Education & Training

Ms. Welch graduated from the University of California's Berkeley Law School, Order of the Coif.   She was awarded the Stephen Finney Jamison Award for the graduate best representing the qualities of an advocate and a scholar.  She is an active member of the California State Bar and has been admitted to practice in the Northern and Central Districts of California. She clerked for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in the 1987-1988 term.

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 on Awards and Post-Award Issues at the 2019 ABA Arbitration Institute; Managing the Evidentiary Hearing at the 2018, 2017 and 2016 ABA Arbitration Training Institute; Arbitrability and Jurisdiction at the 2018 ABA Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference; 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.