Renew your 2019-2020 SMCBA Membership Today!

July 1st marked the beginning of SMCBA’s 2019-2020 membership renewal drive. We would like to personally thank you for your membership and support over the year!

During this past year, SMCBA provided approximately 61 MCLE courses through our various sections. Our LRS program offered over 1,635 referrals to members of our community and the attorneys on our LRS panels. We’ve also added a variety of member benefits, such as the new online video MCLE portal and partnering with One-Legal for eFiling with the courts. In addition to that, you now have the ability to safely store your credit card information, allowing you to easily register for events and auto renew your dues for next year.

We will continue to provide information about events, court notices, and legal community news through our bimonthly newsletter, the Here-Say. In addition, you will be able to explore your leadership potential through board and committee involvement and build relationships with fellow attorneys and other professionals.

Please renew your membership today!  Please login to your membership profile online and follow these instructions.

If you joined SMCBA after October 1, 2018, please contact us immediately at 650-298-4030 so we may pro-rate your membership.

If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at 650.298.4030, by email at membership@smcba.org, or by visiting our offices located at 333 Bradford Street, Suite 200, Redwood City, CA 94063.

As always, we sincerely thank you for your continued dedication to our organization. We look forward to serving you another successful year!

LE Section – Lessons Learned From Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era – Aug 22nd

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

Join the Labor & Employment Section on Thursday, August 22, 2019 for a presentation on Lessons Learned From Workplace Investigations In The #MeToo Era by Camille Hamilton Pating, Principal and Chair of Meyers Nave’s Workplace Investigations.

The #MeToo movement caused a rapid increase in the number of workplace conduct investigations across all sectors of the economy. The presenter will discuss key takeaways and investigative best practices, including (1) creating new policies and training programs for the modern workplace, (2) investigating stale claims, (3) providing employees with skills for having honest conversations about workplace behaviors and (4) addressing #MeToo backlash, guilt by association and unintended consequences.

Camille has conducted over 150 investigations and specializes in high-profile investigations involving government officials, executives and high-level employees of public, private and non-profit organizations. She also provides training programs and helps employers create, enhance and implement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

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

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website.  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, checks will not be accepted during the event.

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.

Volunteer Opportunity – Summer BBQ at Haven House – Aug 27th

The Barristers are looking for volunteers to join them as they host a Summer BBQ for the families of Haven House in Menlo Park. Haven House provides assistance and shelter for homeless families from our community.

Volunteers will set up, serve dinner, and play games with the children.  To volunteer or for more information, please contact Stephanie Louie at Stephyahlouie@gmail.com or (310) 995-6217.

Establishing a Successful Referral Practice – Oct 23rd

Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu, LLP
2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Ste. 250
San Mateo, CA 94403

Join the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm for a workshop on Establishing a Successful Referral Practice. 

In this two-hour workshop, SMCBA staff and experienced LRS panelists will provide an overview of the LRS Program and provide strategies for the successful representation of LRS referrals. Attorneys will receive insightful views on how to benefit their practice through the participation in the LRS Program and better tools to approach LRS referrals.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • What is the SMCBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program?
  • How do I become a member of the LRS Program?
  • Successful approaches to LRS referrals.
  • Strategies for the successful representation of LRS referrals.
  • How to maximize the client experience for LRS referrals.
  • How to benefit your practice through participation in the LRS Program.

This workshop is free and open to all attorneys. 1.5 hours of General Law Credit will be provided.

To register, please log-in online or RSVP to Barbara Guzman, LRS Program Coordinator, at LRSAttorney@smcba.org no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

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.