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Mission Statement: San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil justice through education and trial advocacy. For over fifty years, SFTLA has served the needs of the plaintiff's bar. Continuing the traditions started by a small group of legal warriors, SFTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education, preserving access to justice for everyone, and creating social and networking opportunities.
SFTLA MEMBER OF THE MONTH
SFTLA is Proud to Present the Diversity Committee's 2015 Fellows
Mona Razani is a 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law, originally from Orange County, CA. Coming from an immigrant and working class background, Mona worked her way through high school and then community college until she transferred on scholarship to UCLA, where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations.
Mona is involved with the Hastings Moot Court Team, serving as a board member, coach, competitor, and teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Research. Mona also serves as a staff editor for the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, on the boards of Hastings Public Interest Foundation and Iranian Law Students Association. Mona is a student member of SFTLA and CAOC.
Brandon Gonzalez is a 2L at Santa Clara University School of Law. Brandon currently works as a law clerk for a solo practitioner in San Jose, where he helps to prepare cases for trial. Having registered with the California Bar PTLS Program, Brandon is certified to represent clients in depositions and court appearances.
Brandon received a B.S. in Political Science from UCSD. During this time, he participated in the Washington D.C. Program (UCDC), where he attended classes, and interned full-time for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. As an intern for the Leader of the House, he experienced the inner-workings of a congressional office, which subsequently resulted in a desire to one day start his own political track.
Prior to law school, Brandon worked as a legal assistant with a plaintiff’s firm in Southern California. He prepared a major medical malpractice case for trial. Watching his mentor argue the case cemented his decision to apply to law school and eventually represent the plaintiff’s side.
Susa Lim received her Master of Social Work degree from Cal State Bakersfield, her Master of Journalism degree from UC Berkeley, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from UC Davis where she double majored in Communication and Spanish. Susa is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and conversant in basic Hindi.
Prior to law school, Susa interned as a medical social worker at a community hospital in Bakersfield, providing crisis intervention for mothers coping with fetal demise. Susa is also an international video and print journalist whose work has been published by The Washington Post, The Berkeley Daily Planet, and The East Bay Daily News.
Susa is a 2L student at UC Hastings, where she volunteers at the Legal Advice and Referral Clinic as a Spanish and Mandarin interpreter. Susa’s practice interests pertain to the areas of Personal Injury, Estate Planning, and Elder Abuse. Susa gained experience as a judicial intern for the Honorable Teri L. Jackson at the Superior Court of San Francisco County.
Monder “Mike” Khoury was born and raised in Israel. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old. He is currently a 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law. Mike is a Staff Editor for the Hastings Law Journal, a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing, and President of the Hastings Middle Eastern Law Students Association.
Mike spent his first-year summer at the Santa Clara County Counsel, where he worked on various topics, including employment law issues, an unfair labor practice charge, child death reviews, and discovery/depositions. He also attended trial, arbitration, and meetings with opposing counsel.
Before law school, Mike worked for nearly two years at the Santa Clara County Superior Court’s Administration. He worked closely with judicial officers, court executives, the general counsel, and the public information officer on a variety of projects.
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Women Lawyer to Judge
Dissecting the Openings/ Closings by the Masters
May 12, 2015
Life Care Planning
Trial Technology Chairs
Preparing for Trial- Using Mock Trials and Focus Groups
July 30, 2015
Liens ( PM Class)
September 22, 2015
Kaiser (Half Day)
October 13, 2015
Practicum- Presenting Evidence
November 3, 2015
Dealing with Difficult Clients ( Noon)
November 12, 2015
Bankruptcy Landmines and Your Civil Case
November 17, 2015
December 1, 2015
Who Ya Gonna Call? Ethics & Conflicts
Happy Hour Takeover
New Lawyers Division Summer Bash
June 11, 2015
Happy Hour Takeover
Judges Dinner Dance
Singing for Justice
Women's Caucus Holiday Party
December 3, 2015
Happy Hour Takeover
Holiday Cocktail Party
December 10, 2015
U.S. Chamber - Legal Reform Summit
a policy parade on how to eliminate Americans' rights. To push back on this effort, AAJ Research has created a new online slideshow detailing the top 10 ways the U.S. Chamber hurts Americans. Click here to view the slideshow.
Open Courts Coalition Presentation
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Effect of Patient Safety Program on MedMal Occurance
The heart of Medical Malpracitce suits is Medical Malpractice
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology FEBRUARY 2011
The Expert Witness Arsenal Packet on Dr. Charles DiRaimando is complete! Click here to purchase!
New Pictures Posted! Check out our updated Photo Album!
Michael Kelly wins Trial Lawyer of the Year 2010
April 22, 2010