Renew your 2019-2020 SMCBA Membership Today!

July 1st marked the beginning of SMCBA’s 2019-2020 membership renewal drive. We would like to personally thank you for your membership and support over the year!

During this past year, SMCBA provided approximately 61 MCLE courses through our various sections. Our LRS program offered over 1,635 referrals to members of our community and the attorneys on our LRS panels. We’ve also added a variety of member benefits, such as the new online video MCLE portal and partnering with One-Legal for eFiling with the courts. In addition to that, you now have the ability to safely store your credit card information, allowing you to easily register for events and auto renew your dues for next year.

We will continue to provide information about events, court notices, and legal community news through our bimonthly newsletter, the Here-Say. In addition, you will be able to explore your leadership potential through board and committee involvement and build relationships with fellow attorneys and other professionals.

Please renew your membership today!  Please login to your membership profile online and follow these instructions.

If you joined SMCBA after October 1, 2018, please contact us immediately at 650-298-4030 so we may pro-rate your membership.

If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at 650.298.4030, by email at, or by visiting our offices located at 333 Bradford Street, Suite 200, Redwood City, CA 94063.

As always, we sincerely thank you for your continued dedication to our organization. We look forward to serving you another successful year!

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.

EP Section – HEMS: Trust Distributions for Health, Education, Maintenance and Support – Sept 19th

San Mateo Elks Lodge
229 W. 20th. Ave.
San Mateo, CA  94403

Please join the Estate Planning & Probate Section on Thursday, September 19, 2019, for a presentation on HEMS: Trust Distributions for Health, Education, Maintenance and Support and the limits of discretionary powers, presented by Kathleen Durrans and Krista Conover.

Description: This class will focus on the use of HEMS standards, and walk through various case scenarios.  

Presenter Kathleen A. Durrans is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC, and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Ms. Durrans is also a certified mediator and is a member of the San Mateo Probate ADR Program Panel. Ms. Durrans has been practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude. She was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and University of San Francisco Law Review. In 1998, she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Wealth Transfer Taxation.

Presenter Krista Conover is the Managing Director, Trust & Fiduciary Services of Boston Private. Ms. Conover brings more than a decade of trust and investment experience. Prior to joining Boston Private in 2004, Ms. Conover practiced law in San Jose, assisting clients to achieve their estate planning and business objectives. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Conover worked as a personal banker. Ms. Conover received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of California, Davis. She also received a JD from Santa Clara University’s School of Law. Ms. Conover is an active member of the California State Bar, the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the Financial Planning Forum and the San Francisco and Santa Clara County Estate Planning Councils. She also serves on the board of the El Camino Hospital Foundation and Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council.

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

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 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. Payment is generally made by check or cash at the door to the event, although you may also register online (Bar members should log in to receive member pricing).

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.

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.


Barristers – 2019 Annual Judges’ Luncheon – Sept 24th

Please join the SMCBA Barristers’ Section for their 2019 Annual Judges’ Luncheon featuring Hon. Jonathan Karesh and San Mateo Mayor, Diane Papan on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

This is a convivial meeting to honor our esteemed Bench and welcome new members of the Bar. This is a wonderful opportunity for new attorneys to meet and mingle with the Bench and Bar. The Barrister of the Year Award will also be presented.

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

Cost: $75 per person.

Meal Choices: 

  • Grilled salmon with fresh mango-cilantro relish;
  • Grilled USDA skirt steak with chimichurri sauce;
  • Eggplant parmigiana with mozzarella cheese in marinara sauce (vegetarian)

Registration: Log-in on the SMCBA website or RSVP to Khloe Lee at with your entrées selection.

Please R.S.V.P. no later than Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

LE Section – Effectively Managing Leaves – Sept 26th

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

Please join the Labor & Employment Section on Thursday, September 26, 2019, for a presentation on Effectively Managing Leaves of Absence by Jasmine L. Anderson, Esq.   

This presentation will explore the challenges employers face when complying with federal and state leave laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDL) and provide practical guidance for handling leave issues.

Jasmine L. Anderson is a Senior Attorney at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP.  She defends employers in all aspects of employment law matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Jasmine handles a variety of claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wage and hour, denial of leave, and other employment law issues. Jasmine also provides advice and counsel to employers on how to prevent these claims and develop lawful and effective policies and practices.

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Cost: $55 for Labor & Employment Section members and $65 for non-section members. 

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

Establishing a Successful Referral Practice – Oct 23rd

Fox, Shjeflo & Babu, LLP
2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94403

Join the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm for a workshop on Establishing a Successful Referral Practice. 

In this two-hour workshop, SMCBA staff and experienced LRS panelists will provide an overview of the LRS Program and provide strategies for the successful representation of LRS referrals. Attorneys will receive insightful views on how to benefit their practice through the participation in the LRS Program and better tools to approach LRS referrals.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • What is the SMCBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program?
  • How do I become a member of the LRS Program?
  • Successful approaches to LRS referrals.
  • Strategies for the successful representation of LRS referrals.
  • How to maximize the client experience for LRS referrals.
  • How to benefit your practice through participation in the LRS Program.

This workshop is free and open to all attorneys. 1.5 hours of General Law Credit will be provided.

To register, please log-in online or RSVP to Barbara Guzman, LRS Program Coordinator, at no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

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. 

Register today!

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.


FL Section – Negotiating & Drafting Pre and Post Marital Agreements – Oct 11th

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

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, October 11, 2019, for a presentation on Negotiating & Drafting Pre and Post Marital Agreements by Tanya E. Prioste, Esq., CFLS, AAML and Geniveve J. Ruskus, Esq., CFLS, AAML.  Ms. Prioste and Ms. Ruskus will provide tips and strategies for negotiating and drafting pre-marital and post-marital agreements.

Ms. Prioste is a partner in the Family Law Group at Lakin Spears LLP.  She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Her practice is devoted exclusively to family law. In addition to doing traditional divorce representation, Ms. Prioste is a mediator, acts as collaborative counsel in Collaborative Divorce cases and is a consulting counsel to mediations. She also prepares and negotiates premarital and postmarital agreements.  Ms. Prioste has been selected by her peers as among the top family lawyers in Northern California every year since 2004 and has frequently been named as one of the Northern California’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers” across all practice areas.

Ms. Ruskus is a partner in the Family Law Group at Lakin Spears LLP and is a Certified Family Law Specialist.  She is President Elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Ms. Ruskus’ practice currently emphasizes mediation and the employment of other alternate dispute resolution techniques.  In addition to her mediation divorce practice, she also handles premarital, cohabitation and postmarital agreements as well as post-dissolution and parentage matters.  She has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” every year since 2006 and has frequently been named as one of the Northern California’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers” across all practice areas.

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.

*Please note: Registration closes on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.