SMCBA’s Anti-Racism Statement

The San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA) is appalled by the persistent brutalization and oppression of people of color throughout America. The killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless Black Americans before them provide incontrovertible evidence that we as a country are far from achieving equality for all. As attorneys, we all took an oath to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and State of California, both of which prohibit the deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, as well as the denial of equal protection of the laws.  This responsibility was reiterated by our very own California Supreme Court on June 11, 2020: “Each of us has a duty to recognize there is much unfinished and essential work that must be done to make equality and inclusion an everyday reality for all.” As attorneys and legal professionals, we are in a unique position to educate, empower and advocate for our communities.

To that end, we commit to establishing a Race and Social Justice Task Force to develop a multifaceted approach to advance justice for all, including: 

• Conducting a series of CLEs which will focus on education and specific actions that members of our legal community can take to help dismantle systems of oppression. Topics will include: 

  • Understanding Implicit and Explicit Bias in legal institutions
  • Legal observer training
  • Diversity and inclusion in hiring
  • Jury selection and racial justice
  • Racial discrimination in the Criminal Justice System, Housing, Education, and Healthcare
  • Effective anti-racist ally-ship and advocacy

• Educating our communities of color through “Know Your Rights” workshops that include demonstration law, immigration law, housing law, voting rights and the criminal justice system. 

• Encouraging our members to support social justice organizations with their time and donations.

We reaffirm our mission to advance the fair and effective administration of justice for all, and will continue actively working to transform that mission into a reality. We support the diversity of humanity and stand together to reject all forms of racism, hatred, and discrimination. We stand with Black Lives Matter to support the movement to end State-sanctioned violence. We are committed to being part of the solution to end systemic racism.

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 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.

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.


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 no later than Friday, November 8, 2019. 


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MCLE Online Now Available!

San Mateo County Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of our new innovative way to fulfill your California educational requirements. All the programs listed have been approved by the State Bar of California for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and meet the participatory education standards.

How do I register for SMCBA Online CLE programs?

  1. Register or login to the platform if you have not yet done by clicking Add To Cart.
  2. Select Register if you have not done so or Login. (Online CLE is a separate platform and your SMCBA login will not work.)
  3. After registering or logging in, add to cart the courses you wish to purchase and then select View Cart.
  4. Enter your San Mateo County Bar Membership discount code upon check out by selecting Click here to enter your code if you are eligible and a Member. To obtain your discount code, contact us at or call us at 650-298-4030.
  5. Complete your purchase with the correct billing information.
  6. An email confirming your registration will be sent to your email address once the payment process is complete.
  7. Next, go to My Courses or follow the link within the confirmation email to access your Online CLE course purchases.
  8. You must open and view the Resources first then click Next Section to view the online video.

How long do I have access to the purchased Online CLE program?

Your purchase provides up to 1-year access from the time of purchase to view and complete. Failure to complete the online course within 1-year will require you to re-enroll and purchase again in order to view and complete the education program.

How do I report my Online CLE credit?

Once you review the program in its entirety, you will be able to view/print your certificate.

What are the computer requirements to view SMCBA’s Online CLE programs?

SMCBA uses Vocalmeet to provide its Online MCLE. Vocalmeet supports all standard operating systems and works with all standard browsers. Accessing the platform with a browser that has been retired such as Internet Explorer 8 (No longer supported by Microsoft) will trigger a message to use an up-to-date browser.

*If you attended the live version of the program, you cannot receive credit for viewing the program again online.


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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FL Section – Tax Consequences of Divorce – Nov 8th

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

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, November 8, 2019, for a presentation by Beverly Brautigam, CPA, MBA in Taxation, PFS and Hal D. Bartholomew, CFLS, AAML.

Ms. Brautigam and Mr. Bartholomew will discuss tax issues that frequently arise in dissolution matters.

Ms. Brautigam owns and operates Brautigam & Co., a well-regarded CPA firm in Sacramento.  Ms. Brautigam is a CPA with an MBA in Taxation and over 40 years of tax experience.  She holds Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, is a registered representative with H.D. Vest Investment Services, and is a Personal Financial Specialist.  Beverly is a Past President of the California CPA Education Foundation and has received the Award for Instructor Excellence from the California CPA Education Foundation.  She has also taught in the Masters in Taxation program at Golden Gate University and has qualified as an expert in several California counties.

Mr. Bartholomew is a founding partner of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, a Sacramento based family law firm.  He was in the first group of Certified Family Law Specialists in California, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is the co-founder of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group and the founding president of Collaborative Practice of California.

Ms. Brautigam and Mr. Bartholomew frequently present together on the interplay of family law and tax issues and have taught for the California CPA Education Foundation for over 30 years.

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

Please log-in 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. *Please 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.

1 hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.

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LE Section – Recent Developments in LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Law – Nov 7th

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Mistral Restaurant
370-6 Bridge Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065

Please join the Labor & Employment Section on Thursday, November 7, 2019, for a presentation on Recent Developments in LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Law with David Nahmias, Esq. from Impact Fund.

Laws prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination have shifted rapidly in recent years. This training will describe the current state of federal and California law protecting LGBTQ workers and workers with HIV/AIDS. Participants will learn how to recognize and eliminate explicit and implicit biases that harm LGBTQ people in the workplace, including inappropriate name and pronoun usage, unlawful invasions of privacy, and lack of access to gender-consistent facilities. The training will also identify practical considerations for lawyers when advising LGBTQ, especially transgender clients, and provide tips for ensuring an inclusive and affirming attorney-client relationship.​

Our speaker, David Nahmias, is a Law Fellow at the Impact Fund, a Berkeley-based non-profit legal organization that supports social justice through strategic litigation and advocacy, training, and grant-making. He leads Impact LGBTQ, the Impact Fund’s initiative to expand the community of advocates for low-income LGBTQ workers

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 log-in on 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.

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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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