Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… September 2010

It was a conspiracy of miraculous proportions.  A coalition of ex-compadres. They went ahead without my permission. I knew it would go south immediately and crudely. So far, my photo, circa 1976, has been likened in dozens of ways and none of them flattering.  My favorites include Ted Kaczynski (for those of you too lazy to Google, he’s the Unibomber); a Doobie Brother (although I don’t know if they were referring to the band or Mary Jane); a Buttface (the most accurate so far); Jeremiah Johnson (an unattractive one, not the Robert Redford one); a Caveman of some sort (considering I hadn’t showered in days, I can see that one); a cross between the Unibomber and Santa (don’t quite get the Santa part unless my belly was being assumed); and a labor law lawyer thought it humorous that it was unlikely I could pass a urine test. The picture of me at a base camp in the High Sierras also produced an array of photoshopped soft porn including J Lo and some stranger with a pony-tail named Tiffany. The good news? They could actually raise some serious coin for the VLSP, Inc., which is the reason I’m playing. 200 people generates $10,000. I’m hoping for 300 friends to drop by the Tower Club and $15,000 goes to an Award Winning community service. The question remains.  Will I be in attendance?… The Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award will be presented during the bar’s Annual Installation and Awards Banquet November 20. You still have a brief window to submit a Nomination Form (they are due 9.10) and can easily be found at www.vcba.org. Last year’s recipient, Bob Huber, is campaigning for Mayor of Simi Valley. The 1997 recipient? Carmen Ramírez is running for the Oxnard City Council…Video of the Month: www.metacafe.com “A World Without Lawyers”…Ventura lawyer, John Parker, has his Letter to the Editor published in the July California Lawyer regarding the legalization of Mary Jane…

Barristers’ Treasurer John Negley climbed to the top of Mt. Whitney, 14,500 ft., on Father’s Day weekend with his 10-yearold son Matthew and his 60-years-young mother. The three generations of Negleys used ice axes and crampons to reach the top in unseasonably high snow fall.  They climbed from 3:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. – 18 1/2 hours to reach the highest point in the continental U.S….Movie Quote of the Month: Frank: “Your Honor, ladies and gentleman, this is irrefutable evidence that the defendant is, in fact, lying. Judge:  “This is a preliminary hearing. There is no defendant. There is no jury. It’s just me. Son, what in the hell is wrong with you?” From Frank Abagnale (Leonaro DiCaprio) tries his hand at lawyering in Catch Me If You Can (2002)…On August 1, at Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, Matt LaVere asked his girlfriend, Alicia Monturano, to marry him.  They met randomly at a club in Las Vegas last year. She resided in New Jersey, but they hit it off and did the bi-coastal commute for 6 months. She said yes and has moved to Ventura…

License Plate of the Month: JUVLAW on a late model Honda Accord piloted by Inn of Court board member Deborah Jurgensen… These people live among us! A New Jersey couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them, a state appeals court ruled August 5., citing the parents’ own disabilities and the risk of serious injury to their children. The state removed Heath and Deborah Campbell’s three small children from their home in January 2009.  A month earlier, the family drew attention when a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for their son, Adolf Hitler Campbell. He and siblings JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell have been in foster care.  Oh, BTW, Heath Campbell, 37, cannot read and Deborah Campbell dropped out of high school before finishing the 10th grade.  BTW #2, a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania wound up decorating the cake…Brian Nomi is a new papa. Baby Mathew was born at 1:21 p.m. August 4. He weighs seven pounds, six ounces. His wife, Dream, doing great and Brian reports Matthew “eating and peeing just fine.”…

The Ventura Superior Court’s local rules were revised effective July 1.  They may be viewed at www.ventura.ca.gov…Some happenings at the VC PD office you may not be aware of – Howard Asher was appointed Assistant PD in May. Monica Cummins was appointed Chief Deputy PD in July…Wanna box? I’m trying to find an opponent for Dean Hazard, who’s been training for three-plus years at Ventura’s KO Boxing Club.  He spars once a week and trains once a week and ready for a sanctioned fight. Problem is, you have to fight someone within 5 years of either side of your age. Dean’s Bar # is 105794 and can be reached at 981.8555…

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.