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!

SMCBA – Diversity 11th Annual Speakers Series – Oct 17th

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
San Mateo County History Museum
“The Old Courthouse”
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063

Join Us!

The Diversity Committee is proud to present its award-winning 11th Annual Speaker series.

Our Guest Speaker this year is Justice Martin L. Jenkins. Justice Jenkins was named by Governor Gavin Newsome on Monday, January 14, 2019 as his judicial appointments secretary. Justice Jenkins stepped down from the bench to help shape California’s future judiciary by vetting candidates for vacancies in the state’s 1,800-judge appellate and trial courts.

Justice Jenkins joined the United States Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney, and was assigned to the Civil Rights Division-Criminal Section. As a lawyer in the Civil Rights Division, he prosecuted racial violence and police misconduct cases for several years. In 1989, Justice Jenkins was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the Oakland Municipal Court. In 1992, he was elevated by Governor Pete Wilson to the Alameda County Superior Court and in 1995, became the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division. Justice Jenkins was confirmed to his position as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, in 2008 where he served for 11 years.

The Following Recognition Will Be Made At The Event:

Les Williams Award
The Diversity Award Recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated a meaningful and consistent commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in San Mateo County at all levels of the legal profession.

Nancy de Ita Scholarship
The Scholarship is given to an incoming/current law student, or recent graduate who has not passed the bar exam to encourage and support their commitment to the legal profession and diversity in our community.

1 Hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE will be provided upon request.

 

Register today!

Establishing a Successful Referral Practice – Oct 23rd

Fox, Shjeflo & Babu, LLP
2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas
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 email the RSVP Form to Barbara Guzman, LRS Program Coordinator, at LRSAttorney@smcba.org no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

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.

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.

 

LE Section – Recent Developments in LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Law – Nov. 7th

12:00 – 1:30 pm

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

Please join the Labor & Employment Section on Thursday, November 7, 2019, for a presentation on Recent Developments in LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Law with David Nahmias, Esq. from Impact Fund.

Laws prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination have shifted rapidly in recent years. This training will describe the current state of federal and California law protecting LGBTQ workers and workers with HIV/AIDS. Participants will learn how to recognize and eliminate explicit and implicit biases that harm LGBTQ people in the workplace, including inappropriate name and pronoun usage, unlawful invasions of privacy, and lack of access to gender-consistent facilities. The training will also identify practical considerations for lawyers when advising LGBTQ, especially transgender clients, and provide tips for ensuring an inclusive and affirming attorney-client relationship.​

Our speaker, David Nahmias, is a Law Fellow at the Impact Fund, a Berkeley-based non-profit legal organization that supports social justice through strategic litigation and advocacy, training, and grant-making. He leads Impact LGBTQ, the Impact Fund’s initiative to expand the community of advocates for low-income LGBTQ workers

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.

Register Today!

Business Litigation Section – Discovery: Helpful Tips and Ways to Avoid Motions to Compel – Nov. 13th

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Foster City
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Business Litigation Section on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, for a presentation on Discovery: Helpful Tips and Ways to Avoid Motions to Compel with Katherine Gallo.

Presentation: The presenter will discuss common disputes involving civil discovery, and ways to protect your clients from a motion to compel and discovery sanctions. 

Ms. Gallo has extensive experience including serving as Research Attorney for the Law and Motion Departments of the Alameda and San Mateo County Superior Courts, giving her a unique perspective on court process. Her responsibilities included all discovery motions as well as mediating ongoing complex discovery disputes. She has served regularly as a Pro Tem Settlement Judge, Court Ordered Arbitrator and as a Private Mediator. As a trial attorney, Ms. Gallo managed a full caseload of personal injury, product liability and commercial litigation matters.

Cost: $50 for Business Section members and $60 for non-members.   

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

One hour of General MCLE credit will be provided for attendance.

 

Register Today!

 

Fee Arbitration Program – 2019 Fee Arbitration Roundtable Training – Nov. 14th

11:00 – 2:00 pm

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

The Client Relations Committee would like to invite new and seasoned arbitrators to attend the 2019 Fee Arbitrator Roundtable event. Interested in arbitrating? Come see what it’s all about!!

Lunch and 3 hours of MCLE Credits will be provided. The space is limited, please RSVP asap. A $40 late fee will be charged if you RSVP after 11/7/2019.

To register, please contact Heena Khangura at (650) 298-4023, email Heenak@smcba.org

Topics to discuss will include:

Detection and Analysis of Bill Padding Issues
How to Deal with Witnesses and Additional Documentation
Permissible Contact with Arbitrators
Role of Arbitrator v. Mediators

 

Register Today!

WLS – POWER HOUR – Nov 15th

Friday, November 15, 2019

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Law Offices of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle
333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 350
Redwood City, CA 

Please join us for our second “Power Hour,” where you will have the chance to have lunch (on us!) and share with fellow members your experiences relating to gender equality in the legal profession, particularly in the courtroom. We will have moderators to encourage the conversation, but it will be an open forum for members to meet one another, and share and learn from one another’s experiences. 

Lunch will be provided.  The event is free.  So that we order enough food, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 13th to the WLS treasurer Katie Debski by contacting her at kdebski@bmdlegal.com or calling her at 650-378-1472.

We look forward to seeing you there! Be sure to bring a stack of your business cards to share with fellow attendees.

Register today