Alameda County
Bar Association

September Upcoming Programs and Events 

Important DatesNew events are added daily! For more information about upcoming programs, or to register, please call (510) 302-2201 or visit Lunch (or snacks for evening events) will be provided for most MCLE programs. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to program start time, and events are held at the ACBA office, at 1000 Broadway, Suite 480, in Oakland, unless stated otherwise. Please note: there is an extra $10 fee for day-of and walk-in registrations.

A Day in the Life of a Trusts and Estates Lawyer

Sponsors: ACBA Trusts & Estates and Barristers Sections
Cost: $0-50, depending on membership status, FREE for ACBA Barristers
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Lauren Peebles, The Law Office of Lauren N. Peebles
Curious about probate law? Experienced trusts and estates attorneys will discuss the nature of their practices and how new attorneys and those considering a change can enter the field. Topics will include durable power of attorney, advance health care directives, and how these work with other parts of estate plans. Register/Learn More

September Side Bar Social at Pinot’s Palette

Location: Pinot’s Palette
Cost: $0-25, ACBA Members are FREE
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The ACBA’s Side Bar is going exploring into Alameda with its first ever Side Bar event outside of Oakland. Pinot’s Palette offers a wide range of local wines and beers and a painting experience you are sure to enjoy! You don’t need to be an artist, but if you’d like to contribute, the ACBA will be doing a collective painting where everyone can participate.  Register/Learn More

Employment Class Actions

Sponsor: ACBA Labor & Employment Section
Cost: $0-90, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1.5 hrs Elimination of Bias credit
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Speakers: Adam Karr, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Scott Cole, Scott Cole & Associates APC; Patrick R. Kitchin, Kitchin Legal APC
Join the ACBA Labor & Employment Section for a panel discussion of cases, strategies, and predictions for one of the legal industry’s hottest topics: employment class actions. What are the emerging trends? What is the future of PAGA? How can you predict if your case is appropriate for class treatment? This interactive course is a must for attorneys engaged in complex litigation. Register/Learn More

Drafting Tips from the Trenches

Sponsor: ACBA Business Section
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speakers: Jonathan Levine, Pritzker Levine LLP
Join us for a lunch hour seminar on improving your drafting skills. Ever wonder what will happen to the documents you’re drafting if the parties fall into a dispute after a few years? Or how you can tweak your contracts to head off upcoming problems and future interpretive issues? Presenter Jonathan Levine recently conducted a trial that provided insights on drafting issues and practical problem resolution, and he will pass along valuable tips you can use now to minimize your clients’ legal problems stemming from commercial disagreements. Register/Learn More

2016 Bankruptcy Symposium

Sponsors: ACBA Bankruptcy Section and CCCBA Bankruptcy Section
Cost: $45-155, depending on membership status
MCLE: 3.5 hrs general credit
Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Wendel Rosen Conference Center
Speakers: Chief Judge Roger Efremsky and Judge Charles Novack, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California; Nima Ghazvini and Leo G. Spanos, Office of Martha G. Bronitsky, Chapter 13 Trustee; David J. Cook, Cook Collection Attorneys
The annual Bankruptcy Symposium is a half-day program designed for bankruptcy practitioners to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This year, panels will include A View from the Bench, Pre- and Post-Confirmation Issues in Chapter 13, and Collections: Carnival Rides on the Far Side of the Moon. Register/Learn More

Trusts and Estates Study Group

Sponsors: ACBA Trusts and Estates Section
Cost: FREE
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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. Register/Learn More

Recent Developments in Foreclosure Litigation

Sponsors: ACBA Real Estate Section
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr Legal Ethics credit
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Kevin S. Eikenberry, Eikenberry Law Firm
How have recent cases in California affected real estate foreclosure litigation? What are the current issues? Join the ACBA Real Estate Section for an important program on real estate foreclosure litigation in California. Speaker Kevin Eikenberry will present an overview of liens, mortgages and deeds of trust, judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure, and recent developments in related litigation. Register/Learn More

An Introduction to High-Profile Federal Civil Rights Cases

Sponsors: ACBA Trial Practice and Barristers Sections
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: John L. Burris, John Burris Law Offices
Join us for an introduction to high-profile civil rights cases involving Section 1983. The news is ripe with civil rights violations – attend our program to make sure you are prepared to tackle theses tough cases! We’ll start with the basics of federal court practice, then move on to gathering records and facts. Speaker John Burris will explain how to take a deposition, including tips on how to depose law enforcement. He will also address how to prepare for trial, handling the media, and how to manage your client. This is going to be an exciting program; you don’t want to miss out! Register/Learn More

Barristers Presidential Debate Watch Party

Sponsor: ACBA Barristers Section
Cost: $0-25, ACBA Members are FREE
Date: Monday, September 26, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Please join the ACBA Barristers Section as we watch the first Presidential Debate in Hempstead, NY. The candidates have been at it for over a year, first sparring within their party, and now as their party’s nominees, with each other. Join us for pizza, beer/wine, our very own version of Presidential Debate BINGO, and a live stream of the debate. Register/Learn More

Intellectual Property Disputes and Artists as Clients

Sponsors: ACBA ADR, Business, and Intellectual Property Sections
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speakers: Lizbeth Hasse, JAMS, Creative Industry Law; Linda Joy Kattwinkel, Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, P.C.; Daniel Riviera, The Law Offices of Daniel Riviera
From unwritten contracts to collaborations, intellectual property disputes often present additional obstacles to complicated cases. Join the ADR, Business, and Intellectual Property Sections for a panel discussion on handling art-related disputes and artists as clients. Mediators and arbitrators specializing in arts-related issues will share their insights into intellectual property, contracts, and serving this important community of creative individuals. Register/Learn More



For the full calendar of events, please visit: To learn more about our practice area sections, please visit our website or contact our Membership and Education Manager Hadassah Hayashi at or (510) 302-2200.