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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 have some fun.

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 annual ACBA Barristers Golf Classic, typically held in early August! Our 2019 event was held on August 2nd. Check out the photos here.

Recent Events

Upcoming Programs and Events

Improv for Attorneys

Selecting and Prosecuting a Winning Wrongful Eviction Case

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA calendar for more upcoming ACBA 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!

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.

The Executive Committee


CHAIR
Eileen Eib
   


Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
400 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
eileeneib@gmail.com | 408-218-4515

Eileen Eib
About:   
VICE-CHAIR
James Cook


Law Offices of John L. Burris
7677 Oakport Street, Suite 1120
Oakland, CA 94609
james.cook@johnburrislaw.com
(510) 839-5200

James Cook
About:   

James Cook’s focus is Section 1983 civil rights litigation. His other practice areas include DUI – DWI Defense, Criminal Defense, Landlord Tenant – housing law, Personal injury law, contract law, and corporate entity formation for profit and non-profits. James volunteers for VLSC’s Unlawful Detainer Mediation, Bankruptcy, and Family Law Clinics, and is an active member of the Earl Warren Inn of Court. Before becoming a lawyer, James was a professional competitor and decorated champion in Muay Thai Full-Contact Kickboxing who competed internationally and throughout the United States. He won Golden Gloves Boxing in two states and he competed in Mixed Martial Arts.
SECRETARY
Allegra Anvari


Frassetto Law LLP
Jack London Square
160 Franklin Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-817-0468 | Fax: 855-710-7474
ag@frassettolaw.com

Allegra Anvari
About:   

Before moving to Oakland in 2016, Allegra lived in the Santa Cruz mountains. She studied linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she graduated cum laude and received a Language Studies bachelor’s degree. While earning her juris doctorate at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, she volunteered with Equal Justice Works and interned at multiple non-profit clinics including Disability Rights California, Watsonville Law Center, the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, and the Pacific McGeorge Housing Mediation Center. Allegra’s is currently practicing civil defense at a boutique litigation firm in Oakland. In her free time, she volunteers at the Community Legal Assistance Saturday Program (CLASP) and plays ice hockey on multiple co-ed teams as well as a nationally ranked women’s team.
MEMBER
Seda Akay Onur


4282 Wilshire Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94602
seda@akayonur.com | 609-759-1489

 
About:   
MEMBER
Katherine Alphonso


Kaufman, Dolowich, & Voluck LLP
3130 Balfour Rd, Suite D # 108
Brentwood, CA 94513
katherinealphonso@gmail.com | 925-783-1773

 
About:   
MEMBER
WookSun (Phil) Hong


Law Offices of WookSun Hong
125 12th Street, Ste. 100-BALI,
Oakland, CA 94607
modulegal@gmail.com
(510) 368-8538

About:   

WookSun is part of the Bay Area Legal Incubator, a group of attorneys that provide legal services for mid to low income communities. Their practice areas cover employment, immigration, estate planning, real estate, business/corporate law, prisoners’ rights and more. WookSun personally handles real estate, landlord-tenant, immigration, and estate planning. WookSun graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He pursued Ph.D. degree in biochemistry before switching to law. He is the recipient of the ACBA’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award for Barrister.  He is a 2019 extraordinary VLSC volunteer and a member of ACBA LRS 2019 Governing Committee.  He enjoys cycling and wants to travel as many countries as possible in the future.

MEMBER
Ryan Knutson


Knutson Law Offices
2295 California Street #26
San Francisco, CA 94115
ryan.p.k.1@gmail.com | 408-634-9850

 
About:   
MEMBER
Jason Leong


Law Offices of Jason Leong
4123 Broadway #708
Oakland, CA 94611
jasonleonglawoffices@gmail.com
510-421-3327

Jason Leong
About:   

Jason practices criminal defense and also handles post-conviction writs, petitions, and appeals. Jason has been a long-time resident of Alameda County, going to high school in the East Bay, and graduating from UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law. After more than two years as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of California and a Deputy District Attorney in Madera County, he’s excited to be back home serving the Bay Area. Jason is a former member of the Earl Warren and Kennedy Inns of Court and enjoys staying at the cutting edges of the law.

MEMBER
Justice Ojo


Law Offices of Justice Ojo
1999 Harrisson St. Suite 1800
Oakland, CA 94612
justice.ojo@justiceojolaw.com | 510-496-4592

 
About:   
ALTERNATE MEMBER
David George
   


Geosyntec Consultants, Inc
1111 Broadway, 6th Floor
Oakland, California 94607
510-285-2669

David George 
About:   

After leaving a law enforcement career where he served as a deputy sheriff, David went to work in the contracts department for a Bay Area software company. Today, he is corporate counsel to an environmental engineering firm. He earned his JD from the Golden Gate University School of Law, and completed his MBA and undergraduate education at St Mary’s College of California. Long before his bar admission, David was been a frequent volunteer for the state bar; having served as a public member on the JNE commission, the Disciplinary Standards Task Force, and the Client Security Fund. He currently serves on the RJNE and is a panelist on the Practice Analysis Working Group. 
ALTERNATE MEMBER
Paul G. Leahy   


Disability Rights Advocates
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
(313) 549-0768 | pgl9@georgetown.edu

Paul Leahy
About:   

Paul Leahy joined Disability Rights Advocates from 2017 to 2019 as a DRA Fellowship Attorney. Mr. Leahy received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2017 and his B.A. with distinction in History from the University of Michigan in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Leahy served as an associate with the Michigan practice of a national public affairs firm headquartered in Boston. During law school, Mr. Leahy served as a research assistant with the Georgetown Climate Center and Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. He later served as a law clerk on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and in the Natural Resources Section (NRS) and Executive Office of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Leahy is a past member of the Environmental Law Institute and Disability Rights Bar Association. When not besting his best friend or brothers at board games, Mr. Leahy enjoys running, swimming, and downhill skiing.

ALTERNATE MEMBER
Alice Shikina   


Shikina Mediation Services
Alice.Shikina@gmail.com
415-793-8729

Alice Shikina
About:   

As a certified mediator, Alice Shikina has a unique background. She has over 20 years of theatre experience, which she brings to her mediation practice. She is a practiced improviser and an excellent people reader. She has mediated hundreds of hours of landlord/tenant cases, as well as families/au pair cases. She is a good listener, compassionate and a true neutral. Shikina has coached mediators in training through UC Berkeley extension and the Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services. Alice is a member of The Bar Association of San Francisco and its Mediation Panel.  She is on the ADR Executive Committee and the Barristers Executive Commmittee for the Alameda County Bar Association. She is a volunteer mediator for the Superior Court of California in Alameda County and mediates for the San Francisco Police Accountability Department, as well as the Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services. She is on the Board of Directors for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center.

STAFF LIAISON
Hadassah Hayashi
   


Deputy Director
1000 Broadway, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200