MCLE Classes & Events

Events

2014 Pro Bono Awards Luncheon

Presenting Special Recognition Awards to Outstanding Legal Volunteers

Participating Organizations:
California Rural Legal Assistance
Council on Aging, Senior Legal Services
Department of Child Support Services
Disability Services & Legal Center
Empire College School of Law
Family Justice Center Sonoma County
Legal Aid of Sonoma County
Recourse Mediation Services
Sonoma County Bar Association
Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation
Sonoma County Public Law Library
The Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 Friday, November 7, 2014

Time: 11:30 am Check In; 12:00 pm –1:30 pm Lunch, Meeting & Program

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

Cost: $55 per person

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General Law

Special Issues in Custody Matters and Representing Minors

This two-day program covers the 8 hours of training required by the California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242 for continuing Minor’s Counsel. A total of 12 hours is required to be eligible for appointment as new Minor’s Counsel.



Topics of Discussion:

Part One

Authority for Appointment; Duties, Rights and
Qualifications of Counsel; Compensation of Counsel

Child’s Participation in Proceedings

Interviewing/Questioning Your Minor Client

Consideration of Children’s Wishes

Preparing Children for Family Court Services or
Judicial Interview



Part Two

Working with Other Experts

CPS Reports

Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Substance Abuse

Working with Parents and Dealing with Parent’s
Complaints of Bias, Favoritism, Etc.

Parental Gatekeeping: A Way of Understanding
Child Custody and Access Disputes

Part One
Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:00 am Check In; 9:00 am — 2:15 pm Presentation
Part Two
Sunday, November 9, 2014
8:00 am Check-In; 9:00 am — 12:45 pm Presentation

Presenter(s):
Erika Altobelli
William Benjamin, CFLS
Pamela Bradford
Randy Cheek, MFT
Linda Lasin Eisnitz, MFT
Becky Rasmason, CFLS
Dave Shulman, CFLS

Place: SCBA Office, 37 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, California

Cost: $295 – SCBA Members; $335 – Public; $95 – Students

The student discount is 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 information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.

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Events

16th Annual Rex Sater Award Luncheon

The Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family Law is given each year to an individual or group who has contributed to improving the practice of family law in Sonoma County. The plaque commemorating this award states: “Judge Sater’s legacy to Sonoma County is his belief that people hold the answers to their family conflict locked in their own hearts…. The ‘System’s’ primary duty should be to help those people find their own answers….”

John E. Johnson

Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

Time: 11:30 am-Check In; 12:00-1:30 pm Lunch and Presentation

Honoree: John E. Johnson; Perry, Johnson, Anderson Miller & Moskowitz

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

Cost: $55 per person

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

How to Properly Handle the Denial of Coverage

The Steps Every Attorney Should Take to Preserve Their Client’s Ability to Pursue an Insurance Bad Faith Claim

Brendan M. Kunkle, Esq.
Managing Partner
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

Mr. Kunkle is an attorney who has practiced in Sonoma County since 2000. He is currently the managing partner at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery. He previously practiced in San Francisco since having been admitted to the bar in 1994. He has successfully tried or resolved cases involving insurance bad faith disputes, employment disputes, personal injury cases resulting from automobile accidents, defective products, premises liability, and general negligence, as well as business tort litigation and public entity liability litigation. He has previously been a speaker to the Sonoma County Bar Association on the topic of mediation, as well as utilizing technology in litigation and at trial. He has served as a Settlement Conference panelist for the past 10 years for the Sonoma County Superior Court. He is active in the community at large, serving in the past as president of the Consumer Attorneys of Sonoma County, the chair of the board of the United Way of the Wine Country, as a member of the Press Democrat Leadership Forum, and as an executive partner for Celebrate Community, as well as currently serving as the President of the Schools Plus board and as a board member for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Matthew R., Lilligren, Esq.
Associate
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

Mr. Lilligren’s practice focuses on personal injury litigation, employment litigation, complex business litigation, insurance bad faith, and consumer class actions. Mr. Lilligren has been the lead attorney on a multitude of cases from the initial filing of the lawsuit through settlement, mediation, arbitration, and jury trial. He has successfully litigated and resolved insurance bad faith claims that have resulted in six and seven figure settlements on behalf of his clients. Prior to joining Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery in 2006, Mr. Lilligren worked as a judicial extern for Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr., at the United States District Court, Eastern District of California and Justice Ronald Robie at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. He currently serves on the board of Legal Aid of Sonoma County as well as multiple Sonoma County Bar Association committees. Mr. Lilligren was born and raised in Sonoma County and received his law degree with Great Distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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

Presenter(s):
Brendan M. Kunkle, Esq., Managing Partner, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
Matthew R., Lilligren, Esq., Associate, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

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

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Law Courtroom Practice

A conversation with Judge DeMeo about pleadings, hearings, and trial:
Organization
Persuasion
What to include
What to avoid
Samples of effective pleadings (and ineffective pleadings)
Courtroom practice tips

Hon. Bradford DeMeo

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 11:30 am check in; 12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch and Presentation

Presenter(s): Honorable Bradford DeMeo, Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

Place: Fountaingrove Inn; 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, California

Cost: $135–SCBA Members; $155–Public; $75–Legal Support* and Law Students
The Legal Support and Law Student discount is available online for SCBA Members only. Paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks, court or school administrators and students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it to the SCBA Office. Students are required to provide proof of current enrollment at the time of registration

For information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.

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Events

2014 Careers of Distinction Awards Dinner

The Sonoma County Bar Association Offers its Congratulations to the 2014 Careers of Distinctions Honorees:

Honorable Stephany L. Joy (Ret.), Leslie R. Perry, and Kirt F. Zeigler


Friday, October 10, 2014
5:00 pm – Registration
5:30 pm – Reception & No Host Bar
6:30 pm – Dinner & Program

Hyatt Vineyard Creek
170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, California

Black Tie Optional

One Hundred Fifty Dollars Per Person

Reserved seating is available for ten upon request
All other seating will be assigned by SCBA

Online Registration is not available for this event.

Call Susan at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18 to Register

Events

SCBA’s 5th Annual Picnic and 1st Sunset Cruise

Benefitting the Sonoma County Law Library

Join us after work for laughter, drinks, and good food!

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014

Time: 4:00 PM—7:00 PM

Place: Galvin Park | 3330 Yulupa Avenue | Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Cost: $25 Adults | $10 Children | Children 3 and under are Free

Online Registration is not available for this event.
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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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