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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Leah Wilson

Ms. Wilson was appointed to the position of Executive Director for the State Bar of California in 2017 and reappointed in 2021. In that capacity, she manages a $206 million budget and 550 staff who are responsible for the regulation, licensing, and discipline of California attorneys, as well as for promoting access to legal services and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Before joining the State Bar Ms. Wilson served as the Court Executive Officer...
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Yvonne Ascher

Yvonne A. Ascher is a sole practitioner in Monterey, CA. practicing in the area of estate planning and administration for over 30 years (no fighting). Yvonne has an LLM in Taxation from Golden Gate University; and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California. Yvonne is the past chair of TEXCOM and an ACTEC fellow. Yvonne is also an instructor at Monterey College of Law (Wills and...
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Access to Justice Series: Broadening access to justice in California through education

By Sergio Parra, Board Member, Santa Cruz County Bar Association The State of California has a public interest in increasing access to justice by attracting diverse students from all walks of life into law-related careers in this state. The State has taken steps to shape the legal profession so that it more closely reflects the diverse population of California in a way that makes it more responsive and accessible to the communities that it serves. California Leadership-Access-Workforce...
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Annual Awards Program on October 20, 2022

Please join us as we celebrate this year's recipients of the Roland K. Hall Award and the Access to Justice Award. This year our awardees are: Madeline Boriss for the Roland K. Hall Award and Michael Mehr will receive the Access to Justice Award. The event will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the Seymour Marine Education Center located at 110 McAllistar Way, Santa Cruz, from 5:00-7:00pm. Register for Annual Awards event About the award recipients Roland K....
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Access to Justice Series: Diversification of the Legal Profession Will Provide Our Community with Greater Access to Justice

By Gina Occhipinti-Borasi, Board Member, Santa Cruz County Bar Association Customarily, attorneys engage in the following methods to allow underrepresented and low-income persons access justice: pro bono work, reduction of legal fees, and participation in the county’s lawyer referral service.   An additional and imperative way to provide further access to justice in our community is the diversification of the legal profession.  How does diversity and inclusion help our community access justice?  Diverse experiences and backgrounds take...
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Joy McMurtry

Joy McMurtry is a Chief Deputy Public Defender with Monterey County.  McMurtry has been with the county for 15 and ½ years, and before that was a Public Defender in Wyoming for 5 years and a prosecutor for 4 years. In addition to her legal work, McMurtry is an avid photographer, a Pilates and Zumba Instructor, and practices Mindfulness. She was fortunate enough to have attended a Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training in 2020, just prior...
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Jane Becker

Tax attorney, Jane Becker, will review how to resolve a decedent's outstanding tax issues (unfiled and/or unpaid filings) including the non-reporting of offshore assets with an emphasis on doing so as quickly and expeditiously as possible. Jane will also review pre-death and post-death steps that can be taken to minimize income tax to the trust/estate during administration, along with a brief discussion of why the tax provisions in a revocable trust can hurt, or help,...
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Nancy Hoffman and Teri Scarlett

Dr. Hoffman a geriatric neuropsychologist in Santa Rosa with a forensic practice focusing on the assessment of capacity, undue influence, conservatorships, and elder abuse in older adults. She specializes in the differential diagnosis of the various forms of dementia and their influence on capacity. She serves as an expert witness and has testified on issues of capacity and undue influence.  She is the author of “The Assessment of Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence in the Older...
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From Superior Court, Santa Cruz County: Pro Tem training, Ex Parte paperwork submittals, Judge Gallagher resigns

Pro Tem training The Santa Cruz County Superior Court announces an opportunity for attorneys to train to serve as volunteer temporary judges in our Temporary Judge Program.  More Civil Ex Parte paperwork submittals In order for the Judge to be prepared for a Civil Ex Parte Hearing we request that Civil Ex Parte paperwork be submitted as soon as possible for the hearing, preferably before 11am the day of the hearing. We are currently reviewing changes to the...
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Rizza Gonzales

Rizza Gonzales is a 2006 graduate of the University of Southern California where she graduated with degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and English Literature, she graduated from the University of California, LA, School of Law in 2009 where she received her JD and joined Century Law Group LLP upon graduation. Her top-notch education background coupled with her dedicated worth ethic has affected several winning results and has allowed Century Law Group to expand our representative...
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