Events

The Sonoma County Bar Association Presents the 14h Annual Summer Soirée

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!

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

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

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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Supreme Sponsors- $1,100
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, P.C.
Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.
SCBA Family Law Section
SCBA Labor & Employment Section
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil, LLP

Appellate Sponsors- $850
Beyers Costin Simon
Hansen & Miller
SCBA Criminal Law Section
Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Superior Sponsors- $600
Anderson Zeigler
Bill, Katie, and Will Ferchland Law Office
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross
Carleton L. Briggs Esq. ; Robert A. Nellessen Esq.
Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy
Dunst Law Offices
Duplicki Keller LLP
JAMS
Johnston | Thomas
Law & Mediation Office of Thomas D. Wright
Law Office of Walter Rubenstein
Law Offices of James V. Sansone
Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance
SCBA Bankruptcy Section
SCBA Civil Bench Bar Section
SCBA Real Property Section
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Smith Dollar PC
Tavis & Bunyard

Advocate Sponsors- $300
A Family Law Firm, Inc.
Arbitration and Mediation Center
DeMeo, DeMeo & West
Exchange Bank
Fuller and Associates Certified Legal Nurse Consultants
Law Office of James F. DeMartini
Mike Tunick Legal Videography
O’Brien, Watters & Davis
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter
Rasmason-Zunino Family Law Attorneys
Redwood Reporting & Videoconferencing, LLC
SCBA Trusts & Estates Section
Senneff, Freeman & Bluestone
Terre Family Law
Vintage Reporting

Family Law Specialization

Comprehensive Family Law Practice Seminar

Co-Sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Family Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association.

A Skills Course for Family Law
Get valuable practice tips on case management, discovery, trial preparation, and evidence from two retired Justices of the Court of Appeal, four Family Law Judges, and eleven Prominent Family Law Attorneys throughout the State.

Program Schedule and Presenters

Day One

Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: John Johnson

Case Management
Presenter: Hon. Donald B. King

Interrogatories and Requests for Admissions
Presenters: William Glucksman, and Lulu Wong

Document Demands and Subpoenas
Presenters: Sharon Mah and Melinda Sammis

Depositions
Presenters: Hon. Bradford DeMeo, John “Jack” DeMeo, and John Johnson

Experts
Presenters: Hon. Verna Adams, Christopher Melcher, and Lawrence Moskowitz

Day Two

Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: John Johnson

Evidence: Judicial Notice/Burdens/Presumptions; Privilege/Confidentiality; Credibility/Character; Experts; Opinion
Presenters: Hon. Dennis Cornell, Hon. Diane Price, Hon. Cindee Mayfield, and Diana Richmond

Evidence: Hearsay; Relevance; Foundation and Authenticity; Secondary Evidence; Demonstrative Evidence
Presenters: Hon. Bradford DeMeo, Leo Bartolotta, and Brandon Blevans

Dates & Times:
Day One
Friday, July 15, 2016
8:00 am Check In and Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 am—5:30 pm Presentations (Lunch Provided)

Day Two
Saturday, July 16, 2016
8:00 am Check In and Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 am—12:30 pm Presentations

Presenter(s):
Judicial Officers:

Honorable Verna Adams, Judge, Marin County Superior Court

Honorable Dennis Cornell, (Ret.), Associate Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeal

Honorable Bradford DeMeo, Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court

Honorable Donald B. King, (Ret.), Associate Justice, First District Court of Appeal

Honorable Cindee Mayfield, Judge, Mendocino County Superior Court

Honorable Diane Price, Judge, Napa County Superior Court

Moderator:

John Johnson, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP, Sonoma County

Attorneys:

Leo Bartolotta, Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C., Sonoma County

Brandon Blevans, Blevans & McCall, LLP, Napa & Sonoma County

John “Jack” DeMeo, DeMeo DeMeo & West, Sonoma County

William Glucksman, Kolodny Law Group, Los Angeles County

Sharon Mah, Law Offices of Sharon F. Mah, Marin County

Chris Melcher, Walzer Melcher LLP, Los Angeles County

Lawrence Moskowitz, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP, Sonoma County

Diana Richmond, Sideman & Bancroft LLP, San Francisco County

Melinda Sammis, Blacker Sammis & Blacker APC, San Francisco County

Lulu Wong, Law Offices of Lulu Wong, Napa & Sonoma County

Place: Hyatt Vineyard Creek, 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Cost: $395-SCBA Members; $495–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

Computer Forensics vs. E-Discovery: Which is Right For You?

WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO ME?
Court Rulings
9 Competency Guidelines

COMPUTER FORENSICS
Key components and Process

E-DISCOVERY
Key components and Process

COMPUTER FILE IDENTITY
Key attributes to identify a file’s
Uniqueness

DATA SOURCES
Identify three key arenas
Potential Issues
Pitfalls

Roger Martin
Senior Digital Forensics Examiner
TransPerfect Legal Solutions, Forensic Technology and Consulting Division

Mr. Martin is a digital forensics examiner and high-technology investigator with 10 years of experience. He is a retired law enforcement Detective for the Santa Rosa Police Department. Mr. Martin is well versed in industry-standard digital forensic software and hardware tools having used both to conduct forensic preservations and collections, and to perform analyses. Mr. Martin has presented on digital forensic related topics at local conferences.

Mr. Martin started his career in digital forensics by opening his own business in 2006, Keyhole Computer Forensics. During this period of his career, He formed and developed expertise in conducting forensic examinations of digital evidence. In 2007, Mr. Martin joined BlackBag Technologies, Inc., where he conducted digital forensic examinations in-lab and was responsible for executing proper evidence handling procedures and for report preparation. Mr. Martin became proficient in the analysis and understanding of Macintosh Computer Systems and actively participated in the development and Quality Assurance process for BlackLight, which is BlackBag Technologies Forensic Examination software product. He currently applies his expert knowledge of digital forensics as a Sr. Digital Forensic Examiner for TransPerfect Legal Solution’s Forensic Technology and Consulting Division.

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016

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

Presenter(s): Roger Martin, Senior Digital Forensics Examiner, TransPerfect Legal Solutions, Forensic Technology and Consulting Division

MCLE Units: 1.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

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

Business Law Update

Review of Key 2015 Case Law and Legislative Developments That Impact Business Law Practice

Richard W. Abbey
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

Mr. Abbey’s practice focuses upon real estate, commercial, corporate and financial institution litigation and transactions. He has acted as primary counsel to some of the Sonoma County’s largest financial institutions. Over the past several years, his practice has included an emphasis on corporate and partnership issues, focusing on business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, ownership disputes, and on representation within the wine industry, including the representation of growers and wineries in all forms of transactions. He has consistently been selected by his peers as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” and for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.” In 2015, Mr. Abbey was honored by “Best Lawyers” as its “lawyer of the year” for Sonoma County in the field of corporate and business law. In 2013, he was presented the Careers of Distinction award by the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Trevor M. Codington
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

Mr. Codington provides general corporate counseling to a number of businesses, from startups to emerging and large companies. As outside general counsel for these companies, he works with business owners and senior executives on all aspects of business and corporate matters, including the formation, governance and dissolution of business entities and the review and documentation of routine and complex business and commercial contracts. His practice includes analyzing, negotiating and preparing asset, stock and membership interest purchase and sale agreements, partnership agreements, buy-sell agreements, real property purchase and sale agreements, leases and licensing agreements. He has represented companies and owners in numerous stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures and other complex business and commercial transactions.

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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

Presenter(s):
Richard W. Abbey, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
Trevor M. Codington, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

MCLE Units: 1.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

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

Employment Arbitrations

Knowledge of changes in the law governing the arbitration of employment disputes has in recent years become increasingly important to the practitioner who advises employers or employees.

This short presentation will address:

Why arbitration? Who benefits and who loses?
The arbitration agreement – is it enforceable?
Motions to compel arbitration
Comparing arbitration to civil litigation
Costs of arbitration
Selecting the arbitrator
The conduct of an arbitration case
Post arbitration procedures

Victor Thuesen
Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

Mr. Thuesen’s 35 years of practice has focused primarily on employment law and litigation in the state and federal courts. He has represented employees in arbitration settings on a wide variety of disputes, including claims of wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and breach of contract. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, he practiced in a mid-size civil litigation firm in San Francisco before locating his office in Petaluma in 1987. He is a Past President of the Sonoma County Bar Association (2005) and served as Chair of the Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. He has participated in the SCBA’s Labor and Employment Section’s annual “Recent Developments in Labor & Employment” Program and is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

Presenter(s): Victor Thuesen, Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

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

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $65–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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