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Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program
Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program The Santa Monica Bar Association is proud to participate in the State of California's Mandatory Fee Arbitration (MFA) Program. The MFA Program is an informal, low cost program for resolving fee disputes between people and their lawyers. Our program provides both arbitration services and mediation services for all parties. Read more.
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State Bar Offering FREE Basic Fee Arbitrator Training on March 28, 2019 in DTLA

Jennifer Millier (Administrator), Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:30 PM

The California State Bar invites you to a FREE MCLE
(2.75-hours, which includes 1-hour of Ethics Credit!)


  • What: Basic Fee Arbitrator Training (free!)
  • When: March 28, 2019
  • Where: State Bar of California, 845 South Figueroa Street (DTLA)
  • Time: 5:45 pm - 8:45 pm
  • RSVP:

This training session is offered to all prospective and current volunteers who arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the State Bar and Southern California bar association Mandatory Fee Arbitration programs. This course provides the basic training required to serve as a fee arbitrator for either the State Bar or a county bar association. Attorneys and non-attorneys are encouraged to attend this valuable training session and to apply to become arbitrators for the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program. Speakers will address recent developments in fee arbitration and other important topics such as:

  • Writing an Enforceable Award
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Effect of Conflicts of Interest
  • Arbitrator Disclosure Requirements
  • Controlling the Proceeding
  • RSVP by March 25th to secure your spot!

Once you have this training, you can volunteer your time as a fee arbitrator with the SMBA's Fee Arbitration Program. It's a great way to give back to your community and get mediation and arbitration experience.

Pepperdine's JBEL is hosting its annual symposium: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of Digital Currency Law at Cross Campus in Santa Monica on March 28, 2019

Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator), Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:30 PM

Pepperdine’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law (“JBEL”) is hosting its annual symposium, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of Digital Currency Law, on March 27 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The symposium features two panels discussing various legal and regulatory issues that arise with this new wave of digital currency. Tickets are $15 and include access to the symposium, hors d’oeuvres, and two (2) MCLE credits (if requested).

CLICK HERE for Event details/Ticketing information

Thank you to Christiana Ko, JBEL Symposium Editor, please contact Ms. Ko if you are interested in sponsoring this event

LA Lawyers Philharmonic - Sat., March 16th at 7 p.m. - Marvelous March Concert

Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator), Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:00 PM
show the marvelous march concert

Santa Monica Bar Association Supports Public Counsel in the Run for Justice on March 23, 2019

Jennifer Millier (Administrator), Saturday, March 02, 2019 5:18 PM
  • Public Counsel does some great work for the community and the Santa Monica Bar Association is showing its support!
  • Santa Monica Bar Association Executives, Board members and members are lacing up to run the charity race on March 23, 2019.
  • Want to join? Register for the 5k race here or support from afar by donating to the SMBA's fundraising efforts here!

With your donation, Public Counsel can continue to assist the most vulnerable members of our society including abused and abandoned children, foster care youth, homeless families, the forgotten elderly, veterans, victims of domestic violence, refugees fleeing torture and nonprofit organizations serving low-income clients and disadvantaged communities.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Christmas Concert 2 Nights! Dec. 15th & 16th - Glorious Night at Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School

Author: Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator), Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:00 PM

Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 PM each night --The sisters of St. Paul are ready for their debut as they get us all ready for Christmas. Everyone will enjoy this Glorious Night(s) performance with dancing, song and music to bring in the Yule Tide Season. Tickets available on line at or call (310) 397-8676. Thank you Carol Hile for passing this information on to SMBA.

Christmas Glo Nights

SMDC Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive

Author: Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator), Saturday, December 15, 2018 5:00 PM

The Santa Monica Democratic Club's Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive will be at the Albright Restaurant, on the Santa Monica Pier, starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018, for more information please click HERE.

Fabulous Fall Concert - LA Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices - Purchase Tickets Now!

Author: Jan McCartney-Clark (Administrator), Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:30 PM
Fall Concert Capture