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Spring At The SCCBA

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 4, 2019


By Gabe Gregg                  2019 SCCBA President



Happy April everyone!

For this month’s President’s Message, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of all of the ways that you can participate in the SCCBA.

With regard to specific events and activities, we have a particularly rich and packed calendar over the next few months. Following are certain notable events that you should strongly consider attending:

When Bankruptcy Collides With Family Law Seminar 4/30/2019
Fifth Annual Law Day Mixer 5/1/2019
2019 Unsung Heroes Awards 5/8/2019
Returning Children Under International & Interstate Laws Seminar 5/10/2019
Save the Date: Women Lawyers Spring Symposium (Formerly Lean In) 6/13/2019

Here’s the SCCBA’s full calendar of events.

With regard to more general opportunities for participation, there are many ways to expand your involvement, including the following:


  • Join one or more of our 6 practice-area sections (Family Law, High Technology, Insurance Law, Labor & Employment, Real Property and Women Lawyers) and consider joining the section’s executive committee.  SCCBA sections information and sign up form can be found here.
  • Join one or more of our 14 committees, which include Civil Practice, Diversity and Professionalism, to name just a few.  Information on SCCBA committees can be found here. Go to the committee page you are interested in where you can ask to join by clicking the Join this Group at the menu item at the top of the page.
  • Consider applying to be a Trustee for 2020 on the SCCBA Board of Trustees (BOT).  Following changes over the last couple of years to the SCCBA By-Laws, our 17-person BOT is now composed of (i) 4 SCCBA officers; (ii) 3 SCCBA committee chairs (Barristers, Diversity and Women Lawyers); (iii) the immediate past-President (non-voting); (iv) the Presidents or designees of Santa Clara County minority bar associations, including Asian Pacific Bar, Black Lawyers and La Raza Lawyers; and (v) 6 At-Large Trustees elected for staggered 2-year terms.  Three of the At-Large Trustee positions will be coming vacant for 2020.  If you are interested in applying for one of these Trustee positions, look for the applications online from July 15, 2019 to August 15, 2019. 
  • If qualified, consider running to be a SCCBA Officer (Secretary, Treasurer, or President-Elect); qualifications for officer positions can be found in the SCCBA By-Laws, Article IV, Section 8.

Your membership and participation (along, frankly, with your dues) is what sustains this vital organization.  Please come and join us and learn, or remind yourself, of all of the important work that is being done by the SCCBA, including the following:


  • Our social events and MCLE seminars and brown-bags is a great way to learn and network.
  •  Our Center for Ethics & Professionalism is a key source for ethical attorney guidelines and developments.
  • Our Judiciary Committee evaluates judicial candidates for our Governor.  Governor Newsome just released the judicial application and explains his administration’s judicial appointment process.  See the new judicial application process description and judicial application.
  • Our Fee Arbitration Program provides a trusted forum for fee disputes.
  • Our Lawyer Referral Service provides referrals on cases and matters to local vetted attorneys.

  • Our website provides informed referrals to ADR practitioners and judicial profiles.

  • We provide representatives to the ABA and California State Bar, and we review and comment on State Bar rules and opinions.

  • And we advocate for you in many other ways including taking public positions on important issues impacting our membership.

We look forward to seeing you soon! In the meantime, I wish you all a cheerful and rewarding Spring.




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