An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Charles Dresow
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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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Deadline for 2018 Membership directory is January 31, 2018

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Join by December 15, 2017 and the January 24 general membership meeting is on us ($45 value)

Tue | Dec 05 | 5-8P
General | MCBA Holiday Mixer
Celebrate a wonderful 2017 MCBA Membership Year
Nosh nibble and sip with your MCBA colleagues. The holiday mixer is one of our best social events and a memorable time to chat and connect. Share a story or celebrate a success – it's all about our membership community.
Location: Ragghianti Freitas LLP
Wed | Jan 24 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | General Membership Meeting
First Amendment: Navigating the Balance in the Trump Era
Dan Mogulof | UC Berkeley Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Communications
Join us for an informative and topical discussion on protecting the First Amendment and the delicate balance during the Trump administration.
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Early Bird Members:$45.00
Early Bird Non-Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $60.00
Early bird closes on January 5.
Editor's Introduction
Thoughts on a Busy and Challenging October
By Robert Rosborough
Our recent rains extinguished the last of the North Bay fires. While I have no doubt that collectively our neighbors to the north will recover, rebuild and ultimately thrive, the journeys of many individuals will be full of challenges . . . One thing you can do: volunteer for the legal advice hotline.  More >
President's Message
Wildfires and Shining Stars
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Dominating the local discourse last month were the devastating wildfires that blazed through the North Bay. Our hearts go out to those affected by the fires, whether they are our own families and friends or complete strangers to us. Now more than ever, we need to remember we are all part of one community.  More >
Legal Aid for North Bay Fire Victims
Bar Associations Coordinate with State Bar on Disaster Relief Aid
By Mee Mee Wong
Legal advice hotline based in downtown SF will offer brief legal advice on issues ranging from landlord-tenant, insurance issues, and FEMA benefits to employment and immigration. Link to volunteer  More >
The Top Ten Things NOT to Do in Court
By Robert Rosborough
Presiding Judge Kelly Simmons regaled the sold-out audience with a very funny Top 10 Judges’ Pet Peeves list. Judge Simmons pulled off the difficult task of entertaining the audience while simultaneously helping us stay out of trouble the next time we are in court.  More >
Beth S. Jordan Appointed to the Marin County Superior Court
By Marin Superior Court
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the appointment of Ms. Beth S. Jordan to the vacant judicial position, created by the retirement of Judge Terrence R. Boren, on the Marin County Superior Court.  More >
The Pop Culture Closing Argument
By Charles D. Dresow
Jury trials are perfect subjects for TV shows, books and movies. Innumerable works of fiction in print and on screen have taken advantage of the natural drama of a jury trial. They depict dramatic moments from opening arguments to cross-examination to the final words of closing argument and, of course, the verdict.  More >
International Income Tax and Foreign Bank Accounts: A Primer on Avoiding Paul Manafort's Fate
By Joseph Manuel
U.S. Citizens, dual citizens, and those holding a U.S. Green Card are subject to worldwide taxation by the US government. If you fall into any of these categories, you must pay tax on income made in the foreign country where you reside or earn income and to the U.S.  More >
MCBA / MCWL Roundtable
Gender Bias and Law Practice in Marin
By Jeanne Grove
What do you do when you observe or experience gender discrimination? Speak up and do something about it! That was the overarching lesson from the Gender Bias Roundtable on October 3, 2017.  More >
Event Recap
10th Annual MCLE Fair November 2, 2017
By Thomas S. Brown
When David Kelly, General Counsel and Vice President, Basketball Management & Strategy for the World Champion Golden State Warriors, was asked to share his least favorite thing about his job, he paused a few moments before sheepishly acknowledging, “I have a pretty good job.”  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 >
Deadline: To ensure processing by the end of the year, family law judgment packets must be submitted by December 8, 2017.
Congratulations to our 2018 Slate of Officers and new Board of Directors
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

Toussaint S. Bailey
Eva Bennett
J. Timothy Nardell
Robert Rosborough
Anna T. Pletcher

Alan Brayton
Nicole Çabalette
Damon Connolly
Susan Feder
Christian Martinez

Our heartfelt gratitude to Patricia Conway, Rodrigo Dias, Dotty LeMieux, James Sell, and Romy Taubman for serving as a Directors from 2015-2017 for their contributions and support.
Deadline to Respond:
Draft local rules for 2018 Marin County Superior Court
The Judges of the Marin County Superior Court have approved a draft set of proposed Local Court Rules to go into effect January 1, 2017. Comments are due to the Court by November 14, 2016 by 4 PM. For more information and a link to current local rules, please follow link below.

Written comments or proposed changes should be submitted to no later than Monday, November 27, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.
Call for Volunteers at SFMarin Food Bank Pantry
Many of us will be sharing our holidays with families and friends and enjoying a loving meal. For those of you who are also looking to serve the less fortunate, The SFMarin Food Bank is seeking volunteers during the holiday season. Volunteer at a San Rafael food pantry. This is an opportunity to see the next step in the Food Bank’s distribution process and also meet firsthand the people we serve. A great way to get into the holiday giving spirit! Groups preferred, individuals welcome.

Who: 5-6 volunteers
Dates: 11/28, 12/12 and 12/19
Time: 12:30 – 3:30 pm (must remain the entire shift)
Location: Salvation Army Marin, San Rafael

Please email Debbi Bellush if you or your group is interested in helping out.
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Tue | Nov 14 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
Tax Implications of Employment Case Settlements: The Latest Information Plaintiffs and Defendants Must Have
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Nov 16 | 12-1:30P
Real Property | Section Meeting
The Tail that Wags the Dog: Making and Defending Motions for Attorneys' Fees
Plated Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Dec 07 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning Mentor Meeting
Thu | Jan 18 | 12-1:30P
Real Property | Section Meeting
CANCELLED - How Your Expert Can Make You, the Attorney Client, Look Good
Plated Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Sara Bushman
818 836 2875
Student Member

Michele Cusack
Pollak & Cusack
415 898 5958

Andrea Gloates
Andrea Gloates, Attorney at Law
415 215 2534

Andrew Oberst
707 362 0855

Phyllis Whitten
San Franciso Bay Area Rapid Transit District
202 550 0722

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