Events

2017 Summer Soirée

Time to Register for the Sonoma County Bar Association’s 15th Annual Summer Soirée

Join Over 200 Attorneys in a Celebration Honoring the Judicial Officers Serving Sonoma County



Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma:

Presiding Judge Raima Ballinger, and
Hon. Shelley Averill
Hon. James Bertoli
Hon. Robert Boyd
Hon. Patrick Broderick
Hon. René Chouteau
Hon. Elliot Daum
Hon. Bradford DeMeo
Hon. Jennifer Dollard
Hon. Ken Gnoss
Hon. Allen Hardcastle

Hon. Robert LaForge
Hon. Virginia Marcoida
Hon. Gary Nadler
Hon. Lawrence Ornell
Hon. Peter Ottenweller
Hon. Becky Rasmason
Hon. Nancy Shaffer
Hon. Dana Simonds
Hon. Jaime Thistlethwaite
Hon. Anthony Wheeldin
Hon. Arthur Wick
U.S. Bankruptcy Court,
Northern District:

Hon. Alan Jaroslovsky

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

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

NOTE: Spouses and Significant Others Welcome

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

Appellate Sponsors- $850
Beyers Costin Simon
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross
Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy
Hansen & Miller
Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman
Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Superior Sponsors- $600
Anderson Zeigler, A Professional Corporation
Arbitration and Mediation Center
Dunst Law Offices
Ferchland Law Office
JAMS
Law Offices of James V. Sansone
Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance
SCBA Real Property Section
Smith Dollar PC
Tavis & Bunyard

Advocate Sponsors- $300
FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters
Law Office of James F. DeMartini
Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig
O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP
Phoenix Legal Service
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter
Terre Family Law
Vintage Reporting

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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.

Bayles-Fightmaster, Louise (Hon.)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.

Ferchland, William T. -  reduced sizeWilliam 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.

Date: Monday, August 7, 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 Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $80–SCBA Members; $95–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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Family Law Specialization

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: The Top 10 Most Common Ways You May be Committing Malpractice and How to Avoid Them

Many family lawyers prefer to avoid all aspects of QDROs and division of pensions and other retirement assets in divorce, simply putting very general language into the Judgment and then referring their clients to QDRO lawyers (or non-lawyer QDRO drafters) after the divorce has been completed. That is a strategy that is not helpful or cost effective to the clients and it is not a good strategy for avoiding malpractice. Using examples of attorney mistakes she has seen during her years as a QDRO lawyer, Barbara Ginsberg will provide you with a number of concrete steps you can take, from initial client intake through the date you close the file, which will be helpful to your clients, reduce costs, result in informed and fair division of the community property interest, and prevent malpractice.

Barbara A. Ginsberg
After working in-house for a large, multi-employer union pension plan and also spending several years as an associate at a small family law firm in the East Bay, Barbara A. Ginsberg opened her own office in Oakland in 1990. Although she originally intended to practice both family law and pension and retirement law, she soon found herself handling more and more pension and retirement related issues and fewer and fewer general family law cases. For a number of years she has specialized solely in pension and retirement law practice, primarily the division of retirement assets in the family law context, including the drafting of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, as well as litigation in regards to contested retirement and pension law issues. She also represents retiree-claimants and beneficiaries in administrative hearings and litigation against retirement plans. More than 300 lawyers and mediators throughout California have referred their QDRO matters to Barbara Ginsberg and many of them use her services on a regular basis. She has presented a number of MCLE courses in or near the Bay Area. Judges have appointed her as the court’s Special Master or §730 expert on a number of occasions for the purpose of researching and providing her opinion on disputed retirement benefit issues and drafting the appropriate orders for submission to the court, and she has also testified as an expert on California law in regards to division of retirement benefits upon dissolution of marriage in courts in Missouri, Alaska, and Washington.

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017

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

Presenter(s): Barbara A. Ginsberg

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $80–SCBA Members; $95–Public

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

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

Trial Skills

carrillo-traci-2Traci Carrillo
Carrillo Law

Ms. Carrillo is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled every kind of criminal case. Driving under the influence, domestic violence, gang violence, and murder are just a few areas she has specialized in. Starting out in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Carrillo handled a high volume caseload and quickly established herself as an aggressive trial lawyer. She was awarded misdemeanor and felony trial prosecutor of the year in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

In 2008, Ms. Carrillo moved to Sonoma County where she gained additional experience in handling murder cases, marijuana and drug cases, domestic violence, and juvenile matters. In 2010, she was awarded trial advocate of the year. Over her career so far, she has successfully handled a large volume of complex and high profile criminal matters.

A graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Ms. Carrillo specialized in “advocacy and competed in mock trial competitions. A fierce competitor in the courtroom, she developed a “love” for the courtroom before she officially started trying cases. She also gained valuable civil litigation experience working for the 14th largest law firm in Sacramento for five years, while attending college and law school at night.

Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Presenter(s): Traci Carrillo, Carrillo Law

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $70–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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