Barristers Section – Meet and Greet: Tour of the Courthouse – CANCELLED

Due to uncertainty and concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has been made by the San Mateo Court that the Meet & Greet on Thursday, March 19, 2020 will be cancelled. This was a difficult decision, as the event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our courthouse and the amazing work the Barristers Committee does each each year.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your attendance at our events in the future. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly at

How to E-File in San Mateo County – Feb 19th

San Mateo County Bar Association
333 Bradford St.
Board Room
Redwood City, CA 94063

The Barristers Section invites you to a “Brown Bag” E-Filing workshop on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. The workshop will have an emphasis on Family Law as E-Filing became mandatory on January 21, 2020. During this workshop, speaker Joanna Wald and Crystal Long will give E-Filing demonstrations, tips and tricks on how to prevent rejections, and provide updates on local E-Filing rules and procedures.

1 hour of MCLE credit will be provided.

Cost: Free!

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event.

Barristers – 2019 Annual Judges’ Luncheon – Sept 24th

Please join the SMCBA Barristers’ Section for their 2019 Annual Judges’ Luncheon featuring Hon. Jonathan Karesh and San Mateo Mayor, Diane Papan on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

This is a convivial meeting to honor our esteemed Bench and welcome new members of the Bar. This is a wonderful opportunity for new attorneys to meet and mingle with the Bench and Bar. The Barrister of the Year Award will also be presented.

Location: San Mateo County History Museum “The Old Courthouse”
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063

Cost: $75 per person.

Meal Choices: 

  • Grilled salmon with fresh mango-cilantro relish;
  • Grilled USDA skirt steak with chimichurri sauce;
  • Eggplant parmigiana with mozzarella cheese in marinara sauce (vegetarian)

Registration: Log-in on the SMCBA website or RSVP to Khloe Lee at with your entrées selection.

Please R.S.V.P. no later than Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Barristers – Brown Bag Lunch Series w/ the Honorable Sean Dabel – Aug 8th

San Mateo County Superior Court – Hall of Justice
Dept 26, Courtroom 6A
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

Please join the Barristers Section on Thursday, August 8, 2019 as the Honorable Sean Dabel shares his perspective from the Family Law Bench, and provides the Barristers with invaluable insight from the bench.  Do not miss this opportunity to hear from a judicial officer about what is expected and not expected when appearing in Court.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask non-case specific questions.

1 Hour of General Law MCLE credit will be provided for attendance.

This event is for Barristers only. Any questions please email Joanna Wald.

Don’t forget to bring your own lunch!

Cost: FREE


CANCELLED- Brown Bag Series- With Honorable Susan Etezadi & Susan Jakubowski – June 7th

Juvenile Hall
222 Paul Scannel Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94402

Please join the SMCBA Barristers as Judge Etezadi and Judge Jakubowski host the barristers for a Brown Bag Lunch Series, providing valuable tips on what is expected when appearing in Court.  The event will be followed by an optional tour of the Juvenile Hall. 

Attendance on the tour is limited to members of the SMCBA who must RSVP by June 3, 2019 and bring a Photo ID and proof of active membership of the State Bar.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to RSVP for this event or RSVP to Joanna Wald at

Barristers Section – Meet & Greet – Mar 20th

RSVP for this event today!

Please join the Barristers Section on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 for their annual Meet and Greet: Tour of the Courthouse event.

All attorneys new to the practice of law in San Mateo County are invited take a tour of the courthouse lead by local attorney’s, meet with judges, District Attorney, and staff. This is a great opportunity you do not want to miss! Learn about procedural “dos and dont’s”, hear a brief presentation by supervising judges and join in an informal question and answer with these judges. 
We will have welcome remarks from the SMCBA, various court officers, and local legal organizations, followed by a tour of the courthouse and a Q&A sessions with a judge’s panel.

Cost: This event if offered at no cost. Attendees will have the opportunity to join the San Mateo County Bar Association at no cost for the first year, hear about Barristers’ events and activities, and learn about community organizations.

Registration: Please RSVP to Maggie Trinh at OR click here