Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401


    Join us for an interactive Q&A session with Fred Goldstein, General Counsel for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Fred Goldstein, Esq.

    Fred Goldstein, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, joined LACMA in February of 2005.  Prior to joining LACMA, Mr. Goldstein served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Phoenix House Foundation in New York and previously as a partner in the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.  Mr. Goldstein received his JD from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  He has taught Art and Museum Law at Southwestern University School of Law and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and as a Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.  Mr. Goldstein has also served on the Planning Committee and as a faculty member for several years for the annual Legal Issues in Museum Administration course, organized by the American Law Institute and the Smithsonian Institution. ...more


    Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art.  ...more

    Member and early registration pricing available

    Thank you to our exclusive event sponsor:


    Hosting: venue and food provided by:

    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Brought to you by: Santa Monica Bar Association

    Come join the Santa Monica Bar Association at Bodega Wine Bar for Tuesday's Toast, a monthly event to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys, professionals and friends.  Happy hour food, beer and wine selections available for purchase.

    Registration is free and open to non-members!

    Contact us to sponsor food and beverages for this event:

    Click here to sponsor!

    For additional information on sponsoring this or future events, contact Jan McCartney-Clark.

    • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Hotel and Guest Suites, 1707 - 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    SMBA Probate and Trust Section Presents

    Outer Boundaries: The Perplexing Tale of Standing in Probate Court

    This presentation will explore the boundaries of standing in probate court, which varies from type of proceeding and/or petition.  We will specifically cover standing for conservatorship establishment, substituted judgment, and Probate Code Section 850 petitions; trust petitions including trust contests; and power of attorney proceedings, will contests, elder abuse claims, and elder abuse restraining orders.  The new Doolittle case will be covered in a discussion of whether the Trustee, who may have standing to defend a Trust Contest, is authorized to do so.  And the same will be explored for personal representative defending a Will Contest.  The presentation will end with a thorny hypo to work through to test your knowledge.  

    Speakers:  Lauriann Wright, Esq., Wright Kim Douglas, ALC, Glendale and Robert Eroen, Esq., Eroen Law Firm, PLC, Los Angeles.

    Earn 1 hour MCLE Participatory Credit.

    Please register early to assist with planning! Member and early registration pricing available.

    Complete registration in advance through this online process (click registration button) pay by Credit Card, under PayPal, or select "invoice me" and bring check payable to SMBA to the door.  Can't preregister? We can assist and process you at the door. 

    Valet or self-parking is available at DoubleTree, but is not covered by registration fee; Public Parking structure conveniently located directly across 4th Street, $1 for first 1.5 hrs, $1 each additional hour.

    Thank you!

    Timur M. Berberoglu (Co-chair, SMBA Probate & Trust Section) Deering, Sands & Berberoglu (DSB)

    Karen Knutson (Co-chair, SMBA Probate & Trust Section) Law Offices of Karen Knutson

    • Saturday, June 10, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Reed Park, 1133 7th Street Santa Monica, CA 90403


    Come join the Santa Monica Bar Association for the annual inter-club friendly challenge of tennis, and afternoon reception.. The Santa Monica Tennis Club vs. the SMBA.

    Format: Mixed Doubles, Round Robin. Limited to 6 women and 6 men for each group.  Round Robin format, 9 games per round, sudden death second deuce, FBI on first round, 4 rounds, total 6 games.  Rating criteria 3.5 for Women and 4.0 for Men (or better).  15 minute warm up prior to the start of each session. 

    SMTC will provide, Balls, Snacks, Water and Courts.

    Registration opens soon!

    Contact us to sponsor this event:

    Click here to sponsor!

    For additional information on sponsoring this or future events, contact Jan McCartney-Clark.

Past events

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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