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 racis
Friends, Members, and Community:
We know you, our members, clients and staff are contending with disruption and great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly appreciate all of you and extend our heartfelt well -wishes.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the San Mateo County Bar Association is closed to the public but continues to work remotely. The closure will remain in effect until the San Mateo County Health Department’s “Shelter At Home” order is lifted. We are closely monitoring recommendations from local and national health authorities, such as the San Mateo County Health Department, John Hopkins University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Wold Health Organization (WHO).
SMCBA continues to be here to help! We have been operating with less than usual staff and we are doing everything in our power to keep our programs running. Please rest assured that the San Mateo County Bar Association remains active and continues to take calls and e-mails from potential clients, members, and those with urgent matters.
SMCBA has cancelled all non-essential meetings. Committee and Section meetings are conducted virtually. The Bar Association and its various sections continue to offer our members a variety of legal education webinars. Visit our Calendar of Events for the latest event information.
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Program continues to make referrals online and over the phone. For now now, consultations will only be provided by phone. To obtain a referral to a lawyer, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service at (650) 369-4149 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm or obtain a self-referral online. We are doing our best to handle the volume of phone calls we have been receiving. Please bear with us as you may experience longer than usual phone wait times.
For the latest information on how to get legal help and access resources click on our “Other Resources” page.
SMCBA members are encouraged to do business by phone (650) 298-4030, email email@example.com or by fax (65) 368-3892.
Thank you for your patience and for helping us keep SMCBA a healthy and safe place for all. Please be safe and healthy!
Your SMCBA Team.
Do you practice in San Mateo County?
The SMCBA is recruiting new panel members for the Lawyer Referral Service Program.
Help us provide equal access to justice and increase your client base!
Join the Lawyer Referral Service Program today!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.