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I just knew I would miss some of the Super Lawyers out there. Each year, a Thomson Reuters business identifies thousands of outstanding lawyers in very small print and not by jurisdiction, but by area of practice. So my annual mea culpa to more than 30 Ventura County Super Lawyers, including prez-elect of the bar, Joel Mark, for leaving out their names. Word has it I may be able to keep my job. Don’t think I’ll attempt the list next year.  Well done people!…Montana’s chief federal judge admitted March 1 that he forwarded an email comparing African-Americans to dogs and implying that President Barack Obama’s mother had sex with animals. Richard Cebull’s email, obtained by the Great Falls Tribune, read: “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.” A so-called joke then follows: [we are not going to repeat it hear.] Judge Cebull maintained he did not send the emails because it was racist, but because it was “anti-Obama”…Australia? Dan Higson at higsonatty@aol.com or 642.6405 and Katie Hause at katie.hause@baslawoffice.com or 525.7104…

There was a really excellent profile of Judge Ryan Wright in The Daily Journal March 12, check it out at www.dailyjournal.com… The Barristers’ Annual Darts Night held March 2 at Garman’s in Santa Paula brought  in 40 throwing arms and $320 for the vlsp,inc. Thanks Amy Dilbeck for leading the charge and congrats John Dixon for bring home the First Place hardware and Katie Hause Runner-up!…A lawyer participating in suits against fourteen law schools has more ambitious plans in his quest to improve reporting of employment rates for graduates. New York lawyer David Anziska announced plans to sue 20 more schools. He hopes there will be more. “I truly believe that at the end of this process nearly every law school in the country will be sued.” Two of the targeted law schools – Pepperdine and American University – are ranked among the top 50 by U.S. News and World Report. The average debt load for graduates of the 20 targeted schools is $115,000… Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid’s attorney Kimberly Shean was recognized by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for all her good works for the county, including establishing the drug court. She was honored in 2008 with the State Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Service for her efforts with Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid…Costa Rica? David
Shain at 659.6800 or dshain@fcoplaw.com

New admittee Stephen Wood has gone solo and may be reached at 202.9444 or Stephen@swoodlaw.com.  He does Estate Planning & Probate – www.swoodlaw.com…Watch your peas and Qs!!! – The State Bar is peeved and heads are going to roll. Of the 65,000 lawyers who are eligible for MCLE audit during the last reporting period, the State Bar did indeed audit 1 percent, or 650. Of those 650, 95 were not altogether truthful about their reporting and fifteen are headed to the discipline machine. This has the Board of Governors fuming and we can expect more audits in the future, on-going warnings, and an increase of the number of CLE units back to 36, with plans for 45 or even 60. Keep your records on-hand and accurate… The proposed revisions to local court rules and revised forms for the Ventura County Superior Court are available for you consideration and recommendations. Go to the court’s website at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov and go to “What’s New.” Comments by April 27. Victoria Borjesson is in charge at 654.2965…

VCBA/VLSP, Inc. Emeritus Attorneys do lots more than volunteer for us. Fred Tschopp recently completed 28 hours and received his Certificate of Completion for Mediation Training from VCDS in cooperation with CSU Channel Islands. EA Carolyn Tulberg assists the “Spirit of Santa Paula” in providing services to the homeless and is responsible for assuring that the winter warming shelter has food and supplies. Carolyn is also a docent at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Not to be outdone, EA Pauline Zebker has been volunteering hundreds of hours for the past fifteen years as a docent at Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary raised $105,000 this past year, which it gave to CMH to go towards the new hospital… Jasmeen Ubhi is going to resuscitate the Solo Section and would like a small core group to assist in their efforts. Please contact Jasmeen Ubhi at 813.8043 or juhbi.esq@gmail.com… In that same vein, Matt Bromund wants to start an Immigration Section, so if you’d like to help him, do so by contacting him at 650.1100 or mbromund@bromundlaw.com

CITATIONS Editorial Board Greg May member is doing a story about lawyers who participate in extreme sports – yacht racing not included. He’s looking for attorneys to interview, so contact him at gmay@joneslester.com or 604.2655…On Feb. 23, James McDermott appeared on CNBC’s program “Filthy Rich”…Talented pal of mine with a JD but no license is desperately in need of employment. Any kind of work as she is $1,600 from being homeless as she cannot afford to pay the State Bar fee to retake the bar exam. She comes with fine references including two judges and a DDA. Call me at 650.2544 and thanks in advance.

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.