LAURA BOYSEN-ARAGON is a Director of Recruiting at Solutus Legal Search's San Francisco Bay Area offices. Laura began her legal career at Latham & Watkins LLP in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices where she represented and advised public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, financings, and securities offerings and filings. Prior to joining Solutus, Laura was a litigator at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, a boutique law firm in San Francisco. She represented both public interest and private sector clients in trial and appellate work. Laura was named a 2012 Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers. Laura received her J.D. from Columbia Law School where she was a Tony Patiño Fellow, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an editor of the Human Rights Law Review. During law school, she served as a summer associate at Mayer Brown in New York and at Latham & Watkins in the Silicon Valley. Laura received her B.A. in English from Gonzaga University where she was elected Student Body President and named Student of the Year. As an undergraduate, Laura spent a year studying in Florence, Italy. Prior to law school, she worked for the Governor of California in Sacramento and spent a year working at a winery and traveling the world. In her free time, Laura enjoys travel, cooking, yoga, reading, chasing after her two energetic children and rare moments of peace and quiet.
RICHARD P. CARLTON
RICHARD P. CARLTON, MPH is the Director of the Lawyer Assistance Program of the State Bar of California. Additionally, he is a consultant to the US Courts for the Ninth Circuit, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and to the Idaho Judicial Branch on matters of judicial stress and wellness. Richard regularly delivers continuing legal education presentations to local bar associations, specialty bars, State Bar sections, and law firms throughout California on addressing substance abuse and managing stress. His articles have appeared in Judicature, The Judges Journal of the ABA, California Bar Journal, and other legal publications. He has been addressing mental health and disability concerns in the legal profession for nearly thirty years. Richard holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, where his studies focused on treatment interventions and behavioral science research.
SUSAN DAVIDSON has 40 years experience and is a highly respected attorney and mediator. After earning her LLM in labor relations with an emphasis on dispute resolution, she was hired to the first Jerry Brown administration to create the Public Employment Relations Board. In that position she set up administrative tribunals in 18 jurisdictions that adjudicated grievances, work rules and policies. Susan was labor negotiator as Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Jose negotiating police and fire contracts, interpreting Proposition 13, before going into private litigation practice. She worked for the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and became Senior Hearing Examiner for the East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Program where she served for 23 years. During that period she developed new settlement techniques for landlord tenant disputes; investigated, sanctioned, and corrected conditions at numerous residential complexes including mobile home parks. For over 35 years she has been instrumental in developing ADR Bar and Court programs that reduce hostilities and save time and money, for parties and their advocates. From observing elections in Nicaragua for the UN to delivering Mediation curricula to the Gacaca courts in Rwanda Susan has traveled widely to share the mechanics of peace and reconciliation. Susan transitioned gradually to a 3/4 time private mediation and arbitration practice between 2008, when the financial crisis made landlord tenant/dispute resolution a heartbreaking task, to 2010, when she wrote her final Rent Stabilization decision. For the past 5 years she has devoted her time to the scholarship and practice of civil mediation and arbitration. She has arbitrated dozens of property and business disputes and mediated hundreds of Superior Court, Appellate Court and Federal Court disputes. She has served as settlement conference neutral and helped design the Alameda County Superior Court Discovery Facilitation Program. Over the years she has managed to find a balance between her passion for dance, her devotion to family, her daily meditation practice, and her commitment to the development of alternative dispute resolution.
EMILY DOSKOW has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in same-sex family matters including adoptions, surrogacy and donor agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, parentage issues, and mediated and collaborative dissolutions. She is a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues, and is the author or coauthor of numerous books published by Nolo, including The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples and Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce. Emily is a current member of the Board of Advocates for Informed Choice, a former co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and a member of NCLR's National Family Law Advisory Council. She was named a California Super Lawyer for 2013-2016. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, and has served as an adjunct professor teaching Mindfulness for Law Students at John F. Kennedy University School of Law.
TIFFANY L. GRAY
TIFFANY L. GRAY is an independent producer and entertainment attorney whose notable film credits include Bread and Butter starring Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Ma/ddy starring Mel Shimkovitz (Transparent) and Clea DuVall (Argo), and the forthcoming The Dust Storm starring Colin O'Donoghue (Once Upon A Time). Tiffany has also produced content for a wide range of networks, studios, and brands including The CW, New Form Digital, Maker Studios, Fullscreen, JASH, Big Frame, uStream, Mashable, Hello Giggles, Ann Taylor LOFT, Warner Music Group, ABC Family, HP, Candy Crush and Interscope Records. After graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law, Tiffany began her career in entertainment via her solo entertainment law practice, Gray Law and continues to serve a number of clients and productions with her legal expertise. Tiffany is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
HINDI GREENBERG, a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California, and ten year business litigator, is an internationally recognized expert on lawyer career issues and career alternatives. In 1985 she started Lawyers in Transition in San Francisco to help attorneys across the country obtain satisfying career choices in and outside of law and assist law firms and corporations in retaining the best attorneys. Hindi has presented repeat programs for the American Bar Association and state bar and specialty associations and law schools nationwide. She has been interviewed by major legal and general publications, including Time, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, USAToday, the New York Times, California Lawyer Magazine, as well as CNN, NBC, ABC, and PBS television. The Los Angeles Times called her "the Ann Landers for lawyers." Hindi has published numerous articles on career satisfaction, career options, and contract lawyering in legal and business publications nationwide and has written her own comprehensive career and resource guide, The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook, published in a second edition by HarperCollins. Hindi may be contacted through her website at www.lawyersintransition.com.
ANN KANTER is a State-certified specialist in Sacramento, California concentrating on employment-based and family-based immigration law, and the principal of Kanter Immigration Law Office. She has been chosen by her peers as a Northern California Superlawyer annually since 2006 and has been practicing immigration law since 1975. She is a past national board member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a former Visiting Professor at U.C. Davis Law School. The author of numerous legal articles, she is also a creative nonfiction writer and was selected for the Squaw Valley Writers Conference. Ann is a longtime supporter of California Lawyers for the Arts. She coordinates a high school art show on constitutional themes for Operation Protect and Defend, a project of the Sacramento Federal Judicial Library and Learning Center Foundation.
R. KAMELA LAIRD
R. KAMELA LAIRD provides estate planning, probate, trust administration, and mediation services. She founded Integrate Legacy Law with the commitment to guide her clients to identify their life purpose and then integrate that legacy into their lives in a way that makes a lasting difference. As an experienced communication and relationship coach, mediator, and spiritual counselor, Kamela integrates these skills with her legal training to provide a holistic approach to estate planning. She has a special knack for supporting clients through conversations with family members regarding end of life, incapacity, and guardianship. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors at Community Boards, as well as a volunteer mediator there. She is an active member of Integrative Mediation Bay Area where she co-mediates with mental health professionals. As a pioneer of the collaborative estate planning field, she works on interdisciplinary teams with other Attorneys, licensed Mental Health and Eldercare Professionals, and Certified Financial Planners to deliver her clients a holistic and transformative experience. Kamela loves sailing, scuba diving, salsa dancing, camping, and traveling to as many foreign destinations as possible. Kamela practices mindfulness and wholeheartedly believes in work-life balance.
JENNIFER NIEMANN is an attorney with Sacramento firm Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby & Pascuzzi LLP specializing in bankruptcy, workouts, reorganizations, and debtor-creditor relations. Jennifer graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989. Jennifer served as a long term law clerk for multiple judges from 1989 through 2012 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, with a break from 1991 - 1994 when she worked at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, and another in 2004 to work as a legal auditor at Stuart Maue Mitchell & James in St. Louis. Jennifer is a member and Vice Chair of the Sacramento County Bar Association Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section, she is on the Advisory Committee of the C. K. McClatchy Law and Public Policy Academy, and she is a member of the State Bar Business Law Section and the Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum. She has been adjunct faculty since 2009 at Lincoln Law School where she teaches Bankruptcy. She has additionally served as a Guest Lecturer on Bankruptcy at Santa Clara University School of Law. She has written on Bankruptcy matters multiple times for Business Law News, Bloomberg Law, and other publications. She has also spoken at engagements for the State Bar Business Law Section, the California Bankruptcy Forum Insolvency Conference, and the Office of the United States Trustee.
LARRY ROSEN practices family law mediation at his firm Through Understanding. After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 1993 in the top ten percent of his class and Editor of the Law Review, he served for several years in the U.S. and Asia as a negotiator for American and international concerns locked in dispute. It was there that he developed a strong perspective on how to de-escalate conflict: bring the parties to authentic understanding of each other's experience. Subsequently, in 1998, Mr. Rosen became the CEO of Artmosphere, a visionary venture capital funded company offering trainings in teamwork, communication and creative problem solving. While at Artmosphere, Mr. Rosen began the sincere study of conflict, directing much time and energy into the practice of Nonviolent Communication (also known by many as NVC). He was drawn to mediation as a path of healing for individuals and as a way to contribute to the world at large, and in 2001 founded Through Understanding.
MARCY SHARAFIAN is a family law practitioner who assists clients using only consensual dispute resolution practices. After working as a family law litigator up until 2009, she decided that while the courts might be necessary in certain situations, the courts are more conducive to battle than supportive of families or individuals moving through the painful transition of separation and divorce. Ms. sharafian earned her BA in Economics from UCLA and her JD from the King Hall School of Law at UC Davis. In addition to her formal education, Ms. Sharafian studied mediation for years with both the Bay Area Non-violent Communication Center in Oakland and the Center for Understanding in Conflict in Marin. She continues to study conflict resolution with Gary Friedman, Norman Fischer, and other conflict professionals at the Center for Understanding In Conflict. Ms. Sharafian is also a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Family Law Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Collaborative Practice East Bay, Collaborative Practice California (CP California), and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
GENE TAKAGI is the managing attorney of NEO Law Group and contributing editor of the Nonprofit Law Blog. At NEO, Gene has represented over 400 nonprofit organizations on corporate, tax, and charitable trust law matters. Gene is a popular writer on nonprofit legal topics and has been published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Taxation of Exempts, and ALI-ABA. He is also a popular speaker who has presented at conferences for Independent Sector, BoardSource, Net Impact, CalNonprofits, the American Bar Association, and numerous local and regional bar and CPA associations. Prior to starting NEO 11 years ago, Gene was an associate attorney at Sheppard Mullin. And prior to entering the legal profession, he held various management positions in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Gene is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and a recipient of multiple awards for his work.