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CITATIONS Editorial board member Mark Hancock had a Letter to the Editor published in the July 2012 edition of California Lawyer. Something about torts…Antigua? Michael Grennier at 643.3900 or grennierlaw@gmail.com…ASouth Carolina judge has ordered a DUI defendant to read and write a summary of the Old Testament Book of Job. Judge Michael Nettles also sentenced a 28-year-old Cassandra Tolley to eight years in prison after she pleaded guilty in a drunk-driving crash that seriously injured two people. During the hearing on her guilty plea, Tolley told the court she is a Christian. Tolley said she turned to alcohol after being physically abused as a child by a relative. When she was 11, Tolley suffered burns when the relative poured gasoline on her and set her on fire. Tolley’s public defender, Amy Sikora, says her client is thankful for the assignment and has already started working on it…The Southern California Institute of Law is seeking a real property lecturer beginning in mid-August. If you are interested, get in touch with Stanislaus Pulle at 644.2327…  the Editorial Advisory Board of California Lawyer…A Tennessee judge has been publicly reprimanded for publishing an order on aMontgomeryCounty court website that referred to claimed fact outside the record and accused attorneys of unethical conduct. The order concerned recusal motions made by lawyers who had recently left a law firm at which the wife of Judge John Gasaway was a partner. One of the departed lawyers and the judge’s wife were involved in what the Court of the Judiciary terms “a significant dispute” at the time. The reprimand says that the judge’s conduct violated rules requiring a judge to avoid the appearance of impropriety by acting in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary and not allowing family relationship to influence the jurist’s conduct or judgment…Cameron Norris has joined his father’s law practice, The Law Office of Gary W. Norris, in Camarillo, the city in which he was raised… He may be reached at 482-1170 or Cameron@garynorrislaw.com.

Movie Quote of the Month: “One thing, Claus. Legally, this was an important victory. Morally, you’re on your own.” Alan Dershowitz (played by Ron Silver) bids his client Claus von Bulow (Jeremy Irons) adieu after securing his acquittal of attempted murder charges in “Reversal of Fortune” (1990)…Seoul, South Koreaand Shanghai? Steven Lehat at 258.9487 or sblehat@msn.com… Justice Arthur Gilbert officiated at the wedding of Susan Simmons Seemiller and James Krueger on May 22, exactly two years from the day the couple met at the Law Day 5K. Justices Ken Yegan and Steven Perren also attended the ceremony and reception. Susan is a research attorney for Division 6 and may be reached at susan.krueger@jud. ca.gov…A prominentUtah defense attorney was stabbed in the vicinity of his home July 5, which is not far from his law office. Steven Killpack, 63, survived, and authorities are hoping he will be able to tell them more about what happened. Killpack returned to private practice last year after heading the federal public defender’s office in Utah for a decade…A high-profile Maine criminal defense lawyer is himself charged with two misdemeanor counts of terrorizing after police say he called two elementary schools on a cell phone and made bomb threats that resulted in an evacuation. Ron Hoffman, 52, who practices in Rumford, is accused of making what Mount Blue Regional School Unit Superintendent Michael Cormier described as “bizarre” threats. Cormier said authorities were able to trace the call because the school secretary who received it did not hang up…Denise Trerotola has gone solo with her new practice at 674 County Square Drive in Ventura. She may be reached at 339.0172… Shakespeare Festival? Cheri Elson at 654.0911 or celson@normandowler.com

License Plate of the Month: RDHOTMM on a nine-seat van driven by David Lehr. I can only deduce that it actually belongs to his wife…One Florida judge recently had a rule on the importance of being earnest. St. Petersburglawyer Frank Louderback asked U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday for time off from a murder trial so that he could participate in the Florida Keys’ upcoming Hemingway look-alike contest. Although Louderback cited nonrefundable hotel deposits and travel plans of friends and family, Judge Merryday not only denied his odd request, he cited Hemingway’s own zeitgeist to shoot it down. In the judge’s order, he wrote: “Between a murder-for-hire trial and an annual look-alike contest, surely Hemingway, a perfervid admirer of ‘grace under pressure,’ would choose the trial.”…Our Court of Appeal, Division 6, would like you to know that the statutory fee for filing a civil notice of appeal or civil writ petition is increased to $775 (Gov. Code 68926). The filing fee for the first document filed in a civil case by a party other than the appellant or petitioner is increased to $390 (Gov. Code §68926). Inside this edition of CITATIONS, you will find a promotional brochure soliciting nominations for the annual Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award. We all know lawyers doing many fine things in the community, so I encourage to send in your nomination! Mark your calendar – Barristers Annual Wine and Cheese Mixer scheduled for August 23, beginning at 5:30 at the FCOP courtyard. This special event promotes the Barristers MentorProgram. Simply call Celene at the bar offices (650.7599) or bar@vcba.org

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