Landlord-Tenant Considerations During a Pandemic

Topics include: Commercial and residential lease drafting considerations, contract interpretation and the status of unlawful detainer proceedings.

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MCLE: 1.0 Hour

Speakers: James Sweeney, Brad Lundgren, Joe Billings and Ian Elsenheimer of Allen & Kimbell, LLP

R.S.V.P: To Joe Billings or Lida Sideris

Please make checks payable to the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and mail to: SBCPA 15 W Carrillo St. Santa Barbara, CA  93101

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Become A Fee Arbitrator

This training session is offered to all prospective and current volunteers who arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Programs under the umbrella of the State Bar of California. The course will provide the basic training required to serve on a bar program’s fee arbitration panel. Non-lawyer (lay) arbitrators, in addition to attorneys, are encouraged to attend this valuable training session and be a part of the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program.

After you sign-up for the training session, please let the SBCBA know that you will be participating so that you may be added to the pool of esteemed SBCBA arbitrators. Please email: post-registration. 

CLE:  2.75 Hour including 1.0 Hour Legal Ethics


  • Clark Stone, Assistant Presiding Arbitrator, California State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program; Member, Executive Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program; Law Offices of Clark Stone, San Jose, California
  • Jeremy Sugerman, Chair, BASF Fee Disputes Executive Committee; partner, Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman, LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Lorraine Walsh, former Chair and Vice-Chair of the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee; State Bar Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law; Law Office of Lorraine Walsh, Walnut Creek, CA.

R.S.V.P.: Click the link here to register.

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Identification and Preservation of Electronically Stored Information

Electronically stored information (ESI) in litigation has changed significantly in recent years. Once almost exclusively digitized paper records and email archives, the varieties of ESI have multiplied exponentially. Similarly, the locations where ESI are stored are more numerous than ever, including mobile, cloud, and IoT. The result is a complex effort to find and collect relevant data in whatever location or format it is stored. This presentation covers these technical topics from the perspective of the legal practitioner, highlighting the key factors an attorney should consider to ensure that all relevant data has been identified and preserved.

MCLE: 1.0 Hour

Speakers: Brian Chase, Director of Digital Forensics, ArcherHall

R.S.V.P.: Please RSVP by September 25, 2020 to: Alex Craigie, Esq., The Law Offices of Alex Craigie, 791 Via Manana, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, (805) 845-1752

After RSVPing to Alex Craigie, please click the link here to register.

Mail checks by Friday, September 25th, payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association, 15 W. Carrillo St., Suite 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or call 805 569-5511 to pay via credit card (Visa/MC).

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“Helping the Courts Through the Pandemic and Beyond”

With the reality of an extended and gradual return to a “next normal” and the likelihood of disrupted court dockets for many months, we are all contemplating how to ensure continuity of the judicial process. In this webinar, Judge Thomas Anderle and Judge James Herman will provide an update on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court Civil, Family Law, and Probate/Trust divisions. The speaker panel will explore the evolving state of dispute resolution during the COVID-19 crisis, including grassroots efforts to resolve cases outside of court and how neutrals are assisting the court moving forward. The session will provide a view from the Bench, private practice, and ADR neutrals as each shares recent updates, trends, and best practices to ensure continuity of the judicial process.

MCLE Credit: 1.0 Hour General


  • Hon. James E. Herman, Superior Court of Santa Barbara County
  • Hon. Thomas P. Anderle, Superior Court of Santa Barbara County
  • Renee M. Fairbanks, Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks
  • Hon. Glen M. Reiser (Ret.), JAMS
  • Lol Sorensen, Sorensen ADR Services

R.S.V.P.: Please RSVP to The zoom link will be provided at a later date to those who RSVP.

Mail checks by Friday, September 4th, payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association, 15 W. Carrillo St., Suite 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or call 805 569-5511 to pay via credit card (Visa/MC)

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“Trial by Zoom”

It is important for lawyers to have a thorough understanding of online trial presentation, before it becomes the new normal. Learn the fundamentals of how to prepare your case for an evidentiary trial on the Zoom platform, and advanced operating tips for the challenges of remote trial advocacy. Finally, you will be able to hear a judge’s perspective on how to present your case seamlessly via Zoom. Topics include:

  • Technical considerations and solutions for remote trial presentation.
  • Links to additional training materials and available software solutions.
  • How to prepare witnesses and examine them online.
  • Maximize effective presentation of documentary and video exhibits.
  • How to anticipate and solve foreseeable problems.

MCLE: 1.0 Hour General, pending

Speaker: Gregory Francisco Gillett, JD, EdD

Mr. Gillett is the managing attorney for Gillett Law, APC, a boutique law firm with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. He has a broad litigation practice in civil, education, family, criminal and probate matters. He has served as a mediator and arbitrator and is currently a Cannabis Hearing Officer for the County of San Luis Obispo. Mr. Gillett has litigated numerous matters via Zoom and other VTC platforms and has recently taught several trainings on the subject. His technical background includes serving as the Deputy Commander of Cyber Operations for the California Guard and logistics officer for the Guard’s Legal Support Command. He is currently the chair of the Family Law Section of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, where he also serves as the de facto Director of Technology and Other Life Skills.

R.S.V.P: Please RSVP and mail checks before Friday, July 24, 2020 to:

Mark Coffin, SBCBA Litigation Section Chair
21 E. Carrillo Street, Suite 240
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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“Professional Responsibility and Technology: What Are Your Obligations?”

Attorneys have ethical duties of competence, confidentiality, supervision, and communication in relation to the technology we all use to serve our clients. The speakers will address this potential minefield with a review of key ABA and state rules, and will provide practical strategies and best practices for compliance. Join us to ensure that you are up to speed with your obligations in this important aspect of legal practice, and earn a CLE ethics credit for only $12.00 without leaving your desk!

CLE: 1.0 Hour Ethics

Speakers: Michael Swarz and Nicole Clark, Trellis Research

About the Speakers: Michael Swarz is a graduate of Brandeis University and the New England School of Law in Boston. He has developed a deep understanding of the legal technology world and has published extensively in that area and on the topics of electronic discovery, information governance, and digital evidence. He has presented programs on legal tech and e-discovery before numerous legal, IT, records, and compliance audiences. Michael is Director of Marketing with Trellis Research, a legal analytics platform that uses AI and machine learning to provide litigators with strategic legal intelligence and judicial analytics.

Nicole Clark, CEO and founder of Trellis Research, is a business litigation and labor and employment attorney
who has handled litigation in both state and federal courts. She is licensed to practice law in three states, and
has defended corporations and employers in complex class action and wage and hour disputes, as well as
individual employment matters ranging from sexual harassment to wrongful termination. Nicole is committed to helping lawyers leverage technology ethically to gain a competitive advantage and achieve a more favorable outcome for their clients.

R.S.V.P.: To receive the meeting link via email, please respond by Friday, September 18, to Chris Kopitzke, Chair of IP/Technology Business Section,

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“Ethical Legal Marketing in the Digital Age”

MCLE: 1.0 Ethics

Speaker: Kevin W. Brown, Supreme Marketing for Attorneys

Kevin W. Brown, M.B.A. is President of “The Specialist in Law Firm Marketing,” providing full-service marketing support for law firms. Since founding the firm in 1991, he has worked with hundreds of firms, from the nation’s largest firms to small local practices, in designing and implementing effective marketing programs. He has an M.B.A. degree in marketing and a B.S. in economics and management. Mr. Brown has a unique perspective on business management and the marketing process. Mr. Brown is author of over 200 articles and speaks statewide at Bar events and nationally at conferences.

About the Event: In a post-Coronavirus world, online advertising and marketing for attorneys are more important than ever. Attend this MCLE and ensure compliance with California’s current requirements for ethical attorney advertising!

R.S.V.P.: Please reserve via email to Mark Coffin, Litigation Section Chair, at

“So Long Stretch! Retirement Account Beneficiary Designations After the SECURE Act”

MCLE: 1.0 Hour General

Speaker: Christine Roberts

About the Event: Christine P. Roberts is a partner in the Santa Barbara law firm of Mullen & Henzell
L.L.P. She will discuss the SECURE ACT and the effects on retirement assets, IRAs, and contract assets in

Lunch will be provided from South Coast Deli!

R.S.V.P.: Please email

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Protecting the Privacy of a Public Figure/Celebrity During Divorce

MCLE: 1.0 Hour General

Speaker(s): Christopher C. Melcher, CFLS and Anthony D. Storm

About the Event: This program will delve into crucial considerations an attorney should be aware of when representing individuals of notoriety, including practice tips on keeping confidential information out-of-the-public-stream, ensuring there is limited access to the client information, alternatives to litigation, security measures, inter-office policies, what to do if information leaks into the public realm, controlling the narrative, strategies to keep the press at bay, and advising your client, security personnel, and their family office.

R.S.V.P.: Mail checks payable to the Santa Barbara County Bar Association c/o Renee M. Fairbanks, CFLS, 226 E. Canon Perdido Street, Ste. F, Santa Barbara, California 93101.

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2020 Bench and Bar Conference

Please Join Us for the Crown Jewel of Local MCLE:

The Annual Bench and Bar Conference

If you are an attorney whose last name begins
with N-Z, the deadline to report is February 1, 2020.

Samantha Baldwin, Esq.
Jennifer G. Duffy, Esq.
Daniel Hentschke, Esq.
Abbe Kingston, Esq.
Victoria Lindenauer, Esq.
Tyrone Maho, Esq.
Doug Ridley, Esq.
David Secrest, Esq.
Cristi Michelon Vasquez, Esq.
Distinguished panel of Santa Barbara
Superior Court Judges

MCLE Credit: Up to 6 hours of MCLE Credit including Competence and Elimination of Bias!

Doug RidleyLawyers & Substance Abuse

Dan HentschkeCommunity Enhancement Through the Eyes of the City Attorney’s Office

Tyrone MahoMock Jury Trial

Cristi Michelon Vasquez & Courtney DeSotoEstate Litigation and Working with Private Professional Fiduciaries

Abbe A. KingstonImmigration Law

Monique LimonKeynote Speaker: Legal and Policy Issues in Small-dollar Lending

Jennifer Duffy & David SecrestImplicit Bias in the Legal Profession and How to Eliminate that Bias 

Victoria Lindenauer & R.A. CarringtonMeeting the Challenges in Modern Personal Injury Mediations

Hon. Michael Carrozzo and Hon. Thomas AnderleTips for Effective Civil and Criminal Litigation: From the Judge’s Perspective

R.S.V.P.: Call SBCBA at (805)569-5511 for more information, to reserve tickets, and for sponsorship opportunities!

Click here to view the registration form and here for the schedule.