May Exec’s Dot Dot Dot

In case you are wondering, Joel Mark is the new managing partner at Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton… India? Nepal? Michele Castillo at michele.castillo@ventura.org  or 805.654.2201.  Austria, Slovakia, Czeck Republic, and Hungary? Dien Le at dien@calawcounsel. com or 818.889.2299. Toronto? Cheri Kurman at ckurman@normandowler.com or 654.0911…LA Times ran an article April 2 – www.latimes.com  – about a group of legal experts who examined five of the U.S. Supreme Court’s worst rulings. Numero Uno? Korematsu vs. United States, the 1944 high court ruling upholding the evacuationorder against Japanese American after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Others include Dred Scott v. Sandford and Buck v. Bell… If you are searching for Jon Light, Karen Gabler, Glenn Dickinson, Gannon Johnson, and Lou Cappadona, they can be found at 760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 400 in Camarillo – 805.248.7208 too…

Judge Ed Brodie was selected as one of the recipients of the Oxnard Knights of Columbus Public Safety Award for 2011. The award was presented at the group’s Public Safety Night held April 11…Seeking to satisfy a tax debt of over $300,000 owed by a former New Hampshire lawyer who stole over $1 million from clients, the IRS is planning to sell James Hobbs’ home. Authorities say Hobbs, 52, apparently spent most or all of the money on personal expenses. He is serving a 10- to 20- year term in prison for forgery, perjury and theft. More than half of the $1 million reportedly came from the estate of a deceased attorney who expected the money to be used to care for his disabled daughter…Simi Valley lawyer Randy Sundeen was elected to the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors. The board oversees 250 clubs in the U.S. and the men’s and women’s national team programs. Randy’s son, Tyler, is a member of the men’s national team and is training for the Pan Am games in October…

Spotted at the March Madness Final Four games in Houston was Mark Hiepler with his two sons…A hearing officer had recommended only a six-month suspension for Arizona attorney Charna Johnson, who admittedly had claimed to serve as a medium channeling the thoughts of a client’s dead wife to him but denied sexual involvement with the man. But the disciplinary commission of the state supreme court said a one-year suspension was merited, based on additional misconduct, and Arizona’s top court agreed. Because Johnson lied in another disciplinary proceeding and said she had not claimed to channel the dead to a female client for whom she drafted a will that left the client’s assets to herself, the punishment was increased… Mayakoba? Yucatan? Greg Herring at gherring@fcoplaw.com or 659.6800. Turks and Caicos? Dan Palay at djp@palaylaw.com or 641.6600…

Debora Vierra has been appointed to the Executive Board of Directors of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) for the 2011-2013 term. Debora is also serving on the CELA Political Appointments Committee which makes recommendations to Gov. Brown regarding State Board and Commission appointments…I spotted in my daughter’s Pacific Coast Horse Riding Association Directory the Equine Law firm of Hey & Hey in Redwood City– www.blueribbonlaw.com …Contending that he was “grossly overbilled” for a negligent defense in an insider trading case, the jailed former CEO of Qwest Communications International Inc. has sued over his legal bill of more than $25 million. Joseph Nacchio, who is serving a 70-month prison term for illegally selling $52 million in Qwest stock in reliance on insider information, complains that his defense lawyers even billed him for their underwear…Do participate in the 28th Annual Law Day 5K scheduled for May 21 at the VC Government Center. Proceeds benefit the VCBA/VLSP, Inc. and official starter is VC Sheriff Geoff Dean. www.active.com to register…

After a ton of pulling, tugging and underhandedness, Judge David Long has agreed to a “function” honoring his retirement and service only if the proceeds benefit the bar’s pro bono program, VCBA/VLSP, Inc. Mark your calendars–September 16 at the Tower Club…Bail has been set at $200,000 for a 33-year-old Missoula man accused of using divorce papers to start a fire that burned down his estranged wife’s beauty salon. Prosecutors say Shawn Gawronski was sitting in his truck, gun in hand, near the burning salon when deputies arrived. He was arrested a short time later, and court records say he acknowledged spreading gasoline throughout the building and using his divorce papers to get the fire going… Movie Quote of the Month: “The odds of a plaintiffs lawyer winning in civil court are two to one against. Think about that for a second. Your odds of surviving a game of Russian roulette are better than winning a case at trial. Twelve times better. So why does anyone do it? They don’t. They settle.”–From Jan Schlichtmann (John Travolta) explaining his work as a personal injury lawyer in A Civil Action, 1998…Do plan on attending the VCTLA “Trial Lawyer of the Year” dinner May 24. Bill Grewe at 642.7101 or wgrewe@rkmlaw.net

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.