Barristers Section- The Business of Family Law- September 16th

Friday, September 16th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description:

A panel discussion with attorneys Lydia Crandall, Nancy Encarnacion Mass, Kimberly Madigan, and Victoria Lewis moderated by Barristers Section President, Brooke Murphy, to cover topics including: financial models of law firms, management structure and decision making, remote work and other changes since the pandemic, technology, law firm culture and work-life balance.

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

Cost: Free all SMCBA members. Non-Members please pay a $10 fee. 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.

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

Brook Murphy bmurphy@madiganlewis.com

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- Help Me[diators] Help You: Tips To Get the Most Out of Mediation- September 22nd

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: The goal of any mediation is to resolve the case.  But how do you maximize the benefits of a mediation without giving away too much to the other side?  With extensive experience as a litigator and mediator, our speaker understands these concerns – and how to handle them.  Whether it’s about your own client, great evidence you don’t want to reveal, or even your ultimate goals at mediation, you will get the inside information on the “who”, “what”, “when”, and “why” of information sharing to help you get the most out of your mediation – and your mediator.

Who: Our speaker, David Sarnoff’s, extensive experience as a litigator led him to start mediating, and in 2018, David received formal mediation training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute. He now combines this training with his experience as a litigator and small business owner to help litigants realize the benefits of compromise and resolution in order to let go of the past and move on with their lives. He greatly values his work as a mediator and finds it deeply rewarding to help parties resolve disputes and provide them the freedom to look forward to better days.  David mediates throughout California in all areas in which he has significant experience, including all aspects of Employment Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, and General Business Litigation. He is also a Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer for the San Francisco Superior Court and Los Angeles Superior Court through Resolve Law LA. He is committed to helping everyone involved realize the benefits of coming together to find an amicable resolution.

When: Thursday, September 22th 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. 1.0 General Law Credit

Introducing Lexis+ Research Access – Sept 26th

LexisNexis invites you to attend a FREE CLE luncheon introducing Lexis+ Research Access.  Join us on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Par 3 at Poplar Creek Golf Course.

All members and prospective members of the LRS Program are welcomed to attend. This includes all attorneys who practice in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.

Come out and learn more about the Lexis+ experience and how you can take advantage of this exclusive benefit. You won’t be disappointed!

Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM and the program will finish at 1:00 PM. 

This event is being offered as a hybrid event. If you are not able to attend in person, you may join us virtually!

Please register online no later than September 22, 2022, and indicate your attendance preference. Virtual attendees will be emailed the Zoom link a day before the event. 

For additional questions, please contact the LRS Program at LRSAttorney@smcba.org or call our office at (650) 298-4030.

LexisNexis is a State Bar certified MCLE provider and will be providing the MCLE.

View the attachments below to learn more about the Lexis+ Brief Analyzer
1. Lexis+ Overview2. Lexis+ Brief Analysis3. Lexis Plus Brief Analysis

Barristers Annual Judges’ Luncheon- September 28th

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:15pm

The Luncheon will honor our esteemed San Mateo County bench officers and introduce the new members of the bar to the bench as well as to the experienced bar. We look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker, Mr. Joe
Goethals, who is a current Council Member for the City of San Mateo, as well as a roundtable of our bench officers, and recognizing our Barristers Award Recipient.

The Barristers Award Recipient this year is Joanna Wald.

Ms. Wald handles all aspects of family law matters, including complex divorce settlement negotiations, spousal and child support, property characterization and division, child custody disputes, pre-martial and post-marital agreements, as well as domestic violence matters.

Ms. Wald is proficient in Spanish. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA), Co-Chair of the SMCBA committee on Professional Equality and Board Member of the Women Lawyers Educational Foundation. She was the SMCBA Barristers Section President in 2020, and Chair of the Diversity Committee for 2020 & 2021.

Ms. Wald earned a Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School in 2014, where she was awarded student of the year 2011, 2012 & 2013. She was recognized with the Witkin Award in Civil Procedure in 2012. Ms. Wald was awarded best oral argument, as well as best overall scores in Tyler Moot Court in 2013.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Wald worked in the government and political sphere, including positions at UCSF Medical Center, interning for a San Francisco Board Supervisor, and interning at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Wald enjoys her time as a volunteer for San Mateo County Legal Aid, San Mateo Superior Court’s weekly Family Law Status Conference calendar and San Mateo County Lawyers in The Library. Ms. Wald is an avid San Francisco Giants baseball fan, fine pen collector, bird watcher and loves taking long hikes with her miniature Australian shepherd, Andi.

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.

Please see sponsorship opportunities below.

Gold Sponsor: $500

  • Large color logo published in virtual background
  • Program and special mention recognition
  • Special thanks stickers on meals for judges
  • Sponsorship of meals for 3 judges

Silver Sponsor: $300

  • 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

SCOTUS Recent Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was an unprecedented move in which the Supreme Court has for the first time taken away a constitutional right (here the right for a woman to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability of the fetus) instead of broadening individual rights. While opinions surrounding abortion have long been controversial, the Supreme Court’s apparent abandonment of stare decisis and the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at the earliest opportunity brings into question the intended purpose of the judicial process at the very highest levels in our country. If Supreme Court decisions can be so easily overturned, not due to any advancement in science or knowledge, but merely due to the individual and/or religious leanings of those on the bench, it appears that no case can truly be relied upon in our judicial system. As an Association, we find this troubling, and worry about the Supreme Court’s decision to turn matters of such grave import (including those related to bodily autonomy, equality based on race, religion, sex, etc.) over to state legislatures, in which women and minorities particularly are grossly underrepresented. We fear that the Supreme Court’s decision to leave basic civil and human rights as a matter to be decided state to state will have a staggeringly negative impact on low-income communities and those traditionally sidelined and marginalized in our country. In the coming months, we will be meeting with our sections and committees to determine how as an Association we might address this uncertainty. We hope to support those negatively impacted by this and potential future Supreme Court decisions which may further strip away constitutional rights in a way that will negatively affect our most vulnerable populations. We encourage ideas and suggestions from our members and hope you will reach out to our Bar leadership with your own thoughts.

Family Law Section- Family Law Related Real Estate Trends In The Post-COVID ERA, Harold DeBlander- September 9th

Thursday, September 9th, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: Please join the Family Law Section on September 8, 2022, for a presentation by Harold DeBlander on an update regarding the current real estate market in the post-Covid, high inflation world, and relevant implications in Family Law.

Mr. DeBlander, a Sotheby’s International Realty agent, is a skilled professional with insightful local knowledge and extensive expertise in San Francisco Bay Area luxury real estate. His dedication to high-quality service, combined with the one-of-a-kind resources, reputation, have allowed Mr. DeBlander to help his clients successfully navigate the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market.

Having bought, fixed, and sold well over fifty properties for his own account, with his own money on the line, Mr. DeBlander knows the ins and outs of what makes a transaction successful: from acquisition, and how to find value in a property that others have overlooked, to getting an offer accepted in San Francisco’s very competitive environment, to resale and what strategic modifications will make a house irresistible to today’s discerning buyers

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. 200, 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.

Estate Planning and Probate Section- The Red Flags of Undue Influence- August 18th

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Via Zoom

Description:

Undue influence occurs when an older adult is coerced, threatened, manipulated or persuaded into making changes to their estate plan that they wouldn’t make if it weren’t for the undue influence. The perpetrator can be a family member, new romantic interest, caregiver, professional, or a friend. The undue influence is often not recognized until after the victim has died and the will is read.

Undue influence is not an event; rather, it is a psychological process that usually occurs behind closed doors. What are some of the red flags that might alert an attorney to the possibility of undue influence while the client is in the office?

This presentation will focus on what to look for when the client is present and what kinds of questions to ask and steps you can take if you suspect undue influence.

Presenter: Nancy Hoffman, PsyD., Geriatric Neuropsychologist

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

Estate Planning and Probate-Ethics and Estate Planning for New Attorneys: Avoiding Ethics Traps for the Unwary- August 11th

August 11th, 2022
Via Zoom

Estates and trusts attorneys face unusual ethics issues in their practice.  This program, designed for newer lawyers, will cover issues like conflicts of interest, joint representation, the attorney-client privilege, risk management and third party claims, and more, all in the estates and trusts context.  Alison and Laura will discuss some of these common issues, including practical solutions to address or avoid them altogether.

Speaker: Alison P. Buchanan, Esq. and Laura C. Riparbelli, Esq.                                                                    

Cost: Free for SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section members, $10 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of Legal Ethics 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 Andrea Nguyen at aan@coreylaw.com.

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. 

Women Lawyer’s Section – Networking, Marketing, and Rainmaking: Diving Back In After COVID-19 – June 2

Women Lawyer’s Section – Networking, Marketing, and Rainmaking: Diving Back In After COVID-19
Thursday, June 2, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Women Lawyers’ Section on Thursday, June 2, 2022 for our next Power Hour as we share our experiences and talk about different ways we can “dive back in” to networking, marketing and rainmaking as the world opens back up after COVID-19. All levels of legal experience are welcome! 

Power Hours are open forums for our section members to connect, share and learn from one another’s experiences, facilitated by moderators to encourage conversation. Please feel free to submit discussion points in advance of the event to lauren@lmgwfamilylaw.com and jfunke@sflg.com.

Cost: Free for members and nonmembers.

Consistent with our prior virtual presentations, all attendees must register online prior to the event. Online registration will close on the morning of the event.

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