Events

Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

The Sonoma County Bar Association Along with the Special Events Committee, Invite You to Attend:

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Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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

Place: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Dry Creek Valley Ballroom
170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration Fee: $85—SCBA Members | $105—Public
$45—Student (Students must provide proof of current enrollment with registration to receive discount)

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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Competence Issues

The January Blitz!!

Urgent: The Deadline for GROUP 2 (H-M) is February 1, 2018.
Finish Your 25 Hours of Continuing Legal Education with SCBA!

California MCLE Requirements:
25 Total Hours Continuing Legal Education Credits Every 3 Years, Including:
4 Credit Hours of Legal Ethics, 1 Credit Hour of Competence Issues, and 1 Credit Hour of Elimination of Bias

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Or Click on the Title for More Information and to Register for a Particular Live Program:
Civility Matters VI
Competence Issues Related to Substance Abuse
Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law
Elimination of Bias and the Courtroom: A View from the Bench
Avoiding Bad Good-Byes
Attorney Trust Accounts: Pitfalls to Avoid

General Law

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act


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Matthew J. Witteman
Law Offices of Matthew J. Witteman

Mr. Witteman is a trial attorney with 28 years litigation experience, including complex litigation, business, real property, and personal injury matters. He is a member of the State Bar of California’s Subcommittee on Agri-Business, and a member of the Sonoma and Alameda County Bar Associations. He has developed a professional interest and passion for issues affecting agricultural and business interests in Sonoma County, and given talks throughout the County on California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”). He is admitted to practice in California and federal courts and administrative agencies. He is a Sonoma County grower and resident, and is the 2018 president elect of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise.
Mr. Witteman will speak about SGMA, its background and common law roots, the current state of its implementation, and challenges and opportunities it presents.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time: Check-In: 3:45 pm; Presentation: 4:00—5:00 pm

Presenter(s): Matthew J. Witteman, Law Offices of Matthew J. Witteman

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. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue

Registration Fee: $60–SCBA Members; $75–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

2018 Real Property Update

Review of 2017 case law and legislative developments, including discussion of wildfire-related issues that impact real property practice

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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.

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Jeremy L. Olsan
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz

JEREMY OLSAN is a partner in the firm of PERRY, JOHNSON, ANDERSON, MILLER & MOSKOWITZ, LLP.

Education and Experience:

The California State Bar Board of Trustees recently appointed Jeremy to the Executive Committee of the State Bar Real Property Law Section. He is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney*, and he is recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer® of Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley and from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, where he was on the Board of Editors of the Pacific Law Journal. Before law school, he was a commercial real estate agent, and served as the Executive Director of the California State Senate Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government.

Jeremy has negotiated and documented many significant real estate and business transactions, including purchases, sales, leasing and construction of shopping centers, office buildings, wineries, vineyards, ranches, development and subdivision land, estate homes, conservation and other easements. He also practices in the area of business entity formation and governance, business sales, mergers and acquisitions, construction law, land use, zoning and planning. Some of his notable real estate and development transactions include: representing the Sonoma Land Trust in the single largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County history; representing Codding Enterprises in its sale of a tenancy in common interest in Coddingtown Mall to Simon Property Group; representing the private seller of a 27,000-acre, 250+ parcel ranch; and representation of the Sonoma State University Academic Foundation in the financing and development of the Green Music Center. Jeremy represents for-profit and nonprofit businesses, academic institutions, and homeowners’ associations in corporate, governance, and real estate matters. His practice
includes representing real estate brokerage firms and associations of REALTORS® regarding corporate and disclosure issues and broker risk management. Jeremy also assists clients who are negotiating with governmental
agencies in real estate transactions, including condemnation-related matters.

Representative Clients:

Jeremy has represented private individuals, business of all kinds, non-profit corporations, and academic and governmental institutions, including the Sonoma Land Trust, Codding Enterprises, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Siduri Wines, Copain Wine Cellars, Summit State Bank, Sonoma State University Academic Foundation, Sonoma
State Enterprises, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Prudential California Realty, Manor Development Company, the City of Santa Rosa, and the North Bay, Marin, and Oakland/Berkeley Associations of REALTORS®. He is frequently called on to lecture to and consult with real estate industry groups and brokers on transactional and disclosure issues, broker risk management, and on broker discipline and arbitration hearings. He is a regular participant in the California Association of REALTORS®’ Legal Affairs Forums, and participates in the development of the statewide Association’s real estate contract forms that are the gold standard in California.

Community Leadership:

Jeremy is an active community volunteer and leader. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and is the past president of the Santa Rosa Downtown Market, was a longtime Board member and Executive Committee Member at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, and past president of Santa Rosa’s Reform Jewish Congregation Shomrei Torah. Jeremy also provides pro bono legal services for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, the Ceres Community Project, and other local non-profits, and he has volunteered as a pro bono arbitrator for the Sonoma County Superior Court since 1996.

* AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Philip (Jeff) Terry
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Mr. Terry has been practicing law in the greater Bay Area since his admission to the California State Bar in 1990. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in State and Federal Courts and has successfully resolved complex matters through jury trial, bench trial, arbitration, mediation and the appellate process. His wide range of business law experience includes commercial and banking matters, all types of real estate disputes, construction defect and contract claims, trademark and copy right disputes, business torts including trade secret and unfair competition claims, employment claims, shareholder partnership disputes, trust and will contests, premise liability and insurance claims, and resolution of tax disputes.

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Ryan Thomas
Johnston | Thomas

Mr. Thomas is a partner in the firm of Johnston | Thomas. His practice focuses on business, commercial, and real estate litigation with experience in trust/probate litigation. Mr. Thomas has experience in a wide variety of matters within these disciplines including easement disputes, LLC dissolution, lender liability, and title claims. Mr. Thomas is a member of the Bench Bar and Real Property sections of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He has been active in many philanthropic and charitable endeavors including Kid Street Learning Center, Active 20/30 Club of Santa Rosa, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, and an alumnus of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30.

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

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

Presenter(s):
Trevor M. Codington, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
Jeremy L. Olsan, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Philip (Jeff) Terry, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross
Ryan Thomas, Johnston | Thomas

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. 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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Events

A Conversation with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye

SCBA is Accepting Questions for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye in Advance of the Program.
Please Submit Your Questions to Amy Jarvis by email at Amy@SonomaCountyBar.org or by fax (ATTN: Amy Jarvis) at (707) 542-1195.

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Hon. Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of California

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the leader of the state’s third branch of government, the Judicial Branch. In addition to her leadership role on the California Supreme Court, her constitutional duties include serving as chair of the Judicial Council and chair of the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Chief Justice was nominated to office in July 2010, unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments in August 2010, and overwhelmingly approved by voters in the
November 2010 general election. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye serves as the 28th Chief Justice of California, as well as the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. At the time she was nominated, she had served more than 20 years on California trial and appellate courts, including 6 years on the Court of Appeal, Third
Appellate District, in Sacramento. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has focused on a vision for improving the public’s access to justice, building partnerships to lead the judicial branch out of the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, and using ongoing self-assessment to improve the branch’s efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability. She has also taken a leadership role in revitalizing civic learning and engagement in the state.

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Hon. Gary Nadler
Presiding Judge
Superior Court of California, Sonoma County

Judge Nadler currently serves as the Presiding Judge of the Sonoma County Superior Court, having previously served in this position from 2009 through 2011. He is presently a member of the California Judicial Council, serving in this capacity since 2014. He is Vice Chair of the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee and the Judicial Council Technology Committee, and is assigned to the Executive and Planning committee and the Judicial Branch Budget Committee. Previously, he has been a key member of several Judicial Council committees and task forces. Judge Nadler teaches extensively in continuing education for California judges and is a faculty member for the Bernard E. Witkin judicial College. He is a co-author of the California Discovery Handbook and action guides relating to civil discovery for the Continuing Education of the Bar. He has authored numerous articles for the “Bar Journal” of the SCBA; participated as a panelist in over 20 SCBA educational programs; and has served as faculty for over 20 judicial education programs.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

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

Presenter(s):
Hon. Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California
Hon. Gary Nadler, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, Sonoma County

Place: Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Registration Fee: $85–SCBA Members; $105–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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