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Bar Membership Benefits include our regular wide-ranging continuing education programs designed to meet your MCLE credit needs with meaningful, current, best-practices presentations.


The Monterey County Bar Association certifies that our programs conform to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Legal Specialization Credits, when available, are offered as well. All MCBA-offered CLE presenters volunteer their time and expertise.





Monterey County Bar Association presents:

Immigration Action Plan Series

Tuesday, May 23, 2017:

Challenges Facing Students Today:  To DACA or not to DACA and much more!

About the presenter:

 Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq. ---Born in the Fiji Islands, Jeraline Edwards immigrated with her family to the United States in 1987.  Her passion for Immigration Law started when she learned about US History in the 8th grade and that passion has only intensified since then. 


Jeraline is also a Veteran of the United States Army National Guard.  She spent eight years as a Paralegal and Legal Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).  She was deployed for one year at Camp Victory, Baghdad Iraq in 2004-2005.  After finishing her enlistment in 2009 and graduating law school at Monterey College of Law in 2011. She opened her own immigration law practice in December 2013.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017:

Advising Spanish-Speaking Immigration Clients

About the presenter:

 BLANCA ESTELA ZARAZÚA, ESQ. ---Ms. Zarazúa’s father Aquilino Zarazúa came to the United States in 1945 as a Bracero or guest worker.  Thanks to his hard work and support Ms. Zarazúa was able to pursue a formal education and become a California attorney.   She maintains her own law practice in Monterey County, California and has been in practice since 1987 when she began working as Associate Tax Counsel with Bank of America in San Francisco, California; she was a Certified Tax Specialist for 20 years.  Prior to joining Bank of America, Ms. Zarazúa worked as a law clerk with the California Supreme Court in San Francisco.  While still a student, Ms. Zarazúa worked for the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Goodrich, Little, Riquelme & Asociados, a Mexico City law firm.  In addition to handling tax matters, Ms. Zarazúa is now representing individuals and families with respect to immigration law matters.  She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the board of the Latin America District Chapter which serves Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Ms. Zarazúa also assists litigation counsel with sensitive client matters as her bicultural background enables her to communicate effectively and efficiently with Spanish-speaking clients.


In 2003 Ms. Zarazúa was appointed by Mexico’s former President Vicente Fox to serve as Honorary Consul of Mexico for Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.  She has also served on the board of international advisors for the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Ms. Zarazúa is a graduate of Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with a degree in foreign languages.  She earned an MBA from UC Berkeley; a JD from Santa Clara University; and an LL.M. from Golden Gate University.  She has completed studies in Oxford, England; Rome, Italy; and Guadalajara, Mexico.


Ms. Zarazúa has involved herself in a wide variety of professional and community activities.  She has served as Legal Counsel and President & CEO for the Monterey County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is currently President of this organization.  Ms. Zarazúa is a member of the California Bar Association and has served as President of Monterey County La Raza Lawyers Association.   Ms. Zarazúa has served on the boards of the Big Sur Land Trust; the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley; California American Water; Northern California Public Broadcasting (Community Advisory Panel); California Historical Society; and Monterey County La Raza Lawyers Association.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017:

Criminal Defense and Immigration presented by Michael Mehr

About the presenter: 

Michael K. Mehr is a nationally recognized expert in the field of immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He lectures widely to immigration attorneys, public defenders, and private criminal defense counsel. Michael has qualified to serve as an expert witness on the criminal immigration consequences of criminal convictions in Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz and County of Santa Clara. He has submitted numerous expert witness declarations about immigration and criminal law in Superior Courts throughout the State of California. Michael served as the expert witness in immigration law in the landmark California Appeals Court case of People v. Bautista (2004)115 Cal.App. 4th 229, which held that failure to defend against an aggravated felony can be ineffective assistance of counsel.

Michael is presently working with Monterey County to establish a policy similar to that of the Ventura County District Attorney's Office on collateral consequences and plea sentencing. Click here for a full description of the policy.

Michael prevailed in four published Ninth Circuit cases. In Covarrubias v. Holder, 623 F.3d 1094 (9th Cir. 2010), the Court found that California Penal Code section 246 is not categorically a crime of violence. In Saavedra-Figueroa v. Holder, No. 05-75210 (9th Cir., November 5, 2010)the Court held that a misdemeanor conviction for false imprisonment under California Penal Code section 236 was not categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. In Sanchez-Avalos v. Holder, 693 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2012) the Court held that the age-neutral offense of sexual battery cannot be considered sexual abuse of a minor. Most recently, in Negrete-Ramirez v. Holder, the Court held that the prohibition on 212(h) relief for lawful permanent residents cannot apply to those who adjusted status within the United States.

Michael has also practiced bankruptcy law since 1977, helping relieve people of debilitating debt. He presented a lecture on the Nuts and Bolts of Lien Stripping to bankruptcy attorneys in January 2009.

Michael graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with Honors, then received his J.D. from University of San Francisco in 1976. He began his career as the Directing Attorney at the Santa Cruz Law Center, a non-profit low-income legal clinic. Since 1979, Michael has been in private practice. Michael speaks Spanish.

Michael K. Mehr is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Michael is admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court of Northern California, and the Eastern District of California.

Michael has worked with several counties' DA's and sheriff's offices to develop their policies regarding immigration consequences and ICE holds.





Conducting Legally Adequate Workplace Investigations


Join us for the CLE presentation on the how to’s of conducting Legally adequate workplace investigations.  Mr. Warren is an experienced trial attorney with over 37 years of practice  in California.


PRESENTER:   David P. Warren, Esq.

DATE:  Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TIME:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm includes lunch

CREDIT:  This program is approved for one (1) hour of MCLE credit.

FEES:  $35 MCBA, $45 Non-Member

LOCATION:  Community Justice Center, 2620 Colonel Durham St., Seaside



David P. Warren, Esq., is an experienced trial attorney, advocate and negotiator, bringing thirty-seven years of experience and dedication to his Arbitration, Mediation, Investigation and Training ADR practice.






 Mandell Gisnet Center presents:


Mediating the Civil Lawsuit

June 9, 10, 23, 24, 2017







































































































































































































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