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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Mandatory Settlement Conference Program

SONOMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
Mandatory Settlement Conference Program (Civil Cases)
2013

The Sonoma County Superior Court has implemented a Mandatory Settlement Conference Program (“MSCP”), which relies on the voluntary assistance of the local bar. The court asks attorneys who have been in practice for at least 10 years to volunteer their time as panelists for the settlement conferences, typically 2 or 3 times a year. The conferences are conducted by a two-attorney panel, and take place at the courthouse. The two attorneys work together to try and help the parties find a resolution to their case that will avoid the expense, stress and uncertainty of trial, while freeing up the court from the increasing burden of an expanding caseload.

Twice each year, the judicial assistant in charge of the MSCP sends out a notice for attorneys to select dates to serve as panelists. The court asks that attorneys reply to the judicial assistant promptly, so that the court can schedule conferences timely.

Depending on judges’ availability, upon advance request, the court will attempt to assist panelists in their efforts to resolve cases and in most cases will make a judge and staff available to put a settlement on the record in open court.