Events

2nd Annual SCBA Day at the Races!

An Event Commemorating the 94th Anniversary of the Sonoma County Bar Association
With a Lunch and Auction Supporting SCBA’s Archive Committee

Cost of Admission Includes:
Complimentary Admission to the Fair (All Day)
Lunch in the VIP Tent Near the Wine Country Racing Grandstands (includes Sonoma County Wine)
Reserved Seating in the Grandstands to Enjoy the Horse Racing
General Parking
No Host “Spirits” Bar

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

Time: 12:30 pm check in; 1:00 pm Lunch & Auction; 3:15 pm Horse Racing

Place: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $75 Per Person, Spouses and Significant Others encouraged to Attend

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Tickets for registrations received after July 31st can be picked up at the SCBA office. For all other registrations, tickets will be mailed to the address you provide on your registration form unless otherwise requested.

Tickets for this event cannot be purchased at the gate.

Auction Items

Round of Golf for Four at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club
Donated by Glenn Smith, Smith Dollar

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Two Night Escape Out in North County
Donated by Suzanne Babb; BEYERS COSTIN SIMON
Fair Market Value up to $600

Gift Certificate for a two-night stay for two guests at the Old Crocker Inn, a secluded Bed & Breakfast, in the hills between Geyserville and Cloverdale. It includes a full gourmet breakfast both mornings, as well as wine and home-baked goods in the evening. May be used any day of the week between November 15 – May 14 subject to room availability; or Sunday through Thursday only between May 15 – November 14 holidays excluded, subject to room availability. Includes a passport for free wine tasting in over 100 wineries, a 15% discount coupon for Piacere Ristorante Italiano in Cloverdale and discounted in-room massages. Every room has private entrance and bath, fireplace, air conditioner, dvd, flat screen TV, WiFi

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Commemorative Marble Plaque from the Sonoma County Courthouse, 1911-1966
Donated by Joan Guillaumin

Own a piece of marble from the 1911-1966 Sonoma County Courthouse! Set on a commemorative plaque. Ready to hang on your office wall!

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Fishing Excursion for Two
Donated by Jim DeMartini; Law Office of James F. DeMartini

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Photograph in the Winner’s Circle
Donated by the Sonoma County Fair
Approximate Value: $250

Have your photo taken with a group of your choice in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse of SCBA’s named race on August 7!

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Box Seats to the Races and VIP Luncheon in the Director’s Room
Donated by Jack DeMeo; DeMeo, DeMeo & West
Approximate Value: $500

You and up to five guests are invited to enjoy a VIP Luncheon in the Director’s Room with Jack DeMeo followed by viewing the races from his boxed seats on the finish line. Offer good from August 8 through August 16, 2015.

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Sip & Spill Party Package
Donated by Lagunitas Brewing Company
Fair Market Value: $75

Enjoy 1 case of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s signature IPA, 2 Custom Mason Jars to drink it out of, 1 T-Shirt to spill it on, PLUS 20 Coasters, 4 Posters, 20 Magnets, and 1 Bottle Opener

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Glass Cityscape Sculpture
Created and Donated by: Mark J. Freed
Fair Market Value: $320

Hearty glass sculpture depicting a city skyline. This piece is made out of Bullseye glass, measuring 15” x 15” x 3/8”. The wood stand it sits on is 12” long.

Events

A Conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

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

Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Associate Justice
California Supreme Court

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.

Date: Friday, August 14, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court

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

Cost: $70–SCBA Members; $90–Public

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Events

6th Annual Picnic and Softball Throwdown

Join us after work for laughter, drinks, and good food!
Proceeds Benefit the Sonoma County Law Library

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM—7:00 PM

Place: Galvin Park, 3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Cost: $25 Adults | $10 Children | Children 3 and under are Free

Student: No Student Discount Available

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Elimination of Bias

Untying the Gender “Nots”: Eliminating Transgender Bias in the Legal Profession

Recently transgender visibility in the media has increased dramatically, and significant progress has been made in the area of trans rights. However, most trans people still face rejection by loved ones, social stigma, and outright discrimination. Why does transgender bias persist? How are good people unintentionally contributing to the problem? What knowledge would help you better serve clients and support co-workers who happen to be trans? This probably wasn’t covered in law school! So come enjoy this energetic (sometimes irreverent) and informative introduction to gender diversity, unconscious bias, and best practices. You’ll gain simple, effective tips for eliminating transgender bias in the legal profession.

Colin Close, M.A.
GATE Consulting Services

Mr. Close provides consulting services, technical assistance, and training for organizations seeking to better serve people of all genders. He works with medical and mental health care providers, government agencies, nonprofits, social service organizations, professional associations, academic institutions, and businesses He also speaks at national conferences and at colleges and universities to raise awareness and understanding about gender diversity. By day, he works as an analyst for a local city and as a trainer on its Inclusive Workplace team. He also serves on nonprofit Boards and Advisory Councils.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Colin Close, M.A., GATE Consulting Services

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

Proposition 47: A Primer for Non-Criminal Defense Attorneys

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 nearly 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 crimes – she is a dedicated fan of the SF Giants and a loyal parent to her two children.

Brian Staebell
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office

Mr. Staebell has worked as a prosecutor at the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office for 18 years. He currently supervises the DA’s Sexual Assault Unit, the Juvenile Unit, and the DUI Unit. He also oversees Child Abduction prosecutions, FACT Mental Health Court, and the Community Prosecution Program. Further, he is the Media Spokesperson for the DA’s Office. Mr. Staebell received his BA in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and his JD from the University of San Francisco.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Kristine Burk, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Sonoma County Office of the Public Defender
Brian Staebell, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office

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

Problems and Pitfalls in Litigating Employment Cases

Gail F. Flatt
Provencher & Flatt LLP

Ms. Flatt’s practice centers on employment law, business litigation, disability discrimination, and real estate litigation. She was admitted to the Bar in 1982 after graduating from Empire College School of Law. She holds both a B.A. and Masters from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Ms. Flatt has served as the President of the Sonoma County Bar Association (1989), the President of the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association (1990), and a member of the Board of Governors with the Consumer Attorneys of California (1988-1990).

David C. King
Law and Mediation Office of David C. King

Mr. King is an AV rated employment lawyer with over thirty years of litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts. He practices in all areas of employment law including wrongful employment termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour law, trade secrets litigation, contract disputes, contract drafting and general commercial and business litigation. Mr. King has also litigated and tried cases in the fields of personal injury, real estate and contract law. He serves as a mediator in all civil litigation matters. He has served on the Sonoma County Bar Association Board of Directors and the Sonoma County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. He was President of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2006 and was on its Board from 2000-2007.

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Gail F. Flatt, Provencher & Flatt LLP
David C. King, Law and Mediation Office of David C. King

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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Elimination of Bias

Effect of Minority Status on Campaign and Governance

Join the LGBT Law Section for a discussion about whether minority status influences campaigning for political office and serving in political positions. Also, the presenters will provide an update on what efforts the City and County are making to support the LGBTQI community in Sonoma County.

Kevin Jones
Sonoma County Human Rights Commission

Mr. Jones moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to accept a the Deputy Director role at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a national 501c non profit focused on ensuring workplace equality for the LGBTQI community. He has served on a variety of LGBTQI-related boards and committees including GenderPAC/TrueChild, Out & Equal, and the HRC Business Advisory Council. Mr. Jones currently serves as a Commissioner (appointed from the 2nd District) on the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission and is a founding member of the Community Foundation LGBTQ Giving Circle.

Council Member Carol Russell
City of Cloverdale

Ms. Russell was first elected to Cloverdale City Council in 2006 and has since continued to serve the City of Cloverdale in various capacities, including as Vice-Mayor and Mayor, before returning to the position of Council Member. During 30+ years as a workforce development specialist and CEO/Co-Founder of a nationally-honored, two-time “INC. 500®” staffing services firm, Carol helped thousands of top-flight employers meet their “mission critical” personnel goals and also served in leadership roles in a number of community and professional organizations. After retiring in 1998, Carol was President of the Marin Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Ms. Russell currently works on the steering committee of the CA Clean Cars Campaign and has served as Congressman Mike Thompson’s appointed Ex-Officio to the Sonoma Democratic Party Central Committee. Her monthly column, “Cloverdale Comments”, appears in The Sonoma County Gazette.

Mayor John Sawyer
City of Santa Rosa

Mayor Sawyer is currently serving his third term on the Santa Rosa City Counsel. His continuous volunteer activities span 40 years. In addition to his political responsibilities, he currently serves on the boards of two local non-profits: Santa Rosa Community Health Centers and The Historical Society of Santa Rosa. Prior to his political service, he worked in such positions as Head Vault Teller at Bank of America and Owner/Operator of Sawyer’s News, Inc. a downtown Santa Rosa business started by his Great Grandfather in 1936.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Kevin Jones, Sonoma County Human Rights Commission
Council Member Carol Russell, City of Cloverdale
Mayor John Sawyer, City of Santa Rosa

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

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–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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Ethics

Ethical Considerations When Utilizing Paralegals & Staff

Refresh Your Knowledge Regarding Your Ethical Obligations When Using Staff, Including Proper Supervision and Related Ethical Rules Such as Fee Splitting and Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Laura Rosenthal
Attorney
Law Office of Richard J. Meechan

Ms. Rosenthal began her legal career as a typist in a word processing “pool” in 1983. Since then she has worked in a variety of legal positions in Colorado and Sonoma County before passing the California Bar in 2013, which slowed down her typing speed substantially.

Ms. Rosenthal is an adjunct professor of law at Empire Law School and San Francisco Law School, and an adjunct instructor in the evening paralegal program at Empire College of Business. She has taught at leadership seminars and CLEs in the areas of ethics, discovery, paralegal education, and negotiations. Laura was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year 2011 from the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Presenter(s): Laura Rosenthal, Attorney, Law Office of Richard J. Meechan

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

Cost: $60–SCBA Members; $70–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

Deposition Objections

It has been said that “cases are won or lost at deposition.” This usually refers to how well the deposition is taken. But it also refers to how well the deposition is defended.

Deposition testimony is used at trial to prove substantive facts as well as for impeachment. Depositions are used in law and motion practice and motions for summary judgment or adjudication. So each of us needs know the specific objections to make at deposition. How many times have we felt uncomfortable at deposition because of the behavior of the deponent or his or her counsel but did not know the correct objection(s) to make? Come to this presentation and you will learn what they are. Failure to make timely and specific objections can have a devastating impact on your case.

Michael G. Watters
Managing Partner
O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP

Mr. Watters has defended many depositions over his more than 40 year career as a trial lawyer. He has tried many different kinds of cases for both plaintiffs as well as defendants. Between 2009 and 2013, he was in trial for more than 225 days in 12 trials. He is head of his firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Watters received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.” Mr. Watters is a returning presenter for SCBA, having presented two other programs on depositions: “Deposition Basics” (2011) and “How to Take the Deposition of An Expert–Any Expert”(2011).

Date: Monday, August 10, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Michael G. Watters, Managing Partner, O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP

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

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–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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Elimination of Bias

Update: Same Sex Marriage, the United States Supreme Court and Adoption Developments

The LGBT Law Section invites you to participate in a discussion of the June 26, 2015, ruling by the United States Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage. In addition, there will be an update regarding policies and procedures for second parent adoptions as a result of the newly enacted Family Code section 9000.5.

Kinna Crocker
Attorney
Crocker Law

Ms. Crocker is a family law attorney who focuses on issues affecting the LGBTQI community. She is a regular presenter at legal seminars and on OutBeat Radio News in Sonoma County regarding recent changes in laws affecting the LGBTQI community. Ms. Crocker is also a Board Member with LifeWorks, on the Steering Committee of the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle, and Chair of the SCBA’s LGBT Law Section. Ms. Crocker was recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2013.

Ira L. Lowenthal, Esq.
Family Court Services

After being admitted to the bar in 1975, Mr. Lowenthal opened his practice, focusing on family law, juvenile dependency, probate, and estate planning. Since 2008, Mr. Lowenthal has been employed by the Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma, as a Child Custody Recommending Counselor with Family Court Services, a Probate Court Investigator with the Office of the Court Investigator, as well as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, and the City of Petaluma.
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Naomi Metz
Attorney
Law Office of Naomi E. Metz

Ms. Metz is an estate planning attorney with a special focus on the unique needs of the LGBT community. In addition to her legal work, Ms. Metz provides educational seminars for professionals and the LGBT community on estate planning, tax, and property issues for LGBT families. Ms. Metz has also taught classes on LGBT issues in the law at Empire College School of Law and the University of Michigan School of Law. Ms. Metz is on the board of the National LGBT Task Force, and is co-chair of the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle.

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Kinna Crocker, Attorney, Crocker Law
Ira L. Lowenthal, Esq., Family Court Services
Naomi Metz, Attorney, Law Office of Naomi E. Metz

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

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–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

Summer CEQA Update

An Update on What is New with the California Environmental Quality Act Since the SCBA CEQA Update in January 2015

Leslie Perry
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Mr. Perry practices in the areas of land use, real estate, and business law. He represents clients before various administrative and planning agencies, including County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, Town of Windsor, City of Petaluma, City of Rohnert Park, City of Sonoma, City of Cotati, City of Sebastopol, Sonoma County Airport Land Commission and Water Quality and Air Quality Boards. Mr. Perry also represents clients in general real estate, environmental and contractual litigation. He has significant experience in CEQA compliance and litigation.

Rose Zoia
Law Office of Rose Zoia

Rose Zoia’s practice focuses on land use law and civil appeals and writs. She represents environmental and citizens groups , as well as the occasional applicant, in cases including CEQA, NEPA, general plan and zoning laws, and other land use laws. She has practiced in more than a dozen superior courts in counties throughout California as well as in each of the six districts of the California Courts of Appeal and the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeal.

Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Presenter(s):
Leslie Perry, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP
Rose Zoia, Law Office of Rose Zoia

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

Cost: $60–SCBA Members; $70–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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