The Pruno Project: Exonerated Prisoners Webinar – April 29

THE PRUNO PROJECT: EXONERATED PRISONERS WEBINAR
Thursday, April 29, 2021
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

The San Mateo County Bar Association’s Race & Social Justice Committee and the Private Defender Program invite you to attend The Pruno Project: Exonerated Prisoners webinar. The Pruno Fund is a non-profit dedicated to helping exonerees transition from prison to life on the outside. The thousands of men and women who have been exonerated of their wrongful convictions have a lot to teach us about perseverance, patience, and hope. Join us and listen to two amazing men, Zavion Johnson and Obie Anthony, who will share their unbelievable life experiences!

Obie Anthony was sentenced to life without parole for a murder he did not commit when he was 19 years old. California incarcerated him for 17 years. Upon exoneration, Obie dedicated himself to supporting other exonerees to meet their basic needs after release. Obie was instrumental in the passage of California Assembly Bill No. 672 (nicknamed and cited as “Obie’s Law”). The bill requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to assist exonerees with transitional services, including housing assistance, job training, and mental health services. In 2016, Obie founded Exonerated Nation, and is committed to transforming the experiences of exonerees after release and building a community that can provide safety, stability, and healing to wrongfully convicted Californians.

Zavion Johnson is an exoneree who served half his life falsely accused after being imprisoned at the age of 19. Losing his trial, Zavion was convicted of the false charges, sentenced to double life and sent off to serve his sentence at the most deadly maximum security level IV facilities. Being an innocent man, Zavion fought tirelessly to regain his freedom by filing numerous court documents and wrote to many organizations he felt could help him gain his freedom. Since his exoneration in late 2017, Zavion has spent time adjusting to life outside and educating California state legislators, attorneys, college students, and law school student to ensure that no one else suffers the injustice he endured. Zavion sits on the advisory board of Exonerated Nation, a nonprofit organization which helps exonerees like him with after care and re-entry services.

This event qualifies for 1 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association and the California Lawyers Association.

Cost of Attendance: FREE for SMCBA members and $15 for non-SMCBA members. MCLE Credit is available for an additional $15.

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 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.

We Are Hiring!

The San Mateo County Bar Association has two (2) job openings for its Private Defender Program (PDP).

 

Assistant Managing Attorney 
The Assistant Managing Attorney is a new position that will work with and report directly to the Managing Attorney of the Adult Division and will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the PDP mentorship program for misdemeanor and low-level felony attorneys.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the recruitment, training, development, and evaluation of PDP panel attorneys.
  • Regularly attend court proceedings to observe panel attorneys’ interactions with judges, opposing counsel, and clients.
  • Provide support and mentorship to panel attorneys and monitor caseloads of attorneys to ensure compliance with caseload standards.
  • Arrange for the presentation of continuing legal education seminars relevant to the needs of panel attorneys.
  • Monitor developments in the laws that impact the representation of our clients. Where appropriate, they will devise trainings and develop plans for implementing those changes.
Click Here to Apply

 

Supervising Social Worker
The Supervising Social Worker is a new position that will work collaboratively with the program administrators and report directly to the Chief Defender. The supervising social worker will develop collaborative relationships with other justice system partners to include the court’s mental health treatment team, the district attorney, and probation; will be knowledgeable about community-based resources, forge relationships with providers and facilitate client enrollment. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create a new panel of social workers who will work with attorneys representing indigent defendants as part of an interdisciplinary team including investigators, experts and paralegals.
  • Recruit qualified social workers to join the panel, and then oversee the work to ensure the social workers on the panel provide high quality work.
  • Create policies and procedures for the panel of social workers.
  • Train PDP attorneys and investigators on how to identify the existence of specific mental and developmental disorders and/or disabilities, and how social workers can assist in the defense of clients. 
Click Here to Apply
 
How to Apply:

Email:
(1) cover letter explaining qualifications and interest;
(2) current resume; 
(3) four references who are familiar with your legal work and at least one who you have supervised or mentored; and 
(4) a writing sample consisting of original legal writing. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Apply through LinkedIn

Competitive Salary and Benefits. 
-Principals only. Recruiters please don’t contact job poster.
-Do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers.
-No phone calls please.
Respond by March 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The San Mateo County Bar Association – Private Defender Program is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

To learn more about the Private Defender Program, please visit the PDP’s website.

 

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.

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!

Cost:
$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!

Registration:
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.