Diversity Summit Speakers

Tony-EstremeraAntonio (Tony) Estremera was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in New York City and has been in San Jose since he was 16 in 1966.  He graduated from Piedmont Hills High School in East San Jose and graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a B.A. in History.  Tony earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, where he became chair of the La Raza Law Students Association.  As a first year law student he joined a group of law students who helped found El Centro Legal de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District, which continues today to fight for the rights of immigrants and the poor.

After graduation, he went into private practice as a partner in Estremera, Gallardo, and Hawes. Tony eventually concentrated his work in the criminal defense area, representing clients in misdemeanor cases and providing defense in more complex felony cases, including complex violent felonies and homicide cases.

In 1983 he joined Flores and Barrios to form Flores, Estremera and Barrios. In 1987 Tony became the Managing Attorney of the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County and now serves as its Directing Attorney.

In addition to overall responsibility for their Legal Services Program and Conflicts Project, Tony directed the establishment and overall management of their Dependency Program for Contra Costa County Superior Court, replacing the Bar Association and Public Defenders Office.

He has served on numerous non-profit and public boards and is presently a member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of directors.


Honorable Judge Risë Jones PichonHonorable Judge Risë Jones Pichon B.A. ’73 J.D. ’76 has been a Superior Court Judge of the County of Santa Clara, California, since 1998. She previously served as a Judge of the Municipal Court from 1984 to 1998 when the trial courts unified, and as a Court Commissioner from 19832 to 1984.

She is a member of the California Judges Association, the American Bar Association, the American Leadership Forum, and the American Inns of Court, William A. Ingram Inn. She currently serves as president of the board of directors for St. Thomas More Society, and she is a member of the advisory board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at SCU.

She was appointed by the California Supreme Court to the California Commission on Judicial Performance and served from 1999 to 2007, including service as Chairperson from 2002 to 2004.  She was appointed to the Judicial Council of California by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and served from 1994 to 1997.

In addition, she served as Supervising Judge of the Palo Alto Court Facility from 2006 to 2009, as Supervising Judge of the Sunnyvale Court Facility from 1999 to 2001, as Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court from 1999 to 2001, and is presently serving her second term by election on the Santa Clara County Superior Court Executive Committee. She is currently the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Superior Court Jury Standards Committee, and is a member of a number of other court committees.

In 2008, she served on the ABA Accreditation Self Study Committee for Santa Clara Law and the 2009 SCU Strategic Planning Committee.

She has taught in the California Judicial College, the National Judicial College, at several local community colleges, and has been a guest lecturer, speaker, and panelist at universities and law schools in the area. She has also served as a mentor to aspiring lawyers and law students throughout her career.

In 2011, she was honored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association as Judge of the Year.


Karen Robinson is the Director of Litigation at Adobe Systems Incorporated. Karen manages Adobe’s in-house litigation team and oversees Adobe’s world-wide docket of litigation, which consists primarily of patent, trademark and copyright matters. Before joining Adobe, Karen was Litigation Counsel at Google where she managed patent litigation for Google’s Geo and Social offerings including Google Maps and Google Plus. Before coming in-house, Karen had over a decade of experience in patent litigation and was a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.


Cristina RubkeCristina Rubke ’04 is of counsel within the Litigation Department of Shartsis Friese LLP. Ms. Rubke’s principal areas of practice are business litigation and trademark prosecution.

Actively involved with diversity initiatives within the legal profession, Ms. Rubke serves on the California State Bar’s Counsel on Access and Fairness, which acts as the State Bar’s “diversity think tank” and advises the Board of Governors on advancing State Bar diversity strategies and goals. Ms. Rubke is also the Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Disability Rights Committee. Ms. Rubke has been a delegate to the annual Conference of California Bar Associations since 2007 and was the 2010 Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco delegation. Outside of the legal community, Ms.Rubke is an avid sailor who serves on the America’s Cup Organizing Committee and on the board of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. Ms. Rubke also serves via mayoral appointment as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees public transportation, traffic and parking in San Francisco.

Cristina Rubke graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 2001 with a degree in English and received her law degree from Santa Clara University in 2004. Ms. Rubkereceived the 2004 Dean’s Special Achievement Award and the Witkin Award for Legal Research and Writing. During law school, she worked on open source licensing at a software company in Mountain View and at the Electronic Frontier Foundation on civil rights issues.

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