Events

Sonoma County District Attorney Candidates’ Forum

The Sonoma County Women in Law and the Sonoma County Bar Association are pleased to present the two candidates for the office of Sonoma County District Attorney. This forum is an opportunity for all members of the legal community to listen, learn, ask questions, and become an informed voter for the upcoming election on June 3, 2014.

Victoria Shanahan
Deputy District Attorney

Jill Ravitch
District Attorney

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014

Time: 11:30 am check in; 12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch and Program

Participants:
Jill Ravitch, District Attorney, Sonoma County
Victoria Shanahan, Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County
Gregory Spaulding, Moderator

Place: Fountaingrove Inn , 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Cost: $55–SCBA Members, SCWIL Members, and the 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

2014 Summer Soiree and SCBA Cook-Off

Join the Sonoma County Bar Association in honoring the Judicial Officers who serve Sonoma County!

Also not to be missed…

The SCBA Cook-Off!

Come see Sonoma County’s judicial officers and legal professionals duke it out for the title of SCBA’s Cook-Off Champion using nothing but their skill and a “famous fighter’s” indoor grill!

Court ‘n’ Disaster!

Great Food and Wine by John Ash & Co and Kenwood Winery!

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Place: Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA (Just South of River Road)

Cost: $70

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A Special Thank You to our 2014 Summer Soiree Sponsors!

Supreme Sponsors – $1,100

Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
Edgar Law Firm
Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.
Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison, LLP
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil, LLP

Appellate Sponsors – $850

Beyers Costin
Hansen & Miller
Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Superior Sponsors – $600

Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross
Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy
Duplicki Keller LLP
JAMS
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter
Terre Family Law

Advocate Sponsors – $300

Arbitration and Mediation Center
Eberts and Brockway
Ferchland Law Office
Fuller & Associates Certified Legal Nurse Consultants
Law & Mediation Office of Thomas D. Wright
Law Offices of L. Stephen Turer
O’Brien, Watters & Davis
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Redwood Reporting & Videoconferencing, LLC
Senneff, Freeman & Bluestone

Events

Imagine Yourself: After the Symposium

On April 11, 2014, North Bay students (grades 7-12 & post-secondary) from Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties will join educators, mentors, business and community leaders in a symposium and dialogue to gain insight into their successes and disappointments, key learnings, and motivation to persevere despite adversity, mistakes, and occasional failure. You are invited to join us for a luncheon immediately following this event to bring your insights as a member of the legal community.

Sponsor a student to attend!

Your sponsorship will cover the cost for a student to attend the lunch, offering a unique opportunity to network with North Bay judges, lawyers, educators, mentors, business and community leaders.

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Place: Prelude at the Green Music Center, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Cost: $100 Sponsor Registrations (includes your registration and registration for a student); $50 Individual

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Events

A Conversation with the State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez
President
State Bar of California

Luis J. Rodriguez is the first Latino and the first public defender elected as President of the State Bar of California. Mr. Rodriguez joined the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office in 1994 after passing the bar, where he has remained throughout his career.

Mr. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University in 1989 and earned a Juris Doctor at Santa Clara Law School in 1992. He was the first person in his family to attend college.

Mr. Rodriguez is a past president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. He was also president of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, president of the Latino Public Defenders Association, a member of the California State Board of Education and chairman of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness.

Date: Friday, May 23, 2014

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

Presenter(s): Luis J. Rodriguez, President, State Bar of California

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

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55–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

Untying the Gender “Nots”: Eliminating Transgender Bias in the Legal Profession

This presentation will introduce participants to the underlying causes of transgender bias, its impacts, and specific strategies for becoming more inclusive of transgender people as coworkers and clients. We will consider where transgender bias comes from, how to recognize it, and what we can do to create a safer and saner world for people of all genders.

Colin Close
Close Connections

Mr. Close provides consulting services, technical assistance, and training for organizations seeking to better serve people of all genders. He has worked with medical and mental health care providers, government agencies, nonprofits, social service organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. He also speaks with numerous college classes, civic groups, and faith based organizations each year to raise awareness and understanding about gender diversity. Colin works as an analyst for a municipality and serves on that agency’s diversity training team. He sits on nonprofit Boards and Advisory Councils in his community. In addition, Colin is pursuing a master’s degree in history focused on early twentieth century medical discourse about gender.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time: 12:15 pm check in; 12:30 – 1:30 pm Presentation

Presenter(s): Colin Close, Close Connections

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

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55–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

Transgender Issues Relating to Employment Law

This program provides a summary of relevant state and federal antidiscrimination laws as they pertain to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Particular attention will be given to recent federal court and EEOC decisions interpreting Title VII, as well as to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and its provisions relating to sex-specific dress codes. The program will include a discussion of workplace harassment law as it applies to transgender people, and also address best practices for working with transgender clients and co-workers, including anti-harassment policies, client and co-worker privacy, and confidentiality.

Matt Wood
Staff Attorney
Transgender Law Center

Matt Wood is a Staff Attorney at the Transgender Law Center where his work focuses on health, education, and employment law. Prior to working at TLC, Matt was an associate at a small civil litigation firm in San Francisco that served the LGBT community, and worked in development for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. In addition to his law degree, Matt and has a Ph.D. in American Studies. Matt was the lead attorney in the landmark 2012 case Macy v. Holder, in which the EEOC held that the Title VII’s prohibition against employment discrimination based upon “sex” included discrimination based upon gender identity and transgender status.

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014

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

Presenter(s): Matt Wood, Staff Attorney, Transgender Law Center

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

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55–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

Probate Nuts & Bolts

An introductory class on probate administration providing specific and detailed information, including forms and checklists.

  • Starting a probate – will or intestate
  • What needs to be done after letters are issued
  • Required notices
  • Inventory and Appraisal
  • Accounting
  • Closing a probate

Barry Adams
Law Office of Adams & Rafferty

Mr. Adams is an attorney who concentrates his practice in estates, trusts and elder law. Mr. Adams has extensive experience in all aspects of estates, trusts and elder law. He is particularly experienced and passionate about assisting families in conflict after loved ones die. He is the founder of the Elder Law Clinic of Empire Law School and is a professor of Elder Law at Empire Law School. He is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Probate and Trust section of the State Bar of California and the Trusts & Estates Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He speaks about avoiding conflict and contests in trusts and estates to many groups throughout Northern California.

Thomas A. Haeuser
Law Office of Thomas A. Haeuser

Mr. Haeuser, a self-professed “country lawyer”, has practiced in the same historic building on the Plaza in the City of Sonoma for almost 40 years. When he arrived in Sonoma in 1974, the firm had a general practice covering a wide range of business, real estate, construction, and landlord-tenant law. He has increasingly specialized in estate planning and administration. Mr. Haeuser is a California Bar Association Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He is designated an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He is currently Chair of the Trust and Estate Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014

Time: 11:45 am Check In; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Barry Adams, Law Office of Adams & Rafferty
Thomas A. Haeuser, Law Office of Thomas A. Haeuser

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

Cost: $65–SCBA Members; $75–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

SCBA’s Bi-Annual CEQA Review

Leslie Perry
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Mr. Perry practices in the areas of land use, real estate, and business law. He represents clients before various administrative and planning agencies, including County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, Town of Windsor, City of Petaluma, City of Rohnert Park, City of Sonoma, City of Cotati, City of Sebastopol, Sonoma County Airport Land Commission and Water Quality and Air Quality Boards. Mr. Perry also represents clients in general real estate, environmental and contractual litigation. He has significant experience in CEQA compliance and litigation.

Rose Zoia
Law Offices of Rose Zoia

Rose Zoia’s practice focuses on land use law and civil appeals and writs. She represents environmental and citizens groups , as well as the occasional applicant, in cases including CEQA, NEPA, general plan and zoning laws, and other land use laws. She has practiced in more than a dozen superior courts in counties throughout California as well as in each of the six districts of the California Courts of Appeal and the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeal.

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:30 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Leslie Perry, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP
Rose Zoia, Law Offices of Rose Zoia

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

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $65–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

Litigating a Wage and Hour Class Action Case Through Trial

Patrick Emery has successfully litigated class action lawsuits in a number of contexts, including wage and hour litigation against large corporate employers. He is one of the few lawyers to have tried such a case to jury conclusion. This seminar will focus on the conditions that make a trial likely and the specific challenges of managing a class action jury trial.

Patrick W. Emery
Attorney
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

Mr. Emery has been a trial lawyer in Sonoma County for over 35 years. His efforts have resulted in his recognition as a Super Lawyer of Northern California and his inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he is one of only six practicing attorneys in Sonoma County elected to the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Emery has been an active member of the legal community, having served as President of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He has presided over cases as a judge pro tem of the Sonoma County Superior Court and is a frequent continuing education lecturer on civil litigation subjects for a variety of organizations, including California Continuing Education of the Bar. He was taught trial practice at Empire College School of Law for many years and teaches in the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Stanford Law School.

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014

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

Presenter(s): Patrick W. Emery, Attorney, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

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

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55–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

Civil Rights of Children with Intersex Conditions

About one in 2,000 children is born with genitals, chromosomes, and/or internal sex organs that do not match typical expectations for male or female bodies. Many of these children are subjected to irreversible genital-normalizing surgery in infancy, raising significant civil and human rights concerns. This program will provide an introduction to intersex issues, along with an overview of related legal questions, including questions of medical decision-making, informed consent, and parental authority. We will also discuss AIC’s latest case, M.C. v. Aaronson, the first lawsuit in the country challenging a genital-normalizing procedure performed on a young child.

Anne Tamar-Mattis
Founder & Executive Director
Advocates for Informed Choice

Ms Tamar-Mattis is a Sonoma County resident and an involved ally of the intersex rights movement for many years. She has a strong record of forging connections among stakeholders and with other movements. She brings over two decades of experience in community organizing and nonprofit organizational management, primarily with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and youth communities. She spent six years as the Director of the LYRIC Youth Talkline, a national peer-support line for LGBTQ youth, and she was the first Program Director for San Francisco’s LGBT Com- munity Center. In 2003 she took a brief hiatus to attend law school, graduating from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2006. Ms Tamar-Mattis’s writing has been widely published in the legal, medical, and bioethics press. Her service to the LGBTQI communities has been recognized by Equal Justice Works, Echoing Green, National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, the Pride Law Fund, Uncommon Legacy, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. In 2010, Anne was honored by KQED (Northern Calif. Public Media) as an Unsung Hero. Anne has been an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) since 2008. In 2011, Anne was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI).

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

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

Presenter(s): Anne Tamar-Mattis, Founder & Executive Director, Advocates for Informed Choice

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

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55–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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