SMCBA and Bain Mazza & Debski LLP – Pronouns 101 Training- May 8th

Monday, May 8th, 2023
Via Zoom

Pronouns 101

Have you ever asked yourself “did I use the “correct” pronoun for that person”? This Pronouns 101 workshop will help you feel more comfortable in any situation! In this workshop, you will learn how to safely ask someone their pronouns, break down neo pronouns and experience a safe space to ask your questions about pronouns.  Through interactive videos, zoom polls, and pronoun use practice, we will help you become a pro at pronouns!

Speaker: Azisa (Zi) Todd was born and raised in Oakland and uses she/her/hers/they pronouns, or simply Zi. Much of their community work started young when Azisa was a Girl Scout and continued into high school. While in high school, she did the usual queer things like co-organize the Queer Straight Alliance and Feminist Club. After, Zi went on to undergrad, served as a member then director of BlaQue, UCLA’s Black LGBTQ+ organization. Zi hosted events, workshops, and study sessions up until the pandemic hit. Having since graduated from UCLA, she decided to jump back into academia and pursue a master’s in public health at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in community health education. Azisa’s long-term goal after completing the MPH program is to pursue a DrPH or PhD in public health and teach what they have learned to college-level students.

Azisa is excited to be the Lead Trainer and Events Coordinator position at the San Mateo County Pride Center because of their background in organizing and hosting events for the queer community in LA and the various workshops Zi helped develop; doing this form of work is both rewarding and joyful for Zi. Outside of academia and work, she is learning how to roller skate and watch a lot of anime.

Cost: Free for SMCBA members, $15 for Non-members. Cost includes 1.5 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Register online at www.smcba.org 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.

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 2023 Law Day – April 28

Friday, April 28, 2023
In Person Event at 12:00PM
Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, CA 94061

Please join us on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Cañada College for our annual Law Day event. Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law.  Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.  Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts. This year, our speakers are Hon. Renee C. Reyna, Criminal Defense Attorney M. Gabriela Guraiib, and Marriage & Family Therapist & Retired Probation Officer Lori Smiley-Klingler. 

Hon. Renee C. Reyna
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge

Judge Renee C. Reyna was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, in September 2021 by Governor Gavin Newsom. Prior to her appointment, she served as a San Mateo County Court Commissioner since 2019. Before serving as a judicial officer, she worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the California Supreme Court and as a Staff Attorney at the San Mateo County Superior Court. She started her career as a criminal defense attorney in Placer County, where she primarily represented indigent clients. Judge Reyna currently presides over Family Law cases for the San Mateo County Superior Court.

M. Gabriela Guraiib
Criminal Defense Attorney

Gaby Guraiib was born and educated in Tucuman, Argentina. She graduated from the National University of Tucuman with a juris doctor and became a practicing attorney in in Argentina. After immigrating to the United States, she became a licensed to practice law in California. She worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Tulare County with prior law clerking background where she gained experience in misdemeanors and felonies as well as juvenile defense. She relocated to San Mateo County in 2014.

Lori Smiley-Klingler
Marriage & Family Therapist & Retired Probation Officer

Lori is a retired Probation Officer of 28 years who supervised juvenile and adult offenders. Lori is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who now operates a private practice in the bay area. For her last eight years, she worked in the Probation’s DV unit with domestic violence offenders, victims and various service providers as a supervising probation officer and a Probation Service Manager. In 2020, she was honored with the Barbara Hammerman award for her advocacy and leadership in domestic violence prevention.

The high school students and teacher-advisors who participated in this year’s Mock Trial Competition will be honored guests at our annual Law Day event. We invite SMCBA members to sponsor the luncheon cost of a student(s) or a school. All Sponsors will be acknowledged in the Law Day Program & in the May/June Here-Say.

Presentation of Mock Trial Awards
The high school students and teacher-advisors who participated in this year’s Mock Trial Competition will be honored guests.  

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship Program Presentation
Each year, the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association presents scholarship awards to three high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in the law or criminal justice careers at this event. The San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of justice, preservation of the jury system, and the protection of the rights of the consumers and injury victims.

To sponsor a student, it is $55 each student, you also have the option to sponsor a school & receive 2 entry tickets at $500, or to sponsor just a school and NOT attend the event it is $400, contact the SMCBA at events@smcba.org.

Participants of the 2023 Mock Trial Competition

AragonOceanaHillsdale
CarlmontSouth San FranciscoJunipero Serra
Half Moon BayBurlingameNotre Dame
JeffersonCrystal SpringsSan Mateo
MenloMillsTerra Nova

Congratulations to the 2023 Mock Trial winners!

Labor and Employment Section- Navigating San Mateo County’s Single Assignment System for Civil Cases- April 27

Thursday, April 27, 2023
Via Zoom at 12:00PM

Beginning January 1, 2021, the San Mateo County Superior Court made a significant change in the way it handles civil cases by converting from a master calendar to a single assignment system. Judge Danny Y. Chou will talk about what this change means for civil litigants and share his recommendations, tips, and tricks for attorneys under the Court’s “new” single assignment system.

Who: The Honorable Danny Y. Chou was nominated by Governor Gavin Newsom on February 17, 2023, for appointment to the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Five. He is currently a judge with the San Mateo County Superior Court, where he is one of five judges assigned to handle all civil cases. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Chou served as an Assistant County Counsel at the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office. At the County Counsel’s Office, he was the lead public trial lawyer and lead appellate lawyer in People v. ConAgra Grocery Products Co., which resulted in a $305 million settlement to be used to clean up residential lead paint.

He also served as the Chief of Complex and Special Litigation and the Chief of Appellate Litigation at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he was part of the trial and appellate teams that successfully challenged California’s statutory and constitutional bans on same sex marriage. In addition, he has served as a supervising staff attorney for a Justice at the California Supreme Court, a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, an associate at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, and a law clerk for a judge at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

When: Thursday, April 27th from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

**Please start to log in to Zoom about five minutes before the start time **

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. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit.

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email events@smcba.org.

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 and the Law Library Host- Community Law Night- April 25

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
From 6:00PM-8:00PM
San Mateo County Law Library
710 Hamilton St.
Redwood City, CA  94063

The San Mateo County Law Library is proud to present Community
Law Night where members of the general public can benefit from free
one-on-one legal consultation. The Community Law Night is held over the phone
on Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm. If you would like
to volunteer for Community Law Night, please contact the 
Law
Library at (650) 363-4913.

Upcoming Date and Topics:

Civil, Family Law, Probate and Estate Planning on Tuesday, April 25th from
6pm-8pm.

Community Law Night offers free 20-minute consultations with volunteer
attorneys at the San Mateo County Law Library. on Tuesday between 6pm
and 8pm
.



Estate Planning and Probate Section- Attorney Trust Accounting- April 20

Thursday, April 20, 2023
In Person and Via Zoom at 12:00pm

If you plan on attending this event in person:
Please arrive at Elks Lodge at 11:40am
229 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

This session will cover the practical aspects of managing Client Trust Accounts in a law firm and what profitability measures lawyers should be reviewing.

·      Client Trust Account Protection Program [CTAPP]

·      What reports should you have for your trust account?

·      How should your trust account be reconciled?

·      Common mistakes

Our presenter will be Diane L. Camacho, CLM of DLC Consulting Services.

Cost: Cost is $50 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section for the luncheon ($40 for webinar) and $65 for non-members for the luncheon ($55 for the webinar). Cost includes lunch and 1.0-hour General Law MCLE for live event attendees. MCLE will be provided for the webinar participants.

Registration and Information: Please note that we have four registration options. Luncheon or Webinar, Member or Non-Member. Webinar registrants wishing to change to Luncheon attendance must contact the SMCBA offices at events@smcba.org prior to Monday, April 17.

Monday, April 17 is the deadline for requesting a refund.

For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com.

Directions:

San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

From Highway 92, Exit El Camino Real South. Turn right (west) at the first traffic light onto 20th Avenue. The Elks Lodge is three blocks west on 20th Avenue on your left.

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.

Barristers Section- Brown Bag with District Judge Beth Labson Freeman- April 19

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
In Person at 12:00PM
San Jose Courthouse- Courtroom 3 – 5th Floor
280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95113

Join the Barristers for an intimate meet-and-greet with Federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman in her courtroom in San Jose.  You’ll have the opportunity to hear her speak about her career and time as a federal judge, and to ask any questions you may have.  This event is co-hosted with the Santa Clara County Bar Association Barristers. 
Email Caiti Busch – cbusch@smcgov.org, if you would like to attend.  We will coordinate carpooling.

Barristers Section- Meet and Greet- March 9

Thursday, March 9, 2023
In Person from 2:30PM-5:00PM

The Barristers are the next generation of attorneys in the San Mateo County Bar Association and host over 20+ professional development and networking events each year.

During the annual Barristers Meet and Greet, you will meet with judges, District Attorneys, local practitioners, and court staff.  You will learn about how to locate different courtrooms, courthouse procedural “dos and don’ts,” and you will learn directly from the judges who preside in that courthouse.

We will have welcome remarks from the San Mateo County Bar Association, various bench officers, and local legal organizations, followed by a Q&A sessions with a panel of judges from Family Court, Criminal Court, and Civil Court.

This event is one of the SMCBA Barristers’ highlights of the year.

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.

Estate Planning and Probate Section- Annual Update: 2022 A Year in Review – A Trivalent Dose for the Tridemic- January 26

Thursday, January 26, 2023

In Person and Via Zoom

If you plan on attending this event in person:
Please arrive at Elks Lodge at 11:40am
229 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

About Our Speakers:

Steven P. Braccini is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  He is the Managing Partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Silicon Valley Office and is a member of his Firm’s Business Trial Practice Group.  Mr. Braccini’s practice focuses on trust, probate and conservatorship litigation including, but not limited to: Will contests, Trust contests, removal and surcharge actions, contested conservatorships, accounting disputes, financial elder abuse actions, reformation or modification actions, tax controversy, and related “civil” claims. Steve also has an appellate practice and has presented numerous seminars and workshops on issues related to trust and estate litigation.

Patrick A. Kohlmann is the managing partner at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann. Patrick advises individuals and families in all aspects of wealth transfer planning, including tax-advantaged transfers of assets, multigenerational planning, the taxation of trusts and estates, and business succession counseling. Patrick is passionate about the law. He was Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section (TEXCOM) of the State Bar of California (now CLA) from 2015-2016, and served on TEXCOM from 2008-2019. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel, was formerly a member of the Judicial Council’s Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee, and has consistently been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer,” including recognition in 2021 as one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California.

John Prokey is a partner of Ramsbacher Prokey Leonard LLP. Mr. Prokey’s law practice focuses on providing advice in wealth planning, estate and trust administration, and tax. His clients include individuals, private fiduciaries, institutions, and other business and non-profit entities. The wealth planning portion of Mr. Prokey’s law practice emphasizes advising individuals and fiduciaries in estate planning, wealth preservation, tax, and business matters. Mr. Prokey also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and probate administration matters, with emphasis in complex administrations.

Cost: Cost is $50 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section for the luncheon ($30 for webinar) and $65 for non-members for the luncheon ($45 for the webinar). Cost includes lunch and 1.5 hours MCLE for live event attendees.

Please note that we have four registration options. Luncheon or Webinar, Member or Non-Member. Webinar registrants wishing to change to Luncheon attendance must contact the SMCBA offices at events@smcba.org prior to Monday, January 23rd.

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.

Directions:
San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
From Highway 92, Exit El Camino Real South. Turn rig ht (west) at the first traffic light onto 20th Avenue. The Elks Lodge is three blocks west on 20th Avenue on your left.

Estate Planning and Probate Section- Planning for Tomorrow…Today: The Role of a Professional Fiduciary in Estate Plans- November 10

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: Trust and estate attorneys often need to educate their clients on the various roles to be filled in an estate plan and professional fiduciaries are often the missing piece of the estate plan puzzle.  The speakers will provide an overview of the professional fiduciary profession and will discuss common scenarios in which professional fiduciaries are called upon to serve in estate plan roles. The presentation will also cover, on a practical level, what services a professional fiduciary provides and what clients can expect when working with a fiduciary

Cost: Free for SMCBA members and $10 for non-members, cost includes 1.0 hour of General 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.