MCLE Classes & Events

CANCELLED - Tuesday, July 24, 2018: How to Counsel Your Client on Avoiding Embezzlement

Wednesday, July 25, 2018: Protecting and Collecting Your Fees

EVENT: Friday, August 3, 2018: The John F. "Jack" DeMeo Day at the Fair

Thursday, August 9, 2018: Stress and Depression in the Legal Profession

Thursday, August 16, 2018: How to Avoid Landmines in Buy-Sell Agreements: A Business Valuation Expert's Perspective

Friday, August 24, 2018: 9th ANNUAL SCBA PICNIC

Friday, September 7, 2018: Transgender Employment Issues

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018: Special Issues in Custody Matters and Representing Minors

Thursday, September 13, 2018: Business Entity Options and Certifications

Thursday, September 20, 2018: The Right to Repair Act and Wildfire Reconstruction

Monday, September 24, 2018: State Laws Regulating Workplace Investigations: When, Who, How and Why?

Thursday, September 27, 2018: Immigration/Employment Crossover Issues

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: Updates from the Labor Commissioners Office

Friday, October 19, 2018: 2018 Careers of Distinction Awards Dinner

Member Benefits

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.

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

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 twelve 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, 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.