Ethical Issues in Mediation

When: Tuesday June 25th, 2024, at 12:00 PM

Where: College of Law – Santa Barbara Campus 20 E. Victoria Street

MCLE: 1.0 Hour General with 1.0 Hour Ethics

Moderator: John Derrick

A panel of mediators will review a series of hypos bringing up tricky ethical issues that can arise in mediations — ones that can confront both mediators and litigators. Audience members will be encouraged to join in the discussion, bringing their own perspectives and experiences.

Whether you are a litigator or a mediator, or whether you do both, you won’t want to miss this stimulating and — hopefully — enlightening event!

Plus, we encourage people to raise their own ethical hypos. You can either bring one up during the session or — better still — email it in advance to


Judge Frank Ochoa (Ret.): Judge Ochoa served on the bench for over 32 years. During that time, he designed and implemented the Santa Barbara Superior Court’s ADR programs, and twice served as the court’s Presiding Judge. Today, Judge Ochoa is a sought-after mediator and arbitrator.

Lol Sorensen: Lol Sorensen is a skilled mediator and arbitrator experienced in resolving complex and emotionally charged disputes. He brings to this field a rare combination of skills having previously been both an accomplished litigator and a social worker.

Cost: $20 (Lunch not provided but feel free to bring your own!)

Registration: Please contact Marietta Jablonka at or (805) 569-5511.

MCLE: “Family Law & Real Estate: Real Impact, Real Opportunity”

When: March 6th, 2024, at Noon

Where: College of Law – Santa Barbara Campus

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Austin Lampson

About the Event: Austin Lampson is a licensed mortgage professional with Homeowners’ Financial Group. During her informative presentation, she will discuss lending issues and family. She will discuss the following:

  • Definition of Unmarried, Single or Married
    • Federal guidelines on marital status
    • Title vs. Asset allowances
  • Income Allowances
    • Divorces prior to 2019, vs. current
    • Support: history, frequency, continuance
    • Entities and pass through income
  • Asset Allowances
    • Distributions vs. acquisition
    • Joint, marital, and awarded
    • Income from assets vs standard basis
  • Credit Nuances
    • Co-obligated debts & qualifications
    • Delinquencies
    • Other held properties
  • Structure:
    • Purchase vs Buyout – why & what are the differences.
    • Vesting options and nuances

Price: $30 Members $40 Non-Members

Contact Information/RSVP: Please RSVP to and send your checks made payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association to Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks, 15 West Carrillo Street, Ste. 211, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

RSVP Deadline is March 4, 2024

MCLE: Navigating the Legal Landscape – 2024 Updates to California Penal Code

When: March 21st, 2024, from 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Where: Zoom

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

About the Event: Join us for an insightful Zoom presentation during the lunch hour as we delve into the latest updates to the California Penal Code. Our expert speaker will guide you through key updates, new legislation, and significant changes in the law that impact your criminal practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments and engage in a discussion about the implications these developments may have on your practice of criminal law in California.

Speaker: Doug Ridley, Esq. 

A graduate of Pepperdine Law School, Doug Ridley worked for the Ventura County District Attorney from 1999 through 2004. Doug left the DA’s office in 2004 and began work in private practice. He owns and manages Ridley Defense, APC, working with people who find themselves in the criminal justice system. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School, teaching Police Practices. Doug is the Section Chair for the Criminal Section of the Santa Barbara Bar Association, President of the Private Criminal Defense Bar in Ventura County and the criminal defense representative for the Bench Bar Committee of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

Price: $15 Members $20 Non-Members

Contact Information/RSVP: Please RSVP to Doug Ridley or Marietta Jablonka

MCLE: 2024 New-Year Employment Law Update

When: March 7th, 2024, at 12:00 PM

Where: The Colleges of Law: Santa Barbara Campus – 20 E. Victoria Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Alex Craigie, Esq. of Craigie Law Firm P.C.

Each year, a batch of new labor laws are rolled out, and 2024 is no exception. From spikes in minimum wages to new laws governing cannabis use and reproductive leave, a lot is changing in California’s workplace. This presentation will explore key shifts in the law that will affect businesses and employers in the years to come and provide practical guidance for how employers can navigate the transition and implement policies to maintain compliance in an ever-changing legal sphere.

Price: $30 Members $35 Non-Members (Lunch will be provided)

Contact Information/RSVP: Please RSVP by March 2nd to

SBCBA ADR Section Presents: “The Magic of Mediation”

When: Thursday, January 18th, 2024, from 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Where: Zoom

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Lee Jay Berman, Mediator

Lee Jay Berman has been a full-time mediator for about 30 years and has repeatedly been ranked among the top in his profession nationwide. Mr. Berman founded the American Institute of Mediation after seven years as Director of Pepperdine Law School’s “Mediating the Litigated Case” program — ranked #1 nationally in its field. But as well as having a national presence, Mr. Berman has a special connection to Santa Barbara. When Judge Frank Ochoa — who will be introducing this program — established the Santa Barbara Superior Court’s ADR program in 1999, he hired Mr. Berman to be its first Director.

So be sure not to miss this unique opportunity to learn from a nationally ranked mediator who was among the pioneers of Santa Barbara ADR.

About the Event: Lawyers and judges sometimes talk of mediators “working their magic” in hard-to-settle-cases.

But the “magic of mediation” is about more than what the mediator does in terms of negotiating techniques. The magic mediators can work sometimes has more to do with who they are and what their presence is in the room than anything specific they do. Much of the magic is the mediator’s energy, embodying confidence and optimism and creating and holding space for the parties to say things they haven’t been able to communicate before.

This course will combine specific case studies with general guidance to help mediators and litigators alike create magic spaces for successful mediated outcomes.

Cost: $15 Members $20 Non-Members 

Contact Information/RSVP: To register, please email Marietta Jablonka at to register. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.

Questions? Please contact John Derrick at or (805)284-1660.

Click the link here to view the flyer!

SBCBA In-House Counsel & Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Sections Present: “Basics of Entertainment Law and Licensing”

When: Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Where: Zoom

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Jill Monthei, Hollister Law Office APC, has more than fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has held crucial roles as an in-house attorney for L.A. based entertainment powerhouse companies Kartoon Studios and PocketWatch, Inc., overseeing legal issues in production and distribution with a particular emphasis on intellectual property licensing for merchandising and television. Jill earned her law degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.

About the Event: Join us for an overview of key legal concepts in entertainment law from development to distribution, with an emphasis on licensing. The program will cover basic legal and business issues to consider when representing producers, creators, and talent in film and television productions. We’ll also discuss rights acquisition and creative, crew, talent, and production agreements, along with licensing for television/streaming and consumer products.

Cost: $15.00

Mail checks by Friday, December 8th, payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association, 15 W. Carrillo St., Suite 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Contact Information/RSVP: To receive the meeting link via email, please respond by Friday, December 8th, to Marietta Jablonka at AND Betty Jeppesen at

SBCBA Attorney Wellness Section Presents: “Significant New Changes to MCLE Requirements & Exploring What Fosters Lawyer Well-Being and Success”

When: Tuesday, December 12th, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: Zoom

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (Competence)

Presenters: Catherine Ongiri, Managing Attorney, California Bar Association, Office of Professional Competence and Robin Oaks, Chair of Attorney Wellness Section, Santa Barbara County Bar Association


For All Stakeholders: Judges, Lawyers, Law School Deans, Professors, Law Students, Law Firm Staff and
Managers, Bar Associations, Regulators, Professional Liability Carriers, Legal Community Members:

In early December, as the wintertime blahs and holiday stress descend upon us, come explore fostering
well-being in the legal profession, learn evidence-based practices that regulate and renew, and get updated about important MCLE changes adopted by the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees. Join with Robin Oaks, attorney and well-being coach, and Catherine Ongiri from the California Bar Association, Office of Professional Competence, to learn about the new MCLE requirements affecting all California licensed attorneys. These significant changes signal growing recognition that a broad range of competencies (Professional, Relational, Organizational, Self Skills) contribute to successful legal practice and thriving as legal professionals. Bring your presence to this talk, during this season of gift-giving, and create a vision for fostering well-being and wellness in our legal community.

Cost: $15.00

Please send checks payable to: Santa Barbara County Bar Association, 15 W. Carrillo Street, 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. To pay by credit card or for any questions about signing up contact: Marietta Jablonka at (805)569-5511.

Contact for any questions about presentation: Robin Oaks at (805)685-6773 or

Click the link here to view the flyer!

Allen & Kimbell, LLP & the SBCBA Present: “Corporate Transparency Act 2024”

When: Wednesday November 15th, 2023, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: College of Law – Santa Barbara Campus AND Zoom

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Jake J. Glicker, Esq.

About the Event: An estimated 37 million business entities worldwide will be faced with new compliance obligations under the Corporate Transparency Act by the end of 2024. Join corporate attorney Jake Glicker of Allen & Kimbell, LLP for an insightful strategy session into requirements and best practices for business entities in navigating the new legal landscape of the CTA’s “beneficial ownership” reporting regime. Entity owners and counsel will learn to determine what requirements they may have under the CTA, and what we know so far about how best to meet these requirements.

Cost: $30 Members $35 Non-Members (Lunch provided)

Please contact Marietta Jablonka at (805) 569-5511 or to register.

Click the link here to view the flyer!

SBCBA Family Law Section Presents: “Tips & Tricks in Enforcement of Judgements”

When: Wednesday November 1st, 2023, at Noon

Where: College of Law – Santa Barbara Campus

MCLE: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Hon. Susan Lopez-Giss (Ret.) and Ira Friedman, CFLS, AAML

Join Judge Susan Lopez-Giss and Ira Friedman on a discussion of tips and tricks in the enforcement of family law judgments.

Cost: $30 

Contact Information/R.S.V.P: Please RSVP to and send your checks made payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association to Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks, 15 West Carrillo Street, Ste. 211, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

R.S.V.P. Deadline is October 30th, 2023.

2023 Golf, Tennis & Pickleball Tournament

Get ready for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie at our upcoming 2023 Golf, Tennis & Pickleball Tournament on Friday, September 22nd, 2023.

This event promises to be an exceptional opportunity for legal professionals like yourself to unwind, network, and enjoy some exciting sports activities.

For complete event details and to secure your spot, kindly refer to the registration flyer. It contains all the information you need about registration, pricing, and the schedule of the day’s events.


So as to provide opportunity for the victors to boast of their athletic conquests, a post golf and tennis reception will begin at 5:00 at the Mulligan’s Café & Bar, to be followed by dinner starting at 5:30 pm.

Dinner is $50 per SBCBA Member/$60 per non-SBCBA Member

($60/$70 after September 10th)



Meet at the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course at 12:00 pm. Shotgun starts at 12:36 pm. Team prizes for 1st & 2nd places. Individual prizes for Longest Drive and Closest to Pin!

Players must give some estimate of his/her handicap.

You will be contacted regarding team assignments.

$125 to Play for SBCBA Members/$135 for Non- Members – Includes green fees & cart.

($130/$145 after September 10th) 

$170 for BOTH Golf & Dinner for SBCBA Members/ $180 for Non- Members

($180/$190 after September 10th)



Meet at the tennis courts at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club at 1:00 pm for warm-up with round robin play starting at 1:30 pm. A committee will form teams, for all levels. Men and women will participate in the tournament in all levels.

Prizes to tournament winners! 

$50 to Play per SBCBA Members/$60 for Non- Members – Includes court fees & balls.

($60/$70 after September 10th) 

$95 for BOTH Tennis & Dinner for SBCBA Members/$105 for Non-Members

($110/$120 after September 10th)



1:30 – 4:30 PM at Earl Warren Showgrounds

$30 SBCBA Members/$40 Non-Members

($40/$50 after Sept. 10th) 

$75 for BOTH Pickleball and Dinner for SBCBA Members/$85 non-members

($85/$95 after Sept. 10th)

We are seeking sponsors and requesting donations for event prizes for tournament winners. We are offering Tee Sponsors at $125 each to be placed on tee boxes throughout the golf course and seeking donations for event prizes.

As a tee sponsors:

  • Your tee sign (featuring your logo) will be placed on one of the 18 holes played in the golf tournament which we will create for you.
  • Your name and logo will be featured on a program during the game day dinner; and
  • Your name and logo will be included in the eNewsletter and in the Santa Barbara Lawyer magazine.

We are seeking prizes for golf, tennis, and pickleball including sports theme gifts for each category, sport equipment, sports store gift cards, wine, or anything you think would make an awesome prize!

As a donor sponsor:

  • Your name and logo will be featured on a program during the game day dinner; and
  • Your name and logo will be included in the eNewsletter and in the Santa Barbara Lawyer magazine.

The deadline for event registration, sponsors and is September 8th. Please contact SBCBA Director Marietta Jablonka, at (805) 569-5511 or email

We hope to see you on September 22nd!