Labor and Employment Section – Building an Authentically Inclusive Workplace: It’s More Than ‘Checking the Diversity Box’ – Feb 24

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT SECTION – BUILDING AN AUTHENTICALLY INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE: IT’S MORE THAN ‘CHECKING THE DIVERSITY BOX’
Thursday, February 24, 2022
12:00-1:15 p.m.

Please join the labor and employment section on Thursday, February 24, 2022 for a presentation where speaker Lisa Watchell will discuss strategies and tactics to continue to mitigate bias in our organizations and in our own behaviors, and create authentically inclusive workplaces, where all employees feel psychologically safe, they are valued and respected, and they truly belong. In an industry increasingly focused on building diverse teams, it is critical that we don’t stop with ‘checking the diversity box.’ In order to leverage the power of diversity in our organizations, we need to intentionally build inclusivity into everything we do – from policies and protocols, to organizational norms and behaviors, to culture and environment.

Lisa Watchell is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (“DEIB”) practitioner who partners with clients who recognize the imperative of DEIB, and are looking to embed it into their organizations in an intentional and sustainable way. Lisa guides the development of DEIB strategies, executes actionable implementation plans, and facilitates a variety of interactive DEIB-focused learning/training programs that motivate tangible organizational and behavioral change. Lisa has additional experience as a business strategist and learning and development professional focusing on culture change, employee engagement and brand strategy. Lisa holds her M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion for Human Resources from Cornell University, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She also is a Course Facilitator and Executive Coach for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business executive education LEAD Certificate Program.

Cost: $20 for Labor & Employment members and $30 for non-section members. You will also receive 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. If you wish to pay by check, please send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note which event you are paying for and the name of the attendee. Note: MCLE certificates will be emailed to you once your presence is verified at the event.

Labor & Employment Section- Building an Authentically Inclusive Workplace: It’s More Than ‘Checking the Diversity Box’

In an industry increasingly focused on building diverse teams, it is critical that we don’t stop with ‘checking the diversity box.’ In order to leverage the power of diversity in our organizations, we need to intentionally build inclusivity into everything we do – from policies and protocols, to organizational norms and behaviors, to culture and environment. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies and tactics to continue to mitigate bias in our organizations and in our own behaviors, and create authentically inclusive workplaces, where all employees feel psychologically safe, they are valued and respected, and they truly belong.

WHO: Our speaker, Lisa Wachtell, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (“DEIB”) practitioner, partners with clients who recognize the imperative of DEIB, and are looking to embed it into their organizations in an intentional and sustainable way. Lisa guides the development of DEIB strategies, executes actionable implementation plans, and facilitates a variety of interactive DEIB-focused learning/training programs that motivate tangible organizational and behavioral change. Lisa has additional experience as a business strategist and learning and development professional focusing on culture change, employee engagement and brand strategy. Lisa holds her M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion for Human Resources from Cornell University, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She also is a Course Facilitator and Executive Coach for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business executive education LEAD Certificate Program.

Estate Planning and Probate Section- Basics of Special Needs Planning – Feb 10th

Come join Ellen Cookman for a lively and informative presentation on the basics of special needs planning.  Ellen will answer the following questions, and more:

•   In which situations are Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) required?

•   What makes a SNT valid?

•   How can you help your clients choose the right trustee for their SNTs?

•   Should you draft a stand-alone or testamentary SNT?

•   What are ABLE accounts and how can they benefit your clients?

•   Can SNTs still capture stretch-out benefits for pre-tax retirement accounts, and if so, how should a SNT be drafted to ensure this?

Cost: 

Free for SMCBA EP Section members, $10 for non-members.

Family Law Section- BIAS is a Four-Letter Word – Feb 23rd

FAMILY LAW SECTION – BIAS IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Family Law Section on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, for a presentation by Vocational Experts Soma McCandless and Marlis Bruns on recognizing BIAS in the vocational evaluation process. They will provide recommendations on how to help ensure an impartial evaluation for your client.  An objective evaluation can be used to help settle support issues in your dissolution cases.

Both Marlis and Soma evaluate individuals for the purpose of assessing future employability and wage earning capacity in conformity with California Family Code, Section 4320. They are knowledgeable of local area training and education programs, current employment conditions, job markets and compensation in the Bay Area.

Marlis Bruns has been a Vocational Evaluator Since 2001.  She has qualified and testified as a court expert in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Solano and Sacramento Counties. She has also performed out-of-state assessments and qualified to testify in Colorado and Texas. Marlis has a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the Golden Gate University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from California State University, Chico. She belongs to the following professional associations: Bay Area Vocational Experts, American Board of Vocational Experts (Diplomat), National Career Development Association, California Career Development Association, Alameda County Bar Association, Contra Costa County Bar Association.

Soma McCandless has been a Vocational Evaluator since 2018.  She draws from her experience of over 14 years in the fields of technology consulting, education and the nonprofit sector.  She has qualified and testified as a vocational expert in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties.  She obtained a  Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She also has a Master’s of Arts degree in Education with focus on Multicultural Counseling and a Mental Health Recovery and Trauma Informed Care Certificate from San Diego State University.  She belongs to the following professional associations: Bay Area Vocational Experts, American Board of Vocational Experts, and the National Career Development Association.  

You will receive 1 hour of General Law and Recognition and Elimination of Bias MCLE 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.

Substance Abuse & the Impairment of Professional Competence – November 18th

Labor & Employment Section- Substance Abuse & the Impairment of Professional Competence

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

We will discuss the detection of substance abuse that may impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence.  We will discuss the differences between use, abuse and addiction of mood-altering chemicals and behaviors and how that can affect daily life in the legal profession.

Our speaker, Daniel Glatt MD MPH is a Board Certified physician in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  He currently is in private practice in Burlingame.  Dr. Glatt completed his Internal Medicine training in the US Navy and served 7 years on active duty.  He received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.  In addition to his Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine practice, he does medication management for patients with chronic pain. 

Cost: Cost is $20 per person for members of the SMCBA Labor & Employment Section and $30 for others. Cost includes 1.0 hours of Competence Issues MCLE credit.

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 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.

New Attorney Event – Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples – November 19th


Estate Planning and Probate Section- New Attorney Event – Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples

Friday, November 19, 2021
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

Alma Soongi Beck of Lakin Spears LLP will provide an overview of estate planning for LGBTQ People and unmarried couples, and its evolution over her 18+ years of practice in this area.  The discussion will cover the evolving landscape of local, county, and state domestic partnership registration and recognition, property tax issues for people not married and not state-registered domestic partners, considerations for health care directives, and a practitioner’s perspective of planning in this area after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Cost: FREE for SMCBA members and $10 for non-SMCBA 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 day before and 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.

Heckerling Review: In Light of What We’ve Learned At Heckerling, Kasner And In Our Collective Practices, What Should We Be Doing Before Year-End And Into 2022 – November 18th

Heckerling Review: In Light of What We’ve Learned At Heckerling, Kasner And In Our Collective Practices, What Should We Be Doing Before Year-End And Into 2022

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: From Heckerling in Sunny Florida in January 2020, to Virtual Heckerling in May, 2021. Laurelle Gutierrez, Charles (Chuck) Packer and Mark Shepherd will summarize recent developments; ponder whether retroactive means Déjà vu all over again; consider taking a break to stretch (an IRA);  worry about protecting our ass(ets)…more or less, time permitting. Please note that this is a 90-minute presentation.

Cost: Cost is $20 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section and $30 for others. Cost includes 1.5 hours of MCLE credit.

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 day before and 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.

Dine for a Day Fundraiser – Nov 4th

We invite you to support us during our Dine for a Day Fundraiser on Thursday, November 04, 2021, from 10 AM to 7 PM, at Erik’s Delicafe-Redwood City.

The San Mateo County Bar Association partnered with Erik’s DeliCafe to fund-raise for the Lawyer Referrals Service (LRS) Program’s Fee Waiver Project. The LRS Program is a non-profit service of the Association that assists members of the public with finding a qualified lawyer. Thanks to this essential program, clients receive the opportunity to consult with a lawyer and potentially find legal assistance/representation. The proceeds of this fundraiser will help cover the administrative fee for our low-income population that was severely affected by the ongoing pandemic.

You can contribute to these efforts by dining-in or placing a take-out/delivery order from Erik’s Delicafe in Redwood City between 10 AM to 7 PM, on November 04, 2021. Erik’s Delicafe will donate a portion of their entire day’s sales to the SMCBA’s LRS Program. Please note, our fundraiser does not include gift card purchases or catering. No paperwork is required – just show up!

If you are not able to attend but wish to make a donation, you can do so through our secure payment portal here

Date: Thursday, November 04, 2021

Time: 10 AM to 7 PM

Location: 400 Walnut Street
Redwood City, CA 94063

To order online, scan the QR Code or visit order.eriksdelicafe.com and select the location: Redwood City.
For take-outs, call (650) 364-1717.

We truly hope we can count on your support!