Upcoming Events

How to Successfully Leverage Boilerplate Contract Provisions to Your Client’s Advantage

How Communication and Negotiation Skills Can Impact Attorneys

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events. To view past programming on demand, please visit

About the Section

The Business Section provides MCLE programs and networking events for business and tax attorneys and other legal professionals. Typically, the Business Section produces four to six MCLE programs each year, and at least one networking event. The Business Section also produces a quarterly electronic newsletter distributed to all section members.

To join the Business Law Section, log into your Membership Portal and click on “Purchase Section” or call (510) 302-2201.

Why You Should Join

Do you work from home or in an office where you don’t have much of contact with other attorneys? Do you work in a firm and feel the need to get some fresh perspectives and learn how other practitioners are handling the business matters you encounter? Do you have a business law question that never seems to get answered in the usual MCLE course? Need advice about managing your practice, or a second opinion about whether to invest in new software a vendor tried to sell you?

If so, consider joining the Business Law Section. We are a friendly, accessible group of attorneys spanning a wide spectrum of ages, experience levels and interests. Members practice at firms ranging in size from solo to boutique to large law firms, and possess expertise in a variety of substantive areas. New members are always welcome and the Section offers valuable opportunities to market your practice, showcase your talents, and forge new connections.

We are always looking for enthusiastic attorneys to contribute articles for our newsletter, develop or present MCLE topics, or simply share war stories. Please check the Events Calendar for our upcoming programs. Contact Hadassah Hayashi at or 510-302-2200 for more information.

Executive Committee
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Richard Poulson

Elaine Betts

Elaine Betts

Vice Chair

Go Far Consulting
(510) 326-0763

Rafael Pacqing

Rafael R. Pacquing


2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 200-6
Berkeley, CA 94705
(626) 975-1488

Ellie Lank


Kendall MacRostie


Luis Montes


Jaclyn Tran



Hadassah Hayashi

Staff Liaison

Hadassah Hayashi 
Deputy Director
1000 Broadway, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200