Education & Training


Ms. Welch graduated from the University of California's Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall, Order of the Coif. She is an active member of the California State Bar and has been admitted to practice in the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Ms. Welch has been selected by the American Arbitration Association to teach its Core training course that is mandatory for new panel members. Other AAA teaching engagements have covered the full gamet of procedural issues, including:

  • Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing
  • Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing
  • Conducting Independent Legal Research
  • Principled Decision-making
  • Managing E-discovery
  • Red Flags and Risk Areas for Arbitrators
  • Dealing with Difficult Attorneys in Arbitrations

Her speaking engagements have included: moderating panels at the 2016 and 2017 ABA Arbitration Training Institute;  "Avoiding Pitfalls in Drafting Awards" at the 2017 ABA Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference; "Dispositive Motion in Arbitration" for the 2016 ABA Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference; "Arbitration for Litigators", State Bar of California Annual Meeting, 2013; "Preventing the Runaway Arbitration", ABA Annual Convention; "Conducting an Effective and Efficient Arbitration", State Bar of California Annual Meeting, 2010.  

Other speaking engagements have included: "Ethics in the Corporate Context" for PLI "Understanding the Securities Laws", 2004-07; Panel Moderator on Post-Enron Regulation, ACC Gala, April 2005; California Governor's Conference on Women and Families, November 2004; Panel on Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers, ABA Business Law Section, April 2004; Women Corporate Counsel Conference, September 2001.

Her training in ADR includes numerous AAA courses on the arbitral process, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' training on international arbitration, NASD (now FINRA) arbitration training, mediation training at the University of California, Berkeley extension and at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.