Alameda County
Bar Association

Upcoming December and January Programs and Events 
March Programs and Events

Remember – CLE is FREE for ACBA members

New ACBA programs and events are added daily! For more information about December and January CLE programs and events, 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 will be a $10 administrative fee if you cannot make the program, and do not cancel in advance. A $10 fee will also be assessed for day-of and walk-in registrations.

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


December 1, 2017
(CSUEB Conference Center)
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ACBA MCLE Compliance Countdown – 6 hrs of specialty CLE

Similar programs cost upwards of $600, don’t miss out on this great deal! For those attorneys with last names beginning with H-M (Group 2), it is especially important for you to obtain your required MCLE credits before the compliance period ends on January 31, 2018. The State Bar’s deadline to report MCLE compliance for Group 2 is February 1, 2018.

December 4, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cuba 2017: Open or Closed?

A Current Look at U.S. Federal Law, Travel, Regulation and Policy on Cuba under the New Trump Administration. 

December 5, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Immigration Section
December Immigration Study Group

Members of the ACBA Immigration Section are invited to attend monthly meetings of our Immigration Study Group. The Study Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

December 5, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ACBA Trial Practice and Barristers Sections
Introduction to Taking Depositions: Basic Strategy

This CLE program will provide an overview of deposition strategy for young lawyers and individuals interested in civil litigation practice. We will cover taking depositions of individual parties and law witnesses.

December 6, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
ACBA ADR Section
Creating Greater Self Care in Your Own Life

In this workshop, you will be led through a series of questions and exercises to look at the state of your own self care. Then you will be given the tools to make better self care decisions in the future.

December 7, 2017
(Oakland Marriott City Center)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ACBA Holiday Reception

Please join us for an evening celebrating the ACBA’s twelve practice area sections. Enjoy a light bite, a complimentary glass of bubbly and the spectacular view of Oakland from the Skyline room at the Marriott. Kick off the holiday season with your friends and colleagues from the legal community.

December 14, 2014
12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
Domestic Violence Torts

Please join us for a CLE program designed to raise awareness about DV torts and how litigating them benefits the community and the lawyers who have the courage to take on such cases!

December 19, 2017
11:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 
ACBA Trusts and Estates Section
December 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.


Register today for these events in the new year!

January 9, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Immigration Section
Immigration Study Group

Members of the ACBA Immigration Section are invited to attend monthly meetings of our Immigration Study Group. The Study Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, but this month will meet on the second Tuesday to give everyone a chance to recoup from the holidays.

January 10, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
I Learned it at the Movies

Please join us as Tim Hallahan, former trial attorney, Director of Stanford Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, Education Attorney with the Judicial Council of California, and long-time continuing education teacher uses clips from a variety of movies to illustrate valuable trial advocacy skills.

January 10, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Keeping Your Client’s Trust Even When Things Go Wrong

Join us for a provocative (and sometimes humorous) presentation on what lawyers can do, beyond the bare minimum ethical requirements, to fulfill our higher ethical calling without making ourselves crazy. The discussion addresses how to stop client grumblings and complaints before they start by employing an effective advance warning system that actually works.

January 16, 2018 
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
How to Convert Prospects Into Clients

Your communications skills work wonders when speaking about legal matters. But why does it seem difficult to convince prospective clients that you are their best choice as an attorney? Persuading prospects to see you as first choice in a competitive market requires a distinct set of communication skills. This interactive session will cover techniques for effective business development, by phone and in person.

January 18, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ACBA Trial Practice Section
Ethics in the Courtroom: Current Issues for Trial Counsel

The program will cover a wide range of current ethical issues that practitioners in the courtroom must confront on a regular basis, from the perspectives of both practicing counsel and the bench. Among other issues, the panel will discuss topics such as the growing impact of social media and electronic communications, and the ethical implications of interactions with opposing counsel and court personnel. There will be a particular focus on the significantly updated Rules of Professional Conduct now under review by the California Supreme Court.

January 18, 2018 
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ACBA Barrister Section
ACBA Barristers Game Night

Unleash your competitive side outside the courtroom at our game night hosted at Peterson Martin & Reynolds, LLP near Jack London Square at Harrison and 3rd Street in Oakland. We’ll bring the board games and snacks, you BYOB! All ACBA members are welcome.

January 24, 2018 
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA ADR and Family Law Sections
Ethical Considerations for Family Law Attorneys Consulting With Mental Health Professionals

This presentation will examine the various roles mental health professionals play in the family law system, the various roles mental health consultants can play, and ethical issues raised when mental health professionals act as consultants for family law attorneys and litigants. 

January 25, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA IP Section
A Summary of Legal Issues for Startups

The program will discuss the most common legal issues that startup companies and their lawyers encounter on the way to starting and build a successful company. It will cover corporate, securities, tax, IP, employment and more with a deeper dive into common legal mistakes and market standards. The discussion will include choice of entity, employment law compliance issues, IP assignments, new securities laws including crowdfunding, equity comp., financings and positioning for M&A.

January 25, 2018
(Rotunda Building Oakland)
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ACBA Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Dinner

Please join the Alameda County legal community as we welcome the 2017 Alameda County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and honor the work of the Distinguished Service Award recipients.

January 30, 2018 
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ADR Section
A Matter of Trust: The Challenges of Mediating Inheritance Disputes

It is not just the intensity of emotions that challenges the mediator in inheritance disputes! Challenges also arise from:

  • the range of interests that need to be considered, including some that might not be represented at the mediation,
  • trying to clarify what the real issues and sources of dispute,
  • meeting (or ignoring) Probate Code and Tax Code structures,
  • ethical dilemmas posed by attorney-client and multi-party tensions.

By discussing these and other challenges, the speaker will also elicit ideas for overcoming them, before, during, and after the mediation session.

Learn more about the CLE we offer and register here: