The Nancy de Ita Scholarship

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This image has an empty alt attributeNancy de Ita joined the San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA) in 1981 after passing the California State Bar. She volunteered on various committees and ultimately became President of the Association. She was the Association’s tenth woman president in 2009.

During her presidency, Nancy de Ita improved the diversity of SMCBA by joining all the local minority bar associations and encouraging their members to join the Bar Association!

She then created SMCBA’s Diversity Task Force. This task force later became a standing committee of the Bar Association in 2010, now known as the Diversity Committee.

The Nancy de Ita Scholarship was created in 2018 and 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 diversify our community.

The San Mateo County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee announces its 2019 Nancy de Ita Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is open to all incoming and currently registered law students. To apply, please email Monica Castillo, Esq. a 1000 word (max) essay on the topic “How Diversity Strengthens Our Profession.”  The essay must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2019.  The winner(s) will be notified in July, and must attend the 2019 Speaker Series event held in October.

Previous winners of the award are not eligible.

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LE – Effective and Ethical Negotiation of Employment Claims – May 23rd

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Mistral Restaurant
370 Bridge Pkwy. #6
Redwood City, CA 94065

Please join the Labor & Employment Section on Thursday, May 23, 2019, for a presentation on Effective and Ethical Negotiation of Employment Claims: Navigating New Rules Regarding Confidentiality, Mediation, Taxes and More with David Lowe, Partner at Rudy Exelrod Zieff & Lowe LLP.

Mr. Lowe specializes in international employment cases, complex litigation, and executive severance negotiations, as well as litigation and negotiation of individual employment law claims, including claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, unpaid commissions and bonuses, breach of contract and violation of the WARN Act, military leave, family/medical leave and wage and hour laws.

In addition to representing employees, Mr. Lowe is frequently retained as a neutral mediator to help other lawyers and their clients resolve difficult employment disputes.  In that role, he has helped settle multi-million dollar class actions, individual employment cases, and litigation involving a wide variety of issues, including insurance coverage issues.  Mr. Lowe received his mediation training at the highly regarded Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and “on-the-job” with his colleague Mark Rudy, with whom he has mediated numerous complex individual and class action cases. 

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 login into 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


E-Filing in San Mateo Superior Court – May 23rd

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

You are cordially invited to attend an E-Filing Seminar “E-Filing in San Mateo Superior Court.”  The seminar will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Redwood City Hall of Justice, Courtroom 2M.

Hon. Marie Weiner, representatives from the Clerk’s Offices, and a representative from the Superior Court’s E-Filing manager, Tyler Technologies, will provide an overview of E-Filing in Civil Cases in preparation for the court’s permissive E-Filing in Civil launch June 10, 2019.  The Superior 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) are also invited to this event to individually discuss the services they provide to attorneys and litigants.  Court personnel will explain Local Rules governing e-filing, “bookmarking” electronically filed exhibits, E-mailing Proposed Orders, requirements for “hard copies,” in Civil, and the roadmap for permissive E-Filing in Criminal (Subsequent filings) and Juvenile.

1.5 hours of General Law MCLE Credit will be provided.

Cost: The seminar is FREE and open to everyone.

For more information about this seminar, please contact Elizabeth Evans, Chief of Court Operations at

Visit the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo website for more information about the E-Filing process.

Barristers – Brown Bag Series- With Honorable Susan Etezadi & Susan Jakubowski – June 7th

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Juvenile Hall
222 Paul Scannel Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94402

Please join the SMCBA Barristers as Judges Etezadi and Jakubowski host the barristers for a brown bag, providing valuable tips on what is expected when appearing in Court.  The event will be followed by an optional tour of the Juvenile Hall. 

Attendance on the tour is limited to members of the SMCBA who must RSVP by June 3, 2019 and Bring a Photo ID and proof of Active Membership of the State Bar.

Registration: Please login on the SMCBA website to RSVP for this event or RSVP to Joanna Wald at

WLS – Book Discussion – June 17th

Hobee’s Restaurant
1101 Shoreway Road
Belmont, CA 94002

Being talented, hard-working, and capable aren’t enough. Women especially may not be taken seriously if they don’t project confidence and competence. Cara Hale Alter’s “The Credibility Code” breaks down into clear, simple, and specific, elements including posture, gesture, voice, and eye contact, the keys to presenting yourself effectively. Come join the Women Lawyer’s Section on June 17th for a discussion of how you present yourself affects how your message is received and how we can all improve how we present ourselves.

You can purchase the book at your local bookseller, or alternatively at one of the following websites:

Cost: $10 per person

 Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or RSVP by Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to the WLS treasurer Katie Debski by contacting her at or calling her at 650-378-1472. 

EP – Recent Developments in Estate and Gift Taxation – May 16th

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

Please join the Estate Planning & Probate Section on Thursday, May 16, 2019 for a presentation on Recent Developments in Estate and Gift Taxation with IRS Supervisor Attorney Kyle C. Martin.

Take this opportunity to hear the Internal Revenue Service’s Kyle Martin speak and get an inside look at what the local IRS office is looking for on estate and gift tax returns and for updates related to such tax returns. Mr. Martin is the Supervisory Estate Tax Attorney managing attorneys in Oakland and San Jose. He has been with the Service since 1989 and in his current position since March of 2006.

Speaker: Kyle C. Martin, Esq., Supervisory Attorney (Estate Tax), Internal Revenue Service

We welcome Seiler LLP as sponsor of this luncheon seminar.

Cost: $40 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section who inform us in advance that they will attend and $55 for others. Cost includes lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit.

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

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.

FL – Tax Returns and DissoMaster – May 10th

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Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, May 10, 2019, for a presentation by Lee Ann Horton.  Ms. Horton will detail how to relate the various income items as reported on tax returns and K-1’s to cash flow available for support.  Discussion will include adjustments for pass-through income, capital gains/(losses), rental income, and business income.  After determining the taxable income and cash flow adjustments the DissoMaster inputs for each income category will be explained.  Ms. Horton will also cover when and how to apply the Qualified Business Interest deduction.

Lee Ann Horton, JD, CPA, CVA has been a forensic accountant for over ten years.  She started Anza Accounting in 2018 in Santa Clara County.  Her practice includes determining income available for support, business valuation, separate property tracing, allocation of community and separate property restricted stock units and stock options, Pereira/Van Camp analysis, and lost profits analysis.

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance. 

Cost: $45 for Family Law Section members and $55 for non-section members.

Registration: Please login on the SMCBA website to register for this event. 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. 

If you are sending a check, make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee. 
No refunds for cancellations less than 24 hours prior to event time.

*Please note: Registration closes on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

EP – New Attorneys Event: Court Updates with Peter MacLaren – May 9th


San Mateo County Superior Court
Judge Miram’s Courtroom – Dept 28
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

The New Attorneys Section of the SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section presents a luncheon with Court Research Attorney, Peter MacLaren. Peter is an experienced research attorney dealing with the numerous and interesting issues that are heard at the Probate Court. Peter will discuss topics of interest to attorneys new to the Probate Court process and provide tips for working effectively with the Probate Court Staff and the Court itself.

Please send any questions you might want answered ahead of time along with your RSVP.

Cost: The event is FREE to all new attorneys but must RVSP. Lunch and one hour of MCLE will be provided.

Registration: Click here to register online or RSVP by Tuesday May 7, 2019 to Sabrina M. Johnson at

Space is limited. Please sign up early as this promises to be a well-attended event.

Lunch will be provided by the SMCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section.