MCLE Spectacular 2021

The 2021 Annual MCLE Spectacular was recorded and is available on demand for viewing (and MCLE) through January 21, 2022.

Welcome to the 2021 MCLE Spectacular On Demand!

We have some fantastic programs to UpDate UpLevel and UpLift you and your practice! All the programs, keynotes and forums have been recorded and will be available now through January 21, 2022. You can earn up to 15 MCLE units.

Pricing: $200 members $250 nonmembers

See below for details about the MCLE Spectacular programs

Contact Anne Wolf to register.


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

9:00 am – 10:15 am – Concurrent Sessions

1 hour General MCLE credit

CCCBA Business Law Section

Speakers:  Marta Vanegas | Ericka McKenna | Jeremy Weinstein

More than 10,000 different cryptocurrencies are traded publicly, according to, a market research website. And cryptocurrencies continue to proliferate, raising money through initial coin offerings, or ICOs. The total value of all cryptocurrencies on July 23, 2021, was more than $1.3 trillion — down from April high of $2.2 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap. The total value of all bitcoins, the most popular digital currency, was pegged at about $608.6 billion. Yet, most lawyers have, at best, a rudimentary understanding of what these payment tokens are and the mechanism by which they operate. This can create a host of unintended consequences where the client’s or opposing party’s assets are held in cryptocurrency. On the other end of the spectrum are Non-Fungible Tokens or NFTs – an even newer phenomenon that is even more difficult to explain, but we will try. Finally, we will close with a discussion of how the government may or may not regulate misinformation spreading on Social Media. We will try to do all this without giving you a headache, but we can’t make any warranties.

1 hour Legal Ethics MCLE credit 

The CCCBA Elder Law Section

Speakers: Kathryn Schofield | Konstantine A. Demiris | Douglas W. Housman

Three practicing conservatorship attorneys dissect and explain what happened with Britney Spears’ conservatorship.  Why should or shouldn’t the conservatorship have been granted in the first place?  What safeguards should be in place to protect her?  Could she be forced to work?  Could she be stopped from getting married?  How do the attorneys and private fiduciaries get paid, and what do they actually do?  Could she hire her own attorney?  Attendees will come away with an understanding of the ethical issues and controversies in Britney Spears’ case and conservatorships generally, and a basic understanding of how conservatorships are supposed to work to protect those who need one. 

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10:30 am – 11:45 am – Concurrent Sessions

1 hour General MCLE credit

CCCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Speaker:  Stacie Hausner ADR Services, Inc

Mediator Stacie Hausner will identify and explore various influence and persuasion tactics that enhance the prospects for settlement in mediation. She will discuss how to use these techniques during the different stages of mediation so that potential obstacles to settlement do not create an insurmountable impasse.

1 hour General or 1 hour Appellate Specialization MCLE credit

The CCCBA Appellate Law Section

Speakers: Justice Peter Siggins (Ret.) | Don Willenburg | Gary A. Watt

Join Justice Peter Siggins and appellate practice leaders Gary A. Watt and Don Willenburg for an insightful and interesting discussion of recent California Supreme Court civil cases on anti-SLAPP motions, evidence, arbitration and more!

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12 noon – 1:15 pm – Keynote Session

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit

Speaker: Robert Andres Bonta – Attorney General of the State of California

Join California Attorney General Rob Bonta and his team for an in-depth overview of California’s new Racial Justice Bureau. During this presentation, you’ll hear directly from the Attorney General as he shares how his early childhood memories shaped his commitment to social and racial justice and you’ll learn about the California Department of Justice’s initiatives to uplift and protect California’s diverse communities.

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Wellness Forum

CCCBA Wellness Committee

Speaker: Janice Litvin

In this presentation Janice Litvin will teach you how to manage your stress by changing your behavior from the inside out so that you can come to work healthy, happy, and ready to work. She will show you how to reframe negative thoughts, reality spin overreactions, and set healthy boundaries.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Learn how to interrupt negative thoughts and replace them with a positive outlook
  • Learn how to reality spin overreactions and overgeneralizations
  • Learn how to set healthy boundaries and “manage up” at work

Companion book, Banish Burnout Toolkit available at:


Thursday, November 18, 2021

9:00 am – 10:15 am – Concurrent Sessions

1 hour General or 1 hour Estate Planning and Probate Specialization MCLE credit

CCCBA Estate Planning & Probate Section

Speaker: Daniel Kim

Following a person’s death, individuals are faced with a multitude of issues relating to handling of the remains. For some, the challenges in dealing with these responsibilities are overburdensome and the least of their concerns. For others, it is a welcome distraction. As attorneys we are sometimes called upon to have all the answers. This presentation provides an overview of the following topics and more: who has control of a decedent’s remains, what governs the control of remains, anatomical gifts, coroner’s inquests, autopsies and other procedures, deaths while abroad, death certificates, transportation and shipment of remains, interment and funeral arrangements, disposition of cremains, water cremation, criminal consequences for unlawful disposition of remains, and disinterment and removal.

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1 hour General MCLE credit

Solo / Small Firm Section

Speakers: Diane L. Camacho | Donald S. Davidson | Heidi Coad-Hermelin

The practice of law has changed since March 2020. UPDATE yourself on the best practices in the areas of Client Selection /Retention, Practice Management /Calendaring, Billing /Trust Accounting, Document Management, and Ethical Issues in the Electronic World for solo and small firms. The program will focus on UPLEVELING your practice to be more efficient and profitable and how to avoid pitfalls.

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10:30 am – 11:45 am – Concurrent Sessions

1 hour General MCLE credit

CCCBA Real Estate, East County and CCCBA Tax Sections

Speakers: Ryan W. Lockhart | Marie Quashnock

Prop 19 dealt a massive blow to parent-child property transfers. Families that intended to transfer their family homes to their children are now faced with substantial increases in property taxes upon transfer. Clients, attorneys, and planners now all face the question of: What can we do now? Ryan Lockhart and Marie Quashnock have some answers. In addition to explaining what Prop 19 did, they will discuss and outline a strategy that families may employ to transfer property to the children, while mitigating or eliminating the property tax reassessment. They will also provide an update as to the movement to change Prop 19. If you want to know how to plan around Prop 19, then this is the program for you.

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit

Disability Rights Sub-Committee of the CCCBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and the CCCBA Employment Law Section

Speakers: Wendy Musell |  Branden Butler Kathy Martinez | Julie Ann Giammona 

This webinar will focus on how to meaningfully think about and accommodate disability in the workplace. We will review compliance requirements, as well as best practices for creating an inclusive workplace environment that allows employees living with disabilities to self-identify and request reasonable accommodation. Additionally, this seminar will address ethical considerations for practicing attorneys with disabilities.

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12 noon – 1:15 pm – Keynote Session

1 hour General MCLE credit

Speaker: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law

The internet is the most important medium for speech to be developed since the printing press.   It has made this the golden age for free speech.  It certainly causes problems, including for democracy.  But great care should be taken to ensure that any fix does not compromise the importance of this medium for freedom of expression.

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Marketing Forum


Speakers:  Mika Domingo | David Pearson | James Wu

Hear from those in the know – Bay Area lawyers just like you – who promise to give it to you straight; what has worked for them and what hasn’t. These CCCBA PROs will introduce you to programs and strategies that have worked for them and examine those that may not have been a good bet. There will be time to share your own experiences and ask questions.

Please don’t miss this program


Friday, November 19, 2021

9:00 am – 10:15 am – Concurrent Sessions

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit

CCCBA Women’s Section

Speakers: Deb Graceffa | Vahista Falahati | Rebecca Grey | Dory Willer

When practicing law, how do you respond to individuals with high-conflict personalities – individuals who use tactics such as yelling, blaming, humiliating, harassing and other unbecoming adversarial behaviors. How do you prevent yourself from becoming mentally and emotionally taxed when facing high-conflict situations caused by high-conflict personalities? How do you prevent yourself from taking home to your family, especially your children, this baggage? This seminar will discuss high-conflict situations faced by many attorneys, in particular female attorneys, and will offer effective tools used to respond to high-conflict personalities along with tools to prevent yourself from wishing you could quit practicing law and instead, become a yoga instructor.

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1 hour Legal Ethics MCLE credit

CCCBA Senior Section

Speakers: Joshua Bevitz | Robert Gillette | Chantal Rees

The chances that you, and as a result your clients, will be the subject of a serious cyber-attack are extremely likely. Did you know that the average cost of a data breach is $3.92M? Our panelists will take you through a three-part discussion that focuses on your ethical duties as an attorney, your legal duties as a business owner, IT best practices, and how to insure yourself from this peril. Our panelists will each provide unique insights that will help protect you and your clients from this growing concern.

10:30 am – 11:45 am – Concurrent Sessions

1 hour General or 1 hour Family Law Specialization MCLE credit

CCCBA Family Law Section and Juvenile Law Section

Speakers: Hon. Barbara Hinton | Pamela Gagliani | Lita Pettus-Dodson

The Juvenile Section and the Family Law Section are proud to co-sponsor this program which will appeal to attorneys practicing in both Family Law and Juvenile Dependency. Attorneys who regularly practice exclusively in Family Law or Juvenile are often stuck wondering “what to do” for their client when a WIC 300 Petition is filed while a family law case is pending or “what to do” when the Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction terminates and a case is then under the umbrella of family law. To provide some insight into these thorny issues, experienced practitioners and a well-versed bench officer will give an overview of the best practices to employ and the pitfalls to avoid, as well as how to best serve one’s client.

1 hour General MCLE Ccredit

CCCBA Litigation Section and Barristers Section

Speaker: Anthony G. Matricciani

The presentation will explain the necessity of a theory of the case, how to create and implement a theory of the case, and using narratives and themes to further the theory of the case.

12 noon – 1:15 pm – Keynote Session

0.5 hour Elimination of Bias and 0.5 hour General MCLE credit

Speaker: Hon. Elizabeth Laporte (Ret.)

Judge Laporte will discuss success for women in and out of the courtroom and the growth of trade secret litigation, in both volume and impact.   

  • Challenges, and opportunities, both old and new, that women face in and out of courtroom today
  • The Women Attorneys Advocacy Project
  • Trends in the civil trade secrets case field
  • Issues and key considerations surrounding the use of special masters in e-discovery matters
  • Benefits of early mediation and the value of ADR in an era of increased uncertainty

Sponsored by: 

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Thank you to our Generous Sponsors