PresidentGina D. Boer is a partner with Haapala, Thompson & Abern LLP. She has over 30 years’ experience specializing in real estate, complex litigation, commercial and residential landlord/tenant, construction defect, insurance defense, personal injury and other torts. Gina has been a mediator for over 15 years in the areas of real estate, contract disputes, business, debt recovery and personal injury. Additionally, Gina sits as Judge Pro Tem for Contra Costa County Superior Court and serves as Settlement Mentor.
Gina is also a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, California Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and George Washington University Law School. She is designated an AV rated Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
Co-Vice PresidentSuzanne Nero is an associate at Boies, Schiller Flexner in Oakland, CA, specializing in antitrust and other complex civil litigations. Ms. Nero completed her undergraduate education at UCLA and received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. In addition to the practice of law, Ms. Nero serves as a coach for Berkeley Law’s Trial Advocacy Team and enjoys playing soccer.
Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Dorothy Chou Proudfoot is an Administrative Law Judge with the San Francisco Rent Board. Previously, she served as a Deputy District Attorney in Marin County for sixteen years, eight of which were spent as the Office’s Gang Crimes Deputy. She was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney from 2008 to 2009, to prosecute Project Safe Childhood and Project Safe Neighborhood cases in the Northern District of California. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, she practiced civil litigation. She attended UC Berkeley, receiving her bachelor’s degree in English before earning her J.D. from its School of Law.
ALJ Proudfoot is the Treasurer of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court in Oakland. She serves on the Public Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the Civic and Judicial Appointments Committee of Queen’s Bench. She also serves on the Amicus Committee of California Women Lawyers, where she previously represented District 3 (Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties) on their Board of Governors. In 2017, she became the first Asian-American President of the Marin County Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She finds a creative outlet outside the field of law on the Performance Committee of the University of California Marching Band Alumni Association.
Heather Melton is a Deputy District Attorney with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, where she has served on the felony and misdemeanor trial teams for three years. Prior joining the District Attorney’s Office, she was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Gregory K. Frizzell, the Chief Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud Section of the Northern District of California’s United States Attorney’s Office for approximately two and a half years. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Heather Melton was an Assistant Regional Counsel with the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel for approximately two and a half years. She attended UCLA, where she received her bachelor’s degree in History, with summa cum laude honors in 2004. She received her J.D. from UC Davis in 2008, and received Witkin Awards for academic excellence in Professional Responsibility, Negotiations, and Labor Law. Prior to her career in the law, Heather Melton was a florist. She remains an avid gardner and enjoys spending time outdoors with her rescue pup Tille, a beagle/bulldog mix.
Margaret “Maggie” Calonge is a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. She presently serves on the Rene C. Davidson Felony Preliminary Examinations Team. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office in 2014, she clerked for the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office. She attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, earning her bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies in 2005. She earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law in 2013. In addition to serving as a board member for Women Lawyers of Alameda County, she is a member of California Women Lawyers.
The Honorable Barbara Dickinson
Judicial LiaisonJudge Dickinson was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court by Governor Brown and currently serves in a criminal assignment at the Fremont Hall of Justice. Judge Dickinson previously served as a deputy public defender (1989 to 2013) and assistant public defender (2013 to 2017) at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, supervising the Pleasanton Branch.
Judge Dickinson has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, the juvenile justice system, and collaborative courts which treat mentally ill juvenile offenders. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and is the proud mother of two children who attend Oakland public schools.
Sharon Alkire is a family law practitioner at the Law Office of Sharon Alkire, handling dissolution, termination of domestic partnerships, annulment, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, parentage, and division of property. Ms. Alkire received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar Association in 2012.
Her eclectic background gives her a unique perspective in Family Law, working with clients to develop creative solutions to complex problems. A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Statistics minor, coupled with years working as a zookeeper at the Oakland Zoo have enabled her to build a practice founded on empathy, critical thought and fierce advocacy.
Ms. Alkire has strong roots in the Bay Area and works to promote the initiative, creativity, and diversity of her communities by proudly sitting on the WLAC Board of Directors and establishing the first Queen’s Bench Bar Association Diversity Committee. “Equality is the ability to fulfill one’s own potential without the oppressive yoke of becoming ‘alike,’ rather than being seen as equal only when one mirrors the dominant culture,” she says. This ideal forms the basis of Ms. Alkire’s work as an attorney and a person.
Mary Cain-Simon serves as a supervising attorney with the California Department of Justice, overseeing physician and healthcare practitioner disciplinary actions. Ms. Simon has practiced employment and administrative law before both state and federal courts, and served as workplace and Title IX investigator for state government entities. Ms. Simon attended public schools, including Chaffey Community College, UCLA , and UC Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Simon enjoys spending time with her husband, two teen-aged children and family dogs, as well as attempting to grow a drought-tolerant garden at their Oakland home.
Heather is a private criminal defense attorney who represents youth and adults facing serious criminal charges. She is an East Bay native, and graduated from Harvard University and Northeastern University School of Law. Heather has been a conflicts attorney in the Alameda County Criminal Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) since 2010, and a member of the CAAP training subcommittee since 2012. In addition to her CAAP work, she takes private cases and accepts occasional pro bono cases. Heather has taught trial advocacy skills to high school students, law students, and newer attorneys, and participated as a panelist for various organizations. Heather is the current President of Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association and has served on that board since 2014. She was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Alameda County Bar Association in 2019 and 2013, and received the Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California in 2012. Since 2015, she has been annually recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. In her spare time, she enjoys rowing on Lake Merritt and spending time with her family.
Mika Domingo is founder of M.S. Domingo Law. Her practice focuses on Trusts and Estates Administration and Litigation, Probate and Business Law. Previously, she served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice, representing the state in civil rights litigation. Prior to her career in the law, Mika was a publishing and finance professional and dedicated many years in theatre both on and off stage.
With a passion for helping others, Mika has served on numerous boards for the past two decades and is currently a Director for Contra Costa County Bar Association, chairing the Diversity Committee. She is past President of Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Women’s Section, served as an Affiliate Governor for California Women Lawyers and is currently Co-Chair of California Women Lawyers’ Judicial Evaluations Committee. She is a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.
Emily DoskowEmily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in family matters including adoptions, surrogacy agreements, prenuptial agreements, parentage issues, and divorce mediation. She is a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues. She is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Nolo, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples. Emily is a member of the Boards of Directors of Inter/ACT, the Women Lawyers of Alameda County, and the Center for Understanding in Conflict. She is a past member and co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she currently sits on the National Family Law Advisory Council. Ms. Doskow has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 18 years and has taught mindfulness to attorneys at JFK University Law School, Continuing Education of the Bar, the Alameda County Bar Association, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
J. Sterling Elmore
Sterling Elmore is an associate at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on student services and special education work for public school districts. Previously, she was an associate in a boutique firm in Walnut Creek, where her practice included education, civil rights, employment, and administrative law. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law and also holds a B.A. with Distinction in Government and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Sterling is currently on the Board of Directors of Community Violence Solutions, a non-profit combatting sexual assault and human trafficking in the Bay Area. She also serves as the WLAC Affiliate Representative on the California Women Lawyers Board of Governors.
Sylvia Harris is Corporate Counsel at The Clorox Company where she is responsible for managing and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts for the company, and advises on technology solutions, budgetary matters and business continuity planning for the legal department. Sylvia started her career in private practice at Eversheds Sutherland in Washington, DC. Prior to joining The Clorox Company, Sylvia was VP, Counsel at Bank of the West where she advised the wealth management group on a variety of securities regulatory legal issues and worked on executive compensation matters. Sylvia studied Economics and Hispanic Studies at Vassar College. While at Vassar, she spent a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain and spent time in Cuba studying the effects of the US embargo on socio-economic development. Passionate about social justice and economic issues, Sylvia moved to Washington, DC to work on Housing and Community Development initiatives at Fannie Mae before attending NYU School of Law.
Sylvia resides in Oakland, CA, is a mother of a six-year old daughter and enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures, spending time with her family, and exploring the natural beauty of the Bay Area.
Leslie F. LevyLeslie Levy brings a lifelong passion for social justice to her employment discrimination law practice. Her primary focus is representing employees, especially women, who have faced or are facing discrimination or harassment on the job. She also represents victims of sexual abuse by professionals, such as doctors, therapists and teachers, and of sexual harassment in housing situations. Leslie believes in empowering her clients to be an active part in the decision-making process of their cases.
Leslie has been an adjunct professor at both the University of San Francisco School of Law and New College of the Law, and speaks at numerous legal conferences. She has authored articles, contributed chapters to legal reference books and practice manuals, and drafted California civil rights legislation. She is the recipient of the Hastings College of Law’s Clara Foltz Award for distinguished service to women. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law, and has a Philosophy degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Leslie has volunteered for years at the Marine Mammal Center and the Gulf of the Farallons Marine National Sanctuary. An avid environmentalist and lover of the outdoors, she also enjoys kayaking and birdwatching.
Maria Morga is a Senior Deputy State Public Defender with the Office of the State Public Defender where she litigates complex capital appeals. Maria has over 15 years experience in criminal matters as both a trial and appellate attorney. A graduate of Berkeley School of Law, Maria began her legal career at Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal and later moved to become a Deputy Public Defender with the San Francisco City and County Office of the Public Defender. Maria is also a current board member of CACJ (California Attorneys for Criminal Justice), a member of California Women Lawyers and the Alameda County Bar Association. Maria is fluent in Spanish.
Kristin Smith practices employment law with Burnham Brown in Oakland. For 12 years she has handled employment matters from wage and hour cases to discrimination and wrongful termination. She litigates state, federal, and administrative employment actions. She also manages non-litigation transactions and alternative dispute resolution proceedings and advises clients on day-to-day human resource issues, compliance and policy updates, and conducts employee trainings. She graduated from UCLA with a double major in Business Economics and African American Studies and a minor in Accounting and she earned her Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law.
Kristin enjoys working with professional and community organizations and exercising her creative side. She chairs both the California Minority Counsel Program’s Ambassadors Council and the School Site Council for Franklin Elementary School and is the Kindergarten to College coordinator for Franklin Elementary. She is also the Director of Oakland for the Max Rhymes Foundation and works with girls in Girl Scout Troop #32293 in Oakland. She also owns a local catering company, A Taste of Paradise Catering, with her twin sister and enjoys cooking and baking with and for the community and her friends and family.