Finish up your MCLE with ACCTLA with Shareholder and Business Litigation Chair, Alison Buchanan

By Hoge Fenton | 11.20.2019 | Client Alerts

Do you still need a few credits before the deadline? Join us for dinner and a 3-hour presentation, which
will include 1 hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias, 1 hour of Legal Ethics, and 1 hour of
Competence Issues. If your last names begins N through Z, your deadline is quickly approaching.

Meet the Speakers:

Alison Buchanan is a shareholder with Hoge, Fenton, in San Jose, where she serves as the firm’s General Counsel and chairs the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Alison focuses her practice on business litigation, professional liability, and legal ethics. She has tried numerous business litigation, legal malpractice defense, and other cases to verdict. Alison is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law, as certified by the State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization. Alison is a member of the CLA’s newly formed Ethics Committee. From 2011 to 2014, Alison served a three-year appointment to the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC). In addition to her law-related endeavors, Alison proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Lita Abella is a Senior Program Analyst at the State Bar of California. She conducts outreach and presents education programs for the Lawyer Assistance Program which assists law students, bar applicants, and attorneys with substance use and mental health issues. She promoted into this position after working as an investigator for over 5 years in the Office of Chief Trial Counsel where she investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorneys for misconduct. Lita served with the LAPD for 20 years, breaking many glass ceilings as a female and minority. She received extensive training in both Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health and was a court- qualified narcotics expert during her years in law enforcement. Lita will be speaking about the signs and symptoms of substance use and mental health issues among attorneys. She will discuss how prevalent substance abuse use and mental health issues are among attorneys, how substance abuse and mental health issues impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services, the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety and stress and provide information on the Lawyers Assistance Program and other resources.

Claudia Hagadus Long, Esq. based in Contra Costa County with ADR Services, Inc., has built an exceptional practice over the last 30 years, having mediated over 1,300 cases as a full time mediator since 1996, and has handled numerous employment matters with the Department of Fair Employment & Housing, as well as matters involving business, construction, real estate, wage & hour and probate, trusts and estates. Prior to becoming a full-time mediator, she was also a civil litigator in both large and small law firms and in-house counsel at a large multinational bank. Known for her ability to resolve complex disputes with multifaceted and multidisciplinary legal, organizational, cultural and personal issues, Ms. Long has become one of the most preeminent alternative dispute resolution neutrals in the Bay Area. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish and French, and can conduct matters entirely in Spanish when necessary. Ms. Long will speak on the issue of bias.

Date and Time:

Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:30 check-in; 6:00 to 9:00 pm


Scott’s Seafood
#2 Broadway, Jack London Square,

Cost: (includes dinner)

$65 for ACCTLA Members
$75 non-members

To Register:

Visit: https://acctla.org/event/finish-up-your-mcle-with-acctla/
Call: 925-257-4214
e-mail: ACCTrialLawyers@gmail.com

MCLE Credits:

MCLE 3 hours, 1 hour Ethics, 1 hour
Bias, 1 hour Competence

The Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider

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