MCLE Classes & Events

Thursday, October 12, 2017 POSTPONED; Date TBA: Restraining Orders

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 POSTPONED; Date TBA: Helping Your Client Help Themselves

Friday, October 20, 2017: Careers-of-Distinction-Awards-Dinner

Thursday, October 26, 2017: How to Manage a Law Practice

Friday, November 3, 2017: Wine, Beer, & Spirits Law

Monday, November 6, 2017: Settlement of Employment Claims

Thursday, November 16, 2017: Enforcement of Judgments

Thursday, November 30, 2017: Avoiding Common Mistakes When Drafting and Administering Special Needs Trusts

Friday, December 1, 2017: Pro Bono Awards Luncheon & General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, December 6, 2017: The Best Use of a Forensic CPA in a Divorce

Tuesday, December 12, 2017: State and Local Cannabis Regulations under the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Legislative Updates in Labor & Employment

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Winter CEQA Update

Careers of Distinction Awards

Careers of Distinction 2017

Join the Sonoma County Bar Association, Friends, and Colleagues as We Celebrate the Career Achievements of Two Esteemed Members of the Legal Profession in our Community

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Online Registration for this Event is Unavailable. Please call the SCBA office at (707) 542-1190 ext. 10 to Register by Phone or Click Here to Download Registration Flyer

General Law

Wine, Beer, & Spirits Law:

Advising Your Alcohol Beverage Clients

This Comprehensive Seminar will Address Crucial Legal Issues, Including:

California’s Regulatory Framework
Startups
Intellectual Property and Labeling
Social Media
Sales, Marketing, and Shipping
Emerging Issues


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Matthew Botting
California Department of
Alcohol Beverage Control
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Joy L. Durand
Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
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J. Scott Gerien
Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
Idell, Richard
Richard Idell
The Idell Firm


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Jason Jorgensen
Alley 6 Craft Distillery
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Elizabeth Lehrer
Attorney at Law


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Jeremy L. Little
Carle Mackie Power & Ross
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Lindsay Osborne
Barley & Bine Beer Cafe
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John Trinidad
Dickenson, Peatman
& Fogarty
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Donald Winkle
Spaulding McCullough
& Tansil

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Time: Check-In and Breakfast: 8:30 am ; Presentations and Lunch: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm;
Wine & Beer Reception: 4:15—5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Matthew Botting, California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control
Joy L. Durand,Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
J. Scott Gerien, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
Richard Idell, The Idell Firm
Jason Jorgensen, Alley 6 Craft Distillery
Elizabeth Lehrer, Attorney at Law
Jeremy L. Little, Carle Mackie Power & Ross
Lindsay Osborne,Barley & Bine Beer Cafe
John Trinidad, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
Donald Winkle, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil

Place: Fountaingrove Inn (Camelot Ballroom), 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Fee: $295– SCBA Members; $350–Public;

MCLE: 5.0 Units of Participatory Credit in General Law

Student: $195 (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

Pro Bono Awards Luncheon

Presenting Special Recognition Awards to Outstanding Legal Volunteers

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Family Law Specialization

A Family Law Attorney’s Guide For The Best Use of a Forensic CPA in a Divorce

Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of engaging and working with a CPA forensic in a divorce proceeding. This course will provide a general overview and discussion of attorney, client, and forensic communication and contractual issues; the forensic’s special qualifications; the forensic’s direction in “issue spotting”, discovery, and the analysis of complex areas such as deciphering financial documents, income for purposes of support, marital standard of living, business valuations, tracing, reimbursement, and other related issues. Relevant statutes, cases, and materials will be provided by the panel.

Attorneys will not be expected to have an accounting background for this course.


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Leo Bartolotta
Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell
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Cindy V. Craig
Certified Public Accountant
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Leslie Dawson
Dawson CPA Firm
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Thomas D. Wright
Moderator

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time: Check-In: 2:45 pm; Presentation: 3:00—6:15 pm

Presenter(s):
Leo Bartolotta, Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell

Cindy V. Craig, Certified Public Accountant

Leslie Dawson, Dawson CPA Firm

Thomas D. Wright, Moderator

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Registration Fee: $100–SCBA Members; $115–Public;

MCLE: 3.0 Units Participatory Credit in General Law and 3.0 Units Participatory Credit in Family Law Specialization

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

Winter CEQA Update

An Update on What is New with the California Environmental
Quality Act Since the Spring CEQA Update in April 2017

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

Mr. Perry has practiced law in Sonoma County since 1975. He practices in the areas of land use and real property. He represents clients before various administrative and planning agencies as well as land use and environmental litigation, with an emphasis in CEQA matters. Mr. Perry is a founding partner of Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz and previously partner with the firm of Luke & Perry. He is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney.
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Tina Wallis
Law Offices of Tina Wallis

Ms. Wallis has her own law firm where she practices land use and environmental law. Ms. Wallis previously served an Assistant City Attorney and Deputy County Counsel advising counties, cities, and special districts on land use, environmental, public works, general government, airport and landfill matters. Since 2008, Ms. Wallis advises private and public clients on all aspects of land use, such as general plan updates, zoning code updates, compliance with California’s Environmental Quality Act, land use entitlements for residential and commercial projects, and conservation easements. Additionally, Ms. Wallis defends property owners in enforcement actions brought by Regional Water Boards, the California Department of Fish and Game, cities, and counties.
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Rose Zoia
Law Office of Rose Zoia

Ms. Zoia’s practice focuses on land use law and civil appeals and writs. She focuses on CEQA and general plan and zoning 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: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: Check-In: 3:15 pm; Presentation: 3:30—5:00 pm

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

Place:

SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street at rate of $.75 per hour. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

Registration Fee: $70–SCBA Members; $85–Public

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

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

We will be exploring the new and amended California employment statutes while “@following” the impact on some 2016-2017 existing legislation. This year may be especially interesting with the interplay between existing federal regulation and California’s legislative and regulatory responses. Join Valorie Bader in a section dialogue of review and commentary on the state of employment law in 2018.

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Valorie Bader
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil

Ms. Bader has been practicing 30 years in the areas of employment and business counseling, training, mechanic liens, and employment litigation. Her current practice includes 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, December 13, 2017

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00—1:00 pm

Presenter(s): Valorie Bader, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil

Place:

SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street at rate of $.75 per hour. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

Registration Fee: $55–SCBA Members; $70–Public

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

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

State and Local Cannabis Regulations under the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)

California’s cannabis laws are rapidly changing. In June 2017, Governor Brown signed into law the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). Previously, medical cannabis and adult use cannabis in California were governed by two separate laws, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). MAUCRSA consolidated those regulations, creating a single regulatory scheme that preserves separate license distinctions for medical and adult use businesses and removes many of the barriers that existed under MCRSA and AUMA.

State licenses for both medical and adult use cannabis businesses will be available in January 2018 and will be regulated under MAUCRSA. State licensing requires consistency with local jurisdictions’ cannabis regulations. Sonoma County has adopted a Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance, Medical Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance, establishing a comprehensive local program to permit and regulate medical cannabis cultivators, nurseries, manufacturers, transporters, distributors, testing laboratories and dispensaries, subject to certain regulations.

This presentation will provide an overview of the State’s and County’s cannabis regulations and is relevant to stakeholders in the cannabis industry and to attorneys advising industry clients in Sonoma County.


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Ashle T. Crocker
Office of the Sonoma County Counsel

Ashle Crocker is a Deputy County Counsel with the Office of the Sonoma County Counsel. Ms. Crocker specializes in environmental, land use, and natural resource litigation, including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Subdivision Map Act and the State and Federal Endangered Species Acts.

Ms. Crocker served as a member of the City of Santa Rosa Planning Commission from February 2014 through May 2017. In addition, Ms. Crocker served on the City of Santa Rosa Open Government Task Force, the City of Santa Rosa Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, the Sonoma County Growers Alliance State Policy Committee, the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber Advocacy Council and the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County.

Ms. Crocker received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is an active member of the California and Sonoma County Bar Associations.

Prior to joining the Sonoma County Counsel’s Office, Ms. Crocker was senior counsel with Thomas Law Group and a partner with Remy, Thomas, Moose and Manley (now Remy Moose Manley), where her practice focused on land use and environmental law.

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Omar Figueroa
Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

A pioneering cannabis lawyer with more than eighteen years of experience providing legal counsel and representation to members of California’s cannabis industry, Mr. Figueroa is an expert in California cannabis law and is frequently quoted in the media. He has taught several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to lawyers on cannabis-related topics, including legal ethics and the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

Mr. Figueroa’s law offices are located in artistic, independent Sebastopol, in gorgeous Sonoma County, California. Before establishing a successful practice in Sonoma County in early 2010, he shared office space for over ten years with esteemed colleagues at Pier 5 Law Offices in San Francisco, a community of independent sole practitioners specializing in aggressive criminal defense. He considers himself lucky to have been trained by living legend J. Tony Serra, a master of the noblest art: defending the accused before a jury.

In 2006, Mr. Figueroa graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, which is considered the most prestigious and selective trial advocacy college in America. He is also a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. He recently published a book, the Cannabis Codes of California, the second edition of which is forthcoming soon.

Mr. Figueroa is a member of the California State Bar, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Sonoma County Bar Association, California NORML, Cannabis Action Network, Americans for Safe Access, Stanford Alumni Association, Association of Yale Alumni, a Founding Lifetime Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. He is also a member of the Board of the ACLU of Sonoma County. Mr. Figueroa was also recently selected to serve as a member of Sonoma County’s Cannabis Advisory Group.

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Lauren A. Mendelsohn
Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

Lauren Mendelsohn is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa. For the past several years, Ms. Mendelsohn has been active in the drug policy reform movement as well as other progressive and humanitarian efforts. She is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international non-profit organization working to end the counterproductive “War on Drugs.” She is passionate about the environment, human and civil rights, science, and the arts.

In 2014, Ms. Mendelsohn helped launch a cannabis business law division of a mid-sized firm located in Newport Beach, California. In 2015, she worked as a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Opinion and Expression, where her projects focused on international legal protections for journalists, sources and whistleblowers. In 2016, while awaiting her Bar exam results, Ms. Mendelsohn worked as an intern for talented cannabis attorney Heather L. Burke in Nevada City, California.

Ms. Mendelsohn earned her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law in 2016 and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2013. While in law school, she was part of the Community Economic Development Clinic and International Justice Clinic. She also helped launch a student-run needle exchange program and assisted with monthly expungement clinics at the local legal aid society.

Ms. Mendelsohn is a proud member of the California State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the National Cannabis Bar Association, SSDP’s Sensible Society, California NORML, Americans for Safe Access, and the ACLU.

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

Presenter(s):
Ashle T. Crocker, Office of the Sonoma County Counsel

Omar Figueroa, Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

Lauren A. Mendelsohn, Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

Place:

SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street at rate of $.75 per hour. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

Registration Fee: $80–SCBA Members; $95–Public

MCLE: 2.0 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

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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