Upcoming Events

Leveraging Intellectual Property Law in Business
Jan
11
12:00 PM12:00

Leveraging Intellectual Property Law in Business

This 60-minute MCLE will discuss recent legal trends in intellectual property (IP), including patent and trademark law, to show how CEOs and general counsels can leverage IP law to effectively beat competitors in business. Ms. Sarvaiya will also exhibit how a company’s trademark portfolio can increase the company’s brand value.

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12th Annual Scholarship Dinner & Silent Auction
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

12th Annual Scholarship Dinner & Silent Auction

WLVC cordially invites you to its 12th annual scholarship dinner, honoring Legacy Award recipient and keynote speaker Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin and Holly Spevak award recipient Danielle De Smeth.  WLVC will also award three law school students with scholarships for their commitment to working in the public interest and/or advancing the interests of women and girls in society.  The event includes live music, a silent auction, wine and beer tasting with Four Brix Winery and Poseidon Brewery, and dinner by Main Course Catering.  

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From 10% to 50% in 50 Years:  Women in the Law - a Work in Progress
Oct
10
12:00 PM12:00

From 10% to 50% in 50 Years: Women in the Law - a Work in Progress

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Ret. Judge Melinda Johnson hosts panelists Judge Michele Castillo, Wendy Lascher, Laura McAvoy, and Carmen Ramirez for a discussion regarding the experiences and contributions of women lawyers and judges to Ventura County’s legal history. This event will include reflections from the panelists on their careers as women in the law as well as discussion about what has (and has not) changed for women lawyers and judges over the past several decades. Panelists will also answer audience questions in a brief Q&A following the panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit is available for $25.00. To register for MCLE credit, please contact Sandra at bar@vcba.org or (805) 650-7599 *210.

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Understanding Intimate Partner Violence:  Causes, Criminalization and Legal Concepts
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: Causes, Criminalization and Legal Concepts

This 60-minute MCLE will highlight the prevalence and effects of intimate partner violence (IPV).  Dr. Lucas will discuss the topic from a policy and research perspective, while Ms. De Smeth will share related developments and application in the law.  Specific topics include the history and criminalization of IPV; battered women’s movement and its evolution in the law; the cycle of violence and the presentation of evidence at trial; and ways to redress this epidemic.

 

 

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When A Bankruptcy Invades Your Family Law Case: Practical Tips for Avoiding Creditor Issues in the Aftermath of a Divorce
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

When A Bankruptcy Invades Your Family Law Case: Practical Tips for Avoiding Creditor Issues in the Aftermath of a Divorce

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This 60-minute MCLE will cover the intersection of bankruptcy and family law. Topics include:

- Anticipating bankruptcy when drafting settlement agreements,

- Offsets and judgments that protect a family law judgment from future discharge,

- Differentiating between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 with regard to family law judgments, and

- Counseling family law clients on bankruptcy risk.

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Appellate Justice Reception
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Appellate Justice Reception

This biennial event convenes the appellate justices of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Six, for a unique opportunity to engage in conversation directly with the Court on important legal topics relevant to your practice and the broader legal community. This event includes a panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session open to audience members. The panel discussion will address such topics as: the state of legal practice in Ventura County, guidance from the justices to improve your appellate strategy and presentation, insights on how the justices think about the cases that come before the Court and what they look for from the attorneys presenting them, the Court’s perspective on the most pressing legal issues facing Ventura’s legal community and the community at large, and other trends and topics in the law as observed at the appellate level.

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Women in Office: Insights on Running for Elected Office and Serving Your Community at the State and Local Level
Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Women in Office: Insights on Running for Elected Office and Serving Your Community at the State and Local Level

2018 is being called the "year of the women," with record-breaking numbers of women deciding to run for office. This panel presentation brings together four local elected officials to discuss why they decided to run for office, how to run a successful campaign, the importance of representation by women in politics, and the challenges or biases that women may face when running for election and serving in office. Panelists will also answer audience questions in a brief Q&A following the panel discussion. 

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The Changing Landscape of Sexual Harassment Claims: The Impact of the #MeToo Movement
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

The Changing Landscape of Sexual Harassment Claims: The Impact of the #MeToo Movement

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This 60-minute MCLE will provide a brief overview of the basics of litigating sexual harassment and discrimination claims. The program will then provide insight into how the #MeToo Movement and similar movements such as #WeSaidEnough have changed the traditional framework in which sexual harassment claims are brought, litigated and resolved. Finally, the program will discuss the impact that the #MeToo movement and similar movements have had on the legal profession.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Amber Phillips is a civil rights and employment litigator and trial attorney at Genie Harrison Law Firm, APC. Ms. Phillips specializes in discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, including discrimination and harassment based on sex. Ms. Phillips has secured multimillion dollar settlements on behalf of her clients and endeavors daily to fulfill the mantra of her firm: to help victims recover. Ms. Phillips graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude, with a degree in Psychology and received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

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Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Immigration Law

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
Renowned immigration attorney Vanessa Frank will present on the following :
* What are the rights available to undocumented, permanent residents and US citizens?
* What can lawyers do to better inform themselves and advocate on behalf of their clients?
* TPS, DACA, LPR - what is this alphabet soup?
* Power of Attorney forms for Ventura County


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University in Public Policy and returned, after two years working in immigrant-serving Bay Area public schools through AmeriCorps, for her law degree there. Vanessa focused her legal studies on immigration law and international human rights and development. Following two years with a major international law firm in the Bay Area, Vanessa joined California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), a legendary civil rights firm, in their Oxnard Migrant Office. In 2009, Vanessa opened her own law firm, dedicated to providing high quality legal services to immigrants and their families and also to engage immigrants and US citizens in the struggle for humane and sensible immigration policies at the local, state and national level.

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