MCLE Classes & Events

Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Winter CEQA Update

Rescheduled; Date TBD 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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Ethical Cannabis Practice

Thursday, January 9, 2020: Cal-OSHA Update

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 : Traversing Cultural Differences in the Legal Profession

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

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

Monday, February 3, 2020: 2020 New Laws and Forms for Civil, Family, and Probate

Thursday, February 20, 2020: The Nuts and Bolts of the Sale of a Business

Friday, February 21, 2020: Legislation “ABCs” and Carve-Outs to Employment After Dynamex and AB5

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Member Benefits

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Directory of Attorneys

We annually produce a pictorial directory of SCBA members of attorneys, Judicial Officers, paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks, court reporters, fiduciaries, mental health professionals, expert witnesses, accountants, and others in the legal community in Sonoma County. The directory is distributed free of charge to SCBA members. Additional copies may be purchased for a fee by contacting us at 707-542-1190 or via email at info@sonomacountybar.org. (Membership renewals must be submitted no later than January 31st of each year to be included in the Directory.)

Bar Journal

Our 20-page quarterly newsletter is mailed free of charge to our members only and features coverage of local legal news, professional profiles, legal topics of current interest, updates on the activities of the various Sections of the Bar, and more.

MCLE Programs / On Line MCLE Courses

Among our primary purposes is to provide our membership with locally-offered and reduced-price MCLE units. Our programs are organized by local legal professionals like you and presented by guest speakers from near and far, assuring their relevancy and interest. As a member, you receive substantial discounts on admission. SCBA maintains a library of recorded seminars available for viewing as well as program materials from previous seminars.

Lawyer Referral Service

Our members receive a discount for panel fees in our LRS program. These clients have been carefully screened by our staff prior to the referral, saving your time.

Luncheons and Social Events

In addition to our educational programs, we also produce a number of social events throughout the year. These events are traditionally fun and lively, and provide ample opportunities for building professional relationships and/or relaxing with friends and professional colleagues. As always, members receive discounted admission.

Sections

Our members have organized thirteen sections within the SCBA: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy Law, Barristers Club, Business & Intellectual Property Law, Civil Bench Bar, Criminal Law, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law, LGBTQI Law, Paralegal & Legal Support, Public Law, Real Property Law, and Trusts & Estates Law. Only SCBA members can belong to these Sections. Each Section conducts ongoing activities, produces specific programs, and offers informative training relevant to their area of practice.

Fee Arbitration Program

Participation in fee arbitration is mandatory for members of the State Bar. While the SCBA is not required to offer a fee arbitration program, we have adopted the local program, which has been approved by the State Bar. Our local program provides an inexpensive process for both the attorney and client to arbitrate their disputes locally and inexpensively.