MCLE Classes & Events

General Law

New Incentives for Conservation Easements

Discussion Will Include:

~ Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2015 (Congressman Mike Thompson)
~ Conservation Easements in California (Civil Code 815.1)
~ Williamson Act and Estate and Real Estate Tax Issues
~ Limitations on Public Entity Land Conservation Entities
~ Competing Pressures on Land Resources: Housing, Agriculture, Cannabis (the newest elephant in the room)
~ Creative solutions to encourage land conservation

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Robert Pittman
Assistant County Counsel, Sonoma County Counsel’s Office
General Counsel, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Mr. Pittman is an accomplished public agency attorney with more than 20 years’ experience advising county boards of supervisors, city councils, and staffs, developing practical solutions, and providing organizational leadership to public agencies. He has extensive experience in land use entitlement, real estate acquisitions, and land conservation. Mr. Pittman specializes in negotiating and documenting complex land use transactions.
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Randy Skidmore
Conservation Project Manager, Land Trust of Napa County

Mr. Skidmore retired from Coombs and Dunlap, LLP as a partner where he practiced business, real estate and land use law for almost 30 years. Mr. Skidmore’s relationship with the Land Trust spans decades, starting with his work as an out-of-house attorney for the Land Trust from 1988-1994 and later as a volunteer committee chairperson and member of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2010. Randy’s concern for the environment can be traced back to law school, where he wrote the article Nitrate Pollution and the California Environmental Quality Act: The Appropriate Solution to a Neglected Problem. Mr. Skidmore his B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the California Western School of Law, San Diego.

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Presenter(s):
Robert Pittman, Assistant County Counsel, Sonoma County Counsel’s Office
General Counsel, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
Randy Skidmore, Conservation Project Manager, Land Trust of Napa County

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $70–SCBA Members; $85–Public;

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

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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If you no longer wish to receive hard-copy mailings of announcements for SCBA seminars and events, please contact Susan Demers (707) 542-1190 x18, fax (707) 542-1195, or Susan@SonomaCountyBar.org to be removed from the mailing list.

General Law

Crimes Against Elders

What the District Attorney’s Elder Protection Unit Looks for When Deciding if Criminal Charges Can be Filed
Sonoma County’s elderly population has increased dramatically in recent years and will only continue to grow in the years to come. Unfortunately, crimes against the elderly are also on the rise. This presentation will give you an understanding of what “elder abuse” is, and what our office looks for when deciding whether or not to file criminal charges.

Topics include:
~ The different types of physical and financial abuse against an elder, and the legal elements required to prove those crimes,
~ Common warning signs of possible physical or financial abuse, and
~ How the civil practitioner can assist law enforcement in order to facilitate criminal prosecution.


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Martina Kitzmueller
Deputy District Attorney
Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
Carla Rodriguez
Deputy District Attorney
Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

Presenter(s):
Martina Kitzmueller, Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office
Carla Rodriguez, Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $70–Public;

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

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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Family Law Specialization

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.

Bayles-Fightmaster, Louise (Hon.)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 estate planning for 15 years prior to working at the Court. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster now has a private judging and mediation practice. In addition to her outstanding work from the bench, Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster has been active in numerous family law-related local and state committees and task forces. She was a member of the Elkins Task Force, the Elkins Implementation Task Force, the Family and Juvenile Advisory Task Force. She received the Sonoma County Family Law Section’s Rex Sater Award in 2009 and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar in 2015.

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Ferchland Law Office

Bill has been a certified Workers’ Compensation specialist since 1980. Now as Ferchland Law Office, he practices with daughter Katie Ferchland Boriolo and son William W. Ferchland in representing individuals with claims for Social Security Disability under Title II, Workers’ Compensation and State Disability Insurance.

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Presenter(s):
William T. Ferchland, Ferchland Law Office
Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $80–SCBA Members; $95–Public

MCLE: 2.0 Units Participatory Credit in General Law and 2.0 Units Legal Specialization Credit in Family Law

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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If you no longer wish to receive hard-copy mailings of announcements for SCBA seminars and events, please contact Susan Demers (707) 542-1190 x18, fax (707) 542-1195, or Susan@SonomaCountyBar.org to be removed from the mailing list.