MCLE Event 2023
(Sponsored by The Other Bar)

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Amazing Opportunity! Get all 3 Required MCLE Credits and Support a Great Cause!

Please plan to attend the upcoming Other Bar sponsored MCLE Zoom Event.  Here is your chance to pick up all three of the hard-to-get required MCLE units in one morning: Competence: Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession, Legal Ethics, and Elimination of Bias .  This seminar is very reasonably priced at $ 145.00*, and all proceeds go to support the vital work of The Other Bar Foundation.  The Other Bar is a 501(C)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to providing free confidential assistance, resources, referrals and mutual peer-supported group meetings to California attorneys who are struggling with, or in recovery from, addiction to alcohol or other substances.  *sliding scale upon request Contact David Mann at (415) 240-1599 (

What:     Eight Annual Other Bar MCLE Fundraiser.

Where:   ZOOM!

When:     Saturday January 21, 2023.  8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Donation:    $145.00 Register Below



8:45 a.m. Instructions for Participants and Introductory Remarks About The Other Bar.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

Program Title: How to be Metaclusive
Program Description:

This training will help you to identify bias that you hold and provide you with some ways to interrupt that bias. It’s not your fault! It’s hard to see what you don’t experience. You will think differently about those that are different from you after this training.

Speaker: Tristan E. H. Higgins, Esq., CEO, Founder: Superhero

Tristan E.H. Higgins (she/her) is a highly trained and internationally recognized speaker, consultant and coach on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She founded Metaclusive LLC to move corporations and organizations away from a focus on diversity and inclusion to a focus on belonging. She is a Vice President of the Lawyers Club San Diego, a Board Member of the American Constitution Society, a member of the San Diego County Bar Association Anti-Racism Committee, Chair of the California Lawyers Association Diversity Outreach Committee, the lead for the CLA Judicial Diversity Summit planning team, and a member of both the National Association of Women Judges, where she sits on the LGBTQ+ Committee, and the International Association of Women Judges.

Tristan has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of California, San Diego and went to California Western School of Law for her Juris Doctor.

Tristan lives with her wife, two kids, one dog, and three cats in San Diego, California


10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  Legal Ethics.

Program Title: The Client Trust Account Protection Program (CTAPP)

 Program Description:

The Client Trust Account Protection Program (CTAPP) is here — just when you thought it was safe to renew your State Bar membership, along comes a new set of certifications and regulations surrounding that which strikes the most fear into the hearts of mortal lawyers — your trust account.  Mr. Bellicini will demystify CTAPP so that we can all get back to practicing law.

 Speaker: Attorney Samuel C. Bellicini

 Mr. Bellicini is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law in Marin County, California. His primary practice emphasizes defense of State Bar discipline matters, admissions, and general ethics advice. Mr. Bellicini is the 2015 and 2016 Past President of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.  He is a member of several local Bay Area Bar Associations, and is a member of The Other Bar.  Mr. Bellicini has presented MCLE programs to many local bar associations and Inns of Court.


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Competence: Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession

Program Title: From Junkie to Judge: Overcoming Addiction

Program Description:

Mary Beth O'Connor will describe her personal history of 20 years of drug use and 29 years of sobriety. She will explain how she transitioned from a teenager shooting methamphetamine to a federal administrative law judge. Mary Beth then will provide information about substance use disorder, such as definitions and frequency among attorneys, as well as an overview of the interplay between substance use disorder and the California ethics rules. Finally, Mary Beth will provide tips, guidance, and resources for those seeking to recover.

Speaker:  Mary Beth O’Connor

Mary Beth has been clean and sober since 1994. She also is in recovery from abuse, trauma, self-harm, PTSD, and anxiety. Her history and her recovery are chronicled in her memoir From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction. She’s had essays in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Recovery Today.

Mary Beth is a Director, Secretary, and Founding Investor for She Recovers Foundation, and a Director for LifeRing Secular Recovery. She regularly speaks on behalf of these organizations and about multiple secular paths to recovery. This includes conferences, podcasts, radio, television, and recovery facilities. She develops relationships with other organizations, such as Women for Sobriety, and trains attorneys and medical professionals about substance use disorder and recovery.

Professionally, 6 years into her recovery, Mary Beth attended Berkeley Law. She worked at a large firm, then litigated class actions for the federal government. In 2014 she was appointed a federal Administrative Law Judge from which position she retired early in 2020.


NOTE:  Registration is open now.  More information regarding speakers and course content will be available shortly.  The Zoom link, as well as course materials, will be emailed to all registrants several days before the event.  MCLE Attendance Certificates will be emailed to all who attend shortly after the event.

The Other Bar is a certified MCLE provider (#10821) and a California 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to provide confidential support to attorneys struggling with addiction to alcohol or other substances.



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