Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

    ANNUAL JUDGES' NIGHT Meet our Los Angeles County Judiciary

    Join us for our Annual Judges' Night, taking place at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House. 

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Annual Judges' Night honors our judges serving the Los Angeles County area and thanks them for their continued dedication and contribution to the community and administration of justice. Enjoy a lovely evening with members of our judiciary, meet sitting and retired judges, and mingle with friends and colleagues in a  beautiful setting.

     Early registration is highly recommended.

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    Reach More Group Kiosicle JJ Ayala, Partner


    The Annenberg Community Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest Housebeach courts & fieldscommunity & cultural eventshistoric pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

    For site map click hereSanta Monica Public self pay parking is located adjacent to the venue.

    • Friday, June 01, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway Ave., Ste 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401


    SMBA Family Law Section Cash Flow: Where Do You Find The Money? Presented by Matthew Skarin, CFLS, CPA of FMBK, LLP, and Lorna Mouton Riff, CPA, CFF, of CBIZ, Inc.

    Join us for this month's MCLE First Friday educational event at Inotheke, Santa Monica. 

    • Receive 1 hour of MCLE credit.
    • Enjoy delicious Mediterranean lunch at one of the best Greek restaurants in the country. 
    • Networking begins at noon followed by lunch.
    • Presentation begins about 12:30 pm.

    This month the Family Section of the SMBA is pleased to present family law attorney and chair of the Family Law section, Matthew Skarin, CFLS, CPA of FMBK, LLP, and forensic accountant Lorna Mouton Riff, CPA, CFF, of CBIZ, Inc., who will teach basic and sophisticated approaches to determine cash flow available for support.

    Matthew Skarin, CFLS, CPA of FMBK, LLP

    Matthew Skarin is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a CPA and has his California Real Estate Broker License. Prior to law school, Mr. Skarin worked for the accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche and Miller and Co., doing both tax and compliance work.  Matthew uses his wide variety of legal and financial skills to effectively and artfully guide high net worth individuals, business owners, and investors through the process of dissolution.  Through Matthew’s extensive experience he is able to discern the potential pitfalls to his client early in the case, allowing him the opportunity to communicate these issues to the client and take steps to minimize exposure. Read more...


    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica

    JOINT TOAST: Pepperdine Law | SMBA

    The Santa Monica Bar Association and Pepperdine Law Alumni Relations have partnered to co-host the June 12th Tuesday’s Toast Event.  Join us for a special joint event that brings together the best of the Westside - Santa Monica and Malibu. 

    ABOUT PEPPERDINE LAW ALUMNIThe #PeppLaw alumni network is more than 11,000 strong, comprised of graduates across the city, state, country and world who possess a passion for justice and courage for leadership. Read more about the #PeppLaw family through the campus blog, the Surf Report, and come see us in Malibu anytime!. Read more...

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    ABOUT TUESDAY’S TOAST: The Tuesday Toast, at Bodega Wine Bar, located at 814 Broadway (at Lincoln) in Santa Monica is a great open event to meet attorneys and other professionals on the Westside.  The event provides attendees the opportunity to exclusively network and meet members of the SMBA, non-member attorneys and other professionals from the greater Los Angeles area.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Michael's, 1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Sustainability Discussion

    Discussion of Sustainability Issues: Garrett Wong 

    Discussion of Solar: James Kennedy

    Garrett Wong, MA LEED AP BD+C, is a sustainability strategist with the Santa Monica City Office of Sustainability.  He has experience in the non-profit, corporate and government arenas committed to engaging communities, challenging conventional thought and promoting innovative solutions.  

    James Kennedy, an expert on solar power use in Residential and Commercial Buildings will discuss how solar energy works and its role in cities such as Santa Monica.

    Mr. Wong will briefly speak on the City's climate action efforts and Mr. Kennedy will discuss solar energy. If you'd like to join us from 6:00-8:00 pm at Michael’s Restaurant please register for free.  

    Michael's has an excellent selection of drinks and small plates.  While registration is free, food and drink will be your responsibility.  Public parking is available just north of the restaurant on 3rd Street as well as metered street parking.  Get to know fellow members and discuss sustainability measures in the City of Santa Monica and ideas about solar energy.  

    • Registration is FREE for Members and we appreciate your early RSVP!

    Hosted by the SMBA Real Estate Section.

    For information on sponsoring contact Stephen Weaver 
    • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Annenberg Beach House
    Silicon Beach: Collaborative CollisionLaw | Technology | Culture

    The Santa Monica Bar Association invites you to a discussion focusing on technology and emerging legal issues in our community. Santa Monica is a hot bed for both technology and the legal challenges around new tech. Join us the evening of June 20, 2018, for our inaugural law and technology event, Silicon Beach: Collaborative Collision, and listen to our distinguished panel, facilitate working relationships with the technology and legal communities, and enjoy the beautiful beach setting. 

    Speakers Include:

    • Adam Sullivan, General Counsel of Square Enix
    • Jor Law, Co-founder of Verify Investor 
    • Justin Brownstone, VP of Sales & Litigation Counsel at Gavelytics 
    • Carly Steinbaum, Founder and CEO of De Novo 
    • Frank Grant, Principal at Interstate Venture Capital 

    When:   June 20, 2018 6:00 – 9:00 PM. 

    • Registration Check-in Opens at 5:30 PM 
    • Networking 5:30 – 6:40 PM 
    • Introductions 6:40 – 7:00 PM 
    • Panel Discussion 7:00 – 8:00 PM 
    • Questions 8:00 – 8:15 PM 
    • Networking 8:15 – 9:00 PM

    Where:   The Annenberg Community Beach House - Garden Terrace Room.  Drinks and appetizers will be served.

    Parking:   Registration does not include parking cost, city of Santa Monica public parking rates apply.  The Annenberg has public parking on both North and South sides of the property.  Turn into the parking from PCH at the traffic light Beach House Way.  Self park in a numbered spot, pay at one of the pay stations by entering in your spot number, and then proceed to the Garden Terrace Room.  Taxi or Rideshare Service encouraged due summer crowds and limited parking. 

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    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Past President David Olan's House, 5851 Ramirez Canyon Rd., Malibu CA 90265

    Malibu, CA

    The SMBA Board of Trustees invites you to our Annual Summer Party and Election of the coming year's Board of Trustees. Come enjoy food and drink, networking and entertainment with old and new friends. Members, cast your vote for the new Board of Trustees.  Based on the location of the Event, Rideshare Services and Carpooling are advised based on limited parking in the immediate vicinity of the event.

    Want to sponsor?  Then (1) click on the sponsorship button at the top of the page and complete the lower right portion; and then (2) email an image of your logo to smbaoffice@smba.net 

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    Current Nominations include new term trustees:

    • More information coming soon!
    • Electronic ballots will be made available to members so that they have an option to vote in that manner, whether or not they attend the party
    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Will Rodgers State Beach

    Beach Volleyball
    Will Rodgers State Beach
    Enjoy a day in the sun with friends and sport. Save the date! More info coming soon.

    Refreshments and snacks provided. Parking is located directly in front of volleyball court.

    Bring sunscreen!


    Click here to sponsor this event. 

    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Santa Monica Courthouse, 1725 Main Street, Rm 219, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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    Judges and Commissioners of the West District would like to cordially invite members of the Santa Monica Bar Association and their guests to a luncheon presentation at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

    A panel of bench officers will be giving an informal (and entertaining) panel discussion on information judges find helpful (or unhelpful) in making decisions. Thanks to Judge H. Chester Horn, SMBA Judicial Advisor, for organizing this great opportunity for us to get to know our LASC Judges and Commissioners (and vice versa) and Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff, Supervising Judge of the West District, for hosting us all!  We expect Judge Cho, Judge Cole, Judge Karlan, Judge Newman, Judge Rosenberg, Judge Solorzano, Judge Tarle, Comm. St. George and others to sit on the panel. There will be reserved time at the end of the presentation for questions. 

    Early registration is highly recommended for this event. Space is limited and fills up fast!  All proceeds from registration benefit the SMBA. Lunch may not be available to non-registered or same day registrants.  Pre-registered attendees can pay at-the-door.

    • $45 SMBA Members
    • $75 Non-members (join now)

    Registration includes a sandwich box lunch or salad and a drink. Please select a lunch choice on the registration page. (Lunch type is subject to change.)

    • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Santa Monica, CA

    90th Annual
    Installation Gala
    Join us for the installation of the 2019 Board of Trustees

    Save the date for our 90th Annual Santa Monica Bar Association Installation Dinner Gala. Meet our current and incoming Board of Trustees.  We anticipate over 100 lawyers, judges, law students, and non-attorney affiliates in attendance. Don't miss this signature annual event!

    Incoming President, Jennifer Millier

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    The Santa Monica Bar Association was founded in 1928.  It hosts a great collection of lawyers and other professionals in various fields, mostly situated in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, Marina del Rey, and West LA.

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