Events

The 18th Annual Rex Sater Award Luncheon In Recognition of The Honorable Cerena Wong (Ret.)

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 heart The ‘System’s’ primary duty should be to help those people find their own answers….”

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The Honorable Cerena Wong (Ret.) has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Rex Sater Award. She is a fitting honoree, having both succeeded Judge Sater on the Superior Court bench and expanded on his message. Like Judge Sater, Judge Wong urged litigants to work amicably to settle their issues and empowered them to make their own decisions, which she honored.

Judge Wong gave her heart and soul to family law. She worked long hours, allotting time to ensure that the litigants were heard and writing all of her many decisions by hand. Judge Wong endeavored to elevate the status of family law in the court, fighting hard to increase the judicial resources allocated to the area. In retirement, she continues to handle family law settlement conferences for the court as a volunteer.

An important part of Judge Wong’s legacy is her push for education on all levels. She facilitated the continuing education of both the court and the bar and fostered the ongoing dialogue between them. Upon taking the Superior Court bench and family law assignment, Judge Wong instituted the annual family law legal update, and she also started the practice of brown bag lunches for family law practitioners.

The presentation of the Rex Sater Award to Judge Wong recognizes her for all that she has done for family law in Sonoma County: the honor will educate newer attorneys and remind all of us of Judge Wong’s accomplishments in making the practice of family law what it is today.

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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

Honoree(s): The Honorable Cerena Wong (Ret.)

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

Cost: $65 per person

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Events

Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

The Presiding Judge and the Supervising Judges will share with members of the Bar their thoughts and expectations for the administration of justice in Sonoma County for the coming year.

Hon. Raima Ballinger
Presiding Judge
Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma
Hon. Kenneth Gnoss
Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
Hon. Shelly Averill
Supervising Judge
Family Law
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
Hon. Rene Chouteau
Supervising Judge
Civil Law
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
Hon. Jamie Thistlethwaite
Supervising Judge
Criminal Law
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017

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

Judges:
Hon. Raima Ballinger
Hon. Kenneth Gnoss
Hon. Shelly Averill
Hon. Rene Chouteau
Hon. Jamie Thistlethwaite

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

Cost: $75—SCBA Members | $95—Public

Student: $45 (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

New Laws and Forms in the Civil Department for 2017

Forms & Procedures in the Civil Department of the Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

PRESENTERS:


Karen Wilmes
Court Operations Manager
Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma
Rhonda Bolla
Court Services Supervisor
Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Presenter(s):
Karen Wilmes, Court Operations Manager, Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
Rhonda Bolla, Court Services Supervisor, Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

Place: Camelot Ballroom, Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Cost: $95–SCBA Members; $110–Public

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory General Law Credit

Student: $45 (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

Anatomy of a Murder Trial

Major serious trials are complex and dynamic processes. This seminar will examine trial tactics through the lens of a complex murder trial that occurred in 2015. The topics will cover the use and identification of the various actors, witnesses, and experts in the trial. It will also contain viewpoints on jury selection, Preliminary Hearings, 402 evidence hearings and the use of such transcripts at trial. The use of themes from voir dire to opening and closing statements will be covered during this seminar as well. Other topics will include the use of D.N.A at trial along with DNA and third party culpability tactics Evidence presentation, prosecution perspectives, and Appellate aspects will
also be covered.

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Walter Rubenstein
Law Offices of Walter Rubenstein

Walter Rubenstein graduated from New York University, earning a Doctorate in Philosophy and earned his Law Degree from Empire Law School here in Sonoma County. He has been a felony trial attorney since 1991. He is a member of both the California State Bar and the Public Defenders Associations. He is also a Board Member and the Representative of the Criminal Bar Section to the Sonoma County Bar Association and a member of the Sonoma County Bar Education Committee.

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Gordon Bartley Scott
Attorney at Law

In the late 1970’s, Bart Scott said, “If all else fails, I can always go to law school.” He enrolled at Hastings in 1982, and graduated in 1985 after having served on the executive board of the Hasting Law Journal while externing at the Court of Appeal and working as a clerk for a law firm. Loads of fun.

After a year and a half of civil litigation in San Francisco, he went to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where he argued cases in the Circuit Courts of Appeal. Because he represented the government, he often won. Because some of the litigants were unions, he sometime lost.

After a brief tenure with another San Francisco civil firm, he joined the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, where he worked in the criminal and family support divisions for 10 years.

Since 2000, he has had a practice focusing on criminal defense and indigent appeals. Since 2010, he has been working almost full time doing appeals. He has appeared in the appellate courts in the First District (San Francisco); the Second District (Los Angeles); the Third District (Sacramento); the Fifth District (Fresno); and the Sixth District (San Jose). He has argued once before the California State Supreme Court with a temperature of 102. He got no sympathy from the Court.

When he’s not kicking against the pricks, he plays guitar and wonders if he should have taught high school English.

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Bruce G. Enos
Criminal Trial Consulting

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Jenny P. Andrews
Law Office of the Public Defender

Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She has been a public defender in California since 1996, and is currently assigned to felony trial staff at the Sonoma County Public Defender. She worked previously at the Santa Barbara Public Defender and the Alameda County Public Defender. She is a faculty member of the Trial Skills Institute of the California Public Defenders Association, and of Gideon’s Promise in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of its Forensic Sciences Committee. She is also a member of the National Association for Public Defense and a member of its Education Committee.

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017

Time: Check-In: 8:30 am; Presentation: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Presenter(s):
Walter Rubenstein, Law Offices of Walter Rubenstein
Gordon Bartley Scott, Attorney at Law
Bruce G. Enos, Criminal Trial Consulting
Jenny P. Andrews, Law Office of the Public Defender

Place: Camelot Ballroom, Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Cost: $295–SCBA Members; $350–Public

MCLE: 6.0 Unit 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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Family Law Specialization

Social Security for Family Law Practitioners

This program will explore aspects of disability law including Social Security Disability under Title II and Title XVI, Workers’ Compensation benefits and State Disability benefits and how they affect the determination of both child and spousal support. Tax aspects will be discussed as well as the complex issue of offsets of one benefit against the others.

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William T. Ferchland
Ferchland Law Office

Bill has been a certified Workers’ Compensation specialist since 1980. Now as Ferchland Law Office, he practices with daughter Katie Ferchland Boriolo and son William W. Ferchland in representing individuals with claims for Social Security Disability under Title II, Workers’ Compensation and State Disability Insurance.
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Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)

Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster served as Sonoma County’s family law facilitator and then the child support commissioner from 1997 until her retirement in 2016. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster is a certified family law specialist and practiced both family law and estate planning for 15 years prior to working at the Court. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster now has a private judging and mediation practice. In addition to her outstanding work from the bench, Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster has been active in numerous family law-related local and state committees and task forces. She was a member of the Elkins Task Force, the Elkins Implementation Task Force, the Family and Juvenile Advisory Task Force. She received the Sonoma County Family Law Section’s Rex Sater Award in 2009 and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar in 2015.

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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

Presenter(s):
William T. Ferchland, Ferchland Law Office
Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $75–SCBA Members; $85–Public

MCLE: 2.0 Units Participatory Credit in General Law and 2.0 Units Legal Specialization Credit in Family 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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