An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
EDITOR: Robert Rosborough
Marin Bar Association
May 2019 Articles
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Wed | May 22 | 5:30-7:30P
General | MCBA Cocktail Reception
In Honor of our Past Presidents and Marin County Superior Court Judges

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins may register at the door. (cash or check only)
Members $50
Non-members $70

The forecast for the evening is clear. The current venue for the event is San Rafael Town Center Courtyard.

If we have to move the event indoors due to the weather, we will relocate to Ragghianti Freitas.

1101 5th Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

Join us for a night of friends and fun, without the speeches.

Marin County Bar Association will be honoring our Past Presidents and Marin County Superior Court Judges.

With the warm spring evening weather, light appetizers from Magnolia Park Café and a hosted bar, we want to encourage an evening of casual conversation and rekindling of connections along with a few brief remarks.

Marin County Bar Association is extremely grateful to our Presidents who have served the bar and to our Judges for their support and service of the many programs that we deliver to our members, the community and the courts.
Light Appetizers and Hosted Bar
Location: Rafael Town Center Conference Room
Members: $50
Non-Members: $70
Lurking Copyright Dangers in Online Linking, What Lawyers Can Learn from the Theater and More--Including Bourbon!
By Robert Rosborough
Have you ever tweeted a link to a photograph? Did you make sure the linked source had the rights to the photograph? Do you need to? Do you wonder what the theater can teach lawyers about courtroom skills? Find answers in this month's Marin Lawyer.  More >
President's Message
Criminal Justice Reform
By Charles Dresow
For better or for worse, our court system in general, and the criminal justice system in particular, has become the catch-all for our society’s ills. The results of our society’s failures to effectively address mental health, substance abuse, income disparity, homelessness and lack of affordable housing play out—tragically—every day in our criminal courtrooms.  More >
All the (Courtroom's) a Stage: Discussing Theater and Trial with Dr. David Ball
By Cynthia McGuinn and Daniel B. Pleasant
What do Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible have in common? Each playwright used dramatic forms to explore questions of justice, setting the action of each play in a courtroom setting where that theme can be explored.  More >
Linking to Content Online: Could Your Link Violate the Copyright Act?
By Naomi Jane Gray
The internet is awash in images. Many people who post an image online have not received permission to reproduce or display it. If you use an “in-line link” to an infringing image posted by someone else, are you liable for direct copyright infringement?  More >
The New Attorney Duty to Obtain Client Consent Before Mediation: Five Common Misapprehensions
By Rachel Ehrlich
Evidence Code section 1129 requires that all lawyers representing clients in mediation obtain their client’s written consent to mediate before mediating and after explaining the ramifications of mediation confidentiality (as provided in Evidence Code section 1115, et seq.)  More >
Winning Techniques for Depositions in Premises Liability Cases
By John M. Feder
A successful premises liability claim will almost certainly require the taking of depositions. This article discusses some tried-and-true strategies for positioning your premises liability case into a winning one, including sample questions, when the defendant is not an individual.  More >
Bourbon Justice
By Charles Dresow
Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America by Brian F. Haara describes how the history of American whiskey generally, and bourbon specifically, has influenced the development of our law as it applies to diverse areas such as taxation, trademark, intellectual property, and criminal justice.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
Ceres Community Project
By Susan Feder
“Meals that Nourish the Critically Ill and Empower Teens” Nothing conveys support and caring better than a healthy, home-cooked meal. Ceres Community Project has been providing that support to those in need for the past twelve years in the North Bay with free, healthy food for people in crisis. In the process, it empowers teens to learn about nutrition, cooking and the healing power of food.  More >
Sarah Léger
By Susan Feder
This month, the Marin Lawyer profiles new MCBA Board member Sarah Léger, a litigator with Ragghianti Freitas LLP in San Rafael.  More >
Marin County Law Library Update
By Donald Drummond
Check out new developments at the Marin County Law Library.  More >
Food From the Bar
The Marin County Bar Association is again participating in this year's SF-Marin Food Bank campaign: Food From The Bar!

For five weeks every year, the legal community comes together for one purpose: to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four people face hunger. Over the past 27 years, the Food From The Bar campaign has provided enough food for over 19 million meals! Join us in helping our neighbors in need.

Please join us in the fight against hunger and donate today.
LAM 6th Annual Jam for Justice
Please join Legal Aid of Marin on Saturday, June 1st for the 6th Annual Jam for Justice. A Speakeasy event to celebrate and raise funds to support access to justice in our community. Honoring Hon. Richard Breiner (Ret.) and Dottie Breiner and Canal Alliance. Learn More
Link to May 2019 Articles
Click the link below for a compilation of the May 2019 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.
May 2019 Articles >
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
Wed | May 15 | 12-1P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Meeting with the Court
Thu | May 16 | 12-1P
Construction Law | Section Meeting - Canceled
Construction Law Section Meeting
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Jun 06 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Wed | Jun 19 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Brown Bag Luncheon Series
The Trustee’s Tale: What Corporate Fiduciaries Wish Drafting Attorneys Would Consider and Discuss with Their Clients
Brett Mulberg | Vice President, SWS Estate Advisory Specialist, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Danielle R. Louton | Senior Vice President, and Senior Wealth Planning Strategist, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Elena V. Toulios | Senior Vice President, and Senior Estate Advisory Specialist, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Karen Sugihara | Senior Vice President, and Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager, Wells Fargo Private Bank
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Jun 26 | 11:30A-1:30P
General | MCBA Member Luncheon
The U.S. Supreme Court: Recent, Past, and Future Predictions
Professor Rory Little | Constitutional Law Professor, UC Hastings
Buffet lunch included with registration
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Jul 17 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Trustee Unchained: Decanting Has Come to California
Patrick Kohlmann, Esq. | Managing Partner, Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Aug 15 | 12-1P
Construction Law | Section Meeting
Construction Law Section Meeting
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Elizabeth Berg
Legal Aid of Marin
628 253 5734

William Segesta
510 527 3847
Attorney Membership

Asya Sorokurs
Legal Aid of Marin
415 492 0230

Alex Spaete
Stegner & Associates CPAs P.C
925 203 5014
Affiliate Legal Personnel

Andrew Verriere
925 253 1717
Attorney Membership

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