An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Patricia Conway
Wed | Mar 22 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
2017 Annual Pro Bono
Awards Luncheon
Michael J. Agoglia | Partner, Morrison Foerster LLP
Co-sponsored by MCBA and Legal Aid of Marin

The Annual Awards Luncheon honors our community's outstanding pro bono legal providers of the past year. This year, we celebrate 150 attorneys and 15 community volunteers of which 25 are recipients of the Wiley W. Manuel Award, issued by the State Bar of California for 50 or more hours of pro bono services.
Location: Rickey's Novato
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
$65 for walk-ins day of event

Michael J. Agoglia

Welcome to the March issue of the Marin Lawyer
By Robert Rosborough
This month, we have several articles of interest. Topics include the significant Bristol Meyers Squibb case on personal jurisdiction, important advice for anyone sued in tribal court, and advice both legal and practical to help you or your clients get the end-of-life medical care you want.  More >
President's Message
March in Marin
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Just a couple weeks ago, I had such a blast at our Installation Gala. I may have been accused of being a bit too serious at times in my career, but I’ll admit that planning for some fun is a necessary part of a vibrant Association, and I'm glad it was our first order of business.  More >
MCBA Luncheon Recap
James Brosnahan reflects on his wide-ranging experience as a trial attorney, trial tactics, and more
By Mee Mee Wong
James Brosnahan, Senior Counsel at Morrison Foerster, shared stories from his many decades of trial experience from working in Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department to defending John Walker Lindh, known as the American Taliban. Some of his deeply personal stories drew laughs from the crowd. He compared President Trump to 1950’s era Senator Joseph McCarthy.  More >
MCBA Legal Scholarship Fund Raises over $12,000 at the 2017 Installation Gala
By Mee Mee Wong
Last year, the MCBA Legal Scholarship Fund awarded $19,000 to five deserving law students with a nexus to Marin County. Our MCBA Legal Scholarship Fund drive continues. Tax deductible donations make it possible for the next generation of law students to overcome the tremendous financial barriers to entry into the legal profession.  More >
Event Recap
MCBA Board and Friends Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Annual Gala
By Kathleen Gaines
160 MCBA members and friends celebrated the incoming 2017 MCBA Officers and Board at the February 11 Annual Installation Gala at Peacock Gap Clubhouse. Guests pledged close to $10,000 to the MCBA Legal Scholarship Fund. Please enjoy event photos by photographer Trevor Henley.  More >
Director's Profile
Toussaint Bailey
By Patricia Conway
Meet our new board member, Toussaint Bailey. He practices civil litigation at Richards, Watson & Gershon, primarily for local government agencies all over the Bay Area with more time spent in Marin than anywhere else.  More >
End-of-Life Health Care: Tips from the Trenches on Getting the Care You Want
By Robert Rosborough
Most of us are aware that the number of people over age 65 is rising rapidly as the baby boomer generation ages. This is especially true in Marin County, which has the oldest average population of any county in California. As we age, we tend to think more about end-of-life issues, including how much medical care we want in the face of declining health.  More >
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Personal Jurisdiction: What Types Of "Minimum Contacts" Can Land Defendants in State Court?
By Victor Chiu and Jason Feder
A patient sues a major pharmaceutical company for damages caused by a defective drug. She wasn’t prescribed the drug in California; she didn’t have her prescription filled by California pharmacies, nor was she treated in California or even ultimately injured in California. Can she sue the pharmaceutical company in California state court?  More >
Why Exhausting Tribal Remedies is Typically Required Prior to Challenging Jurisdiction in an Alternative Court
By Marisa R. Chaves
Your client has been sued in a tribal court. What now? The uncertainty of practicing in a foreign court can be daunting. As each tribe is a sovereign nation, the most important thing you can do is first learn the practices and procedures of that particular tribe’s legal proceedings  More >
YMCA Marin County Youth Court
By Patricia K. Conway
The YMCA Marin County Youth Court is an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system. Based on the principals of restorative justice, Youth Court empowers teens to take an active role in addressing and supporting peers who have made a poor choice which has led to a criminal citation.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Alan M. Mayer joins Williams & Gumbiner, LLP
Williams & Gumbiner is pleased to announced that Alan Mayer has become associated with the firm in an "Of Counsel" capacity. He will continue his practice specializing in landslide and property damage.
Williams Gumbiner LLP >
2017 MCBA Committees
The MCBA Board of Directors is pleased to announce our roster of new standing committees. These volunteer members work together to improve bench bar relations, put together compelling member programs, increase bar membership, and other important functions. Please also find the full committee roster at this link.

You’ll find descriptions of each committee and a contact for the committee chair on our website at the following link.
MCBA Committees >
Wed | Mar 08 | 5:30P-7:30A
General | Induction Ceremony
The Honorable Sheila Shah Lichtblau
Tue | Mar 14 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
A View from the Bench with Judge Stephen Freccero
Wed | Mar 15 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Managing the Risks of a Trust and Estate Practice
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Mar 15 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
Get your Questions Answered: the Essentials for Building your ADR Practice
Tue | Mar 21 | 12-1:30P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Optimal Claiming Decisions with Social Security Benefits – Part II
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Apr 06 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
2017 Updates on Estate Recovery, ABLE Act and SNTs: what estate planners need to know
1.0 CLE | General
Tue | Apr 18 | 12-1:30P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Transitioning Families: Innovative Methods in Managing Complex Case Scenarios in High Conflict Divorce
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Kiara Canales
Affiliate Student

Morgan Daly

Charles Likas
Affiliate Student

Monica Mazzei
Sideman & Bancroft LLP

Ingrid Petersen

Carol Treasure
Benjamin Law Group

Jessica Youngsmith
First year

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