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It is the mission of the Lawyer Referral Service Program to give as many people as possible access to competent legal assistance/representation. The success of the program lies in the work of lawyers, like you, who are willing to devote the time and effort necessary to make a difference. You too can be part of this mission by joining the LRS Program. 

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ADR Section- Meet your Local ADR Service Provider – October 26th

October 26st, 2022

Hybrid Event at 12:00pm

Location: 2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo Conference Room: Atrium Court

Or Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description:  Come meet local attorneys in San Mateo County who serve as arbitrators, mediators, and private judges.  The panelists will describe the specific areas of their ADR practice, and how their handling cases post-pandemic.  The moderator of this event will be Jeffrey R. Windsor, Windsor PLC, San Mateo.

Anne A. Hagan, Esq., Canter Hagan LLP, San Mateo

Anne A. Hagan’s family law practice focuses on mediation, acting as consulting counsel to parties in mediation, drafting pre-marital and post-marital agreements, and litigation.  She has worked on hundreds of matters before private judges and the courts throughout the Bay Area handling, among other issues, high equity cases dealing with the division of stock options and venture capital.  Ms. Hagan is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, and she is a member of the Family Law sections of the California State Bar and SMCBA. She is an effective mediator and relies on her emotional intelligence, compassion, empathy, and litigation background to facilitate resolution.

Rand N. White, Esq., Dyer & White LLP, Palo Alto

Rand N. White, a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, has an active civil litigation, mediation, and arbitration practice.  His areas of practice include real estate, professional negligence, products liability, employment, securities, trade secret, and corporate litigation.  A past president of the San Mateo County Bar and Trial Lawyers Associations, he litigates and mediates cases in both state and federal courts, including complex civil litigation and class action claims.  He is on the SMC and Santa Clara County Superior Courts’ panels of ADR providers, and regularly provides C.E.B. seminars.       

Lauren B. Zorfas, Esq., ADZ Law LLP, San Mateo

​Hon. Lauren B. Zorfas (ret.), after graduating with honors from San Francisco Law School, began her career as an attorney in San Mateo, focusing on dissolution and legal separation of marriage and domestic partnerships, child custody, support, and visitation, domestic violence and related family law issues.  She became the supervising attorney and family law facilitator with the SMC Superior Court, then a Court Commissioner, presiding over an array of cases, including general family law, criminal law, child support, and domestic violence.  A founding partner of ADZ Law LLP, she leads ADZ Law’s ADR practice as a private judge, mediator, settlement officer, arbitrator, and special master.

Jeffrey R. Windsor, Esq., Windsor PLC, San Mateo

Jeffrey R. Windsor is an attorney and mediator who assists clients and attorneys in civil litigation and dispute resolution in business, contract, construction, and real estate disputes, insurance issues, personal injury, and employment matters.  He is an ADR panel member, facilitator, and pro tem with the State Bar of California, D.P.R. of Hawaii, and Bay Area counties’ superior courts and Bar Associations, including the San Mateo Cty. Superior Court. 

In-person at: 2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo Conference Room: Atrium Court

Cost:  $20 for Members, $25 Non-Members, Lunch is included

Or Via Zoom: $10 for Members and Non-Members

No MCLE Provided

Registration and Information: Please click on the button above to register for this event. You may attend in-person or via Zoom.  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: Please arrive on time if you plan to attend in-person. If you register to attend via Zoom, 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.

Race & Social Justice Committee- Understanding Immigration Consequences In Criminal Cases And Fulfilling Our Ethical Obligations As Attorneys- September 29th

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: Over the past few decades, having a criminal history, even one that may be considered to not be that serious, has had increasingly severe effects on immigration status.  During this hour event, we will hear about the effect of criminal convictions on noncitizens and review California’s legislation during the past three or four years that go to mitigating those effects.  This webinar will also cover an attorney’s ethical obligations in the criminal justice context.  Under Padilla v. Kentucky and California law, criminal defense counsel have an obligation to advise defendants of the immigration consequences of a guilty plea and prosecutors must consider immigration consequences when negotiating a guilty plea.  This event will provide 1 hour of MCLE implicit bias credit.  

Our speaker is Professor Evangeline “Vangie” G. Abriel.  She is a Clinical Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law and also the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service.  In addition to teaching Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, she directs the Immigration Appellate Practice Clinic. Professor Abriel has received numerous honors and recognitions including being recognized as the 2019 Pro Bono Champion by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Valley Chapter.  Professor Abriel speaks and writes regularly on immigration law matters, particularly on immigration relief for refugees and victims of abuse and crime. 

Speaker:  Evangeline “Vangie” G. Abriel                                                                   

Cost: Free for SMCBA members, $10 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of Implicit Bias MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email Sharon Cho at scho@smcgov.org.

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.

Qualified Retirement Plan Design for Law Firms- October 6th

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Via Zoom

Description: Please join us for an informative and useful discussion of the different types of qualified retirement plans available and how the right plan can benefit you and your firm. We will hear about how plans can be designed and operated to maximize tax-deductible contributions for partners while limiting staff costs.

We will also hear about recent changes in relevant tax laws and regulations, such as the SECURE Act and increases in IRS retirement plan limits.

Our expert will discuss the potential benefits of safe harbor 401(k) plans that avoid numerical nondiscrimination testing. You will learn how the addition of a defined benefit plan (either traditional or cash balance plan, depending on your circumstances) can potentially dramatically increase your tax-deductible contributions. Additionally, the program will cover specialized topics such as split-plan design, prior service design, defined benefit plan accumulation design, and coordinating plan design with the Section 199A QBI deduction.

Speaker:  Andrew is a frequent lecturer in the areas of pension, profit-sharing and employee benefit law. His services include designing, drafting and obtaining qualification for a broad range of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, as well as ensuring their continued compliance with applicable law. He has substantial experience in connection with prohibited transaction and fiduciary matters.

Cost: Free for all SMCBA Members, $15 for all Non-Members; 1.0 General MCLE Credit included.

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 meeting. 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.

Women Lawyers Section- Power Hour- Networking and Rainmaking- October 13th

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

Via Zoom

Description: Please join us for our upcoming “Power Hour,” where you will have the chance to meet and greet other Women Lawyers Section members! This event will focus on getting to know our fellow members, old and new, and will provide an open and casual forum for learning about each other’s practice and expertise. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect virtually with one another.

Cost: FREE 

Registration and Information: Please click on the button above to register for this event. 

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. 

Family Law Section- The Business of Family Law- October 14th

Friday, October 14th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Lydia E. Crandall is a partner at Lakin Spears, LLP.  Lydia handles a variety of family law matters including dissolution of marriage cases, post-judgment support and custody modifications, as well as premarital and post marital agreements.  She acts as a mediator and is trained in Collaborative Practice.  Lydia was named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine every year between 2009 and 2020.  She has been rated as a Super Lawyer in Family Law by the organization since 2021.  Lydia served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2010 and as Chair in 2011.  She was Co-Chair of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County in 2014 and Chair in 2015. She currently acts as treasurer. Ms. Crandall has served as Executive Committee of Lakin Spears, LLP since 2019.

Kimberly A. Madigan is a Certified Family Law Specialist and founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, a woman owned and operated law firm serving families of all circumstances here in the Silicon Valley for over seven years.  Prior to founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP, she co-founded another family law firm on the Peninsula.  Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Hersh Family Law Practice, P.C., in San Francisco.  Ms. Madigan has been practicing law for 20 years and spent the first few years of her career working as a civil litigator at Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin, & Lang, LLP in Vancouver, Canada.  In California, she has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers® and before that Rising Stars.  From 2015-2016, she served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the SMCBA.  In 2021-2022, she served as the President of CP Cal and currently serves on the Board as Immediate Past President.  She is a proud recipient of the Eureka award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to collaborative divorce in California.  Her current practice is focused on litigating complex family law matters both in public court and with private judges at all stages of litigation, including trial.  She also handles collaborative cases, mediation consulting cases, premarital agreements, and marital agreements.

Victoria K. Lewis (“Tori”) is a founding partner in the San Mateo County family law firm of Madigan & Lewis, LLP.  Ms. Lewis is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Ms. Lewis earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1988.  Ms. Lewis has a broad base of experience which informs her family law practice today.  Before focusing exclusively in the area of family law, Ms. Lewis first practiced civil litigation in the Los Angeles office of Baker McKenzie.  After that she worked as a Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California State Legislature.  Ms. Lewis worked with the Rules Committees of both houses of the Legislature providing advice and written legal opinions on a wide variety of employment and personnel matters that arose in the course of running the business of the Legislature.  As a family practitioner and before founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP with Kimberly Madigan, Ms. Lewis worked as a Research Attorney for the Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Division; she also worked as an attorney with the law firm of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton: and as an attorney with the law firm of the now Honorable Vanessa A. Zecher who is currently serving as a an APJ in the Family Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Ms. Lewis served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2016.

Ms. Mass is a partner at Stross Mass Cutcher & Levin.  She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”).  Ms. Mass handles all aspects of high-asset dissolutions, including those involving complex financial issues, property characterization, business valuation, child custody, child support, and spousal support, from the inception of a case through settlement or trial. Ms. Mass also prepares prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and works with clients as a consulting attorney, as needed. She represents clients in domestic violence actions, as well.  Ms. Mass was named a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for every year between 2017 and 2022 and she has been named a Northern California Rising Star for every year between 2011 and 2016.  Ms. Mass is an active member of the San Mateo County Diversity Committee since 2017 and a Co-Chair of the AAML Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee since 2021.  Ms. Mass also serves as a Mentor in the AAML since 2021 and as a Mentor in the UC Hastings Family Law Association Mentor Program for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.  Ms. Mass served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  Ms. Mass was previously associated with Hammer & Jacobs in San Jose, where she also practiced family law exclusively.  Prior to that, Ms. Mass’ practice focused on civil litigation, which included defending businesses in tort and employment litigation actions.

You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

Speaker: Lydia Crandall, Nancy Encarnacion Mass, Kimberly Madigan, and Victoria Lewis                                    

Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members and $40 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 meeting. 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.

Labor & Employment Section- Ethics credit with Legal Ethics counsel Kyle De Montes Oca, Esq- October 27th

Thursday, October 27th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

WHAT:  Knowing your ethical obligations in the daily practice of law is vital to a successful legal career.  Kyle will discuss the practical application of the Rules of Professional Conduct to the everyday practice of law.  Kyle’s presentation will be interactive and include best practices from retention through termination of the attorney client relationship.

WHO:  Kyle is a partner at RH | Montes De Oca.  He is a malpractice attorney representing both underlying clients and lawyers in professional liability related matters.  He also counsels and represents lawyers before the State Bar Court in disciplinary matters.

When: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from  12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

**Please start to log in to Zoom about five minutes before the start time **

RSVP:  SMCBA Members can register here. Non-SMCBA Members can register here.

If you want to pay by check, still, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA and note your name and this event. Please note that if you RSVP but do not “show up,” or cancel 48 hours in advance, you will still be charged the full amount for attending the event.  Note: MCLE certificates will be emailed to you once your presence is verified at the event.

Where: Your Computer via Zoom! All registrants will be provided with the link and meeting code one day prior to the event date.

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

Estate Planning & Probate Section- Recent Updates In Medi-Cal Eligibility, Recovery, and Planning- September 15th

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description:

Attorney Mercy Hall will go over recent and upcoming changes to Medi-Cal eligibility and approaches to benefits planning in light of the same.

Cost: $20 for SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section members, $30 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit and Estate Planning Credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

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 – Annual Judges’ Night- August 25th

August 25th, 2022

Judges’ Night is an annual tradition that offers the opportunity for our legal community and members of the SMCBA to celebrate, honor and acknowledge our esteemed bench, as well as meet the County Judiciary in a fun and social setting. 

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. 

No Speeches!  Great Food!  No Host Cocktails! 

Cost: $45 per person. Please bring your spouse or dance partner! Judges attend for FREE but still need to register. Please note guests of judges are not free. 

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 the 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 established the Race and Social Justice Committee 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.