Dine for a Day Fundraiser – Nov 4th

We invite you to support us during our Dine for a Day Fundraiser on Thursday, November 04, 2021, from 10 AM to 7 PM, at Erik’s Delicafe-Redwood City.

The San Mateo County Bar Association partnered with Erik’s DeliCafe to fund-raise for the Lawyer Referrals Service (LRS) Program’s Fee Waiver Project. The LRS Program is a non-profit service of the Association that assists members of the public with finding a qualified lawyer. Thanks to this essential program, clients receive the opportunity to consult with a lawyer and potentially find legal assistance/representation. The proceeds of this fundraiser will help cover the administrative fee for our low-income population that was severely affected by the ongoing pandemic.

You can contribute to these efforts by dining-in or placing a take-out/delivery order from Erik’s Delicafe in Redwood City between 10 AM to 7 PM, on November 04, 2021. Erik’s Delicafe will donate a portion of their sales to the SMCBA’s LRS Program.

Date: Thursday, November 04, 2021

Time: 10 AM to 7 PM

Location: 400 Walnut Street
Redwood City, CA 94063

To order online, visit order.eriksdelicafe.com and select the location: Redwood City.
For take-outs, call (650) 364-1717.

We truly hope we can count on your support!

 

Advanced Planning — A Decade in Review: What Have We Learned Over the Last Decade and Where We Are Headed (As seen in CA T&E Quarterly) – October 21st

Advanced Planning — A Decade in Review: What Have We Learned Over the Last Decade and Where We Are Headed (As seen in CA T&E Quarterly)

Thursday, October 21, 2021
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

We are excited to present San Mateo County attorneys Melissa Karlsten and Chelsea Suttmann who will provide an overview of the estate and transfer tax changes over the last decade, considerations for future advanced planning, and an exploration of various techniques presently available to estate planners.

Cost: Cost is $20 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section and $30 for others. Cost includes 1.0 hours of MCLE.

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 day before and morning of the event. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.

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.

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

Thursday, October 21, 2021
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063

The Diversity Committee is proud to present its award-winning 13th Annual Speaker Series.  This year, our annual Speaker Series event will be conducted live at the “The Old Courthouse,” on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. You are invited to join us in person or virtually! 

Our Guest Speakers this year included, 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.

This event is also going to be streaming live via zoom. If you wish to attend virtually, please note that the event will be broadcasted from 5:45pm – 7:00pm.

Cost of Attendance: This event is FREE for SMCBA members . For non-SMCBA members, the cost of attendance is $40 (in-person) and $20 (virtually).
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.

Barristers Section – 2021 Annual Judges’ Luncheon – October 28th

Barristers Section – 2021 Annual Judges’ Luncheon

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the SMCBA Barristers’ Section for their 2021 Annual Judges’ Luncheon featuring Judge Amarra Lee on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

This is a convivial meeting to honor our esteemed Bench and welcome new members of the Bar. This is a wonderful opportunity for new attorneys to meet the Bench and Bar members. The Barrister of the Year Award will also be presented to Roxanne T. Jen.

Cost: This event is free! We encourage you to sponsor the event.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event.

Sponsorships: If you would like to donate to the Barristers to help sponsor this event please select one of the following sponsorship opportunities. 

  • Gold Sponsor $300: Large color logo published in virtual background, Program recognition, Sponsorship of meals for 3 judges
  • Silver Sponsor $200: Firm logo published in virtual background, Program recognition, Sponsorship of meals for 2 judges
  • Bronze Sponsor $100: Recognition in event promotion, Sponsorship of 1 judge

To sponsor, please complete the Sponsorship Form and return to: Mallory Barr, Barristers Treasurer: 111 W Saint John St., Ste 700, San Jose, CA 95113, mallory.barr@costanzo-law.com. 

*Contributions or gifts to the San Mateo County Bar Association are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. Sponsorships, gifts or other payments to the San Mateo County Bar Association may be deductible under other sections of the Internal Revenue Code, please consult your tax advisor.

Employment Litigation & Bankruptcy: The Basics – October 28th

Employment Litigation & Bankruptcy: The Basics

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

For many lawyers, bankruptcy is an unknown and unfathomable mysterious black box into which claims and lawsuits fall into, never to be seen again.  This presentation will provide a high level overview of what happens if your client or the other side files for bankruptcy during your case. Our speaker will address what happens to the existing lawsuit? What options a lawyer has without violating the automatic stay? How the claim is treated? And what happens to your fees as counsel.

Our speaker, Brian Irion was admitted to the California bar in 1985. His practice includes business law & litigation, real estate law & litigation, collections, intellectual property litigation and bankruptcy. He has published a number of articles on unfair business practices related to hiring of employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Brown Act, and bankruptcy among other areas.  He also has served as a judicial arbitrator, settlement judge pro tem for our municipal courts before consolidation, and since 1994 as a judge pro tem in unlawful detainers, small claims court, small claims appeals and other areas in San Mateo County. He established a debtor practice in 2007 and has filed hundreds of bankruptcy cases in the Northern and Central districts of California ever since.

You will receive one hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

Cost: $20 for Labor & Employment members and $30 for non-section members.

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.

Heckerling Review: In Light of What We’ve Learned At Heckerling, Kasner And In Our Collective Practices, What Should We Be Doing Before Year-End And Into 2022 – November 18th

Heckerling Review: In Light of What We’ve Learned At Heckerling, Kasner And In Our Collective Practices, What Should We Be Doing Before Year-End And Into 2022

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: From Heckerling in Sunny Florida in January 2020, to Virtual Heckerling in May, 2021. Laurelle Gutierrez, Charles (Chuck) Packer and Mark Shepherd will summarize recent developments; ponder whether retroactive means Déjà vu all over again; consider taking a break to stretch (an IRA);  worry about protecting our ass(ets)…more or less, time permitting. Please note that this is a 90-minute presentation.

Cost: Cost is $20 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section and $30 for others. Cost includes 1.5 hours of 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 day before and morning of the event. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.

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.

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.

SMCBA’s Anti-Racism Statement

The San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA) is appalled by the persistent brutalization and oppression of people of color throughout America. The killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless Black Americans before them provide incontrovertible evidence that we as a country are far from achieving equality for all. As attorneys, we all took an oath to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and State of California, both of which prohibit the deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, as well as the denial of equal protection of the laws.  This responsibility was reiterated by our very own California Supreme Court on June 11, 2020: “Each of us has a duty to recognize there is much unfinished and essential work that must be done to make equality and inclusion an everyday reality for all.” As attorneys and legal professionals, we are in a unique position to educate, empower and advocate for our communities.

To that end, we commit to establishing a Race and Social Justice Task Force to develop a multifaceted approach to advance justice for all, including: 

• Conducting a series of CLEs which will focus on education and specific actions that members of our legal community can take to help dismantle systems of oppression. Topics will include: 

  • Understanding Implicit and Explicit Bias in legal institutions
  • Legal observer training
  • Diversity and inclusion in hiring
  • Jury selection and racial justice
  • Racial discrimination in the Criminal Justice System, Housing, Education, and Healthcare
  • Effective anti-racist ally-ship and advocacy

• Educating our communities of color through “Know Your Rights” workshops that include demonstration law, immigration law, housing law, voting rights and the criminal justice system. 

• Encouraging our members to support social justice organizations with their time and donations.

We reaffirm our mission to advance the fair and effective administration of justice for all, and will continue actively working to transform that mission into a reality. We support the diversity of humanity and stand together to reject all forms of racism, hatred, and discrimination. We stand with Black Lives Matter to support the movement to end State-sanctioned violence. We are committed to being part of the solution to end systemic racism.