An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Robert Rosborough
Christian Martinez
March 2018 Articles
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Thu | Mar 08 | 5:30-7:30P
General | Induction Ceremony
The Honorable Beth S. Jordan
You are cordially invited to the Induction Ceremony for Hon. Beth S. Jordan, Judge of the Marin County Superior Court.
Reception to follow ceremony.
Location: Marin Showcase Theatre
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
Location: Four Points Sheraton
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Wed | Apr 25 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
District Attorney Candidates Forum
District Attorney Candidates Forum: 2018 Marin County District Attorney Election

An opportunity to learn about the candidates running for Marin County District Attorney.

Marin County District Attorney Edward Berberian will not seek reelection in 2018, setting up a race for district attorney. Coined the “hottest Marin race” by Dick Spotswood with the Marin IJ, A.J. Brady, Lori Frugoli, and Anna Pletcher are running for the office. Hear directly from the candidates about why they are qualified and what each will bring to the position in our informative MCBA format.

Thomas S. Brown | Foley & Lardner, LLP
Thomas M. McInerney | Ogletree Deakins
Buffet lunch included with registration
Location: Four Points Sheraton
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
Bail, Volunteering and Singing
By Robert Rosborough
As many of our readers already know, a California appellate court declared the existing system of money bail unconstitutional. Charlie Dresow reports on the recently final bail decision In Re Humphrey and gives us a preliminary sense of what implementing it will look like while noting that legislative action (not to mention funding) is still very much needed . . .  More >
President's Message
Adhering to the MCBA Mission
By Thomas S. Brown
Continuing our theme this year of adhering to the Marin County Bar Association’s Mission Statement of encouraging and supporting bar association members, I wanted to remind you all that the MCBA sections provide meaningful and practical continuing legal education on a wide variety of topics to our membership.  More >
February Member Lunch
Is a Trial a Search for the Truth?
By Christian Martinez
Professor Gerald F. Uelmen, Dean Emeritus of Santa Clara Law and member of the 1995 O.J. Simpson “Dream Team,” gave Jonnie Cochran, Jr. perhaps the most famous one-liner uttered in any modern trial: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Since Mr. Simpson’s acquittal, Prof. Uelmen has authored two books, the most recent reflecting on lessons from a “life in the law.”  More >
Judge's Corner
The State of the Court
By Judge Paul M. Haakenson
Well, here we are, two months into my two-year sentence, I mean term, as Presiding Judge, and no disasters have befallen the court yet. I trust the transition from Judge Simmons to Yours Truly has appeared seamless from the perspective of the bar . . .  More >
Distinguishing Mediation from Other Types of Settlement Discussions in California
By Terrance J. Evans
When considering various alternative dispute resolution options, mediation is a popular choice . . . .This article examines applicable California rules in order to shed some light on what distinguishes mediation from other types of settlement negotiations.  More >
California's Money Bail System
By Charles D. Dresow
In our criminal justice system, the presumption of innocence is a paramount protection. Only admissible, legally obtained evidence may prove an accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. So why has one out of every four inmates in California’s jails or prisons not been sentenced or even convicted of a crime?  More >
European Clients? What You Need to Know About the EU's General Data Protection Regulation May Deadline
By Samik Bhattacharyya
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), promulgated by the European Union (EU), comes into effect this May, a little over two years after it was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.  More >
Campaign Rally Murder: The Partisan in the Bathroom with the Walking Stick--The Case of the 2018 Mock Trial Competition
By Anna Pletcher
On two recent Saturdays, 206 students from nine high schools filled the Marin County Courthouse for the 30th annual Mock Trial Competition . . . Teams gathered in tight circles, cheered, and filed into their respective courtrooms to do battle.  More >
Director Spotlight
Greg Brockbank
By Christian Martinez
The Marin Lawyer recently sat down with MCBA board member Greg Brockbank to discuss his legal career, life in Marin and turning a Supreme Court opinion into a play.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
Spaulding Marine Boat Center: Teaching Marine Skills to All Ages in Sausalito
By Christian Martinez
Sausalito’s maritime roots run deep . . . It is no surprise then that a non-profit dedicated to preserving the local maritime history by teaching boat-building classes to youths and adults is on the Sausalito waterfront.  More >
The March Scoop
The Gossip According to Matthew
By Matt White
What's on the Events Calendar for March?. . . Find out about this and more in Matt White's March column.  More >
SF Marin Food Bank
Food From the Bar Campaign Begins
By Philip Feldman
Calling all Marin law firms and in-house counsel to participate in this year's Food From The Bar Campaign from May 1 to June 1. Be part of the community that has delivered nineteen million meals to those in need to Marin and San Francisco.  More >
Find the Gavel and Get a Free Lunch!
By Mee Mee Wong
Another benefit to reading the Marin Lawyer: a free lunch! Find the gavel and be eligible to attend next month's membership luncheon for free.  More >
Marin Superior Court Announces . . .
The Marin Superior Court is moving to a new telephonic appearance system this spring. Check out the link below!

If you have questions, contact:
Suzie Burton
Information Technology
Marin Superior Court
Telephonic Appearance System >
Tue | Mar 13 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
Age Discrimination and the Aging Workforce
Kelly Savage Day
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Mar 15 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
A Matter of Trust: Challenges of Mediating Inheritance Disputes
Richard J. Collier
Lunch Included with Program
1.0 CLE | General
Tue | Mar 20 | 12-1P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Parenting Coordinators: Intro to Role and Appointment Order
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Mar 21 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Investing for Special Needs Trusts and Utilizing the New ABLE Account
Greg Finn | Fremont Bank
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Dean Christopherson
Dawe & Christopherson LLP
925 256 6677
Affiliate Member

John M. Feder
Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn
415 398 5398

Brian Fong
Sheppard Mullin
415 774 2977

Lori M. Kidd
Kate Warner Construction Lawyers
415 457 7977

Kelly Lynch Sperry, Esq
Kate Warner Construction Lawyers
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David Truong
Thompson, Welch, Soroko & Gilbert LLP
415 448 5000

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