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.

Labor & Employment Section- Help Me[diators] Help You: Tips To Get the Most Out of Mediation- September 22nd

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: The goal of any mediation is to resolve the case.  But how do you maximize the benefits of a mediation without giving away too much to the other side?  With extensive experience as a litigator and mediator, our speaker understands these concerns – and how to handle them.  Whether it’s about your own client, great evidence you don’t want to reveal, or even your ultimate goals at mediation, you will get the inside information on the “who”, “what”, “when”, and “why” of information sharing to help you get the most out of your mediation – and your mediator.

Who: Our speaker, David Sarnoff’s, extensive experience as a litigator led him to start mediating, and in 2018, David received formal mediation training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute. He now combines this training with his experience as a litigator and small business owner to help litigants realize the benefits of compromise and resolution in order to let go of the past and move on with their lives. He greatly values his work as a mediator and finds it deeply rewarding to help parties resolve disputes and provide them the freedom to look forward to better days.  David mediates throughout California in all areas in which he has significant experience, including all aspects of Employment Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate, and General Business Litigation. He is also a Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer for the San Francisco Superior Court and Los Angeles Superior Court through Resolve Law LA. He is committed to helping everyone involved realize the benefits of coming together to find an amicable resolution.

When: Thursday, September 22th from  12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

**Please start to log in to Zoom about five minutes before the start time **

RSVP:  SMCBA Members can register here. Non-SMCBA Members can register here.

If you want to pay by check, still, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA and note your name and this event. Please note that if you RSVP but do not “show up,” or cancel 48 hours in advance, you will still be charged the full amount for attending the event.  Note: MCLE certificates will be emailed to you once your presence is verified at the event.

Where: Your Computer via Zoom! All registrants will be provided with the link and meeting code one day prior to the event date.

Cost: $20 for Labor & Employment members and $30 for non-section members. 1.0 General Law Credit

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

Women Lawyers Section- Power Hour- Networking and Rainmaking- October 13th

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

Via Zoom

Description: Please join us for our upcoming “Power Hour,” where you will have the chance to meet and greet other Women Lawyers Section members! This event will focus on getting to know our fellow members, old and new, and will provide an open and casual forum for learning about each other’s practice and expertise. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect virtually with one another.

Cost: FREE 

Registration and Information: Please click on the button above to register for this 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. 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. 

Family Law Section- The Business of Family Law- October 14th

Friday, October 14th

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Lydia E. Crandall is a partner at Lakin Spears, LLP.  Lydia handles a variety of family law matters including dissolution of marriage cases, post-judgment support and custody modifications, as well as premarital and post marital agreements.  She acts as a mediator and is trained in Collaborative Practice.  Lydia was named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine every year between 2009 and 2020.  She has been rated as a Super Lawyer in Family Law by the organization since 2021.  Lydia served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2010 and as Chair in 2011.  She was Co-Chair of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County in 2014 and Chair in 2015. She currently acts as treasurer. Ms. Crandall has served as Executive Committee of Lakin Spears, LLP since 2019.

Kimberly A. Madigan is a Certified Family Law Specialist and founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, a woman owned and operated law firm serving families of all circumstances here in the Silicon Valley for over seven years.  Prior to founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP, she co-founded another family law firm on the Peninsula.  Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Hersh Family Law Practice, P.C., in San Francisco.  Ms. Madigan has been practicing law for 20 years and spent the first few years of her career working as a civil litigator at Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin, & Lang, LLP in Vancouver, Canada.  In California, she has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers® and before that Rising Stars.  From 2015-2016, she served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the SMCBA.  In 2021-2022, she served as the President of CP Cal and currently serves on the Board as Immediate Past President.  She is a proud recipient of the Eureka award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to collaborative divorce in California.  Her current practice is focused on litigating complex family law matters both in public court and with private judges at all stages of litigation, including trial.  She also handles collaborative cases, mediation consulting cases, premarital agreements, and marital agreements.

Victoria K. Lewis (“Tori”) is a founding partner in the San Mateo County family law firm of Madigan & Lewis, LLP.  Ms. Lewis is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Ms. Lewis earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1988.  Ms. Lewis has a broad base of experience which informs her family law practice today.  Before focusing exclusively in the area of family law, Ms. Lewis first practiced civil litigation in the Los Angeles office of Baker McKenzie.  After that she worked as a Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California State Legislature.  Ms. Lewis worked with the Rules Committees of both houses of the Legislature providing advice and written legal opinions on a wide variety of employment and personnel matters that arose in the course of running the business of the Legislature.  As a family practitioner and before founding Madigan & Lewis, LLP with Kimberly Madigan, Ms. Lewis worked as a Research Attorney for the Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Division; she also worked as an attorney with the law firm of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton: and as an attorney with the law firm of the now Honorable Vanessa A. Zecher who is currently serving as a an APJ in the Family Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Ms. Lewis served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2016.

Ms. Mass is a partner at Stross Mass Cutcher & Levin.  She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”).  Ms. Mass handles all aspects of high-asset dissolutions, including those involving complex financial issues, property characterization, business valuation, child custody, child support, and spousal support, from the inception of a case through settlement or trial. Ms. Mass also prepares prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and works with clients as a consulting attorney, as needed. She represents clients in domestic violence actions, as well.  Ms. Mass was named a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for every year between 2017 and 2022 and she has been named a Northern California Rising Star for every year between 2011 and 2016.  Ms. Mass is an active member of the San Mateo County Diversity Committee since 2017 and a Co-Chair of the AAML Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee since 2021.  Ms. Mass also serves as a Mentor in the AAML since 2021 and as a Mentor in the UC Hastings Family Law Association Mentor Program for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.  Ms. Mass served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  Ms. Mass was previously associated with Hammer & Jacobs in San Jose, where she also practiced family law exclusively.  Prior to that, Ms. Mass’ practice focused on civil litigation, which included defending businesses in tort and employment litigation actions.

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

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

Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members and $40 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 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.

Family Law Section- Family Law Related Real Estate Trends In The Post-COVID ERA, Harold DeBlander- September 9th

Thursday, September 9th, 2022

Via Zoom at 12:00pm

Description: Please join the Family Law Section on September 8, 2022, for a presentation by Harold DeBlander on an update regarding the current real estate market in the post-Covid, high inflation world, and relevant implications in Family Law.

Mr. DeBlander, a Sotheby’s International Realty agent, is a skilled professional with insightful local knowledge and extensive expertise in San Francisco Bay Area luxury real estate. His dedication to high-quality service, combined with the one-of-a-kind resources, reputation, have allowed Mr. DeBlander to help his clients successfully navigate the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market.

Having bought, fixed, and sold well over fifty properties for his own account, with his own money on the line, Mr. DeBlander knows the ins and outs of what makes a transaction successful: from acquisition, and how to find value in a property that others have overlooked, to getting an offer accepted in San Francisco’s very competitive environment, to resale and what strategic modifications will make a house irresistible to today’s discerning buyers

Cost: $30 for Family Law Section members and $40 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 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 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.

Estate Planning/Probate Section – Corporate Crossover Issues with Estate Planning: Current Developments and What Estate Planners Should Know About the Corporate Transparency Act – June 16

Estate Planning/Probate Section – Corporate Crossover Issues with Estate Planning: Current Developments and What Estate Planners Should Know About the Corporate Transparency Act 
Thursday, June 16, 2022
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

Martin Behn and Brendan Lund will discuss updates in the law for LLCs/LPs; what the new corporate transparency act means for LLCs/LPs/C-Corps/S-Corps and how to comply with the law (as we know it today, or what requirements there will be), penalties associated with the Corporate Transparency Act, and those that can apply to practitioners that setup the corporations; and also crossover issues with estate planning (beyond discounts for FLPs and sales), like why we would use an LLC to shield liability on personal residences during construction, or how we use them to shield true ownership of the LLC/LP in home purchases.

Cost: $20 for Estate Planning/Probate Section members and $30 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 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. 

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.

Funky Credit Day XXVII – Jan 21, 2022

Friday, January 21, 2022
8:15 am – 6:55 pm

The Funky Credit Day Program is held each year for members of the State Bar of California who are actively practicing law. It is where you get those “funky,” hard to find credits. Our 2022 program will feature various presenters including attorneys and judges from San Mateo County Superior Court. Once again, this year in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will deliver our annual event virtually.

This Special MCLE Program will feature a total of 9.5 hours:
4 hours of Legal Ethics
2 hours of Recognition & Elimination of Bias
2.5 hours of General Law
1 hour of Competence Issues

Click here to view the Agenda!

Click here to view the Speakers!

Cost:
$350* Registration received after 1/14/2022
* Additional $50 for Non-SMCBA Members.

It’s never too early to meet your MCLE requirement!

Registration:
Please register online or complete the registration form and email to events@smcba.org. If you wish to pay by check, please send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 150, Redwood City, CA 94063, Attn: Funky Credit Day.

Cancellations must be received no later than 01/14/2022 for refund of registration.

 

Prison Profiteering: How a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry Drives Mass Incarceration – July 29th

Prison Profiteering: How a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry Drives Mass Incarceration

Thursday, July 29, 2021
12:00 PM, PST
Live webinar

The San Mateo County Bar Association’s Race & Social Justice Committee invites you to attend a webinar  on Prison Profiteering: How a multi-billion-dollar industry drives mass incarceration, with Sivani Babu.

Prison profiteers have made fortunes on mass incarceration, and, in doing so, have become an important factor driving the incarceration of adults and children in the U.S. In this presentation, Sivani Babu brings context to the conversation about the prison-industrial complex by drawing on existing research as well as her experiences as an assistant federal public defender in South Texas. From for-profit facilities to telecom and healthcare services, she sheds light on the impact of decades of privatization in our prison system and what we can do to effect change.

Sivani Babu is an award-winning conservation and exploration journalist and the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass — a women-led, exploration-focused media company. She is also a former assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas. Working in one of the busiest districts in the nation, she represented defendants charged with a wide variety of federal felonies, from immigration to financial fraud and drug trafficking offenses. Part of that representation often included working to secure basic healthcare for clients held in for-profit facilities.

Cost of Attendance: FREE for SMCBA members and $20 for non-SMCBA members.

MCLE Credit: This event qualifies for 1-Hour of General Law MCLE Credit. 

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 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.

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.