Alameda County
Bar Association

November ACBA 2015 Programs and Events 

We hope to see you at a program or event soon!

mediator malpractice (Twitter)v1November 3, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ADR Section

Mediator Malpractice: What you need to know to avoid it

This lively program discusses how mediators have gotten into legal trouble and what you can do to protect yourself in terms of best practices. Claudia Viera and John Warnlof will address questions such as: Are you protected by quasi-judicial immunity? When does evaluative mediation become coercion? Is deviation from ethical standards considered malpractice? What are your obligations when you see attorney malpractice or misconduct in a mediation? This program will also include a discussion of the implications of a possible amendment to the Evidence Code which would allow the introduction of mediation evidence for claims of attorney-mediator malpractice or misconduct.

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November 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m. Business Section

Arbitration Clauses: Get the Language Right

This presentation will provide a how-to guide for business and commercial lawyers who are not litigators and who want to protect their clients in the event of a future dispute. Subjects will include:

  • what needs to be included in an arbitration agreement for it to be fair and enforceable;
  • the enforceability of on-line click agreements;
  • whether an arbitration clause is right for your business; and
  • the risks and strategies associated with class arbitration waivers.

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November 10, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ACBA

Hastings Alumni and Alameda County Judges Social

Please join the ACBA and the UC Hastings Alumni Center for an evening of networking and reconnecting with old friends and fellow Hastings alumni. Our last social was postponed because of the Warriors’ playoff game. Chancellor and Dean Frank Wu, Academic Dean Beth Hillman, and judges from the Alameda County bench will be mingling with our guests and sharing stories from their years at Hastings.


November 12, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. LRS

LRS Social

Your presence is requested at our very first LRS Social! As the year comes to a close, we want to show our appreciation for your service on the LRS. We have a lot to be proud of—in 2015 our 119 panel attorneys offered close to 2,000 consultations to people in need.

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November 17 and 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  VLSC and Real Estate Section

Assisting Low-Income Landlords in Unlawful Detainer Actions 2015

Please join the ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation and the ACBA Real Estate Section for this two-part training series, which will cover handling an unlawful detainer action from client intake through trial.

Note that all VLSC clients are carefully screened for income eligibility. Our low-income landlord clients are generally elderly individuals or homeowners whose sole asset is their home. Typically, they’ve rented out a room to help make ends meet, and issues arise leading to the need for an eviction.