SCBA Business Hours:

SCBA is Currently Closed for all In-Person Business Pursuant to the Shelter in Place Order by the Sonoma County Health Officer. Staff remains available 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, M-F, via email. Please see the Contact Us Page for a list of SCBA Staff emails. .~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

MCLE Classes & Events

2020 Minors Counsel Training Series: WEBINARS: Minors Counsel Training

Tuesday, September 22: WEBINAR: Special Needs Children

Tuesday, September 29: WEBINAR: Determining the Child's Best Interest

Wednesday, September 30: WEBINAR: Advising Employers on COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Monday, October 5: WEBINAR: Preserving Evidence in Remote Depositions

Thursday, October 8: WEBINAR: Domestic Violence & Child Abuse for Family Attorneys

Friday, October 16: WEBINAR: Presenting Your Case to the Court

Wednesday, October 21: WEBINAR: Bringing a Child’s Voice to Court

Wednesday, October 28: WEBINAR: Child Abuse in Custody Cases

Monday, November 2: WEBINAR: E-Discovery

Tuesday, November 17: WEBINAR: Native American Law

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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.