An Official Publication of
The Marin County Bar Association
Editor: Robert Rosborough
Guest Editor: James Sell
Wed | Oct 25 | 11:45-1:30P
General | SOLD OUT!
2017 Annual Judges Luncheon
Meet Our Marin County Judges
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.

Questions for the bench? Please send your questions to MCBA by Oct 18: email
Plated Lunch
Location: McInnis Club Restaurant
Thu | Oct 26 | 5:30-8:30P
General | SOLD OUT!
Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner
Honoring Judge Michael Dufficy (Ret.)
Gary Ragghianti, Esq. | Master of Ceremony
Please join the Marin County Bar Association in honoring Judge Michael B. Dufficy (ret.) with the MCBA Lifetime Achievement Award. The event honors Judge Dufficy’s commitment and service to Marin County, the bar association, and the Marin Superior Court, which has spanned over 52 years. Link to article.
Hors d'oeuvres and Dinner Buffet
Location: Jason's Restaurant
Thu | Nov 02 | 8A-1:30P
General | 10th Annual MCLE Fair
Co-Hosted by Marin County Women Lawyers

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: David Kelly
General Counsel and Vice President Basketball Legal Affairs for Golden State Warriors.

Six Sessions. Select from six MCLE programs that meet required Ethics, Substance Abuse, and Elimination of Bias requirements, as well as General MCLE credits.
Location: Embassy Suites
Editor's Introduction
Meditation, Fee Arbitration, Settlement Agreements, new Judge's Corner
By Robert Rosborough
Fall is in full swing, the days are getting shorter and it’s hard to believe that MCBA’s annual MCLE fair is only a month away.  More >
President's Message
Taking the Pledge
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
This month, we have a plethora of announcements and acknowledgments, in addition to my philosophical musings.  More >
Thoughts on Appearances
By The Hon. Mark A. Talamantes
As a general rule of civility, it’s important to be polite and to say “hello” properly, even in court. . . . Your appearance is very important. First impressions matter . . . and you can never say “please” or “thank you” too much.  More >
Apply for the 2017-2018 Mentorship Program
By Mee Mee Wong, Executive Director
The MCBA Mentorship Program supports the development of relationships for new MCBA members, or those who want to increase their connections within the MCBA and the legal community.  More >
September Event Recap
Cannabis: A Bird's-Eye View of the Wild, Wild West
By Craig Cox
With voter-approved recreational marijuana use rolling into California and other states, the legal landscape has become as hazy as the inside of a 1980s casino. Attorneys Habib Bentaleb and Lauren Vazquez provided a bird’s-eye view of the current status . . .  More >
Iqbal v Ziadeh: Your Release May Not Be as Broad as You Think
By James Sell
In Iqbal v Ziadeh (2017) 10 Cal.App.5th 1, plaintiff was hired by a used car lot, Yosemite Auto, to determine why a car recently towed to the lot wouldn’t start. Unbeknownst to plaintiff, the tow truck operator had disconnected the transmission shift linkage and then failed to reconnect it after towing the car.  More >
Mandatory Fee Arbitration for
By Scott Lueders
Earlier this year, an interesting question arose on the ACFLS listserve: Is an attorney who has acted as a mediator in a family law matter subject to the mandatory fee arbitration provisions of the Business and Professions Code? This article will discuss the applicable statutes and rules and provide an analysis of this question.  More >
Meditation Made Easy in Marin
By Robert Rosborough
Meditation is much in the news these days, from the cover of Time magazine to another CEO “coming out” as a meditator. As a meditation teacher, I encounter non-meditators who imagine that meditation is all about zoning out . . . an intro to a structured approach.  More >
Francesca Chang:
The Road Less Traveled
By James Sell
Most of us graduated from college, went to law school, passed the bar, and started grinding at the practice of law. But not MCBA member Francesca Chang, the daughter of a successful car salesman. She has taken a road less traveled and is doing something a little different with her legal training and perhaps a bit more interesting.  More >
Center for Domestic Peace: Making Marin a More Peaceful Place for all Women, Children, and Men
By James Sell
This MCBA Nonprofit Profile features the Center for Domestic Peace or C4DP, especially good and right this month for two reasons: 1) October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and 2) C4DP celebrates its 40th anniversary, striving to transform the world to one where domestic violence no longer exists, creating greater safety, justice, and equality for all.  More >
The October Scoop
The Gossip According to Matthew
By Matt White
News, gossip, and all the information you need to know about the Marin County legal and judicial community.  More >
Movers & Shakers
Nancy Murphy Celebrates 30 Years at Legal Aid of Marin
On August 10, Legal Aid celebrated Nancy Murphy’s 30th anniversary with Legal Aid of Marin. Nancy coordinates and administers the many LAM clinics: UD Mandatory Settlement Conferences, Bankruptcy, Senior Advice, Employment Law and Worker’s Compensation and individual Pro Bono representation cases. She joined Legal Aid of Marin in 1987 after The San Francisco Theological Seminary. Congratulations Nancy!
Legal Aid of Marin >
Foley & Lardner contributes 7,524 meals to Bay Area families through volunteer time and donations
In support of the SF Marin Food Bank, Foley & Lardner celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a firm-wide campaign to donate to Feeding America. Tom Brown, incoming MCBA President and a partner at Foley & Lardner said that 7,524 meals for families in the Bay Area were donated through volunteer time and monetary donations. Kudos to Foley for their tremendous efforts. And gratitude to our MCBA donors who participated in the "Bag with Phil” event recently. They celebrated with a private dinner and concert at Terrapin Crossroads. The evening was amazing!
Foley Volunteers at Food Bank >
Enrollment for 2018 Marin County Bar Association membership is now 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.

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2018 MCBA Board Of Directors Election
The 2018 slate nominees for MCBA Officers and new members to the Board of Directors will be voted upon at the October 25 General Membership Meeting, the Annual Judge’s Luncheon. The election of Officers and Directors shall be a plurality vote.

2018 Slate of Officers
President – Thomas Brown, Foley & Lardner
President Elect – Charles Dresow, Ragghianti Freitas
Treasurer – Caroline Joachim, Law Offices of Benjamin Graves
Secretary – Susan Feder, Judicate West/Susan Feder Mediation
Five Year Past President – Jessica Karner, Keegin Harrison

New Directors (to serve through 2020)
Marie Barnes, MB Law
Gregory Brockbank, Marin Law Center
C. Clay Greene, Greene Jordan Taubman & Dias
Nestor Schnasse, Strick Law Offices
Michael Wear, Marin County District Attorney’s Office
Tue | Oct 03 | 5:30-7:30P
Diversity | Gender Bias
Elimination of Bias Roundtable
1.0 CLE | Bias
Tue | Oct 10 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
The Rising Tide of Pay Equity Enforcement in California, San Francisco and Beyond
1.0 CLE | General
Wed | Oct 18 | 12-1:30P
Probate and Estate Planning | Section Meeting
The Black, the White, and the Grey of Estate Planning Tax Ethics : What Every Estate Planner Should Know About Circular 230, Mistakes, and Filing Returns
1.0 CLE | General
Thu | Oct 19 | 12-1:30P
ADR | Section Meeting
Mediator Resilience in High Conflict Cases
Lunch included with program
1.0 CLE | General
Tue | Nov 14 | 12-1:30P
Labor and Employment Law | Section Meeting
Tax Implications of Employment Case Settlements: The Latest Information Plaintiffs and Defendants Must Have
1.0 CLE | General
New Members
Polly Estes
Estes Law Group
415 376 9726

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