• Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:03 PM | Catherine Schmidt

    The SMBA Real Estate Section’s Third Thursday event kicked off on September 15th at Michael’s Restaurant (1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403), but we never really got to discussing the issues that arise when considering how to hold title to real property. However, we met some great people and walked away feeling the time was well spent.  Many thanks to Keith Turner, Esq., Kendra Leghart, Esq. and Jennifer Skolnick, Esq. for putting the event together.


  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:02 AM | Catherine Schmidt

    The Los Angeles Superior Court is recruiting for Temporary Judges.  If any of you are looking to enhance your legal skills and to support the administration of justice in Los Angeles County, becoming a Temporary Judge is for you.  The Los Angeles Superior Court will be conducting a mandatory Bench Conduct and Demeanor training on November 3, 2016. MCLE credit is provided for this training and pre-paid reservations should be received no later than October 24, 2016. The attached flyer provides detailed information regarding this training. Application information can be found at

  • Monday, August 08, 2016 9:14 PM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)
    Registration Link:
    Date/Time: 8/10, at 6pm, USC School of Law

     invites you to attend its






    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016

    6PM – 8PM

    699 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90089 





    • SCMA Members - $25.00 ($45 after 8/5/16)
    • NON-SCMA Members/General Public - $75.00 ($95 after 8/5/16)
    • SCMA Sustaining Members - Free




    Forest Whitaker has long been known as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and versatile actors, having received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2007 for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”  What may be less well-known is his social activism. Believing that communities and nations must heed the voices of their diverse and vibrant youth, Forest Whitaker established the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which is committed to providing educational tools and better living conditions to young women and men living in regions touched by violence, war, and poverty.

    In addition to serving as founder and CEO of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, Mr. Whitaker is co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, has been designated a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and, in 2016, was appointed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group.

    Mr. Whitaker’s artistic and humanitarian contributions have been widely recognized at home and abroad. In 2001, he was awarded theHumanitas Prize. In 2007, he received the Cinema for Peace Award for his ongoing advocacy for child soldiers and his work with inner-city youth. In 2008, he was a member of President Obama’s Urban Policy Committee. In 2012, in recognition of his contributions to the values embodied by the United Nations, Mr. Whitaker received the United Nations Correspondents Association’s Advocate of the Year Award. In 2013, Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center named him a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. That same year, he was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in recognition of his work serving those affected by conflicts and violence. In 2014, he started collaborating with the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict as an Advocate for Children Affected by War, a topic on which he was invited to speak before the UN Security Council in September of that year. 

    Mr. Whitaker believes that ordinary people can and must come together to change the world. In his own words, “Even a seemingly small action can cause ripples that make an enormous impact."

    The Southern California Mediation Association is honored to present its 2015 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award to Forest Whitaker.

  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 2:18 PM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    Registration Link:


    DATE:  Monday, August 15, 2016 - 12-1:30 pm 


    The Supreme Court's Current Term and Implications for the Future

    Don’t miss Dean Erwin Chemerinsky deliver what promises to be another enjoyable and enlightening discussion of recent US Supreme Court decisions. 

    Erwin Chemerinsky is one of the country’s foremost legal thinkers and experts on Constitutional Law. He is the author of seven books, numerous articles, and a regular column on the United States Supreme Court carried by California Lawyer, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Trial Magazine. He is Founding Dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law. 

    Dean Chemerinsky frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.  

  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:51 PM | Catherine Schmidt

    Partner-sized office sub-let wanted.   Accomplished Santa Monica employment & business litigation trial lawyer seeks a new office (after 11 years in his current location) with a secretary bay/area and room for some filing cabinets.  Also need access to a conference room for depositions.  Interested in moving by the end of August.    Please contact Jeffrey Cowan at either or (310) 394-1420

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 10:48 AM | Catherine Schmidt

    On July 12, 2016, the Santa Monica Bar Association hosted its annual summer party at the Pacific Palisades home of past president Sandra Segal Polin, with over 70 attorneys, mediators and professionals in attendance.  The membership also voted in new Board of Trustee members Joanna Chen (Cislo & Thomas LLP), Sarah Christian (Gilbert & Stern LLP) and David Gharakhanian (GP Law Group) for the 2017-2019 term.  They will be installed in October at the Installation Dinner.


  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:37 PM | Catherine Schmidt

    Mark Fingerman, Esq., SMBA Board Member and mediator with ADR Services, Inc., put together a terrific evening at the beach with great food and an inspired atmosphere that allowed our judges to spend some time with the SMBA.  Thank you to all who sponsored and those who participated.  Here are some shots of the event. 


  • Friday, April 01, 2016 5:09 PM | Catherine Schmidt

    Thanks to everyone who came to today's lunch featuring Howard Breuer and his strategies for getting published with the most appropriate reporters and media outlets.  Here are a few shots of the event.


  • Monday, February 08, 2016 8:06 PM | Catherine Schmidt

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Employment Law Section has appointed Jon Weinman, Esq. of Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP as this year's chair (second from right).  The section is joined by Cynthia E. Fruchtman, Esq., Caroline Vincent, Esq. , Peter Marx, Esq., John McDowell, Esq., and Zack Broslavsky, Esq. (pictured from left to right), along with Rae Lamothe, Esq., Debra Warfel, Esq., Frank Hakim, Esq., and Roxanne A. Davis, Esq. (not pictured).  They are excited to bring the latest in topics and the best in speakers to the Santa Monica community.  Contact Jon Weinman if you are interested in becoming more involved in this section.

  • Saturday, February 06, 2016 7:56 AM | Catherine Schmidt

    Pepperdine Law’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, in conjunction with the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law, is hosting their Spring 2016 Symposium, entitled Corporate Structure in an Emerging Market: Rethinking the Lawyer’s Role in Local Business Trends on Thursday, March 03, 2016, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information, click here.

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