Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… December 2011

VCBA/VLSP, Inc. Emeritus Attorney extraordinaire, Eugene Radding, died suddenly Nov. 8 from heart failure. Eugene graduated from USF in 1950 and proudly held the distinction of oldest active attorney in Ventura County. Eugene was a fixture inside the bar offices each and every Monday morning since 2005. He would interview low-income clients to determine whether or not their case was meritorious then procure the services of a family law attorney willing to take the matter pro bono. His obit appeared in The Star 11.10. He will be genuinely missed and we closed the offices in his honor November 10 from 2-4:00 p.m. A CITATIONS profile of Eugene, penned by Ellen Hirvela Russell, may be found at www.vcba.org, March 2010 edition.…A former Creek County judge convicted of exposing himself and using a male enhancement device while seated at the bench is not eligible to receive judicial retirement benefits, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled recently. The high court upheld a decision by the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees ruling that Donald Thompson, a 23-year veteran of the Sooner State legal system, violated his oath of office by using a penis pump while presiding over trials. His monthly pension of $7,789 was discontinued and he is now a registered sex offender after serving 20 months in prison…Germany? Belgium? Michael Case at 659.6800 or mcase@fcoplaw.com

Michael Planet, Court Executive Officer, was honored for his outstanding service to the Judicial Council and for improving the administration of justice statewide and in Ventura County…Gov. Brown has signed a measure to authorize a $10 rebate on all California lawyer dues and to change how the State Bar is governed. SB 163 had earlier passed both houses of the legislature by votes of 39-0 in the Senate and 68-9 in the Assembly. The $10 rebate means most active attorneys will pay dues of $400 next year… A federal judge in Syracuse has found the state of New York violated the First Amendment when it rejected a non-profit group’s request to sponsor “Choose Life” license plates. Senior U.S. District Judge Neal McCurn ruled in favor of the Children First Foundation, a group that supports adoption as an alternative for women with unwanted pregnancies and newborns…On Oct. 28, Judge Vince O’Neill, during the halftime of the St. Bonaventure v T.O. football contest, was inducted into the Seraph Hall of Fame…Hong Kong? Natalie Panossian at napanassion@gmail.com… Toyko? Don Greenberg at liondongreenberg@yahoo.com

Mistaken about the Star’s photo and article regarding Judge Manuel Covarrubias being the recipient of an Outstanding Service Award, I have been corrected. Apparently, Judge Covarrubias did not get an award, and in fact, PD Rebecca Nelson and DA Gene Kinsey did receive the award for contributions to youth. Deputy Probation Officer Noah Spevak (son of the late Holly Spevak), was also chosen for an award… I keep repeating to myself–kahn-TEEL sockah- OOH-way–but I’m going with the Tani Court…A Connecticut judge has ordered lawyers representing a divorcing couple to exchange passwords to their clients’ Facebook and dating websites. Judge Kenneth Schluger ordered the password exchange in the divorce. The judge cautioned in a Sept. 30 order that the exchange should be carried out by the lawyers, and neither spouse may post messages purporting to be the other…NCH&C announced that John Anderson has joined the firm as a partner and as chair of the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law group…London? Lawrence Noble at Lawrence@noble4law.com or 658.6266…  

The bar’s Estate Planning & Probate Section is chaired by Cheri Kurman. She asked a host of colleagues, including moi, to participate in a flash mob to raise money for Wellness andCaregiverCenter inCamarillo.  It’s a fun clip and you can spot it at www.vcstar.com/news/2001/nov/02/flash-mobbusts-a-mpve-to-promote-caregiver/… Law Office of David Esquibias announced attorneys Ruth Morrow and Tracy Kitzman have joined the firm….Tirana, Albania? Sean Cowdrey at sean@beachwhitman.com or 388.3100…  

Effective Nov. 1, Gary Jacobs is retired. He started in the LA County DA’s office before he landed here. You may reach him on his cell at 805.340.1290 or jacobslaw@me.com…AManhattan lawyer has sued a luxury health club, saying it stopped providing a full hot breakfast as promised. The suit by Richard Katz seeks $730,000 against the Setai Club and Spa Wall Street. Katz claimed he renewed his $5,000 annual membership based on a promise that he would continue to get a full free breakfast.  Katz is not happy with the cold buffet on a roof deck. The suit seeks $230,000 over the breakfasts and $500,000 for an allegedly libelous comment…Venturaattorney Mary Howard got herself a little more than she bargained for and the story is documented by Kimball Livingston and entitled, Luck in the Pacific. You may find it posted July 28. Essentially, Mary was part of a nine person sail team on a Swan 441 that was racing 2,250 miles in the Transpacific Yacht Pacific Race from Point Fermin toDiamond Head, a 14-day affair. About to finish, they spot a man drifting alone in the water (Guy Wilding, the kayak coach of the Spring National Team), so they deploy the Life Sling and fish him out. It’s a great story with a terrific climax and better told by Mary at mhoward@venturalaw.com or 641.9997…

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.