California law has established a property tax exemption for property that is owned by a community land trust and that is being—or will be—developed or rehabilitated as rental housing, limited equity cooperative housing, or owner-occupied housing (SB 196, as amended by SB 1473, effective January 1, 2021). Click here to read more.

On January 29, 2021 Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 91 (SB 91), extending residential eviction protections and implementing the State’s rental assistance program to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in rental housing.  Click here to read more.

Virtual Presentation

Date: January 26, 2021

Program: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

MCLE: 1 Hour


Join the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Ethics Committee for their January virtual meeting, where leadership will offer practical tips for navigating thorny and timely legal ethics issues. Earn CLE credit while hearing from several committee members about hot topics in today’s remote world.


The program will include an extended question and answer roundtable session where attendees can ask about any ethics issues.




Sex and Money in the New Rules
Access to Justice and Fee-Sharing with Non-Lawyers
Mitigating Risk in Virtual Appearances
“Joint Representation” in Transactional Matters




Dianne Jackson-McLean, Goldfarb Lipman, Chair of Legal Ethics Committee
Joanna L. Storey, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Secretary of Legal Ethics Committee
Kendra Basner, O’Rielly & Roche LLP, Immediate Past Chair of Legal Ethics Committee
Al Boro, Boro Law Firm
Shawn McCall, Law Office of Shawn McCall


Moderator: Carl Chamberlin, UC Hastings Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Vice-Chair of Legal Ethics Committee


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“We must marshal all available resources to address the housing and homeless crisis,” said Assembly Member Phil Ting in his call-to-arms for AB 3182. Click here to read more.

As modes of communication continue to evolve with advances in technology, Assembly Bill 992 (effective January 1, 2021) clarifies which forms of communication via internet-based social media would violate the properly noticed, open meeting requirement of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code sections 54950 et seq.) for local legislative bodies. Legislative bodies include governing bodies, commissions, committees, and boards of a local agency. Click here to read more.

Virtual Presentation

Date:  January 12, 2021

Time:  5:00 p.m.



The Goldfarb & Lipman team will be participating in OC Community Housing Corporation’s Stepping Up College Awareness Program, which works to empower first-generation junior high- and high school-aged youth from low-income families. This panel will explore career exploration and professional development.



Rafael Yaquian

Erin C. Lapeyrolerie

Kim LeSon

Dave Kong

Hadiyah Henry

In response to the conversion of mobile home parks into high-end developments and, correspondingly, the loss of the low- to moderate-income housing that manufactured homes provide, California passed AB 2782, which applies to changes in use for mobile home parks to anything other than mobile home site rentals. Click here to read more.

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was signed into law, which, among many other things, includes a tax extension package for several federal tax credit programs. Click here to read more.

Continuing Legal Education
The Bar of San Francisco
Wednesday, October 14, 2020



MCLE Registration: 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

MCLE Program: 2:00 –3:15 p.m.




• Carl W. Chamberlin, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
• Dianne Jackson McLean, Goldfarb & Lipman
• Joanna L. Storey, Hinshaw & Culbertson


All members of the California State Bar must heed the Rules of Professional Conduct as they represent clients through video conferences, Zoom depositions, online court hearings, and other remote means. Even as courts reopen and attorneys return to the office, remote representation and advocacy will continue to some degree due to their practicalities and efficiencies. This program addresses legal ethics as applied to remote representation, including duties of diligence and competence, matters to consider when advising clients and protecting their interests, ways to keep clients adequately informed and their confidences secure, and the impact of obligations to the court, opposing counsel, and unrepresented parties.


Topics include:


• Fulfilling duties of diligence and competence in remote representation
• Protecting client interests in remote hearings and depositions
• Keeping clients informed and information secure working from home
• Meeting obligations to court, opposing party and counsel


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San Diego Housing Federation Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Institutes 2020

October 5 – 9, 2020

Virtual Conference


“Construction in the Time of COVID”

October 5, 2020

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.



Isabel Brown, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

William DiCamillo, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Eve Stewart, Vice President of Real Estate Development, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Scott Smith, President, James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.


Construction has never been easy. And construction in the time of COVID is a brand new challenge filled with all sorts of uncertainties. With potential government-ordered shutdowns, and global supply chains in disarray, to real-world health and safety concerns for both residents and workers, how can a contractor possibly commit to an owner to finish on time and on budget and, in turn, how can a developer make the same promises to a funder? We don’t know either! But, we can guaranty your construction contract will need some serious review and consideration before work begins.


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