Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… October 2010

Ventura Family Law lawyer Deborah Jurgensen received the State Bar of California’s President’s Pro Bono Service Award from Chief Justice Ronald George Friday evening, September 24, at the plush DeAnza Ballroom of the Portola Hotel in Monterey. On hand were a couple hundred people including a number of Deborah’s amily and colleagues. She accepted the accolades in the Individual/Solo category. Congrats to Deb at  jurgensenlaw@hotmail.  com or 850.6100…A quote from the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice generated so many lookups on Merriam-Webster.com that the dictionary has proclaimed it one of its “Top Words of Summer 2010.” The word is “vapid,” used by Elena Kagan in a 1995 law review article. The article calls the confirmation process “a vapid and hollow charade.” At the top of the list? Refudiate uttered by Sarah Palin…The judges of the Ventura Superior Court on September 8 unanimously elected Judge Vince O’Neill as Presiding Judge and Judge Brian Back as Assistant Presiding Judge for 2011 and 2012. The new terms for both begins 1.1.2011…

Greg Herring has been accepted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. I believe he’s the only one in our tri-counties area…Attorney Meryl Chambers, Editor of Verdicts and Settlements at The Daily Journal, tells me their “Verdicts & Settlements” database (with nearly 30,000 reports) could be a valuable tool for litigators in assessing their own case. Additionally, submitting cases to the Daily Journal does present an opportunity to spotlight the achievements of our lawyers. One does not need to be a subscriber to submit a verdict or settlement for publication.  There’s an online form that allows attorneys to submit results and it’s free –www.dailyjournal.com/verdictsubmit.cfm…Proposed changes to the Local Rules of the Superior Court of California County of Ventura for January 1, 2011.  The judges would appreciate any comments or recommendations regarding these rules by October 25. To view, go to the court’s website, www.venturacourts.ca.gov, and go to “What’s New” and you’ll find ‘em. A hardcopy is available upon request to victoria.borjesson@ventura.courts.ca.gov… The 4th Annual Women Lawyers of Ventura County Legacy Dinner is set for October 21 inside the fine Tierra Sur Restaurant at the Herzog Wine Cellars.  That near-perfect location will honor Barbara Macri-Ortiz, previous winner of a vcba/vlsp, inc. Pro Bono Award, with the Legacy Award. Jessica Arciniega, current president of the Mexican American Bar Association, will be the recipient of the Holly Spevak Award. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction begins at 5:00 p.m. for the reasonable price of $60. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Fund. Jodi Prior, president of the WLVC, may be reached at jodi.prior@venturacourts.ca.gov or 582.7537… This dude lives among us! A man in NYC infamous for being arrested for stealing subway trains – who has been arrested 26 times for impersonating a transit worker – was collared August 31 when he stole a bus and took it for a joyride. Darius McCollum’s mother said he has Asperger Syndrome…Kona? Leslie McAdam at lmcadam@fcoplaw.com or Andy Viets at aviets@ci.ventura.ca.us Michael McQueen celebrated his who-knows-what birthday August 31 by taking his entire Inn of Court Team #1 after a rehearsal to Safire for dinner…

Todd Wolfe became a first-time daddy July 29! Sophia Lilly was born 6:16 p.m. and weighed-in at seven pounds and one ounce.  Momma Emma doing just great too…Here’s some comical case names I bet you have not heard of: United States ex rel. Mayo v. Satan and His Staff (W.D. Pa. 1971); United States v. Approximately 65,695 Pounds of Shark Fins, No. 05-56274 (9th Cir. Mar 17, 2008); United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls, 413 F.Supp. 1281 (D.Wisc.1976); Death v. Graves,CGC-06-451316 (San Francisco Super. Ct. filed April 27, 2006), alleging that the defendant’s vehicle crashed into plaintiff Alan Death’s motorcycle; Death lived); United States v. 11 ¼ Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat’s Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness, 40 F.Supp. 208 (W.D.N.Y. 1941) (holding product misbranded because it was not in fact a cure or treatment for  drunkenness)…After 28 years together, Rosenmund, Baio & Morrow ended effective June 1. Partner Rocky Baio has become a Ventura County Superior Court Commissioner and partner Fred Rosenmund is partially retired. Michael Morrow has opened his own practice at the same location and keeping all the phone and fax numbers.  He does have a new email: morrow@morrowlawoffice.  com. Michael remains a Patron of our Annual Law Day 5K…

VCBA Board member and Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section, Cheri Kurman, has announced her successful campaign to bring Certified Specialist CLE to the section was formalized by the State Bar August 27.  This means that lawyers who have Certified Specialist designation (there’s about 19 of you) in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law may now receive Specialized CLE effective at the next meeting scheduled for September 30 beginning at noontime at the Wedgewood.  Any other section interested can call this author… He broke up the room in his opening speech with a joke about his wife and cracked them up again in his closing speech with a joke about his fellow candidates. But in between San Francisco lawyer William Hebert provided enough substance on pertinent issues to win the State Bar presidency on July 24. Hebert, 49, is a partner with Calvo & Clark and his wife, Lori Schechter, is a partner at Morrison & Foerster.  Our District 6 rep, Mike Tenenbaum, was in France and absent to vote…Robert Ostrove had a Letter to the Editor appear in the LA Times Sports Section August 31. Somethin’ about the Dodgers…

And lastly, you’ll want to check this out – the bar’s website has a new and valuable feature.  It’s entitled Career Center. Go to www.vcba.org. Go to the menu bar at the top of the page and click Membership. Then click the first one up, New –Jobs and Job Postings. You’ll find an array of opportunities and vacancies. You may also post your résumé. This is good stuff, people! Take advantage.

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.