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January News, Notes & Events
Marin Bar Association
Wed | Jan 27 | 12-1P
General | Membership Meeting
The News About the News
MCBA kicks off the New Year with a timely topic. In the era of not just 24-hour cable news, but 24-hour Twitter and Facebook feeds and the proliferation of increasingly specialized social media outlets, the news is everywhere. Is it actually news? Spencer Michels of the PBS Newshour will discuss the fragmentation of our public sphere and the universes of alternate facts that have taken the place of objective journalism. What is the future of news? A Marin resident, Michels has been cast in the roles of author, producer, and correspondent over his 40-plus-year career in journalism. Since 1991, he has created hundreds of reports on all manner of issues for the PBS Newshour, winning several Emmys--among other awards--in the process.

Joining Spencer Michels will be Berkeley Law's Executive Director of Public Good Law Center, Ted Mermin, and Facebook's Director of Policy Management, Nell McCarthy. They will be addressing free speech and the regulation and power of social media. The program will allow time for questions on this topic that is--you guessed it--much in the news today.

Moderating the panel will be Alex Vahdat, Keegin Harrison.
1.0 CLE | General
Location: Zoom Webinar
Members: $0
Non-Members: $35
Thu | Jan 28 | 5-6P
General | MCBA Fun Social: Virtual Gold Rush Escape Room
Are You Up for the Challenge?
Experience a live, hosted adventure from the comfort of your own home!
Getting out and meeting up can be a challenge right now but we know you still want fun and interactive ways to get together with MCBA colleagues. This award-winning virtual escape room creates a unique evening of competitive fun as lawyers become witty sleuths in a Gold Rush era backdrop. Instructions will be given by Virtual Escape Room. There will be five teams. Sign up early as there is limited availability.

This event launches our 2021 MCBA Legal Scholarship Fundraiser which is administered by 10,000 Degrees. In lieu of registration fees, we ask you to consider a donation to the scholarship fund. Last year, we awarded three accomplished and deserving law students with a nexus to Marin. Join us on February 11 at our Installation Celebration to hear from each of them.

Link to Donate to the Marin Community Foundation c/o MCBA Legal Scholarship Fund.
Or write a check to 10,000 Degrees c/o MCBA Scholarship Fund and mail to MCBA Office at 101 Lucas Valley Road Suite 326, San Rafael, CA

This event is generously underwritten by Judicate West.
0.0 CLE |
Location: Virtual Escape Room by Zoom
President's Message
MCBA in 2021
By J. Timothy Nardell
MCBA's new president, Tim Nardell, discusses the new year, building community and helping others during these challenging times and previews upcoming MCBA events.  More >
Virtual 2021 Installation Celebration and Legal Scholarship Fundraiser

Thursday, February 11th

Induction of President J. Timothy Nardell & the 2021 Officers and Directors by the Honorable Richard Breiner (Ret.)

Info and Registration Coming Soon
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

The Marin Human Rights Commission is sponsoring a free online screening of the film Cracking The Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and will be hosting a special community conversation via Zoom to discuss the film. The Commission invites you to join it by watching the film independently and attending its virtual event.

Cracking The Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features stories that help to paint the picture of how race and racism operate in the U.S. It works to disentangle internal beliefs within and builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity. The Commission believes it offers us all an opportunity to learn more about the history and system of racial inequity as we work together towards a more equitable Marin.

The film is designed for dialogue and the Commission invites those who watched the film to join in a community conversation. The discussion will be facilitated by Anyania Muse, Equity Director of Marin County, who will be joined by special guest Dr. Shakti Butler, the filmmaker and a racial equity educator.

Individuals should independently view the film online and then join the Commission via Zoom on January 20th at 7pm to discuss the film. More information and registration is at You can also contact for more information.

Please note: MCBA is not a sponsor of this event.
Info & Registration >
Enrollment for 2021 Marin County Bar Association membership is open to attorneys and professionals. MCBA relies on your involvement and membership dues to continue its work. Members like you who make time to meet with their colleagues at MCBA events realize the value they derive from local connections. Please note: Online Directory deadline is January 31, 2021.

Don't let your MCBA membership and benefits lapse. Enroll in auto-renewal and securely store your credit card Information to simplify your membership renewals and event and program registrations.

Here's how to set up Auto-Renewal:
1) Log onto your membership portal (MCBA member profile)
2) Under "My Account" Click on Auto-Renewal Preferences
3) Click on "yes" Enroll me in Auto-Renewal
4) Select credit card or bill me
5) Enter the required information then SAVE

If you have problems accessing your account, please contact Denise Belli, at
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MCBA Member Listserv for Practice Areas
MCBA Members can join the listservs by clicking HERE. Signing up with your name and email address adds you to the MCBA-wide listserv. You can then check the boxes to be added to listservs for your specific practice areas. Because the listservs are opt-in, MCBA must approve each signup before you can send or receive emails.

Once you have been approved, use the following email addresses to email the listservs for your practice area(s):

ADR Section
Barristers Section
Business Law Section
Construction Law Section
Criminal Law Section
Diversity Section
Employment and Labor Law Section
Probate and Estate Planning Section
Mentor Group
Family Law Section
Intellectual Property Section
Litigation Section
Probate Litigation Section
Real Property Section
Tax Law Section

Note: The listservs are for MCBA Members only.
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Tue | Jan 19 | 12-1P
Family Law | Family Law Section Meeting
Court Update with Family Law Judges
Judge Verna Adams | Marin County Superior Court
Judge Mark Talamantes | Marin County Superior Court
Judge Sheila Lichtblau | Marin County Superior Court
Renee Flemett | Court Operations Manager, Marin County Superior Court
Commissioner Janet Frankel | Superior Court of California, County of Marin
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Jan 20 | 12-1P
Probate and Estate Planning | Brown Bag Probate & Estate Planning Section Meeting
Meet your new Section Co-Chairs and discuss the upcoming Programs and Events for 2021
Wed | Jan 27 | 12-1P
General | Membership Meeting
The News About the News
Ted Mermin | Berkeley School of Law, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Public Good Law Center
Spencer Michels | Author, PBS NewsHour
Nell McCarthy | Director of Policy Management, Facebook
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Jan 28 | 5-6P
General | MCBA Fun Social: Virtual Gold Rush Escape Room
Are You Up for the Challenge?
Sat | Mar 13 | 8:30A-4:30P
Alternative Dispute Resolution | Joint BASF and MCBA ADR Section
Arbitrator Certificate Training
New Members
Leilani Battiste
Marin County Counsel's Office
415 473 6117

Samantha Cox-Parra
415 686 4271
Affiliate Student

Jacy Dardine
Marin County Counsel's Office
415 473 6117

Laura Gibble
408 483 8829
Attorney Membership

Nathan Siedman
Law Office of Nathan M Siedman
415 868 1891
Attorney Membership

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