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For Barristers only! The Annual Judges Pizza Night will be held inside Cafe Fiore, Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Ventura. This event typically brings out the largest number of justices, judges and commissioners who mingle with young lawyers while enjoying the slices and liquids. Barristers are being asked for a ten dollar donation, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army and its efforts to provide Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless. Questions regarding the Pizza Night and volunteering to serve Thanksgiving dinner 11.24 from noon to 2:00 p.m may be directed to Rachel Coleman at rc@dk4law.    

com or 988.4848…Bostonlawyer Ben Seisler picked up extra money donating to a Virginiasperm bank while attending law school at GeorgeMasonUniversity. Seisler earned $150 per donation and apparently visited the bank frequently. In 2005, he used his donor number to register with an online tracking site called the Donor Sibling Registry. Seisler learned he has at least 75 children, and the 33-year-old lawyer expects the number to grow to 120 to 140 children. His wife is not too pleased with this relatively new information. “What if they all come knockin?” she asked angrily on camera. He uses an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of them all…Turkey? Gerry Cline at gcline@spry.net

Judge Manuel Covarrubias received the Outstanding Service Award from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission at a ceremony Oct. 4 at the El Rio Juvenile Justice Center. The award is given to Manny for his commitment and dedication to serving young people…Along those same lines, Commissioner JoAnn Johnson has been presented with the Judicial Officer of the Year Award by the Child Support Directors Association of California. The award recognizes a commissioner or judge who has strengthened the state’s child support program. It was presented inSacramento Sept. 20…Quote of the Month: “What sense does it make to forbid selling a 13-year-old boy a magazine with an image of a nude woman, while protecting a sale to that 13-year-old of an interactive video game in which he actively, but virtually, binds

and gags the woman, then tortures and kills her?” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, dissenting in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (2011 WL 2518809), which struck down a California ban on the sale a violent video games to minors…License Plate of the Month: 07 USC on a late model BMW 3 Series driven by Steven Lehat

The Ventura law offices of Farley & Kump, located on Ash Street, closed its doors Oct. 31 after doing business since 1999… A federal appeals court is so aggravated by the quality of an Illinois lawyer’s legal writing that it has ordered him to show cause why he shouldn’t be barred from practicing before the court.  Lawyer Walter Maksym was “unable to file an intelligible complaint,” despite three tries given him by the trial court, according to the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The appeals court included a 345-word sentence by Maksym to illustrate. Additionally, at least 23 sentences containing 100 or more words…Dennis LaRochelle completed the Carpinteria Triathlon in a respectable 1:28:02 while finishing 309 out of 471.

Not to be outdone, Bart Bleuel swam a 10K in the Santa Barbara Los Banos 50-meter pool (200 lengths) in 3:25:22. It was witnessed by his family, including his three grandchildren and wife Michelle, who counted laps…Movie Quote of the Month: Gingrich: “You were coming out of what store?” Cimoli: “Nat’s Delicatessen on Euclid Avenue.” Gingrich: “Too bad it didn’t happen in front of the May Company. From them you can collect. Couldn’t you have dragged yourself another 20 feet?” – From “Whiplash Willie” Gingrich (Walter Matthau) quizzing a client about slipping on a banana peel and breaking his pelvis in The Fortune Cookie (1966)…Barristers Secretary Matt Purcell had his photograph in the September issue of the ABAJournal interviewing a client at the Salvation Army Transitional Housing complex…

A standing O for Rob Long, who after 22 years of service on the CITATIONS Editorial Board, is stepping aside for a while. Resting on his stepping aside for a while. Resting on his laurels? Nope. Long has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Ojai-West. Thank you Rob from all of us and we suspect you’ll be missing your monthly pizza feed…Effective Oct. 11, case-initiating papers, including complaints, applications and petitions, applications for renewals of judgment, and clerk and court default judgment packets (except for requests for entry of default) will be processed in the Ventura clerk’s office only. BTW, it is possible that the Simi Valley Courthouse could close because of the budget constraints. Judge Vince O’Neill and Michael Planet are making the rounds. If you’d like to have them address your section, committee or affiliate, get a hold of Mike-michael.planet@ventura.courts.ca.gov

Do me a favor, would ‘ya? Attend the Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Nov. 19 atop The Crowne Plaza in Ventura. You can accomplish two things. First, honor three excellent lawyers for their community service. Marc Charney will receive the Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award, while John Howard and Jonathan Light will be the recipients of the James D. Loebl VLSP, Inc. Public Service Award. To register, simply email Celene at bar@vcba.org. Secondly, all proceeds from the silent auction go to our pro bono program and it’s still not too late to donate an item by getting a hold of Don Hurley at donald_hurley2008@yahoo.comCristian Arrieta is relocating his practice to Cunningham Legal in Camarillo. His new number is 484.2769…The ABA has a new pocket-sized book written specifically for

professionals who need to communicate with Spanish speakers about U.S.law. The guide identifies common American legal phrases and concepts and provides accurate Spanish translations. Want one? ababooks-nc@staff. abanet.org…The Pacific Coast Business Times honored locals Stuart Nielson, Gannon Johnson and Bret Anderson Nov. 17 with its “40 Under 40” award to youngish business leaders in the tri-counties.

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.