Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot. January 2010

Am I the only one who noticed this? The Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team defeated Afghanistan 83-78 in a game on the CLU campus in November … 226 folks attended the bar’s annual installation and awards banquet at the Crowne Plaza. The ”Less Talk, More Fun” theme had the martini bar squirting lemon drops at 6:00 p.m., filet and salmon served at 7:15 p.m., Mr. Huber accepting his award at 8:10 p.m., and the hip hop beginning at 8:30 p.m. Thanks to judges McGee, White, Kellegrew, Back, Beach, and Borrell for their attendance. Hats off to Don Hurley who once again coordinated the Silent Auction for the 5th consecutive year. Hurley has single-handedly raised $50,000 for the VCBA/VLSP, inc., our association’s (c)(3) charitable arm. Lastly, I think it’s for real this time. ACC Hurley’s last day at the office is January 8. Don started in the office in 1980 and may be reached at don. hurley@ventura.org … Quote of the Month: “I don’t lie. I don’t cheat. I won 40 Academy Awards. I have five children. I’ve got a temper. I get angry. I punch people. But I don’t lie,” from Hollywood producer Jon Peters, denying any wrongdoing during his recent trial, in which he was ordered to pay $1.5 million to a Santa Barbara landscaper for unpaid bills … Studs! These three completed the Santa Barbara Marathon 12.6: Judge Tari Cody (with flu-like symptoms), Matt Haffner, and Al Vargas …

Gabriella Navarro-Busch’s daughter, Monika, produced and directed a documentary regarding two of her mom’s brothers, both U.S. vets who were deported in 1999. Her film was the opening night screening on 12.11 during the Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Festival … Need some continuing education hours to fulfill your State Bar requirements by February? Yes, YOU, Group 1. Last names beginning with A through G. Bridging The Gap© will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 inside the County Government Center. You can score 6.5 hours, including Ethics and Substance Abuse. BTW, plenty of CLEs this month, so save your calendar flyer contained herein … A University of California law student paralyzed from the neck down has passed the bar exam after a legal battle to take the test. Sara Granda, a 29-year-old UC Davis School of Law graduate, says she received notice Nov. 20 she had passed. Granda was initially denied the opportunity to take the exam because her $600 test fee was paid by a check from the State Department of Rehabilitation instead of using a credit card online. She petitioned the California Supreme Court to take the test and the court granted her request … The Magazine for Women Lawyers? Entitled “Sue,” can be found at the Los Angeles County Bar website www.lacba.com. Want to communicate with the Editor? editor@suemagazine.com…

Thanks to Justice Art Gilbert for MCing the New Admittees Swearing-In Ceremony 12.1 in CR#22. He was assisted by Judges McGee and O’Neill while he administered the oath to 13 plebes. Gilbert summoned Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, written in 1603-1604, to keep the seven men and six women on their toes. Note: Of the 13, only three will be practicing in Ventura County … The debate for a uniform bar exam heats up as more jurisdictions consider the adoption of a single exam and scoring system that would be accepted from state to state. Missouri bar officials say they could offer the first national exam as early as 2010, USA Today reports. Jurisdictions also considering the idea include Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Washington, D.C. … Here’s a memorable Movie Quote: “In our courts, all men are created equal – Now I am confident that you gentleman will review, without passion, the evidence that you have heard and restore this man to his family. In the name of God, believe Tom Robinson,” from Attorney Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defending his client in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) … Doug Goldwater began serving his one-year term as president of Barristers this month. His officers include Christina Stokholm, vice-president; Aris Karakalos, secretary; John Negley, treasurer; and Mike Strauss, immediate past-president. Members at Large will be: Eric Reed, Jenna Strauss, Taylor Waters, Matt LaVere, and Melissa Waters. Past presidents agreeing to serve are Katie Pietrolungo, and Jesse Cahill …

“Oh My!” As Dick Enberg would shout. The guys just completed their 50th year of practicing law: Herb Ashby, Bob Curiel, Harold Hertzberg, Art Karma, Ron Landers, Bernard Lemlech, Irving Rosenfeld, and Al Swanger. Their bar numbers? 29,000 and change … It may not be a good time for Georgia practitioners to try the patience of Matthew Simmons, the chief judge of Clayton County Superior Court. Within two business days he has jailed two lawyers for contempt in unrelated cases, according to a Daily Report article reprinted in the New York Lawyer. Tax attorney Francis Moore got the stiffer sentence when Simmons sent him to jail for 20 days for failing to return to a May court hearing after a recess. The judge, who denied bond on that count, also sentenced the Atlanta lawyer to serve up to 20 days, concurrently, for failing to post $80,000 bond concerning an attorney fee award … Then when another court-appointed lawyer showed up intentionally unprepared for her client’s murder trial because she hadn’t been paid in full, Simmons lowered the boom again. He sentenced Loletha Hale to up to 10 days and removed her as counsel in the case … From Chief Justice Ronald George: “If California’s fiscal situation continues to decline and the courts do not receive adequate resources, our courthouses may end up being open only one day each month instead of closed one day a month.”…

CSMonitor.com reports on a bizarre, golf-related ruling in Canada recently. Justice Arthur J. LeBlanc recently ruled that running up to the ball to whack it, like Adam Sandler in the movie Happy Gilmore, should be considered a legal breach of “the standard of care owed to other players on the course.” “I am convinced that the “Happy Gilmore” shot, wrote Judge LeBlanc in his decision, “would have been less controllable than a normal tee shot, both because it involved a run-up to the ball (rather than an aimed shot from a stationary position) and because the defendant had been drinking throughout the day.” So why was this in Canadian Court? A Canadian man sued his golfing buddy for $227,500 after he was struck by a tee shot in which his friend employed a Happy Gilmore- style run-up to the ball. …

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He may be reached at (805) 650-7599 or steve@vcba.org. Additionally, he may be followed on FB and twitter.com/stevehendo1. Quite a YouTube moment—Henderson accepted the Heisman Trophy in the mid-70s. Lastly, he laid a months’ salary back in August on the Crimson Tide—rolltide.com. (Notice I did not crack on Tiger Woods?)