MCLE Classes & Events

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Winter CEQA Update

NEW: Monday, December 18, 2017: Tax Issues Resulting from the Wildfires

NEW: Wednesday, December 20, 2017: Advising Fire-Victim Clients An Overview

NEW: Thursday, December 28, 2017: After the Fire: Advising Clients Hiring Contractors

2018 January: SCBA's 2018 January Blitz!

Monday, January 8, 2018: Civility Matters VI

Thursday, January 11, 2018: Competence Issues Related to Substance Abuse

Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law

Friday, January 26, 2018: Elimination of Bias and the Courtroom: A View from the Bench

Monday, January 29, 2018: Avoiding Bad Good-Byes: Ethical and Practical Tips for Ending a Client Relationship or Law Practice

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Attorney Trust Accounts: Pitfalls to Avoid

Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Immigration Law

Friday, February 23, 2018: Comprehensive Family Law Practice Series: Settlement in Family Law Cases

Monday, February 26, 2018: New Laws and Forms in the Civil Department for 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018: The 19th Annual REX SATER AWARD DINNER

Comprehensive Family Law Practice Series: Settlement in Family Law Cases

Since most family law cases resolve without a trial, settlement skills are important tools in the lawyer’s “toolbox”. This workshop will combine presentations, demonstrations, discussion, and experiential exercises covering the following topics: ~ Planning for settlement from the beginning of the case ~ The key components of settlement readiness for the client and the lawyer ~ The impact of relationships and dynamics on settlement, including between the parties and between the parties and professionals ~ Preparation for mediation and/or a settlement conference ~ Negotiating for the best outcome for your client and the family ~ Closing the deal and completing

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Special Issues in Custody Matters and Representing Minors

Day One of this program covers all 8 hours of training required by California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242 for continuing minors’ counsel. Add on Day Two for the required 12 hours of training for new minors’ counsel! Day One ~ Authority for Appointment, Duties, Rights and Qualifications of Counsel, Compensation of Counsel, Qualifications of Counsel, and Child’s Participation in Proceedings ~ Communicating With & Interviewing Children at Different Stages of Development ~ Preparing Children for Family Court Services or Judicial Interview Consideration of Children’s Wishes ~ Custody and Visitation Issues; CPS Reports, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Dependency

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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.

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

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