A Conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

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

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Mail: Sonoma County Bar Association, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of California

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.

Honorable Gary Nadler
Assistant Presiding Judge
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

The Honorable Gary Nadler is a Judge in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma, and serves on the Judicial Council, the policy making body of the California Courts. He is an adjunct professor at the University Of San Francisco School of Law, and is a faculty member at the Bernard E. Witkin Judicial College. Judge Nadler teaches extensive judicial continuing education for California Judges, and co-authored the California Civil Discovery Handbook. Judge Nadler will be introducing Justice Cuéllar and will be the moderator throughout this program.

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016

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

Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
Honorable Gary Nadler, Assistant Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

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

Cost: $70–SCBA Members; $90–Public

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General Law

Privacy Issues in the Workplace

Workplace communications and conduct are increasingly monitored. Employers gather and use a wide range of confidential information. Privacy concerns and practices are evolving, and will be reviewed in this presentation.

Christopher M. Mazzia
Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation

Mr. Mazzia’s practice includes counseling employers and employees in litigation and business matters. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation. Mr. Mazzia is a former officer of the Board of the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Allison McNeil
Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation

Ms. McNeil has a broad range civil litigation practice, including Employment matters (both employee and employer representation), Real Property issues (primarily advising commercial landlords), and Trust and Estate Litigation. Ms. McNeil currently sits on the Board of the Sonoma County Bar Association and is active in the local Inns of Court chapter.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

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

Presenter(s): Christopher M. Mazzia, Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation
Allison McNeil, Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation

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

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

California Criminal Law Primer for Non-Criminal Law Practitioners

Have you ever had to advise a civil or family law client about potential criminal
consequences of their actions? Do you have a client with an old conviction that they would like to remove? Has a colleague or client asked you how to handle a pending
request for an interview from law enforcement? Criminal conduct does not stay in a
tidy box and attorneys are often called upon to deal with issues related to criminal law, even if that is not their specialty.

Common Issues to Be Discussed include:
1. Levels of crime and sentencing schemes
2. Collateral consequences
3. Investigatory issues
4. Procedural basics for the criminal courts

Kristine Burk
Chief Deputy Public Defender
Sonoma County Office of the Public Defender

Ms. Burk has been in criminal practice for the entire length of her 20 years as an attorney. She’s served as the Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Sonoma County Public Defender’s office since May 2013. Ms. Burk was admitted to the Bar in December 1995. She is a graduate of Hastings Law School and received her BA from UCLA. When she’s not defending people against murder, rape and other serious charges – she is a dedicated fan of the SF Giants and a loyal parent to her two children.
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General Law

The Untapped Anti-SLAPP

California’s powerful anti-SLAPP statute is one of the most procedurally unique and misunderstood statutes. This program is for every lawyer.
Come find out what you don’t know that you don’t know!

Hon. Nancy Case Shaffer
Superior Court Judge
Sonoma County Superior Court

The Honorable Nancy Case Shaffer was sworn in as a Sonoma County Superior Court Judge in 2011, having served the previous three years as a Superior Court Commissioner. Judge Shaffer brought 29 years of experience as a trial attorney to the Sonoma County bench, eighteen of which were spent as partner at Beyers, Costin & Case in Santa Rosa. While practicing law, Judge Shaffer served as a law professor at Empire College School of Law; currently, she is teaching as faculty for the Center for Judicial Education and Research. Judge Shaffer is a Past President of the Sonoma County Bar Association and has volunteered her time extensively to the organization’s various committees and MCLE programs.

Suzanne Babb
Beyers Costin Simon

Ms. Babb’s litigation practice involves the representation of individuals and businesses in general business and real property matters. She also represents professional fiduciaries in civil and probate actions. Additionally, Ms. Babb has a select practice in consumer protection matters in which she has brought successful claims against large banking institutions and insurance companies for abusive and bad faith practices. In her practice, Ms. Babb frequently analyzes anti-SLAPP considerations and strategies. In a published opinion in the fall of 2015, the Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s denial of Ms. Babb’s anti-SLAPP motion, and entered judgment in favor of Ms. Babb’s client. Ms. Babb practices in both state and federal courts.

Bonnie Freeman
Senneff, Freeman & Bluestone

Ms. Freeman’s general civil practice includes employment litigation, constitutional law, real estate and construction law. Her representation of public and private employers in state and federal courts encompasses everything from pre‐litigation mediation and resolution through jury trial and appeal, and she has successfully represented clients in state and federal appeals. The decision on her most recent anti-SLAPP appeal was issued in 2015, which successfully overturned the trial court’s denial of her special motion to dismiss.
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