An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Greg Brockbank
Marin Bar Association
Marin County Superior Court Judges
October Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the October 2018 Articles.
Wed | Oct 24 | 11:45A-1:30P
General | 2018 Annual Judges Luncheon
SOLD OUT! Meet our Marin County Judges
Enjoy lunch with friends old and new as we honor our Marin County Judges.
Register early! This is one of our most popular events of the year.
Questions for the bench?
Please email your questions to by Oct 17th.
Plated Lunch
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
From Politics to Wellness
By Robert Rosborough
With mid-term elections just over a month away, it seems fitting that our October issue of the Marin Lawyer has several articles that touch on politics. For his President’s Message this month, Tom Brown chatted with outgoing District Attorney Ed Berberian, who reflects on his time in office and the challenges and pleasures of that role. Many thanks to our Guest Editor this month, Greg Brockbank, himself a (former) politician and eternal political activist, who profiles fellow activist Dotty LeMieux.  More >
President's Message
A Farewell Chat with Ed Berberian
By Thomas S. Brown
As we enter the final weeks of election season, I thought it would be an opportune time to sit down with District Attorney Edward S. Berberian. Ed and I discussed some of his highlights and challenges as District Attorney, the current election, his retirement plans, and what he will miss most about the job. Beginning with the obvious question, “Why retire?” Ed answered...  More >
What Lawyers (and Landlords and Tenants) Need to Know About Residential Evictions
By Greg Brockbank
Learn the procedures unique to residential evictions with this primer on handling an unlawful detainer case.  More >
Preparing a Proper Certificate of Independent Review
By Arthur Harris and Kavin Williams
When confronted by an elderly transferor wishing to make a disposition of assets to a caregiver or new companion, every competent estate attorney must reflexively obtain a California certificate of independent review. See Butler v. LeBouef, 248 Cal. App. 4th 198, 210 (2016). The CIR is considered a simple solution to a problem with big consequences.  More >
Member Spotlight
Politician, Then Lawyer: A Profile of Dotty LeMieux, Political Activist
By Greg Brockbank
I have been informally polling people for decades on what percentage of members of Congress are attorneys, and most people usually guess about 80%. The truth is that it's always been closer to 20%, give or take, but people often mistakenly assume that lawyers have an advantage in running for and winning high elective office, even though they are hardly even over-represented. Nor are attorneys over-represented among political activists, although there are of course a few of us. One of those is Dotty LeMieux, who stepped down at the end of last year after three years on the MCBA board. Indeed, Dotty is one of the super-activists, involved in several major Marin political organizations, including the Marin Democratic Party.  More >
The Political Junkie Looks at the November Election - Marin, Statewide, and National - Partisan and Nonpartisan Races
By Greg Brockbank
A look at the November election, from all the local races up to control of Congress, by a Marin political insider. Note: The views expressed in this article are opinions of the author and are not intended to reflect those of MCBA nor is the column an endorsement of any candidate.  More >
September Member Luncheon
Judge Orrick: A Career Advancing Justice
By Greg Brockbank
At the regularly scheduled MCBA general membership lunch meeting on September 26, MCBA Board President Tom Brown interviewed US District Court Judge William Orrick in an informative and highly interesting program. Even if, as an attorney, one doesn't follow the federal courts very closely, one almost can't help but to have heard the Orrick name.  More >
2019 Officer and Director Nominees
We are pleased to announce the proposed slate of officers and directors for 2019.

MCBA Officers
President: Charles Dresow
President Elect: Susan Feder
Treasurer: J. Timothy Nardell
Secretary: Robert Rosborough
Past President: Thomas Brown
5 Year Past President: David Feingold

Board of Directors
Habib Bentaleb
Michael Chaput
Ahtossa Fullerton
Sarah Leger
Kelley Reid

The slate was formally announced at the September membership meeting and will be voted on at the upcoming October meeting.
Legal Aid of Marin Open House
After weeks of packing, unpacking, and settling in, LAM is happy to extend a warm welcome to see their new home.

Join LAM on October 11th from 4-7pm for drinks and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate their new offices and 60th anniversary.

Marin Trial Lawyers Association Meet and Greet
Marin Trial Lawyers Association is hosting a Meet and Greet for the Marin District Attorney candidates – Lori Frugoli and Anna Pletcher. This is a free event.

October 9 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at San Rafael Joe’s on Fourth Street.
Come enjoy appetizers and listen to these fine candidates.

Please RSVP to attend.
The Judges of the Marin County Superior Court have approved a draft set of proposed Local Court Rules. Please submit your comments and/or proposed revisions regarding the Local Rules in writing to the Court no later than Monday, October 29, 2018 by 4 PM. For more information and a link to current local rules, please follow link below.
Link to October 2018 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the October 2018 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.
October Articles >
Thu | Oct 11 | 4-7P
General | Open House
Legal Aid of Marin Open House
Tue | Oct 16 | 12-1P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Real Property, Value, Financing, Sale and Possession
Paul Plessus | Principal of Delphi Advisors
Rick Warner | Bradley Real Estate
Jeremy Forcier | Cross Country Mortgage
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Oct 18 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
The Mediator's Mind
Bruce Edwards, Esq.
Lunch provided
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Oct 25 | 6-8P
General | Judges Panel
CANCELLED: Association of Latino Marin Attorneys (ALMA) / MCBA Judges Panel
Thu | Nov 01 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Thu | Nov 29 | 8A-5P
General | MCLE Fair
11th Annual MCLE FAIR
New Members
Raihane Dalvi
Thompson, Welch, Soroko & Gilbert LLP
415 448 5000
Attorney Membership

Harold Deblander
415 937 8962
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Matthew Gurule
415 458 2135
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Jeffrey Jordan
New York Life Insurance Co.
415 936 9444
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Jaclyn Tran
347 469 1452
Affiliate Student

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