An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Wed | Sep 27 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Member Lunch
Growing like weeds: What you need to know about expanding cannabis laws
Habib Bentaleb. Esq.
Lauren Vazquez, Esq.
Learn what is happening around cannabis federal policies, state laws, banking and taxes that will affect your law practice. Discussion will cover legal issues for recreational and medical uses.
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Four Points Sheraton
Early Bird Members:$45.00
Early Bird Non-Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $60.00

Habib Bentaleb. Esq.

Lauren Vazquez, Esq.

Wed | Oct 25 | 11:45-1:30P
General | SOLD OUT!
2017 Annual Judges Luncheon
Meet Our Marin County Judges
Enjoy lunch with friends old and new as we honor our Marin County Judges. Register early: This is our most popular event of the year.

Questions for the bench? Please send your questions to MCBA by Oct 18: email
Plated Lunch
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Thu | Oct 26 | 5:30-8:30P
General | SOLD OUT!
Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner
Honoring Judge Michael Dufficy (Ret.)
Gary Ragghianti, Esq. | Master of Ceremony
Please join the Marin County Bar Association in honoring Judge Michael B. Dufficy (ret.) with the MCBA Lifetime Achievement Award. The event honors Judge Dufficy’s commitment and service to Marin County, the bar association, and the Marin Superior Court, which has spanned over 52 years. Link to article.
Hors d'oeuvres and Dinner Buffet
Location: Jason's Restaurant
Editor's Introduction
Youth Homelessness, Integrative Law, and What We Can Learn from Bobby Kennedy
By Robert Rosborough
Summer vacations are over and schools are back in session. As we resume our fall routines along with students, you may be surprised by how many of those students are homeless, attending school full-time and yet without a stable place to live. How can lawyers help?  More >
President's Message
Welcome to Sunny September, aka Summer in the Bay Area
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Despite the slight disappointment of overcast skies on Eclipse Day, we’ve been hard at work at MCBA arranging the next few months of thought-provoking programming and working on the leadership pipeline for the organization. I hope you will join us for our September General Membership meeting.  More >
A Thank You from
Retired Judge Faye D'Opal
By Mee Mee Wong
Last fall, we celebrated Judge D’Opal’s remarkable career and her devotion and commitment to the Marin Superior Court. Donations from her family and friends, MCBA, and MCWL went towards a bench along the Corte Madera Creek . . .  More >
Marin's Hidden Problem:
Youth Homelessness
By Anna Pletcher
The 2017 point-in-time homeless count aimed to get a snapshot of the number of homeless in Marin on a given day . . . One segment of the homeless population that goes largely unnoticed are unaccompanied children and “transitional age youth,” young people between the ages of 18 and 25 . . . Lawyers can help homeless youth through pro bono service, supporting innovative community programs, and advocating for reforms in the criminal justice system.  More >
A Portrait of Integrative Law:
An Introduction Via Profiles of Three Marin Practitioners
By Robert Rosborough
Most of you have not heard of the “integrative law” movement . . . Why? To some extent, integrative law is simply recognizing advances from other fields that bear on what law does. In this era of more data about virtually everything, law risks its legitimacy if it ignores developments about how the world and the people in it actually operate.  More >
Robert F. Kennedy's Tips for Closing Arguments
By Charles D. Dresow
A careful study of political speeches can provide the trial attorney with outstanding examples of verbal advocacy and persuasion . . . Robert F. Kennedy’s powerful speech the day Martin Luther King was assassinated remains relevant today and illustrates the direct and effective language needed for a great closing argument.  More >
The September Scoop
The Gossip According to Matthew
By Matt White
Welcome! In this new monthly feature, we’ll cover news, gossip, and information you need to know about the Marin County legal and judicial community. Send your questions and news items directly to me. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll get it for you. Let’s get started!  More >
MarinArts: Marin's Online Resource for the Arts
By Kathleen Gaines
Most of you know me as the recent MCBA Membership & Communications Manager. My true interests and experience lie in the arts . . . MarinArts promotes the arts and culture of Marin County through its online platform at Launched quietly in early 2017, MarinArts is already making an impact as a cultural events resource and an advocate for the arts.  More >
Member Profile
Death, a Dame and a Detective: Tiburon Lawyer Jon Rankin Pens Mystery Novel
By Robert Rosborough
Jon Rankin started his first novel over 20 years ago . . . The result is Running from the Sunrise, a “hard-boiled detective story on the beaches of Florida and Southern California.”  More >
Movers & Shakers
Public Defender David Brown Retires
After a 36-year career at the Marin County Public Defenders Office, 63 year old David Brown retired to pursue a private law practice. Brown was one the few public attorneys qualified to try capital cases. The San Rafael resident plans to pursue private practice. For more on Mr. Brown, please see article in Marin IJ.
Marin IJ >
Attorneys on the Move
Attorney J. Michael Chaput has expanded his practice to a larger office at 100 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 219, Larkspur, CA 94939.

Attorney Brian C. Pedersen has left San Rafael firm Flynn Riley Bailey & Pasek LLP and joined Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP
 at 199 Fremont Street, 21st Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94105. lpslawcom
Thu | Sep 07 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning Mentor Meeting
Tue | Sep 12 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
What You Need to Know about ERISA
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Sep 13 | 12-1:30P
Real Property | Section Meeting
Effective Mediation Skills Every Attorney Must Utilize (A Discourse on the Art of Mediation Advocacy)
Lunch included with program
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Sep 20 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Helping Clients Navigate Estate Planning and Administration in the Digital Age
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Sep 20 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
Bridging the Gap: Suggested Tools for Dealing with Impasse when the Parties Seem Hopelessly Apart
1.0 CLE | General
Tue | Sep 26 | 3-6P
General | State Bar Fee Arbitration Training
Basic Training and Updates on Fee Arbitration
1.8 CLE | General | 1.0 CLE | Ethics
Tue | Oct 03 | 5:30-7:30P
Diversity | Gender Bias
Elimination of Bias Roundtable
1.0 CLE | Bias
Tue | Oct 10 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
The Rising Tide of Pay Equity Enforcement in California, San Francisco and Beyond
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Dec 31 | 4-4P
New Members
Laura Flynn
Freeman, Mathis & Gary
415 352 6419

Brad Kaplan
Focus ADR
415 760 2038

Sarah Kern
Lerman Law Partners, LLP
415 454 0455

Kirk Uhrlaub
415 259 8728
Attorney First Year

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