COVID-19 Announcement

Friends, Members, and Community:

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.

SMCBA is cancelling all non-essential meetings. Committee Chairs will be provided with virtual meeting platform software to conduct meetings on behalf of the Association. Section Chairs will also be provided with software and should use their discretion when planning meetings. Stay tuned for more information.

SMCBA continues to be here to help! We have been operating with less than usual staff. 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.

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 make referrals online and over the phone. 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-12:00pm 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.

The New Normal: Using Technology to Mediate and Litigate Cases Remotely in the Age of Social Distancing and Beyond – May 21st

The New Normal: Using Technology to Mediate and Litigate Cases Remotely in the Age of Social Distancing and Beyond

The Labor & Employment Section invites you to a live webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020 with speaker David A. Lowe.

Social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions have instantly made videoconferencing and other technology a necessity for lawyers to effectively represent their clients in litigation, arbitration, and mediation! Our speaker will discuss how videoconferencing is working (or not) as we are forced to adopt and rely on this technology, as well as provide tips for making the most of the technology to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.

David A. Lowe is Managing Partner of the San Francisco-based law firm Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff, and Lowe, LLP, where he litigates individual and class action employment matters on behalf of employees. He specializes in complex litigation, cross-border employment cases, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, commission disputes and executive employment contract and severance negotiations.  In addition, Mr. Lowe works as a neutral mediator to help parties resolve disputes and find a better alternative to continued litigation.

To verify attendance, please listen for three “keywords” to be announced at the beginning, middle, and end of the presentation.  A survey from Survey Monkey will be circulated by the SMCBA, which will request confirmation of those three keywords.  You will be given MCLE credit upon successful completion of the survey and will be able to access your MCLE certificate on the SMCBA website thereafter.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm

Location: Live Webinar via Zoom. Webinar link will be provided to paid registrants 1 day prior to webinar date.

Cost: $25 for Labor/Employment section members and $30 for non-section members. Costs are to cover the administrative and CLE costs of the program). You will receive 1 MCLE credit hour for attending this Zoom webinar!

Registration:  Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

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.

 

Ethical Issues Confronting Trusts & Estates Lawyers – May 21st

Estate Planning & Probate Section – Ethical Issues Confronting Trusts & Estates Lawyers – Live Webinar

The Estate Planning & Probate Section invites you to a live webinar with Alison Buchanan on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Description: This live online program will focus on attorney ethics issues relevant to estate planning, trust, and probate lawyers.  Specifically, we will address some of the more pertinent revised Rules of Professional Conduct (what is new, what stayed the same, and what wasn’t included), risk management best practices particularly important for estate planning and trust lawyers, and the new California Rules of Court requiring training for those serving as independent counsel in conservatorships and guardianships.

Speaker: Alison Buchanan is a Shareholder in Hoge Fenton’s Silicon Valley office, where she is the chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Alison is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is a sought-after speaker on attorney ethics.

To verify attendance, please listen for three “keywords” to be announced at the beginning, middle, and end of the presentation.  A survey from Survey Monkey will be circulated by the SMCBA, which will request confirmation of those three keywords.  You will be given MCLE credit upon successful completion of the survey and will be able to access your MCLE certificate on the SMCBA website thereafter.

Cost: $20 for Estate Planning Section members and $30 for non-section members. Cost includes 1 hour of Legal Ethics credit.

Registration:  Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
The meeting ID for this live webinar will provided 1 day prior to the event to all paid registrants.
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.

Small Estate Administration and Some Tips for Trust Administrations Too – May 28th

You are invited to live webinar on Small Estate Administration – and Some Tips for Trust Administrations Too! with Vernon L. Adkins on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 12:00pm – 1:15pm.

This presentation will discuss several very useful procedures for administering small estates and how those same procedures can be used to deal with troublesome assets in larger estates and trust administrations. Topics to be covered include 13100 affidavits, 13200 affidavits, and how the affidavits relate to Heggsted and Spousal Property petitions.

This event is designed for new attorneys and will be covering basics.

1 Hour of General Law MCLE credit will be provided.

To verify attendance, please listen for three “keywords” to be announced at the beginning, middle, and end of the presentation.  A survey from Survey Monkey will be circulated by the SMCBA, which will request confirmation of those three keywords.  You will be given MCLE credit upon successful completion of the survey and will be able to access your MCLE certificate on the SMCBA website thereafter.

Cost: Free, but must RSVP.

Registration:  Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Zoom login information will be sent out along with materials the day before the event.

Urgent Message from Executive Director

Dear San Mateo County Bar Association members,

Effective immediately, the San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA) is cancelling all non-essential meetings. Committee Chairs will be provided with virtual meeting platform software to conduct meetings on behalf of the Association. Section Chairs will also be provided with software and should use their discretion when planning meetings. Please stay tuned for more information regarding Law Day (May 1st) and Judges’ Night (June 4th).

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program will not accept walk-in clients this month. If you are part of the LRS panel, we will continue to make referrals online and over the phone. We urge our members to meet with the LRS referrals by phone only until further notice.

Likewise, walk-in members are encouraged to do business by phone (650-298-4030), email (membership@smcba.org) or by fax (650-368-3892).

Thank you for your patience and for helping us keep SMCBA a healthy and safe place for all.

Deborah Kemper
Executive Director

Status Conference Volunteers Needed

Calling all Family Law Attorneys:

Department 15 urgently needs status conference volunteers.

Volunteering at the Status Conferences is a great way to give back and learn or refresh your skills.

This is a great opportunity to feel a real sense of accomplishment as you help pro per litigants with their disclosures, answer their family law questions, help them resolve disputes and reach settlement, and assist them with their judgment packages.  If this is your first time volunteering, Judge Franchi or other volunteers will be there to assist you.

Also, if you are planning on being at Court for a Status Conference in another Department, they will try to get you in towards the beginning of their calendars if you inform their Clerks that you are scheduled to volunteer in Department 15.

Snacks will be provided.

Please click on this link to sign-up.

Drinks Are On Us!

The San Mateo County Bar Association is proud to bring back the popular membership referral program, DRINKS ARE ON US.

How it works: Invite someone to become a member of the Bar Association or renew their lapsed membership (someone who has not been a member since 2017 or prior).  If that person becomes a member, you will receive a $10 gift card for either Jamba Juice, Peet’s or Starbucks (your choice).  You must send an email to the Membership Department at membership@smcba.org indicating your name, contact information, and the name of the person referred; remember to specify which gift card you would like!

There is no limit on the number of gift cards or referrals. Gift card(s) will be sent out upon confirmation of new or renewal of membership. This offer is good for both attorney and non-attorney membership referrals.  So go out there and ask your friends – “Are you a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association?”

Remember, membership for new attorneys is FREE for the first twelve (12) months!

For more information about membership with SMCBA, please visit our membership page.

Mediation Best Practices – May 14th

Please join the ADR Section for a live webinar on Mediation Best Practices from a Mediator and Practitioner’s Perspectives with  Anne Goyette and Jeffrey Windsor.

Topics will include how to prepare for the mediation, how to prepare the client for the mediation, obtaining clients’ informed consent and acknowledgement of mediation confidentiality (Evidence Code Section 1129(e), types of mediation, whether to hold joint sessions, the usefulness of opening statements, briefs, and evidence in mediation, and best practices for how to present information (powerpoints, visual presentations), what to do when mediation appears to have broken down.

Ms. Goyette has resolved hundreds of civil disputes as a full time Special Master and Mediator since 1998. Through prepared and productive negotiations, Ms. Goyette has facilitated settlements ranging from cost waivers to $35 million, primarily in multiparty complex cases involving construction, real estate, insurance and related issues. Ms. Goyette is an ADR panelist for numerous appellate, state and federal courts, serves as Special Master and Referee for more than two dozen California Superior Courts and acts as Special Master in national and statewide class actions. She enjoys the highest Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™ Martindale Hubbell rating, Super Lawyers® distinction in Alternative Dispute Resolution and membership in National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and The San Francisco Mediation Society.

Mr. Windsor is a practicing civil litigation attorney and mediator throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii. He specializes in business, commercial, and real estate litigation, and provides advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, and growing and middle market companies. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Windsor was an associate at firms in the Bay Area, where his practice focused on commercial, real estate, and insurance litigation.

Mr. Windsor trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. He is an alternative dispute resolution panelist, facilitator, and pro tem with the State Bar of California, Dispute Prevention and Resolution of Hawaii, and with Northern California’s superior courts and Bar Associations.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Live Webinar via Zoom

Cost: $10 per person.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  If you wish to pay by check, please send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. Please note, webinar link will be provided only to paid registrants.