MCLE Classes & Events

Thursday, October 12, 2017 POSTPONED; Date TBA: Restraining Orders

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 POSTPONED; Date TBA: Helping Your Client Help Themselves

Friday, October 20, 2017: Careers-of-Distinction-Awards-Dinner

Thursday, October 26, 2017: How to Manage a Law Practice

Friday, November 3, 2017: Wine, Beer, & Spirits Law

Monday, November 6, 2017: Settlement of Employment Claims

Thursday, November 16, 2017: Enforcement of Judgments

Thursday, November 30, 2017: Avoiding Common Mistakes When Drafting and Administering Special Needs Trusts

Friday, December 1, 2017: Pro Bono Awards Luncheon & General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, December 6, 2017: The Best Use of a Forensic CPA in a Divorce

Tuesday, December 12, 2017: State and Local Cannabis Regulations under the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Legislative Updates in Labor & Employment

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Winter CEQA Update

Member Benefits

Directory of Attorneys

We annually produce a pictorial directory of SCBA members of attorneys, Judicial Officers, paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks, court reporters, fiduciaries, mental health professionals, expert witnesses, accountants, and others in the legal community in Sonoma County. The directory is distributed free of charge to SCBA members. Additional copies may be purchased for a fee by contacting us at 707-542-1190 or via email at info@sonomacountybar.org.

Bar Journal

Our 20-page quarterly newsletter is mailed free of charge to our members only and features coverage of local legal news, professional profiles, legal topics of current interest, updates on the activities of the various Sections of the Bar, and more.

MCLE Programs

Among our primary purposes is to provide our membership with locally-offered and reduced-price MCLE units. Our programs are organized by local legal professionals like you and presented by guest speakers from near and far, assuring their relevancy and interest. As a member, you receive substantial discounts on admission. SCBA maintains a library of recorded seminars available for viewing as well as program materials from previous seminars.

Lawyer Referral Service

Our members receive a discount for panel fees in our LRS program. These clients have been carefully screened by our staff prior to the referral, saving your time.

Luncheons and Social Events

In addition to our educational programs, we also produce a number of social events throughout the year. These events are traditionally fun and lively, and provide ample opportunities for building professional relationships and/or relaxing with friends and professional colleagues. As always, members receive discounted admission.

Sections

Our members have organized twelve sections within the SCBA: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy Law, Barristers Club, Business & Intellectual Property Law, Civil Bench Bar, Criminal Law, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law, LGBTQI Law, Public Law, Real Property Law and Trusts & Estates Law. Only SCBA members can belong to these Sections. Each Section conducts ongoing activities, produces specific programs, and offers informative training relevant to their area of practice.

Fee Arbitration Program

Participation in fee arbitration is mandatory for members of the State Bar. While the SCBA is not required to offer a fee arbitration program, we have adopted the local program, which has been approved by the State Bar. Our local program provides an inexpensive process for both the attorney and client to arbitrate their disputes locally and inexpensively.