Alameda County
Bar Association

October Upcoming Programs and Events 

Important DatesNew events are added daily! For more information about upcoming programs, or to register, please call 510-302-2201, 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.

Data Privacy and Protection
Sponsors: ACBA Business, Barristers, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Trial Practice Sections
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Ethan Forrest, Covington & Burling LLP
Join us at a lunch hour seminar for a guide to spotting and handling data protection issues. Speaker Ethan Forrest will discuss recent developments in U.S. privacy litigation and regulation, while addressing the concerns most likely to arise for small-to-medium technology companies. He will also cover how the EU’s replacement of Safe Harbor with Privacy Shield will change the way clients handle international data, particularly when they contract with third parties for data processing. This topic will have pervasive impact on any U.S. company doing business with European customers or vendors. You’ll want to know about these issues when advising clients with European business connections. Register/Learn More

October Side Bar Social at Scott’s
Sponsors: ACBA and ACBA Labor & Employment Section
Location: Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar, Jack London Square
Cost: $0-25, ACBA members are FREE
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mix and mingle in Scott’s beautiful Terrace Room with gorgeous views of the waterfront at Scott’s Seafood, located in Oakland’s Jack London Square. This social is sponsored by the ACBA Labor & Employment Section, but you don’t have to be a member of the section to attend! Register/Learn More

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Insurance
Sponsor: ACBA Trial Practice Section
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Speakers: Peter J. Laufenberg, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP; Lori Sebransky, Lombardi, Loper & Conant, LLP; Gary Selvin, Selvin Wraith Halman LLP
As you prepare for your next trial, consider all of the important insurance issues. Will there be adequate insurance coverage to cover a judgment? Have necessary tenders been made? Are there Additional Insured issues and limitations? Do you have insurance for indemnification issues? Come learn about these complex issues and more from our panel of experienced insurance coverage experts. Register/Learn More

ACBA Picnic Day
Cost: FREE for ACBA Members and Guests
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Adventure Playground at the Berkeley Marina
The ACBA is hosting its first ever family-friendly event! Join us for some fun in the sun at Berkeley Marina! Small bites and refreshments will be provided. We have rented out two hours at the Marina’s Adventure Playground, a kid-friendly outdoor facility where kids and adults can use tools to build or add on to structures. We hope to see you there, with the kids along! Register/Learn More

Trusts and Estates October Study Group
Sponsor: ACBA Trusts and Estates Section
Cost: FREE
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 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

Using Positive Psychology to Resolve Family Disputes
Sponsors: ACBA Family Law, ADR, and Trusts & Estates Sections
Cost: $0-90, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1.5 hrs general credit
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Speakers: Dr. Chandler Hoffman, Amity Consulting; R. Kamela Laird, Integrate Legacy Law
This workshop uses the clinically validated research from the field of Positive Psychology to explain how and why positive emotions contribute to human flourishing and how we can help ourselves and our clients take advantage of them. Register/Learn More

The Evolution of Airbnb and Short Term Rentals
Sponsor: ACBA Real Estate Section
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 1 hr general credit
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Alex Marqusee, City of Oakland
Join the ACBA Real Estate Section for a lunch hour seminar on legal issues related to short term rentals such as Airbnb. A panel will discuss the pros and cons of short term rentals, including leasing, zoning, nuisances, and investments, as well as how the law is evolving and what to expect next in the City of Oakland. Register/Learn More

Women Lawyers: Tips from the Bench
Sponsors: ACBA and JAMS
Cost: $0-65, depending on membership status
MCLE: 2 hrs general credit
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Speakers: Judge Lynn Duryee (ret.), JAMS; Judge Winifred Smith, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda; Judge Tara Flanagan, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda; Judge Ioana Petrou, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda; moderated by Teresa Drenick, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
Join the ACBA and JAMS as we sit down with Bay Area Judges Winifred Smith, Tara Flanagan, Ioana Petrou, and Lynn Duryee. Teresa Drenick will serve as moderator of this informative and collegial evening. The discussion will include topics such as when and how to dispute a tentative ruling, choosing your discover motion battles, the impact of Court Call over personal appearance, and the impact of gender in the courtroom. Register/Learn More

How to Get a Job Series: Resume & Cover Letter Tailoring for Lawyers
Sponsor: ACBA Barristers Section
Cost: $0-25, ACBA Members are FREE
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Find out how to retool your job search! This series will tackle the gritty details of job hunting for lawyers. The panel will include firm partners, city/government attorneys, legal recruiters, HR managers, and recently employed Barristers. They will talk about what hiring managers are looking for, how to stand out from the crowd, how to emphasize your relevant experience, and more. Register/Learn More

Dine with a Judge featuring Judge Thomas Nixon
Sponsor: ACBA Barristers Section
Cost: $25 -40, depending on membership status
MCLE: Not eligible
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Fremont Hall of Justice
Special Guest: Judge Thomas Nixon, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
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 experiences, answer questions, and offer courtroom 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. Register/Learn More

Family Law Day of Court Clinic Volunteer Training
Sponsor: ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC)
Cost: $0, with volunteer commitment
MCLE: 2 hrs general credit
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Speakers: Judge Noël Wise, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda; Blanca Rodriguez, Self-Help Services Management Analyst, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda; Christine Knowles, Family Law Day of Court Coordinator, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
At the Family Law Day of Court Clinic, volunteers take referrals from the bench to assist self-represented litigants on the Request for Order calendar. This training will prepare attorneys to volunteer at this clinic. The training is offered for free in exchange for commitment to volunteer at six Family Law Day of Court sessions in the next year. Register/Learn More

Creepy Pub Crawl
Sponsor: ACBA Barristers Section
Cost: $0-25, ACBA Members are FREE
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: 3 bars in uptown Oakland: The Port Bar, Lost and Found, and The Legionnaire Saloon
Please join the Barristers Section for a creepy crawly Halloween-themed bar crawl in uptown Oakland! We’re starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Port Bar, then crawling to Lost and Found, and finishing the night at The Legionnaire Saloon. Since it is Halloween-themed, costumes are encouraged! Register/Learn More

7th Annual Employment Law Symposium
Sponsor: ACBA Labor & Employment Section
Cost: Full day $90-250, depending on membership status; half day $45-130, depending on membership status
MCLE: up to 5 hours general credit
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar
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, experienced employment law attorneys, mediators, and jury consultants. This year, panels will include Examining Witnesses at Trial, Private Attorneys General Act Update, Discovery and Discovery Battles: A Perspective from the Bench, and Employment Law Case Update. 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.