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​​Interested in submitting for the Legal Forum? For the first time, you may submit for either program or both!

​​NEW! NorCal Legal Forum
September 20-21, 2018​

Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, Calif.
​Statewide Legal Forum
October 19, 2018

Pechanga Resort & Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, Calif

Please provide a title, brief description (for use in the marketing brochure), a short outline of the program proposal and speaker names and bios. Panels must be comprised of at least two individuals who are not from the same firm. If the panel includes a manager, the manager must hold a CAI designation, preferably a PCAM. All sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Each law firm may submit multiple presentations. Up to two presentations MAY be chosen as long as the speakers are different in each presentation.  

Your computer settings may not enable you to save your responses below (leave and come back), so we encourage you to complete the form in one sitting. You can submit more than one topic idea, if you like.


The team leader for successful proposal submittals will be notified no later than April 30, 2018. All selected presenters will be sent an updated power point temp​late for presentations. 

It is anticipated that FINAL presentation materials will be submitted to the Program Subcommittee no later than July 15, 2018 for NorCal and August 15, 2018 for the statewide event. In order to assure quality handout materials, extension of this final submittal deadline cannot be given. 

Please only submit a program if it meets the following criteria:

  • Consists of a panel with at least two speakers (no more than four). Panel members must be from different firms/companies. No more than one speaker per company on each panel.
  • If it includes a manager, the manager must have a CAI designation, preferably a PCAM®.
  • Must be submitted with the names of all speakers on the panel (no TBDs).
  • Must designate the appropriate track: manager, homeowner or general.
  • Must include a synopsis of the presentation and why it's important and relevant this year. A well-crafted synopsis will increase your chances of being selected.
  • Each law firm may submit multiple presentations. Up to two presentations may be chosen as long as the speakers are different in each.

2018 State Legal Forum Topic Ideas for Both Events:

  • Geotechnical Concerns and Soil Settlement: Legal Considerations
  • The Ins and Outs of Collections: From Late Charge to Foreclosure
  • That's Not Approved...Now What? How to enforce and resolve unapproved architectural modifications
  • An in depth look into SB 721: (The Balcony Bill) Potential considerations and consequences, and what can HOAs do to prepare?
  • Fiduciary Duty v. Personal Board Member Agendas: Confidentiality, Bullying & Other Issues (My boards won't stop talking to each other and neighbors about issues that should be on the agenda for board meetings. How can I manage them? Our biggest problem communities are those with rogue board members who boss everyone around or make decisions without consulting the entire board.)
  • A Manager's Ethical Minefield: The Perception of Playing Favorites
  • Managing Marijuana Laws - Now That It's Legal
  • When Disaster Strikes
  • Ethics in Action
  • HOA Leaks and Liabilities
  • The Nuances of Construction Defect Laws
  • Hot Topics: could include AB634 – The Solar Bill and SB407 – Use of Common Area to Assemble
  • When Your Home is Not Your Castle-Right of Entry Issues
  • Case Law Update​

Topics for Northern California Only

  • Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities​ (NorCal only)
  • Cyber Crime (NorCal only)
  • Electric Vehicles (NorCal only)
  • Open Meeting Act – Staying out of Trouble (NorCal only)
  • Innovative Parking Solutions (NorCal only)
  • Community Safety & Security (NorCal only)
  • Comfort Animals & Reasonable Accommodations (NorCal Only)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Disputes (NorCal only)
  • Proactive Risk Reduction (NorCal only)
  • Board Elections & Recalls (NorCal only)
  • Fair Housing in Community Associations (NorCal only)
  • Making Rules & Policies, and knowing the difference (NorCal only)
  • Crazy California Cases and Directors Gone Wild (NorCal only)​

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