MCLE Reporting Deadline

How do I report my compliance for the 2017-2020 Reporting Period?

If you are in Group 3 (N-Z), the deadline to complete your MCLE requirements for the 2017-2020 reporting period is January 31, 2020.  If you completed your credits, submit your report of compliance no later than February 03, 2020 by logging into My State Bar Profile and completing the Online Summary Log.

All active attorneys practicing law in California are required to complete ongoing legal training. A total of 25 hours is required every three years.  If you are in Group 3 your 25 hours must be completed between February 1, 2017 through January 31, 2020.

  • Attorneys must fulfill at least one-half of their MCLE requirement with activities approved for “participatory” MCLE credit.
  • Maximum “self-study” hours: 12.5 hours
  • 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)

Attorneys are responsible for tracking their own hours. The State Bar of California provides a Personal MCLE Log form you can download and use to keep track of your credit hours. SMCBA members can view and download their MCLE certificates by logging in to their SMCBA profiles. View the Instructions on How to Print MCLE Certificates.

For more information on credit details, exemptions and modified requirements, please visit the State Bar of California’s website.

2020 Legal Updates – Jan 23rd

Mistral Restaurant
370 Bridge Pkwy #6
Redwood City, CA 94065
12:00PM – 1:30PM

New Year, New Laws!

Join the Labor and Employment Section on January 23, 2020 for a presentation on Legal Updates by April S. Glatt. This presentation will go through the various 2020 California legislative updates. We will be discussing new laws, changes to existing laws, and discuss the practical considerations for lawyers to keep in mind when advising clients.

Our speaker, April S. Glatt, Partner at Chauvel & Glatt, and Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the SMCBA is a seasoned litigator handling Employment (employer-side), from compliance through litigation of all employment related disputes, as well as Business disputes.

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.

Status Conference Volunteers Needed

Calling all Family Law Attorneys:

Department 15 urgently needs status conference volunteers.

Volunteering at the Status Conferences is a great way to give back and learn or refresh your skills.

This is a great opportunity to feel a real sense of accomplishment as you help pro per litigants with their disclosures, answer their family law questions, help them resolve disputes and reach settlement, and assist them with their judgment packages.  If this is your first time volunteering, Judge Franchi or other volunteers will be there to assist you.

Also, if you are planning on being at Court for a Status Conference in another Department, they will try to get you in towards the beginning of their calendars if you inform their Clerks that you are scheduled to volunteer in Department 15.

Snacks will be provided.

Please click on this link to sign-up.

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.

The Year In Review – Jan 16th

San Mateo Elks Lodge
229 W. 20th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Please join the Estate & Probate Section for a presentation featuring guest presenters: Steve Braccini, Patrick Kohlmann, and John Prokey on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The panelists will present their annual review of the latest legislative, case, and tax developments most significant to California trusts and estates practitioners. The program will include analysis and discussion to assist practitioners incorporating these developments into their practice.

Please note that this is a 90-minute presentation. Therefore, the speakers will begin promptly at 12:00pm.

We welcome Boston Private 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 non-section members. Cost includes lunch and 1.5 hours of MCLE credit.

Registration and Information:
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.

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.

A Beginner’s Guide to Death and Divorce – Jan 9th

San Mateo County Superior Court
400 County Center
Judge Miram’s Courtroom – Dept 28
Redwood City, CA 94063
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Join speaker Sarah A. Brooks for a presentation on “A Beginner’s Guide to Death and Divorce” on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at noon. Ms. Brooks will provide an overview of the nuances of both death and divorce and how the probate code and the family law code intersect when an individual dies during a family law dispute.

The discussion will cover a basic understanding of the proper characterization of community and separate property assets and how they will ultimately be distributed to the spouse/former spouse, beneficiaries, or heirs as well as other issues to consider when administering a decedent’s trust or estate.

Sarah A. Brooks is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Sarah focuses her practice on litigation arising from trust, estate, and conservatorship matters, including elder abuse litigation. A fierce advocate, she has successfully represented professional fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and others in all stages of litigation.

Cost: FREE but must RSVP.

Log-in on the SMCBA website to RSVP by Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or contact Sabrina M. Johnson. Please sign up as early as possible, and please let us know if your plans change.

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

1 hour of MCLE Credit will be provided.

Top Family Law Cases of 2019 – Jan 3rd

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

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, January 3, 2020, for a presentation by the peerless Garrett Dailey on some of the most compelling appellate cases of 2019. Garrett Dailey’s expertise on this topic is unparalleled, and we are most fortunate that he so generously gives us his time to review the top cases of the prior year.

Mr. Dailey is a Certified Family Law Specialist focusing on appellate issues.  He is a Fellow in the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is the publisher and author of ATTORNEY’ S BRIEFCASE®LEGAL RESEARCH SOFTWARE and the author of SupportTax® and Lawgic®.  The many awards he has received include a Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of California Family Law Section; the 30th Anniversary Outstanding Service Award from Association of Certified Family Law Specialists as well as the 1995 Hall of Fame Award; and the 2005 Outstanding Conference Speaker Award from the Cal. CPA Education Foundation.  Some of his more recent appellate cases include Marriage of Valli; Elkins v. Superior Court; Marriage of La Musga; Marriage of Macilwaine, Marriage of Facter; Marriage of Hibbard; Marriage of Hill & Dittmer; Marriage of Cadwell-Faso; Marriage of Sorge; and Marriage of Alter.  Mr. Dailey will present a more in-depth summary of updates in California Family Law at his 2019 Year in Review, which will be held in Oakland on January 10, 2020, and in San Jose on February 1, 2020.

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

Registration: 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.

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.

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.

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.