January 2011 Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

Justice Steven Perren and Assistant PJ Vince O’Neill presided over the new admittee swearing-in ceremony held 12.7 in CR #22. 13 new lawyers stood and stated their names, where they attended law school and introduced their support group. On a lighter note, Perren recognized that a Michigan State Law School grad was sitting next to a University of Michigan Law School grad and stressed the importance of civility… Movie Quote of the Month: “Sarah, you’re a witness. And it’s the defense’s job to show the jury that you’re a rotten witness because you’ve got a rotten character.” Rape victim Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) gets coached by the district attorney (Kelly McGillis) in The Accused (1988)…Need a new photo of yourself in our Legal Services Directory? There will be a photographer in the bar offices 1.12 all day. Schedule an appointment at bar@vcba.org… Michael Wolfram is the new President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee replacing the efforts of Marge Baxter. Mike may be reached at 491.2770 or mwolfram@wolframworkplacelaw.com

Bret Anderson has agreed to continue as President of the East County Bar Association – banderson@fcoplaw.com…All you N-Zers – Need your MCLE credits enhanced before the February 1 deadline? Check out the VCBA calendar for eight course offerings. Collaborative Family Law is hosting an all-day affair 1.7. To score eight hours, including two Ethics, call Celene at the bar at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org. Further program details can be had by contacting Rebbecca Calderwood at 650.6361 or Julie Marciel at www.jlclvta@sbcglobal.net. The keynote speaker? The nationally recognized mediator Forrest “Woody” Mosten, Esq…Victoria Kolakowski is making history, just by doing her job. For over 20 years, she’s worked as an attorney. This week, she declared victory in a very close race for Alameda County Superior Court, making her the first transgender trial judge in the country. She began her transition in 1989, and faced discrimination. Initially, she was not allowed to take the bar exam and was told that she was not of sound mind. She appealed that decision and won. When marriages were legal for a few months in 2008, Kolakowski married her wife, an editor at the Bay Area Reporter… Welcome aboard new VCBA board members elected to two-year terms: Bret Anderson, Alva Arzu, Linda Ash, Michele Castillo, Marc Dion, Erik Feingold, Alyse Lazar, Susan McCarthy, Katie Pietrolungo, Eric Reed, and Christina Stokholm…November 2010 marked Al Vargas’s 12th musical production in three years with Life at Ventura College…

Past President Kendall VanConas hosted the annual board of directors holiday party 12.8 at Brophy Bros which attracted 30 plus including Doug Goldwater’s seven month old twins, Knox and Clayton…On 12.8 the Senate convicted U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous on four articles of impeachment, making him the eighth judge to be removed from office through impeachment. Porteous was accused of accepting gifts from those with cases before him, including two lawyers who gave the judge $2,000 and then won a court ruling in their favor. He won’t be getting his $175,000 annual pension either…A new law school is on the drawing board in the corridor between New York City and Washington, D.C., where the University of Delaware is proposing to open its doors to fledgling legal eagles in 2015. The law school would be located in Newark…New Ventura County Asian American Bar Association officers are: John Fukasawa, President; Kata Kim, Vice-President; Brian Nomi, Treasurer; and Shan He, Secretary…

President Joe Strohman will host the 21st Annual Bar Leaders Conference 2.5 at the Courtyard by Marriott…Michael Planet is on the agenda and if you are one of 35 section, committee and affiliate leaders, you’re invited – jstrohman@fcoplaw.com… Attorney William Schopf ’s fall schedule included a working trip to the Toronto Film Festival in September and preparation for a major trial starting in November. “I haven’t had the situation yet where I have to tell the judge, ‘I need a continuance because I’ve got to go to Cannes,’” he says, but one can imagine such a conflict in his future. That’s because the 62-year-old co-founder of Schopf & Weiss in Chicago takes more than a passing interest in cinema. Twenty-four years ago he in cinema. Twenty-four years ago he bought a building that houses a jewel box of a movie house, the historic 750-seat Music Box Theatre in Chicago. One investment led to another, and today his movie business is on a winning streak. Music Box Films, an independent distributor he started three years ago, snared the U.S. distribution rights to the Millennium Trilogy, the Swedish-language films based on the late Stieg Larsson’s best-selling crime novels including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…

Sandra Robertson’s last FT day with FCOPLaw is December 31. She has been associated with them since 1982. She’ll continue work on a part-time basis… Amber Rodriguez is now hangin’ her hat at 107 Figueroa, Ventura. Her office # is 643.4200 and can be had at lawofficeofamberrodriguez@yahoo.com.  Amber is also expecting her second child in May….

Rebeca Mendoza is the new President of the Mexican American Bar Association following an exemplary run by Jessica Arciniega. Andres Garcia will remain Treasurer…The winner of this year’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament didn’t follow in his parents’ legal footsteps, but he has their intellectual abilities.  Dan Feyer is a pianist, a director in musical theater, and has an amazing talent to quickly solve crosswords. He demonstrated for the New York Times, completing the newspaper’s difficult Saturday crossword in 5 minutes and 29 seconds. His father is a San Francisco bond lawyer and his mother is a law professor at Hastings…An Ohio judge is allowed to have Facebook friends, the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the state’s top court held 12.9. But doing so requires “constant vigil,” the board states in its written opinion, because “a judge must maintain dignity in every comment, photograph and other information shared on the social network.”…After 27 years with our District Attorney’s Office, lucky Greg Brose’s last day is 2.4 and then it’s off permanently to the Big Island in March. He started his career in the Riverside DA’s office in 1977…

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.