Brigit S. Barnes is the owner and principal of Brigit S. Barnes & Associates, Inc. Mrs. Barnes graduated cum laude from the University of Santa Clara in 1973 and obtained her J.D. with distinction from McGeorge School of Law in 1985. Mrs. Barnes is a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Agency, Business Associations and Contract Awards, and the Corpus Juris Secundum Legal Scholarship Award. Mrs. Barnes is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association – Real Property Section, the State Bar of California, California Business Properties Association – Legislative Committee, and Sacramento Commercial Women in Real Estate – Chairman and Government Affairs Committee. Mrs. Barnes has developed and published materials, as well as leading seminars for title insurance companies, real estate brokers, and developers. Sacramento Commercial Women in Real Estate (CREW) has sponsored Mrs. Barnes’ seminars and lectures on the Department of Real Estate, Inclusionary Housing addressing water rights/agency regulatory controls at CREW’s National Convention. Additionally, she was a co-presenter on State and National Environmental Restrictions Effecting Tribal Property at the Environmental Law Institute’s First Annual Western Boot Camp. Mrs. Barnes has also served as one of the California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) representatives to Governor Wilson’s Wetland’s Consensus, an advisory body, drafting proposed wetlands and watershed management legislation in California.