April Exec’s Dot Dot Dot

Appointed to the Municipal Court in 1995 by Pete Wilson and elevated to the Superior Court again by Mr. Wilson in 1997, the Honorable David Long is retiring on May 16th to focus on golf, travel and collecting even more jokes… One of my favorite lawyers, Ed Buckle, is also retiring soon after 40 years in practice. He is trying with all his might to donate his library to anyone interested after being turned away by a number of institutions. It just doesn’t feel right to trash 385 volumes, so anyone interested can just pick them up at etb93001@yahoo.com or 653.2505…A prosecutor for a central California county has resigned after his superiors discovered he had been working despite a nearly-year-old warrant for his arrest. The Merced Sun-Star reports that a bench warrant for the arrest of Merced County Deputy District Attorney Matthew Shelton was issued last April for failing to appear in court for speeding and driving on a suspended license. Yet Mr. Shelton continued working, handling misdemeanors and felony cases, including a homicide. The newspaper says the 43-year-old may have broken laws prosecuting cases while suspended by the State Bar in 2008. He had been with the office since 2007…Looking for Matt LaVere? Now at Goldenring & Prosser at 642.6702…

Carribbean Cruise on Azamara? Don Hurley at donald_hurley2008@yahoo.com… Carribean Cruise on Celebrity? Rick Rabbin at rsr0109@sbcglobal.net…Lech, Austria? Tony Strauss at ars@strausslawgroup.com or 641.9992. Tony has penned a trip story and an excerpt from his adventure appears in this month’s edition of CITATIONS while the full story appears online at vcba.org…Martin Marootian died Feb. 25 at the age of 95. He was a retired pharmacist who stood up for Armenian genocide victims as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that resulted in a $20-million settlement from the New York Life Insurance Company for failing to honor claims on policies sold to thousands of Armenians slain during the last years of the Ottoman Empire. In 1999 Marootian joined a legal battle to force New York Life to honor policies purchased by more than 2,000 Armenians, most of whom perished in what historians have described as the first genocide of the 20th century… Compelling local and international story involving lawyer Jim McDermott and his legal matter in an article by Ken Silverstein inside Foreign Policy Magazine at foreignpolicy.com/articles.2011/02/22/teodorins_world?page=0,0. He calls himself a Prince from the country of Equatorial Guinea and his name is Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue…

License Plate of the Month: Ron Harrington spotted this plate on a Mercedes – MEDI84U, navigated by Jack Draper…A unique anniversary occurred Feb. 22. It had been five years to the day since Justice Clarence Thomas last spoke at oral argument. “One thing I’ve demonstrated often in 16 years is you can do this job without asking a single question,” he recalled in a speech three years ago…Back in 2002, Linda Lowney drafted a will for her client, Thor Tollefson, that provided for his estate to go to his sister and two nieces in Norway. But by 2005 the 54-year-old California attorney had become involved with Tollefson, 85. He gave her $339,000, with his nieces’ consent, and the two got married in 2006, using a confidential license, reports the SF Chronicle. Later that year, Tollefson asked for a divorce, as the couple continued to live separately, and in 2007 he moved into a nursing home and died. Now a State Bar judge is calling the marriage a sham and has ordered Lowney suspended from practice… Susan Simmons Seemiller is now working as a senior attorney for the Court of Appeal, Division 6. She may be reached susan.seemiller@jud.ca.gov…

Quote of the Week from George Galbraith: You can see it also in Daley v. County of Butte (1964) 227 Cal.App.2d 380,392 – “Clients should not be forced to act as hawk like inquisitors of their own counsel, suspicious of every step and quick to switch lawyers. The legal profession knows no worse headache than the client who mistrusts his attorney. The lay litigant enters a temple of mysteries whose ceremonies are dark, complex and unfathomable. Pretrial procedures are the cabalistic rituals of the lawyers and judges who serve as priest and high priests. The layman knows nothing of their tactical significance. He knows only that his case remains in limbo knows only that his case remains in limbo while the priests and high priests chant their lengthy and arcane pretrial rites. He does know this much: That several years frequently elapse between the commencement and trial of lawsuits. Since the law imposes this state of puzzled patience on the litigant, it should permit him to sit back in peace and confidence without suspicious inquiries and without incessant checking on counsel.”…A Kansas City Royals fan has lost his lawsuit that claims he suffered a detached retina when he was hit by a flying, foil-wrapped hot dog tossed by the team’s lion mascot, Sluggerrr. Jurors deliberated for slightly more than an hour before finding the team not liable for injuries suffered in September 2009 by John Coomer, who had three surgeries to repair his eye. Coomer was a long-time fan who had attended 175 games. A lawyer for the team had argued Coomer should have taken more responsibility for his own safety. The Chicago Tribune called the tossed hotdog a “wayward weener” and a “fateful frank,” while the Kansas City Star called it a “flung frank.”…Barrister board member and secretary, Matt Purcell, is organizing a legal clinic at the Ventura Salvation Army. You want to assist once a month? He may be reached at mattmpurcell@hotmail.com…

John Negley and the Barristers are hosting a CLE event April 4. Chris Hamilton will discuss the broader range of financial reporting. Call Celene at 650.7599 to register or simply email her at bar@vcba.org…Lawyers accused of stealing more than $25,000 from their clients would have a consumer alert placed prominently at the top of their State Bar profile page under a proposal being circulated for public comment. The State Bar has identified 160 cases involving 60 lawyers of alleged misappropriation of more than $25,000. Total alleged misappropriations amount to $11.5 million…It’s official. Katie Pietrolungo will assume her new role as Vice Chair of the California Young Lawyers Association effective 9.26…

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.