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.
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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?
- Register or login to the platform if you have not yet done by clicking Add To Cart.
- Select Register if you have not done so or Login. (Online CLE is a separate platform and your SMCBA login will not work.)
- After registering or logging in, add to cart the courses you wish to purchase and then select View Cart.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 650-298-4030.
- Complete your purchase with the correct billing information.
- An email confirming your registration will be sent to your email address once the payment process is complete.
- Next, go to My Courses or follow the link within the confirmation email to access your Online CLE course purchases.
- 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.