We are excited to have Judge Rise Pichon, Attorney Alison P. Buchanan on Elimination of Bias, and Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Northern California Innocence Project, as speakers in the coming months at our Bar Association lunches and do hope that each of you attend and create the attentive atmosphere these people deserve.

Our Board further challenges our group to go above and beyond in individual recruitment processes. For the longevity of this organization we would like to continue with the recruitment this year. Please speak with your colleagues, friends, mentors, support staff and maybe even opposing counsel, on the benefits of our organization. Our organization is only as good as our membership B and fortunately we have outstanding members. Keep in mind we want enthusiastic people to carry on this tradition, and believe in the benefit of meeting people and networking face to face. Those you speak with, tell them of our upcoming topics, or even tell them that they too can speak (keep in mind our speakers may claim up to four hours of credit for speaking B if you are interested please let us know).

Thank you, and hope to see you all at next week=s installation luncheon where Judge Rise Pichon will be performing the swearing in.

John E. Sears


The 2017 Board of Directors and Officers have been elected as follows:

President: John Sears

Treasurer: Terry Ellis

Secretary: Richard Abdalah

Directors: David Mar

Shannon Stein

Marcus Godfrey

The installation of the Directors and Officers will take place at February=s MCLE Luncheon on Monday, February 13, 2017, 12:00 p.m. at Holder=s Country Inn. Judge Rise Pichon has graciously accepted to perform the swearing ceremony and be our featured speaker for the luncheon.

The Board has agreed to make this luncheon free to all Members who attend. If you bring a guest, the cost will be the non-membership rate of $35 for first time guests, or $45 for repeat guests.


At this luncheon we will be taking a group picture of our membership to update the website.


Please make a note of the following important information the Association received concerning the 2017 MCLE Compliance Reporting Deadline:

From: The State Bar of California B MCLE Regulation Unit

Subject: 2017 MCLE Compliance Reporting Deadline Clarification


Due to a delayed start to our billing and compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees approved the MCLE reporting deadline for this year only as March 1st. MCLE Group 3 attorneys (last names N-Z) who are reporting compliance for the 2/1/2014-1/31/2017 compliance period must complete and report the education due no later than March 1, 2017 in order to avoid a $75 noncompliance fee. Please make sure that any MCLE marketing materials that include the reporting deadline correctly characterize this grace period.

Notwithstanding the forgoing, the next Group 3 MCLE compliance period formally starts February 1, 2017, therefore, any course taken in February may be used for the 2017 or the 2020 period, but not both. Attorneys should be reminded to keep careful records in order to avoid double-counting any hours earned in February.

If you receive compliance questions from a California attorney, please feel free to refer them to the State Bar at 1-888-800-3400 or

We will continue to keep you updated on any changes or issues that affect the MCLE program.

Thank you.

MCLE Regulation Unit, The State Bar of California | 180 Howard St. | San Francisco, CA 94105415-538-2126 |


February 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm Holder's Country Inn

Speaker: The Honorable Judge Rise Pichon

Topic: Status of the Court System in Santa Clara County

Future Luncheon Topics

March 13, 2017 - Attorney Alison P. Buchanan - Elimination of Bias

April - TBD

May 15, 2017 - Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Northern California Innocence Project

Timothy D. Widman, Esq., an immigration and nationality attorney located in Cupertino, has agreed to make a presentation at one of our luncheons. The date for his presentation has yet to be determined.

Do you know someone who would make an interesting presentation at our MCLE lunch meetings? Is there a topic of interest that you would like to hear about? If so, please contact SCBA President, John E. Sears at 408-245-3000, or SCBA Secretary, Richard Abdalah at 408-252-5211.


Cost of lunch and MCLE Credits

Member MCLE credit = $35.00

Non-member - MCLE Credit = $45.00

Guests (1st visit only) - MCLE = $35.00

2017 Lunch Dates

12:15-1:15pm B Every 2nd Monday of the Month

February 13, 2017 - Installation Luncheon - FREE

March 13, 2017

April 10, 2017

May 15, 2017

June 12, 2017

July 10, 2017

August, 2017 - NO LUNCHEON

September 11, 2017

October 16, 2017 (Note Change due to Columbus Day Holiday)

November 13 2017

December 11, 2017

Please mark your calendars accordingly. If there are to be any changes to the dates of the luncheon, you will be notified immediately.


Large office with windows for attorney and attached support staff office; large office with window.

Nicely appointed, spacious, 10,000 square foot office building located in central Sunnyvale. Seven established attorneys. Two large conference rooms/library, break room/kitchen, full-time receptionist, copier, facsimile and internet access included. Ample private parking. Non-smoking building.

Contact John Conway 408-245-3000 or Hugh Jackson 408-732-3114.


Know any attorneys living or practicing in the Cupertino B Sunnyvale B Mountain View B Campbell areas who may want to become a member of the Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association? Please give them the bar email or have them contact Nancy at 408-245-300 for further information about joining.


Our next board meeting will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Please mark your calendars. If you are unable to attend, please contact Nancy at 408-245-3000.