MCLE Event (Sponsored by the Other Bar)

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Amazing Opportunity! Get all 3 Required MCLE Credits While Supporting a Great Cause!

Please plan to attend the upcoming Other Bar sponsored MCLE Event. This is a chance to pick up all three of the hard-to-get required MCLE units in one morning: Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias, and Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession. This seminar is very reasonably priced at $135.00, and all proceeds go to support the vital work of The Other Bar Foundation.

What: Third Annual Other Bar MCLE Fundraiser.

Where: 17th Floor Conference Room, Farella Braun & Martel. 235 Montgomery St. SF, CA

When: Friday January 12, 2018. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Donation: $135.00. Walk-ins welcome. To register, click on PayPal link or call David Mann at 415.240.1599


8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast: (coffee, juice, pastries, fruit, yogurt, etc.)

9:00 a.m. Competence: Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: In this compelling presentation Greg Dorst JD, CADC II, Consultant to the Other Bar, will discuss the harmful effects of alcohol and drug abuse and how to recognize them; why legal professionals are prone to addiction; the impacts to family, friends, employers, clients and colleagues; and when it is time to get professional help to preserve health and career. Mr. Dorst will use his own personal journey and experience to illustrate these concepts. He will identify resources, including the Other Bar, which can facilitate the recovery process.

10:15 a.m. Legal Ethics: Samuel C. Bellicini is a solo practitioner in San Rafael California, a past president of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, and a member of the Other Bar. From his unique and invaluable perspective as both a respected State Bar discipline defense attorney and a former defendant, he will provide an overview of the State Bar’s discipline system, outlining and explaining the process, and enumerating the types of attorney conduct most commonly resulting in bar complaints and discipline.

11:30 a.m. Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession: Practicing in a fair and ethical manner requires awareness of our biases and constantly challenging our thinking and decision-making. This segment explores strategies to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias and uphold high standards within the judicial system. Kristine Van Dorsten, ACC, LSW is a social worker, trainer, and coach who regularly conducts leadership trainings for the Judicial Branch on topics such as relationship building, emotional intelligence, communication, conflict management, bias and ethics.

The Other Bar is a certified MCLE provider 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. For more information, please visit our website at