Criminal Justice and Barristers Section- Traffic Law and Procedure- February 9

Thursday, February 9, 2023
Via Zoom at 12:00pm

The panelists in this webinar will discuss the basics of Traffic Court procedure and provide procedural tips and strategies to defend traffic violations. All phases of a traffic violation case will be covered. Panelists will discuss speeding and red-light camera tickets.


Practical advice on how to handle traffic matters in local criminal courts with a focus on the most commonly charged offenses. This webinar is for attorneys who do not typically appear in traffic court but wish to provide competent advice and/or representation.

Speakers:
David Uthman
– Owner and attorney of the Traffic Law Clinic and former law enforcement officer.
Yosef Totah– Experienced San Mateo County based criminal defense attorney who handles criminal and traffic matters.
David Nazzaro– Co-Chair Criminal Justice Section and local criminal defense attorney

Cost: $10 for members and non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email david.t.nazzaro@gmail.com

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.

SMCBA 2023 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting- March 2

SMCBA 2023 Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2023
5:00-7:00 p.m.
San Mateo County History Museum
“The Old Courthouse”
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063

Join SMCBA for our Annual Meeting, Installation of Officers and Barristers, and Award Presentation on Thursday, March 2, 2023. 

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:  $80 per person. Judges attend for free but must register. 

Registration: To register, please log-in on the SMCBA website or complete the registration form and email to events@smcba.orgRegistration is limited to the first 100 attendees. 

If you wish to pay by check, please mail check payable to the SMCBA along with the registration form to SMCBA-Installation, 333 Bradford Street, Suite 150, Redwood City, 94063.

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

Full page $600 (Approx. 7.5 x 4 in.)Half Page $300 (Approx. 3.5 x 4 in.) Business Card or Name Listing     $150

Advertising content information must be received by February 16, 2023.  All content is subject to editing and must be received in electronic Word format.  Materials can be sent to events@smcba.org.  For more information contact Ahide Rodriguez (650) 298-4005 or ahider@smcba.org.

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

Labor and Employment- 2023 Employment Law Legal Updates- January 26

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

New Year, New Laws! This presentation will address the 2023 California legislative updates affecting the employment law field as we begin to navigate 2023. We will be discussing new laws, changes to existing laws, and discuss the practical considerations for lawyers to keep in mind when advising clients.

Who: Our speakers are April S. Glatt, Partner at Chauvel & Glatt and Associate Natalia Cañas. Their practice area focuses on representing employers only relative to the myriad of employment-related laws and requirements from compliance up and through litigation. To learn more about April or Natalia visit www.chauvellaw.com.

Cost: $20 for Labor & Employment members and $30 for non-section members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email events@smcba.org.

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

Estate Planning and Probate Section- Annual Update: 2022 A Year in Review – A Trivalent Dose for the Tridemic- January 26

Thursday, January 26, 2023

In Person and Via Zoom

If you plan on attending this event in person:
Please arrive at Elks Lodge at 11:40am
229 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

About Our Speakers:

Steven P. Braccini is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  He is the Managing Partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Silicon Valley Office and is a member of his Firm’s Business Trial Practice Group.  Mr. Braccini’s practice focuses on trust, probate and conservatorship litigation including, but not limited to: Will contests, Trust contests, removal and surcharge actions, contested conservatorships, accounting disputes, financial elder abuse actions, reformation or modification actions, tax controversy, and related “civil” claims. Steve also has an appellate practice and has presented numerous seminars and workshops on issues related to trust and estate litigation.

Patrick A. Kohlmann is the managing partner at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann. Patrick advises individuals and families in all aspects of wealth transfer planning, including tax-advantaged transfers of assets, multigenerational planning, the taxation of trusts and estates, and business succession counseling. Patrick is passionate about the law. He was Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section (TEXCOM) of the State Bar of California (now CLA) from 2015-2016, and served on TEXCOM from 2008-2019. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel, was formerly a member of the Judicial Council’s Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee, and has consistently been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer,” including recognition in 2021 as one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California.

John Prokey is a partner of Ramsbacher Prokey Leonard LLP. Mr. Prokey’s law practice focuses on providing advice in wealth planning, estate and trust administration, and tax. His clients include individuals, private fiduciaries, institutions, and other business and non-profit entities. The wealth planning portion of Mr. Prokey’s law practice emphasizes advising individuals and fiduciaries in estate planning, wealth preservation, tax, and business matters. Mr. Prokey also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and probate administration matters, with emphasis in complex administrations.

Cost: Cost is $50 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section for the luncheon ($30 for webinar) and $65 for non-members for the luncheon ($45 for the webinar). Cost includes lunch and 1.5 hours MCLE for live event attendees.

Please note that we have four registration options. Luncheon or Webinar, Member or Non-Member. Webinar registrants wishing to change to Luncheon attendance must contact the SMCBA offices at events@smcba.org prior to Monday, January 23rd.

For in person cancellations, the cancellation must be received ONE WEEK BEFORE the event. If you do not cancel within one week prior to the event or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

For zoom cancellations, must be received at least 48 hours prior to the event for a full refund of the registration fee for those who register via Zoom. If you do not cancel within 48 hours or do not show up to the event, you will be charged the full amount.

Directions:
San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
From Highway 92, Exit El Camino Real South. Turn rig ht (west) at the first traffic light onto 20th Avenue. The Elks Lodge is three blocks west on 20th Avenue on your left.

SMCBA – Diversity 14th Annual Speakers Series- October 20

Thursday, October 20, 2022

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

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is proud to present its award-winning 14th Annual Speakers Series. Our annual Speaker Series event will be conducted live at the “The Old Courthouse,” on Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. You are invited to join us in person! 

This year, the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee has invited Andre M. Perry and Marc Philpart to speak at the Annual Speakers’ Series. They will discuss the historical devaluation of property owned by Black Americans, and the structural inequalities that perpetuate the system. They will also discuss the systems that are in place that affect people of color with regards to health, education, and welfare.

Andre is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro and a scholar-in-residence at American University. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Andre is the author of the book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.” Andre’s research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. His recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment. Prior to his work at Brookings, Andre has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education.

Marc became the executive director of the California Black Freedom Fund in April 2022, bringing more than a decade of leadership in advocacy working with grassroots organizations to build power for racial justice. Prior to joining the California Black Freedom Fund, Marc led the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. Under his leadership, the Alliance successfully advanced more than 100 state policies and established powerful partnerships with the California Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Status of Boys and Men of Color and the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color. Through Marc’s leadership, the Alliance broadened its focus to include fighting for gender justice and ending intimate partner violence by addressing misogyny and patriarchy, as well as racial equity.

The following recognitions will be made at the event:

Les Williams Award
The Diversity Award Recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated a meaningful and consistent commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in San Mateo County at all levels of the legal profession.

Nancy de Ita Scholarship
The Scholarship is given to an incoming/current law student, or recent graduate who has not passed the bar exam to encourage and support their commitment to the legal profession and diversity in our community.

1 Hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE will be provided upon request. 

Cost: This event is FREE for SMCBA members. For non-SMCBA members, the cost of attendance is $40 (in-person). 1 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE will be provided upon request for an additional $10.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. You may also download the PDF Registration Form and email back to us at events@smcba.org.

Become a Sponsor for next year’s scholarship winner(s):

  • Bronze – $100
  • Silver – $250 
  • Gold – $500

Sponsors will receive an SMCBA gift, recognition in event announcements, and visual recognition (Firm Logo) at the event. For more information or to sign up as a sponsor, please email us at events@smcba.org

Barristers Annual Judges’ Luncheon- September 28th

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:15pm

The Luncheon will honor our esteemed San Mateo County bench officers and introduce the new members of the bar to the bench as well as to the experienced bar. We look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker, Mr. Joe
Goethals, who is a current Council Member for the City of San Mateo, as well as a roundtable of our bench officers, and recognizing our Barristers Award Recipient.

The Barristers Award Recipient this year is Joanna Wald.

Ms. Wald handles all aspects of family law matters, including complex divorce settlement negotiations, spousal and child support, property characterization and division, child custody disputes, pre-martial and post-marital agreements, as well as domestic violence matters.

Ms. Wald is proficient in Spanish. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Mateo County Bar Association (SMCBA), Co-Chair of the SMCBA committee on Professional Equality and Board Member of the Women Lawyers Educational Foundation. She was the SMCBA Barristers Section President in 2020, and Chair of the Diversity Committee for 2020 & 2021.

Ms. Wald earned a Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School in 2014, where she was awarded student of the year 2011, 2012 & 2013. She was recognized with the Witkin Award in Civil Procedure in 2012. Ms. Wald was awarded best oral argument, as well as best overall scores in Tyler Moot Court in 2013.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Wald worked in the government and political sphere, including positions at UCSF Medical Center, interning for a San Francisco Board Supervisor, and interning at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Wald enjoys her time as a volunteer for San Mateo County Legal Aid, San Mateo Superior Court’s weekly Family Law Status Conference calendar and San Mateo County Lawyers in The Library. Ms. Wald is an avid San Francisco Giants baseball fan, fine pen collector, bird watcher and loves taking long hikes with her miniature Australian shepherd, Andi.

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 meeting. 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.

Please see sponsorship opportunities below.

Gold Sponsor: $500

  • Large color logo published in virtual background
  • Program and special mention recognition
  • Special thanks stickers on meals for judges
  • Sponsorship of meals for 3 judges

Silver Sponsor: $300

  • Firm logo published in virtual background
  • Program recognition
  • Sponsorship of meals for 2 judges

Bronze Sponsor: $100

  • Recognition in event promotion
  • Sponsorship of 1 judge

Barristers Section- The Business of Family Law- September 16th

Friday, September 16th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description:

A panel discussion with attorneys Lydia Crandall, Nancy Encarnacion Mass, Kimberly Madigan, and Victoria Lewis moderated by Barristers Section President, Brooke Murphy, to cover topics including: financial models of law firms, management structure and decision making, remote work and other changes since the pandemic, technology, law firm culture and work-life balance.

Speaker: Lydia Carndall, Victoria Lewis, Nancy Encarnacion Mass and Kimberly  Madigan

Cost: Free all SMCBA members. Non-Members please pay a $10 fee. 1.0 hour of General Law MCLE credit.

Registration and Information: Please click on the button below 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. 

Contact Info for this Event: For questions about this event, please email

Brook Murphy bmurphy@madiganlewis.com

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.

Barristers Section – Hike and Lunch with the Barristers at Pulgas Ridge in Redwood City – June 18

Barristers Section – Hike and Lunch with the Barristers at Pulgas Ridge in Redwood City
Saturday, June 18, 2022
10:00 a.m.
Pulgas Ridge Reserve
1000 Edmonds Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94062

Please join the Barristers Section on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for a hike and lunch at Pulgas Ridge. Children are welcome but the hiking trail is narrow and may be difficult to navigate with a stroller.  Dogs are allowed and must be on a leash except when in off-leash area.  We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Directions:

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above the towns of San Carlos and Redwood City.  From Highway 280, exit Edgewood Road.  Travel 0.75 miles northeast on Edgewood Road toward Redwood City.  Turn left (north) on Crestview Drive, then immediately turn left on Edmonds Road.  Follow Edmonds Road to the preserve entrance on the right.

Cost: This event is free.

Registration: There is no registration!

Barristers Section – Smart Strategies for Managing Student Loan Debt – May 10

Barristers Section – Smart Strategies for Managing Student Loan Debt
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Barristers section on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 for a virtual presentation where Chris Welton and our partner Sarah Johnston from Gradfin will be discussing Federal and private student loan repayments options and up-to-date legislation along with ideas to help borrowers with forgiveness, refinancing, and monthly payment options. Feel free to pepper us with your questions – your situation may not be as unique as you think – we’ve seen them all!

Chris Welton is a Wealth Management Advisor & Managing Director, Silicon Valley office at Northwestern Mutual where he leads a team who work together with their clients to implement a financial plan that integrates risk management, wealth management, tax-efficient strategies, and estate planning. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and holds both Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. He and his wife Rosa live in San Mateo and love to cook, and are especially proud of all the vegetables they have grown in their garden during this pandemic!

Sarah Johnston leads the West Coast Business Development team for Gradfin based in Los Angeles. She focuses on the law community and has helped legal professionals save an average of $40K over the life of their loan. Sarah is a graduate from Arizona State University where she received a B.S. in Marketing.

Cost: free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Plus one hour of 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.

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. 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. You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. The MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.

Barristers Section – What Keeps You Up All Night? A General Seminar for Business Owners – May 24

Barristers Section – What Keeps You Up All Night? A General Seminar for Business Owners
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the barristers section on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 for a virtual presentation by Chris Welton on how to help small business owners and solo practitioners identify and prioritize risks, employee benefits, exit planning and personal financial security needs. 

Chris Welton is a Wealth Management Advisor & Managing Director, Silicon Valley office at Northwestern Mutual where he leads a team who work together with their clients to implement a financial plan that integrates risk management, wealth management, tax-efficient strategies, and estate planning. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and holds both Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. He and his wife Rosa live in San Mateo and love to cook, hike and hold dinner parties with interesting people!

Cost: free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Plus 1 hour of 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.

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. 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. You will receive 1 hour of General Law MCLE credit for attending this event. The MCLE certificates will be made available in the week following the event.