2020 Event Schedule

Each year, the SMCTLA hosts the following events:

We are also proud to sponsor the following community events to benefit non-profit organizations:


Tort and Trial Seminar

Each year, the SMCTLA co-sponsors a legal education seminar with the Consumer Attorneys of California entitled: What’s New in Tort and Trial. This well known and respected program was started by Craig Needham, and has been given annually for 28 years. Attendees receive a comprehensive booklet with brief descriptions of all cases decided during the preceding year, regarding substantive tort law, civil procedure, and trial procedure. At the event, prominent local trial attorneys discuss select cases covered in the materials, and their significance in the development of the law. Members of the SMCTLA enjoy a reduced enrollment fee for their attendance.

Judges’ Dinner

Each year in November, SMCTLA hosts a special and elegant dinner to honor the county’s judicial officers. The evening event at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club is always a fun time for the membership and the Judges. The program includes the presentation of the Judge of the Year Award, the George Corey Trial Lawyer of the Year, and the Peace Officer of the Year Award. Check the Events schedule for the date of this year’s party.

Don Galine Masters Seminar

Each Fall, the SMCTLA co-sponsors with Consumer Attorneys of California an educational seminar on significant legal issues directly relevant to our membership. SMCTLA has proudly named its Fall Seminar in memory of our very memorable and beloved collegue Donald L. Galine (12-10-45 to 05-15-10).

Don Galine loved life. He loved practicing law. Most of all, he loved bringing people together to continue their pursuit of knowledge related to the law. Don Galine served as President of the SMCTLA. He also served as Vice President and Educational Chair of our state organization, Consumer Attorneys of California. As a former high school teacher, it was no suprise that Don invested his time and infinite eneregy into chairing educational seminars. He is most well known for his Maui seminar and Tahoe seminar. Anyone that knew Don or attended one of his seminars will never forget him or the seminar. To honor Don Galine’s committment to continuing legal education, SMCTLA is proud to name its Fall Seminar, The Donald L. Galine Masters Seminar.


Scholarship Program

Each year the SMCTLA sponsors three scholarships in the total amount of $7,500 (a $3,500 scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship, and a $1,500 scholarship), to high school seniors interested in careers in civil law or criminal justice. Notices about our scholarship program are distributed to all high schools in San Mateo County, and at each Mock Trial Competition, in January each year, with essays due in March. Scholarship recipients are presented with their scholarships at the Annual Law Day Luncheon. If you have any questions, or if you would like more information on our scholarship program, please contact our Scholarship Committee Chair, William A. Bauld, at bill@mcglashan.com.