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MCLE Classes & Events

General Law

Legal Issues Related to Stimulus Funding

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security which created the Payroll Protection Program. Since its tumultuous start, the PPP has funded almost 5 million loans for over $520 billion dollars to US businesses. Interim rules and guidance has been issued to clarify eligibility for funds and for forgiveness, yet certain areas remain rife with ambiguity. Criminal charges have been filed against applicants. Civil litigation has been commenced on certain issues and is expected on others. This program will examine the litigation as well as the rules surround PPP forgiveness.

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Rachel Dollar
Partner
Smith Dollar PC

Ms. Dollar is an AV-rated California trial attorney, a Certified Mortgage Banker and a recognized expert on mortgage lending.
Ms. Dollar represents businesses in litigation as well as representing financial institutions and mortgage bankers in mortgage related matters. Rachel’s clients have included insurance companies, state and national banks, thrifts, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, construction companies, real estate companies and other businesses.
Ms. Dollar has developed a reputation as one of the foremost innovators and thought leaders in the real estate finance industry and has been widely quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. She was recognized repeatedly by Inman News as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of mortgage banking and mortgage fraud and has appeared on CNN, CBS News and other radio and television programs. Ms. Dollar is the editor of the acclaimed public industry website, Mortgage Fraud Blog, recognized in 2007 as Most Innovative Real Estate Blog.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 27, 2020 / Check-In: 3:30 pm; Presentation: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s): Rachel Dollar, Partner, Smith Dollar PC

Location: Zoom Webinar — Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$75–Public
$45–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by Email: Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org .

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline, Please Email Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

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A Thank You Message from SCBA…

As with many in our community, SCBA continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re deeply grateful for the continued support from our sponsors, membership, and the broader community during this difficult time.

SCBA Sponsors
Funds received from sponsors support SCBA’s “Distance Learning” Program (Webinars, OnDemand Video, Self-Study Articles) as well as other basic operations.

Supreme Sponsors ($1,000+)
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP

Appellate Sponsors ($700 – $999)
Hansen & Miller

Superior Sponsors ($400 – $699)

Advocate Sponsors ($100 – $399)
Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig

Diversity + Inclusion Section

Native American Law

Potential Issues for the Unwary

Topics to be Covered:
Sovereign Immunity
Tribal Exhaustion
Energy and Environmental Issues

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Tara S. Kaushik, Holland & Knight LLP

Tara S. Kaushik is an attorney in Holland & Knight’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s West Coast Land Use, Energy and Environment Group.
Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy and natural resources. She represents energy developers/
producers, financial entities, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, virtual power purchase agreements and project financing.
Ms. Kaushik also advises and represents her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Thomas Weathers, The Law Offices of Thomas Eagle Weathers, P.C.

Mr. Weathers is Aleut and an enrolled member of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska in Alaska. Mr. Weathers is the principal and owner of The Law Offices of Thomas Eagle Weathers, P.C. where he practices Indian law, business law, and related litigation. Mr. Weathers advises and litigates on behalf of tribal and non-tribal clients on a range of matters involving contracts, torts, governance, economic development, gaming, finance, taxation, land use, real estate, eminent domain, leasing, rights-of-way, commercial ventures, administrative law,
insurance, energy development, construction, cannabis, hemp, transportation, employment, personnel, housing, code drafting, and Indian child welfare. Mr. Weathers has served as general counsel to several Indian tribes

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Diversity + Inclusion Section —

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Check-In: 3:30 pm; Presentation: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Tara S. Kaushik, Holland & Knight LLP
Thomas Weathers, The Law Offices of Thomas Eagle Weathers, P.C

Location: Zoom Webinar — Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$75–Public
$45–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by e-mail to Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline and Reserve Your Space, email Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

General Law

E-Discovery

This seminar will cover the e-discovery process from case Inception to presentation in court, following the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), including identification, preservation letters, and production demands. We will also discuss the technical issues involved in e-discovery such as the challenges in collecting data in a forensic and defensible way, chain of custody issues, and forms of production.

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Laura Krieg
Advanced Certified Paralegal

Ms. Laura Krieg received her Paralegal Certificate from Sonoma State University in 2005, became a certified paralegal in 2012, and an Advanced Certified Paralegal in E-discovery in 2019. In addition to being a contract paralegal, Ms. Krieg heads the paralegal program at Empire College in Santa Rosa, California.

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Eric Young
Young Law Office

Mr. Eric G. Young is an attorney in Santa Rosa, practicing personal injury law. He has been a legal technology educator at Santa Rosa Junior College and teaches e-discovery at Empire College’s paralegal studies program.

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Paralegal & Legal Support Section —

Date/Time: Monday, November 2, 2020 | Check-In: 2:30 pm; Presentation: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Laura Krieg, Advanced Certified Paralegal
Eric Young, Young Law Office

Location: Zoom Webinar — Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 2.0 Units Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$80–SCBA Members
$95–Public
FREE – Paralegal & Legal Support Section Members
$65–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice

$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available if registering by e-mail to Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline and Reserve Your Space in This Presentation, Email Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org

General Law

Advising Employers on COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.

Companies are relying on legal professionals to guide them through the ever-changing rules and regulations in response to COVID-19. Learn where to find reliable and current information and what types of policies all employers must have. We will discuss best practices for handling COVID-19 related matters.


Topics will include:
Updated Illness and Injury Prevention Plan,
Policy for When There is an Employee Who Contracts the Virus, and
FFCRA time off rights.

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Theresa Rodriguez Fritz,
Fritz Law Offices

Ms. Fritz’s employment law practice of over 32 years focuses on preventative measures for the Employer. She represents businesses and non-profits from start-up (contracts, LLC, leases and handbooks) through compliance, in addition to representation in business matters, mediations, arbitrations, audits, litigation, and before government agencies.

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Samantha Pungprakearti,
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Ms. Samantha Pungprakearti (“Poong-pre-ket”) is a litigation attorney focusing on employment law and business disputes. Ms. Pungprakearti is a vigorous advocate in and out of Court with extensive experience in all phases of litigation including depositions and mediations. Before coming to the firm, she was a partner in what is now Quintana Hanafi, LLP in San Francisco, California. Ms. Pungprakearti has deep experience in representing clients in employment matters, including cases involving discrimination (disability, sexual orientation, sex, HIV status, race, national origin, etc.), retaliation, CFRA/FMLA leave issues as well as a panoply of wage and hour claims. Beyond litigation, Ms. Pungprakearti takes great pride in advising clients on employment matters, to make California a better place to work and do business. Ms. Pungprakearti has been honored as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine every year from 2013 to 2019. Samantha is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association and past member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, San Mateo County Bar Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section —

Date/Time:
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Check-In: 3:30 pm; Presentation: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Theresa Rodriguez Fritz, Fritz Law Offices
Samantha Pungprakearti, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

Location: Zoom Webinar – Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in General Law

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$75–Public
$35—SCBA L&E 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 if registering by Email to Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org.

To Register Offline, please email Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org