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Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Charles Dresow
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July Articles
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Wed | Jul 18 | 6-8:30P
General | After Work Mixer
4th Annual MCBA CalCPA & CFA Society SF Midsummer Mixer
Join your MCBA colleagues and meet members of the CalCPA SF Chapter, CFA Society of SF and fellow industry professionals - CPAs, Attorneys, Enrolled Agents, Financial Planners and the Banking community.

Enjoy a hosted bar and tantalizing appetizers while you socialize, network, and connect. The mixer will be held on the lovely patio at 999 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael. (Must be over 21 with proper ID to attend.)

Thank you to our Event Sponsors: First Republic, Greene Taubman & Dias LLP, and Homa Rassouli, Reverse Mortgage Specialist. Become an EVENT SPONSOR

Registration is closed. Tickets may be available at Door.
Location: 999 Fifth Avenue
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
From the End of Abraham Lincoln's Legal Career to the End of Justice Kennedy's
By Robert Rosborough
Summer is in full swing, vacations abound but the Marin Lawyer keeps on going like the Energizer bunny. I hope that summertime might give you even more time to read us. You would be amply rewarded by Eileen Barker and Barbara Monty’s article on the role of forgiveness in litigation. We also have some different and interesting criminal justice content this month.  More >
Goings on About Town, Legally
By Thomas Brown
At press time, the week’s top legal highlights include President Trump’s next possible Supreme Court nominee, the challenges with migrant family reunification, and the escalating trade war between the United States and China. Closer to home, and on the eve of the County Fair, County employees settled a labor dispute with the County, Judge Haakenson issued a preliminary injunction against the sale of the San Geronimo Golf Course to the County, and the District Attorney’s race was headed for a run-off in November between Lori Frugoli and Anna Pletcher.  More >
Forgiveness: A Collaborative Assessment of the Value of Forgiveness in a Litigation Practice
By Eileen Barker and Barbara Monty
Forgiveness has the potential to introduce an element of humanity and healing that has been absent from the legal field. This is vital when many in society hold cynicism and mistrust towards the legal system, and many lawyers report great dissatisfaction with their jobs, wishing for careers more in line with their values.  More >
The True Crime Genre and Public Perception of the Criminal Justice System
By Charles Dresow
True crime stories have always fascinated the general public. Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was enormously profitable and is generally accepted as spawning the modern genre of true crime. Some true crime documentaries and podcasts are now being released during the pendency of a proceeding rather than after the criminal justice system’s role has ended.  More >
Report from the Marin County Legal Professionals Association
By Kristi Edwards
I recently returned from the 84th Annual Conference of Legal Secretaries, Inc. (LSI) held in North Hollywood, California. The Marin County Legal Professionals Association (MCLPA) was well represented at this conference for legal support staff from across the state.  More >
Annual Supreme Court Review with Professor Rory Little
By Robert Rosborough
If you are an MCBA member and a fan of Michael Krasny on KQED, you might have heard Professor Rory Little twice in one day. In the hour between Professor Little’s appearance on Forum, commenting on the opinions the U.S. Supreme Court released in the final days of its term, and his popular annual commentary on the Supreme Court term for MCBA’s June membership luncheon, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement (which a number of us heard on the radio as breaking news as we drove to the luncheon), giving Professor Little no shortage of things to talk about.  More >
Member Spotlight
Mary Stearns
By Charles Dresow
Charlie Dresow sat down with MCBA member Mary Stearns, the director of Alternate Defenders, Inc., to learn more about her, what life is like as ADI’s director and a little about ADI itself.  More >
NovatoSpirit: Helping Children Through Sports
By Charles Dresow
NovatoSpirit is giving a boost to Novato’s most vulnerable children by working to improve their physical and mental health through sport and exercise. According to the Novato Unified School District, about 2,600 Novato students are living in poverty, and at least 130 of them are homeless. Poverty can magnify health problems, and many of these children struggle with health issues, such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, motor-skill difficulties, speech delays, anxiety, depression and PTSD.  More >
Abraham Lincoln: Criminal Defense Lawyer
By Charles Dresow
An entire library could be filled with the literature of Abraham Lincoln, covering virtually every facet of his life, both real and imagined. Volumes would range from the scholarly, like Carl Sandburg’s six-volume biography, to the not-so-scholarly, such as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. Dan Abram’s and David Fisher’s recently published, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency would be a valuable addition to this library, covering a lesser-understood part of Lincoln’s life. The book has a place on your bookshelf not only for illuminating Lincoln’s legal career but for the practical advice it contains for the trial attorney.  More >
Court Updates
REVISED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 (California Rule of Court 10.613)
In accordance with the provisions of Rule 10.613 of the California Rules of Court, the Superior Court Judges have revised and updated specific sections of the Uniform Local Rules of the Marin County Superior Court. With the acceptance of the Judicial Council of California, the following Local Rules of Court and Appendices have been adopted effective July 1, 2018: Appellate Division Rules 7.6. Access to the Uniform Local Rules of Court is available -- at no charge -- through the Court’s website at: For additional information regarding this press release, please contact Court Administration at (415) 444-7020.

A new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site

• SP18-11 Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Record Preparation in Death Penalty Cases (amend rules 8.610, 8.613, 8.616, 8.619, and 8.622; adopt rules 4.119, 4.230, 8.608, and 8.611; repeal rule 8.625; adopt forms CR 600 and CR-605; and approve forms CR-601, CR-602, CR-603, and CR-604)

The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.
Link to the July 2018 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the July 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.
Thu | Jul 05 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Fri | Sep 28 | 8:30A-4P
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Cultivate Joy, Well-Being, Effectiveness and Leadership in Your Everyday Life
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