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In case you reside on the moon, Judge John Dobroth retired Jan. 3 after 24 years on the bench. Did you know he was a former world-class high jumper ranking second in the United States and fifth in the world as a member of the United States Track & Field Teams, 1963-1972? He continues to compete, and recently established the best mark in the world in the men’s high jump competition for his age group at the 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships… The parents of a former junior high school basketball player have filed a federal lawsuit in Indianapolis that argues a team haircut policy violated their son’s right to wear his hair the way he wants. Patrick and Melissa Hayden said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that their son was kicked off the Greensburg Junior High team after he refused to cut his hair to comply with team rules, which require that players’ hair be above their eyebrows, collars and ears. The Haydens want the court to rule the policy is unconstitutional… These fine lawyers among us are volunteering their time and legal expertise at the Oxnard Armory Legal Clinic for the homeless: Andre Nintcheff, Josephine Banuelos, Ken Hamilton, Laurie Nintcheff, Robert Guerra and Ron Perry. Eileen McCarthy is spearheading the effort…

The Ventura Superior Court’s local rules have been revised effective Jan. 1 and may be spotted at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov./pdf/files/venturacountycourtrules.pdf … Awakened at about 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day by the sound of breaking glass, a Minnesota judge and former prosecutor opened his safe and got out his Glock as his wife called 911. Armed with the .45-caliber pistol, St Louis County Judge Shaun Floerke, who serves as assistant chief judge of the 6th Judicial District, found a highly intoxicated man who had allegedly broken in through a window and held him at bay near his home’s entryway until authorities arrived… Justice Arthur Gilbert’s name was mentioned in an LA Times story Jan. 7 about California Supreme Court Justice Moreno’s resignation as a possible appointment…

Seoul? Tokyo? Sam Gasowski at sam.gasowski@dts.com…A northern Kentucky lawyer has turned underwear salesman with the goal of offering a solution for modest airline passengers. Attorney Marc Carey’s t-shirts, undies and briefs contains strategically placed emblems designed to blur a person’s private parts in airport scanners. The costs start at $14.99 and the emblems for men and women are patriotic stars and eagles, while kids’ t-shirts sport a happy face. www.scannershirts.com…Movie Quote of the Month: “Margo: Oh my God, what are you doing? Elle: Reading about the LSATs. Serena: My cousin had that. Apparently you get a really bad rash on your…” From Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (2001)…The Barristers’ Annual Dart Night is scheduled for Feb. 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. inside the ever-so-lovely Bench Warmer. Dart Night is being conducted about a month earlier so as not to compete with March Madness. See the flyer stuffed inside CITATIONS. Specific questions may be asked of Taylor Waters, master dart man, at taylor. waters@ventura.org

There will be no monthly VCTLA dinner meeting this month as officers and board members encourage the membership and others to assist the 2011 Mock Trial Competition. Want to assist? kent.kellegrew@ventura.court.ca.gov …  An Ohio lawyer has been suspended for overbilling local courts for her representation of poor clients. The attorney, Kristin Stahlbush of Toledo, will be suspended for two years, with the second year stayed if she completes a oneyear probationary period. According to the Ohio Supreme Court, Stahlbush billed the courts in Lucas County for more than 24 hours a day on at least three different days, and more than 20 hours a day on five other occasions…Monique Hill will be leaving us shortly to take a position with the Monterey County Public Defender’s Office.  Her departure date is unclear, but likely after she completes an existing murder trial… 

Chief Deputy DA Greg Brose is retiring after 27 years of service and there’s a bash for him scheduled Feb. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. inside Spanish Hills CC – Patty O’Donnell at 662.1724 and $50 gets you in. Greg has been a long-time member of the bar’s vcba/vlsp, inc. advisory board…A right-wing New Jersey blogger has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for making death threats against three federal judges in Illinois. Hal Turney was sentenced late December and the case stems from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2009 by three judges that upheld a district court decision dismissing lawsuits that  challenged handgun bans in Chicago. Turner protested the decision with inflammatory remarks posted online. Prosecutors say he crossed the line by declaring, “These judges must die!”…The only state without a law school, Alaska needs one to help make legal services more available and affordable. Rep Scott Kawasaki is calling for both a law school and a medical school to be established at the University of Alaska…After setting fire in an East Side 9.11 memorial, a drunken Harvard Law School grad got a no-jail deal over the objections of Manhattan prosecutors who wanted him canned for a year. Brian Schroeder, 26, will instead serve 100 hours of community service for breaking into Memorial Park and setting a fire that he then fed by tossing teddy bears…

J. Marc Dion was present for the birth of Ryan on Dec. 16 at 9:16 p.m. Ryan weighs in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Wife Serena doing very well. So are the rest of the troops – Emily, Macy, Cate, and Riley…Apparently unhappy about being sentenced to a 26-year prison term followed by another three years due to his violation of probation in a prior drug case, a defendant dropped the F-bomb. “F— y’all” he shouted and the judge held him in criminal contempt on the spot and sentenced to another 12 months…

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.