Faculty & Leadership

We are a group of judges and practicing attorneys who work together to provide education and training to build skilled and ethical trial attorneys.

2022 Officers and Directors

John Gomez, President
Patricia Hollenbeck, Vice-President
Deborah Dixon, Secretary
Rhonda Mallory, Treasurer
Darin Boles, Immediate Past President
Joshua Brisbane
Hon. Mark Cumba

Hon. Francis M. Devaney
Cherie Enge
Hon. Kevin A. Enright
David Gallo
Hon. William Q. Hayes
Amy Martel
Lilys D. McCoy

William Miller
Hon. Linda B. Quinn (Ret.)
Catherine Richardson
Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta
James J. Wallace
Allison C. Worden

Featured Lecturer

The Honorable Robert Trentacosta

Judge Robert J. Trentacosta is a Past Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, where he became a statewide leader on court funding. Judge Trentacosta was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the San Diego Superior Court Judge in 2000. Before his appointment, Judge Trentacosta was a prosecutor and civil trial lawyer. He is the former president of the plaintiff’s trial bar, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Judge Trantacosta is the former President of the San Diego Inn of Court  and is presently a Master in the American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter. He has taught legal, trial, and deposition techniques for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, CEB, and other organizations and law schools. He has served as an instructor at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy since 1985. He is a frequent guest lecturer on legal and trial issues for a multitude of law related organizations. In addition, Judge Trentacosta is an adjunct professor of law at his alma mater, the University of San Diego, School of Law. Judge Trentacosta is currently assigned to the Superior Court, Criminal Division where he presides over felony trials.

Robert J. Trentacosta, judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County

Program Volunteers - Attorneys

Steve Amundson
Denise Asher
Edward “Skip” Babbitt
Darin Boles
Joshua Brisbane
Brian Burchett
John Culver
Thom Diachenko
Deborah Dixon
Cherie Enge
Randolph Finch, Jr.
Robert Francavilla
John Freni
David Gallo

Anton Gerschler
John Gomez
Charlie Grebing
Susan Hack
Max Halpern
Robert Hamparyan
Sarah Havens
Patricia Hollenbeck
Ben Howard
Clark Hudson
Robert Juskie
Price Kent
Rebecca Lack
Stephen Lopez

William Low
Jeremiah Low
Rhonda Mallory
Amy Rose Martel
Domenic Martini
Lilys McCoy
Nelse Miller
Will Miller
David Munoz
Virginia Nelson
Kim Oberrecht
Ross Peabody
Regina Petty
John Philpott

Jim Pokorny
Roger Popeney
Catherine Richardson
Mike Riney
Sean Simpson
Dan Stanford
Chris Todd
Ken Turek
Jon Vanderpool
Jim Wallace
Chris Welsh
Dan White
Allison Worden


Program Volunteers - Judges

Hon. James T. Atkins
Hon. Wendy Behan
Hon. Daniel Belsky
Hon. Michael Berg
Hon. Vic Bianchini (Ret.)
Hon. Frank Birchak
Hon. Laura Birkmeyer
Hon. Matthew Braner
Hon. Jill Burkhardt
Hon. Yvonne Campos

Hon. Anthony Campagna
Hon. Karen S. Crawford
Hon. Debbie Cumba
Hon. Mark Cumba
Hon. Frank Devaney
Hon. Kevin Enright
Hon. Eugenia Eyherabide
Hon. Ron Frazier
Hon. Loren Freestone
Hon. William Gallo

Hon. Allison Goddard
Hon. Ernie Gross
Hon. Judith L. Haller
Hon. William Q. Hayes
Hon. Linda Lopez
Hon. Kenneth Medel
Hon. Michael Orfield (Ret.)
Hon. Leo Papas (Ret.)
Hon. Pamela Parker

Hon. Victor Pippins
Hon. Linda Quinn (Ret.)
Hon. Chandra Reid
Hon. Terrie Roberts
Hon. Robert Trentacosta
Hon. Leonard Trinh
Hon. Joel Wohlfeil
Hon. Rohanee Zapanta


"Taking this type of a course is really a great refresher, and even though it’s outside of my comfort zone, the staff and the instructors, and the other people in our group are really great at just being encouraging and making us feel comfortable so that we can really just get down to practicing."

Carree Nahama Esq.

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