Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot. March 2010

Judge Roger Lund will be formally installed via an enrobing ceremony Friday, March 19, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 22. RSVP to Dawn or Victoria at 654.2965 … Forty-four souls braved the rainy, windy, cold environs to participate in the 20th Annual Bar Leaders Conference held February 6th at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Oxnard. Board trustees, sections, committees, and affiliates were all represented in the three hour confab. Lowest State Bar #? Earl Price-39813. Highest Bar #? Jessica arciniega-261169. 21 women and 23 men. Representatives from the Ventura County Paralegal Association (VCPA – www. vcparalegal.org) presented the VLSP, Inc. a check in the amount of $1,000. My highlight? Gabriella Navarro-Busch with mobile phone close-by waiting for that call letting her know she was about to be a grandma. Ok, I have another funny moment. Mr. Price’s confession that when he was in law school at Loyola in 1966, their facility was a convent. Minutes were scribed by Dien Le and copies can be had at dien.le@calawcounsel.com. Introduced also was a progress report about our new website and its soon-to-be unveiling. A PowerPoint presentation by President VanConas may be received from kvanconas@atozlaw.com…

What I told you last month about Sam Gasowski’s new employer, DTS, Inc., was accurate. What I didn’t tell you is that Sam was an All-American swimmer at Indiana University and Team Captain in 1996. Swam the 50- and 100-meter races in addition to the relay. Sam also earned a shot at the Olympic Trials in 1996. Sam’s an accomplished biker too, participating in the “Little 500” on an oval track on the IU campus. Want a good Lance Armstrong story? Sam.gasowski@dts.com… Justice Clarence Thomas won’t see himself in the news for reacting to the president’s State of the Union speech for one simple reason: He doesn’t attend because of all the partisanship, catcalls and muttering. Thomas told students at an appearance at Stetson University College of Law why he skipped the president’s speech – “I don’t go because it’s become so partisan,” said Thomas. “And it’s is very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there. And there’s a lot you don’t hear on TV– the catcalls, and the hooping and hollering and under-the-breath comments.” … Vietnam? Judge Brian Back at brian.back@ ventura.courts.ca.gov…

Bob Huber, recipient of the 2009 Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award, has announced he’s running for Simi Valley mayor in the November 2010 election. Huber said he won’t campaign for office unless current Mayor Paul Miller decides to retire. Huber is chairman of the Ventura County Community CollegeDistrictBoardofTrustees…What?Sex workers not tax deductible? You gotta admire his chutzpah. Attorney William G. Halby, who practiced law for 20 years and specialized in taxation, went all the way to Tax Court. When the members stopped snickering, the court said no. Halby’s attempted medical deductions for visits to New York prostitutes and the costs of videos and other pornographic materials were not allowable under the Tax Code. Halby kept journals of the visits, including the date, the name of the “service provider” and the amounts paid over two years … Yes, I wrote last month that the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic is LA’s only legal orchestra. What I failed to note was that Roberta Burnette plays the viola in the orchestra. Cello swingin’ Karen Darnall has been invited to play, but the logistics are overwhelming…

Very kool moment at the February 11th meeting of the Jerome H. Berenson Inn of Court. Judge David Long swore-in Gina Herkel as a new attorney. Gina waited even though she was eligible the last couple months because she was a member of the Inn and wanted to recognize the group that supported her so much during her last year of school and studying for the bar. Standing O for Gina ensued… Then, after the presentation, Miles Lang proposed to Jill Singer in front of everyone. Luckily, she accepted… A man serving life in prison for first-degree intentional homicide lost his legal battle to play Dungeons & Dragons behind bars. Kevin T. Singer filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Wisconsin’s Waupun prison, arguing that a policy banning all Dungeons & Dragons material violated his free speech and due process rights. Prison officials instigated the ban among concerns that playing the game promoted gang related activity and was a threat to security. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld it as a reasonable policy…Egypt/Israel? Dick Regnier at simba1955@verizon.net. There’s a terrific story about his Sermon on the Mount, if you are so inclined… Curacao? al Vargas at avargas@crla.org…

Mark Your Calendars – In addition to the start of March Madness 3.18, our Barristers will be holding their annual Dart Night beginning at 5:30 p.m. inside The Bench Warmer. Prizes galore! Details – taylor.waters@ventura.org… March 19th will see VCDS hosting their annual dinner and honoring the bar association for efforts as Advocate of the Year. Sterling Hills GC. Get a hold of Sandra Rubio at srubio@ vcds.bz or 384.1313…Quote of the Month: “The word genius isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” – Joe Theisman, NFL football analyst…

Don’t know why this bothers me so, but it does. According to the LA Times, the Top 10 donors to political causes were individuals who gave the most money to California political candidates and ballot-measure campaigns from Jan. 1, 2000, to December 31, 2009. Of the 10, three are currently running for Governor (Poizner, Westly and Whitman); one is the current Governator; and Bill Simon, who ran for California’s top spot in 2002. BTW, Steve Bing gave a whopping $58 mil in said period to lead the list…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. Henderson correctly predicted a Drew Brees slam dunk SB Sunday and spent much of February glued to the Winter Olympics. Henderson was a member of the U.S. Hockey Team in 1990. He may be reached at steve@ vcba.org, FB or twitter.com/stevehendo1. Even better, 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.