An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Marin Bar Association
January Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the January 2019 Articles.
Wed | Jan 23 | 11:30A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Cool Under Fire
Our January keynote is Marianne Fleischer, a noted Speechwriter and Presentations Skills executive coach. She offers both PRIVATE coaching and her popular COOL UNDER FIRE workshops for lawyers or their clients. Her San Francisco-based presentations company attracts lawyers from AmLaw 100 firms -litigators and transactional attorneys. She also works with Fortune 500 clients such as Salesforce, Apple and Schwab -as well as key non-profits and entrepreneurs.

With a storyteller's background in theater, TV, Creative Arts and Improv, Ms. Fleischer knows what moves audiences' hearts and budgets. She will inspire the art of influence and the science of managing stage fright. She will offer powerful strategies to handle tough Q&A or hold your own in media interviews. Learn to better handle sharp-elbowed peers in meetings and bring back disinterested jurors in court. Come away with tips for opening/closing arguments, pitches, trial themes-even strategically addressing judges. With her Improv background, you can count on some good stories.
Buffet lunch included with registration
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Early Bird Members:$40
Early Bird Non-Members: $45
Non-Members: $50
Sat | Feb 02 | 6-10P
General | 2019 Installation Dinner-SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT - Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser

This event is sold out. You may contact our office to be added to the wait list.


Oath of Office administered by Hon. Kelly V. Simmons, Marin Superior Court

Table and Wine Sponsorship opportunities available.

We will recognize the recipients of the 2018 MCBA Legal Scholarship while raising money for the 2019 MCBA Legal Scholarship Fund. DONATE

Dinner and fundraiser followed by Bourbon Tasting in the Library.
Plated Dinner
Location: Marin Country Club
Members: $125
Non-Members: $125
Editor's Introduction
Law Practice Potpourri: Client Capacity, Storytelling and Your Website
By Robert Rosborough
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Marin Lawyer issue of 2019. This month, none of our articles are about "what the law is," but each of them addresses a different aspect of law practice.  More >
President's Message
Preserving Access to Justice Through Local Leadership
By Charles Dresow
My goal this year is to inspire our members to become leaders of our community. Each of us has the power to positively influence and inform those around us. We must educate the community that our system of justice in Marin is still fair, efficient, and accessible.  More >
Does Your Aging Client Have Diminished Capacity?
By Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, Mediator
It’s inescapable. Living in Marin will bring you into contact with older clients sooner or later. We must familiarize ourselves with one of the major risks aging folks face: diminished capacity. Not only does this affect our clients’ decision-making ability, it puts them at significantly increased risk for elder abuse, particularly financial abuse.  More >
Narrative Persuasion: Crafting Not Just Conveying
By Marc Evans
“Words. Words when spoken out loud for the sake of performance are music. They have rhythm and pitch and timbre and volume. These are the properties of music, and music has the ability to find us and move us and lift us up in ways that literal meaning can’t.”  More >
Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties
By Charles Dresow
James F. Simon’s, “Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties,” is a compelling study of the relationship between a president and chief justice at a critical time in the history of civil rights. Given today’s tense atmosphere between the judiciary and the chief executive, the book is especially timely.  More >
.app Domain Names and Progressive Web Apps
By RB Tewksbury
New, secure top-level domain combined with high- performance mobile web frameworks are replacing websites and native mobile apps. Really.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
The Other Bar - Supporting Recovery in the Legal Profession
By Mee Mee Wong
The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers, law students and judges throughout the state, dedicated to assisting others within the legal profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems and other addictions. It is a private, non-profit corporation founded on the principle of anonymity and provides services in strict confidentiality.  More >
Marin Lawyers' Meditation Group Announces Schedule Changes
By The Marin Lawyer
The Marin Lawyers’ Meditation Group provides an opportunity for lawyers (and allied professionals, including any member of MCBA) to take a lunchtime break from their day to meditate and connect with fellow meditators. Founded by lawyers a number of years back, the group provides a space to meditate away from the office and discuss the challenges of practice—both legal and meditative.  More >
Report from MCBA's 11th Annual MCLE Fair
By Mee Mee Wong
Those who missed MCBA’s annual MCLE Fair missed both a roster of stellar speakers and the chance to check off the boxes for their specialty credits. And for the first time this year, attorneys and their staff could attend concurrently, with MCBA offering a separate track for legal professionals that covered everything from e-filing rules to the role of a law office in the aftermath of a disaster.  More >
MCBA Recognized for Commitment to Mock Trial
By Kiersten Ross
On December 11, 2018, Mee Mee Wong, MCBA Executive Director, accepted a Certificate of Appreciation as Community Partner Extraordinaire at a ceremony held by the Marin County Board of Education.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Gerald Schwartzbach
MCBA member Gerald Schwartzbach represented Hollywood actor Robert Blake in the media covered murder trial. Blake was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Bonny Bakley. ABC will air a special show on Friday. (See Trailer Here) Schwartzbach is the author of the book, Leaning on the Arc, A Personal History of Criminal Defense. Available on Amazon.
Enrollment for 2019 Marin County Bar Association membership is now open to attorneys and professionals. MCBA relies on your involvement and membership dues to continue its work. Members like you who make time to meet with their colleagues at MCBA events realize the value they derive from local connections. Please note: Print Directory deadline is January 31, 2019.
Membership >
Marin Superior Court Case Reassignments Effective 1/2/19
Marin Superior Court's 2019 Judicial Courtroom Assignments >
Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial
The Marin County Mock Trial competition supports approximately 250 high school students as they explore a working knowledge of our judicial system. Volunteer scorers are needed at the next Mock Trial competition. If you would like to participate, please see the time slots below along with information on the role and how to register as a volunteer.
  • SAT | Jan 26, 2019 | Round 1 | 8:30am-10:30am
  • SAT | Jan 26, 2019 | Round 2 | 11:00am-1:00pm
  • SAT | Jan 26, 2019 | Round 3 | 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • SAT | Feb 2, 2019 | Round 4 | 8:30am-10:30am
  • SAT | Feb 2, 2019 | Round 5 | 11:00am-1:00pm
  • SAT | Feb 2, 2019 | Final Round | 3:15pm -5:15pm
Attorney Scorers Information >
Attorney Volunteer Registration Form >

Thank you for supporting the Marin County Mock Trial Competition.
Congratulations to the MCBA 2018 Scholarship Recipients
The Marin County Bar Association would like to congratulate this year's recipients of the MCBA Legal Scholarship. Each year, the MCBA Scholarship Committee awards scholarships from a pool of qualified applicants. The committee selected four deserving individuals with excellent academic records and service to their communities.

Christine Chong, Berkeley Law
Alexandra Green, Santa Clara Law
Nadim Houssain, Berkeley Law
Vanessa Sibrian, Santa Clara Law

The recipients will be honored at the 2019 Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Marin Country Club.

The MCBA Legal Education Scholarship program provides funds to financially disadvantaged students pursuing a law school degree. Funded with contributions from the MCBA, it is a collaboration with 10,000 Degrees, and the Marin Community Foundation (MCF), which administers the fund.

Donate today and support future legal educational opportunities for deserving Marin County students.

Donations to MCBA Legal Education Scholarship Fund are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all contributions are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Link to January 2019 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the January 2019 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.
January 2019 Articles >
Wed | Jan 16 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | SECTION MEETING
Testamentary Capacity Standards: From Drafting through Trial
Hon. Elaine Rushing | (Ret.)
Ronald Wargo
Dr. Jonathan Canick
Walter Cook
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Jan 23 | 11:30A-1:30P
General | MCBA Members Luncheon
Cool Under Fire
Marianne Fleischer
Buffet lunch included with registration
Wed | Jan 30 | 11:45A-1:30P
Diversity | Marin County Women Lawyers
Sat | Feb 02 | 6-10P
General | 2019 Installation Dinner-SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT - Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser
Plated Dinner
New Members
Sarah Anker
Marin County Counsel's Office
415 473 6117

Rebecca Cattich
415 834 8992
Affiliate Attorney

Christine Chong
415 209 3859
Affiliate Student

Molly Coomber
Kelley & Farren LLP
415 925 5200
Attorney Membership

Jillian Somers Donovan
Hanson Bridgett
415 995 5101
Attorney Membership

Michael Ellis
415 785 4547
Attorney Membership

Keline Felix
707 752 7192
Affiliate Student

David Franklin
VLP Law Group LLP
415 272 3302
Attorney Membership

Jonathan Frieman, JD
415 845 1371
Affiliate Legal Personnel

Alexandra Green
415 717 1389
Affiliate Student

Brandon Halter
Marin County Counsel's Office
415 473 6117

Chelsea Heaney
415 785 7881
Attorney Membership

Nadim Houssain
415 871 3524
Affiliate Student

Derek Howard
415 432 7192
Attorney Membership

Frank Lindh
Frank R. Lindh, Attorney at Law
415 596 3931
Attorney Membership

John Montgomery
650 430 4732
Attorney Membership

George Nemiroff
415 461 6400
Attorney Membership

Jonathan O'Donnell
415 722 5527
Attorney Membership

K.Bradley Rogerson
Hanson Bridgett
415 995 5898
Attorney Membership

Elaina Serotte
415 783 9993
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

Vaness Sibrian
415 948 0923
Affiliate Student

Deidre Smith
Marin County Counsel's Office
415 473 6117

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