UC Berkeley Law School recently honored alumnus, Jules Bonjour ’66, with the prestigious Judge D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award. The award was bestowed in recognition of Mr. Bonjour’s distinguished career as a criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, and leader in the legal profession for more than four decades.
Michael Thorman has established himself as one of the top litigators in the Bay Area and in Northern California. He is also a distinguished alumnus of Stanford Law School, Class of 1974. He recently participated as an expert trial lawyer for the Stanford Trial Advocacy Workshop by critiquing students giving mock closing arguments. The central philosophy of the Trial Advocacy Workshop is that skills are best acquired in an experiential manner by seeing and doing. Consistently considered one of the top law schools in the country, Mr. Thorman has helped train a select group of students at Stanford Law School on the skills of trial advocacy for over a decade.
Bonjour, Thorman & Burns values giving back to our community by being actively involved in numerous organizations, including the Alameda County Bar Association. Megan Burns was recently sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Bar Association. The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is a voluntary bar association, established in 1877, with a membership of 1,500 lawyers, judges, law students, and legal associates. As a professional resource for lawyers, the Bar provides educational programs, practice-building opportunities, networking and social events, as well as leadership development opportunities for its members. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.
“A San Leandro man accused of fatally stabbing his father, a well-known Menlo Park pastor, pleaded not guilty to murder in court Tuesday. Isaiah Bostic, 21, appeared in the Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Tuesday in white-and-green jail clothes in a holding cell. He looked at Judge Arturo Castro and was silent as his attorney, Megan Burns, said her client would be entering a plea of not guilty.”
Creativity is a critical element of an excellent defense. Emily Dahm used a novel approach to tackle a difficult sentencing hearing. After her client was convicted of a cell phone robbery and was facing 15 years in prison, she hired Silicon Valley DeBug to shoot a mitigation video of her client’s wife, young son, and church community. She then showed the video at the sentencing hearing, resulting in the judge ordering the lowest possible prison sentence.
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