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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2017 SBCBA Annual Dinner

• CA State Bar President James P. Fox

• John T. Rickard Judicial Service Award to Judge Clifford R. Anderson III
• Pro Bono Award to Allan S. Morton
• Frank Crandall Community Service Award to Mullen & Henzell

Payment On or Before 10-31-17 
Members $95/Nonmembers $105

Payment After 10-31-17
Members $105/Nonmembers $115
*Annual Dinner scholarships available for new attorneys (0-2 years) and law students.
Call SBCBA at (805)569-5511 for more information.


To reserve and pay via USPS, please complete this form and send with your check payable to SBCBA: 15 W. Carrillo St, Ste. 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. To reserve and pay by credit card, or if you have any questions, call SBCBA at (805)569-5511. Fees paid are nonrefundable.


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Justices Reception with the Appellate Justices of Division Six “Taking the High Road”

 Written Materials 

MCLE Credit:

1 Hour Legal Ethics credit


SBCBA Members –  $60
Non-Members –  $70
Students/Paralegals – $20


Please call 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

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The SBCBA Trust and Estates Section Presents: “Probate Referees and the Probate Process”

MCLE Credit: 1 hour MCLE General Credit

Speaker(s): Anthony Cangelosi & Sandi Miller, Santa Barbara County Probate Referees

About the Event:
Speakers will give a brief overview of the role a probate referee plays in the probate process, give some examples of problems or difficulties that can arise, (procedural or specific kinds of property), and explain some things lawyers can do to make the process easier for the referees and more expedient for counsel.

Sandwiches from South Coast Deli will be provided.

Contact Information/RSVP:

Please make checks payable to the SBCBA and mail to: 15 W. Carrillo Street * Suite 106 * Santa Barbara CA * 93101. Please RSVP by September 21, 2017.


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The SBCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Presents: Aspects of a Genuine Apology

Speakers: Peter Robinson, Co-Founder of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

MCLE Credit: 2 hours total, 0.5 hour Ethics credit

Checks payable to:

SB County Bar Association
15 West Carrillo St, #106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

RSVP: RSVP to Dr. Penny Clemmons at, or (805) 441-5884, or to Lida Sideris at

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