Free October Kicks off with a Splash


Alameda County Bar Association

Test drive bar membership and find out if it’s a good investment in your career!

No risk, no obligation! We want to make it even easier to check out all the great benefits we offer our members. We’re offering all CLEs under two hours for free, and all networking events for free in October. 

Joining your local bar is a great way to make connections, get discounts on products and services you use every day, and grow your practice.

Important Dates

Programs and events are held at the ACBA office in downtown Oakland unless stated otherwise. ACBA CLEs and networking events under 2 hours are FREE in October! 

For our 1,500 members, membership in the Alameda County Bar Association brings educational opportunities, networking events, professional development, and a chance to lead and shape the legal community in Alameda County.  We have free CLE programs and benefits that apply to a range of legal professionals, from judges and attorneys, to paralegals and law students.

By joining any of our  practice area sections, members have invitations to social networking events, plus the opportunity to make their voices and opinions heard.

We listened to you, and we’ve made some major changes. We are excited to introduce you to the ACBA member benefits, including free CLE and free legal research.  Learn more

Check out and register for our upcoming events below, or on our calendar at

October 2, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Immigration Section: Immigration October Study Group

October 4, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Labor and Employment Section: Worker’s Compensation 101

October 9, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA: An Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase Webinar

October 10, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(The Miranda)
ACBA Business, IP, Immigration and Labor and Employment Sections: ACBA October Side Bar Social at the Miranda

October 11, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA ADR Section: Successful Personal Injury Mediation Outcomes

October 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BALI and ACBA: Case Manage Web Showcase Webinar

October 16, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
ACBA Family Law Section: Identifying Assets and Mitigating Obstacles in a Vocational Evaluation

October 17, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
VLSC and the ACBA Family Law Section: VLSC Family Law Day of Court Volunteer Training

October 18, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m
ACBA and BALI: New Cal Bar Rules for Unbundling, Limited Scope Representation and Flat Fees

October 18, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
ACBA Barristers, Criminal, and Trial Practice Sections: Evidence Tool Kit Part One

October 19, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Rene C. Davidson)
Superior Court and the ACBA: The Science and Treatment of the Disease of Addiction

October 23, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA Business, and L&E Sections
Classification of Workers as Employees vs. Independent Contractors After Dynamex

October 24, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ACBA Bankruptcy Section: 70 New Ethics Rules: What the Bankruptcy Law Practitioner Needs to Know!

October 25, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
ACBA Cannabis Section: Tales of Two Cities: SF and Oakland Cannabis Equity Programs

October 25, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
ACBA Barristers, Criminal, and Trial Practice Sections: Evidence Tool Kit Part Two

October 30, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ACBA Criminal Law, Barristers Sections: Strategies for Effective Criminal Pretrial Negotiation

October 30, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
ACBA Barristers and Cannabis Sections: Cannabis 101 for Oaksterdam Practitioners

October 31, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
ACBA: What California Attorneys Need to Know About the New Ethics Rules

October 31, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ACBA Barristers Section: ACBA Creepy Crawly Halloween Bash

For more information about October CLE programs and events, or to register, please call 510-302-2201, or visit

ACBA Job Board 10.1.18

ACBA Job Board 10.1.18

ACBA members get first crack at our job board postings in the ACBA Bi-Weekly e-Newsletter.  Contact our membership department at (510) 302-2201 today for  discounts on 2018 membership.

THE OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – Multiple Openings: Learn more

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is seeking Circuit Mediators with at least six (6) years of post-JD legal work experience to work in its San Francisco office. Learn more

The Office of the County Counsel, County of Alameda – Assistant County Counsel:  Reporting directly to the County Counsel and part of the management team, the successful candidate will supervise a team of lawyers, have responsibility for certain aspects of office administration and directly represent assigned county agencies and departments. Learn more

Bonjour, Thorman, Burns, Dahm & Wargo – Litigation Senior Associate Attorney – Plaintiff Personal Injury: California-licensed lawyers practicing for 3 to 10 years with at least 3 years of personal injury litigation experience are encouraged to apply. Learn more

Bonjour, Thorman, Burns, Dahm & Wargo –Litigation Associate Attorney – Criminal Defense: California-licensed lawyers practicing for 0 to 5 years with criminal law experience are encouraged to apply. Our firm is extremely busy so interested candidates must be flexible and willing to jump in and take on work as assigned. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus. Learn more

SEEKING CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY – We are seeking a full-time Associate Attorney with experience in a private criminal defense setting or District Attorney/Public Defender’s office. Candidates with jury trial, preliminary hearing, and felony experience are preferred. Learn more

Judicial Council – Self-Help: We are very pleased to announce two new job openings at the Judicial Council dedicated to self-help projects. One is a Supervising Attorney and the other is a Senior Analyst.  Each position could be based in San Francisco or Sacramento. Learn more

Bay Area Air Quality Management District – Assistant Counsel I/II and SENIOR STAFF SPECIALIST. Learn more

Legal Services for Children – Bilingual (Spanish) Staff Attorney: LSC seeks a bilingual staff attorney to represent children primarily in our Education and Dependency practices. We welcome applicants at all levels and provide opportunities for training and leadership. Learn more

WC Attorneys: Looking for Balance?Are you a Working Parent? Want a Flexible Schedule? Prefer to Work from Home some days? Then join us! RTGR Law is hiring motivated Workers’ Compensation attorneys throughout California. We offer great benefits, competitive salaries, work-life balance and pizza parties! Learn more at RTGR Law and reach out to our hiring partner at

Swords to Plowshares – Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager: The Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager is responsible for the cultivation of relationships with key pro bono stakeholders and the provision of a strategic vision for Swords’ Pro Bono Program.  In addition, this position will carry a small case load as a Staff Attorney. Learn more

JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA – Supervising Attorney: This position will supervise the operations, staff, and contractors of multiple complex projects in the portfolio of the Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency unit, which consists of four Attorney II and one Administrative Specialist. Learn more

City of Hayward – Administrative Hearing Examiner: Learn more

CYDL – Coach:  CYDL is hiring a part-time lead coach (or two co-lead coaches) for the DeAnza High School Mock Trial Team in Richmond. Attend afterschool practice sessions twice per week to prepare the DeAnza student team members to participate in a rigorous, annual, County Mock Trial competition based on a criminal case developed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.  The lead coach will work approximately 6-10 hours per week.  We may instead hire two co-lead coaches, who will share the lead coaching duties and compensation.  Time period is September 2018 through early February, 2019.  If interested, please email Nancy Schiff at

2019 ACBA Board Nominations


Executive Officers of the ACBA Board of Directors:

Cheryl Poncini – President

Pelayo Llamas – President-Elect

Lauren Powe – Vice President


Alice Cheng

Jo-Anna Nieves

Autumn Paine

Peter Shelton

In accordance with ACBA bylaws, additional nominations may be made for the offices of President-Elect or Vice-President or for the position of Director. Interested individuals must be active members and submit their personally signed nomination and petition, with the signatures of at least 35 active members in good standing. ACBA members may only sign one petition in an election year.

Completed nominations should be sent to:

ACBA CEO and General Counsel Tiela Chalmers at 1000 Broadway, Suite 290, Oakland, CA, 94607 or by 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2018.

The current ACBA Board of Directors may be found here.

New Dedicated Lines for Court Fax Filing Services

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda


Effective October 15, 2018, Fax Filing Services will have dedicated fax lines for Civil, Probate and Family Law cases. 


510-267-1546 Regular Fax Filing
510-267-1547 Regular Fax Filing
510-267-5739 Premium Fax Filing*

*Same-day service for documents received by 4:00 p.m.


510-267-1544 Regular Fax Filing
510-267-1545 Premium Fax Filing*

*Same-day service for documents received by 4:00 p.m.


Invitation to Comment on Proposed Changes to New Alameda County Local Rules

Notice to Attorneys and to All Interested Parties: Invitation to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Local Rules and Forms

As required by California Rules of Court, Rule 10.613(g), the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda hereby distributes for public comment the following proposal to amend its local rule. Read the proposal here

The proposal also may be viewed on the Court’s website. In addition, a hard copy of the proposal is available upon request by email at or by phone at 510-891-6012.

Important dates:
• The last day to comment is October 15, 2018.
• The proposed local rules and forms take effect January 1, 2019, pursuant to Rule 10.613(i)(1).

Summary and Text of Proposed Amendments.

Comments must be submitted in writing to:
Jasmine Polar
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
1225 Fallon Street, Room 209
Oakland, CA 94612
510-891-6276 fax

Want to be a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative?

Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Application Now Open Through September 7

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is currently seeking applicants to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives. Lawyer Representatives serve three-year terms and are responsible for planning the Northern District Judicial Conference, attending the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and otherwise engaging with judges and lawyers at the district and circuit levels to improve the administration of justice.

Applicants should:

  • be admitted to practice in the Northern District of California and be active in federal practice;
  • be interested in the purposes and work of the annual Northern District of California Judicial Conference;
  • be willing and able to contribute actively to the Conference;
  • be willing to assist in implementing the Northern District of California’s programs with the local bar; and
  • constitute a fair cross-section of practitioners before the Northern District of California.

For more information, please read the full announcement on the court’s website and download the application. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018.

NEW – Legal Malpractice Insurance – Invitation to Comment

Should Attorneys be Required to Have Malpractice Insurance?

The State Bar Malpractice Insurance Working Group is about halfway through its process of considering insurance issues, including the highly controversial item of whether all licensed attorneys should be required to have malpractice insurance. 

An invitation to comment went out just yesterday, and may be found here: Legal Malpractice Insurance – Invitation to Comment.

ACBA Job Board

ACBA Job Board 8.3.18

ACBA Job Board 8.3.18

ACBA members get first crack at our job board postings in the ACBA Bi-Weekly e-Newsletter.  Contact our membership department at (510) 302-2201 today for 50% discount on 2018 membership.

THE OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – Deputy City Attorney III or IV General Government, Municipal Finance & Tax: The Office of the City Attorney seeks an attorney with expertise in the municipal finance, revenue, bonds, taxation, fees and assessments. Learn more

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Attorney, Self-Help Services: Under the direction of the Managing Attorney, the Attorney, Self-Help Services performs a variety of complex professional legal duties, including legal, court, customer and administrative support for the Self-Help and the Family Law Facilitator Program. Learn more

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Program Specialist, Domestic Violence: This is a journey-level position that reports to the Managing Attorney, Self Help Services and will be assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. Learn more

The United States District Court, Central District of California – Term Law Clerk to the Honorable Gail Standish, United States Magistrate Judge: The Law Clerk appointment shall begin on or about October 2018 in Los Angeles. Although this position is a two year term, upon mutual agreement between the law clerk and judge, the position may be extended. Learn more

National Center for Youth Law – Attorney, Immigration (Oakland, CA): NCYL seeks an Attorney join our Immigration team, focused on advocating for immigrant children, including unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody, and children involved in state child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. Learn more

National Center for Youth Law – Senior Attorney, California Youth Justice Initiative: The California Youth Justice Initiative seeks to transform California’s juvenile justice system into a national model in which most youth in conflict with the law are diverted away from the system to community-based services, and all youth in the system receive developmentally appropriate treatment and rehabilitative services to improve life outcomes, community health and safety. Learn more

Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Deputy City Attorney II or III Rent Program/Code Enforcement: The City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified individual with knowledge and expertise in municipal law.  The position will work in practice areas including rent regulations and landlord/tenant law (such as evictions, renting and remedies), code enforcement, public nuisance, administrative hearings and other practice areas. Learn more

Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Deputy City Attorney III or IV Land Use: The Oakland City Attorney’s Office seeks a well-qualified, motivated attorney with significant land use experience for a Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV level in the Office’s Advisory Division. The ideal candidate will have substantial California land use experience. Learn more

Stanford University – Associate Director of Community Engagement & Equity, Stanford Law School: Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Associate Director of Community Engagement & Equity helps provide leadership for the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Admissions that fosters a welcoming environment to all of our students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. Learn more

Comments Sought for Two U.S. Magistrate Judge Reappointments



U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

The current terms of office for the following United States Magistrate Judges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California are due to expire: U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline S. Corley on May 17, 2019; and U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins on July 4, 2019. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new 8-year term.

The duties of the magistrate judge position include the following:

  1. conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
  2. trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases;
  3. conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court;
  4. trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and
  5. conduct of settlement conferences.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether these incumbent magistrate judges should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Separate comments for each magistrate judge should be submitted in writing no later than August 31, 2018, to:

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court
U.S. District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Comments may also be emailed to: