Senior Associate, Toriana Holmes
Our employees are active members of the community! This fall, we are featuring Toriana Holmes.
Toriana serves on the Board of Directors for CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), San Mateo County’s only provider of comprehensive intimate partner abuse prevention services. CORA provides counseling, emergency housing, and legal assistance to those affected by intimate partner abuse. As a Board Member, Toriana contributes to the fulfillment of CORA’s mission and provides support to the broad spectrum of services offered by CORA to address the intergenerational nature of violence. Her dedication and work with CORA has helped Toriana in her practice to represent and advocate for victims of domestic violence.
She also volunteers as an attorney coach for Junipero Serra High School’s mock trial team. Toriana is entering her third year working with students at Serra to develop public speaking and debate skills for the annual competition between high schools within San Mateo County. The competition is based on a case file with case law, evidence, witness statements, documents, and police reports. Over the course of seven months, the students learn and showcase their skills as a team in front of lawyers, judges, law enforcement personnel, and others from the community.
Toriana also recently served as a member and committee chair of the 2018-2019 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury is an independent investigative body composed of nineteen citizens who receive and investigate complaints regarding the actions or performances of county or public officials. Toriana enjoyed her one-year term with the Civil Grand Jury, where she gained increased knowledge of local government, the judicial system, and the satisfaction of making a worthwhile contribution to the improvement of San Mateo County government operations