Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… July 2010

Enrobing ceremony for newly appointed judges Mark Borrell and David Hirsch is scheduled for Friday afternoon, July 30, beginning at 4:00 p.m. inside Courtroom #22. If you have not attended one in the past, you may want to do so. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions…In a year of turmoil, State Bar Governors went with familiarity choosing former State Bar President James Towery as the agency’s chief prosecutor. The longtime partner with San Jose’s Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, where he has chaired the litigation practice group, said he expects to take office July 12. Towery, 61, was president in 1995-96 and replaces Scott Drexel, who was let go one year ago. Bar leadership never explained why Drexel wasn’t retained. I LOVED this quote from Towery in response to being paid more than $183,000 annually: “It will be a significant cut from my Hoge Fenton pay.”…James Casey opened up his own shop in Ojai, James Casey Law, practicing criminal, family, and personal injury. Jim has resided in Ojai since 1988. He remains Of Counsel with Bamieh & Erickson. james@jamescaseylaw. com or 646.5997… The Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Associations Annual Awards Dinner was held June 11 at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Joyce Yoshioka Award was presented to Mike McMahon, while the Richard Erwin Award was presented to William “Willy” Quest. The Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Recognition went to Jim farley…
San Diego patent lawyer Matthew Pequignot had asserted a right to trillions of dollars in damages after realizing that patent markings on the lid to his daily cup of coffee had actually expired several years before. He lost his quest in a ruling June 10 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the National Law Journal reports. The court found Pequignot failed to prove the defendant company intended to deceive the public with its false mark, a requirement under the recovery statute. Pequignot had sued Solo Cup…Japan, South Korea and 15 feet into North Korea? Steve feder at stevefeder@gmail.com. Peru? Dien Le at D.le@callawcounsel.com… FCOP is hosting a party to honor John Orr as Chairman, Museum of Ventura County Board of Directors. It will happen July 8, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the new Museum Plaza Pavilion – kgooding@fcoplaw.com… Bill Corbett checks in with a newspaper account of one of his NMSU student’s quote of how they overcome anxiety – “I study beforehand and take two shots of Pendleton Canadian Whiskey the night before I take the test.” Billy can be reached at 2010 Payne Court, Las Cruces, NM 88001 or wcorbett@nmsu.edu… A drug-sniffing dog checking inmates waiting for court appearances in a lockup at the LA courthouse focused instead on a visiting lawyer, resulting in his arrest on a charge of narcotics possession. Deputies searched lawyer Michael Inman after the dog alerted and found heroin and meth. Go figure – the Beverly Hills lawyer has been disciplined twice before and remains active as of this writing…Matt Haffner ran a remarkable 5:53 in the State Street Mile held June 6 in SB, good for 31st place in the 40-49 category. The winner? The same dude that ran and won our Law Day 5K Race which drew over 400 participants 5.22. His name is Michael Chavez in 14:24, a course record. 2nd place went to Ezkyas Sisay in 14:35. He is from Ethiopia! The woman runner who placed 3rd, Mary Akor, is entered in the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston… Bart Bleuel entered six events and medaled in four at the U.S. Masters National Short Course Meet held in late May in Atlanta… Movie Quote of the Month: “If my hands weren’t tied by the unalterable fetters of the law, then I would invoke the tradition of our illustrious forebears, reach back to a purer, sterner justice, and have you burned at the stake!” From Ghostbusters 2 as a judge sentences Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) as his phantom-chasing colleagues after they cause a blackout… Quote of the Month: “We shouldn’t have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the law or what the constitution may or may not say.” From Dan Quayle and thanks to Monique Hill for the reminder… Judge Mark Borrell was officially sworn into office with fashionable taste. It took place at the City of Hope in Duarte on May 17. Judge Long presided, accompanied by Shirley. They very graciously took a detour from a trip to Sacramento. Also in attendance were Mark’s wife, Cindy and two of his three daughters. Roger Borrell, the patient, is doing fine…Since May 21, attorney Jim Carney has been biking with his wife and children on a transcontinental trip from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va., taking a long-held dream vacation that he began working toward after completing the Boston Marathon in 2005. As of June 16, the family was nearing an 11,500-foot pass in Yellowstone National Park. But despite the challenges of biking an average of more than 60 miles a day during the 70-day trip, Carney, who practices at Carney, Davies & Thorpe in Jamesville, is still working two hours a day with the help of modern law practice technology…A 3rd Generation Venturan, Dianna Wilke, has joined Ted Muegenburg at Muegenberg Estate and Trust Attorneys this past June. Ted hosted a very nice reception for Dianna June 23… License Plate of the Month: ZIDELAW, on a 2008 Mercedes C300 and driven by Jennifer Zide (she still has the old jeep as a primary)…

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.