Alameda County
Bar Association

October ACBA Programs and Events 

Important DatesOctober is shaping up to be another busy month. We have five standard MCLE programs on the books, complimented by our annual full day Labor and Employment Symposium and the VLSC Pro Bono Family Law Training series – which add a whopping 18 hours of MCLE credit to our calendar. Family Law and Landlord/Tenant attorneys will meet with Assistant Presiding Judge Morris Jacobson about the Court’s plans, and attorneys who want to be a judge will get one-on-one mentoring at the Judicial Application Workshop. All members are invited to attend the Labor and Employment Social at Lungomare in Jack London Square.

October 1, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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

Please sign up today for a meeting to learn more about the Alameda County Superior Court’s plans for 2016 and beyond, held in Judge Jacobson’s courtroom in Hayward. Assistant Presiding Judge Jacobson and other members of the Court will be explaining the Court’s plans and vision for Family Law in the future. In brief, the plans include:

  • Family Law will be consolidated in Hayward
  • Family Court Services and the Self Help Center will also be consolidated in Hayward
  • Additional Courts will be dedicated to Family Law

October 1, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Labor and Employment Section Fall Social

Please join the ACBA Labor and Employment Section for their fall social at Lungomare in Jack London Square. Network and catch up with your L&E colleagues while enjoying light appetizers from Lungomare’s delicious menu. While this social is FREE for ACBA members, registration is required. We hope to see you there!

October 7, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Current Landscape of the Student Loan Crisis

Student Loans Image with Piggy Bank, Grad Cap and MoneyPlease join the ACBA Bankruptcy and Barristers Sections for an overview of law governing student loan discharge in bankruptcy. This program will cover recent case law and legislation, administrative remedies, and non-bankruptcy options.

October 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10th Annual Family Law Pro Bono Training Series: The Basics

Local bench officers and experienced family law attorneys present on the following topics:

  • Family Law Overview, Getting Started
  • Working with Low-Income Clients and Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Motions, Hearings, and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Children’s Issues/Custody Child and Spousal Support; and Attorneys Fees
  • Property Issues
  • Getting it Done/Judgments

October 15, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What Lies Behind a “No”: Effective Negotiation in Practice and in Business

To have a successful, thriving practice, attorneys must be skilled in many forms of negotiation. The ability to negotiate solutions to conflict is key to resolving client matters, and to the smooth management of one’s own firm and business relationships. This program will discuss ways to becoming an effective negotiator. Topics will include: how to determine what someone else perceives to be true; determining the true reason behind another party’s “no”; and tips on creating “win-win” solutions.

October 16, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

L&E Symposium FB6th Annual Labor & Employment Symposium

Please join the ACBA Labor and Employment Section for a full day of MCLE programs designed specifically for labor and employment attorneys. Panelists include judges from Alameda County, tenured employment law attorneys, mediators, and jury consultants.

October 19, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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

Judge Jacobson, the recently elected PJ, has big changes in store for our courts. He reached out to the ACBA to set up a series of town hall-type meetings. Landlord/Tenant attorneys are invited to join Judge Jacobson in his courtroom to discuss the plan so far and to hear your feedback. These meetings are free of charge, but RSVPs are required.

October 20, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Barriers to Settlement

Road BlockWhether as a litigator, transactional attorney, or mediator, negotiating resolution is difficult for reasons that are both obvious and subtle. Rational decision-making often gets consumed by other factors, and the process towards resolution can feel arduous and inefficient. This program focuses on understanding the multiple barriers – strategic, psychological, cognitive, cultural, and structural – that impede the rational negotiation process. Learn how to become a better negotiator for yourself and your clients.

October 20, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQA and New Developments

EMAIL IMAGE What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQAThis program will provide an overview of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from its application to public agency decision-making to legal challenges regarding CEQA compliance with a focus on when CEQA applies, CEQA exemptions, negative declarations and environmental impact reports, as well as the unique procedural requirements and standards of review involved in CEQA litigation.

October 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Recent Developments in Common Interest Development Law

Please join the ACBA Real Estate Section for a program dedicated to recent cases, jury verdicts and settlements involving common interest development associations.

October 27, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Judicial Application Workshop

Judicial Application Workshop Email ImagePlease join us for a workshop designed to help trouble shoot your judicial application. Former JNE commissioners and current judges will be on hand to mentor each attendee one-on-one. After a short general session, each attendee will be assigned a 20 minute time slot with a mentor. Light refreshments will be available while you wait for your appointment.