An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Rob Rosborough
Guest Editor: Nicole Çabalette
February 2018 Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the February 2018 Articles.
Wed | Feb 28 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Is a Trial a Search for the Truth?
Gerald Uelmen retired last year from a 45 year teaching career as a Professor of Law, first at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, then at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as Dean of the Law School from 1986 to 1994. Throughout his teaching career, Professor Uelmen kept one foot in the courtroom. He is most well-known for serving on the defense team for the trial of People v. O.J. Simpson in 1994-95; his account of the trial was published as Lessons From the Trial in 1996. The title of his most recent book, published upon his retirement, was drawn from the phrase he coined for Johnnie Cochran’s closing argument: If It Doesn’t Fit: Lessons From a Life in the Law.

Uelmen has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court, serving as pro bono counsel for patients asserting the right to use medical marijuana. Professor Uelmen is accompanied by his wife, Martha, who retired after careers as both a nurse and a lawyer. They have three grown children, and two grandsons. His hobbies include collecting pop-up books and political campaign buttons, and playing polkas and waltzes on the accordion.

Professor Uelmen will have copies of his new book which he will inscribe. The price will be $10 (half of the retail price).
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Embassy Suites
Members: $50.00
Non-Members: $70.00
Wed | Mar 28 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
2018 Annual Pro Bono Awards Luncheon
Co-hosted 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 81 attorneys and 16 community volunteers. Eighteen are recipients of the Wiley W. Manuel Award, issued by the State Bar of California for 50 or more hours of pro bono services.

Award presentations by Hon. Paul M. Haakenson, Presiding Judge Marin County Superior Court and Laurie Joyce, Legal Aid of Marin Pro Bono Network Coordinator.

Featured Keynote Speaker: Attorney J. Timothy Nardell, Nardell Chitsaz & Associates LLP.

Legal Aid of Marin has been serving the community for 59 years. What started as a group of Marin County Bar Association volunteers now has a staff of nine (including three attorneys) serving over 2000 households each year.
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Four Points Sheraton
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
Our Mental Health
By Robert Rosborough
As an undergraduate, my school had something called “Feb Club.” The idea was that February was so dark and cold and dull that we needed to have a party every night of the month to keep our spirits up and Feb Club provided that.  More >
President's Message
Gratitude, Stress & Speakers
By Thomas S. Brown
I begin this month’s message with an expression of sincere thanks to all who contributed to the annual Installation Dinner & Gala Event held on January 20, 2018 at the Marin Country Club. . . a special thank you to all who contributed at the Gala to MCBA’s scholarship fund, which provides much needed financial support to several deserving law students with ties to Marin County each year.  More >
Installation Recap
MCBA Installation Gala & Scholarship Fundraiser
By Mee Mee Wong
The 2018 MCBA Board & Officers Installation Gala & Scholarship Fundraiser, held on January 20 at the Marin Country Club in Novato, provided a memorable and entertaining evening to all in attendance.  More >
MCBA Legal Scholarship
MCBA's Legal Scholarship: Request for Donations and Profiles of the 2017-2018 Winners
By Mee Mee Wong
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Marin County Bar Association Legal Scholarship recipients. The application narratives were compelling, with all of the winners demonstrating a commitment to global change through their legal service projects.  More >
January Event Recap
The First Amendment: Navigating the Balance in the Trump Era
By Nicole Çabalette
MCBA’s first General Membership Meeting of 2018 featured U.C. Berkeley Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Communications Dan Mogulof discussing the challenges of navigating the balance of First Amendment rights in our current political climate.  More >
The Stressed-Out Lawyer: Finding Relief in Marin
By Barbara Monty and Andrew Wolfe
It would be hard to find a lawyer who does not think that law is a stressful profession, perhaps not surprising in a profession centered on conflict. . . We share a few of the ways that we and several colleagues here in Marin not only cope with stress but seek to improve the practice of law for ourselves, our clients and our colleagues.  More >
New Real Estate Laws for 2018
By Nicole Çabalette
The following are a handful of some of the new laws related to real estate that took effect on January 1, 2018, or will take effect later this year. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but reflects some of those laws that may be of widespread interest to lawyers and/or landlords and tenants. . .(Editor's Note: Don't stop reading before you get to the compelling bedbug notice.)  More >
A Call for Comprehensive Criminal Conviction Rehabilitation Reform
By Charles D. Dresow
The direct consequences of a criminal conviction are devastating: imprisonment and/or probation. . . What the parties don’t negotiate is the impact a conviction can have long after the terms and conditions have been satisfied.  More >
Timothy Barteau
By Nicole Çabalette
Learn more about MCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section Co-Chair Timothy Barteau.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
By Nicole Çabalette
An African-American renter found a new home in Marin and moved in. Her landlord told her that her neighbors would be upset that she had rented to an African-American. . .This tenant’s story of racial discrimination is devastating and is even more disturbing because it happened within the last year.  More >
The February Scoop
The Gossip According to Matthew
By Matt White
Changes are coming to the District Attorney’s office. . . Find out about this and more in Matt White's February column.  More >
In Memoriam
Henry D. Froneberger
By Darin Leviloff
MCBA member Henry D. Froneberger passed on January 5, 2018 after a short but heroic battle with cancer.  More >
Can You Find the Gavel?
Search and Learn: An opportunity to win a free monthly membership luncheon admission.

Enjoy reading the Marin Lawyer each month and enter to win free admission to our Membership program with informative speakers and a tasty lunch. Each month the Marin Lawyer will insert the gavel symbol you see above into one of our many articles. The first twenty readers to email the MCBA office with the name of the article where the gavel appears will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE seat at the next general membership luncheon.
Wed | Feb 21 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
The New Fundamentals of Drafting and Trust Administration in 2018
David Gaw | Partner Co-Founder Gaw Van Male
James Watson | Partner Gaw Van Male
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Feb 22 | 5:30-7:30P
Barristers | Section Meeting
Diversity and Barristers Kickoff Happy Hour
Tue | Mar 20 | 12-1P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Parenting Coordinators: Intro to Role and Appointment Order
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
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Noah Drake
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Marin County Public Defender's Office
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Abraham Farkas
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Anne Hiaring Hocking
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
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Tyler Hicks
Marin County Public Defender's Office
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Marin County Public Defender's Office
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Grant Schrader
Law Finance Group LLP
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