An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Habib Bentaleb
August 2019 Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the August 2019 Articles.
Wed | Sep 25 | 11:30A-1:30P
General | MCBA Member Luncheon
A Conversation with Retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar
Attend an unusual opportunity to hear Retired Justice Werdegar, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, serving from June 3, 1994, to August 31, 2017. Justice Werdegar will reflect on her experiences during her tenure on the bench. As the only female on the 19-member First District Court of Appeal when appointed to it in 1991, she served as one of four women on the seven-member state high court until her retirement. She served under three Chief Justices: Malcolm Lucas, Ronald M. George, and Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The program offers an engaging conversation of her tenure under each Chief Justice and insights to a contrasted past against today’s realities.

Register now to join us for the MCBA's Fall Lunch Conversation with Retired Judge Werdegar.

Registration and Networking will begin at 11:30 AM, the Presentation begins promptly at 12:00 PM.

Handout for Program Wed Sept 25
Buffet Lunch
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Embassy Suites
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
Weed, Elders and Sexual Harassment (Not Necessarily Together)
By Robert Rosborough
When I was in college, I never imagined being able to sit at my desk and order marijuana to be delivered to my door.  More >
President's Message
Inspiring the Next Generation
By Charles Dresow
I strongly urge all members of the Marin County Bar Association to consider creating internship opportunities for young law students or college students who are interested in a legal career.  More >
Doing (Cannabis) Business in Marin: The Current Landscape
By Habib Bentaleb
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, it’s impossible to have missed that cannabis is now legal in California.  More >
New California Laws in Response to the #MeToo Movement
By Brittny Bottorff
In response to the #MeToo movement, the California Legislature has recently implemented significant changes to existing law about sexual harassment in the workplace.  More >
How to Help Clients Struggling with Elder Care Issues
By Kira Reginato
When clients come to you because they are struggling with care for an aging parent or other relative, disentangling legal, medical and family issues can be challenging.  More >
Member Profile
Robert Epstein
By The Marin Lawyer
The Marin Lawyer recently sat down with Rob Epstein, City Attorney for San Rafael, who somehow manages to be both City Attorney and in private practice as well as have a family and life outside the law. Find out how he does it!  More >
Nonprofit Profile
New Beginnings Law Center
By The Marin Lawyer
Elissa Lasserre, a criminal defense lawyer for indigent defendants, founded New Beginnings Law Center in 2015.  More >
November Local Elections and the Latest on the Top Five Democratic Presidential Candidates
By Greg Brockbank
Some local cities and counties have long had their elections for local nonpartisan offices in even-numbered years, along with the major state and national partisan offices.  More >
Hiring Support Staff? What is a CCLS and Why Should You Care?
By Kristi Edwards
All attorneys who hire support staff should be aware of the CCLS program because when you hire a CCLS you are assured of hiring someone who has passed a comprehensive examination.  More >
SF Marin Midsummer Mixer Recap
CPAs, CFAs and MCBA Lawyers and Professionals joined for the 5th Annual Midsummer Mixer
By Mee Mee Wong
Under the early evening summer sun, members from CalCPA, CFA–SF and MCBA mingled...  More >
12th Annual MCLE Fair 2019
SAVE THE DATE for the MCLE Fair on Thursday, November 14th.
  • Full day program with intriguing speakers and topics.
  • 7 MCLE credits with Bias, Ethics, and Substance Abuse.
  • Convenient Single Track Programs for both Attorneys and Non-Attorney Legal Professionals. (Registrants may attend programs from either track.)
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
Deadline for California State Bar MCLE (N-Z) February 1, 2020.
Period: 2/1/17 - 1/31/20

Registration coming soon.
Member Directory 2019-2020
The MCBA Member Directory is going out and should arrive in your mailbox soon.

Please note, we changed the publication schedule for the printed directory and it will now be printed in late summer.
Call for 2020 Board Directors and Committee Member Applications
Leadership. Service to the Legal Community. Liaison to the Marin County Courts
Have you considered serving a 3 year term as a Board of Director for the Marin County Bar Association? Board nominations are due September 30 for review by the MCBA Nomination Committee. Email to learn more about the duties and an application form.

Committee Membership
Choose from several committees to flex your leadership skills and make a contribution to the legal community. Click here to learn more about the numerous committees. Interested in joining a committee? Email
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Many of our members have opted in to participate in the MCBA List Serv. Do you know what it is and have you signed up?

What is a list serv?
The list serv is a platform to ask relevant practice questions and receive answers from colleagues, post legal updates relevant to the membership, post job opportunities, employment needs or to let members know of upcoming events.

The list serv platform can be a powerful shared member tool providing additional resources and benefits. Members can opt to aggregate the list serv messages to one email the next day or receive emails when messages are posted. Each member can also unsubscribe. The default is to receive list serv messages when there is a posting.

Who Can Use It
Only MCBA Members who have opted in. Members misusing the List Serv will be removed from the participation list. The List Serv cost are currently being underwritten by MCBA and there will be a SPONSOR header in the future to support the costs of running the platform.

Ground Rules
What the list serv is NOT USED for:
Self promoting your practice or business (although requests for referrals, or self-referrals in response are ok). Using it as a platform for political statements and canvassing. Posting content that is deemed inappropriate or offensive.

To sign up, click here
FREE Training: Prosecution and Defense Roles in the Current Immigration Landscape
Tuesday, August 27th 3-5pm

The Office of the Marin County District Attorney invites you to take the below free training. The training is geared towards attorneys, but the information is relevant to our entire community. It also puts into context, the steps we take when considering immigration consequences in criminal cases.

The Immigration Legal Resource Center is frequently a resource for both Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys. Demystifying complicated Immigration issues is Rose Cahn’s specialty. We are honored to have her speak at the upcoming training. We hope to see you on the 27th.
August 2019 Articles
Click the link below for the August 2019 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.
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Mon | Aug 12 | 12-1:30P
Business Law | Section Meeting
Offshore Incorporation, Offshore Trusts and Offshore Residency
Kai McGriele | Partner, Bedell Cristin
Richard Parry | Senior Associate, Bedell Cristin
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Aug 15 | 12-1:30P
Alternative Dispute Resolution | Section Meeting
Lawyers As Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement
J. Kim Wright, ESQ | Mediator, Trainer and Consultant
Assorted sandwiches, Seasonal Fruit and Beet Salad
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Sep 05 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Mon | Sep 16 | 12-1:15P
Criminal Law | Section Meeting
Criminal Law Section Meeting: Cellphone Forensics: Applications in Discovery and Investigations
Cory Hamma, Director of Digital Forensics, Califorensics
1.0 CLE | General
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
Thu | Oct 03 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Wed | Oct 16 | 11:45A-1:15P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
Probate & Estate Planning Section Mtg: Hidden Truths About Advance Healthcare Directives--What You Never Learned In Law School
Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Elder Law Attorney, Mediator
Dr. Mikol Davis, Psychologist
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Oct 17 | 11:45A-1:15P
Construction Law | Section Meeting
Construction Law Section Meeting: Contractor Licensing Laws in California
Gregory R. Shaughnessy
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Oct 23 | 11:30-1:15P
General | 2019 Annual Judges Luncheon
Meet Our Marin County Judges SOLD OUT
Plated Lunch
New Members
Elizabeth Bohannon
Co.lab Coaching & Legal Services
415 686 9561
Attorney Membership

Angela Domenico
415 492 9230

Laura Drossman
Drossman Law
212 674 4747
Attorney Membership

Allison Etchebehere
Etchebehere Law Group
415 250 7104
Attorney Membership

Patrick Etchebehere
Etchebehere Law Group
650 288 0122
Attorney Membership

Carlos Gonzalez
Miller & Washington, LLP
415 513 3037
Attorney Membership

Cynthia Hernandez
707 537 8000
Attorney Membership

Kristin Kemnitzer
Kemnitzer Barron & Krieg
415 632 1900
Attorney Membership

Virginia Perkins
Anderson Yazdi Hwang Minton + Horn
650 212 5957
Attorney Membership

Lisette Varnese
415 786 2453
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MCBA encourages submission of articles that may interest the legal community. The editor reserves the right to publish, decline to publish, edit, or otherwise modify any submission. Editorial material should be sent to Marin County Bar Association by email.