FLS – 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon – Dec 18th

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to attend the 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon, honoring the Family Law Bench and Staff, Family Court Services, Facilitator’s Office, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and Family Law Clerks.  Join us on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:30pm to celebrate the holiday season, enjoy each other’s company, and show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the family law judicial officers and the Court staff who serve the family law litigants of San Mateo County.

Doors Open at 11:30am. Lunch will be served at 12:15pm. Valet Parking is Mandatory. No Host Bar.

Location: The Peninsula Golf & Country Club
701 Madera Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403

Cost: $80 per person.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website or RSVP by Monday December 02, 2019 to Jeffrey Ward by sending your RSVP form to Jeffrey Ward, Berra Stross Wallacker & Mass, 411 Borel Ave., Ste 550, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor this event, please select from one of the following sponsorship opportunities:

  • $750 or more (Platinum)
  • $600 – $749 (Gold)
  • $450 – $599 (Silver)
  • $300 – $449 (Bronze)

The generosity of your sponsorship serves as a gift of thanks to our judicial officers and to the Court staff by ensuring that they may attend this holiday festivity free of charge. Please send your selected sponsorship level and check made payable to SMCBA along with with your sponsorship form to Jeffrey Ward, Berra Stross Wallacker & Mass, 411 Borel Ave., Ste 550, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Please note that sponsorship of SMCBA events is not deductible as a charitable contribution. It may be deductible under other sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

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.

A Crash Course In Statewide Rent Control – Dec 6th

Real Estate attorney Michael J. McLaughlin of McLaughlin Sanchez LLP, a San Francisco-based boutique real estate firm, will present on issues involving California’s new statewide rent control law (Assembly Bill 1482, California’s Tenant Protect Act of 2019). This seminar will provide use and guidance on compliance with California’s rent control laws regarding just cause evictions, rent caps and a pragmatic discussion of what real estate attorneys and professionals in San Mateo County would need to know and how to effectively advise clients, whether property owners, tenants and the like of issues involving rent control matters.

This seminar will provide attorneys with 1 hour of general MCLE credit and will be important for both attorneys and other professionals who routinely practice before the San Mateo County Superior Courts.

Date: Friday, December 06, 2019

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Cost: $50.00 for Real Estate section members and $60.00 for non-section members. Cost includes 1 hour of MCLE credit and lunch.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or contact Mark Watson at markw@markcwatson.com, or by telephone at (650) 692-4001 or Grant H. Baker at grant@mballenlaw.com or by telephone at (650)347-5000.

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 what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee. 

WLS – 2019 Annual Holiday Judges’ Luncheon – Dec 5th

The Women Lawyers’ Section will honor the San Mateo County Bench at their Annual Holiday Judges’ Luncheon on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at Angelica’s in Redwood City.  The San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Educational Foundation will be holding its annual raffle.

Please select from one of the following entrees:

  1. Grilled New York Steak with peppercorn sauce, and served with roasted potatoes, and vegetables(chef’s choice) (gluten free and dairy free);
  2. Pan-Seared Salmon with lemon dill sauce, served with roasted potatoes, and grilled vegetables (chef’s choice) (gluten free);
  3. Roasted Artichoke with spinach in sweet red pepper pasta ravioli, grilled zucchini, baby carrots, red onions, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes (vegetarian and vegan).

Cost: $65 per person.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website or RSVP by Tuesday, November 26, 2019 to the WLS treasurer Katie Debski at kdebski@bmdlegal.com or by calling her at 650-378-1472 with your entrée selection.

If you wish to pay by check, please send your check made payable to SMCBA to: Katie Debski, Bain Mazza & Debski LLP, at 951 Mariners Island Blvd., Ste. 300, San Mateo, CA 94404.

Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor this event, please select from one of the following sponsorship opportunities:

  • $250 for gold
  • $150 for silver
  • $75 for bronze

* Your sponsorship will be recognized in the lunch program.  

Volunteer Opportunity – Annual Holiday Dinner – Dec 3rd

Join the Barristers’ Section as we volunteer to set up, serve dinner, and play games with the children on Wednesday, December 3, 2019 from 5:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m., at 325 Villa Terrace in San Mateo, 94401.

First Step for Families is part of the LifeMoves organization, a comprehensive coordinated network of housing and social services for the homeless residents of the San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley. First Step provides assistance and shelter for up to 39 homeless families from our community.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Joanna Wald or Maggie Trinh.

Estate Planner Liability for Transmutation Malpractice Arising Out of Divorce – Nov 21st

San Mateo Elks Lodge
229 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, California  94403
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Please join the Estate Planning & Probate Section on Thursday, November 21, 2019, for a presentation on Estate Planner Liability for Transmutation Malpractice Arising Out of Divorce with John P. Golden, Esq. and Jennifer L. Mispagel, Esq.

The presentation will focus on Estate planning attorneys (and others) who often prepare transmutation agreements in connection with tax and estate planning for married clients.  This program will cover a myriad of problems caused by such agreements which usually arise during marital dissolution proceedings but can sometimes arise in the event of death of a spouse (or even in the creditor context).  The program will include tips on how to reduce (but not eliminate) the malpractice risk for the estate planner.

Presenter John P. Golden is a California Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Law in Hopkins & Carley.  With more than 35 years of experience in estate planning, John counsels clients on estate planning and administration of estates and trusts.

Presenter Jennifer L. Mispagel is an associate in Hopkins & Carley’s Family Wealth & Tax Planning Department. She represents individuals, families, trustees, executors and personal representatives in Estate Planning, Wealth preservation and transfers, and more.

Cost: $40 for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section who form us in advance that they will attend and $55 for non-section members. Cost includes lunch and one hour of MCLE Credit.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or contact the program coordinator, Jim Griffiths at smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.  For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.

If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to SMCBA and send to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063, Attn: Events or bring a check with you to the event.
*Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

We welcome Mike Foor, Real Estate Broker, Intero as sponsor for this event.

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.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/SMElks

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, 1st Fl.
San Mateo, CA 94403

The Client Relations Committee would like to invite new and seasoned arbitrators to attend the 2019 Fee Arbitrator Roundtable event. Attorneys will receive insightful views on how to handle the Fee Arbitration Program cases and tools to approach difficult situations.  Interested in arbitrating? Come see what it’s all about!!

The training will cover the following topics:

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

This training is free for current SMCBA arbitrators and mediators, and only $40 for non-SMCBA arbitrators and mediators. 3 hours of General Law Credit will be provided.

To register, please contact Heena Khangura, Fee Arbitration Program Coordinator,  at (650) 298-4023,  or email FeeArb@smcba.org no later than Friday, November 8, 2019. 


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E-Filing in San Mateo Superior Court – Nov 20th

San Mateo County Superior Court
400 County Center, Courtroom 2H
Redwood City, CA 94063

You are cordially invited to attend a Criminal Court E-Filing Seminar. The seminar will be held November 20, 2019, from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Redwood City Hall of Justice, Courtroom 2H.

This seminar will be presented by Hon. Donald Ayoob, Jeff Rolston, Dennis Dauenhauer, Sara Afu, including Tyler Technologies, the Court’s E-Filing vendor.

The seminar will provide an overview of E-Filing subsequent petitions in Criminal Cases. The Court currently allows permissive E-Filing of subsequent petitions in criminal matters. The Court’s E-Filing Manager (EFM) vendor, Tyler Technologies, will be on-site to explain the E-filing model used at the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo. Electronic Filing Service Providers (EFSPs) will also be present at this seminar to individually discuss the services they provide to attorneys and litigants. Court personnel will discuss “do’s and “dont’s” for e-filing and offer practice pointers for successfully E-Filing subsequent petitions.

1 hour of General Law MCLE Credit will be provided.

Cost: The seminar is FREE and open to everyone.

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

For more information about e-filing, please visit the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo.

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Foster City
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404
12:00 – 1:30 pm

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.
Ms. Gallo 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 who RSVP by November 08, 2019 and $60 for non-section members and anyone who RSVPs after November 08, 2019.

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.

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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.


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