Exec’s Dot…Dot..Dot… April 2010

Vernelle Edwards thrilled the assembled 80 lawyers during the March meeting of the J.H.B. Inn of Court. Prior to her team’s presentation and during the meal, Vernelle belted out a couple goldies including “All of Me” and “Them There Eyes.” Her father was a minister for 40 years and she sang in their church as a child. Vernelle currently can be spotted singing at Oxnard St. Paul Baptist Church…A Jefferson County, Ala. jury on March 9 found in favor of a stripper at The Furnace who claimed she was hurt in a 2007 wreck because the club failed to stop her from driving home after on-the-job drinking. The jury awarded Patsy Hamaker of Bessemer, Ala. compensatory damages of $100,000 and no punitive damages. The amount covers the cost of her outstanding hospital bills, but it falls short of the $1.2 million she sought. She says she can no longer dance because of her injuries, according to court documents… Tunisia? Morocco? Roma? Byran Lawler at bjlawler@gte.net or 981.1021…

There was a fine opening public reception March 12–Becoming Art at the Seams: a Juried Exhibition of Contemporary & Art Quilts. One of the artists is Pamela Price Klebaum and you can see her work at the Museum of Ventura County – www.venturamuseum.org. It’s a small world- Ariane Karakalos, wife of Arie Karakalos, is the curator of this exhibit and an assistant curator at the Museum of Ventura County…A Michigan man sent to prison for 15 years is getting a new trial after the judge failed to do a routine procedure – ask the jury to take an oath. Timothy Becktel was sentenced in 2008 for assault
with intent to murder. But his appellate lawyer successfully argued that the verdict should be thrown out because the jury didn’t swear to return an honest decision based on law and evidence. The Michigan Court of Appeals said it must erase the verdict to preserve the fairness and integrity of the judicial system. Assistant Prosecutor David King says his office might appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court…Michael Mukasey, Attorney General of the United States from 2007 to 2009, wrote an article in the WSJ entitled, “Why You Shouldn’t Judge a Lawyer by His Clients.” Good read at www.wsj.com…Israel? Michael Case at mcase@fcoplaw.com

Judge Kevin McGee gladly accepted the post of Starting Official for the 27th Annual Law Day 5K Race scheduled for May 22. He also has a story or two about evacuating Maui for the tsunami event last month…Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca released hundreds of jail inmates March 5 before their terms were up, citing county budget problems. However, 70-year-old Richard Fine was not among them. Instead, on March 6 he marked the one-year anniversary of being gaveled into a small and windowless solitary confinement cell for what a local judge declared to be contempt of court. Mr. Fine is an antitrust attorney who has been a persistent critic of Los Angeles County’s practice of giving judges nearly $50,000 a year in extra pay over their state paid salaries. Read Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters missive in the March 13 edition – www. sacbee.com…London? Paris? Cheri Kurman at ckurman@normandowler.com…

Melissa Sayer and Sylvia Soto were each promoted to Senior Partner at Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton…Blog of the Month: www.sports-law.blogspot.com. “All things legal related to the sports world.”…From Anonymous: “A judge should be about 60, clean-shaven, with white hair, china-blue eyes, and suffer from hemorrhoids so that he will have that concerned look.”…The proposed changes to the Local Rules of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, may be viewed at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov. Once you get to the site, go to “What’s New” and you will find the proposed rules and forms.

The judges would appreciate any comments or recommendations regarding these rules by April 12. Additional Info? Victoria Borjesson at 654.2965…

JHB Inn of Court president Alyse Lazar was appointed as a commissioner to the County’s Civil Service Commission…I truly loved this one – On Feb. 19, business document preparation services company, We The People USA, Inc., voluntarily filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. While the company had $24 million in sales and 138 franchised locations in 2006, there are only eight remaining franchises…Sylvia Pressler, a trail-blazing judge whose 1973 ruling opened Little League baseball to girls, has died at the age of 75….

Hope you have done so! All State Bar members were required to provide an e-mail address to the State Bar Feb.1 under a new rule of court approved by the Supreme Court. Anyone who has not done so can go to calbar.org, log on to “My State Bar Profile” in the left menu and follow the prompts…More State Bar News – Under Rule of Professional Conduct 3-410, which took effect Jan. 1, lawyers who do not carry malpractice insurance must notify their clients in writing that they are not insured. Notification must be made at the time a client hires the lawyer if it is “reasonably foreseeable” that the representation will exceed four hours…Judge James Cloninger has been selected to receive the Oxnard Knights of Columbus Public Safety award for 2010. The award will be presented at the group’s April 12 dinner meeting in Oxnard…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He correctly identified in multiple brackets Kentucky as the NCAA basketball champions earning him big dough and a keg or two. Additionally, he snagged Dodger v. Yankees tickets scheduled for June 25-27. Lastly, he will be taking somewhat of a spring break April 5-9 to hang with the ratz. As usual he may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, or twitter.com/stevehendo1. Preferably however, 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.