February 2021 CLE Bulletin and Webcast Replay


February 2021 CLE Bulletin and Webcast Replay

February 2021 CLE Bulletin

Upcoming Conferences and Events from the Bar Association of San Francisco

The Bar Association of San Francisco presents

Streamlining Flat-Fee Projects: Increasing Profitability for Solo and Small Firms 

This is a Post-Conference Workshop for the Solo and Small Firm Annual Conference on January 28, 2021.


Date Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Program 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
MCLE No MCLE provided.


Andreas Becker, Lawyaw



  • An overview of the opportunities, benefits and value of flat-fee projects for small firms and their clients
  • The role technology like document automation can deliver for small and solo firms as they optimize flat-fee products
  • Best practices (and worst practices to avoid) for small firms considering implementing flat-fee
  • A framework for starting to offer flat-fee at firms that haven’t done so previously


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The Arbitration Section presents

Mediation, Settlement Conferences and Negotiation Tactics


Date Thursday, February 4, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour


John Worden, Venable

Mark LeHocky, ADR Services, Inc.


Trial lawyer John Worden and mediator Mark LeHocky — co-chairs of BASF’s ADR/Arbitration Section — will discuss the nuts and bolts of how mediations and settlement conferences work, with particular emphasis on prepping clients and yourselves to improve everyone’s negotiating prospects. This interactive program will explore critical pre-work as well as timing issues, “bottom lines,” “high-lows,” “night baseball,“ offers of judgment and many other negotiating tools, how they work, as well as what to avoid.


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The Arbitration Section presents

Significant Arbitration Cases in 2020/2021 


Date Tuesday, February 9, 2020
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour



James R. Madison, Arbitrator, Mediator, Referee, Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Paul Dubow, Arbitrator & Mediator, Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators


Popular Annual Review of all significant Federal and California cases involving arbitration.


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The Insurance Section presents

COVID-19 and the Insurance Industry


Date Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour



Monica Slakey, Partner, Tittman Weix

Rani Gupta, Partner, Covington

Rod Sockolov, Executive Vice President, ABD Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.


Tamiko Dunham, Partner, Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP



  • Survey of COVID-19 claims and insurance coverages
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the insurance market
  • Policyholder-side perspective on emerging COVID-19 coverage issues and market impact
  • Insurer-side perspective on emerging COVID-19 coverage issues and market impact


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The Bar Association of San Francisco presents

WOMEN IN TRIAL: Shatter the Glass Ceiling in the Courtroom – Two-Day Intensive Trial Advocacy Training for Women


Dates February 18-19, 2021
2/18/21 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2/19/21 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MCLE 10 Hours


Doris Cheng, Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger



will include Master Trial Lawyers and active Judges



Back by popular demand, Women in Trial returns this year by Zoom. Join us in improving the diversity of trial lawyers in our courtrooms. If you want to improve your trial skills or if you have never tried a case and want to learn how to try a case, take this program. Learn advocacy techniques from our seasoned trial lawyers and get into court through our BASF and JDC pro bono programs.

  • Develop trial skills in an experiential learning environment
  • Learn from trial masters and judges about effective presentation skills
  • Practice opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examinations
  • Receive coaching and critiques to enhance your performanceExperience immediate improvement in two days

For full conference details, visit the event page. 


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The Real Property Section presents

Annual Seminar on Recent Developments and Hot Topics in San Francisco Landlord-Tenant Practice – 2021

Date Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Program 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
MCLE 1.5 Hours



Ora Prochovnick, Eviction Defense Collaborative

Nils Rosenquest, Rosenquest & Associates

David Wasserman, Rent Board Landlord Commissioner

Andrew Westley, Law Offices of Andrew Westley


Kavita Sharma, Sharma Law Group



  • New and proposed amendments to the San Francisco Rent Ordinance including limitations of non-tenant uses of rental units, eviction moratorium for most evictions, creation of rent registry and licensing requirements
  • Update on State and Federal Eviction Moratoriums (including AB3088 and AB15)
  • Intermediate Length Occupancy Limitations
  • Update on AB 1482 (Statewide rent control)
  • Important 2020 Landlord/Tenant Cases


Thank You to Our Supporting Sponsor


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The Family Law Section presents 

Tips from the Bench and Family Law Updates 


Date   Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. 



Judge Victor Hwang 

Judge Maria Evangelista 

Judge Roger Chan 

Judge Daniel Flores 

Judge Sharon Reardon

Commissioner Rebecca Wightman

Eileen Eib, Staff Attorney 


 Judge Monica F. Wiley 



  • Do’s and Don’ts in Family Court
  • Ethics, Civility, and Professionalism- Best Practices 
  • Family Law Updates 
  • Question and Answer Session 


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The Bar Association of San Francisco presents

Legal Careers: Everything You Always Wanted to Know – Part 2


Date   Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Event  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This event is Part 2 of a 3-part series.


SESSION I: Careers in Appellate Law

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Interested in a career in appellate law? There’s no one path to a successful career. Come listen to panelists whose appellate practices run the gamut from Solo practice to BigLaw and everything in between.


David de Jesus, Reed Smith

Paul Katz, Katz Appellate Law PC

Leah Spero, Spero Law Office


Anne Voigts, King & Spalding


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The Antitrust & Business Regulation Section presents

Big Tech’s Reckoning With Antitrust Has Arrived


Date Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour



Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School

Paula Blizzard, California Attorney General’s Office

Megan Jones, Hausfeld

Sonal Mehta, WilmerHale


Katherine Lubin Benson, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein



  • Overview of current government lawsuits against Big Tech
  • Overview of current competitor and consumer cases
  • Theories of liability and damages
  • Cases to watch in 2021


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The Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Section presents

Biometric Privacy: Regulatory Compliance and the State of Litigation in 2021


Date Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Program 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour



Eli Wade-Scott, Edelson PC

Kelsey Harclerode, ZwillGen PLLC



  • Increases in the use of Biometric Technology Across Various
  • Overview of Present and Evolving Regulatory Framework and How Companies Can Comply
  • The State of Litigation and Key Issues to Watch on Appeal
  • Noteworthy Settlements
  • The Future of Biometric Regulation and Litigation


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The Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative and Solo and Small Firm Section along with The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California present

Women & Minority Owned Law Firms – Addressing Intersectionality in Law Practice and Ownership of Law Firms


Date Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Program 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour in Recognition and Elimination of Bias



Natasha Allen, Allen & Hatcher

Ann Cun, Accel Visa Attorneys

Aravinda Sheshadri, Venturous Counsel

Nnena Ukuku, Venture Gained Legal


Lindsey Mignano, Smith Shapourian Mignano



  • Dealing with implicit gender and racial bias from clients, opposing counsel, referral sources, etc.;
  • How women- and minority-owned law firms can commit to increasing visibility of racial and gender discrimination in 2021; and
  • The role small firms, especially those owned by women and minorities, can play in recruiting, hiring, and advancing the potential of intersectional individuals in law in the future.


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The Labor & Employment Law Section presents

Annual Labor and Employment Conference – 2021

Date February 25 – 26, 2021
MCLE 4 Hours


The year 2020 has been a trying and dynamic one for us all, for a number of reasons. Our Section members have seen the impact of a pandemic in their practice areas from all angles; a social movement that has called for reform of certain organized employment sectors, and/or; the eve of a new administration that will no doubt bring its own set of ramifications to our respective areas of expertise. Our committee has worked diligently to organize a conference that touches on all of these issues and more, and to do it virtually, for this one year.

We look forward to seeing you all at Yosemite in 2022. In the meantime, we will strive to maintain our tradition of presenting timely topics that are of utmost interest to our Section members. See you February 25 & 26, 2021, at our Annual (Yosemite) Conference!


Visit the event page for full details and speaker bios.



(as of 1/19/21)






Daniel N. Furhman, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Advisor
William Blair


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The Arbitration Section presents

FinTech 101: Regulatory, Privacy and Corporate Considerations for FinTechs


Date Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour


Ellen T. Berge, Venable LLP, Washington DC

Andrew E. Bigart, Venable LLP, Washington DC

D. Reed Freeman, Venable LLP, Washington DC

James E. Nelson, Venable LLP, San Francisco


The goal of the program is to provide an overview of:

  • The regulatory framework FinTechs should be aware of when operating in the space
  • Privacy considerations since data and the treatment of data are often at the center of a FinTech’s business model
  • General corporate considerations to keep in mind for any emerging growth FinTech company


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Presented by the Probate Litigation Subcommittee of the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section

Now What? Enforcement and Collection of a Surcharge Order


Date Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Specialization Law



Scott A. Fraser, Crist, Biorn, Shepherd & Roskoph

Ryan D. Cunningham, Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation



  • Enforcement of Fiduciary Surcharge in Probate
  • Specific Enforcement Procedures for Trusts and Estates
  • When a Surcharge Order is Non-Dischargeable in Bankruptcy as a “Defalcation of Trust” and Key Procedural Issues


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The Litigation Section presents

Trial by Zoom: The Challenges and Opportunities of Virtual Trials and Arbitrations During and After COVID-19

This is a re-broadcasted program from January 20, 2021.


Date Friday, March 5, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour in Legal Ethics



Honorable Anne-Christine Massullo, San Francisco Superior Court

Honorable Brad Seligman, Alameda County Superior Court

Zela “Zee” G. Claiborne, Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS

Claude M. Stern, Quinn Emanuel


Ellen Medlin Richmond



  • Practical and logistical advice for practitioners headed into virtual trials and arbitrations, including camera positioning and the use of documents and demonstratives
  • Holding the attention of a remote audience
  • Virtual witness handling
  • Reflections on whether and how the pandemic will alter trials and arbitrations for years to come


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The Arbitration Section presents

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Insurance Coverage


Date Thursday, March 11, 2021
Program 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour



John Worden, Venable LLP

Nicole King, Venable LLP


All lawyers need a basic understanding of how insurance works in order to protect their clients, their company, and their reputation. Whether outside counsel, in-house, litigation, transactional, or otherwise, there is almost no legal practice that does not in some way involve some aspect of insurance. This one-hour program touches on the key points every lawyer should know.


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Bay Area Mediation Services presents

Arbitrator Certificate Training


Date Saturdays
March 13, 20 and 27, 2021
Program 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
MCLE 20 Hours, including 2 hours of Legal Ethics



  • The solid legal basis for your broad arbitral powers and immunity from liability
  • How to handle and rule on procedural and pre-hearing issues, including unwilling parties, disputed discovery, and issuing subpoenas
  • How to manage the formal hearings, including how to effectively handle belligerent participants and evidentiary challenges
  • The essential elements of writing binding awards settling all issues, including different award formats
  • How to maintain ongoing jurisdiction where necessary
  • The many opportunities to gain real world experience as an arbitrator


Ron Kelly is one of the principal architects of California ADR law. Mr. Kelly has trained thousands of lawyers, judges, government officials, and business professionals on four continents, and his training materials are licensed and used around the world in numerous languages. Judges in every superior court in the Bay Area have chosen to enroll in his trainings.


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The Bar Association of San Francisco presents

Legal Careers: Part 3 Everything You Always Wanted to Know


Date   Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Event  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.


SESSION I: Careers in Family Law

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Emily Levitan, Emley Family Law


SESSION II: Careers in Cybersecurity & Privacy Law

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Abbey Barrera, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Eve-Lynn Rapp, Edelson

Michael Rubin, Latham & Watkins


SESSION III: Careers in Solo & Small Firm Law Practice

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Kirsten Scott, Renaker Hasselman Scott

Mark Seifert, Seifert Law Firm


Peter Roldan, Emergent


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Stay Connected – February 2021 

Upcoming Mixers and Networking Events from the Bar Association of San Francisco


The In-House Counsel Section presents

In-House Section Mixer


Date  Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Event  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

FREE for BASF In-House Section Members and JDC Volunteers from In-House Departments

For more information and RSVP (required) email events@sfbar.org 



The Barristers Club presents

Drag Queen Happy Hour


Date   Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Event  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.



Juicy Liu

Baby Shaques Munro


Join us for all the glitz, sparkles and glamour at this unique digital cocktail class hosted by our favorite Drag Queens, Juicy Liu and Baby Shaques Munro. The queens will teach us how to make special Lunar New Year and Mardi Gras themed drinks and provide us with an epic interactive performance you won’t forget.


Thank you to our sponsor



Solo & Small Firm Section Roundtable Discussions

Monday, February 8, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Appellate Law Section Roundtable Discussions

Monday, February 1, 2021 (Q&A with Justice Jackson)

Monday, March 1, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021 (Q&A with Associate Justice Tracie L. Brown)

Monday, May 3, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2020

Monday, August 2, 2020

Monday, October 4, 2020

Monday, December 6, 2020

Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Roundtable Discussions


February 2021 Webcast Replay 

Upcoming Online Learning Opportunites from the Bar Association of San Francisco


Labor and Employment Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4 Hours


  • Discovery and the Data Revolution
  • Employment in the Time of Coronavirus: Addressing Key Employment Law Questions for Employers and Workers During—and After—Shelter-In-Place
  • “Return to Work” Discrimination Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Workers’ Compensation: Basics for Small Businesses


Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4 Hours of which 1 Hour is in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Specialization


  • Caregivers: The Essential Worker – Protect the Elder Before, During, and After Services are Rendered
  • A Trustee’s Tale: What Corporate Fiduciaries Wish Drafting Attorneys Would Consider and Discuss with Their Clients
  • Annual Luncheon to Honor the San Francisco Probate Court – 2020
  • Unpacking the Election Results: A Review of the New President’s Tax Plan, and the Status of Proposals in California to Impose a Wealth Tax, Increase Income Taxes and Overhaul Proposition 13


Appellate Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4.5 Hours of which 3.5 Hours is in Appellate Specialization


  • The Impact of Justice John Paul Stevens (C-SPAN Spotlight)
  • COVID and the Constitution: Renowned constitutional law experts will discuss issues involving constitutional law and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Discrimination Decisions, Hot off the Press
  • State of the Appellate Courts: Latest updates from the California Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court on the “new normal”


2020 Paralegal Conference: Ethics & Wellness
MCLE: Up to 5 Hours of which 4 Hours is in Legal Ethics


  • California Rules of Professional Conduct and Ethical Implications During the Pandemic
  • Mind Your Ethics and Make Your Best Record
  • Ethics in Everyday Practice
  • The Ethical Retrieval of Records
  • From Frazzled to Focused


Real Property Bundle
MCLE: Up to 5 Hours


  • New and Proposed COVID-19 Tenant Protections
  • Hot Topics for the Real Estate and Small Firm Practitioner: Rent Ordinance Amendments, AB 1482, Entity Structure, and AB 5
  • State of the Real Property Courts: Judge Haines and Olga Grecova of San Francisco Real Property Q&A Presentation in the Era of COVID-19
  • Real Estate Brokerage During These Extraordinary Times


Cannabis Bundle

MCLE: Up to 4 Hours


  • The Intersection of CEQA & the Cannabis Industry How the California Environmental Quality Act Can Mitigate the Environmental Impacts of Legal Cannabis in California
  • Advising California Cannabis Companies: History of Cannabis Regulations and Current State of Industry in 2020
  • What Could Go Wrong? Navigating the New Ethics Guidelines for Advising Cannabis Clients
  • Cannabis Harvest Contracts: Best Practices and What to Watch Out For


Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4 Hours of which 2 are in Bankruptcy Specialization


  • How Did We Get Here? Mass Torts and Bankruptcy
  • Walks, Talks, and Smells Like Fraud: Ponzi Schemes in Bankruptcy
  • Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy – 2020


Tax Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4 Hours


  • Beware the BOE-100-B Filing Requirement
  • Navigating the Tax Implications of COVID-19: A review of the CARES Act and other taxpayer relief announced by the IRS
  • COVID-19 Tax Relief: What Every Business Owner Should Know
  • Mobilizing Charitable Funds When Disaster Strikes: Federal Tax Law Issues


Family Law Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4 Hours


  • QDROs in Volatile Markets
  • Virtual Hearings: Making It Real
  • Navigating a Complex Divorce: Financial Planning with Complicated Assets
  • Consensual Dispute Resolution in Family Law Matters: Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, & Private Judging


Environmental Law Bundle
MCLE: Up to 4 Hours


  • Environmental Crisis Management & Incident Response
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts in CEQA & NEPA Environmental Review: Recent developments and a look ahead
  • The Supreme Court’s County of Maui Decision: What It Means and What’s Next
  • What Environmental Attorneys Should Know About Bankruptcy Law


All information accurate as of the publication date. 

Prices increase $10 the day of an in-person CLE seminar

For more information, and to register for an event, visit the events calendar.