We are proud to announce that Lieff Cabraser partner Katherine Lubin Benson has been selected as one of six new lawyer representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council for the 2020-2023 term. The application process is extremely competitive, and selections are made via a voting system of all of the federal judges.

“The Court congratulates and welcomes the new Lawyer Representatives as they undertake this important service to the federal bench and bar,” the Council’s release notes, “and warmly thanks both the continuing Lawyer Representatives and those who are completing their terms of service.”

These six accomplished attorneys will serve for three years, joining twelve continuing lawyer representatives and replacing six who have completed their three years of service.

Congratulations Katie!

The new Lawyer Representatives and their professional affiliations are:

  • Katherine Lubin Benson—Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
  • Kathleen Hartnett—Cooley, LLP
  • Kimberly Hopkins—United States Attorney’s Office
  • Jonathan Patchen—Baker Botts, LLP
  • Claudia Vetesi—Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Lesley Weaver—Bleichmar Fonti & Auld, LLP

Continuing Lawyer Representatives serving through 2022 are:

  • Asim Bhansali—Kwun Bhansali Lazarus, LLP
  • Sonal N. Mehta—WilmerHale, LLP
  • Mark Punzalan—Chan Punzalan, LLP
  • Jahan Sagafi—Outten & Golden, LLP
  • Dena Sharp—Girard Sharp, LLP (Co-Chair)
  • Christine Sun—Office of California Attorney General

Continuing Lawyer Representatives serving through 2021 are:

  • Mark Conrad—Conrad & Metlitzky, LLP
  • Elizabeth Falk—Office of the Federal Public Defender
  • Jane Kim—Keller & Benvenutti, LLP
  • Bambo Obaro—Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP (Co-Chair)
  • Michelle Roberts—Kantor & Kantor, LLP
  • Miriam Kim—Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP

Lawyer Representatives completing their terms in 2020 are:

  • Nadia Aziz—Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Chinhayi Cadet—United States Attorney’s Office
  • Jamie L. Dupree—Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier, LLP (Co-Chair)
  • Gonzalo C. Martinez—Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Randy Sue Pollock—Law Offices of Randy Sue Pollock

The Court also specially acknowledged the continuing service of Co-Chairs Bambo Obaro and Dena Sharp.


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