September Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…

The 20th Anniversary of Stand Down of Ventura County was celebrated the weekend of July 20th. Roger Myers has coordinated all 20 of the legal services portions and the VCBA and Roger’s troops were given kudos by Congressman Elton Gallegly, State Senator Fran Pavley, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and Assemblyman Das Williams. Lawyers volunteering for the mostly Desert Storm, Iraqi, and Afghanistan veterans were Jean Farley, Bill Raymond, George Benz, Tom Adams, and Glenn Campbell. Thanks all!…If you are an aspiring law student with low grades and scores on the Law School Admission Test, this could be your year. University of St. Thomas law professor Jerry Logan explains why in a post at the Legal Whiteboard that chronicles declining enrollments from 2010 to 2011, along with declining credentials of entering classes. He estimates that admission rates could possibly top 80% this fall. Seventy-five of the 197 law schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report, or about 38%, suffered from triple declines in 2011 – in enrollment, and test scores and grades of entering students. Thirty-seven schools had enrollment declines of more than 10%, along with declines in LSAT/GPA profiles of the entering class. They include Duke,Illinois, George Mason andArizona, all schools in theU.S.New top 50…Barristers Board member Amy Dilbeck got herself hitched August 11 at theVenturaMission…

Turkey? Pamukkale? Cappadocia? Ask Joanna Orr at 659.6800 or joanna@fcoplaw.com…The Ventura County Legal com…The Ventura County Legal Professional Association is once again having its Annual Bosses’ Night – the theme being “Simply the Best” – and are looking forward to all of you nominating your secretaries/ assistants and bosses. You do not need to be a member of the VCLPA to be nominated, as anyone in VenturaCountyis eligible. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our vlsp, inc. The dinner is October 10 and the Hon. David Long will MC. There is a nominating flyer inside this edition… LRIS Call of the Month: “I need a lawyer! There are bugs in my Kellogg’s cereal.”… Paris? Keith Schulner at 818.889.5571 or publiccalbar@neutral4hire.com…

Leslie McAdam receives the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Service Award during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting October 11-14 in Monterey. Chief Justice Cantil Sakauye will bestow the award on Friday night. Leslie is being honored for her efforts with the Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid and was nominated by Laura Bartels, Secretary-Treasurer of our very own bar association…Interesting article appeared in the New York Times July 15 entitled, “An Existential Crisis For Law Schools”. In it, Mr. William Henderson

of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law notes that only 55% of the 43,735 graduates in 2011 had a law-related job nine months after graduation – nytimes.com… Vanessa Selbst hasn’t given up her dream of practicing public interest law. But the newly minted YaleLawSchoolgraduate is delaying taking the bar as she pursues another career option – professional poker. Competing in event 52 (six-handed 10-game mix) of the World Series of Poker, she parlayed a $2,500 buy-in into the top prize of $244,259. With several years to go before she turns 30, Selbst has lifetime career tournament winnings of $5.3 million, which places her second on the all-time money list for women players. Once she finishes up at the WSOP, she plans to volunteer at a Los Angeleslaw firm to get some hands-on legal experience. She says she will take either the New Yorkor Californiabar exam next year…Roma? Greece? Jennifer Zide at 477.0327 or jennifer@zidelaw.com

Some new happenings in the VC Public Defender’s Office. Todd Howeth has been promoted from Chief Deputy to Assistant Public Defender while John McNamara was promoted from Senior Attorney to Chief Public Defender…A Texas lawyer on maternity leave told of her frustrations on FB after a justice of the peace inTravisCounty refused her request for a trial delay. Amber Vazquez Bode had a cesarean section in late April. Just ahead of deadline, she requested a continuance in the misdemeanor trial of her client, a grease recycler accused of taking the material from a restaurant without permission. Justice of the Peace Glenn Bass refused the request, prompting Bode to bring her baby to court for the Monday trial. “My baby was completely freaking out,” she wrote on FB. Justice Bass stated she had already had four delays in the case and was “confrontational when addressing the court.” Charges were dropped… AManhattan lawyer admits in a lawsuit that he slapped a Paul Hastings partner in a deposition in August, but says it was justified. Lawyer Kenechukwu Okoli claims he deserves more than $1 million in damages for the incident in which Okoli slapped Alan Bloom, the co-chairman of Paul Hastings’ employment practice.  According to Okoli’s complaint, Okoli responded with a slap after Bloom rushed him “and began yelling at the top of his lungs and shaking his pointed index finger violently less than one foot from Okoli’s face”…Cheri Elson has opened-up her own shop in Camarillo as of September 1. She may be reached at 504.4828 or cheri@elsonlawfirm.com… Beginning October 1, Aris Karakalos will be working for the Palay Law Firm and the Strauss Law Group… Tina Rasnow will be presenting a program to the East County Bar Association on “Embracing Diversity: Beyond Political Correctness” on Friday, September 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at theWestlake Village Inn.

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.