An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
EDITOR: Robert Rosborough
GUEST EDITOR: Tim Nardell
Events
Wed | Apr 24 | 11:30-1:30P
General | Member Luncheon
Cash Bail Bond Reform
(RESCHEDULED from 2/27/19)

Join us for a panel discussion on the SB-10 Referendum, a measure that eliminates cash bail in California and replaces it with a system of risk assessment. Panelists will discuss the multifaceted issue of cash bail bond reform.

Understand and connect with the issues surrounding bail reform in California. One of the most heavily debated subjects in criminal justice and for our greater society is whether or not cash bail should be eliminated, and if so what will replace bail. Attendees of this dynamic lunch program will learn how bail and pre-trial release currently works in California and what various stake holders are trying to change.

The goal of this panel based program is to present views from all sides of the issues surrounding bail in California so attendees can be better educated and aware of a critical change that is occurring in our criminal justice system.

Networking and registration beginning at 11:30am. Program starts promptly at noon.
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Embassy Suites
Early Bird Members:$45
Early Bird Non-Members: $55
Members:$50
Non-Members: $60
News
EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION
Litigate, Don't Arbitrate?
By Robert Rosborough
As a mediator, it’s not surprising that I am often encouraging folks to explore alternatives to litigation. Of course, any mediator knows that there are situations where mediation is not going to work (even aside from the situation I often face, which is getting families to the table who are not in litigation.)  More >
President's Message
Inequality and Access to Justice
By Charles Dresow
Income inequality is very much in the news. There is no doubt that income inequality and differences in economic status lead to unequal access to justice. Discussion of unequal access and education on causes and solutions is an important role for our Bar Association.  More >
Bucking the Conventional Wisdom on Arbitration
By Howard M. Ullman
I come at arbitration from the perspective of someone who works as outside counsel at a large firm. In that connection, I have recently worked on arbitrations involving (or purporting to involve) a professional association asserting claims on behalf of its members against a health plan and complex international patent claims between two large companies.  More >
Practitioners, Beware! California's Anti-SLAPP Motions Can Happen to You: A Practical Overview
By Dannielle Campbell, Houman Chitsaz and Constance Yu
California’s anti-SLAPP statute can be one of the most powerful tools in any litigator’s tool box. Whether you practice in landlord tenant law, family law, business litigation or general civil litigation, claims that arise out of a defendant’s protected free-speech or right-to-petition activity under the statute expose the claims to an anti-SLAPP special motion to strike.  More >
The Brockbank Political Report
A Brief Look at Marin's November City Council Races, and a Further Look at the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates
By Greg Brockbank
A bit about the last of the odd-year races in Marin and more about the Democratic presidential candidates.  More >
COMMUNITY PROFILE
Laurie Vaala-Olsen and the Marin County Law Library
By Tim Nardell
This month the Marin Lawyer spotlights Laurie Vaala-Olsen, head librarian at the Marin County Law Library. Tim Nardell interviewed her and learned not just about her but even more about what’s happening at the library.  More >
Book Review
Noteworthy Books, Briefly Noted
By Tim Nardell
In those moments of free time after finishing work on that summary judgment motion or prospectus, or after reading those hundreds of pages of case law, commercial contracts, discovery motions, or trust documents, it’s nice to pick up a good book before getting sucked into the maelstrom of the 24-hour news cycle or pulled into the Netflix/cable-TV vortex. Here are a few books that I’ve checked out over the past few months that have helped keep me engaged in the world of ideas.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
Buckelew Programs
By Barrett Schaefer
Buckelew Programs helps people with mental health, addiction and related behavioral health challenges. Clients are able to lead healthier and more independent lives, strengthening families and our communities in the process.  More >
MARCH LUNCHEON RECAP
Pro Bono Lunch Roundup
By Tim Nardell
Legal Aid of Marin and MCBA hosted the 2019 Pro Bono Appreciation Awards lunch on Wednesday, March 28 at MCBA’s favorite lunchtime haunt, the McInnis Park Club Restaurant. More than one hundred turned out as the skies cleared momentarily. Scattered showers of bar members and Legal Aid staff mixed it up with sprinklings of local dignitaries, judges, and honorees.  More >
Notices
DRAFT LOCAL RULES: MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
The Judges of the Marin County Superior Court have approved a draft set of proposed Local Court Rules to go into effect July 1, 2019. Comments are due to the Court by May 10, 2019 by 4PM. For more information and a link to current local rules, please follow link below.
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The Marketplace
The Marketplace is where MCBA members place classified ads on the MCBA website. Post a job ad, list an office for rent, offer a service, and more.

Looking for a new space or employment opportunity? Be sure to check out The Marketplace.
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Link to April 2019 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the April 2019 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.
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Calendar
Thu | Apr 04 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Tue | Apr 09 | 12-1P
Labor and Employment Law | Labor & Employment Brown Bag Series
What’s New in Employment Laws for 2019 and Highlights of 2018
Kelly Savage Day
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Apr 17 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Probate & Estate Planning Section Meeting
Tax Issues When Settling a Trust or Estate Dispute
Ryan J. Szczepanik | Hartog Baer & Hand, APC
Brandon Spivak | Hartog Baer & Hand, APC
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Apr 24 | 11:30-1:30P
General | Member Luncheon
Cash Bail Bond Reform
Alisha Krupinsky | Marin County Probation Department
Marisa Lagos | KQED News
Dorilyn Ahana | Chief Deputy District Attorney, Marin County
Tunisia Owens | Policy Manager, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | May 02 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Tue | May 14 | 12-1P
Labor and Employment Law | May Employment Labor Section Program
Legal Developments in LGBTQ Employment Law Discrimination
David Nahmias, Esq. | Law Fellow, Impact Fund
Lindsay Nako, ESQ. | Director of Litigation and Training, Impact Fund
1.0 CLE | Bias
Thu | May 16 | 12-1P
Construction Law | Section Meeting: Construction Law
Construction Law Section Meeting
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Megan Braga
megan.braga@gmail.com
408 201 4664
Government

Robert Cartwright, Jr.
The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc.
rob@cartwrightlaw.com
415 433 0444
Affiliate Attorney

Holli Thier
Holli P. Thier & Associates
hollithier@gmail.com
415 407 4843
Attorney Membership

Alexander Vahdat
Keegin Harrison LLP
avahdat@keeginharrison.com
415 456 4000
Attorney Membership

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