are invited to have lunch at the courthouse with the Chief District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers.

Barristers Night Out: Oakland A's vs SF Giants!: July 8, 2014

Join the ACBA Barristers Section for a night out at the Oakland Athletics game against the San Francisco Giants on July 8, 2014! This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your peers while enjoying a great game. Feel free to invite your colleagues and family! Tickets for the game must be purchased by 5:00 pm on Monday, June 2, 2014.

Please check out the ACBA calendar for more upcoming events.

Thoughts and Feedback

Have a great idea for an event or feedback on your experience?
We want to hear from you! Please email us now!

"The Barristers' section of ACBA provides me with a unique venue to connect with local practitioners who share similar interests in practice areas and career goals. I appreciate the balance of the invaluable educational programming and the various social events that the Section puts on, which all appeals greatly to me. The Barristers' section feels like a community and I look forward to supporting this section in the years to come."  

                                                            - Vincent Tong (Vice-Chair)

"As someone who has served on the ACBA Board of Directors for a few years and is about to take the helm, I have been continually impressed by the energy and talent of the Barristers Section. This group consistently offers networking opportunities (e.g., Dine with a Judge, mixers, the annual golf tournament) and MCLE programs for its members, and is one of the sections that frequently partners with other sections to help expose young lawyers to a variety of practice areas. I’ve been practicing for 15 years, but if I were just starting out, and looking for a job, or wondering about other employment options, I would take advantage of the Barristers events and meet other lawyers. The Barristers Section also provides young lawyers with the invaluable opportunity to be mentored by an attorney or judge."

                                                            - Rowena Gargalicana (ACBA 2013 President)


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.


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 9th Annual Golf Classic click here!

Main programs:

Barristers Mentorship Program

MCLE programs

End of Summer Social

Dine with a Judge

Annual Barristers Golf Classic


End of the Year Social with the AABA at Dogwood Bar


9th Annual Barristers Golf Classic

9th Annual Barristers Golf Classic


Dine with Judge Kolakowski


Judges and Barristers Social 2013


Warriors Social


8th Annual Golf Classic

Barristers Trivia Night


Barristers Night out with CCCBA: Oakland A's vs. SF Giants

Barristers Executive Committee

Lauren Powe

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


Vincent Tong

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


Dave Anderson

Marion's Inn, LLP
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 707
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-6770


Michael J. Makdisi

Law Office of Michael J. Makdisi
1425 Leimert Boulevard, Suite 306
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 482-9478

Jo-Anna Nieves

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

David T. Reagan 

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

Alberto Rosas

Watson Hoffe & Hass
3700 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805
(510) 237-3700


Casey Williams

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

Sibyl Wong

Frassetto Law, LLP
Jack London Square
160 Franklin Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 817-0465




Hadassah Hayashi

Membership and Education Coordinator
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 302-2200





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