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SGVBA – Lunch MCLE – Friday, August 5, 2022

Topic: “Pivoting Past the Pandemic: Work Life Balance for Legal Professionals” presented by Lita Abella

Date: Friday, August 5, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Club, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: Lunch served — free for members, $50 for nonmembers

RSVP here to reserve your meal choice: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/384218567077

  • Learning about attorney work-life balance and burnout issues and how to overcome them.
  • Discussing how substance use and mental health issues can lead to detrimental and/or deadly consequences.
  • Developing a self-care plan and wellness strategies during these challenging times.
  • Learning about the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) and other resources to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Lita Abella is a native of Southern California, born and raised in Hollywood. Lita earned a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. While in law school, Lita was a law clerk for the Riverside District Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Attorney General, and certified mediator for the Superior Court of Orange County.

Lita 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 over nine years.

Beginning in 1980, Lita served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years, breaking many glass ceilings as a female and minority. She worked various assignments including but not limited to patrol, Internal Affairs, narcotics, and vice. She was a court-qualified narcotics expert during her years in law enforcement and attained the rank of lieutenant.

Lita has been a fitness instructor and a health and wellness consultant for over 22 years. She is nationally certified by the Athletic and Fitness Association of America.
Lita has served on many boards and committees within many organizations and entities. For the past eight years, she has been a Library Commissioner with the City of Azusa.

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

SGVBA – Lunch MCLE – Friday, June 3, 2022

Topic: “Cryptocurrency Taxation: A Guide to Tax Rules for Crypto Investors” presented by Nicole Williams, MBA

Date: Friday, June 3, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Club, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: Lunch served — free for members, $50 for nonmembers

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Nicole Williams currently serves as the Account Director for Exact Tax, Inc., and is Board Treasurer for Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. As a Southern California native, she received her undergrad degree in business economics from U.C. Irvine (Zot! Zot! Zot!). She has 10 years of operations and over 15 years of non profit experience. She has lead and organized multiple teams while attending Johns Hopkins University, where she received her Master’s of Business Administration and Financial Management certificate.

Previously, she project managed process improvement, implementation, and change management efforts during her six year tenure at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in addition to providing major gift agreement strategy that closed over $250 Million in philanthropic giving. Her proudest moment at Caltech was launching their first employee resource group, Asian Pacific Americans at Caltech (APACT), serving the APA community on campus.

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 – Lunch MCLE – May 6, 2022

Topic: “SLAPP and SLAPP-back: An Update” presented by Susan Barilich*

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Club, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: Lunch served — free for members, $50 for nonmembers

Susan Barilich is an experienced trial attorney, who has been licensed to practice law since 1981. Ms. Barilich is the principal and founder of Susan Barilich, P.C., a law firm specializing in trial work, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation, including simple and complex contract disputes, business torts, such as fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and collection matters, including judgment collection, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and fraudulent transfer cases. Ms. Barilich’ cases also cover a broad range of disputes involving real estate litigation, including land use disputes, covenants and restrictions, homeowners’ association issues, construction litigation and arbitration, title and boundary claims, commercial and residential real estate foreclosure disputes, commercial and residential landlord-tenant issues, and real estate contract disputes involving specific performance, breach, broker commissions, and other enforcement matters. Ms. Barilich is the author of a recently published article: “Redefining the Scope of the Fraud Exception to the Parol Evidence Rule: RiverIsland Cold Storage v. Fresno-Madera Credit Association”, which appeared in the California Real Property Journal, the official publication of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Ms. Barilich is licensed to practice law in California and in Texas, as well as in multiple U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts sitting in both States.

Ms. Barilich is also an American Arbitration Association arbitrator.

The offices of Susan Barilich PC are located near downtown Los Angeles in Glendale, California.

*Note change of subject matter from sanctions to SLAPP and anti-SLAPP motions.

This 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 – Candidate Forum for L.A. City Attorney – April 27, 2022

“Meet the Next City Attorney” hosted by LACBA’s Criminal Justice Section, co-sponsored by SGVBA

Join SGVBA in-person to meet all of the candidates running for Los Angeles City Attorney.  The City Attorney is the criminal prosecutor who is responsible for misdemeanor violations, pursues affirmative civil rights litigation to benefit the people of Los Angeles, and provides legal counsel for the city including in civil actions and in drafting legislation.  The candidates will share their backgrounds, qualifications, and goals for the City Attorney’s Office.
Attendees will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.  Based on Cal State University’s requirements, attendees must also wear masks indoors, preferably surgical, KN95, or KF94 masks.

When: 4/27/2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Where: Student Union Theatre at Cal State University – Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032

SGVBA – Lunch MCLE – April 1, 2022

Topic: “How to have a more productive mediation, on Zoom or otherwise” presented by Peter J. Marx

Date: Friday, April 1, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Club, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: Lunch served — free for members, $50 for nonmembers

Requirements: attendees must be fully vaccinated

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Peter J. Marx has served as a mediator for over 30 years. Beginning after 20 years as a litigator and transactional attorney, Mr. Marx was an early adopter of mediation as a more civilized and far less expensive and burdensome means of resolving disputes. In his mediations, he seeks to ascertain the true interests of the parties, which may or may not be coextensive with their factual and legal positions. In reaching agreement, the objective is to satisfy those interests to the greatest extent possible.

Mr. Marx was in private practice with two Los Angeles law firms from 1967 to 1971, and opened his own practice in 1972.

This 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.