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Hello fellow Marin Bar members! We are now in the full swing of summer, with Independence Day around the corner as of this writing. While we are unfortunately still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of new cases spiking dramatically, the month of June did bring some positive news in the form of several actions by the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court that came with varying degrees of surprise to many observers.
At MCBA, we have been very busy since the “Shelter in Place” orders took effect. While we currently are unable to come together as a group and experience the camaraderie and community that we value, we are working on virtual options to keep you, our members, engaged and informed.
As a profession, we suffer from some of the highest levels of substance abuse and stress related ailments in the working population. This month’s Marin Lawyer focuses on small office management and offers tips and advice for keeping your business running effectively.
As a new lawyer, I conducted my first trial with Bank of America as my client. I needed to prove that the loan officer had no knowledge of a prospective borrower’s prior loan applications. In the absence of both the loan officer or any other direct evidence, this was challenging, and it became clear to me that without evidence, I simply would not be able to prove up my client’s defense. Evidence is, of course, at the heart of our trial process. In fact, we learned this in Trial Practice 101.
As virtual mediations become the current norm, our panelists will address the differences in preparing for and conducting mediations remotely.
Welcome to a new year with MCBA! I am Susan Feder, your new MCBA President, and I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible during the course of the year. Allow me to briefly introduce myself. I am a full time mediator with a varied civil mediation practice.
Now that a new month is upon us, we are all beginning to look to the future, wondering what our “new normal” will look like through the summer months and into fall. At MCBA, we are busy putting together a roster of programs with an eye towards the future.
This month’s Marin Lawyer theme began as “the environment,” and after the arrival of COVID-19, fittingly evolved to be primarily about the pandemic. For my monthly message, I planned to write about the unintended, and sometimes positive, impact of the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders on environmental health.
On February 8, Susan Feder will be installed as the 2020 President of the Marin County Bar Association.
On November 14, Susan is helping to organize this all day MCLE program as President Elect of MCBA.
Susan Feder is volunteering her time to the community through Legal Aid of Marin by mediating Unlawful Detainer hearings at the Marin County Superior Court.
Susan Feder joins a panel of other experienced neutrals on July 10 for the program “Mapping Toward a Mediation Practice”, giving practical advice and lessons learned about developing an ADR practice.