The Sonoma County Bar Association conducted its second all-day seminar on April 17, 2015, as a "pre-quel" to its wildly successful all-day civil trial seminar of 2014. 20 of the County's preeminent attorneys and judges participated in seven panel discussions geared toward the newer litigators in a day filled with tips and best practices. From filing a complaint, preparing the response, conducting discovery, depositions, motions for summary judgment/adjudication, effective use of experts and settlement, the presentations were top-notch from start to finish. Cudos to the organizers of this
Marshall Bluestone was in charge of the Family Law Section's annual picnic this year. His hard work (and Patti Tate's able assistance) resulted in ... much needed rain in Northern California. Here is his article which appeared in the SCBA Bar Journal (edited):
The Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals hosted the February 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. The Board met at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Windsor, California. After a full day of work, the participants were treated to a crab feed, hosted by Senneff Freeman & Bluestone. CAPA is an alliance of 11 paralegal associations from across California, dedicated to providing a voice of leadership in promoting education, voluntary examination, and advancement of the paralegal profession.
Here in our Santa Rosa office, we returned to work following Napa County's 6.0 quake to a few distractions, but luckily no damage. We hope that our friends and colleagues in Napa County came through as well.
The Archive Committee for the Sonoma County Bar Association held its first-ever "Day at the Races," combining the tradition of the Sonoma County Fair with the history of the Sonoma County Bar Association. President Bonnie Freeman and other members of the Exectutive Committee await their photograph with the winning horse in the fourth race, which was sponsored by the SCBA. The auction at the event raised money to help fund the continued preservation of the historical documents, photographs, and other SCBA memorabilia. A more-than-fair time was had by all!
On September 6th, Marshall Bluestone and Bonnie Freeman joined family law attorneys Tony Zunino and Becky Rasmason for a fundraiser for Legal Aid of Sonoma County. Weathering the 90+ degree heat of the day, the foursome shared laughs, bogeys and companionship with dozens of attorneys, judges and other supporters of Legal Aid. The live auction and awards ceremony in the evening hours offered a great opportunity to socialize with Sonoma County's finest legal minds.
For more about Legal Aid, please call them at (707) 542-1290.
On October 12, 2013, Certified Paralegal Trudy McQuiddy and Bonnie Freeman "co-starred" in this "documentary" outlining those last frantic days leading to the first day of trial. With over 20 trials between them, they shared information that is simply not taught in books or classrooms.
Location: Empire College, 3035 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sponsored by CAPA, REAP, SCBA (See our Resources page for quick links to these organizations or click here)
On August 12, 2013, Bonnie joined three of her friends and colleagues on a panel presentation for the Sonoma County Bar Association on the subject of employment investigations. The seminar was attended by investigators, attorneys, human resourses employees, court staff and paralegals. The two-hour presentation was well-attended, and many of the attendees requested her power point presentation thereafter.
If you have questions about an employment issue (either as an employer or an employee), contact Bonnie today!