MCLE Classes & Events

EVENT - October 18, 2019: 2019 Careers of Distinction Awards Dinner

NEW LOCATION -Monday, October 28, 2019: Rules of Civil Procedure - Subpoenas

Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Prevention: What You Need to Know About California’s New Sexual Harassment Training Requirements
In The Wake of the “Me Too” Movement

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Friendly Persuasion

Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Winter CEQA Update

Friday, November 15, 2019 & Saturday, November 16, 2019: Comprehensive Family Law Practice Series - The Family Law Trial—Start to Finish

Tuesday, November 19, 2019: Firearms, Ammunition, and the Law

Thursday, November 21, 2019: After the Fire - Helping Homeowners Pursue Construction Defect Claims

EVENT - Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Pro Bono Awards & SCBA General Membership Meeting

Friday, December 6, 2019: Mortgage Financing, Strategies in Divorce

Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Workplace Safety and Related Best HR Practices in the Wake of Mass Violence For Attorneys and their Clients

EVENT - Thursday, December 12, 2019: Holiday Mixer – Honoring SCBA’s Past Presidents

Thursday, December 19, 2019: Technology in the Law Office

Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Ethical Cannabis Practice

Thursday, January 9, 2020: Cal-OSHA Update

Wednesday, January 29, 2020: Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law

Friday, January 31, 2020: Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

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Careers of Distinction Awards

2019 Careers of Distinction

COD Sponsors Thank You

Date:
Friday, October 18, 2019

Time:
5:30 pm Check-in & Reception | 6:30 pm Dinner & Presentation

Honoree(s):
John R. O’Brien & Kenneth D. Gack

Place:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts | 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, California

Events

Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

Sonoma County Superior Court Presiding Judge and Supervising Judges will share their thoughts and expectations for the administration of justice in Sonoma County for the coming year.

2020-01-31 PJ Luncheon SOCIAL

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

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

Judicial Officers:
Hon, Bradford DeMeo, Presiding Judge
Hon. Shelly Averill, Asst. Presiding Judge
Hon. James Bertoli, 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 for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Registration Fee:
$85–SCBA Members
$105–Public
$45–Students (with proof of current enrollment)

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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General Law

Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law

It’s been another challenging year for California employment attorneys as federal and California 2019 decisions provide clues but not answers to current “hot” issues in discrimination/harassment claims and wage and hour claims—as well as innovative pleading and strategies borrowed from traditional tort law. These subjects, as well as the procedural highlights of 2019 in topics dear to employment practitioners, such as attorney fee recovery, arbitration, joint employment and more will be included by the panelists.

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Valorie Bader
Welty, Weaver & Currie

Ms. Bader has practiced in the areas of employment and business counseling, training, and employment litigation since 1986. Prior to becoming an attorney she worked for Sonoma County Risk Management coordinating workers’ compensation and disability claims. Ms. Bader continues to represent businesses and individuals before administrative agencies such as the Labor Commissioner, the Employment Development Department, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Cal-OSHA, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, CA Department of Licensing, CA Department of Insurance. Her current practice includes sexual harassment training and other trainings, investigations, mediation and arbitration, as well as other alternatives for conflict resolution. Ms. Bader has performed numerous workshops and in diverse topics related to employment issues and has taught specific employment law classes for the Santa Rosa Junior College as well as written extensively in the subjects of employment law, and appeared in the Sonoma Business Journal and the Press Democrat. In addition to her legal work, Ms. Bader chairs the Employment Law section of the Sonoma County Bar Association

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David C. King
The Law and Mediation Office of David C. King

Mr. King is an AV rated employment lawyer with over thirty-five years of litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts. He practices in all areas of employment law including wrongful employment termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour law, trade secrets litigation, contract disputes, and contract drafting. Mr. King has also litigated and tried cases in the fields of personal injury, real estate and contract law. He serves as a mediator in all civil litigation matters. Mr. King currently sits on the Petaluma City Council and has served on the Sonoma County Bar Association Board of Directors and the Sonoma County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. He was President of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2006 and was on its Board from 2000-2007.

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Michelle Neumann
Neumann Law

Ms. Neumann has focused her career on representing employees since 1996. First admitted in Florida in 1995, Ms. Neumann has litigated and tried employment cases in both state and federal courts in California, Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota. She has experience with a wide variety of employment cases, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, FMLA, California Family Rights Act claims and USERRA. She also consults hourly regarding employment contracts and severance negotiations. She has argued before numerous state and federal appellate courts and, successfully argued appeals before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Minnesota Supreme Court which substantially increased worker rights in those states. Ms. Neumann is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). Ms. Neumann was certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Currently, she continues her dedication to employee representation as the owner of Neumann Law in Santa Rosa.

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Victor C. Thuesen
Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

Victor Thuesen has practiced for 39 years, focusing primarily on labor and employment law in the state and federal courts. He was a faculty member at City College of San Francisco before becoming an attorney. His clients have been awarded damages in a wide variety of disputes, including claims of wrongful termination, whistle blower retaliation, gender, race and ethnic origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, defamation, violation of privacy and breach of contract. In his most recent case, Economy v. Sutter East Bay Hospitals (2019) 31 Cal.App.5th 1147, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed, for the first time in California courts, the concept of “tax neutralization” damages to compensate for the increased taxes imposed on lump sum awards. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, he practiced in a mid-size civil litigation firm in San Francisco representing international, national and local unions throughout the United States before locating his office in Petaluma in 1987. He is a Past President of the Sonoma County Bar Association (2005) and served as a member and 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 Law” presentation since its inception and is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Nancy E. Watson
Law Offices of Nancy E. Watson

Ms. Watson has been in private practice in Santa Rosa since 1989. Beginning in 1996, she was with the firm of Bozman-Moss & Watson and is now a solo practitioner.

Ms. Watson has experience in all aspects of labor and employment law. She began her labor law career in 1977 at the National Labor Relations Board, Division of Advice, in Washington, D.C., later transferring to Region 20 of the NLRB in San Francisco as a trial attorney. Since 1989, Ms. Watson has had a varied practice, which includes working with employers on an ongoing basis to develop policies and procedures to help them avoid litigation and promote fairness in the workplace. She also litigates cases for employers and plaintiffs, and has acted as a mediator.

She was the head of the Labor & Employment Law section of the Sonoma County Bar Association for 10 years and also acts as a volunteer arbitrator, mediator and settlement conference panelist for the Sonoma County courts.

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: Check-In: 2:45 pm; Presentation: 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Valorie Bader, Welty, Weaver & Currie
David C. King, The Law and Mediation Office of David C. King
Michelle Neumann, Neumann Law
Victor C. Thuesen, Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen
Nancy E. Watson, Law Offices of Nancy E. Watson

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste.222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Parking: Roxy Theater Parking Garage, 555 First Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

MCLE: 3.0 Units Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$100–SCBA Members
$115–Public
$85–SCBA Labor & Employment Members
$85–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice

$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available by Phone, Fax, USPS Mail, or In-Person.
We apologize for inconveniences caused.

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

Cal-OSHA Update

What the New Regulations Mean for Employment Practitioners

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Lisa Prince
Partner
Walter & Prince

As a partner with Walter & Prince LLP, Lisa Prince works with employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resources administrators on the development of effective, preventive safety programs that answer regulatory mandates. Her litigation practice is now focused on representing employers in defense of OSHA citations and serious and willful misconduct claims.

Ms. Prince is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American, California State and Sonoma County Bar Associations, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Safety and Health Council of the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC). Ms. Prince is a dynamic and informative speaker delivering presentations on variety of topics to organizations as various as State Compensation Insurance Fund, the American Society of Safety Engineers, AgSafe, National Safety Management Society and the Construction Employers’ Association. With partner, Fred Walter, she is the author of the Workplace Safety chapter of the Continuing Legal Education of the Bar publication “Advising California Employers and Employees”.

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Dave Smith, CSP, ARM, CSHM
Managing Consultant
Dave Smith & Co

Mr. Smith is a safety and risk management professional with over 35 years of experience in construction, manufacturing, health care and service industries. The goal of his practice is to prevent injuries / illnesses and to control the costs of loss.

Mr. Smith started in the safety profession with a consulting firm. He entered the insurance industry with California Casualty and Zenith Insurance. He moved into management at Heath Cal (C.E. Heath Compensation & Liability Insurance Company). He was Director, Risk Management at CareAmerica Compensation Insurance Co before starting a consulting company.

Mr. Smith is a published author in Professional Safety, NSMS Insights, AGC California Constructor and Concrete Construction. He has been invited to speak before groups from the World of Concrete to the National Safety Management Society.

Mr. Smith is a Certified Safety Professional (Board Certified), an Associate in Risk Management and a Certified Safety and Health Manager. A Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (formerly the ASSE), he was promoted to be a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and an associate member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.

Mr. Smith received the distinguished ASSE Consultants Practice Specialty (CPS) Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award at ASSE’s 100th Anniversary Professional Development Conference (PDC), held June 12-15, 2011 in Chicago, IL. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized safety professionals across the country for their contributions to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, as well as their contributions to individual practice specialties.

He is a graduate of Cogswell Polytechnical College (BS Safety Management) and Ohio University (BGS Government/Communication). Continuing education includes the University of Southern California’s Institute of Safety and Systems Management and the University of California.

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: Check-In: 3:45 pm; Presentation: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Lisa Prince, Partner, Walter & Prince
Dave Smith, CSP, ARM, CSHM; Managing Consultant; Dave Smith & Co

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste.222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Parking: Roxy Theater Parking Garage, 555 First Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$75–Public
$45–SCBA Labor & Employment Members
$45–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice

$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available by Phone, Fax, USPS Mail, or In-Person.
We apologize for inconveniences caused.

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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