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Hats off to Justice Arthur Gilbert, PJ Vince O’Neill and APJ Brian Back for hosting the New Admittee Swearing-In Ceremony held in CR#22 June 7. It was light, humorous, intimate and thoughtful. One State Bar official from the Bar Examiners voiced aloud it was the best ceremony he’d ever attended. There were 11 new admittees, 11 speakers and Joseph Dunn, new State Bar CEO, was one of them in addition to Joe Strohman, Christina Stokholm, Katie Pietrolungo, Wendy Lascher, and Jill Friedman representing our bar… In related news, law school graduates in the class of 2010 have set a new record, and it’s not a good one. Only 68.4 percent of the 2010 grads were able to land a job requiring bar passage, the lowest percentage since the legal career professional group NALP began collecting statistics… Marc Charney received the Ventura County Leadership Academy Founder’s Award May 19 at the annual Leadership luncheon. The award recognizes an individual who has played an important role in fostering and providing community leadership in various organizations over many years…

Who’s on the cover of California Lawyer Magazine? Barbara Macri-Ortiz and Jessica Arciniega are featured in an article about “Lawyers Without Law School.” The article may be found at www.callawyer.com, page 18…  Judge Julie Lynch notes an unfortunate juxtaposition at the new court house in Franklin County, Ohio. The courthouse i “If you wear dresses, you’re on notice that you might want to take the elevator, as I will be doing,” said Lynch. Court officials are aware of the issue, and they are discussing whether they will need to change the design. Really?…  The Barristers held a bar-wide logo contest with the winning entry receiving a free bar membership in perpetuity.  There were a dozen or so submissions but the Barristers’ board concluded the winner was Celene Valenzuela.  Many of you will recognize Celene because she has been an Administrative Assistant with the bar association and the vlsp, inc. since ’06. Her myriad activities include graphic designer and her logo can be seen on page 18 above the Barristers’ Corner.  BTW – she’s getting hitched Dec. 10…

Rebeca Mendoza hosted her daughter’s artwork, “New Beginnings,” a showing of paintings and celebration of Summer June 23.  If you missed it, Andrea Vargas’ efforts may be viewed at www.andreavargasstudio.com… An attorney is accused of keying and leaving notes on cars that were not parked properly at a downtown Seattle parking garage. Ronald Mattson, 63, is charged with malicious mischief after security officials at Columbia Center allegedly caught him keying a car during a sting operation.  Mattson admitted damaging the cars and leaving the notes.  On one of the notes, Mattson penned, “Take some parking lessons you idiot,” on a car with wheels over the line…  If you want to be a new member of the Jerome H. Berenson Inn of Court, during the 2011-2012 campaign, call me for an application at 650.7599.  Better yet, complete the application within this issue of CITATIONS and get it to me ASAP as teams are being formed…

John Negley is relocating his office to the Court of Appeal building effective July 1. The new address is 200 E. Santa Clara, Suite 200, Ventura, 93001. His firm is changing its name to Negley Law. John.negleylaw@gmail.com… Facebook has sued several affiliated internet companies for using the phrase “Face Book of Sex” to promote their adult networking service. The federal suit names as a defendant Various Inc. and three subsidiaries. Filed in the Northern District of California, the complaint says the defendants operate Facebookofsex.com and affiliated websites in a “blatant attempt” to capitalize on the Facebook name…  Rivera Maya Mexico? Matt LaVere at 642.6702 or goldenringlaw@aol.com… Guernsey Island, United Kingdom? Lawrence Noble at 658.6266 or lawrence@noble4law.com

Steve Lee completed the Eugene Marathon on May 1.  It began at the U of O Duck campus and finished on the historic Hayward Field.  His time of 3:14 is commendable and good enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon…  The Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors is recommending that famous mass tort lawyer Stanley Chesley be disbarred for his role in a $200 million fen-phen settlement that ended with prison sentences for two other lawyers.  Chesley had charged $20 million to help settle the case for the plaintiffs’ lawyers, though his contract entitled him to receive about $13 million, according to a hearing officers report…  Looking for Jill Singer? Working for Gordon Edelstein et al. and opened up shop at 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Suite I. 888.764.7579 or jill@geklaw.com

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.