2017 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:

Benefit Events for Samaritan House

SMCTLA HOSTED EVENTS

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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS

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.

Information Sessions Presented in Conjunction with the San Mateo County Library

Ever wonder how the law works in your favor? San Mateo County Library offers a series of informational sessions around specific areas of the law. Such topics such as Elder Abuse and Family Law will be presented.

Please view pdf for more information and schedule.

“Last night’s program on Family Law: Divorce Options at the Millbrae Library was excellent. Elaine Fraser was very professional and informative. She covered the various options available for someone considering a divorce and helped give the audience an understanding of which route would be most appropriate for specific situations. The Q+A period went beyond the hour and was very helpful for the attendees. Every person asked at least one question. The duration of the Q+A period showed that they were clearly engaged and appreciative of the information. We asked attendees to fill out surveys after the program and every one rated the program with the top score of 5 for excellent. Elaine was a great presenter and we would love to have her again. Thank you for offering these programs. It’s really a great service to the community.”

The Samaritan House

The Samaritan House is a non-profit health and human services agency established in 1974, which provides a broad range of services to low-income residents of San Mateo County, including case management, clothing, medical care, food, shelter, employment assistance, and food and toys at the holidays. All services are provided free of charge.

Events Benefiting the Samaritan House:

Lawyers in the Gutter

Started in 2005, “Lawyers in the Gutter,” the SMCTLA’s annual bowling party, benefits Samaritan House. Samaritan House is a non-profit health and human services agency established in 1974, which provides a broad range of services to low-income residents of San Mateo County, including case management, clothing, medical care, food, shelter, employment assistance, and food and toys at the holidays. All services are provided free of charge. Attendees at Lawyers in the Gutters enjoy a fun evening of bowling, pizza, ice cream, games and prizes! The Danford Foundation serves as a generous co-sponsor of the event.