EP Section – Strategic Negotiations: Settling The Difficult Cases – Sept. 20

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

Join the Estate Planning & Probate Section on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for a presentation with Tamara Lopez.

Tamara Lopez will speak on the issue of Strategic Negotiations in the areas of estates and probate. In this program you will learn to hone negotiation skills used in both mediation and direct discussion with opposing counsel. Learn techniques to address unknowns (existing on both sides of the table) and unruly opposing counsel.

Tamara Lopez is a full time neutral at JAMS after a seasoned 22 year legal career and independent mediator practice. She handles a broad range of disputes including probate, real property and contract law. As a neutral she utilizes her breadth of legal experience along with her personal traits to communicate both intellectually and emotionally in resolving disputes.

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 MCLE.

Registration: Please login 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 Jim Griffiths at smcba@gryphonevents.com.

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: Barbara Guzman or bring a check with you to the event. *Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

Real Estate Section – Effective Use of Expert Reports Seminar – Sept. 20

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Real estate professor and expert witness Harold Justman, Esq. of Justman Associates and real estate practicioner Sean Ponist, Esq. of Ponist Law Group will present on the effective use of expert reports in both Federal and State Courts. This seminar will provide use and guidance on the use of expert witnesses and reports in trial. 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.

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 login 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: Barbara Guzman. *Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.


Diversity Committee: 10th Annual Speakers Series – Oct. 4th (Register Today!)

Click here to register for the 10th Annual Speakers Series.

View the Diversity 10th Annual Speaker Series Flyer.

The Diversity Committee is proud to present its award-winning 10th Annual Speaker series.

When: October 4th, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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

Ms. Nancy Appel, Anti-Defamation League
Ms. Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center

Missed Funky Credit Day?–It’s not too late to get credits!

SMCBA now offers audio and video self-study MCLE programs!

If you still need more MCLE hours, consider this sweet MCLE deal. Members and Non-Members can purchase self-study  CD’s of Funky Credit Day 2018, and earn 6.25 hours of MCLE, including 4 hours of Legal Ethics1.25 hour of Elimination of Bias, and 1 hour of Substance Abuse Prevention/Detection.

The full video program is $150 for Members and $185 for Non-Members. Both Members and Non-Members also have the option of purchasing individual sessions; $30 per 1 hour of MCLE credit for Members, and $65 for Non-Members.  To facilitate your study, you will receive the CD audio files and handouts for the sessions you purchase all in one CD.

Everyone can use more credits! For more information, visit our Self-Study page.

To purchase the program today, click here or contact us at events@smcba.org or at 650.298.4030.

Period: 2/1/16 – 1/31/19
Deadline: 2/1/2019

Period: 2/1/15 -1/31/18
Deadline: 2/1/2018

Period: 2/1/17-1/31/20
Deadline: 2/1/2020

Attorneys are required to complete a total of 25 hours of approved credit every three years.

  • Maximum “self-study” hours: 12.5 hours
  • Members must fulfill at least one-half of their MCLE requirement with activities approved for “participatory” MCLE credit.
  • Special Requirements within the total hours required (may be taken as participatory or self-study):
    • Legal Ethics: 4 hours (required)
    • Competence Issues (formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness): 1 hour (required)
    • Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society: 1 hour (required)

2018 Fee Arbitration Roundtable – November 7, 2018

Click Here to Register! 

The Client Relations Committee would like to invite new and seasoned arbitrators to attend the 2018 Fee Arbitrator Roundtable event. Interested in arbitrating? Come see what it’s all about!!

Please join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, for Fee Arbitrator Training. The topics to discuss will include

  • Detection and Analysis of Bill Padding  Issues
  • Statute of Limitation Issues
  • Fee Agreement: Void, Voidable, or Otherwise Unenforceable?
  • Determination of Reasonable Fee
  • How to Address Malpractice Claims

Cost: This event is free for all SMCBA members and $25 for non-members.  Please register for the event by logging into your SMCBA profile. 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: Heena Khangura . *Note the space is limited, please RSVP asap. A $40 late fee will be charged if you RSVP after 10/30/2018. 

Lunch and three hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.