November Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

Did I mention that I could have been mistaken?  And that hasn’t happened since 1995.  A couple hundred brave souls attended my bash 10.7 and helped us raise raise just over $4,000 for the vcba/vlsp, inc. Shout-outs to Kendall VanConas, Wendy Lascher, David Shain, and Chris Miyasaki for coordinating the event.  Did you know bar staff forked over $50 each to attend and work it?  Thanks to Verna Kagan, Alice Duran, Alex Varela-Guerra, Celene valenzuela, and JP McWaters. I’m proud to say I closed the Tower Club bar…  Patricia Herzog, a self-taught lawyer who helped change California divorce law in 1985 by arguing that a wife who put her husband through medical school deserved to share in his future earnings after they divorced, has passed. She was 88.  The very notion “blew everybody’s mind,” Herzog to the LA Times in 1994… Mexico City?  Terence Geoghegan at tg@iswest.com…  Flathead Lake, Montana? Phil Drescher at pdrescher@nchc…El Salvador and Zanzibar?  Andres Garcia at agarcia@crla.com…

Boss of the Year? Why none other than Leslie McAdam of FCOP. Nominated by Carol Sautter, she enned the winning nomination for Mike Case in 2003 too.  Leslie and Carol have both been with the firm since 2002. This wildly successful event started in 1960 with Edwin Beach walking away with the very first plaque. Last year’s winner? David Tredway. Judging panelists?  Michael Planet and Brenda McCormick… Website of the Month: www.justinconseil.fr/index.php?page=accueil#accueill–A  rapping French notaire, a semi-government official who handles the transfer of property through marriage, divorce, death, etc.  Very funny…

VCTLA board member Greg Johnson has been acknowledged as a finalist for the 2010 Street Fighter of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced during the Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention Installations and Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 20 in San Francisco.  Speaking of CAOC news–David Shain was elected to the 2011 board of directors…  This lawyer lives among us!–A prominent Irvine lawyer has been charged with impersonating his next-door neighbors, and creating fake web pages advertising services from the neighbors’ home. Franklin Casco Jr., 49, pleaded not guilty in June to 10 felonies, including one count each of conspiracy and stalking, as well as four counts of identity theft. I know, I know, due process, but yuck…Andres Garcia, son of long-time Ventura lawyer Robert Garcia, became the Directing Attorney of the Oxnard Migrant Unit of the local CRLA legal aid office October 1…

Anderson Kill Wood & Bender lawyers Caroline Hurtado and Katie Pietrolungo competed in their first triathlon on October 3.  The race extended from Venice to downtown LA and included a .9 mile swim, 24 mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile run.  They placed 30th out of 47 in the coed Olympic Relay Division…Brett Drouet is the newest fresh face inside the Anderson Kill Wood & Bender Ventura offices starting 9.27… Susan Goytia-Miller will be showing off her dance skills Tango style 11.19 at 6:00 p.m. atop the Tower Club.  “The Passion of Tango,” presented by Jorge Visconti and his new Argentinean Tango Show begins after dinner. Susana can be reached at 407.1587…  State of California’s largest law firms? Latham & Watkins at 624; Morrison & Foerster 546; Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith 501; O’Melveny & Myers 462; and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton 441.  These are just California lawyers, not firm wide.  Latham has 2,000 firm wide and Morrison has 1,100…

William Gorenfeld had his letter to the editor published in the September issue of California Lawyer. A response to Gerald Uelmen’s squib. Callawyer.com… State Bar President Howard Miller announced that after a nationwide search, the Board of Governors of the State Bar has selected former State Senator Joseph L. Dunn to be the new executive director of the State Bar.  Joe begins his tern 11.1… Greg Paraskou, Santa Barbara County’s Public Defender for the past half-decade, retired 10.1 after a long and highly acclaimed career…

An American Bar Association committee has recommended that the ABA consider accrediting law schools outside the United States according to The National Law Review.  The committee, composed of law professors, attorneys, judges, and law school deans, distributed its report to State Supreme Court Justices, ABA Leaders and top law school administrators.  Broadening the ABA’s accreditations overseas would be in line with the globalization of the legal profession, the committee said.  The panel cited figures from the National Conference of Bar Examiners that show between 4,000 and 5,000 foreign trained lawyers sit for the bar each year in the U.S….Larry Hines’ novel is now on Amazon. You can go to Amazon.com books and search by author and title or http://www.amazon.com/Beneficiary-Novel-Justice-Savaged-Biased/dp0578052369.  It is in paperback for now and the Kindle will be online in a few weeks…

GO to the Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet November 20th and honor Mark.  O. Hiepler as the recipient of the Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award.  Deborah Jurgensen will be accepting the James Loebl VLSP Award and proceeds go to our pro bono program. Hats off to Eric Reed, dinner chair and Don Hurley, Silent Auction coordinator. Call Celene at the bar at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org…

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.