General MCLE: “Cellphone Forensics: Applications in Discovery and Investigations”

Speaker: Thomas Plunkett

About the Event: Cellphones represent one of the fastest-changing areas of legal practice. Mobile device evidence is more important than ever, thanks to the rapid evolution of the technology and the way this evidence is treated by the courts. Touching on important recent cases, technology developments, and Califorensics’ direct experience advising attorneys, this presentation provides up-to-date guidance on the application of cellphone forensics in litigation, investigations, and other legal matters.

Please RSVP with lunch choice [tri-tip sandwich or veggie wrap] by November 13th

Legal Ethics MCLE: A Reception with the Appellate Justices of Division Six: “Taking the High Road”

Please call 805-569-5511 to pay via credit card or mail completed form along with your check payable to:

15 West Carrillo Street, Suite 106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


MCLE: Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: A Discussion of Cases Past, Present, and Future

Checks should be made payable to the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Checks should be mailed to Beall & Burkhardt, Attn: Carissa Horowitz, 317 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 24, 2018.

Event Details: Please join our lunchtime panel for a discussion of bankruptcy-related decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States. The discussion will cover selected hidden treasures among the Supreme Court’s decisions from the 1800s, key practice pointers from cases decided between 2015-2018, and predictions about future issues that the Supreme Court will or should consider.

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SBCBA 2018 Golf & Tennis Tournament

When: Friday, September 21, 2018

Where: Sandpiper Golf Course at 7925 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

Post golf and tennis reception will begin at 5:00 pm. at the Sandpiper Grill, 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 7th)

Meet at the Sandpiper Golf Course at 11:30 am. Shotgun starts at 12:00 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.

$105 to Play for SBCBA Members/$115 for Non- Members – Includes green fees & cart ($115/$125 after September 7th).

$150 for BOTH Golf & Dinner for SBCBA Members/ $160 for Non- Members ($160/$170 after September 7th).

LIMITED NUMBER OF TEE SPONSORSHIPS! Tee sign on course with your company name. $100. Contact

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, reserving the right to make equitable adjustments in all levels. Men and women will participate in the tournament in all levels.
Prizes to tournament winners!

$30 to Play per SBCBA Members/$40 for Non- Members – Includes court fees & balls ($40/$50 after September 7th).

$75 for BOTH Tennis & Dinner for SBCBA Members/$85 for Non-Members ($85/$95 after September 7th).

RSVP/Payment: To register and pay, fill out the attached flyer and mail it to the following address:
SBCBA 15 West Carrillo Street, Ste. 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Please clearly specify GOLF HANDICAP or TENNIS RATING.

Questions? Call the SBCBA at (805) 569-5511

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SBCBA 2018 Annual BBQ

Come kick off your summer with the SBCBA! Master chef- attorneys Rusty Brace and Mack Staton will be manning the grill and drinks will be poured by mixologist Will Beall, including fabulous wines donated by Joe Liebman


Checks: Mail to SBCBA, 15 W Carrillo St, Ste 106, Santa Barbara

Credit card: Please call (805) 569-5511

Sponsorship opportunities available! Inquire:


Special thanks to our sponsors!



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All Fees Are Non-Refundable 

The SBCBA ADR Section Presents: Implicit Bias in Mediation, Legal, Psychological and Judicial Perspectives

MCLE Credit: 1 Hour elimination of bias

Speakers: George Eskin, Ret. Judge/Mediator, Victoria Lindenauer, Attorney/Mediator, Penny Clemmons, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist/Mediator

Cost/Payment: $30.00 with lunch included. Please make checks payable to the SBCBA and mail to:

15 W. Carrillo Street, #106
Santa Barbara, CA. 93101

RSVP: to Dr. Penny Clemmons at, or Lida Sideris at, or call (805) 569-5511.

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The SBCBA Criminal Law Section Presents: Marijuana Zeitgeist: Fear and Loathing at the DOJ

MCLE: One Hour of General MCLE credit (pending)

Speaker: Jay Leiderman, Criminal Law Specialist.
About the Event: Jay Leiderman is the owner of the Law Offices of Jay Leiderman, PC, a Ventura, based law firm. Mr. Leiderman advises medical marijuana collectives, teaching them the law, writing up their contracts and articles of association, and helping them comply with local and state laws. He has been a Certified Criminal Law Specialist (CA Bar Board of Legal Specialization) since 2006. He has worked as the defense counsel in many noteworthy cases.

Please make checks payable to:

Santa Barbara County Bar Association
15 West Carrillo Street, Suite 106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Lunch: Brown bag lunch

RSVP Deadline: December 6, 2017


SBCBA 2018 Bench and Bar Conference

Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and the Law:

How Will We Preserve the California Coast?


Speakers and panelists

  • Hon. Serge Dedina Conservationist and Mayor of Imperial Beach, CA
  • Michael McCormick, AICP, Planner and Advisor, Climate and Land Use Policy, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Aeron Arlin Genet Director of SB County Air Pollution Control District


MCLE Credits Available!


Presentations by:

  • Hon. Frank J. Ochoa (Ret.)
  • Andrew Dieden, lawyer, author, speaker
  • Francine Tone, lawyer, author
  • Distinguished panel of SB County Judges

The SBCBA Employment Law Section Presents: “Solving the Misclassification Puzzle: Are Your Workers Contractors, Employees, Exempt or Non-Exempt? Be Sure You’re Doing It Right!”

MCLE Credit: 1 Hour (General)

Speaker(s): Alex W. Craigie, The Law Offices of Alex W. Craigie

Alex is an AV-Preeminent rated trial attorney recognized for bringing an innovative and cost-effective approach to helping small and mid-sized CA companies prevent, address and resolve employment disputes. He counsels employers and routinely defends claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, as well as misclassification, wage-hour, rest and meal period claims.

About the Event: No topic in employment law creates more confusion than worker classification. On the one hand, there is the question whether a worker can be legitimately treated as an “independent contractor,” thus avoiding payroll laws and taxes. Equally vexing to many employers is the question whether an employee is “exempt” or “non-exempt.” In both instances, mistakes in classification can be costly, as illustrated by the frequent seven, eight and even nine figure settlements and verdicts covered in the media.

This 1 hour MCLE presentation will demystify the topic of classification. Attendees will be given the tools necessary to understand when a worker can properly be classified as an independent contractor, and whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt. Who should attend? Anyone who faces, or whose clients face, these questions.

Cost/Payment: $20 SBCA Members/$25 Nonmembers. Please make checks payable to the SBCBA and send to:

Alex Craigie
The Law Offices of Alex W. Craigie
791 Via Manana
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Contact Information/RSVP: Please RSVP by November 2nd to or (805) 845-1752.

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The SBCBA In-House Counsel & Corporate Law Section and The Intellectual Property/Technology Business Section Presents: To Dissolve or Not to Dissolve: Navigating the Waters of the Shareholder Dispute



MCLE Credit: One hour credit applied for

Speakers: Robert M. Heller and Todd M. Lander
Freeman Freeman & Smiley, Century City

Robert M. Heller, Of Counsel at Freeman Freeman & Smiley, is the leader of the firm’s Shareholder and Corporate Litigation Group. He is an expert in shareholder dispute law, including governance issues, the disputed direction of a company, suppression of minority owners’ rights, compensation of principals, buyouts,
and breach of fiduciary duty.

Todd M. Lander is a Partner at Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, where he litigates in the areas of corporate and shareholder disputes, intellectual property, and real estate.
He handles cases in both the state and federal courts and at the trial and appellate levels, including the Ninth Circuit, and before administrative and industry tribunals, including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

About the event: When business partners go their separate ways, the process may be contentious and fraught with serious legal complications. Our speakers will examine some key considerations
in this situation, including:
* Understanding voluntary and involuntary dissolution
* Deciding whether to pursue dissolution in light of the associated risks
* Identifying intellectual property issues in dissolution
* Understanding advantages and disadvantages of being a buyer or seller in a dissolution and buyout
* Knowing your client’s rights under Section 2000 of the California Corporations Code, including whether an appraisal and buyout of the departing shareholder is in the client’s best interests
* Selecting appraisers, determining “fair value,” and dealing with claims in litigation


RSVP: Reserve via email by Thursday, October 19th to Chris Kopitzke, Chair of Intellectual Property/Technology Business Section at

Cost and Payment: $25.00 – includes lunch.
Checks payable to Santa Barbara County Bar Association and mail by Thursday, October 19th to:

15 W. Carrillo St., Suite 106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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