Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… May 2012

David Shain spent a few minutes inside the U.S. Supreme Court March 26 listening to oral arguments on the constitutionality of the health car law…My kind of story – When 13-year-old Kyle Smerer ran onto Safeco Field during the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against Oakland on April 6, he had no idea who was waiting there for him. After the fifth inning, as Kyle was participating in the Steal-A-Base contest, he was suddenly embraced by a man dressed as an umpire. His father, First Sgt. Steve Smerer, had come home from serving in Afghanistan and took the moment to surprise him…Turkey and the Greek Islands? Michele Castillo at 654.5047 or michele. castillo@ventura.org… Loire Valley, Venice, Florence, roma, Sevilla, Cordoba, Madrid? Rennee Dehesa at 988.8324 or rdehesa@ nchc.com…  

Fillmore HS students want to start up a Mock Trial Program this coming year with the approval and support of Principal John Wilbur. There is a parent committed to help in every way possible but they are unable to find an attorney coach. So here’s what you can do: volunteer yourself, or find someone you know willing to take this on. Great opportunity! Call Vickie Brown at the County Office of Education, 437.1502 or vbrown@vcoe.org… A woman who called a radio station to brag about a ploy to avoid jury duty by feigning mental instability is now facing felony charges. Susan Cole was accused of perjury and attempting to influence a public servant after a Denver judge who excused her from jury duty heard her on-air claim. Cole, who identified herself as “Char from Denver” in a call to KOA, said she arrived for jury duty last June wearing mismatched shoes, reindeer socks, rollers in her hair and a shirt that said, “Ask me about my best seller.” According to the arrest affidavit, Cole responded when the judge asked if anyone had any mental disabilities. She said she “broke out of domestic violence in the military,” and she previously lived on the street…Maui? Kendall VanConas at 988.9886 or kvanconas@atozlaw.com… Costa rica? David Shain at 659.6800 or dshain@fcop.com

It comes as no surprise that Charles Manson skipped his 12th parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison. Manson, now a gray-bearded 77-year-old won’t be eligible again for another 15 years, meaning this could have been the last hearing. The surprise? His lawyer is DeJon Lewis from Ventura. Mr. Lewis stated that when he went to Corcoran for a pre-hearing interview, Manson declined to meet…A bill pending in Nebraska would make the state the second to give estate representatives the power to handle social media accounts after the death of state residents. The bill would treat Facebook, Twitter and email accounts as digital assets that would be managed by appointed representatives according to the Omaha World Herald. Under current policy, Facebook will remove the page of a deceased account holder if a family member requests it. Otherwise, when Facebook is notified of a death, it puts the account in a “special memorialized state,” removing certain information and ensuring that it no longer shows up in search results or receives friend requests. Draguignan, France? Mike and Jenna Strauss at 641.6600…

The 29th Annual Law Day 5K race and 1-Mile Family Fun run is scheduled for May 19 at the County Government Center, Stalwart and race Director Joe Strohman says breakfast by El Pescador is reason enough to participate. Prizes galore, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of runners make for a great morning. Proceeds benefit the bar association and the pro bono charitable arm, VLSP, Inc… The average education debt for law grads at private schools last year was nearly $125,000, while the average for grads of public law schools was more than of public law schools was more than $75,000, according to new figures released by the ABA. The debt load increased 17.6 percent from the prior year for private law grads and 10 percent for public law grads, the Daily Journal reports. In 2001-02, the average debt was only about $46,500 for public law school grads and about $70,000 for private law school grads. U.S. News & World Report released it own figures on the “10 law schools that lead to the most debt.” #1: John Marshall at $165, 178; #2: California Western School of Law at $153,145; #3: Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California; #4 American University in D.C. at $151,318; and #5 NyU at $146,230…The Law offices of Lindsay Nielson and The Huff Law Firm have joined forces and are now Nielson/HuffLLP. www.nielsonhuff.com or 658.0977…

The LA Superior Court on April 17 announced plans for the most significant reduction of services in its history. By June 30, 2012, the court will reduce its staff by 350 workers, close 56 courtrooms, reduce the use of court reporters and eliminate the Informal Juvenile Traffic Courts. The courtrooms being impacted include 24 civil, 24 criminal, 3 family, 1 probate, and 4 juvenile delinquency courts… Belfast, Ireland? Natalie Panossian at napannosian@gmail.com… Leslie McAdam has been nominated for one of the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. Leslie was nominated by Laura Bartels and we should hear some news in late July or early August…Eguilles, France? Tina Rasnow at 236.0266 or tina@rasnowpeak.com… Mark your calendar– Ventura County Diversity Bar Alliance is hosting a mixer May 16 at the Twenty 88 restaurant and Bar. Proceeds to VLSP, Inc. and you may send your RSVP to bar@vcba.org or 650.7599…Lastly, VCTLA Trial Lawyer of the year is scheduled for May 22. Allen Ball at 642.4622…

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.