Events

The SCBA Day at the Races

An Event Commemorating the 93rd Anniversary of the Sonoma County Bar Association

With a Lunch and Auction Supporting SCBA’s Archive Committee

Cost of Admission Includes:
Complimentary Admission to the Fair (All Day)
Lunch in the VIP Tent Near the Wine Country Racing Grandstands (includes Sonoma County Wine)
Reserved Seating in the Grandstands to Enjoy the Horse Racing
General Parking
No Host “Spirits” Bar

Date: Friday, August 1, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm check in; 12:30 pm Lunch & Auction; 3:00 pm Horse Racing

Place: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $75 Per Person, Spouses and Significant Others encouraged to Attend

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Tickets for registrations received after July 28th can be picked up at the SCBA office. For all other registrations, tickets will be mailed to the address you provide on your registration form unless otherwise requested.

Tickets for this event cannot be purchased at the gate.

AUCTION LIST:

Two Night Stay at the Old Crocker Inn Bed & Breakfast between Healdsburg and Cloverdale. It includes a full 3-course gourmet breakfast both days, as well as wine and home-baked goods in the evening.

Two tickets to the August 12, 2014, S.F. Giants game against the White Sox, at the Club Level.

Box seats at the Sonoma County Fair Races for August 1, 2014 or August 8, 2014.

You and up to five guests are invited to enjoy a VIP Luncheon in the Director’s Room with Jack DeMeo followed by viewing the races from his boxed seats on the finish line.

Have your photo taken with a group in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse of SCBA’s named race on August 1, 2014.

And More!

General Law

Criminal Law Update

Topics of Discussion:

Update on search and seizure issues, including the new case on the warrant requirement to search a cell phone;

Housing of inmates under 1170h; prison v jail conditions; including a review of the different types of sentences;

Bail issues: when bail is required to be exonerated, discussion of the authorities in this area;

And More!

Hon. Shelly Averill

HOn. Dana Simonds

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm check in; 12:15 – 1:15 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Hon. Shelly Averill, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon. Dana Simonds, Sonoma County Superior Court

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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Elimination of Bias

Bias and Prejudice in Mediation

The American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section has designated the third week of October as a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution practices worldwide. Please join us in participating in the ABA Mediation Week initiative through a discussion about eliminating bias and prejudice in mediation.

Larry. Mills, Esq.
JAMS

Mr. Mills brings to his ADR practice an accomplished and multi-faceted career of over 35 years as a lawyer specializing in litigation and business counseling, and over 25 years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Mills is well known in the ADR field, and, in addition to being a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Distinguished Fellow in International Academy of Mediators, he has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

As a mediator, Mr. Mills is known for being engaged and analytical and for leading parties to effective resolution. As an arbitrator, he is known for his fairness and proven ability to manage and adjudicate complex disputes. He has mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of cases such as business and commercial contract disputes, real estate matters, professional liability disputes, and cases involving environmental issues and government entities.

Hon. Elaine Rushing (Ret.)
JAMS

Judge Rushing served on the Sonoma County Superior Court bench for nearly two decades, including five years as Supervising Judge of the Civil Division. She was the first woman appointed as judge on the Sonoma County Superior Court in 1992. As a Judge, she heard major personal injury cases; real estate cases including real estate fraud, broker compensation, adverse possession, partition, boundary disputes, homeowners association disputes; CEQA litigation; business disputes including trademark infringement and trade secrets; trusts and estates litigation; agribusiness cases; and construction defect litigation. In addition, on the bench, Judge Rushing handled hundreds of settlement conferences in a variety of civil cases, including business litigation, construction, personal injury, employment, real estate, family law, and trusts, estates and probate matters. Judge Rushing has served extensively as a faculty member for the Continuing Judicial Studies Program and has taught Probate to Judges New to the Assignment Program numerous times.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time: Check in: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Larry. Mills, Esq., JAMS
Hon. Elaine Rushing (Ret.), JAMS

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public
Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

Water in Wine Country

There are two droughts in California: the one we all know about caused by several dry years; and the second that results from a combination of ever expanding demand, ever increasing impacts on environmental values, and ever more entrenched stakeholder interests.

In this program, Tom Hicks and Aaron Baker will provide an overview of the nature and idiosyncrasies of the right to use water, which lies at a unique intersection between property rights, public interest, fickle weather patterns, and economic growth. They will explore some of the physical issues related to water allocation and tie the discussion to issues of direct relevance to the region

Aaron Baker
Attorney at Law

Mr. Baker is a California licensed attorney and graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he focused intensively on issues of water law and policy, public lands, and administrative law. After chairing the 2008 California Water Law Symposium, which addressed adaptive strategies for addressing climate change, Mr. Baker went on to work in the water group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Santa Barbara. Mr. Baker now practices in Sonoma County, representing clients on issues such as litigation, transactional – including water rights due diligence, transfers, and dedications – ESA, groundwater management, surface and groundwater rights and adjudications, SWRCB petitions and filings, and CEQA.

Tom Hicks
Attorney at Law

Mr. Hicks is a California water law, real property, and conservation attorney. Before law school Mr. Hicks was an energy and water policy analyst at the Natural Heritage Institute and the founder and Executive Director of the Headwaters Institute. He has interned at the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney, California State Water Resources Control Board, and American Rivers. He founded and chaired the inaugural California Water Law Symposium sponsored by leading northern California law schools and is a Board member. Mr. Hicks is a former whitewater raft guide, kayaker, and Colorado Outward Bound instructor. He holds a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a BA from the University of Vermont.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:00 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Aaron Baker, Attorney at Law
Tom Hicks, Attorney at Law

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

Estate Planning & IRAs

An overview of the post-death options and rules, beneficiary designations and how to estate plan around these issues

Malcolm T. Manwell
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Mr. Manwell’s practice includes complex real estate transactions, estate planning and business formation, non-profit entities, limited liability company and public agency representation. He heads the transactional and estate planning group at Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz.

Mr. Manwell graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Cum Laude) in 1971 and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1976. He was admitted to the California Bar in December of 1976.

Mr. Manwell has practiced law in the Sonoma County region for over 38 years. Prior to joining to Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz in 2004, he had over 25 years litigation experience, representing clients in the family law, business, real estate and estate settlement areas.

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:00 pm Presentation

Presenter(s): Malcolm T. Manwell, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public;

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

Legislative Updates in Labor & Employment

Each year the California legislature adds to the myriad laws involving employment, making practice in this area interesting and challenging. Join Valorie Bader in the review and commentary of the new laws created in the 2013-2014 session.

Valorie Bader
Partner
McMillan Shureen LLP

Ms. Bader began her practice in 1987, and has worked in the areas of employment and business counseling, training, mechanic liens, and employment litigation. Her current practice includes mandated sexual harassment training and other trainings, investigations, mediation and arbitration, as well as other alternatives for conflict resolution. Ms. Bader continues to counsel businesses and individuals and litigates in court and before administrative agencies such as the Labor Commissioner, the Employment Development Department, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Cal-OSHA, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, CA Department of Licensing, CA Department of Insurance, Cal-PERS and other Retirement Associations and before the California State Personnel Board and other public entities. Ms. Bader has performed numerous workshops and trainings for the Personnel Perspective, Lorman Business Seminars and the Personnel Association of Sonoma County (PASCO), in diverse topics related to employment issues and has taught specific employment law classes for the Santa Rosa Junior College. She has also written extensively in the subjects of employment law, and appeared in the Sonoma Business Journal and the Press Democrat.

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:00 pm Presentation

Presenter(s): Valorie Bader, Partner, McMillan Shureen LLP

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

The Affordable Care Act: An Overview and Update

In 2013, the U.S. Treasury deferred implementation of the employer “Pay-or-Play Mandate” of the Act until January 2015. This seminar will cover the mandate (when employers must offer affordable health coverage to employees), penalties, tax credits and other matters you will need to know to be ready for compliance with existing ACA mandates, along with the new requirements coming in 2015.

Jan Gabrielson Tansil
Partner
Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil

Ms. Tansil has been practicing since 1986 and has extensive experience in employment law, labor law, and business transactions. Ms. Tansil provides preventative and remedial counsel on all aspects of employment law. Her practice includes work in the related areas of unfair competition and trade secrets, along with employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Tansil has taught in the Business School and certificate program for Human Resources at Sonoma State University, along with numerous other courses in employment-related topics.

Lisa Ann Hilario
Associate
Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil

Ms. Hilario counsels employers in all aspects of the employment relationship including wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, employee discipline and termination, reductions in force, and investigations of employee misconduct. She also develops personnel policies and employee handbooks and drafts employment-related contracts including employment agreements, separation agreements, severance packages, liability releases and independent contractor agreements. In addition to her employment counseling practice, Ms. Hilario defends employers before the Labor Commissioner and in court against wage and hour litigation, wrongful termination actions, sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases and other employment-related claims. Her practice also includes advising clients regarding employment issues in connection with start-up businesses, mergers and acquisitions.

Mark A. Miller
Of Counsel
Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil

Mr. Miller counsels clients on real property, business, and family wealth transactions. He assists clients in forming and operating business entities such as corporations and limited liability companies and works with clients on financing, contracts, employment matters, and other operation issues. He also advises on insurance coverage and claims. Mr. Miller is active in the local community and currently serves as board president for the Children’s Village of Sonoma County.

Shane Rogers
Broker
Rogers & Young Insurance Services

Mr. Rogers provides consultation for group health insurance, retirement plans, and executive benefit strategies. He currently holds Life Agent and Property & Casualty Agent licenses. Before joining Rogers & Young in September of 2006, Shane ran a successful practice as a financial advisor in San Diego for Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. He focused his business on providing retirement plan solutions and wealth management advice to small and mid-size business owners.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12.00 – 1:30 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Jan Gabrielson Tansil, Partner, Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil
Lisa Ann Hilario, Associate, Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil
Mark A. Miller, Of Counsel, Spaulding, McCullough & Tansil
Shane Rogers, Broker, Rogers & Young Insurance Services

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $60–SCBA Members; $70–Public

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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Events

SCBA is Pleased to Annouce its 2014 Careers of Distinction Honorees

Ethics

Ethics Jeopardy and Family Feud

Based on the classic TV game shows “Jeopardy” and “Family Feud”, participants are quizzed on their knowledge of legal ethics and professional responsibility.  This presentation promises to be a lively and entertaining evening for all.

William Adams
Deputy County Counsel
Sonoma County Counsel’s Office

Bill Adams is a Deputy County Counsel for the Office of the Sonoma County Counsel in its Infrastructure practice group. His practice focus is on fire and emergency services for the County and numerous independent jurisdictions, eminent domain and real property litigation, as well as representation of more than 20 special districts throughout the County. He was President of the Sonoma County Bar Association in 2004. A frequent MCLE presenter and panelist, Bill grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University, University of Oregon School of Law, and National Defense University.

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

Time: 5:30 pm check in; 6:00 – 8:00 pm presentation

Presenter(s): William Adams, Deputy County Counsel, Sonoma County Counsel’s Office

Sponsored By: The SCBA Education Committee and the Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP)

Place: Cypress Room, Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $70–SCBA and REAP Members; $80–Public

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Elimination of Bias

Leveling the Playing Field for LGBT Athletes

Helen Carroll
Sports Project Director
National Center for Lesbian Rights

Ms. Carroll is well known in the sports world as an acclaimed national championship basketball coach from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Ms Carroll had been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletic Director for 12 years, and now devotes all her efforts to fighting homophobia in sports by directing the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Sports Project. She works closely with major national sports organizations including the San Francisco 49ers, the Women’s Sports Foundation and the NCAA. She has been a dynamic speaker on panels with the NCAA, Nike, the U.S. Tennis Association, The New York Times and many others. She was featured in Dee Mosbacher’s award-winning film, Out For A Change: Addressing Homophobia in Women’s Sports, and author Pat Griffin’s book, Strong Women, Deep Closets.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:00 pm Presentation

Presenter(s): Helen Carroll, Sports Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

Combating the Underground Economy and Wage Theft

The Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) combats the underground economy to ensure all businesses are provided equal opportunity to thrive and workers are afforded safe and fair working conditions through collaboration of state enforcement agencies and other partners. Two speakers from the DIR will discuss the LETF’s creation, procedures, and the enforcement against businesses who fail to

comply with employment regulation,. Recent LETF enforcement actions have included the California Labor Commissioner citation of a Sacramento landscaping company for over $650,000 for wage theft violations and the Labor Commissioner’s wage theft investigation at the Eureka Holiday Inn where construction workers were shorted nearly a quarter-million dollars

Renée Bacchini
Chief, Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF), Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

Ms. Bacchini is Chief of the LETF, a California multi-agency enforcement and education effort to combat the underground economy. Chief Bacchini has been with DIR since 2005, starting in the public affairs office and moving into program administration in 2007 for the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. She has been with the State of California since 2000 and held positions at CalPERS and the State Treasurer’s Office. Prior to working with the state, she owned a small business while earning her degrees at UC Davis, from which she graduated in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations/World Trade and a second Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

Elliot S. Beckelman
Legal Counsel, Criminal Investigation Unit, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

Mr. Beckelman is legal counsel to the Criminal Investigation Unit of the California State Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“Labor Commissioner). He has been with the Labor Commissioner office over three years. Previously, he was an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco for more than 15 years where he served in various units including homicide, gangs, sexual assault/child abuse, narcotics, general felonies, and elder abuse. He is co-author of two chapters in the CEB publication (2010-2012) Scientific Evidence in California Criminal Cases. In 1995 he was co-counsel in the class action against The Mitchell Brothers Theatre for misclassifying exotic dancers as independent contractors. He was former counsel to San Francisco largest private union, Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employee’s Union, Local 2.

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:00 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Renée Bacchini , Chief, Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF), Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

Elliot S. Beckelman, Legal Counsel, Criminal Investigation Unit, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public;

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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