An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Lawrence A. Strick
Wed | Apr 26 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Human Trafficking in Marin:
Modern-Day Slavery through Exploitation of Vulnerable Populations
Vaughan Acton | 2015-2016 Civil Grand Juror, Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking
Rosemary Slote | Chief Deputy District Attorney, Marin County District Attorney's Office
Anna Pletcher | Moderator
Judge Marianna Warmee | Federal Administrative Judge, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Event is sold out. Please call the MCBA office for last minute availability. 415-499-1314

According to a 2016 Marin County Grand Jury Report, human sex trafficking in our county is mostly unrecognized, under-reported, and rarely subject to intervention. Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for labor or service. It includes commercial sex trafficking as well as involuntary servitude, debt bondage, and forced labor. Our esteemed panelists will educate lawyers, community leaders, and business professionals on the legal issues, practical aspects, and recognition of warning signs on this critical hidden issue affecting our community.

Event co-sponsored by Soroptomists International Marin
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Four Points Sheraton
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Vaughan Acton

Rosemary Slote

Wed | May 24 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
A talk with Dr. Larry Brilliant
Dr. Larry Brilliant | Chairman of the Board, Skoll Global Threats Fund
In conversation with Barrett Schaefer

Join us for a provocative hour of discussion with celebrated physician, technologist and author Dr. Larry Brilliant, named a "Best Ted Talk Speaker" and a "Top 100 Most Influential Person" by Time Magazine. He was not only key to eradicating smallpox but has been in close proximity with political leaders, spiritual masters, cultural heroes, and titans of technology. He will discuss his experiences and provide insight into the proliferation of new diseases such as Ebola, West Nile and the Zika virus, and the internationalism needed to address them.
Buffet Lunch
Location: Fenix
Early Bird Members:$45
Early Bird Non-Members: $55
Non-Members: $60
$65 for walk-ins day of event

Dr. Larry Brilliant

Welcome to the April Marin Lawyer
By Rob Rosborough
We have lots of great content for you this month. MCBA member Beth Arnese has written a handy summary of recent statutory developments in employment law. Particularly relevant for cyclists, MCBA member Nestor Schnasse has written about the “Three Feet for Safety Act” And much more.  More >
President's Message
History Lessons
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
What a month it has been. ... I wanted to share with you a little bit about my hectic month, celebrating women, family, immigrants, law, and justice, not to exhaust you, but to put in context our search for fulfillment and meaning in our careers.  More >
Legal Aid of Marin and MCBA Honor Pro Bono Volunteers
By J. Timothy Nardell
Legal Aid of Marin and the Marin County Bar Association hosted the 2017 Pro Bono Appreciation Awards lunch on Wednesday, March 22 at Rickey’s in Ignacio. The lunch was an opportunity for LAM, local dignitaries, judges, and members of the Bar to mix it up and celebrate the generosity and hard work of this year’s recipients of the Wiley W. Manual Award.  More >
Sheila Shah Lichtblau Enrobed as Marin County's Newest Superior Court Judge
By Lawrence A. Strick
Judge Sheila Shah Lichtblau was administered the Oath of her office on March 8, 2017. Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears served as Master of Ceremonies at the well-attended event at the Marin Center Showcase Theater, San Rafael.  More >
The Hon. Michael Dufficy (Ret.) to be Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award
By Mee Mee Wong
The Marin County Bar Association is honored to announce that Judge Michael B. Dufficy (ret.) has been selected for its Lifetime Achievement Award. A gala to honor Judge Dufficy’s commitment and service to Marin County and its Bar, which has spanned over 52 years, will be held on September 23.  More >
Director's Profile
Anna Tryon Pletcher
By Lawrence A. Strick
Meet new MCBA Board Member Anna Pletcher. After ten years as a federal prosecutor, she recently stepped down from her position as Assistant Chief of her office to run for Marin County District Attorney in 2018.  More >
California Employment Law Update
By Beth Arnese
Employment laws in California are constantly changing. Even if you do not practice in the employment law arena, it is a good idea to keep up with the latest changes. A few of the more significant new state and local laws include the following:  More >
Investigating the Auto Overtaking Bicyclist Case Under California's Three Feet for Safety Act
By Nestor Schnasse
As a former pro road racer, cycling-related injury cases are of intense interest to me. Road racing events can be risky business. ... The purpose of this article is to discuss a relatively new hammer in plaintiffs’ toolbox, California’s Three Feet for Safety Act.  More >
Protecting Your Client from Discovery Referee Fees
By Sharon Arkin
As budget shortfalls have continued to affect trial courts since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, one way judges have tried to make up for increasing caseloads is by “farming out” discovery disputes to referees. But referees don’t come cheap ...  More >
Community Media Center of Marin
By Lawrence A. Strick
Tune into Channels 26, 27 or 30 on Comcast Cable or Channel 99 on AT&T and you will quite likely find something you didn't expect: local television. Each year CMCM schedules more than 20,000 hours of programming across three distinct cable channels.  More >
It's easier than you think: attorney Tim Nardell on volunteering for Lawyers in the Library
By Lawrence A. Strick
In just the four months since its inception, the Lawyers in the Library program (“LIL”) has served 119 members of the Marin community. MCBA Board Member Tim Nardell shares his experience volunteering.  More >
Preparing to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail: How My Lawyer Lessons Served Me Well
By Randy Wallace
The powers that be at the Bar Association graciously permitted me to publish my “Notice of Unavailability." When lawyers ask me what I am doing from April 28 to on or about September 15, I tell them I will be hiking 1,716 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Ashling P. McAnaney joins Ragghianti Freitas
Ragghianti & Freitas LLP is pleased to welcome Ashling P. McAnaney to the firm. Ashling specializes in land use entitlement and real estate litigation. Ashling previously practiced general civil litigation in Marin County.
Ragghianti Freitas LLP >
Wanden Treanor Inducted into Marin Women's Hall of Fame
Wanden Treanor has worked with organizations focused on empowering disadvantaged groups. She has provided free legal services with Marin Legal Aid for the past 17 years, served as president of the Marin County Bar Association, led a political action committee focused expanded opportunities for the LGBT community in Marin, and received congressional recognition for her work with Planned Parenthood. For the past 20 years, Wanden has also served as a College of Marin board trustee. An Awards Dinner was held March 30 to honor all five of the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.
Marin IJ >
Uniform Local Rules of the Marin County Superior Court
The Judges of the Marin County Superior Court have approved a draft set of proposed Local Court Rules. As authorized under CRC 10.613, they are posted on the internet at the following web page address of the Court.

Written comments or proposed changes should be submitted to the above no later than April 22, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Should you need additional information regarding the revision of these local rules, please contact the Office of the Court Executive at (415) 444-7020, or email.
Marin Superior Court >
Dine for a Cause: Food for the Bar
20% of proceeds will be donated to Food for the Bar.
Make your reservation today.
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In the March issue of Marin Lawyer, MCBA board member Patricia Conway covered the YMCA Marin County Youth Court. A FREE showing of Finding Justice: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline, a short documentary about one young man's journey away from the harsh effects of the juvenile justice system and toward community, will be held April 13.
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Wed | Apr 05 | 12-1:30P
Diversity | Section Meeting
Ethical Issues in Social Media Discovery
1.0 CLE | Ethics
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 11 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
Making Judgments Collectable
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
Wed | Apr 19 | 12-1:30P
Real Property | Section Meeting
Brian Momaney, Senior State Underwriter for the State of California for First American Title Company
Sandwich selections
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Apr 19 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
Ethical Issues in the Use of Social Media as a Neutral
1.0 CLE | Ethics
Wed | Apr 19 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Community Property and Related Tax Issues for Estate Planners
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | May 03 | 12-1:30P
Diversity | Section Meeting
The Reduction of Bias in the Legal Profession
1.0 CLE | Bias
Thu | May 04 | 12-12A
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Mentor Group Meeting
New Members
Jennifer Ani
Ani Law Offices

Judy Macchello
Affiliate Non Attorney

Eric McFarland
Thompson, Welch, Soroko & Gilbert LLP

Andre Shashaty
Affiliate Non Attorney

May Whitaker

Office Space, Employment Opportunities, Services and More...
MCBA encourages submission of articles that may interest the legal community. The editor reserves the right to publish, decline to publish, edit, or otherwise modify any submission. Editorial material should be sent to Marin County Bar Association by email.