December Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

The Barristers Annual Judges’ Pizza Night and Winter Coat Drive was chock full of success at a new venue, Café Fiore in Ventura. Justices, judges and commissioners in attendance were Gilbert, Perren, Coffee, Walsh, Bysshe, Young, Borrell, Kellegrew, Ayers, O’Neill, Bennett, Cody, McGee, Smiley, White, Hirsch, Back, Baio, Johnson, Riley, and Wright. That be 21 in all, a record! A generous $575 was raised for the Coat Drive, too. Want to donate? Laura Bartels at lvkbartels@aol.com. Hats off to John Negley for managing the event and a SO for President Doug Goldwater and president elect Christina Stokholm for marketing and ensuring a fun time for all…

Emeritus Attorney Gerald Cline celebrated his 70th birthday along with the other EAs at a training 11.15. His birthday cake? Compliments of EA Tina Rasnow…A San Diego Superior Court judge has agreed to resign after being censured by the Commission on Judicial Performance for a pattern of intemperate behavior towards lawyers and defendants. Judge DeAnn M. Salcido agreed to resign immediately to avoid formal proceedings against her. The resignation became effective 11.18. Salcido was charged by the commission with making mocking, rude and slightly off-color comments from the bench. For example, Salcido told a defendant that he would be “screwed” if he violated probation and “we don’t offer Vaseline for that.”…David Tredway attended Game One of the World Series in The City…

Chiapas, Mexico? Gilbert Romero at gilbert.romero@ventura.org. Quemado, New Mexico? Karen Darnall at k-darnall@earthlink.net. Helena, Montana? Brian Nomi at briannomi@yahoo.com Recommended Reading of the Month: The Santa Suit, by Christopher Brian Halvorson. Spurned by Santa Claus as a little boy, Henry Milton grows up to be a street-hustling lawyer. When a client arrives at Henry’s office wanting to sue Kris Kringle, Henry accepts the case as a cheap publicity stunt. But when Santa shockingly appears in court with a team of elf lawyers, he must fight the trial of the century. 106 pages. $10. www.blackrhinopress.com… Jon Light had a letter to the editor appear in The Star 11.7. About a homeless man he befriended many years ago in the Camarillo Starbucks…

President-Elect of the bar association, Joe Strohman, completed the SB International Half Marathon in 2:08:04…Your bills for the 2011 State Bar dues will be mailed 12.1 and the deadline for payment is 2.1.11. The fee for active lawyers is $410 and includes $315 as the annual fee, $40 for the Client Security Fund, $25 for disciplinary activities, $10 for the Lawyers Assistance Program, $10 for technology upgrades. Failure to pay dues by the deadline will trigger a $100 late payment penalty. BTW, those lawyers whose last names end with N-to-Z (Group 3) also have until 2.1 to report completion of their 25 hours of MCLE…Judge Mark Borrell, Erik Feingold, Rick Loy, and Tom Beach all completed the annual Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo 10.2. The gnarly 103 mile ride with 8500 feet of vertical gain is a tuffy and characterized as California’s most challenging century. On 8.18 Tom won his age group in the So Cal Cycling Association Time Trial Championships…

Carmen Ramírez will be sworn-in on the Oxnard City Council December 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m…The Ventura County Superior Court held its first session of the Veterans Court on 11.1 in Courtroom #37. The specialized court will hear criminal cases involving veterans who suffer from the effects of combat-related psychological injuries or substance abuse. Robert Sherman at 654.2964…Threats are rising against administrative law judges who hear Social Security disability cases. There were at least 80 threats against the judges in the past year, an increase of 18 percent. Many of the judges hear cases in leased office buildings, where just one security guard is assigned for protection. Randall Frye, a Charlotte, N.C., administrative judge who is president of the judges union, told the AP the kind of threats being made are more significant than the numbers. “There seem to be more threats of serious bodily harm, not only to the judge but to the judge’s family,” he said…

NOTES: The new admittee swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for December 7 beginning at 4:00 p.m. inside CR#22. It’s compelling and entertaining…The VCTLA Holiday Party is also set for the 7th beginning at 5:30 p.m. up top the Tower Club. Contact Celene at bar@vcba.org or calling Jim Prosser at 642.6702…The VCBA board of directors Holiday Celebration is happening 12.8 starting at 5 p.m.at Brophy Bros– Kendall at kvanconas@atozlaw.com… Need a general CLE this month? Intellectual Property has one December 9th at noon at the bar office contact bar@vcba.org

From a Ninth Circuit decision 11.16: “It behooves litigants, particularly in a case with a record of this magnitude, to resist the temptation to treat judges as if they were pigs sniffing for truffles.” In Re: Oracle Corp. Sec. Litig…Local lawyers Mike O’Brien and Mark Hancock, whose combined bar number is still a fraction of today’s barely legal lawyers, joined forces on the tennis courts recently to go 4-1 and win the 4.0 consolation final at the Pierpont RC. In the one match they did lose, the duo went down 4-6 in the third set of an 8 a.m. match after winning a 3-setter the night before. Asked to comment on their wins, O’Brien and Hancock wanted to highlight the fact that they also beat the 4.0 champions in their pre-tournament warm-up match. Fans at the PRC are still shaking their heads at the spectacle of a Hancock/O’Brien belly bump, a true multi-sensory experience.

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.