Events

2015 Summer Soiree and SCBA Cook Off

Honoring the Judicial Officers Serving Sonoma County

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!

Dance to Music by Court ‘n’ Disaster

Enjoy Appetizers by John Ash!

Wine Country Casual (No Ties)

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Place: Vintners Inn (John Ash & Co), 4350 Barnes Road, Just South of River Road

Cost: $70 per person

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A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Supreme Sponsors ($1,100)
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, P.C.
Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.
JAMS
Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara
SCBA Family Law Section
SCBA Labor & Employment Section
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil, LLP

Appellate Sponsors ($850)
Beyers Costin Simon
Hansen & Miller
Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Superior Sponsors ($600)
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross
Carleton L. Briggs Esq. ; Robert A. Nellessen Esq.
Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy
DeMeo, DeMeo & West
Ferchland Law Office
Johnston | Thomas
Law & Mediation Office of Thomas D. Wright
Law Offices of James V. Sansone
LexisNexis
Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance
SCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
SCBA Bankruptcy Section
SCBA Civil Bench Bar Section
SCBA Criminal Law Section
Tavis & Bunyard
Terre Family Law

Advocate Sponsors ($300)
A Family Law Firm, Inc.
Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray
Arbitration and Mediation Center
Duplicki Keller LLP
Eberts and Brockway
Fuller & Associates Certified Legal Nurse Consultants
Mike Tunick Legal Videography
O’Brien, Watters & Davis
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Phoenix Legal Service
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter
Redwood Reporting & Videoconferencing, LLC
SCBA Barristers Club
SCBA LGBT Section
Senneff, Freeman & Bluestone
The Family Law Offices of Carol A. Gorenberg
Verbatim Reporting Service
Vintage Reporting

Events

A Conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

A Perspective From One of the Newest Members of the California Supreme Court

Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Associate Justice
California Supreme Court

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court on January 5, 2015. He was nominated by Governor Jerry Brown and confirmed unanimously by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Justice Cuéllar graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard in 1993, a JD from Yale Law School in 1997, and a PhD in political science from Stanford in 2000. His previous career was in public service, university administration, and legal academia, with a focus on administrative, criminal, and international law.

Date: Friday, August 14, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court

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

Cost: $70–SCBA Members; $90–Public

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Elimination of Bias

Effect of Minority Status on Campaign and Governance

Join the LGBT Law Section for a discussion about whether minority status influences campaigning for political office and serving in political positions. Also, the presenters will provide an update on what efforts the City and County are making to support the LGBTQI community in Sonoma County.


Mayor John Sawyer
City of Santa Rosa

Mayor Sawyer is currently serving his third term on the Santa Rosa City Counsel. His continuous volunteer activities span 40 years. In addition to his political responsibilities, he currently serves on the boards of two local non-profits: Santa Rosa Community Health Centers and The Historical Society of Santa Rosa. Prior to his political service, he worked in such positions as Head Vault Teller at Bank of America and Owner/Operator of Sawyer’s News, Inc. a downtown Santa Rosa business started by his Great Grandfather in 1936.


Kevin Jones
Owner
FASTSIGNS

Mr. Jones owns the FASTSIGNS of Sonoma County franchise, with locations in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, acquiring the business in 2014. Prior to his adventure as a small business owner, Mr. Jones spent 25 years in financial services in New York City, serving as a Managing Director in Citigroup’s corporate risk management function. Mr. Jones moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to accept the Deputy Director role at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a national 501c nonprofit focused on ensuring workplace equality for the LGBTQI community. He has served on a variety of LGBTQI-related boards and committees including GenderPAC/TrueChild, Out & Equal, and the HRC Business Advisory Council. Mr. Jones currently serves as a Commissioner (appointed from the 2nd District) on the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission and is a founding member of the Community Foundation LGBTQ Giving Circle.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Mayor John Sawyer, City of Santa Rosa
Kevin Jones, Owner, FASTSIGNS

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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Ethics

Utilizing Paralegals & Staff

Refresh Your Knowledge Regarding Your Ethical Obligations When Using Staff, Including Proper Supervision and Related Ethical Rules Such as Fee Splitting and Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Laura Rosenthal
Attorney
Law Office of Richard J. Meechan

Ms. Rosenthal began her legal career as a typist in a word processing “pool” in 1983. Since then she has worked in a variety of legal positions in Colorado and Sonoma County before passing the California Bar in 2013, which slowed down her typing speed substantially.

Ms. Rosenthal is an adjunct professor of law at Empire Law School and San Francisco Law School, and an adjunct instructor in the evening paralegal program at Empire College of Business. She has taught at leadership seminars and CLEs in the areas of ethics, discovery, paralegal education, and negotiations. Laura was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year 2011 from the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Presenter(s): Laura Rosenthal, Attorney, Law Office of Richard J. Meechan

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

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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General Law

Deposition Objections

It has been said that “cases are won or lost at deposition.” This usually refers to how well the deposition is taken. But it also refers to how well the deposition is defended.

Deposition testimony is used at trial to prove substantive facts as well as for impeachment. Depositions are used in law and motion practice and motions for summary judgment or adjudication. So each of us needs know the specific objections to make at deposition. How many times have we felt uncomfortable at deposition because of the behavior of the deponent or his or her counsel but did not know the correct objection(s) to make? Come to this presentation and you will learn what they are. Failure to make timely and specific objections can have a devastating impact on your case.

Michael G. Watters
Managing Partner
O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP

Mr. Watters has defended many depositions over his more than 40 year career as a trial lawyer. He has tried many different kinds of cases for both plaintiffs as well as defendants. Between 2009 and 2013, he was in trial for more than 225 days in 12 trials. He is head of his firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Watters received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.” Mr. Watters is a returning presenter for SCBA, having presented two other programs on depositions: “Deposition Basics” (2011) and “How to Take the Deposition of An Expert–Any Expert”(2011).

Date: Monday, August 10, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Michael G. Watters, Managing Partner, O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP

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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Events

2nd Annual SCBA Day at the Races!

An Event Commemorating the 94th 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 7, 2015

Time: 12:30 pm check in; 1:00 pm Lunch & Auction; 3:15 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

Registration for this event is unavailable online.
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Tickets for registrations received after July 31st 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.

Elimination of Bias

Update: Same Sex Marriage, the United States Supreme Court and Adoption Developments

The LGBT Law Section invites you to participate in a discussion of the anticipated June ruling by the United States Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage. In addition, there will be an update regarding policies and procedures for second parent adoptions as a result of the newly enacted Family Code section 9000.5.

Kinna Crocker
Attorney
Crocker Law

Ms. Crocker is a family law attorney who focuses on issues affecting the LGBTQI community. She is a regular presenter at legal seminars and on OutBeat Radio News in Sonoma County regarding recent changes in laws affecting the LGBTQI community. Ms. Crocker is also a Board Member with LifeWorks, on the Steering Committee of the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle, and Chair of the SCBA’s LGBT Law Section. Ms. Crocker was recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2013.

Ira L. Lowenthal, Esq.
Family Court Services

After being admitted to the bar in 1975, Mr. Lowenthal opened his practice, focusing on family law, juvenile dependency, probate, and estate planning. Since 2008, Mr. Lowenthal has been employed by the Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma, as a Child Custody Recommending Counselor with Family Court Services, a Probate Court Investigator with the Office of the Court Investigator, as well as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, and the City of Petaluma.
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Naomi Metz
Attorney
Law Office of Naomi E. Metz

Ms. Metz is an estate planning attorney with a special focus on the unique needs of the LGBT community. In addition to her legal work, Ms. Metz provides educational seminars for professionals and the LGBT community on estate planning, tax, and property issues for LGBT families. Ms. Metz has also taught classes on LGBT issues in the law at Empire College School of Law and the University of Michigan School of Law. Ms. Metz is on the board of the National LGBT Task Force, and is co-chair of the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle.

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Kinna Crocker, Attorney, Crocker Law
Ira L. Lowenthal, Esq., Family Court Services
Naomi Metz, Attorney, Law Office of Naomi E. Metz

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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General Law

Summer CEQA Update

An Update on What is New with the California Environmental Quality Act Since the SCBA CEQA Update in January 2015

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 Office 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: Monday, July 20, 2015

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

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

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

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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General Law

Legal Issues Affecting the Cultivation of Marijuana

Christopher P. M. Conrad
Cannabis Expert

Mr. Conrad is an author, museum curator, consultant, public speaker, cannabis expert witness an internationally respected authority on cannabis, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, garden yields, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use and cannabis culture. Mr. Conrad has studied cannabis since 1988, participated in the passage of both Prop 215 and SB 420 and has been cited in numerous California appellate and supreme court decisions including the landmark rulings People v. Urziceanu, People v. Kelly and People v Anderson. He earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from California State University and has accredited training by California Medical Association, Institute of Health Professionals, International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, American University, and Nova Institute (Germany). Mr. Conrad is a seasoned instructor, having given presentations at international conferences, CMEs and CLEs. He is currently the Politics & History instructor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California. Mr. Conrad is personally acquainted with patients in the federal Investigational New Drug (IND) medical marijuana program.

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: Check-In: 2:30 pm; Presentation: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Christopher P. M. Conrad, Cannabis Expert

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

Cost: $70–SCBA Members; $80–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 Best Practices

This enlightening program will include discussion of the following topics: tentative rulings and final orders, ex parte application procedures/protocol, trial continuance rules, judges’ trial schedules by department, civility in and out of the courtroom, expedited jury trials, and juxtaposed expert testimony. We will also discuss the use of discovery and demurrer facilitators and mediation/settlements. Questions will be encouraged throughout the presentation.

Hon. Elliot Daum

Hon. Arthur Wick

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Hon. Elliot Daum, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon .Arthur A. Wick, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court

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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