March Exec’s Dot… Dot… Dot…

Jill Friedman has assumed the role of President of the Ventura County Women Lawyers following the exemplary two-year term of Jodi Prior. She’ll be capably assisted by Charmaine Buehner, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer Robert Guerra. BTW – the California Women Lawyers announced that President-Elect Patricia Sturdevant of Sacramento has been selected as its new President…Bored, a 14-year-old Virginia high school student admittedly did a dumb thing in the cafeteria during lunch period. He blew small plastic pellets at fellow students through a plastic pen tube, striking three. “They flinched. They looked annoyed,” Andrew Mikel told the Washington Post. Now the Spotsylvania High School freshman is paying a steep price for the prank: He has been expelled for the remainder of the year, he says, charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault. A Virginia civil liberties organization known as the Rutherford Institute is appealing the disciplinary action in state circuit court…

Cheri Kurman, of Norman Dowler, has a weekly radio show – Grey Matters – dedicated to our nation’s caregivers and for those they care. Each week hear interviews with experts locally and around the country addressing the issues involved in aging and what people should know as both a caregiver and someone receiving care. Grey Matters airs Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Live stream it at am1400coach.com or listen to podcasts at greymatters.podomatic.com Immediate Past President of Barristers, Doug Goldwater, became a Partner at FCOP January 1. That being written, most of you already know that after 37 years with Lascher & Lascher, Wendy Lascher has joined the firm as a partner while Aris Karakolas enters as an associate

Rric Reed has landed with Anderson Kill Wood & Bender…Gerry Spence has a Trial Lawyer’s College lasting three weeks in Jackson Hole. The sessions are July 8-August 1 and September 8-October 2. The tuition is a hefty $3,750 and there’s a Death Penalty Seminar for $1,750 June 11-19. www.triallawyerscollege.com State Bar data indicates there are 860 lawyers who earn less than $20,000 a year…Andres Garcia became a first-time daddy February 2. Andres Gabriel was born at 1:29 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces. Young dude was 21 ¼ inches prompting dad to proclaim: he has nice length/wingspan, big hands/feet, broad shoulders, and the body of a swimmer or a shooting guard.” Momma Veronica doing well too. Andrew works for CRLA…

Ron Perry has departed the CRLA branch in Oxnard and is taking some well deserved time off…Honduras? Caroline Hurtado at churtado@andersonkill.com.  She traveled to Tegucigalpa to visit orphanages and to work with attorneys to try to get legal standing for the children so they can be adopted.  http:encounterlife.org/doc/experience_ Honduras_2011b.pdf…A Virginia (does everything happen in Virginia) lawyer who practiced law with his wife was shot and killed by police after he fired shots in an eight-hour standoff at his home. The lawyer, Richard Ferris of Chesterfield, was “highly regarded” for his civil and family law practice…The eighth time was the charm for an applicant who failed the New Hampshire bar seven times between 1991 to 2007 before finally passing in 2008. But when it came time for the character and fitness interview, G.W. was found wanting. In addition to concerns about criminal charges and a lack of candor, the Committee on Character and Fitness was not positively impressed either with the applicant’s $140,000 in outstanding student loans or that he apparently been largely unemployed for the last 20 years…DPD Willy Quest represented the United States at the 31st International Tennis Federation Seniors World Team Championships held February 21-26 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Willy played at Duke in the early 1990…

Rick Marks’ son, Kyle, passed the July bar and was sworn in during a December ceremony.  He has joined forces with his dad in Westlake and is a graduate of Southwestern Law School.  Kyle plans to practice real estate litigation, title insurance defense and escrow representation.  Kyle may be reached at marks@kbrdmpc.com. ..DLA Piper is planning a merger with its Australian partner DLA Phillips Fox to become the world’s largest law firm. The merger, targeted to take place May 1, is subject to a partnership vote that will create a firm with over 4,000 lawyers…U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe has a theory about people who view child pornography. About 50 years from now, scientists will discover that child pornography consumption by “a gene you were born with,” Sharpe said as he  sentenced a defendant to six years in prison in December 2009. “And it’s not a gene you can get rid of.” Now a New York-based federal appeals court has ruled that Sharpe’s theories justify resentencing for the defendant…

The Ventura County Mexican American Bar Association have selected Rebeca Mendoza  as president. Rennee Dehesa has agreed to serve as Vice-President while Andres Garcia will serve as Secretary. Rebeca fills the large shoes belonging to Jessica Arciniega who served admirably… Lou Vigorita is one of four VCBA members traveling to Los Altos Mar. 11-13 for the annual “Silent Retreat for Members of the Legal Profession.” If you are ready for three days of introspection, contact lvigorita@yahoo.com

Need 4 hours of CLE? The Ventura County Paralegal Association is hosting a gathering  March 5. jknupp@normandowler.com… The VCPA gave the vcba/vlsp, inc. a $500 donation to bar prez Joe Strohman during the Bar Leaders Planning Session…

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.