Renew Your SGVBA Membership for 2022


  • Access to 10 hours of MCLE credit per year, including legal ethics, competence, and elimination of bias.
  • In-person luncheons included with membership. Non-members pay $50 per lunch.
  • Networking opportunities and other programs throughout the year.

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SGVBA – In-person Lunch MCLE – December 3, 2021

Topic: “Reset, Recover, Renew: Wellness Strategies for Legal Professionals in the New Normal” presented by Lita Abella

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Grapevine Arbor, 324 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776

Cost: Lunch is free for SGVBA members, $50 for guests

Registration Required:

SGVBA returns for its first in-person MCLE in the outdoor courtyard of Grapevine Arbor near San Gabriel Mission. Revisit your name tag and enjoy a chicken oregano lunch catered by Tardino Bros Kitchen. This competence MCLE will feature:

  • Exploring what causes legal professionals to suffer from substance use and mental health issues.
  • Overcoming the stigma of substance use and mental health challenges to maintain attorney competence.
  • Developing a self-care plan and wellness strategies during these challenging times.
  • Learning about the Lawyer Assistance Program and other resources to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The presentation is interactive and the attendees will need their smart phones.

Registration for in-person attendance is limited to 20 guests, so act quickly before space runs out. Registration will also include an option to view the presentation online.

Lita Abella is a Senior Program Analyst at the State Bar of California, where she conducts outreach and is a MCLE presenter for the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP). LAP assists law students, bar exam applicants, and attorneys with substance use and mental health issues. Prior to that, Lita worked as an investigator in the Office of Chief Trial Counsel where she investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorneys for misconduct. She has been with the State Bar for almost nine years.

This presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit in competence towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.

APCPAA, SCCLA, SGVBA – Dim Sum Networking – November 16, 2021

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 p.m.

Place: Grand Harbor Restaurant, 5733 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City, CA 91780

Cost: $30 per guest

RSVP: Email by end of day 11/15/2021

Join the Asian Pacific CPA Association, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association for a multi-organization networking event over dim sum.

At official start time, attendees will be invited to different tables where they can enjoy 3 different dim sum dishes. Attendees will then be reshuffled into a different table where they can partake in 3 more dishes. Tables will then be reshuffled a third time for another round of 3 dishes.

SGVBA – Lunch Mixer – November 5, 2021

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Limericks Tavern, 300 W. Main St. Ste 110, Alhambra, CA 91801

RSVP encouraged:

Join SGVBA for an in-person lunch mixer in the spacious outdoor patio at Limericks Tavern. Connect with colleagues old and new over complimentary appetizers.

Drinks and entrees are not sponsored and can be purchased directly from the restaurant.

Proof of vaccination, exemption, or a recent negative test required to attend.

Note: There is no speaker for the month of November. The next MCLE presentation will be on December 3, 2021.

SGVBA – MCLE Webinar – October 1, 2021

MCLE Topic: “Running a Virtual Law Practice – The Do’s and the Don’ts” presented by Cynthia Flynn

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register on Eventbrite:

Cynthia Hackler Flynn is the founder and managing partner of Hackler Flynn & Associates, a Southern California based employment defense law firm. Since starting her practice, she has grown the firm to a team of 9, with each attorney having over a decade of experience. The law firm’s focus is employment law where their mission is to protect and defend entrepreneurs and business owners. Cynthia has been voted as a Super Lawyer every year since 2017 and for the last two years, has been named as a Pasadena Top Attorney.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.

SGVBA – MCLE Webinar – September 17, 2021

MCLE Topic: “Update on the CA State Bar Paraprofessional Program” presented by Genie Harrison

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Genie Harrison is the principal of the Genie Harrison Law Firm, where she focuses on plaintiff’s employment, civil rights and wage and hour matters. Ms. Harrison is one of only two women in the state of California named by the Daily Journal as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer for five years in a row. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation and been named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 and Top 75 Women Litigators in California. In 2014 she was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. In 2013 Ms. Harrison received CAALA’s Presidential Award.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.

SGVBA and TALA – MCLE Webinar – August 6, 2021

MCLE Topic: “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. and Abroad” presented by Alan Chen

Co-sponsored with the Taiwanese American Lawyers Association
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Alan Chen’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and international commercial litigation. He also litigates and counsels clients in relation to corporate transactions, e-commerce, privacy, franchise, regulatory compliance, and international trade. Mr. Chen represents both domestic and foreign clients in the technology, medical devices, broadcasting, publishing, entertainment, fashion, consumer goods, import/export, and insurance industries.

Before entering the legal field, Mr. Chen served as Executive Director of CAUSE and Vision 21, grassroots community organizations that conducted education and lobbied federal and state legislatures on policy issues involving multilingual government services, voting rights, and minority issues in California.

Currently, Mr. Chen also teaches an LLM course, “comparatively international intellectual property law,” at Southwestern Law School as an adjunct professor.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.