An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: Greg Brockbank
Marin Bar Association
October 2019 Articles
Click here for a PDF of all the October 2019 Articles.
Wed | Oct 23 | 11:30-1:15P
General | 2019 Annual Judges Luncheon
Meet Our Marin County Judges SOLD OUT
Enjoy lunch with friends old and new as we honor our Marin County Judges. Register early: this is our most popular event of the year!

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM: Registration & Networking
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM: The Luncheon Program

SOLD OUT. Contact MCBA office to be added to wait list 415 499-1314
Plated Lunch
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Editor's Introduction
Internment, Forgiveness, and Mediation, Not All at Once
By Robert Rosborough
Learn about the legal and personal history of Japanese American internment, the role of forgiveness in ADR, and what makes for a good mediator and mediation.  More >
President's Message
Been Through the Fire Before
By Charles Dresow
Our Constitution is an aspirational document, seeking to protect ideals of our human rights and liberties. As the political dialogue of our country devolves into name calling and disorder, our Constitution provides not only guidance but something more important: Hope.  More >
What Forgiveness Offers Plaintiffs in ADR
By Eileen Barker & Barbara Monty
Any discussion of forgiveness must start with at least a brief summary of what we are talking about when using the term “forgiveness.”  More >
The Korematsu Case: Supreme Injustice for 40 Years
By Stan Yogi
In 2017, Stan Yogi, a former staff member of the ACLU of Northern California, wrote the article that follows, which we reprint in a slightly shorter version in anticipation of MCBA’s annual MCLE Fair on November 14th. Dale Minami, one of Fred Korematsu’s lawyers who successfully overturned Korematsu’s WWII conviction decades later, is the keynote speaker at the Fair’s lunch.  More >
All I Really Need to Know About Mediation I Learned in Kindergarten
By Gordon D. McAuley, Esq.
Robert Fulghum’s poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” reminds us of the guidelines for living a good life in our global schoolhouse filled with other classmates. Arguments sometimes result from forgetting these guidelines.  More >
Director Profile
Kelley Reid
By The Marin Lawyer
The Marin Lawyer recently sat down with MCBA Director Kelley Reid, Partner in the San Rafael office of Borton Petrini, LLP.  More >
Nonprofit Profile
How to Stop Worrying and Start Doing Something About Climate Change with Environmental Forum of Marin
By Greg Brockbank
Founded nearly 50 years ago, Environmental Forum of Marin (EFM) raises environmental awareness through lecture series and in-the-field training of future environmental leaders. Its programs have produced notable environmental advances in Marin.  More >
Marin's November City Council Elections, a Sneak Peek at Our March Primary Election, and Yet Another Look at the Presidential Race
By Greg Brockbank
Find out where the action is in Marin's November elections, look ahead to its March elections and get the latest on the Presidential primaries.  More >
MCBA Membership Luncheon Report: A Conversation with Retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar
By Greg Brockbank
At the September 25 membership luncheon, MCBA was honored to welcome recently retired California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar, a long-time Ross resident who served on the Court for 23 years after Governor Pete Wilson appointed her in 1994. MCBA Board member Marie Barnes introduced and interviewed Justice Werdegar.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Monty White LLP
Monty White is delighted to add Tara Higgins to its premiere group of thirteen attorneys with offices in San Rafael, Santa Rosa, and Palm Desert.
Monty White LLP >
Ragghianti Freitas LLP
Ragghianti Freitas welcomes new lawyers Tim Barteau, Habib Bentaleb and Peter Spoerl.
Ragghianti Freitas LLP >
Presented by the: Marin County Bar Association, Marin County Women Lawyers, and Marin County Legal Professionals Association.

Keynote Speaker: Dale Minami, Prominent Civil Rights Lawyer and ABA Medal Recipient.
  • 7 MCLE credits with Bias, Ethics, and Substance Abuse (4 credits half day).
  • Intriguing Topics
  • Full Day Session and Half Day Session Options
  • Early Bird Pricing ends 10/25/19
Visit event page for details.
Info & Registration >
Marin County Superior Court: Draft Revision of the Uniform Local Rules of Court
The Judges of the Marin County Superior Court have approved a draft set of
proposed Local Court Rules. As authorized under California Rule of Court 10.613,
they are posted on the Court’s website. Click here for Draft

Should an individual or organization not have access to the internet, a printed
copy of the Local Rules of Court may be obtained at a cost of $40.00 by writing
the Court at:
Court Administration
Marin County Superior Court
P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913-4988
Should you need additional information regarding the proposed revisions, please
email or call Court Administration at (415) 444-7020.
Written comments or proposed changes should be submitted to the above no
later than Monday, November 11, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
MCBA Election of 2020 Board Officers and Directors
The Annual Meeting of the Marin County Bar Association will take place on October 23, 2019, at noon, at McInnis Park Club Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903, during the Judges Luncheon.

At the meeting, MCBA Members will vote to elect the 2020 Directors and Officers. The MCBA Nomination Committee is pleased to announce the following slate:

President Susan Feder
President Elect J. Timothy Nardell
Treasurer Robert Rosborough
Secretary Scott Buell

Past President Charles Dresow
5 Year Past President Matthew White

New Directors to serve through 2022:
Emily Charley
Kristine Cirby
Christopher Locke
Ann Munene
Karthik Raju

Board Member Appointment for 2019–2020 Vacancy:
Chelsea Heaney

This notice to Members is provided in compliance with the Bylaws of the Marin County Bar Association, Sections 3.2, 3.4.1, and 3.5.
October 2019 Articles
Click the link below for the October 2019 Marin Lawyer articles. Easily browse or print the articles for offline reading.
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Tue | Oct 15 | 11:45A-1:15P
Family Law | Section Meeting
DissoMaster and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Art Grater | DissoMaster Co-creator & Consultant
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Oct 16 | 11:45A-1:15P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
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
Contractor Licensing Laws in California
Gregory R. Shaughnessy
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Oct 17 | 11:45-1:15P
Real Property | SOLD OUT Section Meeting
Coming To Where You Live--Statewide Rent Control
Vincent J. DeMartini | DeMartini and Walker Law Offices
Neusha N. Ghaedi | DeMartini and Walker Law Offices
Leonard A. Rifkind | Rifkind Law Group
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
Thu | Nov 07 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Mentor Meeting
Probate and Estate Planning: Mentor Meeting
Tue | Nov 12 | 12-1P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
Cyber Security and Data Privacy--How Do Employers Deal With It, What Liability Arises?
Stephanie P. Skaff | Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Nov 14 | 8A-4:30P
General | 12th Annual MCLE FAIR
Keynote Luncheon: Dale Minami, Civil Rights Lawyer and 2019 ABA Medal Recipient
Luncheon Buffet
Tue | Nov 19 | 12-1P
Family Law | Section Meeting
Practice Tips from the Family Law Clerks and Staff
Hon. Verna A. Adams | Marin County Superior Court
Patty Okubo | Courtroom Clerk to Judge Verna A. Adams
Vita Johanson | Court Operations Manager
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Christopher Johnson
510 406 8340
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Matthew Lewis
Payne & Fears LLP
415 738 6853
Attorney Membership

Lucia Martel Dow
415 509 3823

Melissa Smith
Wells Fargo Private Bank
415 945 2357
Affiliate Non-Attorney Member

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