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.
JEENA CHO is a partner at JC Law Group PC, a bankruptcy law firm in San Francisco, CA. She practices with her husband, Jeff Curl, working with individuals and small businesses to find the best solutions for their financial troubles. In addition to her law practice, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to lawyers. She regularly speaks and writes about wellness, self-care and mindfulness. She also works with lawyers on stress management, work-life balance, career transition, increasing productivity and overall wellness. She teaches as an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco, School of Law. Jeena enjoys writing: her second book, The Anxious Lawyer (ABA), was published in late 2015. She is a regular contributor at Forbes, Lawyerist,, Above the Law, Ms. JD, and Huffington Post. She holds a J.D. and B.A. from University at Buffalo.
LINDSAY B. HILL
LINDSAY B. HILL is the Director of Recruiting at Solutus, where she specializes in the placement of partners, associates and in-house counsel in prominent law firms and corporations. Before joining Solutus, Lindsay served as Managing Director for an international legal search firm. She began her career as a practicing attorney and worked as a business litigation associate for five years. Lindsay received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2001 and B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997. She also studied European Union law and Bio-ethics at James College in Oxford, England. After her undergraduate studies, Lindsay worked as a Senate Intern for Senator Joe Biden in Washington D.C.
KATIE DOBSON is an associate at Jones Hall, a Professional Law Corporation, where she specializes in municipal finance law, representing public entities throughout California. Before joining Jones Hall, Katie worked as a transactional associate for law firms in New York and San Francisco, representing corporations and financial institutions in a variety of finance matters. Katie received her J.D. from New York University in 2008 and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2004. When not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her three young children.
DAVID MANN is a graduate of Ohio State University and Stanford Law School. He served as a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco before becoming a solo criminal defense practitioner. After 12 years of practice, substance abuse-related issues caused him to resign from the bar with disciplinary charges pending. Following a relentless battle with addiction which included numerous hospitalizations and periods of living on the streets, he succeeded in getting clean and sober in 1998. Since then he has worked, among other things, as a cab driver, a private investigator, a paralegal, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor. He presently serves as the Northern California Consultant to The Other Bar, a statewide organization of recovering attorneys, judges, and law students. In this capacity, he spends his time providing outreach and education to the legal community and assisting attorneys as they struggle with substance abuse and related challenges that threaten their ability and/or eligibility to practice law. The Other Bar can be reached at www.otherbar.org or at 1-800-222-0767.
LARRY C. ROSEN
LARRY C. ROSEN is the founder of the mediation law practice Through Understanding, where he has helped thousands find solutions to crippling legal and personal conflicts. He regularly lectures on motivation and empathy at Berkeley, MIT and other top schools, as well as trains attorneys and business professionals to see the hidden human mind. His 2017 TEDx talk, titled “The Secret to Understanding Humans,” has garnered widespread positive review. At the heart of Larry’s endeavors is a simple philosophy: when people understand each other at a fundamental level, magic happens. They solve seemingly intractable problems—together. They build new and beautiful worlds—together. Larry holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Law Review.
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.