An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Toussaint Bailey
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

Tue | May 30 | 7-10P
General | Food From the Bar
Comedy Night to support SF-Marin Food Bank
SF-Marin Food Bank
A Special Fundraiser
Join us for a fun evening of comedy with host Mark Pitta. Limited number of tickets for a Private VIP reception, and reserved show seating. All donations from Marin firms and through MCBA will be matched by the Marin Community Foundation. Make a difference in fighting hunger in Marin.
Location: Throckmorton Theatre
Members: $45.00
Non-Members: $45.00
To be eligible to purchase tickets for comedy night, a $100 minimum donation to SF-Marin Foodbank is requested for each ticket.

SF-Marin Food Bank

Wed | Jun 28 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
The U.S. Supreme Court:
Recent Past and Future Predictions
Professor Rory Little | Constitutional Law Professor, UC Hastings
NEXT WEEK! Reserve by Friday, June 23

Each year, MCBA begins its summer with Professor Rory Little’s update on high profile SCOTUS cases, offering MCBA members a glimpse of the Supreme Court's justice positions and their summarized discussions.
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Members: $60
Non-Members: $75
Editor's Introduction
Welcome to the May Marin Lawyer
By Robert Rosborough
Ever had a client question a bill? We wondered what our members could learn from all of the fee arbitrations MCBA conducts. Next, what will the impact of legal recreational marijuana be on the workplace? We also spotlight #cut50, a non-profit founded by the mayor of Mill Valley to reduce the incarceration rate across the United States.  More >
President's Message
Notes for May 2017
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
We last left off this President's Message saga with a laundry list of events. There was so much going on that I couldn't even fit it into that double-length article last month. Fortunately for me, our move to an electronic format allows for this kind of flexibility.  More >
MCBA panel sounds warning on extent of human trafficking in Marin County
By Richard Halsted, Marin Independent Journal
Seventy (70) MCBA and community members attended a panel discussion on sex and labor trafficking in Marin County. Marin District Attorney Ed Berberian said, "We’re not immune from it in Marin; it’s here – since 2014, we've had 17 individuals who have been charged with human trafficking violations.” Read more from coverage by the Marin IJ.  More >
Five Surefire Ways to Annoy Your Clients and Avoid Getting Paid: Billing Insights from Marin's Top Fee Arbitrator
By Toussaint Bailey
My discussion with Scott Lueders, Chair of the Marin County Bar Association’s Client Relations Committee, began as an interview about the mechanics of the MCBA’s Fee Arbitration Program, but quickly turned into an enlightening conversation about the shockingly high number of lawyers who manage to anger their clients and jeopardize fee collections with poor billing practices.  More >
California Employers' Guide to Marijuana and the Workplace
By Sean B. Gibbons
As perhaps the most visible state involved in the growing trend toward the legalization of marijuana, California has often served as a crucible for challenges to the conventional application of drug laws in the context of employment.  More >
Directors Profile
Eva Bennett
By Toussaint Bailey
Meet new MCBA Director Eva Bennett, Marin County Deputy Public Defender. She does all felonies all day everyday – felony domestic violence cases, assault cases, sexual assault cases, stabbing cases, almost anything that walks in the door.  More >
By Toussaint Bailey
#cut50 is a national, bipartisan initiative aimed at confronting one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time: mass incarceration. #cut50 aims to reduce our nation's prison and jail populations by 50 percent while making our communities safer, keeping families together, and building a stronger economy.  More >
In Memorium: Honorable Gary Thomas, Ret.
Judge Gary Thomas (Ret.) passed away in early April. Many remember the infamous 1970 Marin courthouse shootout which left Judge Thomas paralyzed.

Recollections by Hon. Michael Dufficy (Ret.)

I knew Judge Thomas for more than 50 years. We were first professional colleagues in the 1960’s as Deputy District Attorneys in Marin County. Gary was a talented trial lawyer who loved being in the court room, with a keen intellect and a dry, subtle sense of humor. He was a voracious reader with a photographic memory and could quote off the top of his head from many sources.

We were again colleagues in the 1990’s when we served together on the Marin Superior Court. His knowledge of the law was broad and deep, and I often sought his advice and input on judicial matters I was wrestling with.

Although paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, I never heard Judge Thomas complain or feel sorry for himself. He was one brave man, a real hero, and a good old Montana country boy in the finest sense, as well as a brilliant and compassionate judge.
SF Chronicle Obituary >
4th Annual Jam for Justice
A Benefit for Legal Aid of Marin
Friday May 19 | 6 pm | Sweetwater, Mill Valley
Cocktails, Dinner, Music, and Fund-A-Need

Recognizing the Honorable Beverly Wood
Info, Sponsorship and Tickets >
Tue | May 16 | 12-1:30P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Should my Client Appeal?
Wed | May 17 | 12-1P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Annual Meeting with the Court
Tue | May 23 | 12-1:30P
Real Property | Section Meeting
It's Never about the Trees: Effectively Resolving Tree and Neighbor Disputes
Lunch Included
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Jun 01 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Probate and Estate Mentor Group Meeting
Tue | Jun 13 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | June Labor/Employment Section Meeting
Discrimination Update: Race, Religion, Gender and Unconscious Bias
1.0 CLE | Bias
New Members
Donald Drummond
Drummond and Associates
415 433 2261

Emilie Johnson
407 452 4247
Affiliate Student

Conor Linnane
415 209 8062
Affiliate Non Attorney

Warren McCann
707 227 9462
Affiliate Student

Rebecca McGuire
415 435 5822

Amanda Nye
Amanda Nye Law Offices
770 317 5881

Geoffrey Rotwein
415 397 0860

Leland Spelman
Coldwell Banker
415 999 4115
Affiliate Non Attorney

Nicole Suraci-Nguyen
510 566 2545
Affiliate Student

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