An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
EDITOR: Robert Rosborough
GUEST EDITOR: Anna Pletcher
August Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the August 2018 Articles.
Wed | Sep 26 | 11:30A-1:15P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick III: The Continuing Role of Justice in our Federal Court System
Robert Kennedy said that the obligations of lawyers “go far deeper than earning a living as specialists in corporation or tax law. They have a continuing responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of justice from which the law cannot depart.”

Today, there is an increasing national focus on the role that lawyers and our legal system play in society. At the same time, a segment of our population views the judiciary with suspicion as partisan actors in an increasingly divided country. How has the legal system changed over the last 20 years? And do lawyers and the courts continue to uphold the fundamental principles of justice for all Americans that Robert Kennedy espoused, including for the most vulnerable in our society?

Come join U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick III in a candid conversation about these and other legal issues as he offers his insights into today’s justice system. *Please note earlier start time.
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Embassy Suites
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Fri | Sep 28 | 8:30A-4P
General | 2018 Joy in the Law Conference
Cultivate Joy, Well-Being, Effectiveness and Leadership in Your Everyday Life
MCBA is excited to be a sponsor for Joy in the Law, a whole day program devoted to wellness, mindfulness, and creating joy in your law profession. The program returns in response to positive demand and rave attendee reviews.

To register for the program click here
$79 Early bird pricing ends August 15.
$95 Regular Fee
MCBA members receive $5 discount.
Program includes lunch, snacks, coffee and refreshments.
3.0 CLE | General
Location: Best Western Corte Madera
By Robert Rosborough
Immigration has been front-page news more times than I can count in the last several months, not to mention since the start of the 2016 election cycle. I would like to thank our guest editor this month, Anna Pletcher, for curating a topical immigration-themed issue. The vast majority of the immigration news coverage has been about illegal immigration. Melissa Harms has written an eye-opening article on the Trump administration’s changes to legal immigration.  More >
A Mid-Year Report
By Thomas Brown
We have crossed the 50-yard line of 2018 and I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on what we’ve accomplished at the Marin County Bar Association and what we still hope to do this year. In my January message, I reminded you of MCBA’s Mission Statement: “To involve, encourage, and support bar association members, to serve as a liaison to the Marin County Courts, and to educate the community and enhance access to legal services.” One of the ways we advance those goals is through our monthly membership programs.  More >
Immigration and the Criminal Justice System
By Anna Pletcher
The Trump administration's immigration crackdown has highlighted the role of the criminal justice system in immigration enforcement. In California, local sheriffs and district attorneys have a significant role in deciding how that enforcement plays out.  More >
Legal Immigration: The Other Crackdown
By Melissa Harms
There has been no shortage of press coverage about the challenges facing immigrants as they seek refuge in the United States. Indeed, the separation of families, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the travel ban are common stories in the mainstream media.  More >
Scott Buell
By Marin Lawyer
The Marin Lawyer sat down with Scott Buell, mediator and MCBA’s newest board member, who stepped in when Toussaint Bailey stepped down to run a wealth management firm. Scott shared with us an interesting look at his career and the role the Affordable Care Act played in making his current career feasible.  More >
Report on the MCBA July Membership Luncheon: Legal Challenges of the Gig Economy
By Susan Feder
MCBA members who attended our July membership meeting and lunch heard an informative and interesting presentation on how the gig economy is changing the legal landscape. Exploding developments in technology and the popularity of online app-based companies have shifted the business paradigm in many areas. With these increased business opportunities come significant legal challenges, however.  More >
4th Annual Midsummer Mixer: MCBA, CalCPA, and CFA
An Enjoyable Evening Shared with Allied Professional Service Associations
By Mee Mee Wong
Over 120 professionals enjoyed shared conversations, networking and nibbles. Old friendships were nurtured and new acquaintances were made at the 999 Fifth Street patio.  More >
A Political Junkie Dissects the June Election Results, with a Look Ahead to November
By Greg Brockbank
Our political columnist assesses the June primary election results and begins a discussion of what's going to happen in November.  More >
Social Justice Collaborative
By Anna Pletcher
In 2012, Gautam Jagannath and Emily Abraham noticed that there were many non-profit organizations helping immigrants with transactional work, such as visas, but litigation was generally left to the private sector. This left a large void in services for low-income non-citizens who needed representation in immigration court and criminal court. Jagannath and Abraham founded Social Justice Collaborative to fill that gap.  More >
Pro Bono Community Update
Pro Bono & Services News
By Mee Mee Wong
Our legal community includes a network of organizations and agencies with missions to address access to legal services and alleviate inequities. We provide an update on recent developments in our pro bono and service community.  More >
Link to August 2018 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the August 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.
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Thu | Aug 02 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Tue | Aug 14 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | SECTION MEETING
DFEH Agency’s Top Priorities for 2018/2019 and an Update on the Technological Advancements the Agency is Making
Kevin Kish | Director, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Aug 15 | 11:45A-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | SECTION MEETING
Ethics & Technology in the Estate Planning Office
Megan Yip | The Law Offices of Megan Yip
Amir Sarreshtehdary | Thompson, Welch, Soroko & Gilbert LLP
1.0 CLE | Ethics
Thu | Sep 06 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Tue | Sep 11 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
Disability Rights in the New Gig Economy
Michael Nunez | Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP
Melissa Riess | Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Sep 20 | 11:45A-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
How to Properly Prepare a Certificate of Independent Review
AJ Harris, Senior Counsel | Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
Kavin A Williams, Associate | Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Oct 24 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | 2018 Annual Judges Luncheon
SOLD OUT! Meet our Marin County Judges
Plated Lunch
New Members
David Anderson
Anderson Law
415 395 9839
Attorney Membership

Eli Angote
888 406 1688
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Emily Bao
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
415 486 7568
Attorney Membership

Ella Bouet
415 216 5105
Attorney Membership

Douglas DeSalvo DC
415 898 6888
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Shari Goldman
Marin County District Attorney's Office
415 473 6760

Bonnie Landles-Dowling
Keegin Harrison LLP
415 456 4000
Attorney Membership

Michael McCoy
415 717 9925
Attorney Membership

Daniel Rossi
Martino & Rossi Law Firm, PC
415 450 5066
Attorney Membership

Cady Sartorius
California Civil Rights Law Group
415 453 4740
Attorney Membership

David Suddendorf
Law Offices of David L. Suddendorf
415 806 6599
Attorney Membership

Stanley Williams Jr.
Marin County District Attorney's Office
415 473 6209

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