An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
EDITOR: Robert Rosborough
July 2019 Articles
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Wed | Jul 24 | 6-8P
General | SF Marin Midsummer Mixer
Annual MCBA, CalCPA, and CFA-SF Mixer
Join MCBA, CalCPA, and CFA-SF for an evening of mixing and mingling among fellow industry professionals - CPAs, attorneys, enrolled agents, financial planners, banking and other financial professionals.

Socialize, connect, build professional relationships and friendships under an exquisite summer canopy with wine, appetizers, and many financial professionals from the Marin and Sonoma areas.

The mixer will be held on the lovely patio at 999 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael.

Delicious food from Comforts and a hosted bar. Must be 21 or over with proper ID to attend.
Location: Rafael Town Center Patio
Members: $40
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
From Preemptive Litigation to Mediation
By Robert Rosborough
In the trusts and estates world, stories of children suing their parents are, sadly, unsurprising. Stories of parents suing their children are rare.  More >
President's Message
An Invitation to Lead
By Charles Dresow
The Marin County Bar Association is thriving. Our Association’s membership is full of a diverse group of amazing lawyers who care about their clients and their communities.  More >
Understanding Invisible Threats and Rewards to Improve Mediation Results
By Patricia Prince
“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” Although addressing The Art of War, Sun Tzu’s axiom applies equally to litigated cases and speaks to the promise of mediation. One of the best offensive strategies for succeeding in mediation, as in war according to Sun Tzu, is to “[k]now the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.”  More >
The Magic of Mediation
By Randy Wallace
I cannot count how many times I have heard these four words uttered about mediation. No matter how hard, complex, emotionally charged, anxiety producing, or chaotic, the magic of mediation seems to find a way for intelligent people to make sensible decisions to solve their problems.  More >
Leveraging Inter Vivos Trust Petitions to Avoid Post-Death Trust Contests
By Andrew R. Verriere
Clients frequently demand “bulletproof” trusts from their estate planning attorneys. Concerns about contests based on lack of capacity, undue influence, or even claims that a family member procured the trust through financial elder abuse weigh on our clients’ minds. Unequal distributions or family members’ feelings of entitlement to certain property amplify these concerns.  More >
Diversity in Mediation
By Mary McLain, LLM, JD
Mediation plays a critical role in our justice system and faces a difficult, yet glaring, challenge with respect to a lack of diversity. Organizations, including but not limited to the American Bar Association and the United Nations, strongly believe that enhancing diversity in dispute resolution is integral to increasing the sustainability and relevance of mediation and arbitration.  More >
Member Profile
Daniel Rossi
By Scott Buell
The Marin Lawyer recently sat down with Dan Rossi, the new co-chair of MCBA’s Barristers section, at his office in San Rafael. Also present was Dan’s friendly black Lab, Zita.  More >
General Meeting Recap
Professor Rory Little on the U.S. Supreme Court's Recent Term
By Scott Buell
Yet another capacity crowd at the June 26th MCBA general membership meeting heard Professor Rory Little offer a captivating summary of the U.S Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term. The Court heard 69 cases, ten more than last term, but still well below the 150 or more typical of the 1980s.  More >
Movers & Shakers
MCBA Staff Update
Please join us in welcoming Denise Belli as the new Membership & Events Coordinator for the Marin County Bar Association. Denise brings with her an extensive background in event management and executive support. Look for Denise at MCBA meetings and events. You can reach her at
Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Proactively Protecting People
Marin County District Attorney's Office is hosting a program on gun violence restraining orders presented by the San Diego City Attorney's Office.
Date: July 25

Event location
Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers
3501 Civic Center Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903
Event from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The San Diego City Attorney's Office is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 2.0 hours of general credit (participatory). The Office of the City Attorney certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Free attendance.
Thank you! We Reached Our Goal!
The Marin County Bar Association participated in the Marin Food Bank's 2019 Food From The Bar campaign.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the following donors: Greg Brockbank, Helen Castillo, Charles Dresow, John McCall, Mary Stearns, Sara Taylor, Nancy Lee Willet, and Mee Mee Wong.

Due to your generous donations, we exceeded our goal. Thank you for joining us in the fight against hunger.
July 2019 Articles
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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
Wed | Jul 24 | 6-8P
General | SF Marin Midsummer Mixer
Annual MCBA, CalCPA, and CFA-SF Mixer
Thu | Aug 01 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Wed | Jan 22 | 11:30A-1:30P
General | MCBA Member Luncheon
An Update from Congressman Jared Huffman
Congressman Jared Huffman
Plated Lunch included with Registration
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Sep 05 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Wed | Sep 25 | 11:30A-1:30P
General | MCBA Member Luncheon
A Conversation with Retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar
Hon. Kathryn M. Werdegar (Ret.)
In Conversation with Marie Barnes | Esq.
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
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