General Law

LAWSUITS: Filing, Discovery…and Settlement!

An All-day Seminar for Civil Trial Lawyers
Part 1: Filing a Lawsuit
Part 2: Responding to a Lawsuit
Part 3: Written Discovery
Part 4: Depositions
Part 5: MSJ/MSA
Part 6: Experts
Part 7: Settlement Efforts

 

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Time: Check-In: 8:00 am ; Program: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Presenter(s):
Karin P. Beam, Associate, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP
Hon. Nancy Case Shaffer, Supervising Judge, Civil, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon. Elliot Lee Daum, Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
John F. DeMeo, Partner, DeMeo, DeMeo & West
Hon. M. Lynn Duryee, Retired, Marin County Superior Court
Patrick W. Emery, Shareholder, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, P.C.
Bonnie A. Freeman, Partner, Senneff, Freeman & Bluestone LLP
Kenneth D. Gack, Arbitrator, JAMS
Robert L. Jackson, Assistant City Attorney, City of Santa Rosa
Michael G. Miller, Partner, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP
Steven C. Mitchell, Shareholder, Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.
Adrienne M. Moran, Partner, Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran
Robert A. Murray, Director, Arbitration and Mediation Center (AMC)
Julia J. Parranto, Partner, Parranto & Applegate, LLP
Dawn M. Ross, Partner, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP
Gregory G. Spaulding, Partner, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP
Tad S. Shapiro, Partner, Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran
W. Barton Weitzenberg, Shareholder, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, PC
Hon. Arthur A. Wick, Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
Michelle V. Zyromski, Partner, Zyromski Konicek LLP

Place: The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Cost: $295–SCBA Members; $350–Public

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Karin P. Beam

Hon. Nancy Case Shaffer

Hon. Elliot Daum

John F. DeMeo

Hon. M. Lynn Duryee


Patrick W. Emery

Bonnie A. Freeman

Kenneth D. Gack

Robert L. Jackson

Michael G. Miller

Steven C. Mitchell

Adrienne M. Moran

Robert A. Murray

Julia J. Parranto

Dawn M. Ross

Gregory G. Spaulding

Tad S. Shapiro

W. Barton Weitzenberg

Hon. Arthur Wick

Michelle V. Zyromski

General Law

Legal Issues Affecting the Cultivation of Marijuana

Christopher P. M. Conrad
Cannabis Expert

Mr. Conrad is an author, museum curator, consultant, public speaker, cannabis expert witness an internationally respected authority on cannabis, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, garden yields, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use and cannabis culture. Mr. Conrad has studied cannabis since 1988, participated in the passage of both Prop 215 and SB 420 and has been cited in numerous California appellate and supreme court decisions including the landmark rulings People v. Urziceanu, People v. Kelly and People v Anderson. He earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from California State University and has accredited training by California Medical Association, Institute of Health Professionals, International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, American University, and Nova Institute (Germany). Mr. Conrad is a seasoned instructor, having given presentations at international conferences, CMEs and CLEs. He is currently the Politics & History instructor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California. Mr. Conrad is personally acquainted with patients in the federal Investigational New Drug (IND) medical marijuana program.

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: Check-In: 2:30 pm; Presentation: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Christopher P. M. Conrad, Cannabis Expert

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

Cost: $70–SCBA Members; $80–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

Civil Best Practices

This enlightening program will include discussion of the following topics: tentative rulings and final orders, ex parte application procedures/protocol, trial continuance rules, judges’ trial schedules by department, civility in and out of the courtroom, expedited jury trials, and juxtaposed expert testimony. We will also discuss the use of discovery and demurrer facilitators and mediation/settlements. Questions will be encouraged throughout the presentation.

Hon. Elliot Daum

Hon. Arthur Wick

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Hon. Elliot Daum, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon .Arthur A. Wick, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court

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

Trust Accounting

Albert G. Handelman
Of Counsel
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP

Mr. Handelman is a certified specialist in estate planning, trusts, and probate. His practice focuses on all aspects of trust and estate law: trust and estate planning and administration, trust and estate litigation, business succession planning, family wealth preservation, and planned charitable giving. In addition to working directly for his clients, Mr. Handelman often works as a consultant to other lawyers, including serving as an expert witness in trials throughout California. He writes and speaks frequently on topics involving trust and estate law, including serving as one of the authors and editorial consultants for California Wills & Trusts, a six-volume treatise, forms publication and document-assembly software program which is the leading resource of its type in California.

Donna J. Nolan
Attorney at Law

Ms. Nolan’s practice specializes in fiduciary accounting and Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) preparation. Before opening her own practice in 1993, she drafted contracts, assisted in probate litigation, reviewed and prepared wills and trusts, and guided clients through trust administration with the Law Office of William M. Andrews in Santa Rosa. Prior to her work with Mr. Andrews, Ms. Nolan spent nearly three years as a pension consultant in San Francisco.

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Albert G. Handelman, Of Counsel, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP
Donna J. Nolan, Attorney at Law

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

A Walk Through a DLSE Wage Claim

From Complaint to Claim Conference, Hearing & Beyond

Lisa Ann Hilario
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP

Ms. Hilario counsels employers in all aspects of the employment relationship including wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, employee discipline and termination, reductions in force, and investigations of employee misconduct. In addition to her employment counseling practice, Ms. Hilario defends employers before the Labor Commissioner and in court against wage and hour litigation, wrongful termination actions, sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases and other employment-related claims.

Jan Gabrielson Tansil
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP

Ms. Tansil has been practicing since 1986 and has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, labor law, and business transactions. She provides preventative and remedial counsel on all aspects of employment law. Her practice includes work in the related areas of unfair competition and trade secrets, along with employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Tansil has taught in the Business School and certificate program for Human Resources at Sonoma State University, along with numerous other courses in employment-related topics.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Lisa Ann Hilario, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP
Jan Gabrielson Tansil, Spaulding McCullough & Tansil 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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General Law

Mandatory Sick Leave Policy Implementation

Every employer, even those with only one part-time employee, must comply with California’s new sick leave law beginning July 1, 2015. Find out the history behind the new law and what you and your clients need to do to comply. Most existing policies are not compliant and will need to be updated.

Sen. Noreen Evans (Ret.)
O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP

Senator Evans was the first woman hired for a full-time litigation practice in Sonoma County. She was elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in 1996, the State Assembly in 2004 and the State Senate in 2010. During her time in the legislature, she chaired the Joint Legislative Conference Committee on Budget, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and served as a member of the Judicial Council and the Law Revision Commission. Her legislation included significant updates to California’s winery laws. She authored the Expedited Jury Trial Act, the Electronic Discovery Act, the Homeowners Bill of Rights, and the Subcontractors’ Indemnity Act. She is the first woman to receive the Judicial Council’s Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award.

Dawn Ross
Partner
Carle Mackie Power & Ross

Ms. Ross leads CMPR’s employment group and commercial litigation team. She has represented employers successfully in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings. Ms. Ross serves as counsel to some of the leading wineries, along with many other clients in the public and private sector. She assists clients in preparing employee handbooks, employment agreements, counseling on layoffs and terminations, and conducts training seminars on sexual harassment and discrimination. Ms. Ross also acts as trial counsel in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters such as breach of contract, real estate transfers, fraud, trade secret, trademark violations and construction defects. Ms. Ross has a reputation as an aggressive, detail oriented advocate, who has great success at trial. She was an associate at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon and a partner at Marron, Reid & Sheehy prior to founding Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP in 1998.

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Sen. Noreen Evans (Ret.), O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP
Dawn Ross, Partner, Carle Mackie Power & Ross

Place: NEW LOCATION! Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Cost: $50–SCBA Members; $60–Public

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General Law

What to do if Your Client Gets a Code Enforcement Notice

Local code enforcement cases can often be resolved quickly and efficiently with early intervention. This presentation will address civil enforcement from the perspective of attorneys who represent local agencies and will offer an overview of the process and practice tips for litigating, mediating and resolving cases. Time will be reserved for questions.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Michael Casey, Assistant City Attorney, Santa Rosa City Attorney’s Office
Debbie Latham, Deputy County Counsel, Sonoma County Counsel’s Office
Holly Rickett, Deputy County Counsel, Sonoma County Counsel’s Office

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

Divining Legislative Intent

Judges seek to apply the law as the Legislature intended. Learn how to walk the virtual halls of the State Legislature and deconstruct legislative analyses. Strengthen your legal arguments by understanding the history of statutory language and solving the mysteries of Legislative intent.

Sen. Noreen Evans (Ret.)
O’Brien, Watters & Davis, LLP

Senator Evans was the first woman hired for a full-time litigation practice in Sonoma County. She was elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in 1996, the State Assembly in 2004 and the State Senate in 2010. During her time in the legislature, she chaired the Joint Legislative Conference Committee on Budget, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and served as a member of the Judicial Council and the Law Revision Commission. Her legislation included significant updates to California’s winery laws. She authored the Expedited Jury Trial Act, the Electronic Discovery Act, the Homeowners Bill of Rights, and the Subcontractors’ Indemnity Act. She is the first woman to receive the Judicial Council’s Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award.

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Sen. Noreen Evans (Ret.), 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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General Law

Expedited Jury Trials and Other Trial Shortening Devices

The inner workings of CCP 630.01 et. seq. and California Rules of Court regarding the Expedited Jury Trial Act and other tips for keeping your jury trials as short and efficient as possible, without compromising your client’s rights, such as:

1. Reducing the number of peremptory challenges;
2. Reducing the size of the jury;
3. Stipulations with opposing counsel;
4. Managing your exhibits.

Hon. Rene Auguste Chouteau
Judge
Sonoma County Superior Court

The Honorable Rene Auguste Chouteau has been hearing the public’s concerns in a career spanning more than 40 years. As a judge, he’s dabbled in a bit of everything, sitting in criminal, family law and civil courtrooms. He formerly served as Presiding Judge of the Sonoma County Superior Court in 2012 – 2013, and currently sits on the bench in the Criminal Division of the Sonoma County Superior Court.

Before his appointment to the bench in 2001 by Gov. Gray Davis, Judge Chouteau was Santa Rosa’s city attorney for more than 18 years. As chief legal adviser to the City Council, his office helped push through initiatives in public housing, community policing and city revitalization. He was a lawyer for the Sonoma County Office of Education for six years before joining the city staff, and started his government service two years out of Stanford law school as a deputy city attorney in his hometown, San Francisco.

Hon. Arthur Wick
Judge
Sonoma County Superior Court

After graduating third in his class from law school in 1980, Judge Wick practiced law for 26 years, specializing in the representation of school and college districts and represented some 225 school and college districts throughout the state.

Judge Wick was appointed to the Sonoma County Superior Court in April 2006 by Governor Schwarzenegger. He currently sits in a civil trial department and is the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division. He is also the immediate past Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the court.

Daphne A. Beletsis, Esq.
Associate
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz

Ms. Beletsis has practiced law in Sonoma County since 1989. She has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on personal injury, legal malpractice, real estate disputes and appeals and mortgage finance & structure products. Ms. Beletsis started her career with a one year position as a Research Attorney for the civil judges on the Sonoma County Superior Court. She was an Associate with Boyd, Murray and Wick from 1990-1995, and has been an associate at Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz since 1999. Ms. Beletsis serves as a settlement conference panelist, discovery referee and arbitrator for the Sonoma County courts and serves as a fee arbitration panelist for the Sonoma County Bar Association. She previously served as an appointed member of the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission (1996-2000). She served as the Board Chair from 2010 -2013 of Listening For A Change, a Sonoma County non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and acceptance of human diversity through education, oral history, and the arts. Ms. Beletsis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. She obtained a Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1989. Ms. Beletsis is admitted to practice in all California courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. She is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association, Sonoma County Women in Law and The Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California.

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015

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

Presenter(s):
Hon. Rene Chouteau, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon. Arthur Wick, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
Daphne A. Beletsis, Esq., Associate, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz

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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Events

Summer Soiree and SCBA Cook Off

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!

Enjoy Appetizers by John Ash!

Wine Country Casual (No Ties)

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015

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

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Supreme Sponsors ($1,100)
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil, LLP

Appellate Sponsors ($850)
Hansen & Miller

Superior Sponsors ($600)
Ferchland Law Office
Law & Mediation Office of Thomas D. Wright
Terre Family Law

Advocate Sponsors ($300)
Fuller & Associates Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

General Law

Immigration Reform Law: What Every Lawyer Should Know, including the New Obama Executive Order

Discussion will Include:
An Introduction to Immigration Law
New Obama Administration Executive Order (DAPA)
The 2012 Obama program for DREAMers (DACA)
New Law and Procedures Covering Waivers for Spouses of US Citizens
New Developments under the Obama Administration
How to sponsor your family members for a green card
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Offenses
Other immigration topics

Christopher A. Kerosky, Esq.

Christopher A. Kerosky, Esq.
Principal
Law Offices of Kerosky Purves & Bogue

Mr. Kerosky is the founder and principal of the law firm, Kerosky Purves & Bogue, with offices located in San Francisco, Napa, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Sacramento, Walnut Creek and San Jose. Mr. Kerosky is a graduate of UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and a former trial lawyer for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. He writes a legal column for the bilingual newspaper La Voz, as well as other ethnic newspapers. Mr. Kerosky is also a member of the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission. He serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland and his office operates as the Consulate of Poland in San Francisco.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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

Presenter(s): Christopher A. Kerosky, Esq., Principal, Law Offices of Kerosky Purves & Bogue

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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