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                          Guardian of Justice :

                          The Dolan Law Firm,  Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, The Veen Firm
                           Partner of Justice:  

                          Bohbot & Riles, PC







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’s interest in advocacy began at a young age but it was not until she worked at a plaintiff’s side civil litigation firm and volunteered at the Public Law Center that she knew she wanted to pursue law.  Mona spent her 1L summer interning at the ACLU of Southern California.   

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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Upcoming MCLE's

Trial Technology Chairs

August 4,2015

August 18,2015

Case Intake
August 20,2015

Liens ( PM Class)
September 1,2015

Coverage Issues
September 22, 2015

Kaiser (Half Day)
October 13, 2015

Powerpoint Basics
October 27,2015

Practicum- Presenting Evidence
November 3, 2015

Dealing with Difficult Clients ( Noon)
November 12, 2015

Bankruptcy Landmines and Your Civil Case
November 17, 2015

Negotiation Skills
December 1, 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ethics & Conflicts
December 15,2015








SFTLA Events

Membership Party

September 3,2015

Women Referring Women

Happy Hour Takeover

October 1,2015

Judges Dinner Dance
October 9,2015

Board Retreat
October 17,2015

Mock Trial
November 7,2015

Women's Caucus Holiday Party
December 3, 2015

Happy Hour Takeover
December 8,2015

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 10, 2015







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