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Before the court
June 06, 2014, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

John Wallau
SAN MATEO COUNTY BARRISTERS JOIN FORCES WITH SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. Taking part in the May 14 food-sorting event at Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos are (back row, standing from left) Andreas Caballero; Mellissa Smart; Heather Boshears Robbins; Reina Canale; Matt Owens; Michelle Bennett; Protima Pandey; Maggie Trinh; Kenneth Linthicum; (front row, from left) Heidi Klien; Rita Guntern (Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Co-ordinator); and Mellissa Karlsten.

SAN MATEO COUNTY BARRISTERS HELP SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK. San Mateo County Bar Association Barristers sorted 9,081 pounds of food and packed 900 grocery bags at the San Carlos warehouse of Second Harvest Food Bank on May 14. The barristers are a group of new attorneys, or attorneys who are new to San Mateo County. Second Harvest Food Bank provides free food for people in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Sorting food helps the food bank keep track of food donated, organize the food for quick distribution, ensure the food being distributed is healthy and nutritious and helps more people access the food bank. Volunteers like the barristers sort food, organize food for distribution, check food for safety issues and help with inventory and storage tasks. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to more than one quarter of a million people each month. Tami Cardenas, vice president of development and marketing for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, said: “We sincerely appreciate the support we receive from the San Mateo County Bar Association. Despite the improving economy, the number of families struggling to put food on the table remains stubbornly high.”

In addition to performing philanthropic services for the general San Mateo County community, the young lawyers of the barristers hold an Annual Judges’ Luncheon that introduces new members of the bar to the bench, offer new practitioners a “meet and greet” that includes a tour of the courthouse and a panel discussion with the judges, and present continuing education programs that prepare new attorneys for the practice of law. Membership in the barristers is open to San Mateo County Bar Association members 36 years old and younger or those who have been in practice for 10 years or fewer — any new member meeting these criteria is automatically a member of the barristers. The barristers holds a general meeting at noon the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings are brown-bag sessions open to all barristers. Information about barristers can be found through the San Mateo County Bar Association at

The barristers’ 2014 executive officers are President Charli M. Hoffman — Hanson Crawford Family Law Group, LLP; Vice-President Jaclyn B. Smith — McDowall Cotter, APC; Treasurer Paul Wilkins — Barulich Dugoni Law Group, Inc.; and Secretary Roxanne T. Jen. - Law Offices of Roxanne 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.


WOULD YOU LIKE A LAWYER TO SPEAK TO YOUR GROUP? The Speakers Bureau is a free service of the San Mateo County Bar Association. Participating attorneys go to businesses, civic organizations, service clubs, professional organizations and schools to do presentations about areas of law, the justice system and the courts. These programs encourage questions and answers, while stimulating a lively discussion for any group. The attorneys are willing to speak about any matter of legal interest to any size group, are available during the day or evening and can customize a presentation to meet your needs. For information visit

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



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