An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Susan Feder
April 2018 Articles
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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
Wed | May 23 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Update on Gender Inequality Issues
Whether you counsel clients on employment issues, or advise business owners on gender discrimination/ harassment allegations, this program will update you on policy reforms, new questions and the under-represented. What upcoming legislation do you need to be aware of to stay current? Why is this not just an issue for women, and why should men be active in discussing the #Metoo movement and gender discrimination? Please join us for a fascinating panel discussion with Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), and Bernice Yeung, writer, (In a Day’s Work), journalist and filmmaker, to learn how the #Metoo movement affects YOU and your clients!

Meeting Handouts

National Resource Hub on Sexual Harassment & Violence
Online Resource Library
You can look for Resources by Type (Factsheets & Guides; Education & Training; Workplace Tools; and Research & Reports) or by Audience (resources for Employers, Survivors and Co-Workers, and Advocates).
Boxed Lunch Included with Program
1.0 CLE | Bias
Location: Best Western Corte Madera
Members: $55
Non-Members: $65
Editor's Introduction
From Mediation to Cross-Examination
By Robert Rosborough
While I hope that your cases don’t go from mediation to cross-examination, our articles this month do. Many thanks to Susan Feder, our guest editor this month, who as a mediator herself has brought us a couple of great articles on mediation.  More >
President's Message
A Call for Service-For Everyone's Benefit
By Thomas S. Brown
Opportunities--and the need--for pro bono service abound in Marin. Donating your time and expertise brings benefits to the community--and yourself.  More >
Civility and the Mediation Process
By Mark LeHocky
Civility is more critical to the mediation process than to any other form of dispute resolution. The reasons are several: First, unlike trial and arbitration, success in mediation depends entirely upon adversaries agreeing.  More >
Helping Clients Work Through Conflict During A Divorce: The Difference Between Understanding and Agreement
By Ann Buscho, PhD
Family law practitioners and collaborative team members often are called upon to support divorcing couples as they work through their conflict. I believe that one of the keys to providing this support is helping people appreciate the power of understanding and empathy as alternatives to the power of coercion.  More >
Cross-Examination of Adverse Experts: 13 Commandments
By John M. Feder
Picture this scenario: You are well into your trial and are about to take on your opponent’s highly-paid and self-important expert witness. You are excited to expose the fallacies in his or her opinion, and can’t wait to show the jury how much you know. Pause…wait…and think before you dive in. And heed this baker’s dozen commandments from someone who has been there before!  More >
Update From a Political Junkie
Marin's June Ballot and A Look Ahead to November
By Greg Brockbank
What is happening in local, state and national elections? Find out here-  More >
Pro Bono Appreciation March Member Lunch
Recognizing Contributions and Encouraging Participation
By Susan Feder
The annual Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon on March 28, jointly presented by MCBA and Legal Aid of Marin, filled the Four Points Sheraton conference room with a warm recognition for the important community work done by many volunteers from both organizations. The Louderback Law Group generously sponsored the event, which was attended by almost all members of the Marin County bench.  More >
Director Spotlight
Nestor Schnasse
By Susan Feder
The Marin Lawyer sat down with one of MCBA’s new directors, Nestor Schnasse, to learn more about practicing and bicycling in Marin.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
North Marin Community Services
By Susan Feder
I was introduced to North Marin Community Services by my sister-in-law, who serves as a Board Member for this newly created nonprofit organization. NMCS is the product of a January 2018 merger between two Novato based agencies that served the North Marin community for more than 40 years; Novato Human Needs Center and Novato Youth Center.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Ragghianti Freitas LLP is pleased to welcome JONATHAN R. KATHREIN to the firm
Jonathan specializes in real estate, land use, and business transactions. As an active member of the Marin County community, he brings valuable insight and experience to the firm and his clients.
Ragghianti Freitas LLP >
Forgiveness Pioneer Joins Monty White LLP
Monty White LLP is proud to announce that Eileen Barker has joined the firm as of counsel. An experienced commercial litigator and highly skilled mediator, Eileen Barker is a leader in incorporating aspects of forgiveness into the legal field.
Monty White LLP >
The Judges of the Marin County Superior Court have approved a draft set of proposed Local Court Rules to go into effect July 1, 2018. Comments are due to the Court by May 8, 2018 by 4 PM. For more information and a link to current local rules, please follow link below.
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Food from the Bar
For five weeks every year, the legal community comes together for one purpose: to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four people face hunger. Participating firms and companies enter into a friendly competition to fundraise, contribute the most volunteer hours, and collect the most food for the SF-Marin Food Bank. Over the past 27 years, the Food From The Bar campaign has provided enough food for 19 million meals.

FFTB is a fundraiser in which firms compete to generate the most money, pounds of food, and volunteer hours. This year, the legal community celebrates 27 years of supporting the Food Bank. The campaign began in San Francisco and launched a rich tradition of organizing competitive food and fund drives and contributing volunteer hours.

Register your firm and create your team page today.

Mark Your Calendars! The Food From the Bar Campaign begins May 1st.
FFTB Team Registration >
Tue | Apr 17 | 12-1P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Dividing Retirement Assets in a Divorce
Elizabeth A. Strasen, Esq.
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Apr 18 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Income Taxation of Trusts: Hot Topics
Justin Miller, J.D., LL.M., TEP, AEP®, CFP® | National Wealth Strategist
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Apr 19 | 11:45A-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation
Mary McLain, LLM, JD
Lunch Included with Program
1.0 CLE | Ethics
Wed | May 16 | 12-1P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Meeting with the Court
0.0 CLE | General
Tue | May 22 | 12-1:15P
Family Law | Section Meeting
DissoMaster and New Tax Act
Art Grater | co-creator of DissoMaster, Consultant to CFLR
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Jun 27 | 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
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Jul 25 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Legal Puzzles for Lawyers and Courts from the Gig Economy
Nancy Allred | Senior Counsel, Policy for Airbnb
Loni Mahanta | Associate General Counsel for Lyft
Moderator: Tom McInerney | Managing Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Joshua Brownstein
415 986 1338
Attorney Membership

Michael Jackson
415 483 6009
Affiliate Non-Attorney

Christian Wijnberg
Law Office Of Christian Wijnberg
415 453 5000
Attorney Membership

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