The JRCLS Women in Law Regional Conference is coming up on September 19, 2015 in Orange, California. Register now at https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1717750. In preparation for the conference, we will be posting information about each of the panels and speakers. Read more about "The Balancing Act: Part-time, Full-time, and Working From Home" panelists below. Stay tuned for more details about the other panels!
Sherri Fanger McInnes
Sherri Fanger McInnes is a Partner in the law firm of Scott & Whitehead. Ms. McInnes represents employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits, as well as compliance matters. She regularly defends and responds to state and federal agency charges of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. In addition, she provides advice on employment law and human resources issues such as performance counseling, discipline and terminations, investigations, drafting employment agreements and employee handbooks, leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues. Prior to joining Scott & Whitehead, Ms. McInnes worked for over 10 years as an employment attorney in the Costa Mesa, California office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.
Ms. McInnes received her B.A. degree in Government from the University of Redlands. She received her J.D. degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. While there, she served as a senior editor on the Brigham Young University Law Review, won the Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition and was a member of the invitation-only Trial Advocacy Team which won several national awards. Ms. McInnes externed for Judge T. Noonan on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California.
Ms. McInnes is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and currently resides in Orange County, California with her husband and children. She frequently speaks to and trains groups of managers and employees on employment issues and regularly presents anti-harassment programs.
Richard A. McFarlane
Richard A. McFarlane, J.D., Ph.D. is a seasoned legal professional, and founder and principal of a law firm emphasizing performing legal research and writing for other attorneys, mostly those working in small firms, or as solo practitioners. He is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of Lex Scripta Legal Research Group.
Dr. McFarlane opened his own law firm almost immediately after passing the California bar in 1991, and has over twenty years of extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation. He also has represented debtors and creditors in chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, Dr. McFarlane has experience in elder law, probate, trusts and estates, and criminal defense. He is a member of Quality Dispute Resolution Services of Irvine, California where he serves as a mediator and arbitrator, and a visiting adjunct instructor in the Law and Society Program at the University of California Riverside teaching constitutional and Supreme Court history.
Dr. McFarlane received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. While there he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Honor Society. Dr. McFarlane received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside in Legal History of the Western United States. His dissertation is “‘The Waters ... Belong to the People’: The 1913 Nevada Water Law as a Populist Response to Progressivism.” He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from California State University at Fullerton. While there he was an officer in Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and was on the Dean’s List.
Dr. McFarlane is the author of several articles on legal history and legal ethics. Most recently, he published a monographica entitled “Lecture Two: Historical Antecedents to the United States Constitution” as an e-book through Amazon.com’s Kindle Direct Publishing service.
Melinda Hunsaker is a Managing Partner at McGonigle & Hunsaker, LLP. Her practice includes Medi-Cal Planning, Applications, and Appeals; Estate Planning and Trust Administration, including Special Needs Trusts, Probate, Conservatorships, and Guardianships; and other Elder Law and Special Needs Law related matters.
Ms. Hunsaker is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association and the California State Bar to offer certification in the area of elder law. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Trust and Estates section; the OCBA Elder Law section; the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, of which she is also a board member; and the Special Needs Alliance, an invitation only membership organization of attorneys holding its members out as recognized experts in the field of special needs planning, trusts, and related governmental programs.
Ms. Hunsaker received her law degree from Western State University, College of Law, graduating cum laude in December of 2005, and was admitted to the California State Bar in May of 2006.
Ms. Hunsaker is a regular volunteer at the Orange County Probate Court’s free Limited Conservatorship Clinic and has been published in the Orange County Lawyer. She frequently gives presentations throughout Southern California to churches, schools, and community organizations for seniors, people with special needs, and their families. She also provides training to attorneys and other professionals, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.