Niki is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PracticePro. She oversees all business and legal operations of the company, including product development, strategic partnerships, and publications. Niki speaks at law schools and conferences nationwide on a variety of skills topics, including professional branding, habits of highly effective associates, networking, advanced interviewing techniques, diversity, and cultural code switching. She is a regular contributor to Above the Law and ABA Law Practice Today, and blogs at blog.practicepro.cc.
Niki is also a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where she created and teaches a skills course titled The Junior Litigation Associate. She also regularly guest lectures Advanced Legal Writing and Advanced Legal Research courses.
Niki has been recognized as one of the top “40 under 40” professionals by Silicon Valley Business Journal. A litigator for seven years at WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis, Niki focused her practice on intellectual property litigation and complex commercial disputes. She successfully represented clients throughout the United States during all phases of litigation, including trial. She also practiced before the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on U.S. trade sanctions compliance and licensing matters.
As the recipient of the Pickering Fellowship, Niki spent six months in 2011 with the National Security & Civil Rights Program at the San Francisco-based civil rights organization, the Asian Law Caucus, where she researched and published a guide on the effects of U.S. economic sanctions on U.S. citizens and permanent residents. She also spoke before the San Francisco Human Rights Commission on post 9/11 civil rights issues.
Niki currently serves on the national advisory board of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and is the former president of the Northern California Chapter, which she founded in 2006 and grew to one of the largest and most active chapters of the organization. She also serves as a judge of the Continuing Education of the Bar’s Excellence in Writing competition.
Niki received her law degree from Berkeley Law (2006), and holds an undergraduate degree in Biology, summa cum laude, from Texas Southern University. Prior to her legal career, she was a research assistant at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center. Niki grew up in Tehran, London, and Vienna, immigrated to the United States on her own at 19 to attend college, and currently calls the Bay Area home.
James Kahn has nearly twenty years experience in entrepreneurship and developing startups into mature, successful, and profitable organizations. Beyond his fluency in dozens of compiled and interpreted programming and scripting languages along with their computer theoretic and mathematical underpinnings and related platforms, Mr. Kahn has a profound knowledge and understanding of computing, software engineering, algorithms, business, and financial engineering theory and practice.
Serving throughout his career as Founder, President, CEO and CTO of numerous endeavors, he has pioneered technology-based businesses, created innovative algorithms, and provided in-depth technical and financial solutions. Mr. Kahn has extensive experience in the conception, design, development and production of technical arms of companies in various industries.
Julie Sams, Diversity Scholar Program Managing Consultant
Julie Sams is an experienced attorney and career counselor who oversees PracticePro’s Diversity Scholar Program. Julie enjoys working with law students and is experienced in all aspects of career counseling, including resume and cover letter review, strategic career planning, networking, and interview coaching.
Prior to joining PracticePro, Julie was a career counselor at South Texas College of Law – Houston for over four years. In addition to counseling hundreds of law students, Julie led the design, coordination, and presentation of training programs, including PracticePro’s The Last Inning Workshop to help third-year law students and new graduates reinvigorate their job search plans.
After graduating with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Julie was an attorney for six and a half years with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (formerly U.S. Customs Service), where she handled everything from labor and employment law matters, to seizures and forfeitures, to immigration issues. She successfully represented the agency in arbitrations and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. Julie also worked closely with the Department of Justice in cases involving the Federal Tort Claims Act, Equal Employment Opportunity law, labor law, and forfeiture law.
Julie is active in her local community where she serves on the Fort Bend Junior Service League Beneficiary Review Committee, was elected to the Board of Fort Bend Municipal Utility District #106, and serves on two separate Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Boards.
Joys Choi, PracticePro Journal Editor
Joys Choi is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Joys joined PracticePro as a summer associate in 2016, and has since served in business and legal operations, including leading social media, publications, and marketing communications.
As a first-generation college student, Joys is committed to diversity, and looks forward to helping PracticePro improve the pipeline of diverse legal talent. She completed her undergraduate career at the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated with a B.A. in International Studies – Political Science. Joys currently works as Associate Legal Counsel for a financial services company in San Francisco.
Professor, dean, librarian, scholar, and mentor to countless students, Robert Berring, Jr. is a noted and beloved figure in law. He has been a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law) for over three decades and served as the law school’s interim dean from January 2003 to June 2004. Professor Berring has taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses, including contracts, advanced legal research, courses covering Chinese law, and seminars about law and cognitive studies. He was awarded UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and he has been named to the Walter Perry Johnson Chair.
Professor Berring is also a pioneer in the profession of law librarianship. He served as the director of the Berkeley Law library for 23 years, and is the former dean of the School of Library and Information Studies. He has authored several groundbreaking texts on legal research – including Finding the Law and Legal Research Survival Manual – and is the creator of the award-winning video series Legal Research for the 21st Century. Professor Berring was named the author of the most influential work on the profession of law librarianship in fifty years (1957 to 2006), by the Academic Law Libraries section of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Professor Berring has an unparalleled dedication to mentoring and inspiring students. From those enrolled in his courses, to those seeking him out for advice by email or in school hallways, he always takes time to listen and guide his students to pursue their dreams. For years, Professor Berring has also written an advice column under the pseudonym “Uncle Zeb.” Claiming to be an “ectoplasmic entity, “Uncle Zeb” has helped thousands of Berkeley Law students. The law school’s cafe was named after Uncle Zeb by popular vote.
Professor Berring received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. and M.L.S. from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and enjoys spending time with his two children and granddaughter.
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