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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For Arbitrators

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Want to become an Arbitrator? The Sonoma County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program Needs You!

Fee Arbitration
The Sonoma County Bar Association is approved by the State Bar of California to sponsor a local Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program. Fee Arbitration is the process by which attorneys and their clients resolve a fee dispute. The SCBA, through the mandatory fee arbitration process, offers for attorneys and clients a chance to arbitrate their fee dispute. Fee arbitration is mandatory for the lawyer if the client requests arbitration.

Attorney Arbitrators and Lay Arbitrators
Attorneys and lay people serve as arbitrators for the fee arbitration process. They hear the case and make a decision about what fees were earned, based on the evidence provided by the attorney and the client. All arbitrators volunteer their time as a public service.

The Arbitration Process
One of the attorney arbitrators acts as the lead arbitrator and is responsible for taking care of the paper-work and scheduling the fee arbitration, with the assistance of SCBA staff. SCBA staff handles all the administration details from beginning to end. Arbitrations typically last from one to three hours. In order to qualify as an arbitrator, you must have practiced law for a minimum of five years and be in current good standing with the State Bar of California. In addition, once every five years, you must attend a State Bar Fee Arbitrator training program.

How You Can Help
The SCBA is currently looking for new attorney and lay arbitrators.

Click Here to Download the Fee Arbitration Application

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:
Telephone: (707)542-1190 ext. 19 or e-mail: win@sonomacountybar.org