August 2023 Monthly Newsletter

To our SMCDFA members and friends,


The Changing Indigent Defense Landscape: Growth and Improvement of the SMC Private Defender Program



Please join us on August 2nd, when our distinguished speaker will be Lisa M. Maguire, the Chief Defender of the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, which is the sole provider of indigent defense in San Mateo County.


Ms. Maguire has served in the role since 2019, after serving as the Assistant Chief Defender from 2017 until 2019. She oversees more than 100 attorneys, 30 investigators, and 20 social workers who contract with the Private Defender Program to provide high quality representation to indigent clients.


Ms. Maguire will discuss future plans which include improving immigration servics for clients who face potential immigration consequences and ensuring early representation for incarcerated clients.


You won't want to miss this excellent meeting. The Zoom link information is below:


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023 at 7pm


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 832 0588 9368
Password: 820212




Upcoming Events


San Mateo County Democratic Party Annual Picnic

Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 12-3pm 

at Huddart Park, Redwood Shelter,1100 Kings Mountain Rd. in Woodside. Our club will have an information table there. Join us as we celebrate the diversity of the Democratic Party. Bring a side dish to share representing your heritage! Please RSVP so we have a head count:



Fixin' On the Coast!

Join the Fixin' SMC summer celebration overlooking the water at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Wed Aug 16 - 4:30-6:00pm




Voter Registration Events with SMCDems:

Aug 19-20 - Burlingame on the Avenue

Sept 2-3 - Millbrae Art and Wine

Oct 7-8 - San Carlos Art & Wine

Oct 14-15 - Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival


Contact Susie Raye ([email protected]) if you are interested in helping on any of these events (2 hour shift).



Sister District Event:
Backyard BBQ and Blues Concert


Sunday, August 13

2:30 – 5pm PDT


Join us for this in-person live outdoor concert, a fundraiser for Phil Hernandez VA HoD94, at the San Mateo home of Sister District captains Alan and Cathy Palter. Help flip the VA House BLUE!



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