San Francisco Paralegal Association


  • 08/28/2017 8:51 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)





    SEPTEMBER 14, 2017



    6 PM - 10 PM

    *Dancing 9 PM - 10 PM

    Visit for the latest information on this year's event.





    ZAHRA BILLOO is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Zahra joined the speaker lineup at the Women's March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his "Muslim Ban" Executive Orders.


    In the course of her work at CAIR, Zahra is frequently seen at mosques and universities facilitating trainings and workshops as a part of CAIR's grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. She also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News.






    Own one of only 60 guitars in existence made to commemorate Carlos Santana's latest studio album, Santana IV! The autographed guitar includes a carrying case and a letter of authenticity.




    If you're a fan of Haagen-Dazs ice cream and the San Francisco Giants, this night-in-the-city package is for you! The package includes a one night deluxe accommodation stay for two in the "Sweet Suite" and 4 Club tickets to the Giants vs Padres on September 29.




    Book your dream vacation to Morocco's majestic Kasbah du Toubkal this year! Explore some of the best views in North Africa from your ensuite located in the Atlas mountains and only 65 Km from Marrakech.



    Visionary Level

    Kazan, McClain, Satterley, &  
    Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP 

    Partner Level

    Dan Purcell and Heather Hanly
    Fenwick & West LLP
    Law Offices of John E. Hill
    Outten & Golden LLP
    Advocate Level

    Beneficial State Bank
    Boxer & Gerson, LLP
    Cooley LLP
    Durie Tangri LLP
    Kazan McClain Partners' Foundation
    Kirkland & Ellis Foundation
    Law Office of Andrew Wolff, P.C.
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Morrison & Foerster
    Sergio and Amelia Garcia Family Foundation
    Shartsis Friese LLP
    Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
    Steve and Lori Taylor
    Sundeen & Salinas
    Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP
    Winston Strawn LLP

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  • 08/27/2017 6:45 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

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    Former California Supreme Court Associate Justice and long-time UC Hastings Professor Joseph Grodin







    Produced by Peabody Award winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg '75, this short film celebrates the distinguished career and work in the law of former California Supreme Court Associate Justice and long-time UC Hastings Professor Joseph Grodin. 



    In Pursuit of Justice: The Life & Legacy of Joe Grodin, premiered on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at a university event marking the year of Grodin’s 85th birthday and the release of the latest edition of his book on California constitutional law. The tribute was part of a Conference on Advancing Equal Access to Justice, a cause close to Grodin’s heart, which UC Hastings and Stanford Law School cosponsored. At the premiere, UC Hastings raised money to establish a fund in Prof. Grodin’s name that will support legal access for low-income workers.


  • 08/26/2017 5:40 PM | Vincent Yasay (Administrator)

    Alameda County Bar Association

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    This program is designed to assist attorneys who are not familiar with the landscape of immigration law to identify and understand basic immigration legal issues. Come learn how to recognize and address immigration-related issues that might arise in your practice. Issues related to the current political climate will also be highlighted.


    Jonathan McNeil WongJonathan McNeil WongDonahue Fitzgerald, LLP

    Jonathan McNeil Wong heads the firm’s immigration and nationality law practice, advising and representing domestic and international companies that are hiring foreign nationals to work in the United States. He recommends immigration strategies to employers and represents them before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has handled the immigration process for U.S. companies seeking the services of foreign engineers, scientists, technical specialists, and marketing and operations personnel in diverse business sectors ranging from architecture to zoological science. He is also experienced in the transfer of foreign executives, managers, and other key personnel to American branches of foreign companies. In employment circumstances involving access to trade secrets and other proprietary information, he assists employers in evaluating the foreign worker’s background and structuring a relationship that protects his clients’ interests. Jonathan obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Davis.

    Register Here

    September 5, 2017
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    1000 Broadway, Suite 480

    1.5 hrs general credit

    The Alameda County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

    FREE for ACBA Members
    $115 for Non Members

    Light lunch provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please plan to bring your own food.

    Please note: There is a $10 fee for day-of and walk-in registrations

    The ACBA does not provide refunds for MCLE/event registrations, but registrations are transferable to another attendee for the same program.
    To Register:
    Call 510-302-2201
    Mail check (payable to “ACBA”) to:

    ACBA, Attn: MCLE
    1000 Broadway, Suite 480, Oakland, CA 94607

  • 08/26/2017 7:32 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Contra Costa Bar Association


    Tuesday, August 29, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


    Event provided by CCCBA




    Michael Meinert—Consumer Attorney



    Stops Along the Route:

    Credit Bureaus / Credit Reporting
    Identity Theft
    Collection Agencies / Collection Practices
    Foreclosures / Homeowner's Bill of Rights
    Homeowner's Associations
    Construction / Contractors


    Get the real untold stories about the pressing and yes, sometimes confusing issues and entities we as consumers face every day. Your consumer savvy will hit new heights after this program.



    Michael Meinert is an experienced litigator and Owner of Meinert Law.  Prior to opening his own solo-practice, Michael was an Associate at two major firms in the Bay Area, interned at the Washington Attorney General’s Office and Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office during law school and was a paralegal prior to attending law school.  He focuses on Consumer and Construction law.


    Michael R. Meinert
    Meinert  Law
    2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 300,
    Walnut Creek, CA 94597




    Members: When you register, we’ll calculate the best price based on your membership level and section membership. Not a member? Join today to take advantage of discounted pricing on all CCCBA events.

    Full Price Early Bird Price
    Section Member Special Pricing
    Barristers Section (10 yrs or less) $10.00
    Special Member Pricing
    Law Student $10.00
    New Admittee Attorney (1st yr of practice only) $10.00
    Members $15.00
    Non-Members $20.00



    Court Staff $5.00



    Contra Costa County Bar Association - Building Conference Room
    2300 Clayton Road, Suite 510
    Concord CA 94520

    Main Phone: (925) 686-6900



  • 08/26/2017 7:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    California Courts Newsroom

    August 25, 2017



    Judicial Council Public Affairs



    Today, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye joined Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Bob Hertzberg and Assemblymember Rob Bonta in a joint statement commiting to work together on reforms to the state's bail system "that prioritize public safety and cost-efficiency." 


    Said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye: “During my State of the Judiciary address last year I suggested that the current bail system may not effectively serve its intended purpose of protecting public safety and ensuring court appearance without disproportionately impacting low-income Californians. I subsequently appointed a Pretrial Detention Reform Work Group to study current pretrial detention practices and provide recommendations for potential reforms. I look forward to sharing these recommendations with the Governor and Legislature as we work together to improve our bail system."


    Discussions will continue throughout the fall on Senate Bill 10 – the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 – which is authored by Senator Hertzberg and Assemblymember Bonta. The bill will be revisited in early 2018.



  • 08/25/2017 4:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco


    August 27, 2017: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    Meet the judges of San Francisco Superior Court during a free community forum and reception. Judges and representatives from several San Francisco Superior Court departments will be on hand to explain their departments and answer your questions about the Court, processes and more. After the moderated discussion, there will be light refreshments and a time to meet the judges.

    These court departments will be represented: Civil Harassment/Restraining Orders, Family Law, Housing, Traffic, Small Claims, Access Self-Help Center and the Jury Service Department.



    Third Baptist Church of San Francisco
    1399 McAllister Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115



    Program: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


    Event Code: P178408


    Please call (415) 982-1600 and ask for the Continuing Legal Education department.



  • 08/24/2017 7:04 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco


    The Arbitration Section


    August 24, 2017: 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


    MCLE Credits - 1 H, Reception to follow.


    Mediating Commercial Disputes: Preparation and Best Practices:

    Knowing the rules and conventional approaches for commercial mediation, and preparing to use that knowledge to help your client obtain the best results from mediation.



    Ralph Zappala
    Busby Zappala & Sanchez LLP



    • Why Mediate?
    • Contractual Provisions for Mediation
    • How to Assist your Client in Mediation
    • Selecting the Mediator
    • Letting Mediation Work


    Section Chair: John Worden, Schiff Hardin LLP



    BASF Conference Center
    301 Battery Street
    3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111



    MCLE Registration: 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Program: 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.



    BASF Student Member $35.00
    Section Member $45.00
    BASF Member $55.00
    Government $55.00
    Nonprofit $55.00



    Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.



    Event Code: G174106



    Call (415) 982-1600 and ask for the Continuing Legal Education department.












  • 08/24/2017 7:02 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal

    August 24, 2017

    By Jason Tashea



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    Prosecutors in California are about to receive a lot more mail.

    The ACLU of California released Hey, Meet Your DA!, an interactive website where people can learn about and directly contact any of the state’s 58 county prosecutors. The intent is to bring the criminal justice reform movement to district attorneys’ offices around the state.


    “District attorneys are among the most powerful elected officials in local government,” Ana Zamora, criminal justice policy director with the ACLU of Northern California, said in a statement. “The decisions they make impact the lives of millions of people, including families and entire communities.”


    The project is active in all 58 California counties and provides background on the role of DAs, a portal to contact the prosecutor’s office and the public positions DAs took on criminal justice ballot initiatives. Collectively, this project shines a light on a democratically elected, but often overlooked role.


    “Bringing a community organizing ethic to what has previously been a blind spot of the movement — the role of DA’s — we are going to be able to imagine larger systemic changes that can change the trajectory of California’s addiction to incarceration,” Raj Jayadev, executive director of Silicon Valley De-bug, said in and emailed statement.


    Accompanying the website is a report from the ACLU of California and the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard Law School. The report looked at four criminal justice ballot initiatives that became law in California since 2012. These initiatives included reforming the three-strikes law, increasing youth access to parole and the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults.


    While the user can drill down to the positions taken by individual DAs, the juxtaposition between an initiative’s outcome and the public position of the prosecutors is stark. For example, the report shows that Prop 36, which narrowed the state’s three strikes law in 2012, passed with nearly 70 percent of the vote, however only three of the 58 DAs publicly supported the initiative.


    “It’s a simple and catchy way to see what DAs do,” says John Pfaff, professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and author of Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.


    Pfaff says that the focus on all counties, and not just population centers, increases the value of this project. “Smaller community DAs are becoming more punitive, or at least no less aggressive,” he argues. “Making it easy to understand what these smaller county prosecutors are doing is incredibly important.”


    The website reflects a national trend in the criminal justice reform movement to elect DAs interested in systemic reform. Due to the discretion given to prosecutors, advocates see these elections as a key way to achieve change without the longer slog associated with legislative lobbying and impact litigation.


    Philanthropist George Soros, for example, funneled more than $3 million into seven races in six states during the 2016 election cycle, according to Politico. He continues to spend money in local prosecutor races, including the one for district attorney of Philadelphia in which Larry Krasner won the Democratic nod this past spring.


    As for the new project in California, it is too early to know what the impact will be. However, the increased national focus on elected prosecutors seems to be working, says Pfaff.


    “It used to be that DAs would almost never lose a race … Now, we are starting to see incumbents getting ousted in primaries and general elections,” he says.






  • 08/24/2017 7:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal

    August 23, 2017

    By Lee Rawles





    The ABA has reaffirmed its opposition to breaking up the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


    The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law has scheduled a hearing for Thursday in Phoenix titled “Rebooting the Ninth Circuit: Why Technology Cannot Solve Its Problems.”


    “Contrary to the conclusory title of your hearing, the ABA believes that technological and procedural innovations have enabled the Ninth Circuit to handle caseloads efficiently and maintain a coherent and consistent body of law,” wrote Patricia Lee Refo in a policy letter (PDF) to the subcommittee on behalf of ABA President Hilarie Bass. Refo is a partner with Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix and has held many positions within the ABA, including as chair of the House of Delegates from 2014-2016.


    Earlier this month at the ABA Annual Meeting, the delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution that opposed a split of the 9th Circuit.


    A report submitted along with the resolution provided some historical context for the proposal to split the 9th Circuit. The Hruska Commission, whose recommendations led to the split of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit and creation of the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, had recommended in 1975 that the 9th Circuit also be split. Although the ABA initially supported that recommendation, it was technological advances made by the 9th Circuit that led the association to change its position on a split in 1990. The ABA made that decision “on the basis that procedural changes and court management innovations allowed the circuit to manage its rising caseload without sacrificing quality or timeliness,” the report stated.


    Widespread opposition to breaking up the circuit by lawyers, judges and businesses within the 9th Circuit were pointed out during the House’s deliberation, and Refo mentioned that opposition in her letter. Refo also pointed out that the past three chief judges of the 9th Circuit have all vocally opposed a split.


    Refor quoted a statement by former Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee last March: “Our geographic size has forced us to experiment and innovate. The size of our judicial corps has given us the resources to develop and deploy innovative techniques.”


    Refo urged the subcommittee to “refocus its efforts on assuring that the Ninth Circuit (and the entire federal judiciary) has access to the best technological resources available to perform its adjudicatory functions efficiently and impartially and in a manner that offers litigants timely access to the courts.”





  • 08/23/2017 7:02 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco  


    The Mediation Committee 


    August 24, 2017: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


    MCLE Credits - 1 H



    What every mediator should know about forgiveness and the pivotal role it can play in resolving legal disputes



    Honorable Roy Chernus
    Marin Superior Court

    Dr. Fred Luskin
    Director & Co-Founder
    Stanford University Forgiveness Project

    Barbara Monty
    Monty White LLP

    Eileen Barker
    Founder, The Path of Forgiveness




    • What Forgiveness is and Is Not - Dispelling Common Myths and Misconception
    • Two types of forgiveness and when each applies
    • Creating the conditions for apology and forgiveness
    • Examples of legal disputes and mediations in which forgiveness has been used successfully
    • Tools that can be helpful not only to our clients, but to ourselves

    Section Chair: Mark Petersen, Farella Braun + Martel LLP




    BASF Conference Center
    301 Battery Street
    3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111




    MCLE Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Program: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.




    BASF Student Member Complimentary
    Section Member $40.00
    BASF Member $50.00
    Government $50.00
    Nonprofit $50.00
    Non-Member $65.00



    Note: All prices increase by $10.00 on the day of the program.


    Event Code: G174107


    Please call (415) 982-1600 and ask for the Continuing Legal Education department.




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