Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Jonathan Club, 850 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica, CA 90403


    The Santa Monica Bar Association is excited to announce Santa Monica's new City Attorney Lane Dilg as Keynote Speaker for this year's gala event. Join us Wednesday, October 25th at the beautiful Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica and meet our current and incoming 2017 trustees.

    We anticipate over 100 lawyers, judges, law students, and non-attorney affiliates in attendance. Don't miss this signature annual event!


    Ms. Lane Dilg comes to Santa Monica as part of a distinguished career in public service.  She previously served as Senior Counsel to the University of California, Los Angeles, prosecuted federal criminal cases as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, advised U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, litigated civil cases as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Susman Godfrey, LLP, and worked as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Ms. Dilg is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association - Los Angeles and an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  In 2016, she served as a member of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ transition team upon Senator Harris’ election to the U.S. Senate.  Ms. Dilg earned her B.A. with Highest Honors and Distinction as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and a J.D. from Yale Law School. read more...


    Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors:






    Established in 1894 as a political group Jonathan Club segued into a purely social club shortly after. The Club originally afforded an outlet through which members hosted political candidates, participated in political rallies and gathered for social activities. In 1895, Jonathan Club members determined that the social bond, and not the political one, was what interconnected its members. Jonathan Club was chartered as a “purely social club” by the State of California on September 23, 1895. 

    Many notable Club members (also known as Jonathans) have shaped the destiny of Southern California. Their leadership and innovations reverberate to today. Henry Edward Huntington, a notable Jonathan whose imprint on commutes and socio-economic plans dating back to the early 1900s continues to influence all of us to this day. Jonathans Edward Dickson and Ernest Moore conceived the idea of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) over lunch in the fall of 1917. Never underestimate the power of lunch at the Club!

    As Jonathan Club has evolved the defining values, standards of excellence and spirit of camaraderie that originally distinguished the Club have withstood the test of time. 

    “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”   – Thomas Jefferson


    The Santa Monica Bar Association has been around since 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.

    • Friday, November 03, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke Restaurant, 606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA

    MCLE FIRST FRIDAYS: California Cannabis Law November 2017 Update: How The New Legal Cannabis Industry Can Impact Your Law Practice

    Ever-changing Cannabis (a/k/a) Marijuana Law poses incredible challenges and questions, in a large and ever-expanding industry in California. Come learn more at this event with one of the most renowned speakers (and former SMBA Board Member) Michael Chernis.

    Michael Chernis is the founding member of Chernis Law Group, P.C., located in Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Chernis received his juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, where he was amember of the Fordham Law Review, and graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Political Science. Mr. Chernis has been a criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator for more than 20 years and is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona and New York, as well as a number of federal courts in those jurisdictions. 

    The California MMJ laws are a key area of focus for Mr. Chernis, and he has represented clients in all areas of the California medical marijuana industry, including collectives; storefront and mobile dispensaries; cultivators; extractors and oil manufacturers; infused product producers; MMJ patients and doctors; landlords and others seeking to do business with such collectives; as well as individuals and businesses in civil litigation with municipalities arising from such activities.  Mr. Chernis also represents individuals and businesses in federal criminal matters and those charged with violating state MMJ laws.  Currently he is assisting clients in navigating California’s recently-passed Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, and in obtaining licensure from local municipalities.

    He writes and lectures frequently on the subject of MMJ regulation.  In 2013, for instance, Mr. Chernis co-authored the chapter entitled “Criminal Activities” in Neighbor Disputes:  Law and Litigation (CEB), published by the California State Bar’s continuing education division.  In it he analyzes the criminal consequences of MMJ and other drug activities, and the remedies available to landlords and neighbors seeking to challenge such activities.


    Hosting: venue and food provided by:

    • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica

    Brought to you by: the Santa Monica Bar Association and the Iranian American Bar Association 

    The Santa Monica Bar Association (www.smba.net) and the Iranian American Bar Association (http://iaba.us) have partnered to co-host the November 14th Tuesday’s Toast Event.  Join us for a special joint event that brings together two storied organizations in the Southern California legal community.


    The monthly Toast, on the second Tuesday of each month at Bodega Wine Bar, located at 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica, California 90401, is a great 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.  


    The Iranian American Bar Association ("IABA") is a professional organization that seeks to educate and inform the Iranian-American community about legal issues of interest and to ensure that the American public at large, our local representatives, and other government officials are fully and accurately informed on legal matters of interest and concern to the Iranian-American community.  IABA also strives to foster and promote the achievements of Iranian-American Lawyers and other legal professionals. 

    The Santa Monica Bar Association has been around since 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.


Past events

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 October Toast! Charity Fundraising & Donation Drive benefiting Sojourn.
Friday, October 06, 2017 Immigration Law Lunch [Employment Crossover]: Richard Yemm of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP "I-9 and Issues Affecting Employers" --- First Friday CLE Program
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Judges Lunch & Panel Discussion at Santa Monica Courthouse
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 September Toast!
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Art of the Law
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 Special Joint Tuesday’s Toast with the Iranian American Lawyers Association and the Santa Monica Bar Association — Sponsored by Atkinson Baker Court Reporters
Friday, August 04, 2017 Employment/Labor Law Talk - "GIG Economy" SMBA MCLE First Friday Lunch: Eve Wagner and Steve Danz present!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 SMBA + BHBA Personal Injury Section Mixer
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Summer Party: Annual Elections
Thursday, June 22, 2017 SMBA & Cornell Joint Real Estate Section Networking Event
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 June Toast with the JABA and SMBA!
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Annual SMBA v. SMTC Inter-Club Tennis Challenge
Friday, June 02, 2017 Probate Section & MCLE First Friday Lunch: International Legal and Tax Aspects of U.S.-EU Estate and Trust Planning with Marco Q. Rossi & Associati, PLLC
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Trusts & Estates MCLE Lunch - Outer Boundaries: The Perplexing Tale of Standing in Probate Court
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 May Toast!
Friday, May 05, 2017 MCLE First Friday Lunch: LACMA General Counsel, Fred Goldstein
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Digital Assets and Estate Planning
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Judges' Night: Meet Our Los Angeles Judiciary
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Family Law MCLE Lunch: Judge Thomas Trent Lewis & Comm. Matthew St. George
Friday, April 07, 2017 MCLE First Friday Lunch: MEDIATION ADVOCACY: Letting the Other Side Have Your Way
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 April Toast!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 SMBA & LACBA Family Law MCLE Lunch: Cross Over Issues between Family Law and Juvenile Dependency Law
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Personal Injury SMBA Section Mixer
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 March Toast!
Friday, March 03, 2017 First Friday MCLE Lunch: Hot Topics in Entertainment and IP Law
Thursday, February 23, 2017 MCLE Lunch: Reverse Mortgages & Estate Planning, A Review of Reverse Mortgages vs Alternatives
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Real Estate Section: Third Thursday Happy Hour with Special Guest
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 February Toast!
Friday, February 03, 2017 SMBA First Friday Lunch Feb 3 - Transforming Special Education Conflicts through Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - 2016 Legislative Highlights & Recent Cases
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Toast to 2017! Annual After Holiday Party
Friday, January 06, 2017 Ethics MCLE special credit: SMBA Lunch - Honoring Our Fiduciary Duty to Our Clients
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 December Toast and Charity Drive! Sponsored by FindLaw
Friday, December 02, 2016 View From The Bench with The Honorable Lawrence H. Cho; SMBA First Friday CLE Lunch
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Luke: I Am Your Adult Adoptive Father - Adult Adoption in California
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 November Toast!
Monday, November 14, 2016 SM Courthouse Brown Bag Lunch, Speech by FBI Profiler - Special Invitation for SMBA Members
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Probate & Trust Section MCLE Lunch - Stopping Undue Influence Before It Starts: Drafting Tips
Friday, November 04, 2016 Tomorrow! What you need to know about your property that your Real Estate Broker can't tell you.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Don't Miss this Thurs. Evening 6 p.m. - Annual SMBA Installation Dinner: Jonathan Club Santa Monica Beach
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 October 18th Toast! Sponsored by Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP
Friday, October 07, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Ethical Considerations in the Social Media Age - From an Employment Perspective
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Probate & Trust Section Lunch: CALIFORNIA CONSERVATORSHIP JURISDICTIONAL ACT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Judges' Lunch
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Third Thursday: Real Estate Section Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 September Toast!
Friday, September 02, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Representing Clients Before the California Coastal Commission - Fred Gaines
Thursday, August 11, 2016 START UP SEMINAR
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 August Toast!
Friday, August 05, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Ethics and Civility in Mediation - Randolph M. Even, Esq.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 August 2016 Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2016 Annual Summer BBQ and Toast
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Bench & Bar Bike Ride
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Family Law Section Lunch: Commissioner Mathew St. George
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 April Toast!
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Judges Night: Annenberg Community Beach House
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 March Toast!
Friday, March 04, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Dr. Suzanne Wertheim
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 March 2016 Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 February 2016 Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Toast to 2016: Wilshire Restaurant
Friday, January 08, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Mark K. Ameli, Esq.
Friday, December 04, 2015 First Friday Lunch: Mark Fingerman, Esq.
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