July 2012 Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

Katie Pietrolungo, a past president of our Barristers and current president of California Young Lawyers Association, now goes by Katie Pietrolungo Clunen after marrying Tim June 16…You’d think the trial of twolegged monster Anders Breivik, the man who allegedly massacred 77 people in Norway last summer would be enough to hold your attention especially if you were one of the judges. Ernst Henning Eislsen, one of the three lay judges involved with the case, was caught on camera playing computer solitaire, shifting his cards around in the courtroom for 16 minutes. In the Norwegian court system, lay judges are present to “represent ordinary people during trial.” Yes, he has been suspended…Allen Ball cycled with more than 2,225 riders and 550 volunteer “roadies” with the annual AIDS/LifeCycle – Ride to End Aids fundraiser. The seven-day, 545-mile trek started in San Francisco and ended in Los Angeles, with the crowd’s last over-nighter right here in Ventura.

Boston? Plymouth and Cape Cod? Martha’s Vineyard? Dien Le at 1.818.889.2299 or dien.le@calawcounsel.com…License Plate of the Month – SUSTAIN on a late model Cayman S Porsche steered by the Honorable Joe Hadden…Movie quote of the Month: “What I love most about the Month: “What I love most about the law? It’s that every now and again, not often, but occasionally, you get to be a part of justice being done.” In Philadelphia (1993), attorney Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) sues the law firm that terminated him after learning its rising star suffers from AIDS… Katherine Edsall Wells has joined Edsall Law in Camarillo, marking a return to the city where she was raised. Joining the firm founded by her father, David Edsall, who has practiced law in Camarillo for more than 30 years. She may be reached at 484.9002 or Katherine@edsalllaw.com…

If you are interested in being on the bar association board of directors, let me know so I may bring your name to the attention of the nominating committee when they convene July 16. The secretary/treasurer position will be vacant. There are also ten board vacancies…A former Wisconsin district attorney who said he has already paid a steep price for his behavior is taking a plea in a legal ethics case brought over his claimed sexual harassment of multiple women. Kenneth Kratz announced June 15 that he has reached an agreement with the Office of Lawyer Regulation to plead no contest to three counts that allege he sent what amounted to sexually harassing text messages to a domestic abuse victim. One of the texts: “I’m the attorney. I have a $350,000 house. I have the six-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize.”…

Partner Larry O’Bryan understands that the $10,000 a year his small Boston law firm wants to pay a new associate isn’t a big enough salary for most new law graduates to live on, since many have hefty student loans. In fact, he may well understand that better than most, since he himself started “under similar terms and conditions.” But as with many other young attorneys that Gilbert & O’Bryan has trained over the years, the lowpaid starting associate job positioned him to move up the legal career ladder. So far, over 50 applicants!…

Twenty new admittees took the oath from Justice Steven Perren during a ceremony June 5 inside a packed Courtroom #22. He was capably assisted by PJ Vince O’Neill. Presenters included Dien Le, Katie Pietrolungo, Robert Krimmer, Jill Friedman, and Dave Cunningham. Two favorite moments – The young man with an undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from USC, and the woman who got her undergraduate degree at Princeton and law degree from Georgetown declaring they were seeking employment…Only slightly more than half of 2011 law grads were able to snag full-time, long-term legal jobs, according to an analysis of new ABA data by Law School Transparency…Mark Your Calendars – Barristers’ Bowling Night is scheduled for Thursday evening, July 19, at Harley’s Bowling Center in Camarillo. For details contact Christina Stokholm at 987.4975 or Christina@pachowicz. com. Proceeds benefit the Make A Wish Foundation…And lastly, don’t forget, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Ventura County Women Lawyers meet the first and second Fridays respectively of each month beginning at noontime at the bar offices. Contact Rennee Dehesa at 988.8324 or rdehesa@nchc and Jill Friedman at 644.7188 or jfriedman@mwgjs.com… Sandra Rubalcava Romero and Deputy D.A. Gil Romero are the proud parents of Steven Christopher Romero, born 5/27/12, eight pounds, three ounces.

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.