June Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

Staff at the bar offices rarely do membership wide email blasts, mostly because of concern that we don’t want lawyers to view our electronic messages as spam. If there is a disaster (fires, flooding, earthquakes) we will. If there is a shooting at the courthouse or a law firm, we will inform the masses. So, don’t be afraid if you begin getting correspondence from our local Judicial Evaluations Committee (JEC) asking you to weigh-in on potential bench appointments locally. Perhaps several hundred at a time randomly, and perhaps every few months too…A 34-year-old New York City man who says he considers his dog his son has spent over $60,000 so far on legal fees fighting his ex-girlfriend in a cross country court nettle for custody of a puggle named Knuckles. Craig Dershowitz says he has gone through his life savings in a so-far-futile effort to get the pug-beagle mix dog moved back to his home in NYC. He contends she kidnapped the pooch and moved to California… Kona? Leslie McAdams at 659.6800 or lmcadams@fcoplaw.com… Kapalua? Katie Pietrolungo at 312.5451. Thinking of Katie reminds me her last day at Anderson Kill Wood & Bender was May 15, earning her some much deserved time off, honeymoon and relocation to Simi Valley…

NCH&C has been recently ranked as one of the Top Law Firms in the United States for 2012 by Fortune Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, Nancy Schreiner, was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business, Class of 2012, by the Pacific Coast Business Times…A judicial ethics panel is removing a 63-year-old Delaware family court judge from his job, but the order won’t take effect immediately.

Judge John Henriksen of Sussex County will be ousted on Nov. 2, one day after his judicial term expires and his $85,000 annual pension entitlement vests. The Delaware Court on the Judiciary removed Henriksen based on its finding that he pursued an “inappropriately close social relationship” with a young female lawyer who appeared in his courtroom. The younger lawyer “clearly rebuffed” Henriksen’s overtures, but Henriksen continued to pursue the relationship and preside over the lawyer’s cases, the court’s order says. Henriksen had acknowledged inappropriate conduct for a three month period. The board also found that Henriksen sent the lawyer an email in which he advised her how to prepare a legal memorandum on a contested issue… Effective May 15, Miles Lang is working at the law offices of Michael McQueen. Miles
may be reached at 445.9751…

Panda Kroll is teaching “Biotechnology Law and Regulation” this summer at CSUCI. She hoping to get an assist from guest presenters, so if you are interested contact Panda at panda.kroll@csuci.edu…A Minneapolis lawyer who told opposing counsel she “will sleep with the fishes” should be suspended from practice, according to Minnesota lawyer discipline authorities. A disciplinary complaint accuses lawyer Peter Nickitas of “harassing and bullying” the opposing lawyer, Michele Hurley. The fishes remark came after a second hearing in the case, the complaint says. “As Hurley was about to exit the building, respondent, who was trailing, caught up to Hurley, got in front of her and went nose-to-nose to her and began screaming at Hurley. Respondent had to be pulled away by an associate of his as a bailiff approached,” the complaint claims… The Ventura County Diversity Bar Association held its first mixer at Twenty 88 with proceeds benefiting the VCBA/VLSP, inc. There we 43 folks in attendance including judges Fred Bysshe, Brian Back, Kevin McGee, Rebecca Riley, Ryan Wright, and Frank Ochoa. The Mixer raised $575 and kudos to VCDBA leadership!…

Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Schneider, L.L.P, is pleased to announce that Gregory Ramirez, James Perero, and Jacquelyn Ruffin have joined the firm as of counsel and associates of the firm, respectively… Viagra and Cialis apparently have nothing on a BMW motorcycle seat. According to a lawsuit filed last month in San Francisco Superior Court, the seat left its driver with a two-year erection. Henry Wolf filed suit against BMW North America and Corbin- Pacific, Inc. He claimed in the lawsuit that the “ridged seat” of his 1993 BMW caused him mental and emotional anguish after it left him with a severe case of priapism, aka a long-lasting erection. Wolf said he rode the motorcycle in San Francisco on a four-hour round trip on May 1, 2010 and developed the priapism soon after. Wolf “has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride,” his attorney Vernon Bradley wrote in the lawsuit. I will undoubtedly keep the readership abreast of this situation…Jessica Arciniega has landed a pretty cool job as an assistant general counsel with the State of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board. She may be contacted at jessarciniega@yahoo.com…

K. Eric Adair has joined Hinson & Gravelle as a partner and the firm is now called Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP. An interesting twist here is that Wayne Hinson, Eric, and Douglas Gravelle all previously worked as in-house attorneys for Texaco Inc. in the early 90s…And just when you think you’ve heard it all – Give Wade McCree credit, the man at least owns the fact that he’s a creeper extraordinaire. McCree is a circuit judge in Detroit and recently, a female bailiff received an image of the judge nude, at least from the waist up, in the shower. When a television reporter confronted McCree, the judge copped to it, even seeming proud. “Hot dog, yep that’s me,” McCree told the reporter, adding, “Ain’t no shame to my
game.”…Mark your calendars – Barristers’ Trivia Night is June 21 and you may take part by contacting Matt Purcell at 987.8809…

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.