Upcoming Events


Alternative Dispute Resolution in Federal Court
Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Federal Court

This panel presentation will cover all of the ways the Court helps lawyers and litigants to settle their federal court cases.  Judge Gee, who heads the Court’s ADR Committee, will give an overview of alternative dispute resolution in federal court.  Mr. Wolfram, a volunteer mediator on the Court’s Attorney Settlement Officer Panel, with offices in Camarillo, will focus on the services that volunteer mediators provide. Judge LaMothe will discuss the services she provides as a settlement judge in Santa Barbara, where she handles a number of Ventura County cases for the Court. Q&A will follow the presentation.

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Voir Dire - How to Select a Local Jury
May
10
12:00 PM12:00

Voir Dire - How to Select a Local Jury

  • Hall of Administration, County Government Center (1st Floor, Atlantic Conference Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ayala Benefraim, Amber Lee, Rebekah Mathis, and Catherine Voelker have selected hundreds of Ventura County juries between them.  Learn the basics about how to conduct voir dire and gain insider tips about how to actually engage jurors (if they don’t talk, you don’t know anything about them) based on years of local experience — invaluable! *1 hour General MCLE credit

Space limits our seating capacity to 30. Please register early to ensure a seat!

 

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Mentorship Dinner
Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

Mentorship Dinner

WLVC invites you to join us for an invaluable evening of career mentorship. Whether you are looking for guidance in taking the next step toward a career goal, or feel that you can help others reach stepping stones that you have achieved, this event is focused on connecting with others and supporting your career - whichever stage you may be in. Please join us as a mentor or mentee. Dinner/drinks available for purchase.

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Conejo Free Clinic:  43 years of no-cost legal service
Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Conejo Free Clinic: 43 years of no-cost legal service

Many of us endeavor to perform pro bono work but may not know where to be most useful and how to involve yourself without the worry of logistics. Join us for a discussion of the legal issues most often addressed at the Conejo Free Clinic, the legal training available to you, and ways in which you may donate your time & legal acumen effectively in your community. Information about county-wide pro bono opportunities will be presented as well.

*1 hour General MCLE credit

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Membership Mixer at Paradise Pantry
Feb
21
5:00 PM17:00

Membership Mixer at Paradise Pantry

Join us for an evening of wine and cheese at Paradise Pantry to mix and mingle with other WLVC members and the Board. To show our appreciation for our members, this special event is open to members only and includes a glass of wine and appetizers on the house. Don’t miss this opportunity to network and connect, all while renewing your WLVC membership or joining WLVC for the first time.

Need to update your membership? Please visit https://www.wlvc.org/event-registration/2019-wlvc-membership, or purchase your membership at the door. Memberships are annual and will guarantee you discounted admission to all WLVC events in 2019.

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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

  • Ventura County Superior Court, Department 22 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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