Alameda County
Bar Association

September Upcoming Programs and Events 

This September, we have three town hall meetings, thirteen hours of MCLE credit, a Dine with a Judge lunch, a tailgate at the A’s vs Giants game, and a program dedicated to getting the most out of Social Security! It’s going to be a busy month, we look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Town Hall MeetingSeptember 2, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Rene C. Davidson)

Criminal Defense Town Hall Meeting

Judge Jacobson, the recently elected PJ, has big changes in store for our courts. He reached out to CAAP to set up two brown-bag town hall-type meetings. The information will be the same at both meetings where he wants to unveil his vision and hear your thoughts. These town tall meetings are FREE, but we ask that you please RSVP to reserve your spot.

Town Hall MeetingSeptember 3, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Hayward Hall of Justice)

Criminal Defense Town Hall Meeting

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September 9th and 16th from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

VLSC Guardianship Training Series: The Basics

This program will prepare participants to volunteer for VLSC’s guardianship clinics. There is a special set of skills needed when dealing with pro pers Guardianship cases – learn how to best serve these people from the folks who are in the trenches every day.

Gavel with ringsSeptember 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Mediating Same Sex Dissolutions: Legal Changes and New Realities

This program will review the recent legal changes, explain the impacts on same-sex couples, highlight the special concerns of non-traditional families and transgendered parties, and provide guidance to help mediators learn how to be effective in this arena.

Judge Noel WiseSeptember 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Dine with a Judge: Hon. Noël Wise

ACBA Barristers Section members are invited to join Alameda County Superior Court Judge Noël Wise for lunch and casual conversation.

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Nuts and  Boltsm Part V: PAGASeptember 15, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Labor and Employment Law Nuts and Bolts, Part V: Private Attorney General Act (PAGA)

Over a full decade after the implementation of the Private Attorney General Act of 2004, debate continues in both the legal community and the courts over some of the most fundamental elements of this statute. In this seminar, the panelists will provide insight from both sides of the aisle on the questions and controversies still surrounding PAGA claims, the challenges facing those now litigating them, and how the most recent court decisions will impact how these cases will be prosecuted and defended going forward.

Mechanics LiensSeptember 16, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Representing Contractors: Nuts & Bolts of Mechanics Liens

Handling construction payment disputes in California can be a turbulent process. But armed with the necessary legal knowledge, you can successfully manage even the most complex and costly situation. This lunch-hour program will enable you to recognize the scope of mechanics lien protections, and review available remedies and protections.

Effective Trial Presentation Using Technology:
Tips From a ProSeptember 17, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Effective Trial Presentation Using Technology

This program will cover presentation alternatives and their advantages/trade-offs (paper, Elmos, exhibit boards, PowerPoint, Trial Director / Sanction); equipment for presenting in court; trial presentation software; getting past objections to the use of visual presentations; cost recovery for trial presentation.

Anatomy of a Partition ActionSeptember 24, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Anatomy of a Partition Action

This program will provide an overview of a partition action from intake to judgment with a focus on the unique procedural requirements and practical issues that arise in such matters. Mr. Austin will present the litigation aspects while mediator Jim Hildreth will address strategies for dealing with the individuals often involved in partition actions from the ADR perspective. This program should be considered introductory in nature, yet useful to any practitioner interested in expanding their real estate practice.

The Art of Jury SelectionSeptember 24, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Art of Jury Selection

The class will cover the details and techniques involved in selecting a jury in a civil trial, including voir dire and challenges for cause. Topics for discussion include:

  • When do you start thinking about voir dire?
  • Use of mock juries – formal and informal;
  • Jury Questionnaires – Pros & Cons;
  • What areas do you need to voir dire on in every case?
  • The limited and unlimited voir dire;
  • Motions in limine about voir dire pocket briefs; and
  • What do you need to know about the courtroom, the judge and challenges, including how are the seats designated.
Battle of the BaySeptember 25, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Barristers Night Out: Oakland A’s vs SF Giants Game and Tailgate

The Battle of the Bay, or Bay Bridge Series, is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your peers while enjoying a fantastic evening of baseball. Please join us for a pregame tailgate in the parking lot (exact location TBA) with food and drinks before the game.

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Maximize your Social Security Benefits: Why You Need to Start Planning Now

Most of us are paying into Social Security but know little about how to maximize our benefits, which can be worth over $1 million for a couple retiring today. The most commonly used strategy of starting benefits at age 62 may not be optimal. Yet, the misperceptions about the program often lead people to make that choice. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of Social Security that will help them:

  • Avoid mistakes that leave money on the table
  • Learn strategies to maximize your benefits
  • Effectively use Social Security to help prevent outliving your assets
Roundtable Discussion: Labor and Employment LawSeptember 29, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion, Part VI: Labor and Employment Law

Please join the L&E and Barristers Sections for a follow-up discussion to the ongoing L&E Nuts & Bolts Series. This roundtable event will explore various hypothetical situations involving the initial procedures of employment law, retaliation/whistleblower claims, wage and hour litigation, harassment and discrimination, with a focus on PAGA (the topic of the L&E Nuts and Bolts, Part VI), and/or scenarios from the group.

Town Hall MeetingSeptember 30, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Probate Town Hall Meeting: Learn about the Court’s plans for 2015 and beyond

Please join Judge Jacobson for a meeting to discuss the Alameda County Superior Court’s plans for 2016 and beyond. The meeting will take place in Judge Jacobson’s courtroom in Hayward. Assistant Presiding Judge Jacobson and other members of the Court would like to discuss with interested lawyers the Court’s plan to move Probate to Hayward. The Court is interested in input from the Probate Bar on this change.

Litigating High Profile Cases MCLESeptember 30, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Litigating High Profile Cases

This MCLE will cover the ins and outs of litigating a high profile case. Do you know what to do when the media is in a frenzy about your case? Learn how to professionally and ethically handle the spotlight while protecting your client, advancing your case, and staying within the bounds of the ethics code.