Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

For those of you who continue to reside in a cave, the formal enrobing ceremony for Judge Matthew Guasco will be Friday, March 16, beginning at 4:00 p.m. inside Courtroom #22. Contact Victoria.borjesson@ventura. courts.ca.gov or 654.2965…Berkeley law professor William Falik has obtained naming rights to a restroom at Harvard Law School with a $100,000 donation. Falik told Above the Law and the Daily Californian blog that he obtained naming rights after discussions with the school’s dean at the time, Elena Kagan. Outside the restroom in Harvard’s new Wasserstein Hall is a plaque identifying the “Falik Men’s Room” as a result of a gift by Falik, a 1971 alum. “I have a name that doesn’t go many places,” Falik told the Daily Californian. “I think it’s somewhat humorous to have my name outside of a men’s room.” Falik already has a history of restroom naming rights. He made a large donation to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which named the “Falik Gentleman’s Lounge” in his honor…Southern Spain? Jon Light at 248.7214 or jlight@lightgablerlaw.com

FCOP’s John Hribar became a father for the first time Feb. 5 (Super Bowl Sunday) at 1:30 p.m. Ethan James entered the world at 7 lbs and 7 oz just before kick-off, while momma Betsy is doing just fine. Father John is reported to have said, “I suddenly feel responsible.” And yes, he did miss the game…Beijing-based King & Wood has almost 1,000 lawyers in 15 offices – but it never had lawyers with the surnames King or Wood as founding partners. Mark Schaub, who according to King & Wood’s website came to the firm in 2000 and was the first foreign lawyer to join, told Reuters that “there was no Mr. King and no Mr. Wood” when the firm was founded in 1993. Reuters notes that in the U.S., state ethics rules generally require that any surnames in law firm names reflect a lawyer who worked at that firm in the past or the present. But law firms in China can name themselves whatever they think will inspire confidence in the local or global marketplace…Natalie Panossian informs me The Federalist Society will hold a reception March 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Cal Lutheran. “A Conversation with Ward Connerly, former UC Regent & Founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute” will be the topic. CLE approved too! Call Natalie at 805.217.2465 or goldcoastfs@gmail.com

Carol Woo, Alan Templeman and Dennis LaRochelle have been named Super Lawyers by a Thomson Reuters business, Southern California 2012 Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers. Those were the Ventura County attorneys I spotted, but I am quite sure I missed some. Let me know…Attorney William A. Rutter passed Feb. 2 at the age of 84. You’ll recognize him as the founder of The Rutter Group in 1979. Additionally, he founded the BAR/BRI Bar Review, which became the largest Bar Review course in the country…The new officers of the Tri-Counties Government Attorneys Association are Julie Doi (City of Oxnard), President; Felicia Liberman (City of Simi Valley), Vice-President; and Andy Viets (City of Ventura), Secretary-Treasurer…

Forty-seven lawyers attended the 22nd Annual Strategic Planning Session of Bar Leaders February 11, hosted by the Bar board of directors and the officers led by President Dien Le. That may indeed be a single season record and included 7 vcba/vlsp, inc. EAs…Ouch! A Massachusetts dentist who allegedly used paper clips in place of standard steel posts, in order to save money while performing root canals, was sentenced in February to one year in state prison after pleading guilty in a medical fraud case brought by the State Attorney General…A California lawyer has been criminally charged after allegedly appearing at court to represent clients at hearing in a drunken state. Michelle Winspur is accused of blowing twice the legal limit on Oct. 7, when she was given a breath-alcohol test as she entered Kings County Superior Court in Hanford, reports the Visalia Times-Delta. She was tested because a court clerk said she sounded drunk when she called to say she was going to be late for trial. Already facing an attorney discipline case for allegedly being drunk during a 2010 trial in Monterey County, Winspur has her license suspended earlier this month…

Barristers’ Annual Darts Night is Friday, March 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. inside Garman’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in Santa Paula. A $10 donation at the door ALL goes to the vcba/vlsp, inc. Amy Dilbeck at 641.6600 or amy@palaylaw.com… Additionally, the Barristers are assisting Habitat For Humanity Saturday, March 24. Call Robert Krimmer at 988.9886 or rkrimmer@atozlaw.com… Did you know the State Bar of California is considering increasing the number of hours/units/credits for attorney continuing legal education from the current 25 to somewhere north of 30? Not very much is known now, but the State Bar Board of Governors will be discussing in the coming few months…The 2012 National Fiction Writing Competition for Physicians and Lawyers is yours to win. A short story or novel in the fiction genre and not to exceed 2,500 words may be submitted by August 1 to www.seak.com… Finally, the VC Family Law Bar is hosting a dinner March 13 featuring the Hon. Etta Gillivan (Ret.). Call Matt Purcell at 987.8809 or vcflb@gmail.com… Help Wanted: Local firm looking for business litigator with 7-10 years litigation experience. May be “Of Counsel” or full-time employee with benefits. Call me.

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. His roommate at Harvard was Jeremy Lin and Henderson has been a lifelong Knicks fan. Additionally, his Final Four picks include Duke, Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas and Syracuse. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter at stevehendo1 or vcba1, or better yet, 650.7599.

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.