AJC San Francisco 2023 Judge Learned Hand Award Gala

Honoring Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Quyen Ta, and Mary McNamara

Each year, AJC San Francisco honors and recognizes members of the legal profession who embody Judge Learned Hand's democratic values. Please join us in honoring this year's Bay Area leading advocates.

5:00 p.m. Reception in Pavilion Room

5:45 p.m. Dinner and Program in Gold Room
AJC San Francisco 2023 Judge Learned Hand Award

honoring Quyen Ta, Partner at King & Spalding

AJC San Francisco 2023 Legacy of Justice Award

honoring Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi

AJC San Francisco 2023 Pursuit of Justice Award

honoring Mary McNamara Partner at Swanson & McNamara and team:

Audrey Barron, Associate at Swanson & McNamara; Matthew Missakian, Managing Attorney at Law Office of Matthew Missakian; Dan Arshack, Managing Partner at Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman; Lynn Paltrow, Founder at Pregnancy Justice

Keynote Address Given by Nancy Pelosi

Interests: Meetings
June 28, 2023
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason Street
San Francisco


Organized By: 
AJC San Francisco
Event Contact Person: 
Clara Cunradi
Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi served as the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker. Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained the Speakership the first person to do so in more than six decades. She led House Democrats for two decades, and she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Pelosi has represented San Francisco in Congress for 35 years. Currently serving as the Representative for California’s 11th Congressional District, she is fighting For The People to lower costs, grow paychecks and create jobs.

Pelosi is the architect of generation-defining legislation, including the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan. As Speaker, she led the Congress in passing historic laws to lower health care costs, rebuild infrastructure, support small businesses, and deliver assistance for students and veterans. A champion on climate, Pelosi delivered landmark investments to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy future, while preserving the environment and advancing environmental justice. A defender of democracy, she led the House efforts to protect voting rights and create the bipartisan Select Committee to Investigate January 6th. For decades, Pelosi has been a powerful voice for human rights around the world.

Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Married to Paul Pelosi, she is a proud mother of five and grandmother of nine.
Quyen Ta
Named a Top 100 Lawyer in California, a Top Woman Lawyer, a California Trailblazer, and a Leading 500 Lawyer in America, Quyen Ta is a sought-after trial lawyer and lead counsel who focuses on high-stakes business disputes, including consumer class action defense, intellectual property, international arbitrations, trade secrets misappropriation, and other business disputes. She has handled a significant number of civil matters in state and federal courts across the country. Quyen’s representative clients include public and venture-backed companies across industries, and located in the United States and across the globe. Quyen serves as lead counsel in numerous consumer class action matters in state and federal courts throughout the country in various industries. Aside from her class action defense practice, Quyen has litigated numerous business matters in various substantive areas of law, including patent law, trade secrets misappropriation, legal malpractice (defense), false claims act, securities, and other high-stakes business disputes.

Quyen has an active pro bono practice and is active with the Alliance for Asian American Justice, a non-profit organization that brings together Asian American Fortune 1000 General Counsels and law firm partners to offer pro bono legal services to victims of anti-Asian hate. Quyen has been recognized by various other bar organizations for her professional achievements, community service, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. She is a Co-founder of the Berkeley Law First Generation Professionals Institute and Co-Chairs K&S’ First Generation Professionals Affinity Group. Recognized as a leader in the Northern District of California, she was selected by the federal judges to serve a three-year term as a Lawyer Representative. In 2016, she co-chaired the Northern District’s Lawyer Representatives Committee. She also has been appointed by Governor Newsom as the Chair of the Bay Area Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, and has served on the Northern District’s Magistrate Merit Selection Committee. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and twin sons.
Mary McNamara
Mary McNamara and the Adora Perez team

Mary McNamara is co-founder of the criminal defense and complex civil defense firm Swanson & McNamara. Ranked in Band 1 by Chamber & Partners, she represents executives, Fortune 50 companies and, as part of her decades of service to the court, indigent defendants, in an array of matters spanning bet-the-company cases to individual matters. Mary served as the 2022 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, where she founded the Legal Alliance for Reproductive Rights, the first pro bono effort in the country to bring together private firms to provide free services to woman and providers in the post-Dobbs era.

Audrey Barron is an associate at Swanson & McNamara, is ranked by California Super Lawyers and has extensive experience in both criminal and civil litigation.

Matthew Missakian is a prominent appellate lawyer in Fullerton, California with a notable track record in overturning criminal convictions in the California Courts of Appeal.

Other team members included ACLU Sr. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Gill and Staff Attorney Sam Chou, Pregnancy Justice ED Lynn Paltrow, Acting ED Dana Sussman and Sr. Staff Attorney Samantha Lee and Dan Arshack, managing partner of Arshack, Hajek and Lehrman PLLC.