San Francisco Paralegal Association


  • 01/03/2019 9:45 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    San Diego Union Tribune

    December 31, 2018



    "Six months after a state Supreme Court ruling that forced local courts to provide court reporters in civil cases involving poor litigants, the courts are working to hire scores of reporters while state court administrators are gearing up to ask for additional funding in 2019."







  • 01/03/2019 9:43 PM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Los Angeles Times

    January 1, 2019


    "For minimum-wage earners, port truckers, farm laborers, sexual harassment victims, nursing mothers, high-powered female executives and workers injured on the job, 2019 offers reason to celebrate."






  • 01/03/2019 8:30 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    ABA Journal News

    January 3, 2019


    "The government shutdown caused by a stalemate over border wall funding has halted many proceedings in immigration courts and could soon impact federal courts."







  • 01/02/2019 5:00 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    New York Times

    December 29, 2018


    "This coming year marks the first time in two decades that a large body of copyrighted works will lose their protected status — a shift that will have profound consequences for publishers and literary estates, which stand to lose both money and creative control."






  • 12/30/2018 10:28 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco

    January 23, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Legal Ethics
    Lunch will be provided.



    John Sullivan
    Partner, Long & Levit, LLP

    Matthew S. Kahn
    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


    Jennifer Becker
    Partner, Long & Levit, LLP


    • Ethics issues affecting attorney's fees
    • Conflicts and disqualification
    • Anti-SLAPP
    • New Rules of Professional Conduct
    • Legal malpractice Standard of care; Causation







  • 12/30/2018 10:26 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco

    January 22, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    MCLE Credits - 1 H, This is a brown bag luncheon



    Patricia de Fonte
    Principal Attorney
    De Fonte Law

    Alice Shikina
    Principal Mediator
    Shikina Mediation and Arbitration

    The panel will consider multiple hypotheticals which address the secrets families hold and the challenging dynamics of family relationships. At its heart, estate planning is about families, and attorneys should do more than simply address taxes and trustee powers. They must address ex-spouses, estranged children, beneficiaries with substance abuse issues, beneficiaries with financial challenges, mistrust among family members, long-standing feuds and more. The panel will consider these challenges, advise how to facilitate conversations around these issues, and identify strategies for addressing them in estate planning documents.

    • Learn techniques used by mediators to facilitate emotionally difficult conversations
    • Learn what provisions to include in your estate plan to address challenging family dynamics
    • Learn how to bring value to your clients by being more than a document preparer





  • 12/30/2018 10:24 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco 

    January 22, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    MCLE Credits - 1 H, Lunch will be provided.


    Gretchen Hoff Varner
    Covington & Burling LLP

    Sara Thorpe
    Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP

    John DiMugno
    DiMugno Law

    Our panel of experienced insurance lawyers will address key developments in California insurance law during 2018. Whether you practice insurance coverage law, do insurance defense work, are a plaintiffâ€ÿs lawyer where insurance may be in play, or practice in-house, this longstanding annual program will bring you up to speed on the most significant insurance issues that could make the difference between winning and losing, and can help you avoid missteps that could cause policyholder clients to lose insurance, or could cost your insurance company clients greatly.

    • The Supreme Court decision in Ledesma, defining â€úaccidentâ€û and finding coverage for employers for intentional torts of employees
    • New Insurance Code Section 530.5 concerning efficient proximate cause in relation to landslide, mudslide perils
    • Developments concerning the duty to defend and independent counsel






  • 12/30/2018 10:22 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco 

    Ethical Duties and Electronically Stored Information

    January 20, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, in Legal Ethics Credit  



    Cory Hamma, Califorensics

    Electronically stored information is increasingly relevant in court cases. The types of digital information that can assist a client's case is ever-changing and expanding. This course aims to highlight these new items and explain how attorneys can capture the data and translate it into a format appropriate for court. It will also address the new standards for presenting court-admissible electronic data.

    • Key Terms
    • Overview of Formal Opinion 2015-193
    • Timeline of a Case
    • Example Cases
    • Ethical Duties Related to ESI






  • 12/30/2018 10:20 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco 

    January 18, 2019: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    MCLE Credits - 1 H, in Recognition and Elimination of Bias
    Lunch will be provided.


    Matthew J. Cahill
    Founder, Sr. Consultant w/the Percipio Company

    Bias resides in the 99+% of how we unconsciously process information in any given moment. Most of the time, it serves us very well. Understanding when it doesn't is key to improving our decisions, relationships and organizations. This workshop creates an open, immersive environment for exploring decisionmaking, inclusivity and proactive measures for increasing employee performance. The output is collective strategies for mitigation and empowering attorneys to own the processes.

    • Deepen their understanding of Unconscious Bias.
    • Understand how UB affects interactions & relationships.
    • Define the 5 most common cognitive biases and mitigation
    • Identify mitigation strategies to improve your practice.






  • 12/30/2018 10:18 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

    Bar Association of San Francisco 

    January 17, 2019: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
    MCLE Credits - 1 H, This is a brown bag luncheon.


    Jared. P. Hollett
    Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg

    Elise Shibles
    Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg

    The Trump Administration is moving quickly on trade issues that could have significant impacts on business. This program provides an overview of some of the latest developments. Areas of focus may include national security-related import restrictions, export controls and sanctions, trade agreement negotiations and renegotiations, efforts to reduce trade deficits, changes to trade preference programs, and new antidumping and countervailing duty measures.

    • China Trade Issues
    • Free Trade Agreement Updates
    • Presidential Authority (Actions: 301, 232, etc.)

    • Sanctions Updates
    • Export Controls: Emerging Technologies








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