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Bill Winfield gave me a copy of his 1986-1987 Legal Services Directory, the bar’s pictorial of its membership. Included with the address, phone and fax numbers were the names of the spouses. We might add that in our 2012-2013 editions…A longtime Washington state lawyer has been disbarred after failing to defend a disciplinary hearing that resulted from his theft of a vacuum cleaner from a department store. Paul Ryals was admitted in 1988. He was convicted of second-degree theft in a Snohomish County bench trial earlier this year. The ABA Journal tried to reach him at an apparent former office, but was told he was not reachable there…Toronto? Natalie Panossian at napanossian@gmail.com

James Procter, Lisa Shyer, and Alan Wisotsky are pleased to announce the formation of Wisotsky, Procter & Shyer effective Sept. 1. The firm will continue serving self-insured public entities and the insurance defense industry. Other attorneys with the firm are Jeffrey Held, Brian Keighron, Dirk DeGenna, and Karen Harmeling and they may all be reached at 278.0920…It can be costly to arrest Richard Kreimer, or to throw him out of your business. Richard is homeless, but not exactly penniless. Over the years he has filed nearly 20 lawsuits alleging violation of his First Amendment or civil rights, bringing “a good bit of media coverage and hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements.” Kreimer may be most famous for his successful suit against the library in Morristown, N.J., for barring him from the premises, which garnered him an $80,000 settlement recently. He had claimed he was unlawfully ousted  for his hygiene and odd behavior. In another suit against Morristown claiming police harassment, he won a $150,000 settlement… Christina Stokholm, current president of theBarristers, has been appointed to the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the State Bar of California…

Roger Myers, for the 19th year, organized the legal services portion of Stand Down July 29, 30, and 31. Nancy Aronson held court as protem on Friday with 119 cases on calendar and took no break from 1:00-4:30 p.m. Lots of lawyers seen helping out including others for the 19th year – Jean Farley, Allison O’Neill, and Yasmin Morrison. Other regulars included Glenn Campbell, Tom Adams, Bill Raymond, Jody Prior, Janet Koehn, DDA Jennifer Lyons, and DPD Marie Meth…I attended a hearing on ways to address the financial crisis in the San Francisco Superior Courts. I should say a decimated Superior Court. Get this – 41 percent of the support staff is being let go in San Francisco – more than 200 people. Out of the existing fifteen departments for general civil cases, only three will remain. Both complex litigation departments will be closed. One of the two Law and Motion departments will be closed. An unfathomable backlog to civil litigation is expected and restoration of funds not expected…Thailand? Phil Panitz at pgp@pktaxlaw.com or 379.1667…

The Tri-Counties Local Government Attorneys Association has elected its new board of directors. The president will be Julie Doi (City of Oxnard), vice-president is Felicia Liberman (City of Simi Valley), and the secretary-treasurer is Andy Viets (City of Ventura). They typically meet the third Thursday of each month throughout the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas. More info? viets@ci.ventura.ca.us…   Think you had a harrowing time taking the bar exam? It probably can’t compare to Elana Nightingale Dawson’s experience. The 2011 Northwestern University Law School graduate sat for the Illinois bar in Chicago on July 27, and less than two hours after she finished, she gave birth to her first child, a boy who weighed 6.6 pounds. This was Dawson’s first child, and she told the ABA Journal that it was not until Wednesday afternoon, while she was working through the bar exam’s multiple-choice section, that she realized something was going on. But, what, exactly, she was unsure of. Everyone told her the first labor takes a long time, and the only indication she had that things were moving quickly was that she didn’t think she could talk during contractions. “I just put my head in my hands and breathed,” says Dawson. “Hopefully everyone else thought I was having a really tough time concentrating. Speaking of lawyers having babies, Mark Barney and Ellen Murphy Barney welcomed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 20 inches of Matilda Grace Barney July 19. And on Aug. 1, Beverley Grace Spillman, at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 20 inches, joined big siblings Ella, Atticus, and Levi, Mom Lisa Spillman and dad Paul.”…

Judge David Long’s Retirement Party is Sept. 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. atop the Tower Club. Seating is limited, so call Celene at 650.7599 to register or bar@vcba.org. All proceeds benefit the vcba/vlsp, inc. which is the only way Judge Long would agree to do this. That’s the kind of man he is… There are ten, count ‘em, ten CLE programs scheduled this month for your consideration. Check the September calendar flyer contained herein or visit www.vcba.org and click Education & Training. Easy!… A sentence in which tiny birds and the English language are both slaughtered in this year’s winner of the annual bad writing contest. San Jose State University professor Scott Rice says Sue Fondrie of Oshkosh, Wis., took top honors in the 2011 Bulwer-Lytten Fiction Contest for her sentence comparing forgotten memories  to dead sparrows. Here it is: “Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.”…The Jerome H. Berenson Inn of Court, Ventura County Chapter #228, still has a couple openings if you are interested. The first meeting is September 8 and runs the second Thursday of each month through May ’12. Call me for an application and enroll for the last available spaces…

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.