The SBCBA Family Law and Debtor/Creditor Section Presents: The Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy

About the Event: Financial matters are almost always present in divorce proceedings. Family law litigants in a financial crisis can file for bankruptcy before, during or after a divorce. Learn how bankruptcy can affect divorce proceedings:
The benefits and disadvantages of filing chapter 7 or 13 as co-debtors or as individual debtors prior to a divorce proceeding.
The benefits and disadvantages of filing chapter 7 or 13 after a dissolution judgment.
Representation of your client in the other party’s chapter 7, 11 or 13 before and after a dissolution judgment, including:
what you can do in a divorce proceeding while a bankruptcy is pending
protecting your client’s judgment

MCLE Credit: 1 hour MCLE credit

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

RSVP: Carissa Horowitz, Esq. Carissa can be contacted at
Please RSVP BY Monday, October 16, 2017.


The SBCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Presents: Effective Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People

Speakers: David Peterson

About the Event: This program will explore the characteristics of difficult people and will discuss the most effective ways to identify the difficult person and to work with this person successfully, leading to settlements that would not occur in the absence of employing effective means. Mediators and attendees will participate to widen the spectrum of information presented. The program is guaranteed to be useful for attorneys and mediators seeking success in mediation.

MCLE Credit: 1 hour total, 0.5 hour Ethics credit

Checks payable to:

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

RSVP: Seating is limited – RSVP to David Peterson at or (805) 441-5884, or to Lida Sideris at


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The SBCBA Tax Committee Presents: “The Accountant’s Role in Assisting the Attorney in the Examination Process” Advice from the Trenches


Speaker: Gary L. Howard, CPA;
Managing Partner of GL Howard and Company CPAs, LLP

Gary has over 30 years of experience working on tax controversy and white collar crime issues. His firm handles the accounting, litigation support, tax compliance and planning, and tax controversy needs of closely-held corporations and their shareholders. The firm serves Southern California clients (throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties), as well as nationwide and internationally through its Tax Controversy practice.

About the Event: What is a Kovel letter? What are best practices for CPAs and Attorneys in the Examination Process. Gary will discuss key issues that arise in the attorney-cpa relationship and the exam process.

Cost/Payment: $35 for all, Please make checks payable to the SBCBA or call 805.569.5511 to pay via credit card. Checks may be mailed to the SBCBA at 15 W. Carrillo St, Ste 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

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Recording Requirements, Common Problems for Rejection of Documents and Recording Fraud


Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Speakers: JOE HOLLAND. Mr. Holland began his career in public service when he took his first position as a Real Property Appraiser in the Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office in 1984. In 1993 he became the Audit Section Supervisor in the newly created Office of County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor. In 1998 he was promoted to Business Division Manager, and in 2003 assumed the duties of County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor, managing an $18 million budget and 100 staff members. He has been a resident of Santa Barbara County since 1978 along with his wife Kathy and their three children. MELINDA GREENE. Ms. Greene has served for the County of Santa Barbara for 21 years, beginning her career in Auditor-Controller where she obtained her CPA license. She served in the County Executive Office as a Budget Analyst and Project Manager for 5 years, eventually becoming a Certified Public Finance Officer. She then switched her career path and began working in Information Technology managing software development and hardware infrastructure. She is currently an Assistant Department Head for the Clerk-Recorder Assessor managing the Hall of Records. She also serves on the Governing Board of Information Technology for the County and is part of the cyber threat-sharing group for Election System Owners. She is a Public Information Officer for the County and has served in the County Emergency Operation Center for various emergencies since 2000. DANIELLE RIFILATO. Ms. Rifilato has been serving as the Clerk-Recorder Division Chief for the Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, Assessor, Elections Department for 5 years. Prior to her work in Santa Barbara County, she worked for the Riverside County Assessor, Clerk, and Recorder for 20 years. Danielle is a board member of the County Recorders’ Association of California and is currently serving/participating on a number of committees formed under the Association. Danielle is also a member of The California Association of Clerks & Election Officials. She has been a Recording Staff Workshop Trainer for the Association for several years and enjoys meeting and discussing document recording issues with employees from different counties.

Place: Wells Fargo Private Bank
118 East Carrillo Street
Second Floor Conference Room

MCLE: One hour of credit, approval pending

Menu: Lunch will be provided

Price: $30.00 (net proceeds going to the County Bar)

Reservations: Must be received by September 23, 2017.
In ADVANCE please send your payment payable to:

Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, et al. LLP:
Attn: Susie Nelson
222 E. Carrillo Street, 4th Floor
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Questions: Joshua P. Rabinowitz, 963-0755

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SBCBA 2017 Golf and Tennis Tournament


A 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/$55 per Non-SBCBA Member (after September 8th: $60/$65)


Meet at the Sandpiper Golf Course at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun starts at 12:00 pm. Team prizes for 1st & 2nd places. You will be contacted regarding team assignments.

$105 to Play per SBCBA Member/$110 per Non-SBCBA MemberIncludes green fees & cart. (Fee after September 8th: $110/$115)


$150 for BOTH Golf & Dinner per SBCBA Member/ $155 per Non-SBCBA Member ($160/$165 after September 8th)


Meet at the tennis courts at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club at 12:00 pm for warm-up with round robin play starting just after 12:30 pm. Prizes to tournament winners!

$30 to Play per SBCBA Member/$35 per Non-SBCBA MemberIncludes court fees & balls. (Fee after September 8th: $35/$40)


$75 for BOTH Tennis & Dinner per SBCBA Member/$80 per Non-SBCBA Member ($80/$85 after September 8th)

To register, please fill out the attached flyer and mail, with check, to:
SBCBA 15 West Carrillo Street, Ste. 106, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Please clearly specify GOLF HANDICAP or TENNIS RATING.
Questions or would like to pay via credit card? Call the SBCBA at (805) 569-5511

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The SBCBA Family Law Section Presents: Getting to Know Judge Maxwell: Family Law Cases in Department Six

MCLE:  One hour of General MCLE Credit

Speaker: Judge Pauline Maxwell

About the Event: Judge Maxwell has recently joined the civil division. She will share with us her background and experience, as well as entertain your questions regarding her expectations of Family Law attorneys in Department Six.

Price:  $30.00, including one hour of MCLE and lunch from Three Pickles. Please make checks payable to:

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

Contact Information/R.S.V.P.:

April Baird
Law Offices of Matthew J. Long
(805) 254-4878
1114 State Street, Suite 222
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


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Section Roundtable Meeting: “Common Mistakes Made in Mediation”

MCLE Credit: 1/2 Legal Ethics, 1/2 General

Speaker: David V. Peterson

Learn valuable lessons from seasoned and experienced mediators who take part in the presentation. Avoid mistakes commonly made by attorneys and mediators, and learn ways to achieve better settlements as attorneys and mediators. Moderated by David Peterson, Mediator and Adjunct Professor of Mediation Theory and Practice at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2009 through Fall 2016/17). Mediators and attendees will participate to widen the spectrum of information presented. Program is guaranteed to be useful for attorneys and mediators seeking success in mediation. Materials Packet will be included.

Cost/Payment: $20.00 for SBCBA members. Checks Payable to “SB County Bar Association”, and Mail to Bar Office: 15 West Carrillo Street, #106, Santa Barbara, California 93101

RSVP: RSVP is a must as SEATING IS LIMITED – RSVP to or (805) 441-5884, or Lida Sideris at

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The Impact of SB 1069 and AB 2299 on Residential Accessory Dwelling Units: “Granny Flats” Go Millennial

MCLE Credit: 1.0 Hour (General)

Speaker: Ariel Calonne, Santa Barbara City Attorney

This presentation will review major 2016 CA legislation that significantly expanded the rights of residential property owners to develop accessory (second) dwelling units. The presentation will review decades of CA legislative history in order to place the new legislation into an understandable framework.

Cost and Payment: $25.00 for SBCBA members- $30.00 for Non-members. Please make checks payable to:

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

Contact Information/RSVP:
Bret A. Stone, Paladin Law Group® LLP

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The SBCBA Criminal Law Section Presents: “Advising Non-US Citizens and Post-Conviction Relief”

MCLE Credit: 1 hour General (pending)
Speaker(s): Abbe Kingston
Abbe Allen Kingston has practiced immigration law in Santa Barbara for 25 years. He has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration Law Specialist. A substantial part of his practice focuses on the transfer of international personnel.
About the Event: Mr. Kingston will be discussing recent changes to immigration laws including Penal Code Sections 1203.43; 1473.7 and 18.5 that allow for post-conviction relief for non-U.S. Citizens.
Cost/Payment: $10.00. Free for Public Defenders, government attorneys and Legal Aid staff. 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: June 14th
Contact Information/RSVP:

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MCLE Presentation: IP/Tech Business and In-House & Corp Law Sections

Cybersecurity 2017:  Or, You’ve Been Hacked
and You Don’t Know It!

What security threats are lurking in cyberspace for your firm and your clients? How can you protect your own data and that of your clients? What steps can you take to avoid a security breach, and to reduce liability if a breach happens? Join us to discuss digital vulnerabilities you know about, and to learn about those you and your clients may not have considered.

Speaker: Kenneth May, CEO of Swift Chip and
Certified Ethical Hacker

Ken May is founder and CEO of Swift Chip, Inc., a managed information technology services provider with offices in Santa Monica and Ventura. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker and an Information Security and Compliance Auditor, qualified to assess the security of computer systems. Ken has been honored with the SMB 150 Award, given to the most influential information technology professionals worldwide. He holds numerous certifications from HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Symantec, Dell, and other tech companies. Ken brings an interesting background to his work:
he earned his bachelor’s degree at Thomas Aquinas College and a master’s degree at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine.

Mail checks by Friday, April 14,

payable to Betty Jeppesen, Chair of In-House Counsel & Corporate Law Section,

2000 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105