Urgent Message from Executive Director

Dear San Mateo County Bar Association members,

Effective immediately, the San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA) is cancelling all non-essential meetings. Committee Chairs will be provided with virtual meeting platform software to conduct meetings on behalf of the Association. Section Chairs will also be provided with software and should use their discretion when planning meetings. Please stay tuned for more information regarding Law Day (May 1st) and Judges’ Night (June 4th).

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program will not accept walk-in clients this month. If you are part of the LRS panel, we will continue to make referrals online and over the phone. We urge our members to meet with the LRS referrals by phone only until further notice.

Likewise, walk-in members are encouraged to do business by phone (650-298-4030), email (membership@smcba.org) or by fax (650-368-3892).

Thank you for your patience and for helping us keep SMCBA a healthy and safe place for all.

Deborah Kemper
Executive Director

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.

To Boldly go “Above & Beyond” In Providing Justice For Litigants – CANCELLED

Our speaker, Judge Susan L. Greenberg will provide an insight on motion practices. Judge Greenberg was elected and appointed by Governor Brown in 2014, she has presided over several matters including Criminal Law, Civil  Law & Motion and Family Law. Throughout her career, Judge Greenberg has handled matters involving general civil litigation, business transactions, real property litigation and transactions, criminal law, family law, personal injury law, and estate planning and probate.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location: Mistral Restaurant
370 Bridge Parkway #6
Redwood City, CA 94065

Cost: $55 for Labor/Employment and Business/Litigation 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.

Ways to Get Engaged with Advocacy – CANCELLED

Please join the Women Lawyers’ Section as they host California Women Lawyers (CWL) board member Beth Mora for an informative and interactive presentation on CWL’s advocacy initiatives.

Beth Mora will provide a summary of 2019 California legislation, an overview of the CWL Legislative Committee’s 2019 work, and key steps taken in 2019 by the CWL Gender Equity Task Force to address gender equality within the practice of law in California. The speaker will provide a brief training on the lobbying process and how lawyers and law firms can promote gender equality.

The presentation will also highlight the activities of the CWL Legislative Committee and Gender Equity Task Force, as well as other advocacy avenues for members of the San Mateo County Bar Association wishing to become involved.

Date: Tuesday,  March 24, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Location: Hobees Restaurant
1101 Shoreway Rd.
Belmont, CA 94002

Cost: $10 for Women Lawyers Section members and $20 for non-section members.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or RSVP by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to the WLS treasurer Sumble Manzoor by contacting her at sm@coreylaw.com or (650) 871-5666. 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.

Barristers Section – Meet and Greet: Tour of the Courthouse – CANCELLED

Due to uncertainty and concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has been made by the San Mateo Court that the Meet & Greet on Thursday, March 19, 2020 will be cancelled. This was a difficult decision, as the event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our courthouse and the amazing work the Barristers Committee does each each year.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your attendance at our events in the future. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly at Joanna@deitaandlowe.com

Annual Panel Discussion with the Family Law Bench Officers – CANCELLED

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, March 13, 2020 at noon, for their annual panel discussion with the hearing officers of the San Mateo County Superior Court’s Family Law Division.

This is a unique opportunity for the Members of the Family Law Section to engage with their very own San Mateo County Family Law Judges and Commissioners on a more informal basis and to ask some of the burning questions that generally cannot be answered from the Bench.

Members are encouraged to submit questions on any topic of general interest to the Family Law Section. In past years, questions have ranged from Bench Officer preferences for courtroom practice and procedure, to understanding and application of recent changes in family law. No case-specific hypotheticals please. Please submit questions to be addressed at the panel discussion by no later than Monday, March 2, 2020. This will allow the Judges and Commissioners sufficient time to adequately consider the Members’ questions or concerns. Questions should be submitted to apham@mtsalawgroup.com.

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.

Power Hour: Work Life Balance – Feb 28th

Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle
333 Twin Dolphin Dr., Ste. 350
Redwood City, CA  94065

February 28, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Please join us for our third “Power Hour,” where we will share with fellow members our ideas and experiences relating to the topic of work-life balance. We will have moderators to encourage the conversation, but it will be an open forum for members to meet one another, and share and learn from one another’s experiences.

This is a free event. Although lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome, we ask that you please register for this event in order to ensure there is enough food.

Registration: Please login on the SMCBA website to RSVP for this event or to the WLS treasurer Sumble Manzoor by contacting her at sm@coreylaw.com or (650) 871-5666.

RSVP by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Practical Considerations Under the Newish Ethics Rules – Feb 27th

The rules of professional conduct are rules that every attorney must keep in mind while practicing law. The presentation will discuss the practical application of the rules of professional conduct in every day practice. This presentation will be interactive, and include best practices, from retention through termination of the attorney-client relationship, to comply with the rules of professional conduct.

The speaker, Russell S. Roeca is a State Bar certified professional malpractice attorney representing both underlying clients and lawyers in professional liability related matters.  As well as, counsels and represents lawyers before the State Bar Court in disciplinary matters.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Location: Mistral Restaurant –  370 Bridge Pkwy #6, Redwood City, CA 94065

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.

How the Heckerling Did It Get To Be 2020? – Feb 20th

February 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Fresh from the 54th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Laurelle Gutierrez, Charles (Chuck) Packer and Mark Shepherd will discuss a Heck of a lot from the Institute, including but not limited to:

1.   Shrinkage (of the stretch-IRA)
2.   Growth (2020 inflation factors)
3.   Magic (of grantor trusts)
4.   C, or not to C (corporations)
5.   Paranoia (Powell or otherwise)
6.   Exit Stage Right (in light of Kaestner)
7.   Friends (may be your favorite charity)
8.   Gambling (with or by Grandma)
9.   And a Heck of a lot more (or less)

The Estate Planning and Probate Section welcomes Hopkins & Carley as sponsor of this luncheon seminar.

This will be a joint event, hosted by the SMCBA’s Estate Planning & Probate Section and the Peninsula Estate Planning Council.

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.