January 14, 2019 MCBA MCLE Luncheon

On January 14, 2019 MCBA and Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored a luncheon. Speaker Attorney Faith Driscoll, of the Fresno firm of Barsamian & Moody provided discussion on Employment Law Updates.

Ms. Driscoll practices in the areas of employment compliance and litigation at Barsamian & Moody. She assists employers in resolving disputes involving claims of unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. Ms. Driscoll also drafts employment agreements, handbooks and provides training for business owners, supervisors and human resource practitioners. As an advocate, she develops legal strategy for discovery, investigation, settlement hearings and trials. She has represented employers in cases before OSHA, the EEOC, DFEH and Labor Commissioner. She assists employers in dispute resolutions, negotiated settlements and represented clients in court at all stages of litigation. She regularly speaks on labor and employment topics at business community seminars.

Ms. Driscoll is dedicated to improving our community. She has served as Legislative Director for the Tulare/Kings County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management since 2014.  Additionally, she is President of La Visionaria Guild of Valley Children’s Hospital, an organization devoted to advocating for children, fundraising and promoting good will for the hospital. She is a lifetime member of the local chapter of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and served on the executive board in law school and served on the board of directors of the San Joaquin College of Law Alumni Association from 2014 to 2017.

Faith Driscoll was born and raised in Fresno. She is a graduate of California State University, Fresno and holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. She continued her education at San Joaquin College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree, and met her husband. They enjoy spending time with their young son, Quinn, and hiking in Shaver Lake

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What do you, the volunteer attorney, get out of helping out at a free legal clinic?

I enjoyed the opportunity to help a couple of local seniors address their estate plans at a recent CCLS Senior Legal Clinic in Merced.

My two clients had “modest” estates.  They had questions.  They had concerns.  They wanted to make sure their heirs understood what was needed and what they wanted.

They were genuinely concerned about what will happen when they pass from this mortal realm.  They wanted to make sure their passing caused the least amount of disruption to their family’s lives.

But they did not know … what they did not know.

They needed a little professional guidance and help.

Sure, their issues were relatively simple and not very challenging, professionally.

But…

It was FUN to help them!

It was GRATIFYING to be able to allay some of their doubts and fears!

The BEST part, was the relief and smiles on their faces that “someone” heard their concerns and was willing and able to help them!

Giving them a reason to smile is one of the best parts of being an attorney.  The knowledge and opportunity to help someone else is a great combination!

It is good for your psyche.

I challenge you to put a little effort and time into making the world just a little better place at your next opportunity.  The next MCBA community effort is on April 22 at Joe Herb Park!  Softball Flyer_v3_2

Hope to see you there!