SGVBA Webinar on Zoom – February 5, 2021

MCLE Topic: “2021 Family Law Updates” presented by Donald P. Schweitzer

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Donald P. Schweitzer is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over 20 years of trial experience. He is the Founder and Partner of Pasadena’s premier family law firm: Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer and is one of the most respected in the Los Angeles area. Attorney Schweitzer specializes in all matters of family law, including divorce, child custody, and domestic violence. He prides himself on providing excellent legal representation to his clients in all situations.


Past President of the Pasadena Bar Association, and member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the California State Bar.


Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Schweitzer served as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County for 8 years. Mr. Schweitzer worked in numerous units within the District Attorneys office, including Writs and Appeals, Family Support, Municipal Court, Felony Panel, Gang Target, Felony Filing, and the Sexual Assault Unit. While at the District Attorneys office, Mr. Schweitzer successfully tried over 70 cases with a 95% conviction rate.

Mr. Schweitzer has handled almost every type of case imaginable, including enforcement of child support cases, DUI, felony narcotics, homicides, assaults with a deadly weapon, and sexual assaults. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schweitzer was a Police Officer for nearly 15 years. He served as a Gang Homicide Detective, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Units (S.W.A.T.), and worked on various narcotics assignments.

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 Virtual Mixer on Zoom – December 4, 2020

Join SGVBA for a virtual mixer on Zoom! Reconnect with colleagues and spread holiday cheer from the safety of your computer. Interacting with dozens of screens too daunting? Participants will be able to freely enter and exit multiple breakout rooms so that you can mingle in smaller groups.

Date: December 4, 2020

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


SGVBA Webinar on Zoom – November 6, 2020

MCLE Topic: “Securing your practice against cybercrime: protecting your firm and client data in the COVID era” presented by Chris Lee

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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No doubt about it – law firms are now prime targets for cybercriminals, and there have already been a number of highly public breaches at several prestigious firms this year.  We’ll go into why and how these attacks are happening, what’s at risk for your firm and your clients, and how the global pandemic has made it necessary to rethink the tools we use to protect against cyber threats.

Over the last 15 years Chris Lee has worked a variety of roles in IT —  both as a consultant and in internal corporate leadership — primarily in the fashion, entertainment and hospitality spaces.

He also frequently engages with law firms of various sizes to develop technology solutions to meet the changing demands of their practices.  In 2012 he worked with e-discovery firm E-Stet to design network and storage infrastructure needed for the extremely large datasets required by cases such as Apple v Samsung.

Most recently Chris headed IT infrastructure, cyber-security, and technology strategy for lifestyle brands Trina Turk and Rastaclat.  He founded Hexpistol as a technology agency providing customized managed IT services, digital strategy, and cyber threat remediation and forensics.

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

SGVBA Webinar on Zoom – October 2, 2020

MCLE Topic: “Non-Profit Start-Up, Common Challenges, & CARES ACT Updates” presented by Michelle Freridge

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Michelle grew up in Michigan served in the U. S. Army Reserves while she completed her B.A. in American History, with a Women’s Studies Thematic at Michigan State University. After graduation in 1993, she went on to work in the field of domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention. In 1998, Michelle completed a master’s degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from Western Michigan University. She moved to California in 1999 and in 2002 was hired as the Development Director of the Asian Youth Center. Michelle completed her J.D. at Loyola Law School in the spring of 2011, was admitted to the California Bar in December 2011 and was tapped to be the Executive Director of the Asian Youth Center (AYC) in February 2012. In 2017, Ms. Freridge became an Adjunct Professor at the University of the West in Rosemead, California where she teaches MBA classes in Nonprofit Governance, Leadership & Management, and Financial Development. Michelle dedicates her continuing education to non-profit law matters and helps a small number of non-profit organizations with start-up, shut-down, bylaws and other matters each year. Michelle sits on the Pasadena City College President’s Asian American and Pacific Islander’s (AAPI) Advisory Committee, The Cal State Los Angeles Asian Studies Advisory Committee, and is on the Board of the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association. Ms. Freridge is deeply committed to empowering youth and young adults to succeed in life.

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 on Zoom – September 4, 2020

MCLE Topic: “COVID-19 and Workers Compensation: What You Need to Know” presented by Adrian Ibarra

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Adrian was born and raised in Los Angeles County. He attended Chapman School of Law where he was an Articles Editor of the Chapman Law Review. He obtained his both J.D. (2008) and LL.M. in taxation (2009) at Chapman. Shortly after graduation, he was hired by Shatford Law. In 2010, he became a partner of Shatford Law. Adrian has passed the Workers’ Compensation Law Legal Specialization Exam (2017) and Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Legal Specialization Exam (2019). Shatford Law has two offices in Pasadena and Irvine. The firm practices in the following areas of law: (1) Workers’ Compensation; (2) Taxation; (3) Civil; and (4) Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.

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.

Next SGVBA Webinar MCLE is on Friday, August 7, 2020

“Top Ten Scariest Changes in the California Rules of Professional Conduct” presented by Hon. Mary Thornton House

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Location: Zoom

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Judge House was the first Municipal Court Judge to become a Supervising Judge for the Superior Court in the Northeast District. Elevated in 2000, she presided over mandatory settlement conferences in both limited and general civil matters, reducing the civil caseloads throughout the Northeast and North Central Districts.

In 2004, she moved to a Civil direct calendar court at the Mosk Courthouse, handling civil matters including personal injury, contract, employment, professional malpractice, asbestos and products liability. She routinely conducted successful settlement conferences for her colleagues and her own matters. She returned to Pasadena in 2010, presiding over Probate and Family/Civil harassment cases. In 2016, she returned to a downtown Probate Department for two years before retiring in 2018.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge House was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. Initially, she was a criminal prosecutor, but transferred to the civil branch to defend lawsuits against the City and its employees. Her last five years included advising the Los Angeles City Council, Police Commission and Fire Commission. She successfully defended the City’s Police and Fire departments in highdollar-value and high-profile cases in both federal and state courts.

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