SGVBA – MCLE Webinar – March 4, 2022

Topic: “An Introduction To Modern Estate Planning: Unmarried Couples” presented by Christie Asselin
Date: Friday, March 4, 2022 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Webinar


Christie Asselin is the founder of the Law Office of Christie Asselin.  She has been practicing law since 2008 and has earned national recognition through such publications as The New York TimesSlate and

She is passionate about helping her clients protect their assets, and loved ones through drafting wills, trusts and comprehensive estate plans. She also supports families in honoring the wishes of their loved ones through probate and trust administration.

She believes that information is power. So, you can learn more about wills, trusts, and powers of attorney – including finding out what those are, and how they can help you, and more via her YouTube channelLinkedInWills And Trusts Blog, and her email list.

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 – MCLE Webinar – February 4, 2022

Topic: “2021 Family Law Case Review” presented by Donald Schweitzer

Date: February 4, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Webinar


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 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 – Friday, January 7, 2022

Topic: “Maximizing Legal Analytics as a Competitive Advantage in California State Trial Courts” presented by Nicole Clark

Date: Friday, January 7, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Webinar


Join the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association and Trellis for an engaging webinar as we cover how legal analytics enables you to analyze the behavior and history of your judge, competitive counsel, prospects and clients to gain crucial insights into litigation history and ruling tendencies. We’ll show you how to leverage state trial court – and verdict – data to be more efficient, more proactive, and achieve better results for your clients. You’ll learn how to maximize legal analytics to gain a competitive advantage, win cases and bring in more money when litigating in California state trial courts.

  • Judicial Analytics and Ruling History
  • Helping Atty’s to Draft Stronger Motions, Faster
  • Locating Verdict Data and Uncovering Intel on Opp Counsel
  • California Docket & Ruling Searches + Alerts
  • Questions and Answers

Discover how you can capitalize on legal analytics in California state court data to make more informed decisions.  We encourage you to join this informative session to add value to your practice.  We’ll get things started January 7 at 12:30pm PST.  Hope to catch you there!

Nicole Clark is a business litigation and labor and employment attorney who has handled litigation in both state and federal courts. She’s worked at a variety of law firms ranging from mid-size litigation boutiques to large firms, and is licensed to practice law in three states. She has defended corporations and employers in complex class action and wage and hour disputes, as well as individual employment matters ranging from sexual harassment to wrongful termination. Additionally, Nicole is the CEO and co-founder of Trellis Research, a legal analytics platform that uses AI and machine learning to provide litigators with strategic legal intelligence and judicial analytics. Nicole has an intuitive understanding of technology and is deeply committed to helping lawyers leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage and achieve a more favorable outcome for their clients.

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.

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.

Renew or join today!

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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.