Law Day 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
4200 Farm Hill Blvd.
Redwood City, CA 94061
Please join us on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Cañada College for our annual Law Day event. Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts. This year, our speakers are Judge Chinhayi Cadet, attorney Alyssa Daatio, and Supervising Social Worker Harpreet Samra.
The Honorable Chinhayi C. Cadet was appointed to the San Mateo County Superior Court bench by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 9, 2021 and was sworn in on July 30, 2021. From 2014 – 2021, she participated as a judge in the San Mateo County Mock Trial Competition. It always warmed her heart to see the students present and learn about our justice system. She was impressed by the skill and effort exhibited by the students, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at Law Day 2022.
Alyssa Daatio graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2019, where she was awarded the 2019 Pursuit of Justice Award, given to a graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to providing service to others in the pursuit of justice through legal experience, community and volunteer service, and service to the law school and other law students. Ms. Daatio graduated with a Certificate in Public Interest Law. She currently practices at Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC in Redwood City.
Harpreet Samra is the Supervising Social Worker for the SMCBA’s Private Defender Program. She had previously worked in indigent defense in Santa Clara County and New Orleans for more than 8 years. When most people think of Social Workers, they see them as individuals who might work for child protection type services and/or provide mentorship to their clients. Yet, Social Workers add a side to Indigent Defense that has proven much needed and has provided a piece to holistic representation that is unique and unmatched.
Presentation of Mock Trial Awards
The high school students and teacher-advisors who participated in this year’s Mock Trial Competition will be honored guests.
San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship Program Presentation
Each year, the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association presents scholarship awards to three high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in the law or criminal justice careers at this event. This year, the program will award $7,500 to the top three candidates. The San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of justice, preservation of the jury system, and the protection of the rights of the consumers and injury victims.
Cost: $55 for members.
You may sponsor a student at $55 each or sponsor a team and receive 2 entry tickets at $500, and if you cannot make it, you can still sponsor a student at $55 each or a team at $400.
Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or complete the registration form and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 22, 2022.
Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.
The Bar Association of San Francisco – State of the Court Update
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Please join The Bar Association of San Francisco on Thursday, March 10, 2022 for a virtual presentation where speakers Presiding Judge Samuel K. Feng, Judge Richard B. Ulmer, Jr., Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng, T. Michael Yuen will discuss the following topics: Superior Court Leadership provides an update on the State of the Court, What is the state of law and motion, pretrial, and trial procedures?, What safety procedures are being followed by the Court?, and What are the best practices two years after emergency declaration, while the pandemic still poses challenges to the legal profession? The moderator will be Rebecca A. Bers.
Presiding Judge Samuel K. Feng is a judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He assumed office in 2009. His current term ends on January 6, 2025. Judge Feng won re-election for judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California outright in the primary on June 5, 2018, after the primary and general election were canceled. Judge Feng was appointed to the position by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Presiding Judge Feng received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Judge Richard B. Ulmer, Jr. is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco in California. Judge Richard was appointed to the court by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2009 to succeed Philip J. Moscone. Judge Ulmer was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. Judge Ulmer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng is a judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He assumed office in 2009. His current term ends on January 6, 2025. Judge Cheng won re-election for judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California outright in the primary on June 5, 2018, after the general election was canceled. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 1, 2009, to succeed John Dearman.
T. Michael Yuen is the CEO of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. He is responsible for managing approximately 420 employees, overseeing a $76.9 million budget and implementing Court policies and procedures. Mr. Yuen has demonstrated history of working in the judiciary industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Analytical Skills, Government, Public Finance, and Administration.
Rebecca A. Bers went to New York University School of Law in New York, New York. Ms. Bers worked as an Attorney (Civil/Criminal) for City and County of San Francisco, California.
Cost: $40 per person
Consistent with our prior virtual presentations that have qualified for MCLE credit, all attendees must register online prior to the event. Online registration will close on the morning of the event.
Registration: Go to sfbar.org and register for event.
Logistics: To receive MCLE credit, you must sign in during the designated MCLE registration period. This activity is
approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. BASF is a certified provider.