MCLE Classes & Events

Compliance Group 1 (A-G) DEADLINE: 2-1-19

The January Blitz!!: MCLE Live Programs Blitz

Thursday, January 17, 2019: Elimination of Bias in the Workplace - 2.0 Units Elimination of Bias

Tuesday, January 22, 2019: Ethical Duties and Electronically Stored Information - 1.0 Unit Legal Ethics

EVENT - Monday, January 28, 2019: 13th Annual Presiding Judge's Luncheon

Tuesday, January 29, 2019: Under Pressure: Attorneys Dealing with Stress - 1.5 Units Competence

Thursday, January 31, 2019: Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law - 1.0 Unit Elimination of Bias

Tuesday, February 5, 2019: What to Know About the New Tax Law, A Year Later

Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Representing an Undocumented Person

Friday, February 15, 2019: Do’s and Don’ts of Civil Motion Practice

Thursday, February 21, 2019: Basic Fee Arbitration Training

Friday, February 22, 2019: SCWiL & SCBA's Barristers - Building Your Law Practice

Monday, February 25, 2019: New Laws and Forms in the Civil Department for 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019: A Matter of Trust: The Challenges of Mediating Inheritance Disputes

Friday, March 1, 2019: 2019 Family Law Judicial Officers’ Luncheon

Monday, March 4, 2019: Advanced DissoMaster Training

NEW DATE: March 5, 2019 from 10-30-18: The Prudent Investor Rule: Investing for Continuing Trusts

Monday, March 11, 2019: Legal Developments in LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Law

Friday, March 15, 2019: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses After Epic Systems v. Lewis

Friday, March 22, 2019: 2019 Civil Trial Workshop

Friday, March 29, 2019: Real Property Update 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019: The ABCs of Independent Contractors

Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Recent Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct

EVENT - NEW DATE: Friday, April 5, 2019: The 20th Annual Rex Sater Award Dinner

Competence Issues

The January Blitz!!

Urgent: The Deadline for GROUP 1 (A-G) is February 1, 2019.

Finish Your 25 Hours of Continuing Legal Education with SCBA!

California MCLE Requirements:
25 Total Hours Continuing Legal Education Credits Every 3 Years,
Including: 4 Credit Hours of Legal Ethics, 1 Credit Hour of Competence Issues, and 1 Credit Hour of Elimination of Bias

2019 MCLE Blitz

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Events

Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

The Sonoma County Bar Association along with the Special Events Committee Invite You to Attend the 13th Annual Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

2019-01-28 PJ Luncheon

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: Check-In: 11:30 am; Lunch and Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Judges(s):
Hon. Gary Nadler, Presiding Judge
Hon. Shelly Averill, Supervising Judge, Family
Hon. Patrick Broderick, Supervising Judge, Civil
Hon. Kenneth J. Gnoss, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court
Hon. Robert LaForge, Supervising Judge, Criminal

Place: Carsten Cabaret Room, Luther Burbank Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Registration Fee: $85—SCBA Members | $105—Public
Student: $45 (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

2019 Family Law Judicial Officers’ Luncheon

Join the Family Law Judicial Officers as they share their thoughts and expectations for the coming year!

2019-03-01 Family Law Judicial Officers' Luncheon

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: Check-In: 11:30 am; Lunch and Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Judicial Officer(s):
Hon. Shelly Averill, Supervising Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court

Hon. Robert S. Boyd, Sonoma County Superior Court

Hon. James G. Bertoli, Sonoma County Superior Court

Hon. Becky Rasmason, Commissioner, Sonoma County Superior Court

Place: Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Registration Fee: $85—SCBA Members | $105—Public
Student: $45 (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

REX SATER AWARD DINNER

SCBA and the Family Law Section are proud to announce:

2019-04-05 Rex Sater Award Dinner

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019

Time: Check-In & Reception with No-Host Bar 5:00 pm ; Dinner & Program 6:00 pm

Honoree(s): Daniel B. Pickar, Ph.D.

Place: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, 333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa

RSVP: Please RSVP by March 26, 2019

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Civil Bench Bar Section

2019 Civil Trial Workshop

An All-Day Seminar for Those Who Try Civil Cases in Superior Court

2019-03-22 Civil Trial Workshop

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019

Time: Check-In: 8:30 am; Presentation: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Place: The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Parking is available behind the Glaser Center in the city parking garage on 7th street.

MCLE: 6.0 Units Participatory MCLE Credit in in General Law

Registration Fee: $295–SCBA Members; $350–Public; $95–Students and SCBA Barristers Club members in their first 5 years of practice

NOTE: Barristers Club Members need to register via Fax, Phone, USPS Mail, or email to Joan@SonomaCountyBar.org to receive the Section Discount.

Student: $95 (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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Ethics

Recent Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct

The California Supreme Court approved 27 amended rules of professional conduct and added 42 more rules in 2018. The State Bar of California has adopted nearly 70 new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct effective November 1, 2018. This is the first overhaul of ethics rules for attorneys licensed in California in nearly 30 years! We will review the new and amended rules.

Freeman, Bonnie

Bonnie Hamilton
Bluestone Zunino & Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton’s practice includes employment litigation, constitutional law, real estate and construction law. Her representation of public and private employers in state and federal courts encompasses everything from pre-litigation mediation and resolution through jury trial and appeal, and she has successfully represented appellants and respondents in state and federal appeals. Ms. Hamilton enjoys passing on legal education to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. She is a regular participant in the nationally-recognized “Law Day” which brings significant legal and constitutional concepts to high school students, and has presented legal issues to attorneys locally and state-wide on various topics.

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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

Presenter(s): Bonnie Hamilton, Bluestone Zunino & Hamilton

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street.
Do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory MCLE Credit in Legal Ethics

Registration Fee: $70–SCBA Members; $85–Public; FREE for SCBA Paralegal & Legal Support Section Members. (Must Pre-Register by Phone, Fax, USPS Mail, or by email to Amy@SonomaCountyBar.org).

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

The ABCs of Independent Contractors

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision with profound implications for California’s economy. No longer will the classification of a worker as an employee or independent contractor be subject to the flexible, multi-factor Borello test for purposes of California wage orders. Now, employers will be subject to the strict “ABC” test, which presumes that a worker hired by an entity is an employee and places the burden on the hirer to establish that the worker is an independent contractor.

Gruchawka, Joseph

Joseph Gruchawka
Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka

Mr. Gruchawka grew up in Kenwood, in the heart of Sonoma County. After attending UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies and the University of Colorado for law school, he returned to Sonoma County, where he worked at the law firm of Smith Dollar PC, specializing in wage and hour claims and contract disputes. Mr. Gruchawka then founded his own practice, where he focusses on labor law, real property disputes, contract disputes, and judgment collection.

Ross, Dawn

Dawn Ross
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Ms. Ross leads CMPR’s employment group and commercial litigation team. She has represented employers successfully in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings. Ms. Ross serves as counsel to some of the leading wineries, along with many other clients in the public and private sector. She assists clients in preparing employee handbooks, employment agreements, counseling on layoffs and terminations, and conducts training seminars on sexual harassment and discrimination. Ms. Ross also acts as trial counsel in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters such as breach of contract, real estate transfers, fraud, trade secret, trademark violations and construction defects. Ms. Ross has a reputation as an aggressive, detail oriented advocate, who has great success at trial. She was an associate at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon and a partner at Marron, Reid & Sheehy prior to founding Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP in 1998.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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

Presenter(s):
Joseph Gruchawka, Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka
Dawn Ross, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street.
Do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee: $60–SCBA Members; $75–Public; $55–SCBA Labor & Employment Section (NOTE: L&E Section Discount only available by Phone, Fax, USPS Mail, or In 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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