The Bar Association offers its members a variety of means to continue their legal educations and participate in the operation of the Association. Section chairs serve for a calendar year are appointed by the President.

Sections meetings are open to all Bar Association members and explore issues and developments in different areas of the law. The Bar Association is a California State Bar approved provider of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and many of the Section programs qualify for MCLE credit.

Section dues, $30 per section, include any MCLE costs associated with meetings offered by each section.

To see all upcoming MCLE events provided by the Sections, go to the top of this page and click on the Calendar, or click here.

Are you new to the San Mateo County Community? Is this your first year practicing and would like to get involved?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, click here fore more information on how to become part of the Barristers Section.

ADR Section


Chair: Christopher C. Cooke
Murphy Cooke Kobrick, LLP
177 Bovet Rd., Ste. 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 638-2370


Barristers Section


President: Joanna M. Wald
De Ita, Lowe & Wald, LLP
1660 S. Amphlett Blvd., Ste. 115
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 347-0132

Business/Business Litigation Section


Chair: Marc D. Bender
Law Office of Marc D. Bender
177 Bovet Rd., Ste. 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 638-2347

Corporate In-House Counsel Section


Chair: Carolyn R. Adler
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
1140 Enterprise Way MS 3104
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(650) 857-625

Criminal Law Section


Chair: Ariel Rief
Rief Legal
620 Jefferson Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 477-1238

Estate Planning & Probate Section


Chair: Heather Boshears
Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel
60 South Market St., Ste. 1400
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 947-2462

Family Law Section


Chair: Robert Cashen
Morgan Tidalgo Sukhodrev & Azzolino LLP
160 W. Santa Clara St., Ste. 1500
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 244-4570


Government/Municipal Law Section


Chair: Jean Savaree
Aaronson, Dickerson, Cohn & Lanzone
1001 Laurel St., Ste. A
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 453-3911

Intellectual Property Section


Chair: Denise De Mory
Bunsow, De Mory, Smith & Allison, LLP
701 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 351-7241


Labor & Employment Section


Chair: April S. Glatt
Chauvel & Glatt, LLP
66 Bovet Road, Suite 280
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 573-9500

Real Estate Section


Chair: Grant Baker
Michael B. Allen Law Group, Inc.
520 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 840
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 347-500

Women Lawyers’ Section


Chair: Debra Vernon
Zhong Lun Law Firm LLP
2479 E. Bayshore Rd., Ste. 215
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 285-9503