Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… June 2010

Susana Goytia-Miller shined with her performance in “Una Noche En Buenos Aires” (A Night In Buenos Aires). Susana danced the Tango with pro Jorge Visconti May 14 to a packed house in the Tower Club. She’s been practicing diligently since December. Want more scoop? mmesqs@aol.com…A partner at an Atlanta law firm has been charged with placing a surveillance camera under the desk of a woman who worked there. James Tenney, 57, was charged with three counts of unlawful surveillance for allegedly recording the woman on three occasions, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tenny, a tax lawyer, was jailed for about two hours before posting $10,000 bond. Now get this: His law firm says he his married with three children and “enjoys photography.”… In case you missed it, and it’s entirely possible considering The Star’s coverage – Rocky Baio and Ferdinand “Dino” Inumerable were appointed by the judges as the court’s newest commissioners. They fill the vacancies created by the Governor’s appointment of Mark Borrell and David Hirsch to judgeships May 12…
Forgot to mention Rob Sawyer also attended the Dodgers Opening Day for the 30th consecutive time! One year ago, Judge Tom Hutchins let Rob out of a jury trial early so that his streak would not be broken. Maybe Rob can write about this story for a future issue in CITATIONS…Actor who played lawyer Victor Sifuentes on L.A. Law will be return to prime time in another legal role. Actor Jimmy Smits will play a U.S. Supreme Court justice who abruptly quits to return to private practice. Smits’ character, Cyrus Garza, is a playboy and gambler who decides to fight for the little guy after seeing that his belief in a strict interpretation of the law was flawed. The drama, Outlaw, will air Friday evenings on NBC. A playboy and gambler
really? Must have been appointed by Clinton. I give it one season, max…Costa Rica? Don Hurley at donald_hurley2008@yahoo.com… Greece? Dennis LaRochelle at dlarochelle@ atozlaw.com
The early scouting report for the Goldwater boys, born on May 4, has Clayton Jack Goldwater starting at power forward weighing 6 lbs, 7 oz and coming in at 18 1⁄2 inches tall, and starting point guard, Knox Melbourne Goldwater, at 18 3⁄4 inches tall and weighing 5 lbs. 9 oz. Mother and babies are doing well and Doug Goldwater was already trolling the isles at the sporting goods stores…Movie Quote of the Month: “Lookit, you’re intelligent beings. Let’s cut a deal. I can help you. I’m a lawyer. Hey, you wanna conquer the world, you’re gonna need lawyers, right?” Confronted by a Martian invader, an attorney (Danny DeVito) pleads for his life in Mars Attacks! (1996)…On May 13, Inn of Court president, Alyse Lazar, completed her two-year term guiding the Inn to greatness. The officers and directors will be corralled by in coming president David Lehr to orchestrate the 2010-2011 campaign. Want to be a member? davidlehr@davidlehrlaw.com…
Nordman Cormany Hair and Compton’s CEO, Tami Cook, was presented an award by Pacific Coast Times for being in the Top 50 Women in Business May 11 in Santa Barbara… Yale Law School still holds the No. 1 spot in the new U.S. News & World Report rankings this year, followed by Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School and the University of Chicago Law School in the 2 through 5 spots respectively. NYU takes sixth place in the magazine’s annual rankings of ABA-accredited law schools, followed by UC Berkeley in a tie for seventh with the U of Penn, the U of Michigan in ninth and the U of V in 10th…Speaking of Yale, Read of the Month from Gretchen Rubin, a former lawyer and graduate of Yale Law School who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Rubin’s NY Times bestseller, “The Happiness Project,” is designed to give us all hope. She tells the reader to tackle the little things; start with your own body and daily schedule. Get enough sleep, exercise outside, and my favorite: Control the cubicle in your pocket. She wisely opined, “We all struggle to put proper boundaries on technology.”
Lots of activity on Poli Street in downtown Ventura. That’s because Wendy Lascher is working with a nonprofit, COLOR Inc. (headed by her son, John Wilner) to develop a community garden on the two lots she owns across the street from the office. Dan Palay made a generous contribution to the effort. In the April issue of California Lawyer – “Dear Crabby, My law partner recently suffered an embarrassing judicial rebuke in a state court of appeal opinion. My instinct was to pretend it never happened. But as we work together on several cases, it has started to feel like an elephant in the room. Should I say something sympathetic, or remain silent?” The answer – Hallmark makes a wonderful line of greeting cards in its Schadenfreude Collection, tailored for the legal profession. Their Boynton-esque drawings carry the most perfect message. In my favorite, a little bear waves at his tiny briefcase as it disappears over a rainbow waterfall: “Sorry you lost your case!”
To celebrate Law Day 2010, the VCBA shared the expertise of its members through the Lawyers in the Classroom program. Lawyers volunteered their time to give presentations to students at various schools and after school programs throughout the county on legal careers, the Supreme Court, workings of a criminal trial, First Amendment and current cases. These so generous with their time were Kevin McVerry, Carol Woo, Randall Sutter, David Romney, David Shain, Miles Lang, Ben Schuck, Gary Shoemaker, Ed Duncan, Monique Hill, Rick Chaidez and Jill Singer. Deirdre Frank, who has coordinated these efforts for the umpteenth time, wished to publicly thank them all.

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.