Alameda County
Bar Association

April Upcoming Programs and Events 
Upcoming Programs and Events

ACBA April CLE and Events: 

Remember – FREE CLE for our members! 

New ACBA programs and events are added daily! For more information about April CLE 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.

Learn more about the April CLE we offer and register here:

Negotiation and Communication Strategies for Lawyers

Date/Time: April 5 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sponsor: ACBA Business Law Section

Clear communication with clients is the cornerstone of the professional relationship and building a thriving law practice. It includes setting clear boundaries and expectations for both the attorney client relationships and staff accountability. What are we assuming in our communications? Frequently, we forget that negotiation is not just about how we work with clients and in the courtroom, it is also the art of business in general. How do we perceive what someone else believes to be true and why are they saying ‘no’? In this program, we will look at the ethical implications of negotiation and communication when practicing law. Learn more

Marital Standard of Living and Expert Testimony

Date/Time: April 6 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Sponsor: Family Law Section

Using a case example and analyzing both policy positions, this seminar will focus on the evidentiary considerations and techniques common to the presentation of financial issues in family law proceedings. Focused on delivering your case without tranquilizing your audience, this class will address the common pitfalls in expert testimony and best practices for counsel. Learn more

90 Days in 90 Minutes: The 90 Days Before Trial

Date/Time: April 11 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Sponsor: Labor & Employment Section

Two experienced practitioners share tips, strategies, and checklists for preparing your client’s case during crunch time – the critical 90 days before trial. The key to success – and sleep during trial – is knowing how to organize the immense and varied components of trial prep\ Emily Nugent and Mike Laurenson will share what works for them from managing experts to jury instructions, exhibits to witness exams, trial briefs to technology and more. Learn more

Law and Motion – Motion Writing

Date/Time: April 12 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Sponsor: Barrister Section

Join the ACBA Barristers Section to learn the best practices for writing commonly filed civil motions in California State court. Some of those motions include: Motion to Compel, Motion to Shorten Time, Motion to Dismiss, Motion to Strike, Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, Motion for Summary Judgment, and Ex Parte Motions. Learn more

Mediating Self-Represented Litigants

Date/Time: April 13 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Sponsor: ADR Section, Barrister Section

What unique challenges do mediators face when the parties are representing themselves? Join the ACBA ADR and Barristers Sections for a guide to mediating these disputes. Speaker Malcolm Sher will provide an overview of the process, including pre-hearing conferences, joint sessions, closing the deal, and preparing settlement agreements. He will also discuss California law applicable to a mediator’s ethical duties in dealing with self-represented litigants, what the court tells them about mediation, and communication challenges. Learn more

Tribute to Judge Michael Ballachey

Date/Time: April 13 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Sponsor: Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

Please join the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda for a celebratory gathering to remember the work of Judge Michael Ballachey. Learn more

Depositions 101

Date/Time: April 13 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Sponsor: Barrister Section, Trial Practice Section

Please join the ACBA Trial Practice and Barristers Sections for an informative program, during which defense and plaintiff experts break down the ins and outs of preparing for, taking, and defending depositions. Learn more

Trusts and Estates April Study Group

Date/Time:April 18 11:45AM – 1:15PM
Sponsor: Trusts & Estates Section

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. Please RSVP to attend. Learn more

Hot Topics in Local Rent Control

Date/Time: April 19 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Sponsor: Real Estate Section

Matt Brown, Staff Attorney for the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, and Richard Illgen, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland, will discuss recent changes to Berkeley and Oakland Rent Control Ordinances, including owner move-in eviction requirements, procedures, and obligations. Learn more

ACBA Spring Open House and New Bench Officer Reception

Date/Time: April 20 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Please join us at the ACBA’s Downtown Oakland office for our first New Bench Officer welcome reception. We’ve merged our popular Spring Open House with an event designed to introduce ACBA members to the newest members of the Alameda County bench. Learn more

Dine With a Judge: Commissioner Jason Clay

Date/Time: April 25 12:00PM – 1:15PM
Sponsor: Barrister Section

Dine with a Judge lunches provide the unique chance to enjoy lunch and casual conversation with some of the Bay Area’s excellent 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. Learn more

How to Get a Job Series: Networking and Interviewing

Date/Time: April 25 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Sponsor: Barrister Section

Find out how to re-tool your job search! This series will tackle the gritty details of job hunting for lawyers. Panels 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, and how to emphasize your experience and strengths. Learn more

Environmental Regulators Reception

Date/Time: April 26 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Sponsor: Environmental Section

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