Mandatory Workplace Arbitration: Pros and Cons, Risks and Rewards – September 24

MANDATORY WORKPLACE ARBITRATION: PROS AND CONS, RISKS AND REWARDS
Thursday, September 24, 2020
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Labor & Employment Section for a virtual presentation on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The law on mandatory workplace arbitration continues to evolve on a state and national level. Our speaker, Jeff Polsky, will discuss recent developments in that law and describe the pros and cons of such programs.

Jeffrey Polsky, is a co-chair of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Labor and Employment Department. He focuses his practice on business and employment litigation and counseling. He has 30+ years’ experience drafting workplace arbitration provisions, arbitrating employment cases, and representing clients in disputes relating to claims of discrimination and harassment, trade secret violations, wage and hour compliance, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract.

Due to continued Shelter-in-Place restrictions, this event will be hosted via Zoom.  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.

COST: $20 for Labor & Employment section members, $30 for non-section members, and free for Law Student Members. 

Registration: Please log in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. The Zoom information and materials for the webinar will be emailed to attendees the day before and morning of the event. If you wish to pay by check, still, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to: 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Attn: Events. *Please note which event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

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.

Tax Strategies and Implications When Settling a Trust or Estate Dispute – September 17

TAX STRATEGIES AND IMPLICATIONS WHEN SETTLING A TRUST OR ESTATE DISPUTE
Thursday, September 17, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Estate Planning & Probate Section on Thursday, September 17, 2020, for a presentation where speaker Ryan J. Szczepanik will discuss tax strategies and implications when settling a trust or estate dispute. Discussion will include relevant tax laws, factors the IRS and federal courts will apply to determine whether to respect a settlement agreement, and pleading and settlement drafting issues.

We are pleased to welcome Commercial Loan Corporation as sponsor for this event.


Ryan J. Szczepanik is a Principal with HARTOG, BAER & HAND. Mr. Szczepanik is a California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He focuses his practice on trust and estate litigation. He has tried numerous matters in both California and federal courts.

Mr. Szczepanik graduated law school in 2003. From 2003 to 2012, he litigated trust, estate, and business disputes at large law firms, most recently at King & Spalding LLP in its Atlanta and San Francisco offices. He joined Hartog, Baer & Hand in 2012. His practice has been devoted exclusively to trust and estate litigation since that time. He became a Principal of Hartog, Baer & Hand in 2016.

Mr. Szczepanik has presented on trust and estate topics at organizations throughout California. He has authored numerous published articles on trust and estate topics. Mr. Szczepanik is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association (TEXCOM). He is the Vice President of the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers (EBTEL). He is a delegate to the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). He serves as a Court Appointed Special Master and Referee for the Alameda County Probate Court.

Mr. Szczepanik is a 1999 graduate of Amherst College and a 2003 graduate of Emory Law School. While a law student, he received the Dean’s Award for Trusts & Estates.

Cost: $20 per person for Estate Planning Section members and $30 for non-section members. Cost includes 1.0 hours of MCLE credit.

Due to continued Shelter-in-Place restrictions, this event will be hosted via Zoom.  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. 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. *Please note which event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

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.

For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.

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.

EP Section – Lunch With The Probate Court Staff – June 20th

San Mateo Elks Lodge
229 W. 20th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403

All are invited to lunch with Peter MacLaren, Research Attorney with the San Mateo County Superior Court, and the Probate Court staff on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 12 noon. Pete will discuss the current topics of interest for the Probate Court and provide tips for working more effectively with the Probate Court Staff and the Court itself.

Registration and buffet service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Plan to arrive early.

Hawaiian shirt alert: Please also note that members are again encouraged (though of course not required) to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt in honor of the occasion.

We are pleased to have the Professional Fiduciary Association of California for this luncheon seminar.

Cost: $40 per person for members of the SMCBA Estate Planning Section who inform us in advance that they will attend and $55 for others. Cost includes lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event or contact the program coordinator, Jim Griffiths at smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.  For questions about this event, please email smcba@gryphonevents.com or fax (510) 588-4543.

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.

Directions: From Highway 92, Exit El Camino Real South. Turn right (west) at the first traffic light onto 20th Avenue. The Elks Lodge is three blocks west on 20th Avenue on your left.

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.

Bus. Lit. Section – Cannabis Law – June 12th

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1221 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA 94404

Please join the Business Litigation Section on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, for a presentation on Cannabis Law: Representation of Business in the Marijuana Industry with  Burke J. Hansen.

Burke’s practice focuses on Cannabis Law, and associated compliance issues in California.  This is a hot new area involving new businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell cannabis products, that will need ongoing legal representation.

Cost: $50 for Business Section members and $60 for non-members.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event.  If you opt to pay by check, please register online first and send your check payable to SMCBA, to 333 Bradford St., Ste. 200, Redwood City, CA 94063, Attn: Events.
*Make sure to note what event you are paying for and the name of the attendee.

One hour of General MCLE credit will be provided for attendance.

EP – New Attorneys Event: Court Updates with Peter MacLaren – May 9th

RSVP TODAY!

San Mateo County Superior Court
Judge Miram’s Courtroom – Dept 28
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

The New Attorneys Section of the SMCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section presents a luncheon with Court Research Attorney, Peter MacLaren. Peter is an experienced research attorney dealing with the numerous and interesting issues that are heard at the Probate Court. Peter will discuss topics of interest to attorneys new to the Probate Court process and provide tips for working effectively with the Probate Court Staff and the Court itself.

Please send any questions you might want answered ahead of time along with your RSVP.

Cost: The event is FREE to all new attorneys but must RVSP. Lunch and one hour of MCLE will be provided.

Registration: Click here to register online or RSVP by Tuesday May 7, 2019 to Sabrina M. Johnson at sabrinamjohnson.esq@gmail.com.

Space is limited. Please sign up early as this promises to be a well-attended event.

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