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Katie Pietrolungo has been elected and installed as president of the California Young Lawyers Association of the State Bar of California. Past president of Ventura County Barristers (2008), she may be congratulated at kpietrolungo@andersonkill. com or better yet, 288.1300…As of Jan. 3, those trying to use theGroverBeach(SLOCounty) courthouse will be sent north. Citing unprecedented reductions in judicial funding, the courthouse at 214 S. 16th Streetin GroverBeachwill move its hearings to the San Luis Obispocourthouse at 1035 Palm Street. Court leaders said in a statement they hope the “suspension of operations is temporary and promise to aggressively seek restoration of the recent funding cuts to ensure continuing access to justice for everyone.”…Jamaica? Erik Feingold at efeingold@mwgjs.com or 644.7188…

Don Greenberg, VLSP, Inc. Emeritus Attorney extraordinaire, was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Retired Employees Association of Ventura County (REAVC)…A longserving and well respected Orange County Superior Court judge was ordered removed from the bench Jan. 11 for fixing tickets of family and friends. The Commission on Judicial Performance found that Richard W. Stanford Jr. intervened on nine separate occasions between 2005 and 2010 to allow acquaintances to pay greatly reduced traffic fines without having to appear in court. The San Francisco-based commission, which disciplines state judges for ethical lapses, said Stanford’s removal is necessary to “restore public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” Stanford ordered his son-in-law’s $500 ticket for running a red light in 2010 be reduced to $40. A clerk uncomfortable with Stanford’s handling of the case started the rumble… James Perero of Wasserman, Comden, et al. received the Oxnard Chamber of  Commerce Chairman’s Award of Excellence on Jan. 28…

 The incredible run by one Dorothy Prairie, law office administrator at Hathaway, Perrett, Webster, Powers, Chrisman & Gutierrez in Ventura, came to an end Dec. 31, 2011, when Prairie retired from the firm. That sounds pretty routine until you peel back the layers of this modest onion. She retired after 45 years! Hired as the office manager in 1966 by Julian Hathaway, Bob Soares, and Mike Perrett; Prairie was a fixture in the legal community teaching classes and being president of the Legal Secretaries Association. At 86, she still hikes with the Sierra Club, and her husband, Ken (84), is still working…The blog that chronicles U.S. Supreme Court action is noticing a recent surge in solo dissents. The U.S. Supreme Court issued four opinions on Jan. 10, all of them decided by an 8-1 vote. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented in one opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in another, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented in two cases. SCOTUSblog noted the solo dissents and said they are relatively rare. “Justice Stevens used to say that it was sometimes important to have a dissent to keep the majority honest,” the blog says. “I wonder if maybe Justice Ginsberg might be taking that role up a bit, now that Justice Stevens has retired.” On Jan. 11, the Supreme Court issued another 8-1 ruling, and this time, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only dissenter. Two other decisions issued 1.11.12 were unanimous… Mike Case celebrated his 40th year of practicing law on Jan. 5 and ten years to the day his son, Rob, has been a lawyer too.

 The Mexican American Bar Association have elected their new officers for 2012. President, Rennee Dehesa; Lou Kreuzer, Vice President; Andres Garcia, Treasurer; and Claudia Calderon, Secretary. MABA continues to meet the first Friday of each to meet the first Friday of each month at a variety of locations. Contact Rennee to get into the loop at rdehesa@nchc.com…A survey of 45 large law firms showed the number of lawyers they employed in 2011 didn’t change, but that doesn’t mean the firms weren’t hiring. The survey concluded the number of lawyers at the firms was static last year, but lateral hiring has been robust… Steven Lee ran a 3:03 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 4, a personal record for Steven. He plans on giving a sub-3 shot at either the Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon in June, or the Chicago Marathon in October… Harlem, Montana? Ed Elrod at edward. elrod.law@gmail.com…Southern Spain?  Jon Light at jlight@lightgablerlaw.com. The Law Day 5K Committee started meeting in  January in preparation for the 29th annual running. Mark your calendars for May 19 at the County Government Center…

Kendall VanConas became a name partner at A to Z on January 1st…The Jerome H. Berenson Inn of Court is in full swing and has been so since the first meeting back in October. If you’d like to check out the action and be a guest at either the February-March- April-May meetings, contact President David Lehr at david@davislehrlaw.com or 477.0070…Women Lawyers of Ventura County elected new officers 1.13.12. Jill Friedman will remain as president; Charmaine Buehner, president-elect; Rebeca Mendoza, vice-president; Robert Guerra, secretary; Katie Hause, treasurer; and Jodi Prior, past-president. They continue to meet the second Friday of each month beginning at noontime inside the bar offices…Stuart Nielson has joined the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme…

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.