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

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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

Mandatory Settlement Conference Program

SONOMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
Mandatory Settlement Conference Program (Civil Cases)
2013

The Sonoma County Superior Court has implemented a Mandatory Settlement Conference Program (“MSCP”), which relies on the voluntary assistance of the local bar. The court asks attorneys who have been in practice for at least 10 years to volunteer their time as panelists for the settlement conferences, typically 2 or 3 times a year. The conferences are conducted by a two-attorney panel, and take place at the courthouse. The two attorneys work together to try and help the parties find a resolution to their case that will avoid the expense, stress and uncertainty of trial, while freeing up the court from the increasing burden of an expanding caseload.

Twice each year, the judicial assistant in charge of the MSCP sends out a notice for attorneys to select dates to serve as panelists. The court asks that attorneys reply to the judicial assistant promptly, so that the court can schedule conferences timely.

Depending on judges’ availability, upon advance request, the court will attempt to assist panelists in their efforts to resolve cases and in most cases will make a judge and staff available to put a settlement on the record in open court.