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Before the court
March 28, 2014, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Tom Jung/Daily Journal
NEW LAWYERS GATHER IN REDWOOD CITY. San Mateo County Counsel John C. Beiers (center) speaks to new lawyers about his office's duties at a March 13 San Mateo County Bar Association ‘Meet and Greet' that included a tour of the Redwood City courthouse and a panel discussion with judges.

NEW LAWYERS ENJOY A WARM WELCOME AT THE SAN MATEO COUNTY COURTHOUSE. The beginning of each year find a group of lawyers who have passed the required professional examination and just been admitted to the State Bar of California. These attorneys often become active in The Barristers, a section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. One of the rites of passage for The Barristers is a “Meet and Greet” that includes a tour of the San Mateo County courthouse in Redwood City and a panel discussion with some of the judges.

San Mateo County Counsel John C. Beiers, who was among those welcoming the new attorneys on March 13, said, “Each year I look forward to this event because I thoroughly enjoy talking to new lawyers in our community about what the county of San Mateo does and how the Office of the County Counsel works. Because most lawyers come out of law school and go straight into private practice where they spend their careers, I think it is important to expose new lawyers early to the world of a public lawyer. Things really click when I analogize our office to working as in house counsel for a large company. With over 5300 employees working in a variety of areas, our lawyers experience the breadth of legal issues that any large company faces from employment to contracts to real property to intellectual property to litigation. One main difference is that because we represent the government we often get very interesting constitutional legal issues and other issues inherent only to government. The other main difference is that we represent clients whose product is not a thing, but the provision of public services. The San Mateo County Barrister’s program is a winner.”

In addition to educational and professional events, The Barristers perform philanthropic services for the general San Mateo County community, including staging a summer barbecue at Haven House; preparing a December holiday dinner at one of the InnVision Shelter Network homeless housing facilities; and organizing a regular volunteer event at Second Harvest Food Bank where the lawyers sort or pack food to be delivered to people in need in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Barristers President Charli M. Hoffman said, “The Barristers are a group of new attorneys, or attorneys who are new to San Mateo County, who come together to plan and host events that may be helpful to other new attorneys. These events may be lunchtime events with judicial officers who share tips for new attorneys, events to keep up on current legal trends, or presentations on substantive legal topics. We strive to be active volunteers in our community and give back to those in need.”

The Barristers’ 2014 executive officers are President – Charli M. Hoffman; Vice-President – Jaclyn B. Smith; Treasurer – Paul Wilkins; and Secretary – Roxanne T. Jen. The Barristers’ board members for 2014 are Jacquelyn Brown, Mirissa McMurray, Daniel Hodsdon, Protima Pandey, Kenneth Linthicum, Justin Berger, Jennifer McGuire and Craig Crawford. Information about The Barristers can be found through the San Mateo County Bar Association at Membership is open to attorneys who are 36 years of age or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less.


MAY 1 LAW DAY LUNCHEON. The San Mateo County Bar Association announces Louise Renne as the keynote speaker for its annual Law Day Luncheon honoring the high school students and teacher-advisors who participated in this year’s Mock Trial Competition. Renne, who was the San Francisco City Attorney for 16 years, now heads the Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai LLP law firm’s public interest litigation and elder financial abuse practice. She is known for transforming the traditionally defense-oriented practice of municipal law by pioneering an affirmative litigation program that won significant victories for cities and counties in California. The Luncheon is scheduled for noon, Thursday, May 1, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Burlingame. For ticket information visit or call 298-4030.

Susan E. Cohn is a member of the State Bar of California. She maybe reached at



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