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ACLL News & Events

January 10, 2020

Looking for other ways to meet your MCLE requirements? 

ACLL offers MCLE materials from our collection in two ways -- in-house participatory credits or borrowing for self-study.  Read more on our web page.  You must be a registered borrower.  Stop at the Reference Desk to register.

CA State Bar MCLE Compliance for Group 3 (Last names N-Z)

Deadline to report: Feb. 3, 2020

You can access Westlaw at ACLL by registering as a library patron.  We have two seats for Westlaw available on our public research computers.  Online resources include: cases, codes, and secondary legal sources. 



Advanced Research on Westlaw

Thursday, January 16

Noon to 1:00

1 Hour of MCLE participatory credit

$30 advance registration, $40 day of event registration

Speaker: Jonathan Dorsey, Thomson Reuters

This course will help you refine your search construction using both plain language and terms & connectors, while also showing you tools and resources to help you efficiently complete your research assignment.

About the Speaker: Jonathan Dorsey, Esq., received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  At Hastings, he wrote for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and externed at the California Court of Appeal.  His practice experience includes civil litigation as well as in-house work for a title company. He has been with Thomson Reuters for 7 years as Client Representative, Government.

Online registration - HERE

Download a program flyer - HERE

Alameda County Law Library is a multiple activity MCLE provider approved by the State Bar of California.

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A free program from Bay Area Legal Aid

on Tenants' Rights and New Protections in 2020.

A lunchtime session on Wednesday, January 22, Noon to 1:30

Online registration - HERE

Download a program flyer - Lunchtime tenants rights.pdf

An attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid will present legal information about:

  • Residential evictions
  • When a landlord can - and can't - lawfully evict you
  • How to respond to an eviction notice and lawsuit
  • Overview of NEW tenant protection laws for 2020

Space is limited.  No MCLE credit given for this program.

The evening version of this program is SOLD OUT.

... new programs recently added to the schedule


Estate Planning 101

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Noon to 1:00

$4 advance registration, $5 day of event

HERA (Housing & Economic Rights Advocates) staff attorney will explain key concerns and key documents that will help you address handling your belongings and your health the way you want to

Those documents include:

  • Living trust
  • Will
  • Power of attorney
  • Advance health care directive
  • Transfer on death documents for certain kinds of accounts

About the Speaker:  Aeyoung Kim is a staff attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) providing estate planning services and probate assistance. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Kim worked for 11 years in the Superior Court of San Diego County, primarily in the Probate Division as a Probate Examiner. Ms. Kim is bilingual in Korean and English.

Register online HERE

Download a program flyer 2020_02_25_HERAestateplanning_flyer.pdf

No MCLE credit given for this program.

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California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)


Thursday  February 27

Noon to 1:30

1.5 hours participatory MCLE credits

$40 advance registration, $50 day of event registration

Speakers: Hunter Pyle & Catha Worthman

California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) allows workers to bring representative actions for Labor Code violations.

•This panel will explore the ever-changing PAGA landscape, and offer insight into how best to handle PAGA litigation

.•The speakers will provide both introductory and higher level discussion regarding what PAGA is, what violations give rise to PAGA liability, how PAGA claims are brought and litigated, and what remedies are available through PAGA

.•They will also explore issues that arise when PAGA claims are subjected to motions to compel arbitration, as well as aspects of settlement of PAGA claims.

About the Speakers:

Hunter Pyle graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law (U.C. Berkeley) in 1997. He has represented clients in wrongful termination/discrimination cases against such entities as Chevron, Georgia-Pacific, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Mr. Pyle has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee.  In addition to practicing law full time, he is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law School where he teaches the Employment Law course to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Catha Worthman is a founding partner at the firm Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow in Berkeley, CA. Through her public interest practice involving class actions, multi-plaintiff cases, and individual litigation, Catha advocates for the rights of workers, retirees, and people with disabilities.  She has litigated cases involving the full range of ERISA and employee benefits issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, ESOP, pension, healthcare and long-term disability benefits, as well as wage and hour and disability rights cases.

Register online HERE

Download a program flyer - 2020_CAPAGAFlyer.pdf

Alameda County Law Library is a multiple activity MCLE provider approved by the State Bar of California.

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Employment Law Update: A Closer Look at COBRA

Thursday, March 5

Noon to 1:00

1 hour MCLE participatory credit

$4 advance registration, $5 day of event registration

Speaker: Christina Collazo, US Dept of Labor

Program Description: COBRA – the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act – requires group health plans to offer continuation coverage to covered employees, former employees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children when group health coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain events.

This program will discuss the nuances of COBRA, common pitfalls and tips for compliance. Topics include:
• Which employers are subject to COBRA and who is considered a qualified beneficiary
• COBRA qualifying events and duration of coverage
• COBRA notice requirements
• Interaction between COBRA and Medicare
• COBRA and business reorganizations
• Coordination of COBRA and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

About the Speaker: Cristina A. Collazo, Esq. is a Senior Benefits Advisor at United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA).  As a Senior Benefits Advisor, Cristina provides technical assistance to employers, employees, and service providers in private sector retirement and welfare benefit plans. She also conducts outreach and education in various states on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other federal laws related to employee benefits.

Online registration HERE

Download a program flyer - COBRA Program Flyer.pdf

Alameda County Law Library is a multiple activity MCLE provider approved by the State Bar of California.


Real Property: Financing Remedies

Co-sponsored with CEB

Thursday, March 26

Noon to 1:30

1.5 hours participatory MCLE credits

$40 advance registration, $50 day of event registration

Speaker: Stephen M. Morger

This program will familiarize learners with the options and opportunities available when a loan secured by real property is in default.

  • What constitutes a default under the note?
  • Appropriate remedies depend on both the type of default and property
  • Trustee sale, aka nonjudicial foreclosure
  • Judicial foreclosure
  • Role of loan servicers
  • Guarantors and sureties - liability, defenses, and Gradsky waivers

This is a basic level program and assumes no prior experience in real property law. Appropriate for attorneys new to real property law, as well as those seeking a refresher.

About the speaker: Steven M. Morger is an experienced business litigator who represents clients involved in real estate and complex business disputes.  He has particular expertise in the areas of mortgages, deeds of trust, foreclosure and anti-deficiency issues, as well as guarantees and UCC.personal property-secured transactions.  He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and has provided expert testimony involving real estate secured transactions and guarantees as well as title insurance, escrow and related disputes.  He works with all aspects of civil litigation and discovery through trial and appeal   Mr. Morger has counseled cannabis industry clients on lease and financing transactions and defended property owners in claims brought by federally chartered banks based on medical dispensary issues

Online registration HERE

Alameda County Law Library is a multiple activity MCLE provider approved by the State Bar of California.

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