An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
EDITOR: Robert Rosborough
GUEST EDITOR: Nestor Schnasse
June 2018 Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the June 2018 Articles.
Wed | Jun 27 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
The U.S. Supreme Court: Recent Past and Future Predictions
Each year, MCBA begins its summer with Law Professor and Scotusblog contributor, Rory Little who shares his extensive knowledge of the Supreme Court docket. Professor Little is a frequent NPR commentator on Supreme Court issues. Stay up to date on important changes in the law as he shares his views on the implications of the term's cases for the evolution and direction of the law. He will share detailed knowledge of dissents and concurrences to bring you unrivaled insight into how and why the law is developing the way it is. And hear his predictions for the term's undecided cases.
Click Here for several cases still to come before the Court.
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Members: $60
Non-Members: $75
Wed | Jul 25 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Legal Puzzles for Lawyers and Courts from the Gig Economy
In less than a decade an array of high tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area has revolutionized the way we vacation, commute, buy goods, or contract for services. These companies, utilizing cutting-edge new technologies to develop platforms that bring consumers and workers together to exchange services or products, has dramatically changed our lives. However, with this innovation revolution has also come vexing legal issues that have left lawyers, judges, and businesses grappling with applying longstanding legal principles to fast-developing technologies.

Links to Handouts
The End of Traffic
Increasing American Prosperity and Quality of Life

By John Zimmer and Logan Green, Co-Founders of Lyft

Lyft’s Approach To Bikes & Scooters:
Accelerating Public + Private Mobility

By John Zimmer and Logan Green, Co-Founders of Lyft

Lyft is Making the App More Accessible for Visually Impaired Rider

NAACP Press Release / Airbnb

How Disabled Travellers Finally Stopped Being Ignored-Thanks to a company you might not expect

Loni Mahanta, Associate General Counsel for Lyft and Nancy Allred, Senior Counsel, Policy for Airbnb, will discuss the development of their companies and the many legal challenges they confront as their companies continue to innovate. This session will be moderated by Tom McInerney, a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins who represents many such technology companies.
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Embassy Suites
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
The Power of #metoo
By Robert Rosborough
Nestor Schnasse reports on gender inequality and the #metoo movement. Barbara Monty makes a powerful and candid #metoo statement. Mike Zaidlin helps you and your clients maximize your Social Security benefits--potentially to the tune of extra hundreds of thousands of dollars. Find out what our in-house political expert thinks will happen in next week's primary election, what's new at the Marin Law Library and how Marin CASA helps kids. All in this issue.  More >
President's Message
Lawyers Both New and Old
By Thomas S. Brown
This month’s President’s Message, crafted after the Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in game seven of the Western Conference Finals, touches on the declining bar pass rate and highlights a few changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct.  More >
May Member Luncheon
May General Membership Luncheon Report: Update on Gender Inequality Issues.
By Nestor Schnasse
Just days before Harvey Weinstein would be arrested and charged with rape in New York, MCBA members gathered for a discussion of the #metoo movement he has become a national symbol of. Moderated by MCBA Secretary and Program Chair Susan Feder, the luncheon was not only timely, it was deeply informative and thought provoking thanks to Susan and featured speakers Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), and Bernice Yeung, Reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). Each speaker brought to the table an impressive background in work on gender inequality.  More >
Thoughts on the #metoo Movement
By Barbara Monty
Sexual abuse is directly related to gender bias because many women have been sexually abused but have remained silent about it for most of our lives. We have done so because in our families, schools, and work we learned that we must just accept the unequal treatment and abuse and then not cause a stir about it or else we would be seen as troublemakers or as weak. So, many of us kept silent. Those of us in the legal profession are no exception.  More >
Final Thoughts (& Predictions) on Marin's June Ballot, the Statewide Races and Propositions, and Looking Ahead to November
By Greg Brockbank
The June primaries are upon us. Which local races will have run-offs? Who will be the top two candidates in the statewide races? What's going to happen in November? Our political observer fills you in on the candidates and issues and risks a few predictions of his own.  More >
Making Optimal Decisions with Social Security Benefits
By Michael Zaidlin, J.D.
Social Security benefits often constitute a majority of retirement income, with the median married couple or individual recipient relying on Social Security for 67% of retirement income. Many married couples will receive over one million dollars in lifetime benefits. In many cases, the amount of benefits a married couple will receive will exceed the amount of income that can reasonably be provided by even a $1,500,000 IRA account.  More >
What's New at the Law Library
By Jonathan Frieman
Well, if it has been some time since you visited the newly refurbished Marin County Law Library, located at 20 N. San Pedro Rd., it is high time you came in and looked around. You will find a wonderful office away from the office. The new location has been beautifully restored with plenty of tables and space for everyone. It is restful, quiet, spacious, and relaxing. Come down and check it out.  More >
C. Clay Greene
By Nestor Schnasse
MCBA Past-President C. Clay Greene recently rejoined the board of directors. The Marin Lawyer sat down with him to catch up on the latest.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
Marin Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Providing a Voice for Youth in Marin's Child Welfare System
By Nestor Schnasse
Here’s a fact that may come as a shock: every year in Marin County, over one thousand reports of suspected child abuse, neglect and abandonment are called into the County’s hotline. Today, approximately one hundred children are in the Marin County child welfare system. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer can play a key role in the process by providing a voice in the courtroom, and a consistent, reliable adult presence during an unstable time.  More >
Link to the June 2018 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the June 2018 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.

Prior month's articles are available for 2018. Please visit the Marin Lawyer Archives. Select the issue to locate that month's PDF.
June Articles >
Volunteer Attorneys Needed for Coaches/Judges at Davidson Middle School Debate
This year, the MCBA Public Outreach Committee, in their project to support Teens and the Law, will be working with the Davidson Middle School Debate Club, which comprises 35 students, mostly 8th graders, on their topic of “The Electoral College.”

We need 1 – 2 lawyers to serve as coaches at Davidson Middle School:
Tuesday June 5 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

1 – 2 Lawyers to serve as Debate Judges:
Tuesday June 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please consider donating a few hours to educate and mentor our teens. Contact Anna Pletcher at or Eva Bennett at
Wed | Jun 06 | 7-9P
General | Immigration Policy Under the Trump Administration
In participation with the Commonwealth Club
Thu | Jun 07 | 12-1:30P
General | BASF/MCBA Co-Sponsored Program
Practitioners’ Roundtable: Evaluating GHG Impacts Under CEQA
BASF box lunch provided with program
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Jun 07 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Thu | Jul 05 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Wed | Jul 18 | 6-8:30P
General | After Work Mixer
4th Annual MCBA CalCPA & CFA Society SF Midsummer Mixer
New Members
Elena Barbagelata
415 706 1116
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Michelle Christovich
Keegin Harrison LLP
415 456 4000
Attorney Membership

Carol Ann Flint
917 363 0579
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Lizbeth Malmstead
619 987 2985
Affiliate Student

Irene Takahashi
510 685 3975
Affiliate Attorney

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