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MCBA Member Luncheon

A Conversation with Retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar

Hon. Kathryn M. Werdegar (Ret.)
In Conversation with Marie Barnes | Esq.

Attend an unusual opportunity to hear Retired Justice Werdegar, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, serving from June 3, 1994, to August 31, 2017. Justice Werdegar will reflect on her experiences during her tenure on the bench. As the only female on the 19-member First District Court of Appeal when appointed to it in 1991, she served as one of four women on the seven-member state high court until her retirement. She served under three Chief Justices: Malcolm Lucas, Ronald M. George, and Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The program offers an engaging conversation of her tenure under each Chief Justice and insights to a contrasted past against today’s realities.

Register now to join us for the MCBA's Fall Lunch Conversation with Retired Judge Werdegar.

Registration and Networking will begin at 11:30 AM, the Presentation begins promptly at 12:00 PM.

Handout for Program Wed Sept 25

1.0 CLE | General

Buffet Lunch

Artisan Baked Bread Rolls; Creamery Butter
California Greens with Teardrop Tomatoes, Herb Vinaigrette
Grilled Free Range Chicken Breast with Mushroom Marsala Sauce
Grilled Eggplant with Butternut Squash with Lentals, Quinoa and Arugula
Seasonal Vegetables


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09/25/2019 11:30 AM 09/25/2019 1:30 PM America/Los_Angeles MCBA Member Luncheon A Conversation with Retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA, 94903 Marin County Bar Association false MM/DD/YYYY


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Date and Location

Wednesday | September 25, 2019

Embassy Suites
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903

Speaker Information

Hon. Kathryn M. Werdegar (Ret.)

Judicial Experience: The Honorable Kathryn Mickle Werdegar was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Governor Pete Wilson on May 3, 1994. In November 2002, she was re-elected to a new term of office which began on January 7, 2003. Prior to her elevation to the Supreme Court, she served on the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco.

Education: Justice Werdegar commenced her law studies at the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was first in her class and the first woman to be elected editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. She completed her law studies at George Washington University, where she graduated first in her class. She attended Wellesley College and received her B.A. (with honors) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Career Highlights: Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Werdegar's career highlights included service with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.; director of the criminal law division of California Continuing Education of the Bar; senior staff attorney with the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court; and professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

In Conversation with Marie Barnes


Marie A. Barnes devotes herself to the practice of Criminal Defense and Family Law. In the area of Criminal Law Marie has prosecuted and defended Felonies and Misdemeanors. As a Certified Law Clerk in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Marie prosecuted cases in the Misdemeanor Division and the Felony Narcotics Division. As an attorney and in private practice Marie has represented defendants charged with DUI; theft offenses; domestic violence; assault & battery; sex offenses; property offenses; white collar crimes; and juvenile offenses.

In the area of Family Law Marie has focused on issues of domestic violence and how it affects either divorce or child custody. She has represented both sides in disputes involving domestic violence, representing both the aggressor and the victim(s).

Marie was born in San Francisco and is fluent in Spanish. She received her Bachelors degree from Sonoma State University in Political Science and Psychology and received her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University, Thomas Cooley Law School. In her spare time she volunteers for various organizations that provide legal services to the community.