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.

A Beginner’s Guide to Death and Divorce – Jan 9th

San Mateo County Superior Court
400 County Center
Judge Miram’s Courtroom – Dept 28
Redwood City, CA 94063
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Join speaker Sarah A. Brooks for a presentation on “A Beginner’s Guide to Death and Divorce” on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at noon. Ms. Brooks will provide an overview of the nuances of both death and divorce and how the probate code and the family law code intersect when an individual dies during a family law dispute.

The discussion will cover a basic understanding of the proper characterization of community and separate property assets and how they will ultimately be distributed to the spouse/former spouse, beneficiaries, or heirs as well as other issues to consider when administering a decedent’s trust or estate.

Sarah A. Brooks is a shareholder of Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle, APC and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Sarah focuses her practice on litigation arising from trust, estate, and conservatorship matters, including elder abuse litigation. A fierce advocate, she has successfully represented professional fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and others in all stages of litigation.

Cost: FREE but must RSVP.

Log-in on the SMCBA website to RSVP by Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or contact Sabrina M. Johnson. Please sign up as early as possible, and please let us know if your plans change.

Lunch will be provided by the SMCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section.

1 hour of MCLE Credit will be provided.

Top Family Law Cases of 2019 – Jan 3rd

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Foster City
1221 Chess Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404
12:00PM – 1:30PM

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, January 3, 2020, for a presentation by the peerless Garrett Dailey on some of the most compelling appellate cases of 2019. Garrett Dailey’s expertise on this topic is unparalleled, and we are most fortunate that he so generously gives us his time to review the top cases of the prior year.

Mr. Dailey is a Certified Family Law Specialist focusing on appellate issues.  He is a Fellow in the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is the publisher and author of ATTORNEY’ S BRIEFCASE®LEGAL RESEARCH SOFTWARE and the author of SupportTax® and Lawgic®.  The many awards he has received include a Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of California Family Law Section; the 30th Anniversary Outstanding Service Award from Association of Certified Family Law Specialists as well as the 1995 Hall of Fame Award; and the 2005 Outstanding Conference Speaker Award from the Cal. CPA Education Foundation.  Some of his more recent appellate cases include Marriage of Valli; Elkins v. Superior Court; Marriage of La Musga; Marriage of Macilwaine, Marriage of Facter; Marriage of Hibbard; Marriage of Hill & Dittmer; Marriage of Cadwell-Faso; Marriage of Sorge; and Marriage of Alter.  Mr. Dailey will present a more in-depth summary of updates in California Family Law at his 2019 Year in Review, which will be held in Oakland on January 10, 2020, and in San Jose on February 1, 2020.

Cost: $45 for Family Law Section members and $55 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 send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events.

If you are sending a check, make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

No refunds for cancellations less than 24 hours prior to event time.

FLS – 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon – Dec 18th

The Family Law Section cordially invites you to attend the 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon, honoring the Family Law Bench and Staff, Family Court Services, Facilitator’s Office, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and Family Law Clerks.  Join us on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:30pm to celebrate the holiday season, enjoy each other’s company, and show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the family law judicial officers and the Court staff who serve the family law litigants of San Mateo County.

Doors Open at 11:30am. Lunch will be served at 12:15pm. Valet Parking is Mandatory. No Host Bar.

Location: The Peninsula Golf & Country Club
701 Madera Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403

Cost: $80 per person.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website or RSVP by Monday December 02, 2019 to Jeffrey Ward by sending your RSVP form to Jeffrey Ward, Berra Stross Wallacker & Mass, 411 Borel Ave., Ste 550, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor this event, please select from one of the following sponsorship opportunities:

  • $750 or more (Platinum)
  • $600 – $749 (Gold)
  • $450 – $599 (Silver)
  • $300 – $449 (Bronze)

The generosity of your sponsorship serves as a gift of thanks to our judicial officers and to the Court staff by ensuring that they may attend this holiday festivity free of charge. Please send your selected sponsorship level and check made payable to SMCBA along with with your sponsorship form to Jeffrey Ward, Berra Stross Wallacker & Mass, 411 Borel Ave., Ste 550, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Please note that sponsorship of SMCBA events is not deductible as a charitable contribution. It may be deductible under other sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

FLS – Addiction In Family Law – Aug 9th

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, August 9, 2019, for a presentation by David Kan, M.D. regarding addiction issues in family law.

Tools for identifying substance abuse in attorneys will be discussed. The current state of alcohol and drug testing in family law will be reviewed. Guidelines around testing frequency and format will be discussed. The audience will have the opportunity to pose case-based questions to an evaluator in these issues.

Dr. Kan graduated from Northwestern University Medical School. He finished his General Psychiatry Residency and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is Board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and Forensic Psychiatry and he is Board-Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in Addiction Medicine. He is a member of the faculty at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Kan is an active member of the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM). CSAM is a physician organization dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Kan has planned conferences and spoken to many physician and non-physician groups. Dr. Kan is the current President of CSAM. Dr. Kan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (D.F.A.S.A.M.)

Dr. Kan offers forensic consulting services to courts and attorneys in civil, criminal, and administrative matters. He has testified in multiple states, counties and federal court as an expert witness. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.  Dr. Kan has also testified numerous times before the California Assembly and Senate on addiction treatment. Dr. Kan has testified before Congress advocating for expanding access to addiction treatment.

One hour of Competence Issues CLE credit will be provided for attendance.

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Cost: $45 for Family Law Section members and $55 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 send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events.

If you are sending a check, make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee. No refunds for cancellations less than 24 hours prior to event time.

*Please note: Registration closes on Tuesday, August 06, 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

 

FL Section – Intimate Partner Abuse – June 14th

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, June 14, 2019, for a presentation on Intimate Partner Abuse by Melissa Gibbs of Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA).  Intimate partner violence cases can be some of the most difficult cases to litigate. Many victims require assistance with a constellation of related yet distinct issues. Dynamics of power and control can permeate the proceedings. Trauma responses of victims can be confusing or misunderstood. This program will demystify intimate partner abuse, discuss recent case law involving DVPA actions, and provide an overview of CORA’s services and other resources available to assist survivors, batterers, and families experiencing violence.

Melissa is the Manager of Legal Services at CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) where she started as a staff attorney litigating family law cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. Melissa’s interest is in the intersection of civil and criminal cases and is passionate about supporting survivors to navigate the criminal justice system as a victim-witness. Melissa regularly trains and mentors pro bono attorneys through a collaborative domestic violence pro bono project, is co-Chair of the Legal Process Committee (a subcommittee of the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council), and is active in state-wide public policy research and advocacy through the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. As a San Mateo County native Melissa enjoys supporting and giving back to her community.

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.

Cost: $45 for Family Law Section members and $55 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 send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events.

If you are sending a check, make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee. No refunds for cancellations less than 24 hours prior to event time.

*Please note: Registration closes on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

FL Section – Annual Panel Discussion with the Family Law Bench Officers – Mar. 8th

Register for this event today!

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, March 8, 2019 for their annual panel discussion with the hearing officers of the San Mateo County Superior Court’s Family Law Division. This is a unique opportunity for the Members of the Family Law Section to engage with their very own San Mateo County Family Law Judges and Commissioners on a more informal basis and to ask some of the burning questions that generally cannot be answered from the Bench.

Members are encouraged to submit questions on any topic of general interest to the Family Law Section.  In past years, questions have ranged from Bench Officer preferences for courtroom practice and procedure, to understanding and application of recent changes in family law.  No case-specific hypotheticals please.  Please submit questions to be addressed at the panel discussion by no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.  This will allow the Judges and Commissioners sufficient time to adequately consider the Members’ questions or concerns.  Questions should be submitted to jward@bswmlaw.com. .

Cost: $45 for section members and $55 for non-section members.

Registration: Please login on the SMCBA website to register for this event.

If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to SMCBA and send to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events or bring a check with you to the event. *Please note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.