Women Judge Series: Tips from the Bench


Please join us for a candid conversation with three fabulous women judges from the San Francisco Superior Court. We will mingle over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, hear tips from the bench, and discuss issues affecting women in the legal profession.

Topics will include:

• Practical courtroom tips

• The vanishing jury trial phenomenon and its effect on women trial lawyers

• The impact of gender in the courtroom and the legal profession

Finally, what have you always wanted to ask a judge? Given this unique opportunity we have to speak directly with our esteemed jurists, we want to give YOU a chance to get your questions answered. If you have specific questions, please email them to Blair Walsh at bkw@aswllp.com by May 11, 2018. We will try to incorporate those questions into the panel discussion in an anonymous fashion.


Blair K. Walsh (Moderator) is an associate at Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, where she represents victims in catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters. In 2016, she served as President of the Barristers Club, the new lawyers division of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She currently sits on the Boards of the San Francisco Law Library, the UCSF Partners in Care, and the Justice & Diversity Center (“JDC”) of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Ms. Walsh also serves as a mentor in the JDC’s Destination Law School program, designed to help students from low income and diverse communities prepare for law school and careers in the legal profession.

Hon. Charlene Padovani Kiesselbach has presided over civil and criminal matters in both the trial and appellate divisions of the San Francisco Superior Court since 1998. She spent seventeen years in the private sector, gaining experience in both private practice and corporate in-house roles, before her appointment to the San Francisco Municipal Court in 1995. Since joining the SF Superior Court bench in 1998, she has served as Chair of its Continuing Education Committee and its Community-Focused Strategic Planning Committee and currently presides over civil trials.

Hon. Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee was appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court in 1998. She began her career in private practice and served as a San Francisco Deputy District Attorney from 1977 to 1998. Over the past twenty years, she has presided over criminal and civil trials and, in 2013, she became the first Asian American female Presiding Judge in San Francisco’s history. She is currently the head of the Asbestos Case Management and California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) Department.

Hon. Monica F. Wiley was appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court in 2009. Prior to her appointment, she gained significant experience litigating complex personal injury and civil rights matters, both in the private sector and as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, serving as lead trial counsel in 27 jury trials before taking the bench. Over the last nine years, she has presided over civil, criminal, family, and dependency matters and currently serves as the Supervising Judge of the Unified Family Court.

Registration/Networking: 5:30pm    

Panel: 6pm-7:30 pm 
Networking Reception: 7:30-8:00 pm 

We invite you to mingle with our panelists and guests both before and after the program. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Free for Members! - Syllabus included - 1.5 MCLE credit




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