Alameda County
Bar Association

April Upcoming Programs and Events 

Important Dates

We’ve got a full month of networking and continued education classes planned for April. Don’t miss out on our tech tips webinar series or our Spring Open House!

April 4, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. till the end of the game

Barristers Night Out: NCAA Watch Party (Overland Bar & Grill)

Please join us at Overland Bar & Grill to catch the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship game on Monday, April 4th. Appetizers will be provided. See you there!

April 6, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Webinar)

Tech Tips Webinar Series: Steps to Better Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

The Alameda County Bar Association is collaborating with Microsoft and their partners on a series of FREE technical webinars for ACBA members. On April 6th, Aseem Nayar from Epic Information Technology will present an educational Webinar on Steps to Better Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for businesses. Are you looking for tips on how to build lasting relationships with clients for repeat business, or for word-of-mouth referrals?

April 6, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Penelope Bar and Lounge)

Networking at the Bar – April (Sponsored by the ACBA Family Law and Trust and Estates Sections)

Please join us this April for the third of our monthly socials at Penelope in Oakland. In an effort to offer ongoing networking and social opportunities we will be hosting monthly socials to bring our members together in a friendly, laid back setting. Light snacks will be provided, no host bar. This social is sponsored by the ACBA Family Law and Trust and Estates Sections, but you don’t have to practice family law to attend!

April 13, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Don’t Follow Me: Social Media In the Work Place

Social media is ubiquitous in the workplace. Not only do employees routinely connect with each other, employers also directly engage their employees via social media. While there are plenty of positives, social media also poses plenty of pitfalls, from employee privacy to protected union activity. This program will spot the issues and offer practical strategies.

April 14, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

ACBA Spring Open House 2016

Stop by the Alameda County Bar Association’s downtown Oakland office for a warm welcome, a light bite, and an opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and colleagues.

Attorneys from the Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI) will be on hand to meet their fellow ACBA members and talk about this innovative new endeavor. BALI is a community of solo attorneys dedicated to providing affordable legal services and promoting social justice. This event is free of charge to members and their guests, but RSVPs are appreciated.Please RSVP by April 11, 2016 using this registration page or to Katrielle Veslenio by phone at (510) 302-2209 or email at

April 19, 2016 from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Trusts and Estates April Study Group

Members of the ACBA Trusts and Estates Section and EBTEL are invited to attend monthly meetings of the ACBA Trusts and Estates Study Group. The Study Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The study group is an opportunity for both new and experienced practitioners to ask practice questions, collaborate and learn.

April 20, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Case Review: Top Real Estate Cases 2015 to Present

Please join the ACBA Real Estate Section for an expert analysis of recent top real estate case decisions from 2015 and 2016. Roger Bernhardt and Christine Tour-Sarkissian will offer their expert analysis on the impact these case decisions have on California law.

April 20, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Regulators Reception 2016

Our annual Meet the Regulators Reception provides an opportunity for those who practice in the field to meet and network with other practitioners and the federal, state and local governmental regulators who serve as stewards for the environment.

Invited regulators will take a few minutes to informally talk about their agencies and roles. We invite you to enjoy wine and refreshments while socializing. If you are looking to break into environmental law, or just want to learn more about it, this event is a great opportunity to speak with both sides: practitioners and regulators.

April 21, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Biomedical Ethics: Conflicts That Truly ‘Are’ Matters of Life and Death

Please join the ACBA ADR and Trusts and Esates Sections for a program addressing the following questions:

  • What issues and decisions arise at the end of life?
  • How are these issues currently decided?
  • How does the continuing demand for organs effect death decisions?
  • What controversies are currently arising about the definition of brain death?
  • What disputes arise out of uses of assisted reproductive technology?
  • Are there intellectual and values-based inconsistencies that create difficult decisions at the beginning of life?
  • What role might mediators play in resolving these conflicts?

April 27, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

New Bankruptcy Forms Explained

Please join the ACBA Bankruptcy Section for a review of new bankruptcy standard forms. Speakers Jake Cline and Andrew Christensen will explain how these new forms impact your best practices.

April 28, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

When Family Law and Juvenile Dependency Intersect

Please join the ACBA Family Law Section for a program on the common issues that arise when family law and juvenile dependency cases collide. This program will cover:

  • Juvenile Dependency – When are cases in juvenile dependency versus family law, and when could your family law case turn into a juvenile dependency case? What do you do if it does?
  • Potential pitfalls for family law attorneys when it comes to juvenile dependency cross over issues.
  • CPS and their involvement, including how to get reports.

April 29, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m (Tribune Building)

Dine with a Judge featuring Judge Thomas Reardon

Dine with a judge lunches provide the unique chance to enjoy lunch and casual conversation with some of the Bay Area’s premier judges. Reserve your spot today, as space is limited to 10.

Sound intimidating? It isn’t! All participating judges enjoy reaching out to newer attorneys to share their experience, answer questions, and offer war stories. As an added benefit, a member of the ACBA Barristers Executive Committee will be on hand to moderate and fill in as needed.