LE Section – Avoiding Malpractice Claims – Mar 28th

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Mistral Restaurant
370 Bridge Pkwy #6
Redwood City, CA 94065

Please join the Labor & Employment Section on Thursday, March 28, 2019, for a presentation on Avoiding Malpractice Claims – A Primer for Both New and Seasoned Attorneys by Jason E. Fellner, Shareholder at Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney.

Even meritless claims can burden you and your firm with financial and emotional costs. This presentation will highlight common mistakes even the best-intentioned lawyers make that often result in malpractice claims, and provide steps to take to avoid these pitfalls.​

Mr. Fellner is a trial lawyer who represents individual and corporate clients throughout California and Washington with a focus in professional liability defense, insurance, and civil litigation. Mr. Fellner has successfully represented clients in all phases of dispute resolution from pre-litigation mediation and arbitration all the way through trial. He also serves as general counsel to companies. A hallmark of his practice Mr. Fellner works collaboratively with his clients in providing them with recommendations on how best to address the legal, financial, and the emotional aspects of each case. He is recognized by the California State Bar as a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law and is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He speaks regularly and often to lawyers on legal ethics and routinely represents parties in attorney fee dispute matters. Mr. Fellner also serves as an expert witness on legal malpractice and ethics.

Cost: $55 for Labor/Employment section members and $65 for non-section members. Cost includes 1-hour of Legal Ethics credit and a delicious three-course lunch.

Registration: Checks will not be accepted during the event. To register, please login into the SMCBA website or click here.  If you opt to pay by check, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063, Attn: Events.
*Make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

Please note that if you RSVP but do not show up to the luncheon or cancel 48 hours in advance, you will still be charged the full amount for attending the event.

Family Law Section – Less Marsden – Apr 12th

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Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, April 12, 2019 for a presentation by Ronald S. Granberg. Mr. Granberg will address Moore/Marsden calculations and discuss the following issues:

  • Must every Grinius refinance breed the bizarre “Branco Bump”?
  • How were our Supreme Court’s pro tanto fractions in In re Marriage of Moore informed by the fractions the Court had adopted only 82 days earlier in In re Marriage of Lucas?
  • When representing the Separatizer, can you cite authority supporting your contention that the property’s date-of-marriage value (Bono v. Clark), and not its lower purchase price (In re Marriage of Marsden), should comprise the pro tanto denominators?
  • When representing the Non-Separatizer, can you cite authority supporting your contention that the pro tanto fractions should ignore the unpaid mortgage balance?

Ron Granberg is a past-president of ACFLS, a past-president of the AAML NorCal Chapter, and a past-president of the Monterey County Bar Association.  He has received the ACFLS “Hall of Fame Award,” the AAML NorCal Chapter “Fellow of the Year Award,” and the AAML SoCal Chapter “Family Law Person of the Year Award.”  Ron taught Legal Research and Writing at the Monterey College of Law for 37 years and taught Trial Advocacy there for 24 years.

Cost: $45 for section members and $55 for non-section members.

Registration: Please login on the SMCBA website OR click here to register for this event.

If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to SMCBA and send to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events or bring a check with you to the event. *Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.


Bus. Lit Section – Recent Major Changes to Tax Code Affecting Businesses – Apr 17th

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Mistral Restaurant
370-6 Bridge Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065

Please join the Business/Business Litigation Section on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 for a presentation on Recent Major Changes to Tax Code Affecting Businesses by John Miller.

John Miller will speak about major changes to federal and state tax laws, including the new 20% business deduction under Section 199A.  He will discuss the pros and cons of declaring various deductions by small businesses.  Mr. Miller is an experienced accountant in San Mateo who has been in the tax business for over 22 years.

Cost: $50 for Business Section members and $60 for non-section members.

Registration: Please login into the SMCBA website or click here to register for this event.  If you opt to pay by check, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063, Attn: Events.
*Make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

One hour of General MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.

Fingerprinting Rules for California Attorneys

Fingerprinting Rules for California Attorneys

California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5 requires all active attorneys licensed in California and multijurisdictional practitioners to be re-fingerprinted by April 30, 2019.

Why is the State Bar requiring all active attorneys to be re-fingerprinted? The State Bar needs to be in compliance with Business & Professions Code 6054. This section requires the State Bar to receive notifications of attorney arrests and convictions from the California Department of Justice. This requirement has existed for the past 30 years. Until last year, the State Bar was out of compliance with this statutory mandate.

The only way for the State Bar to come fully into compliance is to re-fingerprint licensed attorneys.

Attorneys must submit their ATI number on the Proof of Live Scan Submission page on the State Bar website. This shall serve as proof of submission of fingerprints to a Live Scan vendor by April 30, 2019, before the penalty period begins.

The State Bar has created detailed instructions for the following groups:

Please check the frequently asked questions page of the State Bar’s website for more information about this new requirement.

SMCBA Law Day Luncheon – May 2nd

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Elks Lodge
229 West 20th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403

Please join the SMCBA on Thursday, May 2, 2019, for the annual Law Day Luncheon.

Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law.  Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.  Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

Featuring a Questions & Answer Session with Presenters
The speakers will discuss careers in law related areas.

Presentation of Mock Trial Awards
The high school students and teacher-advisors who participated in this year’s 2019 Mock Trial Competition will be honored guests.  We invite our members to sponsor the luncheon cost of one or more students.  All sponsors will be acknowledged in the Law Day Program.

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship Program Presentation
The San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of justice, preservation of the jury system, and the protection of the rights of the consumers and injury victims. Each year, the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association presents scholarship awards to three high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in the law or criminal justice careers at this event.