Drinks Are On Us!

The San Mateo County Bar Association is proud to bring back the popular membership referral program, DRINKS ARE ON US.

How it works: Invite someone to become a member of the Bar Association or renew their lapsed membership (someone who has not been a member since 2017 or prior).  If that person becomes a member, you will receive a $10 gift card for either Jamba Juice, Peet’s or Starbucks (your choice).  You must send an email to the Membership Department at membership@smcba.org indicating your name, contact information, and the name of the person referred; remember to specify which gift card you would like!

There is no limit on the number of gift cards or referrals. Gift card(s) will be sent out upon confirmation of new or renewal of membership. This offer is good for both attorney and non-attorney membership referrals.  So go out there and ask your friends – “Are you a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association?”

Remember, membership for new attorneys is FREE for the first twelve (12) months!

For more information about membership with SMCBA, please visit our membership page.

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.

Do’s and Don’ts of FCS Mediation – July 10th

Friday, July 10, 2020
Via Zoom
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, July 10, 2020, for a presentation by Tanya Both and Lisa Bergman, LMFT, on tips and tricks for Family Court Services (FCS) mediation.

This is a unique opportunity for the Members of the Family Law Section to engage with the professionals intimately in charge of custody mediation services for the Court.  Our presenters will cover the following topics:

  1. FCS basics (common mistakes);
  2. Statutory bases for mediation services;
  3. Tips for preparing clients for FCS mediation; and
  4. COVID-19 related updates for FCS mediation.

Lisa Bergman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in psychology.  She began working for FCS in 1988 for the Superior Court of California, Riverside County.  In addition to working for the Court, she has worked in private practice, for non-profit agencies, county mental health, and hospitals, both in-patient and outpatient services, providing family, marriage and individual therapy for adults, teenagers and children.  She has taught psychology for community college as an associate instructor.  In 2011, she graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Master’s Degree in Political Psychology.  Upon her return to the United States, she worked as the Director of Family Court Services for the Superior Court of California, Butte County.  In 2015, she began her current position as Supervising Child Custody Recommending Counselor for the Superior Court of California, San Mateo County.

Tanya Both worked as a family law and medical-legal partnership attorney before joining the Family Law Facilitator’s office in 2012.  In 2019, she joined the Superior Court of California, San Mateo County as Managing Attorney for FCS, the Family Law Facilitator’s office, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), and the Probate Court Investigators.

One hour of MCLE Credit will be provided for attendance.

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.

To further verify attendance, please listen for three “keywords” to be announced at the beginning, middle, and end of the presentation.  A Survey Monkey survey will be circulated by the SMCBA, which will request confirmation of those three keywords.  You will be given MCLE credit upon successful completion of the survey and will be able to access your MCLE certificate on the SMCBA website thereafter.

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

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 1 day before 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 what 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.

What Your Appellate Attorney Wants You to Know – June 12th

WHAT YOUR APPELLATE ATTORNEY WANTS YOU TO KNOW
Friday, June 12, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Please join the Family Law Section on Friday, June 12, 2020, for a live webinar about family law appeals, with leading certified appellate specialist Robert A. Roth, Esq.

Robert will present to the Family Law Section a program focusing on what family law attorneys can do at the trial court level to set the stage for a successful appeal. Robert’s insights will give practitioners guidance for avoiding missteps that can have an impact on a potential appeal, and also tips on measures that can be helpful for future modification proceedings.

With over 30 years’ experience as an appellate practitioner and more than 25 published appellate opinions that bear his name, Robert A. Roth is widely regarded as one of the leading family law appellate specialists in California. He has won twice in the California Supreme Court, and represented the successful respondent in In re Marriage of Ostler and Smith (1990) 223 Cal.App.3d 33, which established the method California courts use to calculate division of bonus income.

Robert was one of the first attorneys in California certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar, and he has remained a certified appellate specialist for more than two decades. In addition to family law appeals, Rob has substantial experience handling probate, real property, business transaction, tort insurance, admiralty, and State Bar appeals.

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. The Zoom invite and materials for the event will be provided by the SMCBA prior to the event.

Cost: $10 for Family Law Section members and $15 for non-section members.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event no later than Tuesday, June 9, 2020. 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.

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.

Ad Disclosures: FTC Best Practices for Brands & Social Media Influencers – June 3rd

BUSINESS LITIGATION SECTION
Wed, June 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Live Webinar via Zoom.

The Business Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association invites you to a live webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m.

Kimberly Culp of Carr McClellan PC will speak about the following topic:

Ad Disclosures: FTC Best Practices for Brands & Social Media Influencers

When a Twitter or Instagram post by a celebrity mentions a popular beauty product, is it paid? When a star athlete on Facebook talks about recovering post-game with a favorite sports drink, but there are no hashtags—is it a promotion? If a YouTube star reviews new snacks and gives out a coupon code, did they receive the products for free? In this program, you will learn the best practices for counseling brand or social media influencer clients to disclose paid promotions, discounts, coupons, sweepstakes, affiliate links, free products, or anything of value in exchange for a review, post, or endorsement.

One hour of general MCLE credit will be provided.

Speaker:  Kimberly Culp of Carr McClellan, PC
Cost:  $30 for section members/ $40 for non-section members
Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website or click here to register. The Zoom meeting information will sent to you 1 day before the webinar.

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.

The New Normal: Using Technology to Mediate and Litigate Cases Remotely in the Age of Social Distancing and Beyond – May 21st

The New Normal: Using Technology to Mediate and Litigate Cases Remotely in the Age of Social Distancing and Beyond

The Labor & Employment Section invites you to a live webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020 with speaker David A. Lowe.

Social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions have instantly made videoconferencing and other technology a necessity for lawyers to effectively represent their clients in litigation, arbitration, and mediation! Our speaker will discuss how videoconferencing is working (or not) as we are forced to adopt and rely on this technology, as well as provide tips for making the most of the technology to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.

David A. Lowe is Managing Partner of the San Francisco-based law firm Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff, and Lowe, LLP, where he litigates individual and class action employment matters on behalf of employees. He specializes in complex litigation, cross-border employment cases, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, commission disputes and executive employment contract and severance negotiations.  In addition, Mr. Lowe works as a neutral mediator to help parties resolve disputes and find a better alternative to continued litigation.

To verify attendance, please listen for three “keywords” to be announced at the beginning, middle, and end of the presentation.  A survey from Survey Monkey will be circulated by the SMCBA, which will request confirmation of those three keywords.  You will be given MCLE credit upon successful completion of the survey and will be able to access your MCLE certificate on the SMCBA website thereafter.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm

Location: Live Webinar via Zoom. Webinar link will be provided to paid registrants 1 day prior to webinar date.

Cost: $25 for Labor/Employment section members and $30 for non-section members. Costs are to cover the administrative and CLE costs of the program). You will receive 1 MCLE credit hour for attending this Zoom webinar!

Registration:  Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

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.

 

Mediation Best Practices – May 14th

Please join the ADR Section for a live webinar on Mediation Best Practices from a Mediator and Practitioner’s Perspectives with  Anne Goyette and Jeffrey Windsor.

Topics will include how to prepare for the mediation, how to prepare the client for the mediation, obtaining clients’ informed consent and acknowledgement of mediation confidentiality (Evidence Code Section 1129(e), types of mediation, whether to hold joint sessions, the usefulness of opening statements, briefs, and evidence in mediation, and best practices for how to present information (powerpoints, visual presentations), what to do when mediation appears to have broken down.

Ms. Goyette has resolved hundreds of civil disputes as a full time Special Master and Mediator since 1998. Through prepared and productive negotiations, Ms. Goyette has facilitated settlements ranging from cost waivers to $35 million, primarily in multiparty complex cases involving construction, real estate, insurance and related issues. Ms. Goyette is an ADR panelist for numerous appellate, state and federal courts, serves as Special Master and Referee for more than two dozen California Superior Courts and acts as Special Master in national and statewide class actions. She enjoys the highest Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™ Martindale Hubbell rating, Super Lawyers® distinction in Alternative Dispute Resolution and membership in National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and The San Francisco Mediation Society.

Mr. Windsor is a practicing civil litigation attorney and mediator throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii. He specializes in business, commercial, and real estate litigation, and provides advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, and growing and middle market companies. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Windsor was an associate at firms in the Bay Area, where his practice focused on commercial, real estate, and insurance litigation.

Mr. Windsor trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. He is an alternative dispute resolution panelist, facilitator, and pro tem with the State Bar of California, Dispute Prevention and Resolution of Hawaii, and with Northern California’s superior courts and Bar Associations.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Live Webinar via Zoom

Cost: $10 per person.

Registration: Please log-in on the SMCBA website to register for this event. Registration closes on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  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, webinar link will be provided only to paid registrants. 

Family Law Practice in the Covid Era – April 23rd

Please join the Family Law Section on Thursday, April 23, 2020, for a live webinar with the hearing officers of the San Mateo County Superior Court’s Family Law Division about family law practice in the COVID-19 era.

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 about court operations and procedures during this COVID-19 crisis.

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 Robert Cashen at rcashen@mtsalawgroup.com with copy to co-chair, Rachel Leff-Kich, at rachel.leffkich@gmail.com no later than Monday, April 20, 2020. This will allow the Judges and Commissioners sufficient time to adequately consider the Members’ questions or concerns.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Time: 12:00PM- 1:00PM

Location: Live Webinar – Zoom Meeting information and instructions will provided 1 day prior to the webinar.

Cost: This event is FREE!

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

To Boldly go “Above & Beyond” In Providing Justice For Litigants – CANCELLED

Our speaker, Judge Susan L. Greenberg will provide an insight on motion practices. Judge Greenberg was elected and appointed by Governor Brown in 2014, she has presided over several matters including Criminal Law, Civil  Law & Motion and Family Law. Throughout her career, Judge Greenberg has handled matters involving general civil litigation, business transactions, real property litigation and transactions, criminal law, family law, personal injury law, and estate planning and probate.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location: Mistral Restaurant
370 Bridge Parkway #6
Redwood City, CA 94065

Cost: $55 for Labor/Employment and Business/Litigation section members and $65 for non-section members. Cost includes 1-hour MCLE credit and a delicious three-course lunch.

Registration:  Please log-in on the SMCBA website.  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.
Please note, checks will not be accepted during the event.

If you RSVP but do not show up to the luncheon or cancel 48 hours in advance, you will still be charged the full amount for attending the event.

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 Joanna@deitaandlowe.com