SMCBA – Diversity 13th Annual Speakers Series – Oct 21st

Thursday, October 21, 2021
5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
San Mateo County History Museum

The Diversity Committee is proud to present its award-winning 13th Annual Speaker Series.  

Our Guest Speakers this year are Presiding Judge Leland Davis, III, Justice Teri L. Jackson, and Judge Erica R. Yew.

Presiding Judge Leland Davis, III received a B.A. Degree in Economics in 1980 from Stanford University and his J.D. Degree from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983. Judge Davis got appointed to the San Mateo Superior Court bench by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Carol. L. Mittlesteadt. During his time on the bench, Judge Davis served as a Trial Judge, then as a Criminal Presiding Judge, and Civil Grand Jury Judge. From 2016 until 2018, Judge Davis served on the Appellate Panel and served as a Criminal Supervising Judge from 2017 to 2018. In 2019, he became the Assistant Presiding Judge and began his first term of Presiding Judge this year.

Justice Teri L. Jackson received her B.A. in 1977 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she majored in politics. She earned her J.D. in 1980 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Justice Jackson was appointed to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, in November 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed her appointment in January 2020. She is the first female African-American justice on the state’s First District Court of Appeal. Justice Jackson serves as an associate justice in Division Three. As of July 9th, the Governor nominated Justice Jackson for the position as the Presiding Justice, Div. 5, 1DCA.

Judge Erica R. Yew was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2001 as that court’s first female Asian American Pacific Islander judge.  She has served on the California Judicial Council, the Commission on Judicial Performance (for which she served as Chair) and the NAPABA Judicial Council (for which she served as president) among other entities.  Currently, she serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions and the California Access to Justice Commission.  She is newly appointed to the board of the National Center of State Courts, and she will join the California Judges Association Board later this year. 

The following recognitions will be made at the event:

Les Williams Award
The Diversity Award recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated a meaningful and consistent commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in San Mateo County at all levels of the legal profession. There is still time to nominate others who deserve recognition for their commitment to promoting equality. 

Nancy de Ita Scholarship
The Scholarship is given to an incoming/current law student, or recent graduate who has not passed the bar exam to encourage and support their commitment to the legal profession and diversity in our community.

Cost of Attendance: This event is FREE for SMCBA members and $40 for non-members.
1 Hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE will be provided upon request for an additional $10.

Sponsorship Opportunity: Become an Event Sponsor for $500. Sponsorship includes: SMCBA goody bag, Recognition in Event Announcements, and Visual Recognition (Firm Logo) at Event. For more information about sponsorships, please contact us at Events@smcba.org.

We Moved!

We have moved to a new suite!

We are excited to announce that our SMCBA team has moved to a new suite in the same building.  Please make note of our new address below. Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

New Address:
333 Bradford Street, Suite 150
Redwood City, CA 94063

Please note, only SMCBA team moved from suite 200 to suite 150. The Private Defender Program team will remain in suite 200.

If you have any questions, please email us at membership@smcba.org.

COVID-19 Announcement

Friends, Members, and Community:

We know you, our members, clients and staff are contending with disruption and great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly appreciate all of you and extend our heartfelt well -wishes.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the San Mateo County Bar Association is closed to the public but continues to work remotely.  The closure will remain in effect until the San Mateo County Health Department’s “Shelter At Home” order is lifted. We are closely monitoring recommendations from local and national health authorities, such as the San Mateo County Health Department, John Hopkins University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Wold Health Organization (WHO).

SMCBA continues to be here to help! We have been operating with less than usual staff and we are doing everything in our power to keep our programs running.  Please rest assured that the San Mateo County Bar Association remains active and continues to take calls and e-mails from potential clients, members, and those with urgent matters.

SMCBA has cancelled all non-essential meetings. Committee and Section meetings are conducted virtually.  The Bar Association and its various sections continue to offer our members a variety of legal education webinars.  Visit our Calendar of Events for the latest event information.

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program continues to issue referrals online and over the phone. Please note, for now now, consultations will only be provided by phone. To obtain a referral to a lawyer, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service at (650) 369-4149 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm or obtain a self-referral online.  We are doing our best to handle the volume of phone calls we have been receiving. Please bear with us as you may experience longer than usual phone wait times.

For the latest information on how to get legal help and access resources click on our “Other Resources” page.

SMCBA members are encouraged to do business by phone (650) 298-4030, email membership@smcba.org or by fax (65) 368-3892.

Thank you for your patience and for helping us keep SMCBA a healthy and safe place for all. Please be safe and healthy!

Your SMCBA Team.

Prison Profiteering: How a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry Drives Mass Incarceration – July 29th

Prison Profiteering: How a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry Drives Mass Incarceration

Thursday, July 29, 2021
12:00 PM, PST
Live webinar

The San Mateo County Bar Association’s Race & Social Justice Committee invites you to attend a webinar  on Prison Profiteering: How a multi-billion-dollar industry drives mass incarceration, with Sivani Babu.

Prison profiteers have made fortunes on mass incarceration, and, in doing so, have become an important factor driving the incarceration of adults and children in the U.S. In this presentation, Sivani Babu brings context to the conversation about the prison-industrial complex by drawing on existing research as well as her experiences as an assistant federal public defender in South Texas. From for-profit facilities to telecom and healthcare services, she sheds light on the impact of decades of privatization in our prison system and what we can do to effect change.

Sivani Babu is an award-winning conservation and exploration journalist and the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass — a women-led, exploration-focused media company. She is also a former assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas. Working in one of the busiest districts in the nation, she represented defendants charged with a wide variety of federal felonies, from immigration to financial fraud and drug trafficking offenses. Part of that representation often included working to secure basic healthcare for clients held in for-profit facilities.

Cost of Attendance: FREE for SMCBA members and $20 for non-SMCBA members.

MCLE Credit: This event qualifies for 1-Hour of General Law MCLE Credit. 

Registration: Please log in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. If you wish to pay by check, please still register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note for which event you are paying and the name of the attendee.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. Please note that you’ll need to be logged into a Zoom account to join the webinar. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

Message from Executive Director

Dear San Mateo County Bar Association members,

Effective immediately, the San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA) is cancelling all non-essential meetings. Committee Chairs will be provided with virtual meeting platform software to conduct meetings on behalf of the Association. Section Chairs will also be provided with software and should use their discretion when planning meetings. Please stay tuned for more information regarding Law Day (May 1st) and Judges’ Night (June 4th).

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program will not accept walk-in clients this month. If you are part of the LRS panel, we will continue to make referrals online and over the phone. We urge our members to meet with the LRS referrals by phone only until further notice.

Likewise, walk-in members are encouraged to do business by phone (650-298-4030), email (membership@smcba.org) or by fax (650-368-3892).

Thank you for your patience and for helping us keep SMCBA a healthy and safe place for all.

Deborah Kemper
Executive Director

Status Conference Volunteers Needed

Calling all Family Law Attorneys:

Department 15 urgently needs status conference volunteers.

Volunteering at the Status Conferences is a great way to give back and learn or refresh your skills.

This is a great opportunity to feel a real sense of accomplishment as you help pro per litigants with their disclosures, answer their family law questions, help them resolve disputes and reach settlement, and assist them with their judgment packages.  If this is your first time volunteering, Judge Franchi or other volunteers will be there to assist you.

Also, if you are planning on being at Court for a Status Conference in another Department, they will try to get you in towards the beginning of their calendars if you inform their Clerks that you are scheduled to volunteer in Department 15.

Snacks will be provided.

Please click on this link to sign-up.

MCLE Reporting Deadline

How do I report my compliance for the 2018-2021 Reporting Period?

If you are in Group 2 (H-M), the deadline to submit your report of compliance is February 01, 2021. To submit your report of compliance,  log into My State Bar Profile on the State Bar of California website and complete the Online Summary Log.

All active attorneys practicing law in California are required to complete a total of 25 hours every three years.  If you are in Group 2, your 25 hours  must be completed between February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2021.

  • At least 12.5 MCLE hours must be “participatory” CLE credit.
  • As part of the 25 hour requirement, attorneys must complete the following:
    • Legal Ethics: 4 hours (required)
    • Competence Issues (formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness): 1 hour (required)
    • Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society: 1 hour (required)

Attorneys are responsible for tracking their own hours and must report compliance to the State Bar of California. The State Bar of California provides a Personal MCLE Log Form that can be downloaded and used to track MCLE hours. SMCBA members can view and download MCLE certificates by logging into their SMCBA profiles. View the Instructions on How to Print MCLE Certificates.

For more information on credit details, exemptions and modified requirements, please visit the State Bar of California’s website.