Upcoming events

    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Hotel and Guest Suites, 1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    PROBATE & TRUST MCLE LUNCH: New 2019 Programs for People with Disabilities - CalABLE Lift-Off, Regional Center Self-Determination Pilot Project and JLA Trust's LIFE.  Don't miss this informative presentation!

    Join us as we welcome Michelle Wolf, Founder Executive Director of JLA Trust, for her presentation:

    As the calendar pages turn to a new year, there are three new programs to give children and adults with disabilities in California more options and independence than ever before. 

    The new CalABLE program operates out of the state Treasurer's office.  ABLE accounts are a new savings option that allow individuals who became disabled before the age of 26 to save up to $100,000 in a tax-advantaged investment account without jeopardizing certain government benefits.

    For regional center consumers, the new statewide Self-Determination pilot program for the first 2,500 clients gets underway.  This program will provide regional center consumers and their families with more freedom, control and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet their objectives.

    And, in the greater Los Angeles region, JLA Trust is launching its new L.I.F.E. Planning (Long-Term Inclusion, Fulfillment and Empowerment) which will guide families through the development of a person-centered comprehensive long-term and short-term action plan. 

    • Registration opens at noon
    • Program is from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    • 1 hour MCLE Participatory Credit
    • SMBA Members $60.00
    • Non-members $75 (click here for membership)

    Sponsored by:

    Please register through this website and SMBA email to assist with planning. Complete payment in advance through this online process (click Register button) credit cards or checks payable to SMBA will be accepted at the door.

    Location & Parking:  Doubletree, Santa Monica.  Parking is not included in registration fee;  Self-parking available for discounted rate;  Valet is extra;  Public Parking structure directly across 4th Street or at Civic Center: $1 for first 1.5 hrs and $1 each additional hour.

    Thank you to our website sponsor, Greystone Management Solutions

    Special thanks to our SMBA Probate & Trust Co-Chairs:  Timur Berberoglu, Esq. and Karen Knutson, Esq.

    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 904 Pacific Ave, Venice CA 90291

    Digital Marketing for Attorneys



    For lawyers looking to take their practice to the next level, attorney and legal marketing expert Kristen Marquis Dennis has the answer. Join us as she shares how to effectively and ethically utilize social media for business development.


    During this educational, interactive, and informative MCLE ethics presentation, Kristen will share tips on how to use social media and the internet to strengthen your online marketing efforts and grow your practice. Topics include how to: brand yourself and/or your practice; create a social media campaign (i.e. LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Review Sites); write blog posts that establish you as a thought leader in your practice area; and more.


    Join us at the creative office space of BAMF Media and take a tour of their new creative office spaces and newest venture BAMF COWORK. There will be a featured Taco Bar and Beer and Wine served.


    6:00 PM - Arrive

    6:00 PM - 6:30 - Networking and Tacos

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Digital Marketing for Attorneys Kristen Marquis Dennis

    7:30 PM - 7:50 PM - Remarks from the host

    7:50 PM - 8:00 PM - Drinks and closing

    PSHHH Download the iOS app Snippet?? before the event and check-in when you arrive to see and meet other attendees without working the entire room ;)

    Thank you to our website sponsor, Greystone Management Solutions.

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 11355 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
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    BLOCKCHAIN AND THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE: A Joint Presentation of Santa Monica Bar Association and Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

    What is blockchain?  How does blockchain apply to real estate?


    Morvareed Z. Salehpour, attorney and Managing Partner of Salehpour Legal Consulting, whose practices include blockchain and real estate law among others, will moderate a discussion with Matthew Sullivan, founder and CEO of Quantm RE, and Lauren Biedenharn, real estate agent and co-founder and CMO of LA Blockchain Lab, on what is blockchain and its applications to real estate from updating the real estate transactional process to tokenization of real estate assets. 

    This is a joint MCLE presentation of the SMBA and Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

    • Doors open: 6:00 pm
    • Networking: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Program starts: 7:00 pm
    • 1 hour MCLE Participatory Credit
    • SMBA Members: $35.00
    • CLA Members: $35
    • Non-members: $45 (click here for membership)
    • Register here: https://smba.net/event-3310331

    Sponsored by:

    Venue generously provided by:

    Food & drink generously sponsored by:

    Please register through this website to assist with planning. Complete payment in advance through this online process (click Register button).  Credit cards or checks payable to SMBA will be accepted at the door.

    Location & Parking: Parking is not included in registration fee.

    Speaker Biographies:

    Morvareed Z. Salehpour is Managing Partner of Salehpour Legal Consulting, a law firm specializing in handling a diverse range of complex legal matters both in and outside the courtroom. She is experienced in negotiating a variety of contracts and legal agreements and handling cases from inception to trial and appeal. She has represented clients across the nation ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and works in a variety of industries, including real estate, blockchain, entertainment, technology, media, banking, manufacturing, fashion, retail, cannabis, food and beverage, and healthcare, among others. Ms. Salehpour is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law, where she also served as a Managing Editor for the UCLA Law Review. Ms. Salehpour previously practiced at BakerHostetler, a national firm where her work included being a member of the legal team seeking to recover the principal lost in the Madoff Ponzi scheme, and then at Strange & Butler, a complex litigation boutique. Ms. Salehpour is also a Trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association, Board Member of the Rabbit Hole Network Blockchain Community, and a regular speaker and writer on blockchain and business law issues.

    Matthew Sullivan is the founder and chief executive officer of the QuantmRE platform. He is also the co-founder of the Secured Real Estate Income Strategies Fund, and president and founder of Crowdventure.com, a real estate crowdfunding company. A serial entrepreneur, author and host of the Hooked On Startups podcast, he worked with Richard Branson’s Corporate Finance Team in the Virgin Group. Matthew went to Westminster School in London, UK and studied Law at Birmingham University before pursuing a career in finance and stockbroking, specializing in the South East Asian markets. Since then he has founded and led companies in the United Kingdom, India, Australia and the United States in the finance, telecommunications, technology and real estate sectors.

    Lauren Biedenharn has been involved in the Real Estate industry for 5 years as an active agent looking to update the traditional process of the real estate transaction. She is passionate about spreading knowledge and awareness that our current system needs to be updated to a digital, secure, transparent, and convenient process utilizing blockchain technology. Lauren has worked with several blockchain companies to develop a more efficient real estate transaction protocol. She believes together we can create tools with blockchain technology to achieve rapid adoption through typical every day use.

    Thank you to our website sponsor, Greystone Management Solutions!

    • Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
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    ANNUAL JUDGES' NIGHT Meet our Los Angeles County Judiciary

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Annual Judges' Night honors our judges serving the Los Angeles County area for their continued dedication and contribution to the community. Join us for an evening at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House to thank our Judiciary for their service in the administration of justice. Enjoy an evening with friends and colleagues while meeting our sitting and retired judges in a beautiful setting. 

     Due to event's popularity and venue capacity, early registration is highly recommended.

    Sponsored By








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    The Annenberg Community Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest Housebeach courts & fieldscommunity & cultural eventshistoric pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

    For site map click hereSanta Monica Public self pay parking is located adjacent to the venue.

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