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SEPTEMBER MCLE

posted Aug 15, 2017, 10:01 AM by WLA SLO

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

September MCLE: Top Ten Tax Traps for Small Businesses and an IRS Update

 

Please join us!
 

OUR SPEAKER:
Lisa Sperow, Esq.

 



Lisa Sperow is the Executive Director of the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.  Lisa graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis with a degree in International Relations and first in her class from The University of Oklahoma College of Law.  After law school, Lisa clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  She then entered the Honors Program for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where she served as a trial lawyer in the Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch for five years.  She then joined the Accounting and Law Area at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  Lisa has taught courses in International Law, Business Law, Constitutional Law, Business Ethics, Torts, Legal Research and Writing, Applied Accounting Auditing and Tax Research, and Employment Law.  She serves as a consultant for the Small Business Development Center and as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.  She is also a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation, the Legal Advisor for Community Action Partnership-SLO, a Board Member of the San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association, an Attorney Coach for the Arroyo Grande High School and Paulding Middle School Mock Trial Teams and the mother of two busy teenagers.

Wednesday,

September 6, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online at:




(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, September 5, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

August MCLE

posted Jul 14, 2017, 1:36 PM by WLA SLO   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 9:56 AM ]

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

August MCLE: All About County Counsel and Legal Issues in SLO County

 

Please join us!
 

OUR SPEAKER: RITA L. NEAL, COUNTY COUNSEL
 



Rita Neal has been County Counsel for the County of San Luis Obispo since October of 2012.  She oversees an office of 13 attorneys and seven support staff.  The Office of County Counsel provides legal advice and litigation representation to the Board of Supervisors, all County elected officials and over 70 County boards, commissions, departments, agencies and special districts.  Ms. Neal obtained her Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly and her law degree from Santa Clara University. 
 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online at:





(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, August 1, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

June MCLE

posted May 24, 2017, 11:00 AM by WLA SLO

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

June MCLE: Interrupting Bias in the Legal Profession 

 


Please join us!
 

Note that this month's presentation qualifies for an hour of MCLE credit in recognition and elimination of bias.

 

OUR SPEAKER:
 

 

Chris Chambers Goodman, Esq.,
Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law and President of California Women Lawyers


Professor Goodman joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2001 after being an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione, and then teaching at UCLA School of Law.  Currently she teaches Evidence, Trial Practice, and a Seminar on Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law. Professor Goodman also has taught Criminal Law, Trial Preparation and Settlement, Constitutional Law, and Community Outreach: Youth Mentoring. She serves as an advisor to the Black Law Students' Association and the Women's Legal Association, and has been a mock trial team coach. Professor Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including affirmative action, preferences, diversity and racial privacy, as well as evidentiary issues. The second edition of her book, California Evidence, was published in Aspen's Examples and Explanations series. Professor Goodman was an officer of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served for several years as chair of its Diversity in the Profession Committee. She was also a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Board for many years, and now serves as President of California Women Lawyers. As a law student, she served on the board for the Annual Women of Color and the Law Conference.  
 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online at:




(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, June 6, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

May MCLE

posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:06 AM by WLA SLO   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

May MCLE: The Judicial Appointment Process

*Please Note That The May Meeting Will Be Held At The Country Club!*

WLA is honored and excited to have four judges from the San Luis Obispo Superior Court speaking at the May meeting regarding the judicial appointment process.
 

OUR SPEAKERS:

Judge Federman was appointed to the Superior Court in 2012 and currently is assigned to the Family Law Division in Paso Robles.  Prior to becoming a Superior Court Judge, she served as a United States Magistrate Judge and as a Staff Attorney in both the state and federal courts.

Judge Harman was appointed to the bench in 2002 and currently is assigned to the Criminal Division.  She has served two years as Assistant Presiding Judge followed by two years as Presiding Judge.  Prior to her appointment to the bench she was a Deputy District Attorney for over 18 years in San Luis Obispo and Riverside Counties.  She also practiced in the area of corporate and commercial law with the firm of Graham & James. 

Judge Peron has been a bench officer with San Luis Obispo Superior Court since 2006, first as a commissioner handing family law cases, and then as a judge assigned to the Criminal Division.  Previously, she served as the Court’s Family Law Facilitator and operated a private practice in San Luis Obispo. 

Judge Crandall was appointed to the Superior Court in 2003.  He currently is assigned to the Civil Division.  He served as Assistant Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge from 2008-2011.  Prior to his appointment, he clerked in the federal court, served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than ten years, and litigated public interest and class action cases in private practice with firms in San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

San Luis Obispo Country Club
255 Country Club Dr.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.  

(1) Pay online:


(2) Send a check to:

Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.  

Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com in advance if you would like to request a vegetarian meal.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, May 2, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.


 

April MCLE

posted Mar 23, 2017, 9:50 AM by WLA SLO   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 9:51 AM ]

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

April MCLE: Legal Issues Surrounding Elder Care and Care Giving

 

Please join us!
 

OUR SPEAKER:
 


Linda R. Beck, Esq. - After 25+ years of practicing construction law, Linda has redirected her work into elder care and health care advocacy.  Linda started caregiving for her parents with a crisis that disrupted her law practice and her life.  After encountering many people struggling with unexpected caregiving responsibilities, Linda resolved to help others manage elder care with less drama and disruption by teaching caregivers and likely caregivers the essentials of elder- and health care advocacy.  Linda’s experience includes her service as an Ombudsman with the San Luis Obispo County Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman and as a member of the Leadership Council for the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. She holds a certificate in Patient Advocacy from UCLA Extension, and earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.  Linda continues to work part-time as a construction lawyer with Best Best & Krieger.
 


Wednesday, April 5, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online at:
             



(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, April 4, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

MARCH MCLE

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:57 AM by WLA SLO

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

March MCLE: Employment Law and Gender Bias

and presentation of this year's Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award

Please join us!
 

Note that this month's presentation qualifies for an hour of MCLE credit in recognition and elimination of bias.

 

OUR SPEAKERS:
 

Kathy is the Managing Partner of Andre, Morris & Buttery and has been practicing 25 years, representing many of the Central Coast’s employers.   Specializing in employment law, Kathy’s practice ranges from employment litigation to providing employment counseling, training and workplace investigations.   
 


 

Lisa Boutelle Lazzara is a 1985 graduate of Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, North Carolina.  After moving to San Luis Obispo in 1995, Ms. Lazzara worked as an associate at two local law firms as a civil litigator with a focus on employment litigation.  In 2002, she became a sole practitioner, with her practice limited to civil litigation, and employment litigation, in particular.   Ms. Lazzara was the president of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association in 2005 and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Stampede Club at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.   

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online at:


(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, February 28, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

FEBRUARY MCLE

posted Jan 11, 2017, 2:24 PM by WLA SLO   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 10:54 AM ]


Women Lawyers Association

Presents

February MCLE: Immigration Law, What You Should Know

 

(Please note that we're at Upper Crust this month!)

Please join us!



Kevin C. Gregg, attorney at the Law Offices of Kevin C. Gregg, will provide an overview of the dynamic field of immigration law and its intersection with other practice areas.

 

OUR SPEAKER:
 Kevin C. Gregg is an immigration attorney based in Paso Robles, California. He provides immigration services to families and businesses on the Central Coast and around the world. Kevin is a graduate of Boston College and the University of San Diego School of Law. 
Kevin lives in Paso Robles with his wife and two sons.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online at:
             



(2) Send a check to:
Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.


JANUARY MCLE

posted Dec 12, 2016, 11:55 AM by WLA SLO   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 2:22 PM ]

Women Lawyers Association

Presents

January MCLE: California Rural Legal Assistance and Fair Housing Law

 

(Please note that we're at Upper Crust this month!)

Please join us!



Patrick Saldaña, Directing Attorney of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.’s San Luis Obispo office, will speak about CRLA and its local services, followed by an overview of state and federal fair housing law, including the rights and responsibilities of tenants and housing providers.  He will discuss reasonable accommodations in housing, which is a common area of confusion for both landlords and tenants.

 

OUR SPEAKER:
 
Patrick Saldaña is the Directing Attorney of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.’s San Luis Obispo office and was previously the Directing Attorney in CRLA’s El Centro office. He has been in the San Luis Obispo office since May 2016, and was in CRLA’s El Centro office from January 2013 through May 2016.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and graduated from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  He has been licensed to practice law in California since December 2012 and in the Quechan Tribal Court since November 2014.  He handles housing, education, and labor cases, and is the co-chair of CRLA’s statewide Housing Task Force.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online:

   








(2) Send a check to:

Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Ellen Drews at ellenwlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
             

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

DECEMBER MCLE

posted Nov 8, 2016, 11:47 AM by WLA SLO   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 11:13 AM ]

Women Lawyers Association

Presents
WLA's Annual Ethics Update
Speakers: Julie Casey, Amber Simmons, Kara Stein-Conaway


FULFILL YOUR ETHICS REQUIREMENT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW!  THIS MCLE ALWAYS SELLS OUT QUICKLY! 

PLEASE NOTE! THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTRY CLUB and it will be held on the first TUESDAY of December, instead of our regular WEDNESDAY.
 


Women Lawyers Association:
Annual Ethics Update


Join Women Lawyers for their Annual Ethics update organized each year in December by Judge Rita Federman.

Judge Federman organized the panel this year.  Due to her schedule in Paso Robles, however, she was unable to host the panel.  WLA is grateful for Judge Federman's continued support of WLA.  Thank you and we will miss you this year.

 

Attorney ethical standards have more or less remained the same for decades, but the ever changing ways in which attorneys interact with their clients continues to create new ethical challenges.  Join us for a lively discussion of recent state and federal cases in which the outcome was affected by an ethical issue or dilemma.

 

 


RESERVATIONS:

TUESDAY, December 6, 2016 at 12:00 noon
San Luis Obispo County Club
255 Country Club Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
 

1 Hour MCLE Ethics Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this MCLE.

NOTE: For this lunch you will be asked to select either a vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal.  Please make sure to make the correct selection in the drop-down below if you register online, or include a note along with your check indicating your meal preference.


(1) Pay online:














(2) Send a check to:

Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918
* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Natalie Laacke at nata.wlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN Monday, November 28, 2016.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, but it really helps us to plan and the Country Club to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

 

Moderator: Nicole Norris, President of WLA SLO
 

Our Panelists:

Speaker: Julie Casey
Julie Casey joined the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court as a research attorney in February 2016. She began her legal career as an associate with Andre, Morris & Buttery in 2004, before moving to the Santa Maria courthouse in 2009, where she worked as a research attorney for seven years. While working in Santa Maria, she also taught Legal Research and Writing and Ethics, from 2012 to 2014, for the paralegal program at Allan Hancock College.  She previously served on the WLA’s board for several years and was president in 2009.

Speaker: Amber Simmons
Amber Simmons is an associate with Andre, Morris & Buttery, whose practice focuses on litigation and the needs of the firm’s agricultural and business clients.  Prior to coming to Andre, Morris & Buttery in 2013, Amber worked in politics at both the state and federal levels of government.  Amber was born and raised in Santa Maria and is now the fourth (4th) generation of her family to live in Nipomo.  She is very involved in both the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria communities, and will join the WLA Board of Directors as the Membership Chair in January 2017.

Speaker: Kara Stein-Conaway
Kara Stein-Conaway is an attorney who has been practicing exclusively criminal defense since 2008. She is fluent in Spanish and represents both English and Spanish-speaking clients. She works closely with attorneys who practice family law, immigration law, and professional licensing law and tailors her representation by taking into account each client’s unique personal life circumstances.  Before joining the San Luis Obispo firm of Stein, Casciola & Galambos, LLP in 2013, she worked at the LA County Public Defender’s Office from 2008 through 2013, where she completed 23 jury trials. When she is not in the courtroom, Ms. Stein-Conaway serves on the Board for the WLA, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason Conaway, and chasing around her two sons, Jackson & Cameron.

NOVEMBER MCLE

posted Oct 20, 2016, 10:56 AM by WLA SLO   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 11:38 AM ]


Women Lawyers Association

Presents

November MCLE: What's new at the Superior Court?

 

(Please note that we're at Upper Crust this month!)

Please join us!

Michael Powell, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court Executive Officer, will speak about the policy for judicial assignments, the status of the court's budget, the implementation of e-filing, and answer your questions about how the court is running. 

 

OUR SPEAKER:
MICHAEL POWELL

Michael Powell is originally from San Francisco.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from U.C. Davis and his Master's degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northmapton, MA.  He was a psychotherapist in New Mexico before moving back to California in 1999.  At that time, he began work a mediator/ evaluator in child custory cases for the Superior Court.  In 2014, Michael became the Director of Strategic Planning and then moved to the Assistance Court Executive position in 2015.  He has been the Court Executive Officer since February of 2016.  Michael also serves on the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
at 12:00 noon
 

Upper Crust Trattoria
11560 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1 Hour MCLE Credit Offered
Students - $15
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
 

There are two (2) ways to make a reservation for this event.

(1) Pay online:




(2) Send a check to:

Women Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 3918
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3918

* Please include the name(s) of the attendee(s) on your check.
** Please email Natalie Laacke at nata.wlaslo@gmail.com that you've mailed your check.
 

IN ORDER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, WLA MUST RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016.

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come/first served basis, however, it really helps us to plan and Upper Crust to set up properly if you reserve ahead of time. 

 

We look forward to your participation!


Sorry, but we cannot accommodate refund requests.

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