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 ( 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.

MCLE Reporting Deadline

How do I report my compliance for the 2018-2021 Reporting Period?

If you are in Group 2 (H-M), the deadline to submit your report of compliance is February 01, 2021. To submit your report of compliance,  log into My State Bar Profile on the State Bar of California website and complete the Online Summary Log.

All active attorneys practicing law in California are required to complete a total of 25 hours every three years.  If you are in Group 2, your 25 hours  must be completed between February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2021.

  • At least 12.5 MCLE hours must be “participatory” CLE credit.
  • As part of the 25 hour requirement, attorneys must complete the following:
    • Legal Ethics: 4 hours (required)
    • Competence Issues (formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness): 1 hour (required)
    • Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society: 1 hour (required)

Attorneys are responsible for tracking their own hours and must report compliance to the State Bar of California. The State Bar of California provides a Personal MCLE Log Form that can be downloaded and used to track MCLE hours. SMCBA members can view and download MCLE certificates by logging into their SMCBA profiles. View the Instructions on How to Print MCLE Certificates.

For more information on credit details, exemptions and modified requirements, please visit the State Bar of California’s website.

SMCBA 2021 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting – Feb 5

SMCBA 2021 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting

Friday, February 5, 2021
12:00 pm– 1:00 pm

Join SMCBA for our Annual Meeting, Installation of Officers and Barristers, and Award Presentation on Friday, February 5, 2021. 

The James M. Dennis Memorial Award, the William Nagle, Jr. Memorial Award, and the Dennis L. Woodman Memorial Award will be presented at this event. 

Cost:  FREE for members of SMCBA. 

Registration: To register, please log-in on the SMCBA website or complete the registration form and fax to 650.368.3892 or email to

Sponsorship: To *sponsor this event, please complete and submit the registration form. Payment is due at the time of submission of your advertisement. 

Advertising content information must be received by January 29, 2021.  All content is subject to editing and must be received in electronic Word format.  Materials can be sent to  For more information contact Alma Robles (650) 298-4003 or

 *Contributions to the SMCBA are not deductible as charitable contributions, but may be deductible under other sections of the Internal Revenue code.

2021 Registration Form

Funky Credit Day 2021 – Jan 22-23

Friday, January 22, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
9:00 am– 5:00 pm each day

Funky Credit Day is SMCBA’s premier educational event and is held every year for California attorneys who are actively practicing law. It is where you get those “funky,” hard to find credits, have a good time and meet with old friends. Our 2021 program will feature various presenters including attorneys and judges from San Mateo County Superior Court. This year, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will deliver our annual event virtually.

This two-day Special MCLE Program will feature a total of 12 hours:
6 hours of Legal Ethics
2 hours of Competence Issues
3 hours of Recognition & Elimination of Bias
1 hour of General Law

Click here to view the Agenda!

$125 Early Bird Special*: Payment must be received by 11/30/2020
$150 Pre-Registration*: Payment must be received by 12/31/2020
$175 Registration* received after 1/1/2021
* Additional $50 for Non-SMCBA Members.

**Santa Clara County attorneys are offered SMCBA membership rates. Please contact our office to receive member rate.

It’s never too early to meet your MCLE requirement!

Please login on the SMCBA website to register for this event or submit the registration form. 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: Funky Credit Day.

Cancellations must be received no later than 01/1/2021 for full refund of registration.

What Does “Defund the Police” Really Mean? – Dec 18th

Friday, December 18, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Live Webinar

The SMCBA’s Race and Social Justice Task Force invites you to join Marc Philpart, Managing Director at PolicyLink, and coordinator of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, for a discussion to radically reimagine community safety by defunding the police and investing in the education, jobs, housing, and social services that low income people and communities of color need to thrive.

Please note, this event does not qualify for MCLE credit.

All attorney members are invited to attend for free. We look forward to your virtual attendance!

This event is brought to you by the SMCBA Race & Social Justice Task Force in partnership with PolicyLink , Alliance for Boys and Men of Color & the California Lawyers Association’s Racial Justice Committee.




The Abolition Movement

Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police

Abolishing Policing Also Means Abolishing Family Regulation

Fighting Anti-Blackness Through Budget Justice

Healing, not Policing: A Transformative Approach to Intimate Partner Violence

The State of the Court Meeting w/ San Mateo County Court Leadership – Dec 15th

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Live Webinar
Please join the San Mateo County Superior Court and the San Mateo County Bar Association on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:00pm for a presentation by Honorable Jonathan Karesh, Presiding Judge, Honorable Leland Davis III, Assistant Presiding Judge, and Honorable Nancy Fineman, Civil Law & Motion Judge for a state of the court address.
Hear information you desperately need to practice law in San Mateo County Superior Courts. Find out how jury trials are conducted. Learn about the new COVID-19 procedures and how you can help to keep your clients safe during trial.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in advance. Please send your questions to with the subject line “12/15/2020 State of the Court Advanced Questions” no later than Friday, December 11, 2020. 
This event qualifies for 1 hour of MCLE credit. Due to continued Covid-19 pandemic, this event will be hosted via Zoom. All attendees must register online prior to the event.
Cost: Everyone is invited to attend for FREE, however you must register in advance through the SMCBA website. Non-SMCBA members who wish to obtain MCLE credit must pay $10.

A Conversation with Jeniffer Alcantara, ADR Program Manager, The San Mateo County Superior Court – December 7

Monday, December 7, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the ADR Section on Monday, December 7, 2020, for a conversation with San Mateo Superior Court ADR Program Manger, Jeniffer Alcantara.

Jeniffer Alcantara, the ADR Program Manager of the San Mateo County Superior Court, will talk about the Court’s ADR program, new changes to the local rules, including informal discovery conferences and the new single direct assignment system, and other topics of interest to all attorneys who practice in the San Mateo County Superior Court.

You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event.

Cost: $20 for SMCBA members; $30 for non 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 webinar. The written materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the day before and 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.

“A Higher Calling” Book Launch – Nov 20th

The book A Higher Calling: A Review of the Judges and Lawyers Who Shaped the San Mateo County Courts, written by California poet and journalist John Aiello, will be presented to San Mateo County Bar Association members on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

John Aiello’s book includes the San Mateo County’s early and rough political beginnings, biographies of the judges that have served here, the story of the courthouses, a review of the evolution of our court system, discussions with history makers of our current legal community and Judges, and profiles of lawyers of the SMCBA who rose to the Federal Branch and our local Appellate Courts. 

All SMCBA members are invited to attend for free. We look forward to your virtual attendance!