Alameda County
Bar Association

ACBA May CLE and Events  
Upcoming Programs and Events

May CLE - Important DatesRemember – FREE CLE for our members! 

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

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May CLE and Events:

Barristers Game Night at the ACBA

Date/Time:  May 3 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Sponsor: Barrister Section

Unleash your competitive side outside the courtroom at our game night hosted at the ACBA’s Downtown Oakland Office. We’ll bring the board games and snacks, you BYOB! Learn more

Malpractice and Ethics – What I Wish I Knew

Date/Time:  May 4 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Sponsor: Barrister Section

Please join the ACBA Barristers Section for a program on common pitfalls, and how to avoid ethics violations geared towards newer attorneys. Learn more

Securities for New Attorneys: An Overview

Date/Time: May 10 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Sponsor: Business Section

Don Lancaster will discuss private offerings and the basic documents used to facilitate these transactions. This presentation will include, but will not be not limited to, Rule 506, investor questionnaire, subscription agreements, and private placement memorandums. Learn more

Trusts and Estates May Study Group

Date/Time: May 16 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.

Using Social Media Technology for Your Law Practice

Date/Time: May 17 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Sponsor: Real Estate Section

This presentation will be a hands on interactive demonstration on using Alexa for legal professionals. Presenter Jim Hildreth will share how Alexa can be used as a personal assistant in your practice for calendaring, reading, texting, and for fun, like listening to your favorite music. Alexa currently has over 10,000 skills and is growing monthly. This will be a fun hour that will show you haw to include state-of-the-art technology in your office or on the go! Learn more

Justice for All 2017Justice for All: Celebrating Pro Bono

Date/Time: May 18 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Sponsor: VLSC

We are excited to invite you to a night of socializing and celebrating the hard work of our volunteers at our biggest fundraiser of the year! We will honor our 2016 Volunteers of the Year, Pro Bono Leadership Award recipient, and Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Service recipients. This year we’re switching things up to a reception-style event to give you more time to socialize and focus on our volunteers. Don’t worry, we’re still hosting a silent auction with dozens items donated from local shops, restaurants, and a live auction! All proceeds benefit VLSC.  This is also VLSC’s big fundraising event of the year, so please consider donating even if you are unable to attend. Thank you for your support! Learn more

Advanced Dissomaster Training

Date/Time:  May 23 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Sponsor: Family Law Section

In this training, DissoMaster co-creator Art Grater will discuss advanced usage of the DissoMaster Suite. He will go over issues such as: Tax returns, Bonus income of various types, Phantom income, Cash distributions,  and Depreciation. The program will include an in-depth discussion about these complicated DissoMaster scenarios and a Q&A session with the DissoMaster expert. Don’t miss out! Learn more

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQA and New Developments

Date/Time: May 23 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Sponsor: Environmental Section, Real Estate Section

This program will provide an overview of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). We will also discuss recent CEQA case law including several recent decisions by the California Supreme Court. This program should be considered introductory in nature, yet useful to any practitioner whose practice involves real estate and development projects. Learn more

How to Effectively Conduct or Defend Depositions in Employment Cases

Date/Time:May 24 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Sponsor: Labor & Employment Section, Trial Practice Section

This course will cover common issues and problems in taking and defending depositions. Attorneys from both the plaintiff and defense sides will share best practices, presenting examples by role-playing live depositions. Learn more

Timekeeping and Billing Best Practices

Date/Time: May 25 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Sponsor: Barrister Section

Proper timekeeping and billing practices are part science, part art, and part client and case management. There are profound ethical and financial implications for novice and veteran attorneys alike. This program will provide a useful overview of recognized best and worst billing practices, client-friendly billing recommendations, and cautionary instruction. Learn more

Settlement Strategies, Tactics and Mediation

Date/Time: May 25 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Sponsor: Barrister Section, Trial Practice Section

Have a case you’ve been having difficulties getting settled? Not sure about how to read the puzzling offer from the other side? Come hear from a panel of experienced mediators on what the best practices are for settlement negotiations. Learn about strategies and tactics that may help you resolve more cases! Learn more

Customizing the Mediation: Mediator’s Role as Process Architect

Date/Time:  May 31 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Sponsor: ADR Section

Every mediator knows that there are a variety of paths parties can take to resolve their conflicts through mediation: pre-mediation calls, mediation statements, private caucuses, joint sessions, and post-mediation conversations. Few of us have given adequate consideration, however, to what factors should shape the specific process used in each particular mediation. Most mediators have a standardized way of proceeding, without regard to the specific substantive and inter-personal factors involved in the dispute. The discussion will also include how best to engage the parties and the attorneys in a thoughtful way to process design, including the ever-present concerns about timing, fees, and decision-making. Learn more

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