Barristers Section- The Business of Family Law- September 16th

Friday, September 16th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description:

A panel discussion with attorneys Lydia Crandall, Nancy Encarnacion Mass, Kimberly Madigan, and Victoria Lewis moderated by Barristers Section President, Brooke Murphy, to cover topics including: financial models of law firms, management structure and decision making, remote work and other changes since the pandemic, technology, law firm culture and work-life balance.

Speaker: Lydia Carndall, Victoria Lewis, Nancy Encarnacion Mass and Kimberly  Madigan

Cost: Free all SMCBA members. Non-Members please pay a $10 fee. 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email

Brook Murphy bmurphy@madiganlewis.com

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.

Labor & Employment Section- Help Me[diators] Help You: Tips To Get the Most Out of Mediation- September 22nd

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: The goal of any mediation is to resolve the case.  But how do you maximize the benefits of a mediation without giving away too much to the other side?  With extensive experience as a litigator and mediator, our speaker understands these concerns – and how to handle them.  Whether it’s about your own client, great evidence you don’t want to reveal, or even your ultimate goals at mediation, you will get the inside information on the “who”, “what”, “when”, and “why” of information sharing to help you get the most out of your mediation – and your mediator.

Who: Our speaker, David Sarnoff’s, extensive experience as a litigator led him to start mediating, and in 2018, David received formal mediation training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute. He now combines this training with his experience as a litigator and small business owner to help litigants realize the benefits of compromise and resolution in order to let go of the past and move on with their lives. He greatly values his work as a mediator and finds it deeply rewarding to help parties resolve disputes and provide them the freedom to look forward to better days.  David mediates throughout California in all areas in which he has significant experience, including all aspects of Employment Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, and General Business Litigation. He is also a Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer for the San Francisco Superior Court and Los Angeles Superior Court through Resolve Law LA. He is committed to helping everyone involved realize the benefits of coming together to find an amicable resolution.

When: Thursday, September 22th from  12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

**Please start to log in to Zoom about five minutes before the start time **

RSVP:  SMCBA Members can register here. Non-SMCBA Members can register here.

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. Please note that if you RSVP but do not “show up,” or cancel 48 hours in advance, you will still be charged the full amount for attending the event.  Note: MCLE certificates will be emailed to you once your presence is verified at the event.

Where: Your Computer via Zoom! All registrants will be provided with the link and meeting code one day prior to the event date.

Cost: $20 for Labor & Employment members and $30 for non-section members. 1.0 General Law Credit

Family Law Section- The Business of Family Law- October 14th

Friday, October 14th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Lydia E. Crandall is a partner at Lakin Spears, LLP.  Lydia handles a variety of family law matters including dissolution of marriage cases, post-judgment support and custody modifications, as well as premarital and post marital agreements.  She acts as a mediator and is trained in Collaborative Practice.  Lydia was named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine every year between 2009 and 2020.  She has been rated as a Super Lawyer in Family Law by the organization since 2021.  Lydia served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2010 and as Chair in 2011.  She was Co-Chair of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County in 2014 and Chair in 2015. She currently acts as treasurer. Ms. Crandall has served as Executive Committee of Lakin Spears, LLP since 2019.

Kimberly A. Madigan is a Certified Family Law Specialist and founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, a woman owned and operated law firm serving families of all circumstances here in the Silicon Valley for over seven years.  Prior to founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP, she co-founded another family law firm on the Peninsula.  Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Hersh Family Law Practice, P.C., in San Francisco.  Ms. Madigan has been practicing law for 20 years and spent the first few years of her career working as a civil litigator at Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin, & Lang, LLP in Vancouver, Canada.  In California, she has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers® and before that Rising Stars.  From 2015-2016, she served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the SMCBA.  In 2021-2022, she served as the President of CP Cal and currently serves on the Board as Immediate Past President.  She is a proud recipient of the Eureka award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to collaborative divorce in California.  Her current practice is focused on litigating complex family law matters both in public court and with private judges at all stages of litigation, including trial.  She also handles collaborative cases, mediation consulting cases, premarital agreements, and marital agreements.

Victoria K. Lewis (“Tori”) is a founding partner in the San Mateo County family law firm of Madigan & Lewis, LLP.  Ms. Lewis is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Ms. Lewis earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1988.  Ms. Lewis has a broad base of experience which informs her family law practice today.  Before focusing exclusively in the area of family law, Ms. Lewis first practiced civil litigation in the Los Angeles office of Baker McKenzie.  After that she worked as a Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California State Legislature.  Ms. Lewis worked with the Rules Committees of both houses of the Legislature providing advice and written legal opinions on a wide variety of employment and personnel matters that arose in the course of running the business of the Legislature.  As a family practitioner and before founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP with Kimberly Madigan, Ms. Lewis worked as a Research Attorney for the Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Division; she also worked as an attorney with the law firm of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton: and as an attorney with the law firm of the now Honorable Vanessa A. Zecher who is currently serving as a an APJ in the Family Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Ms. Lewis served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2016.

Ms. Mass is a partner at Stross Mass Cutcher & Levin.  She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”).  Ms. Mass handles all aspects of high-asset dissolutions, including those involving complex financial issues, property characterization, business valuation, child custody, child support, and spousal support, from the inception of a case through settlement or trial. Ms. Mass also prepares prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and works with clients as a consulting attorney, as needed. She represents clients in domestic violence actions, as well.  Ms. Mass was named a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for every year between 2017 and 2022 and she has been named a Northern California Rising Star for every year between 2011 and 2016.  Ms. Mass is an active member of the San Mateo County Diversity Committee since 2017 and a Co-Chair of the AAML Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee since 2021.  Ms. Mass also serves as a Mentor in the AAML since 2021 and as a Mentor in the UC Hastings Family Law Association Mentor Program for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.  Ms. Mass served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  Ms. Mass was previously associated with Hammer & Jacobs in San Jose, where she also practiced family law exclusively.  Prior to that, Ms. Mass’ practice focused on civil litigation, which included defending businesses in tort and employment litigation actions.

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

Speaker: Lydia Crandall, Nancy Encarnacion Mass, Kimberly Madigan, and Victoria Lewis                                    

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 meeting. 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.

SCOTUS Recent Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was an unprecedented move in which the Supreme Court has for the first time taken away a constitutional right (here the right for a woman to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability of the fetus) instead of broadening individual rights. While opinions surrounding abortion have long been controversial, the Supreme Court’s apparent abandonment of stare decisis and the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at the earliest opportunity brings into question the intended purpose of the judicial process at the very highest levels in our country. If Supreme Court decisions can be so easily overturned, not due to any advancement in science or knowledge, but merely due to the individual and/or religious leanings of those on the bench, it appears that no case can truly be relied upon in our judicial system. As an Association, we find this troubling, and worry about the Supreme Court’s decision to turn matters of such grave import (including those related to bodily autonomy, equality based on race, religion, sex, etc.) over to state legislatures, in which women and minorities particularly are grossly underrepresented. We fear that the Supreme Court’s decision to leave basic civil and human rights as a matter to be decided state to state will have a staggeringly negative impact on low-income communities and those traditionally sidelined and marginalized in our country. In the coming months, we will be meeting with our sections and committees to determine how as an Association we might address this uncertainty. We hope to support those negatively impacted by this and potential future Supreme Court decisions which may further strip away constitutional rights in a way that will negatively affect our most vulnerable populations. We encourage ideas and suggestions from our members and hope you will reach out to our Bar leadership with your own thoughts.

Family Law Section- Family Law Related Real Estate Trends In The Post-COVID ERA, Harold DeBlander- September 9th

Thursday, September 9th, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: Please join the Family Law Section on September 8, 2022, for a presentation by Harold DeBlander on an update regarding the current real estate market in the post-Covid, high inflation world, and relevant implications in Family Law.

Mr. DeBlander, a Sotheby’s International Realty agent, is a skilled professional with insightful local knowledge and extensive expertise in San Francisco Bay Area luxury real estate. His dedication to high-quality service, combined with the one-of-a-kind resources, reputation, have allowed Mr. DeBlander to help his clients successfully navigate the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market.

Having bought, fixed, and sold well over fifty properties for his own account, with his own money on the line, Mr. DeBlander knows the ins and outs of what makes a transaction successful: from acquisition, and how to find value in a property that others have overlooked, to getting an offer accepted in San Francisco’s very competitive environment, to resale and what strategic modifications will make a house irresistible to today’s discerning buyers

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. 200, 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 meeting. 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.

Estate Planning and Probate Section- The Red Flags of Undue Influence- August 18th

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Via Zoom

Description:

Undue influence occurs when an older adult is coerced, threatened, manipulated or persuaded into making changes to their estate plan that they wouldn’t make if it weren’t for the undue influence. The perpetrator can be a family member, new romantic interest, caregiver, professional, or a friend. The undue influence is often not recognized until after the victim has died and the will is read.

Undue influence is not an event; rather, it is a psychological process that usually occurs behind closed doors. What are some of the red flags that might alert an attorney to the possibility of undue influence while the client is in the office?

This presentation will focus on what to look for when the client is present and what kinds of questions to ask and steps you can take if you suspect undue influence.

Presenter: Nancy Hoffman, PsyD., Geriatric Neuropsychologist

Cost: $20 for SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section members, $30 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit and Legal Specialization Credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.

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.

Estate Planning and Probate-Ethics and Estate Planning for New Attorneys: Avoiding Ethics Traps for the Unwary- August 11th

August 11th, 2022
Via Zoom

Estates and trusts attorneys face unusual ethics issues in their practice.  This program, designed for newer lawyers, will cover issues like conflicts of interest, joint representation, the attorney-client privilege, risk management and third party claims, and more, all in the estates and trusts context.  Alison and Laura will discuss some of these common issues, including practical solutions to address or avoid them altogether.

Speaker: Alison P. Buchanan, Esq. and Laura C. Riparbelli, Esq.                                                                    

Cost: Free for SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section members, $10 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of Legal Ethics MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email Andrea Nguyen at aan@coreylaw.com.

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.

SMCBA – Annual Judges’ Night- August 25th

August 25th, 2022

Judges’ Night is an annual tradition that offers the opportunity for our legal community and members of the SMCBA to celebrate, honor and acknowledge our esteemed bench, as well as meet the County Judiciary in a fun and social setting. 

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. 

No Speeches!  Great Food!  No Host Cocktails! 

Cost: $45 per person. Please bring your spouse or dance partner! Judges attend for FREE but still need to register. Please note guests of judges are not free. 

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.