Join Lawyer Referral Service Program

Do you practice in San Mateo County? 

The SMCBA is recruiting new panel members for the Lawyer Referral Service Program.

It is the mission of the Lawyer Referral Service Program to give as many people as possible access to competent legal assistance/representation. The success of the program lies in the work of lawyers, like you, who are willing to devote the time and effort necessary to make a difference. You too can be part of this mission by joining the LRS Program. 

Join the Lawyer Referral Service Program today!

 

Barristers Section – What Keeps You Up All Night? A General Seminar for Business Owners – May 24

Barristers Section – What Keeps You Up All Night? A General Seminar for Business Owners
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the barristers section on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 for a virtual presentation by Chris Welton on how to help small business owners and solo practitioners identify and prioritize risks, employee benefits, exit planning and personal financial security needs. 

Chris Welton is a Wealth Management Advisor & Managing Director, Silicon Valley office at Northwestern Mutual where he leads a team who work together with their clients to implement a financial plan that integrates risk management, wealth management, tax-efficient strategies, and estate planning. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and holds both Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. He and his wife Rosa live in San Mateo and love to cook, hike and hold dinner parties with interesting people!

Cost: free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Plus 1 hour of MCLE credit!

Consistent with our prior virtual presentations that have qualified for MCLE credit, all attendees must register online prior to the event. Online registration will close on the morning of the event.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. The Zoom invite and materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the day before and morning of the event.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount. You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. The MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

ADR Section – Writing Settlement Agreements: Tips and Traps for the Unwary – May 25

ADR Section – Writing Settlement Agreements: Tips and Traps for the Unwary
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the ADR Section on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 for a virtual presentation with Walter Shjeflo, who is a partner in Fox, Shjeflo & Babu of San Mateo. Walt will draw up his 45 years’ legal experience to provide tips on drafting Settlement Agreements that work, including settlement agreements in trust and estate and probate disputes, stipulated judgments arising from business litigation and settlement agreements arising out of mediation and arbitration settings.

Walter Shjeflo graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1974) and Hastings College of Law, University of California (J.D., 1977). He is admitted to practice in all state courts in California as well as the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. His practice emphasis includes estate planning, decedents’ estates, probate administration, trust administration, conservatorship, guardianship, elder law, business, bankruptcy and real estate matters. Mr. Walt also serves as an arbitrator, mediator and Judge Pro Tempore of the San Mateo County Superior Court. 

Cost: Free for members of the ADR Section and $10 for non-section members.

Consistent with our prior virtual presentations that have qualified for MCLE credit, all attendees must register online prior to the event. Online registration will close on the morning of the event.

Registration: Please log in to the SMCBA website to register for this event. The Zoom invite and materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the day before and morning of the event.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount. You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. The MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

Labor and Employment Section – Unions and Employment Law with Tom Lenz, Esq. – May 26

Labor and Employment Section – Unions and Employment Law with Tom Lenz, Esq.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

With a change in Administration, the National Labor Relations Board and the Agency’s new General Counsel will be looking at workplace issues with an eye toward expanding employee rights.  Many areas have been targeted for litigation, as federal labor law rights are often expanded by litigation rather than rulemaking.  Issues awaiting attention cover a vast range for all workplaces, whether or not employees are represented by a labor union.  This session will help practitioners advising or representing clients on workplace issues to identify the potential rights, claims, and pitfalls at play, affecting workplace rules, employee communications, safety and other protest activity, employee misclassification, and beyond.

Our speaker, Thomas A. Lenz is a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, working from the Firm’s Pasadena, California office.  For over 30 years he has advised employers across California, and elsewhere, on workplace issues.  He leads the Firm’s labor relations practice.  He began his career with NLRB in Los Angeles, where his fluency in Spanish was frequently put to use in the cases he handled.  He is a past Chair and current Advisor of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and an Adjunct Lecturer with the USC Gould School of Law.  He frequently appears in print and broadcast media to provide commentary on workplace issues of the day.

Cost: $20 for section members and $30 for non-section members.

Consistent with our prior virtual presentations that have qualified for MCLE credit, all attendees must register online prior to the event. Online registration will close on the morning of the event.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. The Zoom invite and materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the day before and morning of the event. If you want to pay by check, still, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA and note your name and this event.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount. You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. The MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

Women Lawyer’s Section – NETWORKING, MARKETING AND RAINMAKING: DIVING BACK IN AFTER COVID-19 – June 2

Women Lawyer’s Section – NETWORKING, MARKETING AND RAINMAKING: DIVING BACK IN AFTER COVID-19
Thursday, June 2, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Women Lawyers’ Section on Thursday, June 2, 2022 for our next Power Hour as we share our experiences and talk about different ways we can “dive back in” to networking, marketing and rainmaking as the world opens back up after COVID-19. All levels of legal experience are welcome! 

Power Hours are open forums for our section members to connect, share and learn from one another’s experiences, facilitated by moderators to encourage conversation. Please feel free to submit discussion points in advance of the event to lauren@lmgwfamilylaw.com and jfunke@sflg.com.

Cost: Free for members and nonmembers.

Consistent with our prior virtual presentations, all attendees must register online prior to the event. Online registration will close on the morning of the event.

Registration: Please log in on the SMCBA website to register for this event.

Family Law Section – Complex Business Valuation – June 10

Family Law Section – Complex Business Valuation
Friday, June 10, 2022
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday June 10, 2022 for a presentation by Neil Beaton.  This presentation will cover early-stage business valuation and the complexity of analyzing the value of venture backed businesses with no income and intangible assets.

Neil Beaton is the Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services in Seattle, WA.  With more than 25 years of experience analyzing both closely and publicly held companies, Mr. Beaton has particular expertise in the valuation of early-stage, venture-backed companies and has written and spoken extensively on valuation techniques for companies with complex capital structures. He has valued companies in most major industry groups including manufacturing, utilities, telecommunications, oil and gas, transportation, wholesale, retail and service industries both domestically and internationally. Mr. Beaton is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA). He is accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the CFA Institute and the American Society of Appraisers. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at local universities, an instructor for the AICPA’s business valuation courses and speaks nationally on business valuation with a special emphasis on early stage and high technology companies.

You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit, including 1 hour of Family Law Legal Specialization credit, for attending this event. MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members and $40 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 still register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note for which event you are paying and the name of the attendee.

Logistics: Your Zoom credentials will automatically be emailed to you shortly after you register online, as well as the day and hour before the event. Please note that you’ll need to be logged into a Zoom account to join the webinar. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the morning of the event. 

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

Barristers Section – Hike and Lunch with the Barristers at Pulgas Ridge in Redwood City – June 18

Barristers Section – Hike and Lunch with the Barristers at Pulgas Ridge in Redwood City
Saturday, June 18, 2022
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Pulgas Ridge Reserve
1000 Edmonds Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94062

Please join the Barristers Section on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for a hike and lunch at Pulgas Ridge. Children are welcome but the hiking trail is narrow and may be difficult to navigate with a stroller.  Dogs are allowed and must be on a leash except when in off-leash area.  We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Directions:

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above the towns of San Carlos and Redwood City.  From Highway 280, exit Edgewood Road.  Travel 0.75 miles northeast on Edgewood Road toward Redwood City.  Turn left (north) on Crestview Drive, then immediately turn left on Edmonds Road.  Follow Edmonds Road to the preserve entrance on the right.

Cost: This event is free.

Registration: There is no registration!

SMCBA’s Anti-Racism Statement

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 the 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 established the Race and Social Justice Committee 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.

COVID-19 Announcement

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 issue referrals online and over the phone. Please note, 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-4:30pm 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 membership@smcba.org 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.

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 events@smcba.org 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.