Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot. February 2010

Ramon guizar went to work January 11 for NCHC after spending the previous 19 years with FCOP. Ramon spent many years as chairperson of the Real Property Section of the bar. John Hribar has joined FCOP and comes by way of O’Melveny & Myers in LA. Heck of a volleyball player in the day. All American Honors at Stanford and played three seasons on the AVP Tour – www.bvbinfo.com… Unbundled legal services are one way to close a justice gap that is growing as more people find themselves unable to afford a lawyer, according to the chief justices of California and New Hampshire. Writing in the New York Times, Chief Justices Ronald George of California and John Broderick Jr. of New Hampshire note that 41 states have adopted an ABA model rule that allows lawyers to take only part of a case. The practice is known as “limited-scope representation”. www.nytimes. com – 1.3.10…

Rome? Switzerland? Panda Kroll at panda@ pandaesq.com…A Georgia judge has resigned from the bench after questions surfaced about his Facebook relationship with a defendant. Chief Judge Ernest Woods of Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court, 54, told the Fulton County Daily Report that he is retiring from the job. “I just got tired of living under a microscope,” he said. Woods’ resignation follows allegations about an inappropriate relationship with a defendant, Tara Black. The relationship was chronicled in what appear to be Facebook emails that were turned over to the circuit’s district attorney and obtained through an open records request by the Fulton County Daily Report. According to the emails, Woods apparently initiated the relationship with Black when he contacted her through Facebook and said he noticed that she worked at a hair salon and he was seeking a new person to cut his hair. Later Black borrowed money for her rent and was released on her own recognizance on order by Judge Woods.

Sam gasowski has gone to work at DTS, Inc. in Calabasas. Sam was a member of the Barristers’ board of directors several years ago. He may be reached at sam.gasowski@ dts.com…

Jessica Arciniega and Oscar gonzalez of Wassermann, Comden & Casselman, have been elected as the 2010 President and Vice-President of the Mexican American Bar Association. Rebecca Mendoza of the Ventura City Attorney’s Office has been elected as Secretary. CRLA attorney Andres garcia will remain as treasurer… The percentage of law students expecting to graduate with more than $120,000 in student debt is continuing its upward climb. 29% of law students surveyed said they expect to owe more than $120,000 at graduation, up from 23% in 2008, 19% in 2007, and 18% in 2006. The findings come from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which garnered responses from 26,641 law students at 82 law schools in Spring 2009…Last year was the worst year ever for layoffs at large law firms, but there is one bright spot on the statistics: The pace is slowing. According to the blog LawShucks, 12,196 people were laid off at 138 large law firms tracked last year. In all, 4,633 lawyers and 7,563 staffers lost their jobs. The bad news was concentrated in the first half of the year. 73% of the year’s total layoff had occurred by the end of March, and 88% had happened by the middle of the year…I have copies of the Ventura Superior Court local rules and forms that were revised effective 1.1.2010. Better yet, get your own copy at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov/pdf_files/ ventura_county_court_rules_pdf…

Just in case you have not heard yet – the judges of the Superior Court announced JoAnn Johnson as the court’s newest commissioner. She fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Roger Lund to a judgeship 12.29.09. JoAnn assumed her duties 1.11 another is Judge William Lynth…Judge packs a gun in Birmingham, Alabama – Judge Suzanne Childers keeps a silver .38-caliber Smith & Wesson under her bench after county officials let her two courtroom deputies go because of a budget shortfall. “I feel like I need some kind of protection, both for me, my staff, and

the general public,” said Childers, who often has angry people battling over divorce or child custody issues in her courtroom…Bill Hair began his 50th year of practice 1.6.10. Obviously he began in 1960 and his SB# is 30134…

Steven Lee, of Myers, Widders, et al., became a partner January 1. Steve has been with the firm since October 2001…A woman had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, a South Dakota state record, when she was found earlier this month behind the wheel of a stolen (go figure) vehicle parked on Interstate 90. Her blood-alcohol level was almost nine times the SD’s limit of .08 percent. A state chemist recalled once a sample that tested .53, but nothing higher and she’s been on the job 30 years. Research also indicates that a BA level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50% of the population…

Tom Hutchinson will become president of the noontime Ventura Rotary Club July 1st… Careful of your March Madness pools – Before this year it was either a misdemeanor or a felony “to make a betting pool or place a bet…on the result of any contest or event, including a sporting even, as specified.” As of January 1, there is an exception to the misdemeanor or felony penalty. The bill makes “an infraction punishable by [up to] $250, for a person, not for gain, hire, or reward, other than that at stake under the conditions available to every participant, to participate in a bet, wager, or betting pool with another person or group of persons are not acting for gain, hire, or reward other than that at stake under conditions available to every participant.”… The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic – “L.A.’s Only Legal Orchestra” – can be found at www.youtube. Type in Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and their affiliated organizations since November 1990. He correctly picked last month a BCS victory for The Tide and predicts a similar Super Bowl victory for MVP Peyton Manning. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, twitter.com/stevehendo1, FB, or simply by calling 650.7599.

About Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive office of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. His 40th birthday is the 20th of the month and he will be vacationing this month with Rep. Todd Akin. BD gifts may be made payable to vcba/vlsp, inc. or small quantities of Red Stripe or Tecate. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter at stevehendo1or vcba1, or better yet, 650.7599.