2016 CCCBA Accomplishments
- In collaboration with the CCCBA’s 20 sections, the Bar offered more than 100 programs. This year’s events included a four-part MCLE series on Legal Ethics along with numerous Happy Hour networking mixers and other social events. The CCCBA also added an Immigration Section with 25+ members.
- The CCCBA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) has exceeded all expectations this year, with approx. 12,000 calls resulting in over 5,500 client consultations.
- The Criminal Conflicts Panel (CCP) took on increased PD overflows of both felony & misdemeanor cases as well as two multiple co-defendant gang cases.
- The 22nd Annual MCLE Spectacular on November 18th once again featured top-notch speakers and presenters with 16 programs, 55+ speakers and over 330 attendees. The seminars offered General, Elimination of Bias, Legal Ethics and Specialization MCLE credits.
- Hundreds of attorneys took advantage of Self-Study MCLE opportunities and the CCCBA continued to add quality articles and videos to our catalog.
- The CCCBA continued to maintain and further develop its relationships with the local Bench through various Bench/Bar committees, courtroom programs and numerous social events including the annual Bench/Bar softball game and the Richard E. Arnason Memorial.
- With help from members, the Bar offered unmatched support to the community with over 100 free legal clinics and workshops staffed by members. In addition, the Employment Section received a community outreach State Bar Grant to provide free employment law workshops to employers and employees throughout the county.
- With the help of generous donors, the CCCBA continued to raise money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano through the annual Food from the Bar competition. In addition, the Bar supported Community Violence Solutions’ Anti-Human Trafficking Project, raising over $44,000 for those in need in Contra Costa and Marin counties.
n Many of the individual sections raised funds for local and statewide organizations. Kudos to the Women’s Section, the Barristers/Young Lawyers Section and the Juvenile Law Section for their efforts.
- The Diversity committee put on a Judicial Application workshop, reinvigorated the Judicial Mentoring program and organized an event for members to meet the ABA President, Paulette Brown.
- The CCCBA’s Fee Arbitration and Mediation program handled over 35 inquiries resulting in 21 cases filed and, with 8 cases left pending from 2015, over 19 matters were settled or had awards issued.
- A new CCCBA member logo was designed for members to use on their websites and print materials.
We are very proud of our successes in 2016. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!