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Editor: Robert Rosborough
Tue | Oct 03 | 5:30-7:30P
Diversity | Gender Bias
Elimination of Bias Roundtable
We invite you to participate in an Elimination of Bias CLE to address gender bias issues in the law profession, including in the courtroom. Back by popular demand, this program is the second in a series of Elimination of Bias CLE roundtables coordinated by the MCBA Diversity Section. The program has limited seating and early sign up is encouraged.

At least six Marin County Superior Court judges are confirmed to participate. No preparation is required. The basic format will be a group of small roundtables consisting of 5-6 attorneys/table who discuss current issues with gender bias in the practice. The moderator will provide specific topics for each roundtable to address and at the end of each timed session, a spokesperson from each table will share responses, including the current challenges attorneys have experienced and best practices tips to overcome these challenges.

Hosted by the MCBA Diversity Section and Marin County Women Lawyers.
1.0 CLE | Bias
Location: Town Center Community Room
Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $45.00
MCWL members receive MCBA member rate. Refreshments provided
Thu | Oct 19 | 12-1:30P
Real Property | Section Meeting
AIA Docs 2017 A Space Odyssey: The New Contract Terms to Old Dumb Contract Problems
Mark J. Rice, Esq.
Plated Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Jason's Restaurant
Members: $45
Non-Members: $55
Thu | Oct 19 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
Mediator Resilience in High Conflict Cases
Stephen Sulmeyer | J.D., Ph.D.
In order to avoid impasse in high conflict cases it is essential that the parties feel that we understand them and care about them. And yet the openness required to make empathetic connections leave us vulnerable to the toxicity that is often present in such cases. In this talk, Steve Sulmeyer will explore ways in which mediators can increase their capacity to tolerate high levels of emotional stress while still remaining open and present, as well as discuss proven interventions. The result is better outcomes for clients and healthier experiences for mediators.
Lunch included with program
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Wells Fargo Bank 2nd Flr Conference Room
Early Bird Members:$25
$35 for MCBA members who are not ADR Section members

Stephen Sulmeyer

Wed | Oct 18 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
The Black, the White, and the Grey of Estate Planning Tax Ethics : What Every Estate Planner Should Know About Circular 230, Mistakes, and Filing Returns
Jon Feldhammer | Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Town Center Community Room

Jon Feldhammer

September Event Recap
Cannabis: A Bird's-Eye View of the Wild, Wild West
By Craig Cox
With voter-approved recreational marijuana use rolling into California and other states, the legal landscape has become as hazy as the inside of a 1980s casino. Attorneys Habib Bentaleb and Lauren Vazquez provided a bird’s-eye view of the current status . . .  More >
President's Message
Taking the Pledge
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
This month, we have a plethora of announcements and acknowledgments, in addition to my philosophical musings.  More >
The November Scoop
The Gossip According to Matthew
By Matt White
Recent news, gossip, and all the information you need to know about the Marin County legal and judicial community.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Nancy Murphy Celebrates 30 Years at Legal Aid of Marin
On August 10, Legal Aid celebrated Nancy Murphy’s 30th anniversary with Legal Aid of Marin. Nancy coordinates and administers the many LAM clinics: UD Mandatory Settlement Conferences, Bankruptcy, Senior Advice, Employment Law and Worker’s Compensation and individual Pro Bono representation cases. She joined Legal Aid of Marin in 1987 after The San Francisco Theological Seminary. Congratulations Nancy!
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Foley & Lardner contributes 7,524 meals to Bay Area families through volunteer time and donations
In support of the SF Marin Food Bank, Foley & Lardner celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a firm-wide campaign to donate to Feeding America. Tom Brown, incoming MCBA President and a partner at Foley & Lardner said that 7,524 meals for families in the Bay Area were donated through volunteer time and monetary donations. Kudos to Foley for their tremendous efforts. And gratitude to our MCBA donors who participated in the "Bag with Phil” event recently. They celebrated with a private dinner and concert at Terrapin Crossroads. The evening was amazing!
Foley Volunteers at Food Bank >
Enrollment for 2018 Marin County Bar Association membership is now open to attorneys and professionals. MCBA relies on your involvement and membership dues to continue its work. Members like you who make time to meet with their colleagues at MCBA events realize the value they derive from local connections.

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2018 MCBA Board Of Directors Election
The 2018 slate nominees for MCBA Officers and new members to the Board of Directors will be voted upon at the October 25 General Membership Meeting, the Annual Judge’s Luncheon. The election of Officers and Directors shall be a plurality vote.

2018 Slate of Officers
President – Thomas Brown, Foley & Lardner
President Elect – Charles Dresow, Ragghianti Freitas
Treasurer – Caroline Joachim, Law Offices of Benjamin Graves
Secretary – Susan Feder, Judicate West/Susan Feder Mediation
Five Year Past President – Jessica Karner, Keegin Harrison

New Directors (to serve through 2020)
Marie Barnes, MB Law
Gregory Brockbank, Marin Law Center
C. Clay Greene, Greene Jordan Taubman & Dias
Nestor Schnasse, Strick Law Offices
Michael Wear, Marin County District Attorney’s Office
Wed | Oct 25 | 11:45-1:30P
General | SOLD OUT!
2017 Annual Judges Luncheon
Meet Our Marin County Judges
Plated Lunch
New Members
Polly Estes
Estes Law Group
415 376 9726

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