Bay Area Women Lawyers Retreat


Cost: $325 plus 2-night’s stay at the Lodge ($229 per night)

Book your group rate for the Bay Area Women Lawyers Retreat online for the preferred rate, or call the Lodge at (888) 710-8008 (reference “Bay Area Women Lawyers Retreat”) by January 28, 2020.



FRIDAY NIGHT — RECEPTION, DINNER AND JUDGES PANEL —5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (2 HRS of Elimination of Bias CLE Credit)

Still Breaking Down the Glass Ceiling After All These Years—Judicial Perspectives on Gender and the Law
Achieving equality for women in the profession, in terms of representation at all levels of the judiciary and on policy-making judicial councils, is essential—not only because it is right for women, but also because it is right for the achievement of a more just rule of law. Women judges are strengthening the judiciary and helping to gain the public's trust. This distinguished panel will provide examples of how adjudication is enhanced by the presence of women who bring to the fore considerations that would not have been taken into account in their absence.

1. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California
2. Presiding Judge Tara Desautels, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
3. Judge Lupe Garcia, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
4. Judge Anita Santos, Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
5. Justice Therese Stewart, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division 2
6. Judge Monica Wiley, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION #1 — 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (1.5 hrs of Elimination of Bias CLE Credit)
This interactive session will cover the barriers to career advancement such as breaking the glass ceiling and dealing with difficult situations or the weird stuff people say to you. Who are our role models and do we have to practice law “like men?”

1. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu, U.S. District Court, Northern District of CA
2. Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero, Meyers Nave
3. Patanisha Davis, Key Counsel, PC
4. Elizabeth Riles, Bohbot & Riles PC
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION #2 —10:45 AM - 12:15 PM (1.5 hrs Elimination of Bias CLE credit)

Panelists will discuss the issues that sometimes divide us (race, class, age, sexual orientation, disability, etc.)
1. Judge Gail Bereola, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
2. Megan Burns, Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm
3. Kate Kendall, Co-Interim Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center
4. Cathy Ongiri, Judicial Council


Participants have the option to participate in various social events (at participants own expense):
1. Sonoma Square Visit: take the free shuttle from the Lodge to the Sonoma Square to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of walking, wine tasting, and/or visiting salons
2. Spa at the Lodge: enjoy spa treatments on-site at the Lodge
3. Pool at the Lodge: hang out and relax at the pool
4. Hike: Hike around Sonoma enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery



Our Sunday morning session will cover the benefits of the positive approach. What can you do differently? We will cover the power of networking, building or recognizing your network. In this interactive session you will write out your action plan.
1. Judge Wendy Coats, Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
2. Theodora Lee, Littler Mendelson P.C.
3. Jo-Anna Nieves, The Nieves Law Firm, APC
4. Dorothy Proudfoot, Administrative Law Judge, San Francisco Rent Board



The Lodge at Sonoma

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