January 2012 Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

Lots of lawyers turned out to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day at the Salvation Army’s “OneCity, One Meal” event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Feeding nearly 600 folks in need were Amy Dilbeck, Tom Adams, Judge Fred Bysshe, Mike Bradbury, Tom Hutchinson, David and Mary Shea…A Justice Department lawyer who was the longest serving federal prosecutor in U.S. history has died at the age of 89. John “Jack” Keeney retired last year after working for the Justice Department for 59 years.  Keeney worked on organized crime cases under Attorney general Robert Kennedy, helped negotiate a treaty with  Switzerland in the 1970s that gave U.S. investigators access to Swiss bank accounts, and had a role in the watergate investigation. A Justice Department building is named in his honor.  his only prosecutorial regret? Keeney once told NPR, “prosecuting alleged communists in the 1950s.” Keeney served in WWII as a B17 pilot. his plane was shot down and he was held in a Nazi prison camp during the final months of the war…Argentina? Aris Karakolos at 659.6800 or akarakolos@fcoplaw.com

 Kathleen Smith of Norman Dowler had a letter to the editor published in the November issue of California Lawyer. Page 5 at www.callawyer.com…These people live among us – GOP presidential contender Newt gingrich is explaining his assertion that child labor laws are “truly stupid.” gingrich says he wants to empower kids to succeed through a work ethic. In poor neighborhoods, he has said in recent speeches, children can’t earn cash because they are “trapped in child laws.” He offers school janitorial jobs as an example, saying kid janitors “would be dramatically less expensive than unionized janitors.” gingrich elaborated in an interview with the Washington Post. “I’m not suggesting that they drop out of school and become janitors, I’m talking about working 20 hours a week and being empowered to succeed,” he said… Need to score 6 CLE units all in one day? The Barristers are hosting their Bridging The gap event in conjunction with The Daily Journal on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Ventura County government Center (flyer contained herein). Substance Abuse, Bias and Ethics will be front and center. New admittees and lawyers practicing less than two years are free. Barristers in practice from two to five years pay $50. All others $75. Celene at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org… 

Speaking of Barristers, they have elected their new officers and directors: Robert Krimmer, president; Matthew Purcell, VP; Rachel Coleman, secretary; Rennee Dehesa, treasurer; and Christina Stokholm, immediate past-president. Board members include Tom Adams, Amy Dilbeck, Katherine Hause, Joshua Hopstone, Chris Kunke, Brier Miron, Melanie Murphy, Kathryn Pietrolungo, Jon Schwalbach, and Jaclyn Smith…Movie of the Month: Marty (zebra): “I’m still doing the same old thing.  Stand over here, trot over there. Eat some grass. walk back over here.” Alex (lion): “I see your problem.” Marty: Maybe I should go to law school.” On his tenth birthday, Marty (Chris rock) laments his uneventful life to Alex (Ben Stiller) in “Madagascar” (2005)…The 23rd Annual Bar Leaders Planning Session is scheduled for Feb. 11, at the Courtyard by Marriott. Representatives of sections, committees and affiliates should mark their calendars…

The NY Times has a compelling article entitled, “what They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering.” It appeared Nov.  20 at www.nytimes.com…A would-be law student in New York state has filed suit seeking additional time to take the Law School Admission Test. Lisa Russo, 41, of Fort Salonga, N.Y, says she needs more time because of a brain disorder that causes her to read and write more slowly. Russo is asking for an additional three hours to take the test. She seeks accommodations for her disability caused by a removal of a brain lesion in 2005…Ventura County native Jon Schwalbach has joined Ferguson Case Orr Paterson. he grew up in Thousand Oaks… Azamare Cruise to Veniceand the AdriaticCoast? Howard Evans at hbevans@adelphia.net..

Judge Edward Brodie retired on Nov. 30, after more than 19 years on the bench. Judge Brodie was elected to the municipal court in June 1992. he received a special interim appointment by Gov. Pete Wilson and began his term of office four months early. He was elevated to the superior court in June 1998.  He was a DA from 1984-1992 and a PD from 1981-1982. Additionally, he was a CHP officer for 12 years…Shoppers at the Boynton Beach Mall inFloridacould have received some legal counseling during their quest for the perfect holiday gift. Three lawyers opened a kiosk called The Law Booth and they offered year-end specials. Through Dec. 31, 15-minutes consultations were free and estate planning was $300. A lawyer was available on Black Friday starting at 4:00 a.m… New officers for the Intellectual Property Section are: Chris Balzan, president; James Dawson, VP; Doug English, treasurer; and Pejman Yedidsion, secretary. The IP Section continues to meet the second Thursday of each month either at the bar offices or the Plug Nickel in TO for lunch…

Justice Paul Coffee swore in 15 new lawyers Dec. 6 in Courtroom #22. Coffee, whose last day in the office is January 31, was compelling and heartfelt in delivering his final observations, along with Judges Vince O’Neill and Brian Back. This was the first time in over six years that more men than women swore-in, 8-7, and 10 lawyers of the 15 verbalized they were searching for work. Thanks to Joe Strohman, Christina Stokholm, Katie Pietrolungo, David Cunningham, and Jill Friedman for their assist…

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.