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

RSVP recommended to secure meal choice (until 3/28):

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.

SGVBA Mixer with Strassburg, Gilmore & Wei, LLP

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Location: The Mixx, 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Join SGVBA for an attorney happy hour with Strassburg, Gilmore & Wei, LLP (SGW). Hosted food and drink courtesy of SGW. Feel free to bring a friend and come say hello!

If taking Uber, enter 443 E. Colorado instead of “the Mixx” to avoid being taken to the wrong place.

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.

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