Family Law Section- Annual Judges Panel- March 10

Friday, March 10, 2023.
In person ONLY from 12:00pm-1:30pm at

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Foster City Executive Tower,
Bayview Room (7th floor)
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join us on Friday, March 10, 2023, 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 in the Bayview Room (7th floor) at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404.

Cost (includes lunch):  $55 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.

Family Law Section- Cryptocurrency Matters- February 10

Friday, February 10, 2023

In Person and Via Zoom

Please arrive at Crown Plaza Hotel at 11:40am

1221 Chess Dr. Bayview Room (7th floor), Foster City, CA, 94404

Attendees will learn how to request records related to cryptocurrency exchange accounts, how to validate and affirm the completeness of records provided, and how to verify holdings outside of an exchange account. Attendees will also review how to vet an expert for a cryptocurrency matter and learn some of the valuation considerations for various cryptocurrency assets such as liquid assets, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), and NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

Dorothy Haraminac provides economic damage calculations, asset tracing, and valuation in complex disputes, performs fraud investigations, has testified on bitcoin & cryptocurrency tracing and in commercial oil & gas disputes, and performs diligence and compliance analysis for FinTech and M&A.  Ms. Haraminac serves on the Advisory Board for Houston Christian University (HCU) and on the Editorial Board for The Value Examiner, volunteers her time to train law enforcement, attorneys, and accountants on cybercrime risk, blockchain compliance, and cryptocurrency investigations, and is a professor of Cyber Engineering.  She also served on the Litigation Forensics Board for NACVA, where she spearheaded the direct acknowledgement of military experience in lieu of a degree for the MAFF credential qualifications, making it one of the first NASBA-accredited financial credentials to do so.

Speaker: Dorothy Haraminac

In-Person Cost (includes lunch):  $55 for section members and $65 for non-section members.

Zoom Cost:  $40 for section members and $50 for non-section members.

Cost 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.

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 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.

For zoom cancellations, must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee for those who register via Zoom. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

Family Law Section- Status Conference Volunteer Training- March 1

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, for a status conference volunteer training offered by The Honorable Rosendo Padilla, Jr. and Kevin Cunningham. The training will take place via Zoom.

This training is designed to teach both new and experienced attorneys the ins and outs of serving as a status conference volunteer attorney. Among other things, the training will cover:

• Role of the status conference volunteer;
• What is expected of the volunteer status conference attorney;
• Tips on getting pro per litigants to Judgment; and,
• Instructions on when and how to refer pro per litigants to other ADR options.

The Court would greatly appreciate your participation as a volunteer attorney. Calendars are held on Monday and Thursday afternoons, as well as Tuesday mornings.

Speaker: The Honorable Rosendo Padilla Jr. and Kevin Cunningham

Free for Family Law Section Members and $10 for Non-Section Members.

Cost 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.

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. 

Please direct questions to:  Brooke Murphy, Family Law Section Chair, at bmurphy@madiganlewis.com  

For zoom cancellations, must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee for those who register via Zoom. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

SMCBA 2023 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting- March 2

SMCBA 2023 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2023
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, March 2, 2023. 

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. 

Cost:  $80 per person. Judges attend for free but must register. 

Registration: To register, please log-in on the SMCBA website or complete the registration form and email to events@smcba.orgRegistration is limited to the first 100 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 16, 2023.  All content is subject to editing and must be received in electronic Word format.  Materials can be sent to events@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.

Family Law Section- Advanced Issues in Parenting Plan Evaluations: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly- November 18

Friday, November 18, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Please join the Family Law Section on November 18, 2022, for a presentation by Dr. Kenneth Perlmutter and Dr. Philip Stahl for the a presentation on the Advanced Issues in Parenting Plan Evaluations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

In June 2022, The Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) approved new Guidelines for Parenting Plan Evaluations in Family Law Cases to replace the aged Model Standards of Practice for CCE (2006).  In this webinar, the presenters, child custody evaluators with over 75 years of combined experience, will discuss finer points of the new Guidelines, outlining important differences from the previous Model Standards.

They will discuss what makes for a “good” evaluation while sharing relevant examples of defective work. In explaining these and other evaluator missteps and errors, this discussion will assist you in performing your own critique of an evaluation work product. They will explain circumstances in which you may want to hire an expert to support or challenge an evaluator’s process.   Also included will be an update on remote evaluation practices and a discussion of what is being done by AFCC-CA to encourage new mental health professionals needed to replace the aging/phasing out of experienced evaluators.  

Attend this presentation to update and augment your understanding and assessment of Parenting Plan Evaluations. Along with the specifics of the webinar, the presenters will provide important hand out information and strive to answer/entertain your questions. Feel free to submit questions in advance to allow the presenters to incorporate them into the presentation.

Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members and $40 for non-section members cost includes 1.0 hour of Genral Law Credit

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.

Family Law Section- Top Family Law Cases of 2022- January 13

Friday, January 13, 2023

In Person and Via Zoom

Please arrive at Crown Plaza Hotel at 11:40am

1221 Chess Dr. Bayview Room (7th floor), Foster City, CA, 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, January 13, 2023, for a presentation by the peerless Garrett Dailey on some of the most compelling appellate cases of 2022. Garrett Dailey’s expertise on this topic is unparalleled, and we are extremely fortunate that he so generously gives us his time to review the top cases of the prior year.

Mr. Dailey is a Certified Family Law Specialist focusing on appellate issues.  He is a Fellow in the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is the publisher and author of ATTORNEY’ S BRIEFCASE®LEGAL RESEARCH SOFTWARE and the author of SupportTax® and Lawgic®.  The many awards he has received include a Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of California Family Law Section; the 30th Anniversary Outstanding Service Award from Association of Certified Family Law Specialists as well as the 1995 Hall of Fame Award; and the 2005 Outstanding Conference Speaker Award from the Cal. CPA Education Foundation.  Some of his more recent appellate cases include Marriage of Valli; Elkins v. Superior Court; Marriage of La Musga; Marriage of Macilwaine, Marriage of Facter; Marriage of Hibbard; Marriage of Hill & Dittmer; Marriage of Cadwell-Faso; Marriage of Sorge; and Marriage of Alter. 

Mr. Dailey will present a more in-depth summary of updates in California Family Law at his 2022 Year in Review – A Family Law Update Webcast, which will be held on January 27, 2023, January 29, 2023, and February 3, 2023.

Speaker: Garrett C. Dailey

In-Person Cost (includes lunch):  $55 for section members and $65 for non-section members.

Zoom Cost:  $40 for section members and $50 for non-section members.

Cost 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.

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 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.

For zoom cancellations, must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee for those who register via Zoom. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

SMCBA – Diversity 14th Annual Speakers Series- October 20

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Location: San Mateo County History Museum
“The Old Courthouse”
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA  94063

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is proud to present its award-winning 14th Annual Speakers Series. Our annual Speaker Series event will be conducted live at the “The Old Courthouse,” on Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. You are invited to join us in person! 

This year, the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee has invited Andre M. Perry and Marc Philpart to speak at the Annual Speakers’ Series. They will discuss the historical devaluation of property owned by Black Americans, and the structural inequalities that perpetuate the system. They will also discuss the systems that are in place that affect people of color with regards to health, education, and welfare.

Andre is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro and a scholar-in-residence at American University. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Andre is the author of the book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.” Andre’s research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. His recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment. Prior to his work at Brookings, Andre has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education.

Marc became the executive director of the California Black Freedom Fund in April 2022, bringing more than a decade of leadership in advocacy working with grassroots organizations to build power for racial justice. Prior to joining the California Black Freedom Fund, Marc led the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. Under his leadership, the Alliance successfully advanced more than 100 state policies and established powerful partnerships with the California Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Status of Boys and Men of Color and the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color. Through Marc’s leadership, the Alliance broadened its focus to include fighting for gender justice and ending intimate partner violence by addressing misogyny and patriarchy, as well as racial equity.

The following recognitions 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. 

Cost: This event is FREE for SMCBA members. For non-SMCBA members, the cost of attendance is $40 (in-person). 1 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE will be provided upon request for an additional $10.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. You may also download the PDF Registration Form and email back to us at events@smcba.org.

Become a Sponsor for next year’s scholarship winner(s):

  • Bronze – $100
  • Silver – $250 
  • Gold – $500

Sponsors will receive an SMCBA gift, recognition in event announcements, and visual recognition (Firm Logo) at the event. For more information or to sign up as a sponsor, please email us at events@smcba.org

Family Law Section- The Business of Family Law- October 14th

Friday, October 14th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Lydia E. Crandall is a partner at Lakin Spears, LLP.  Lydia handles a variety of family law matters including dissolution of marriage cases, post-judgment support and custody modifications, as well as premarital and post marital agreements.  She acts as a mediator and is trained in Collaborative Practice.  Lydia was named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine every year between 2009 and 2020.  She has been rated as a Super Lawyer in Family Law by the organization since 2021.  Lydia served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2010 and as Chair in 2011.  She was Co-Chair of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County in 2014 and Chair in 2015. She currently acts as treasurer. Ms. Crandall has served as Executive Committee of Lakin Spears, LLP since 2019.

Kimberly A. Madigan is a Certified Family Law Specialist and founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, a woman owned and operated law firm serving families of all circumstances here in the Silicon Valley for over seven years.  Prior to founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP, she co-founded another family law firm on the Peninsula.  Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Hersh Family Law Practice, P.C., in San Francisco.  Ms. Madigan has been practicing law for 20 years and spent the first few years of her career working as a civil litigator at Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin, & Lang, LLP in Vancouver, Canada.  In California, she has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers® and before that Rising Stars.  From 2015-2016, she served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the SMCBA.  In 2021-2022, she served as the President of CP Cal and currently serves on the Board as Immediate Past President.  She is a proud recipient of the Eureka award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to collaborative divorce in California.  Her current practice is focused on litigating complex family law matters both in public court and with private judges at all stages of litigation, including trial.  She also handles collaborative cases, mediation consulting cases, premarital agreements, and marital agreements.

Victoria K. Lewis (“Tori”) is a founding partner in the San Mateo County family law firm of Madigan & Lewis, LLP.  Ms. Lewis is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Ms. Lewis earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1988.  Ms. Lewis has a broad base of experience which informs her family law practice today.  Before focusing exclusively in the area of family law, Ms. Lewis first practiced civil litigation in the Los Angeles office of Baker McKenzie.  After that she worked as a Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California State Legislature.  Ms. Lewis worked with the Rules Committees of both houses of the Legislature providing advice and written legal opinions on a wide variety of employment and personnel matters that arose in the course of running the business of the Legislature.  As a family practitioner and before founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP with Kimberly Madigan, Ms. Lewis worked as a Research Attorney for the Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Division; she also worked as an attorney with the law firm of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton: and as an attorney with the law firm of the now Honorable Vanessa A. Zecher who is currently serving as a an APJ in the Family Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Ms. Lewis served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2016.

Ms. Mass is a partner at Stross Mass Cutcher & Levin.  She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”).  Ms. Mass handles all aspects of high-asset dissolutions, including those involving complex financial issues, property characterization, business valuation, child custody, child support, and spousal support, from the inception of a case through settlement or trial. Ms. Mass also prepares prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and works with clients as a consulting attorney, as needed. She represents clients in domestic violence actions, as well.  Ms. Mass was named a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for every year between 2017 and 2022 and she has been named a Northern California Rising Star for every year between 2011 and 2016.  Ms. Mass is an active member of the San Mateo County Diversity Committee since 2017 and a Co-Chair of the AAML Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee since 2021.  Ms. Mass also serves as a Mentor in the AAML since 2021 and as a Mentor in the UC Hastings Family Law Association Mentor Program for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.  Ms. Mass served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  Ms. Mass was previously associated with Hammer & Jacobs in San Jose, where she also practiced family law exclusively.  Prior to that, Ms. Mass’ practice focused on civil litigation, which included defending businesses in tort and employment litigation actions.

You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

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

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. 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.

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.

Family Law Section – Complex Business Valuation – June 10

Family Law Section – Complex Business Valuation
Friday, June 10, 2022
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday June 10, 2022 for a presentation by Neil Beaton.  This presentation will cover early-stage business valuation and the complexity of analyzing the value of venture backed businesses with no income and intangible assets.

Neil Beaton is the Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services in Seattle, WA.  With more than 25 years of experience analyzing both closely and publicly held companies, Mr. Beaton has particular expertise in the valuation of early-stage, venture-backed companies and has written and spoken extensively on valuation techniques for companies with complex capital structures. He has valued companies in most major industry groups including manufacturing, utilities, telecommunications, oil and gas, transportation, wholesale, retail and service industries both domestically and internationally. Mr. Beaton is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA). He is accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the CFA Institute and the American Society of Appraisers. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at local universities, an instructor for the AICPA’s business valuation courses and speaks nationally on business valuation with a special emphasis on early stage and high technology companies.

You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit, including 1 hour of Family Law Legal Specialization credit, for attending this event. MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

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. 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. 

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.