Events

The Sonoma County Bar Association Presents the 14h Annual Summer Soirée

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!

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

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

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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Supreme Sponsors- $1,100
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, P.C.
Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.
SCBA Family Law Section
SCBA Labor & Employment Section
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil, LLP

Appellate Sponsors- $850
Beyers Costin Simon
Hansen & Miller
Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran

Superior Sponsors- $600
Anderson Zeigler
Bill, Katie, and Will Ferchland Law Office
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross
Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy
Dunst Law Offices
Duplicki Keller LLP
JAMS
Johnston | Thomas
Law & Mediation Office of Thomas D. Wright
Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance
SCBA Bankruptcy Section
SCBA Real Property Section
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz
Smith Dollar PC
Tavis & Bunyard

Advocate Sponsors- $300
A Family Law Firm, Inc.
Arbitration and Mediation Center
DeMeo, DeMeo & West
Exchange Bank
Fuller and Associates Certified Legal Nurse Consultants
Law Office of James F. DeMartini
Mike Tunick Legal Videography
O’Brien, Watters & Davis
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter
Rasmason-Zunino Family Law Attorneys
Senneff, Freeman & Bluestone
Terre Family Law
Vintage Reporting

Family Law Specialization

Comprehensive Family Law Practice Seminar

Co-Sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Family Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association.

A Skills Course for Family Law
Get valuable practice tips on case management, discovery, trial preparation, and evidence from two retired Justices of the Court of Appeal, four Family Law Judges, and eleven Prominent Family Law Attorneys throughout the State.

Program Schedule and Presenters

Day One

Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: John Johnson

Case Management
Presenter: Hon. Donald B. King

Interrogatories and Requests for Admissions
Presenters: William Glucksman, and Lulu Wong

Document Demands and Subpoenas
Presenters: Sharon Mah and Melinda Sammis

Depositions
Presenters: Hon. Bradford DeMeo, John “Jack” DeMeo, and John Johnson

Experts
Presenters: Hon. Verna Adams, Christopher Melcher, and Lawrence Moskowitz

Day Two

Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: John Johnson

Evidence: Judicial Notice/Burdens/Presumptions; Privilege/Confidentiality; Credibility/Character; Experts; Opinion
Presenters: Hon. Dennis Cornell, Hon. Diane Price, Hon. Cindee Mayfield, and Diana Richmond

Evidence: Hearsay; Relevance; Foundation and Authenticity; Secondary Evidence; Demonstrative Evidence
Presenters: Hon. Bradford DeMeo, Leo Bartolotta, and Brandon Blevans

Dates & Times:
Day One
Friday, July 15, 2016
8:00 am Check In and Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 am—5:30 pm Presentations (Lunch Provided)

Day Two
Saturday, July 16, 2016
8:00 am Check In and Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 am—12:30 pm Presentations

Presenter(s):
Judicial Officers:

Honorable Verna Adams, Judge, Marin County Superior Court

Honorable Dennis Cornell, (Ret.), Associate Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeal

Honorable Bradford DeMeo, Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court

Honorable Donald B. King, (Ret.), Associate Justice, First District Court of Appeal

Honorable Cindee Mayfield, Judge, Mendocino County Superior Court

Honorable Diane Price, Judge, Napa County Superior Court

Moderator:

John Johnson, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP, Sonoma County

Attorneys:

Leo Bartolotta, Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C., Sonoma County

Brandon Blevans, Blevans & McCall, LLP, Napa & Sonoma County

John “Jack” DeMeo, DeMeo DeMeo & West, Sonoma County

William Glucksman, Kolodny Law Group, Los Angeles County

Sharon Mah, Law Offices of Sharon F. Mah, Marin County

Chris Melcher, Walzer Melcher LLP, Los Angeles County

Lawrence Moskowitz, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP, Sonoma County

Diana Richmond, Sideman & Bancroft LLP, San Francisco County

Melinda Sammis, Blacker Sammis & Blacker APC, San Francisco County

Lulu Wong, Law Offices of Lulu Wong, Napa & Sonoma County

Place: Hyatt Vineyard Creek, 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Cost: $395-SCBA Members; $495–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

Employment Arbitrations

Knowledge of changes in the law governing the arbitration of employment disputes has in recent years become increasingly important to the practitioner who advises employers or employees.

This short presentation will address:

Why arbitration? Who benefits and who loses?
The arbitration agreement – is it enforceable?
Motions to compel arbitration
Comparing arbitration to civil litigation
Costs of arbitration
Selecting the arbitrator
The conduct of an arbitration case
Post arbitration procedures

Victor Thuesen
Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

Mr. Thuesen’s 35 years of practice has focused primarily on employment law and litigation in the state and federal courts. He has represented employees in arbitration settings on a wide variety of disputes, including claims of wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and breach of contract. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, he practiced in a mid-size civil litigation firm in San Francisco before locating his office in Petaluma in 1987. He is a Past President of the Sonoma County Bar Association (2005) and served as Chair of the Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. He has participated in the SCBA’s Labor and Employment Section’s annual “Recent Developments in Labor & Employment” Program and is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

Presenter(s): Victor Thuesen, Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

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

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $65–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

Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy

What to do if Your Client Gets a Notice of a Bankruptcy Filing from an Opposing Party

Brian Barboza
Law Offices of Brian A. Barboza

Mr. Barboza practices bankruptcy law as a solo practitioner in Santa Rosa, representing Debtors, Creditors, and Bankruptcy Trustees. He previously worked with the Sonoma County Probation Department as a Probation Officer while attending Empire Law School and Sonoma State University; he graduated and began practicing in 2008. Mr. Barboza currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Bar Association as well as serving as the Chair of SCBA’s Bankruptcy Section.

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Time: Check-In: 3:15 pm; Presentation: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Presenter(s): Brian Barboza, Law Offices of Brian A. Barboza

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

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $65–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

2016 SCBA Day at the Races!

An Event Commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Sonoma County Bar Association
With a Lunch and Auction Supporting SCBA’s Archive Committee

Guest VIP Speakers
Richard Lewis, past Director of Racing at the Sonoma County Fair, he will explain what the Safety Steward does at the racetrack.

Sam Spear, who has a television and radio show on horse racing and has been stalwart in the racing industry for many years;

Michael Patricks, who sets the “Morning Line” each day at the races and will give his “pick of the day”;

Pete Estabrook, who will present a 3-minute history of the bugler.

Cost of Admission Includes:
Complimentary Admission to the Fair (All Day)*
Lunch in the VIP Tent Near the Wine Country Racing Grandstands (includes Sonoma County Wine)
Reserved Seating in the Grandstands to Enjoy the Horse Racing
General Parking
No Host “Spirits” Bar


*Admission Tickets are required to enter the Fairgrounds. SCBA will mail them to the address you list on your registration form at the end of July.

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016

Time: 12:30 pm check in; 1:00 pm Lunch & Auction; 3:15 pm Horse Racing

Presenter(s):
Sam Spear
Michael Patricks,
Pete Estabrook

Place: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $75 Per Person, Spouses and Significant Others encouraged to Attend

Online Registration is Not Available for this Event
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Items for Auction

Law: A Treasury of Art and Literature, Edited by Sara Robbins (1990)
The inspiring story of law through the ages is told in this beautiful volume through the media of painting, photography, fiction, essay, poetry, and more. Law: A Treasury of Art and Literature is a celebration of the profession upon which these ideals civilized society depends. Brought together for the first time in a lavishly illustrated, large-format book are excerpts from the great writings in law, such as Justinian’s The Digest of Roman Law, Cicero’s Laws, and Paine’s Common Sense. This book has 376 pages and is profusely illustrated.
Donated by Joan Guillaumin
Approximate Value: $64.50

Photograph in the Winner’s Circle
Have your photo taken with a group of your choice in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse of SCBA’s named race on Saturday, August 6!
Donated by the Sonoma County Fair
Approximate Value: $500

Round of Golf at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club
Play a round of golf for four at one of the most beautiful private golf courses in northern California (Monday through Thursday, holidays excluded). Enjoy an immaculately groomed, challenging, walkable, 18-hole golf course in a beautiful park-like setting.
Donated by Tad Shapiro; Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran
Fair Market Value: $700

Box Seats to the Races and VIP Patio Luncheon
You and up to five guests are invited to enjoy a VIP luncheon on the patio with Jack DeMeo followed by viewing the races from his box seats on the finish line. Offer only good for Sunday, August 7, 2016.
Donated by Jack DeMeo; DeMeo, DeMeo & West
Approximate Value: $500

Magnum of Wine: 2009 Silent Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Made from 100% Cabernet grapes. Aged 23 months in new extra fine grained American oak. Balanced with smooth, soft tannins, forest floor aromatics and a bright cherry note on the finish.
Donated by Joan Guillaumin
Retail Value: $125

Case of DeMeo Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley Appellation – Julia DeMeo Vineyard.
Donated by Jack & Judy DeMeo
Approximate Retail Value: $360

Fishing Excursion for Two
Enjoy a day cruising off the Sonoma Coast chasing whatever fish are biting aboard Jim DeMartini’s 21-foot cruiser, Bonita. On our way out of Bodega Bay we’ll enjoy a breakfast beverage, and pastries, then head north, or south, depending on what species we intend to target. If salmon are around we’ll give them a shot. If the salmon are not cooperating we will find some local reefs and target rock fish and ling cod. The reef fishing has been particularly good this year. Jim provides all the tackle, bait, beverages (your choice) and lunch. All you need is a one day fishing license and some warm clothes. Along the way we might see porpoise and/or whales and you will definitely see the spectacular Sonoma County Coast from the unique off-shore perspective.
Donated by Jim DeMartini; Law Office of James F. DeMartini
Approximate Value: $300

Two Night Escape Out in North County
Gift Certificate for a two-night stay for two guests at the Old Crocker Inn, a secluded Bed & Breakfast, in the hills between Geyserville and Cloverdale. It includes a full gourmet breakfast both mornings, as well as wine and home-baked goods in the evening. May be used any day of the week between November 15 – May 14 subject to room availability; or Sunday through Thursday only between May 15 – November 14 holidays excluded, subject to room availability.  Includes a passport for free wine tasting in over 100 wineries, a 15% discount coupon for Piacere Ristorante Italiano in Cloverdale and discounted in-room massages.  Every room has private entrance and bath, fireplace, air conditioner, dvd, flat screen TV, WiFi.
Donated by Suzanne Babb; Beyers Costin Simon
Fair Market Value up to $600

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