SMCBA 2024 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting- February 22

SMCBA 2024 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 22, 2024
5:00-7:00 p.m.
San Mateo County History Museum “The Old Courthouse”
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063

Join SMCBA for our Annual Meeting, Installation of Officers and Barristers, and Award Presentation on Thursday, February 22, 2024. 

The James M. Dennis Memorial Award, the William Nagle, Jr. Memorial Award, and the Dennis L. Woodman Memorial Award will be presented at this event. 

To all SMCBA Members, renew and enroll in auto-renewal before January 31st, 2024, to be entered in an opportunity drawing! SMCBA is giving you the chance to possibly win SMCBA Swag + $500 in gift cards! The winner will be mentioned after the James M. Dennis Memorial Award, the William Nagle, Jr. Memorial Award, and the Dennis L. Woodman Memorial Award are presented.

Cost:  $85 per person, Barristers at $65, and Judges attend for free but must register. 

Registration: To register, please log-in on the SMCBA member portal and register, or email events@smcba.org. Registration is limited to the first 165 attendees. 

If you wish to pay by check, please mail check payable to the SMCBA along with the registration form to SMCBA-Installation, 333 Bradford Street, Suite 150, Redwood City, 94063.

Sponsorship: To *sponsor this event, please complete and submit the registration form. Payment is due at the time of submission of your advertisement. 

Full page $600(Approx. 7.5 x 4 in.)Half Page $300(Approx. 3.5 x 4 in.) Business Card or Name Listing     $150

Advertising content information must be received by February 15, 2024.  All content is subject to editing and must be received in electronic Word format.  Materials can be sent to publications@smcba.org.  For more information contact Ahide Rodriguez (650) 298-4005 or ahider@smcba.org.

 *Contributions to the SMCBA are not deductible as charitable contributions but may be deductible under other sections of the Internal Revenue code.

Estate Planning and Probate Section- The Dos and Don’ts of Appearing In-Person and Remotely in Court (In Person – Brown Bag Lunch)- March 5

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
This is an in-person event ONLY:

Please arrive at:
San Mateo County Superior Court at 11:40am
400 County Center Department 1
Redwood City, CA 94063

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of appearing in-person and remotely in court, with a focus on San Mateo County Probate Court. Ms. Toledo will provide practical advice and tips for new attorneys who would like to gain confidence appearing in court.

Speaker: Leticia G. Toledo, Esq. of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle

Where: Department 1 of the San Mateo County Superior Court, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA

Cost: Free for SMCBA EP Section members, $15 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General MCLE credit.

For in person cancellations, the cancellation must be received ONE WEEK BEFORE the event. If you do not cancel within one week prior to the event or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

Business Litigation Section- Post-COVID Civil Trial Practices- March 5

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
In Person MCLE / Networking Event

Location: Grand Bay Hotel
223 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065

In Person Only

On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Supervising Civil Judge, the Honorable Susan Greenberg, will discuss “Post-COVID Civil Trial Practices” in an informal address to the Business Litigation Section of the San Mateo Bar Association at the Grand Bay Hotel in Redwood Shores, California.

This event will be the first meeting of the Business Litigation Section since the end of COVID.  Members are invited to arrive any time after 5PM in the bar area to meet, greet, and catch-up.  We will move into a nearby conference room at approximately 6PM to hear remarks from Judge Greenberg who will speak and take questions for approximately one-half hour.  We will then recess back into the bar area for further fellowship and mixing.

Cost: $35.00 for SMCBA members, $50.00 for Non-SMCBA Members. Cost includes .5 Hours of MCLE Credit and a Drink Ticket. The bar is otherwise no-host.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button above 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.

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email events@smcba.org

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

Family Law Section- Annual Judges Panel- March 8

Friday, March 8th, 2024
This is an in-person event ONLY:

Please arrive at:
San Mateo County Superior Court at 12:00pm
400 County Center Courtroom 2M
Redwood City, CA 94063

Please join us on Friday, March 8, 2024, for a special presentation covering the San Mateo County Family Law Hearing Officers’ courtroom policies, preferences, and pet peeves. 

The presentation will only be offered in-person only at the San Mateo County Superior Court at 12:00pm
400 County Center Courtroom 2M
Redwood City, CA 94063

Cost (includes lunch):  $50 for section members and $65 for non-section members. Cost also includes 1.0 hour of General Law 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email events@smcba.org 

For in person cancellations, the cancellation must be received ONE WEEK BEFORE the event. If you do not cancel within one week prior to the event or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

Barristers Section- Meet and Greet- March 21

Thursday, March 21st, 2024
This is an in-person event ONLY:

Please arrive at:
San Mateo County Superior Court at 2:30pm
400 County Center Courtroom 2M
Redwood City, CA 94063

The Barristers are the next generation of attorneys in the San Mateo County Bar Association and host over 20+ professional development and networking events each year.

During the annual Barristers Meet and Greet, you will meet with judges, District Attorneys, local practitioners, and court staff.  You will learn about how to locate different courtrooms, courthouse procedural “dos and don’ts,” and you will learn directly from the judges who preside in that courthouse.

We will have welcome remarks from the San Mateo County Bar Association, various bench officers, and local legal organizations, followed by a Q&A sessions with a panel of judges from Family Court, Criminal Court, and Civil Court.

This event is one of the SMCBA Barristers’ highlights of the year.

Labor and Employment- Dos and Don’ts of Workplace Investigations- March 28

Thursday, March 28th, 2024
This is a Zoom event ONLY:

What: Dos and Don’ts of Workplace Investigations

Conducting an effective workplace investigation is crucial. Despite their complex nature, these investigations continue to be increasingly important in today’s highly litigious workplace. Employers must not only protect employee rights when undergoing a workplace investigation while also making sure it is a thorough and detailed investigation. Our speaker will address the Dos and Don’ts of workplace investigations and  tricky situations and conundrums that may arise in the process.

Who: Shivani Sutaria, AWI-CH is an experienced employment law attorney and workplace investigator in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the founder of Shivani Sutaria Law Offices in San Mateo.  She is neutral, external investigator who conducts fact-finding investigations into employee complaints on harassment, discrimination, retaliation and other areas of misconduct.  She is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), has completed AWI’s Training Institute for Workplace Investigators and is AWI Certificate Holder, was the Co-Convener of the AWI Silicon Valley Local Circle for several years, has served as faculty at four AWI Training Institutes, and is a Member of AWI’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Shivani received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law, her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of California, San Diego. 

 When: Thursday, March 28th 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 $35 for non-section members.

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.

Join Lawyer Referral Service Program

Do you practice in San Mateo County? 

The SMCBA is recruiting new panel members for the Lawyer Referral Service Program.

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. 

Join the Lawyer Referral Service Program today!

 

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.

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.

MCLE Online Now Available!

San Mateo County Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of our new innovative way to fulfill your California educational requirements. All the programs listed have been approved by the State Bar of California for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and meet the participatory education standards.

How do I register for SMCBA Online CLE programs?

  1. Register or login to the platform if you have not yet done by clicking Add To Cart.
  2. Select Register if you have not done so or Login. (Online CLE is a separate platform and your SMCBA login will not work.)
  3. After registering or logging in, add to cart the courses you wish to purchase and then select View Cart.
  4. Enter your San Mateo County Bar Membership discount code upon check out by selecting Click here to enter your code if you are eligible and a Member. To obtain your discount code, contact us at events@smcba.org or call us at 650-298-4030.
  5. Complete your purchase with the correct billing information.
  6. An email confirming your registration will be sent to your email address once the payment process is complete.
  7. Next, go to My Courses or follow the link within the confirmation email to access your Online CLE course purchases.
  8. You must open and view the Resources first then click Next Section to view the online video.

How long do I have access to the purchased Online CLE program?

Your purchase provides up to 1-year access from the time of purchase to view and complete. Failure to complete the online course within 1-year will require you to re-enroll and purchase again in order to view and complete the education program.

How do I report my Online CLE credit?

Once you review the program in its entirety, you will be able to view/print your certificate.

What are the computer requirements to view SMCBA’s Online CLE programs?

SMCBA uses Vocalmeet to provide its Online MCLE. Vocalmeet supports all standard operating systems and works with all standard browsers. Accessing the platform with a browser that has been retired such as Internet Explorer 8 (No longer supported by Microsoft) will trigger a message to use an up-to-date browser.

*If you attended the live version of the program, you cannot receive credit for viewing the program again online.