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By Steve Henderson, Executive Director, M.A., CAE

252 folks packed the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Ballroom for the bar’s Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Nov. 17. Judge Brian Back’s salute to the James Loebl Award Recipients Harveen Simpkins and Leslie McAdam was simply splendid. Michael Case’s introduction of John Orr was compelling and Don Hurley’s organization of the Silent Auction generating $6,000 for the VLSP, Inc. was just classic. Finally, President Dien Le was right. Flocks of west-end attorneys will actually travel across the Conejo Grade to attend a function and Dien and his committee raised over $20,000 to help underwrite the event. Event Chair Eric Reed deserves a standing O, too. Bonehead seating arrangement of the year goes to yours truly. Complete oversight and my bad. Hats off to all!… Charmaine Buehner has taken her talents to the County Counsel Office effective Dec. 3 after three plus years with Myers, Widders, et al….

 Effective Jan. 1, the Barristers new President will be Rennee Dehesa. Her officers include Rachel Coleman, vice-president; Amy Keisewetter, treasurer; and Tom Adams, secretary. Member at Large positions will be held by Katie Hause, Josh Hopstone, Brier Miron, Melanie Murphy, and Andrew Reid…Kudos to out-going president Robert Krimmer, who led a parade of Barristers hits this year…A 61-year-old Army veteran is suing the U.S. government for $10 million, claiming negligent care resulted in severe frostbite on his penis, leading to its partial amputation. Michael D. Nash of Louisville,Kentucky, filed suit in federal court Oct. 1. He is asking for damages for what his lawyer calls “significant mental and emotional distress and traumas as a result of his injuries.” In October, 2010, Nash underwent surgery at the VA Medical Center in Lexington,Kentucky. Doctors were removing and replacing a malfunctioning penile implant. After the surgery, according to court documents, a nurse applied ice packs to Nash’s penis to reduce pain and swelling. The ice pack remained on Nash’s penis for 19 straight hours, “in violation of the standard of care.” As a result, Nash’s penis was severely frostbitten, which led to gangrene. Ok, I’m done with this story…

Ventura Superior Court Judge Frederick Bysshe has been elected to the Executive Board of the California Judges Association. He was sworn-in by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Oct. 13. He is the first Ventura County Judge to serve in this capacity…A research lawyer for aKansasappeals court has been suspended pending an investigation into her critical tweets about the state’s former anti-abortion attorney general during a supreme court ethics hearing. The lawyer, Sarah Peterson Herr, posted tweets calling former Attorney General Phil Kline a “naughty, naughty boy” and criticizing his facial expressions. “Why is Phil Kline smiling?” she wrote. “There is nothing to smile about douchebag.”… Dennis LaRochelle was installed as the Vice President of CAL-ABOTA by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Sakauye (boy is she busy swearing-in people) on the Big Island at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel…

The recipient of the 2012 Boss of the Year was Randall George at the Ventura County Legal Professionals Association’s 50th Annual Bosses Night Oct. 10. The letter of nomination was submitted by Kris Chatari. The recipient of the 2012 Legal Secretary of the Year was Lupita Castor. She was nominated by Sylvia Soto. That’s called a sweep by Nordman Cormany et al. The Honorable David Long MC’d the affair with his usual distinguished flair…A district attorney in upstate New York called an unusual news conference on Nov. 16 to respond to allegations he had acted in porn films in the 1970s. Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben admitted that the charges are true. Suben called the news conference after WSTM-TV published a story about a YouTube video of adult film clips claiming that the actor in the videos, Gus Thomas, was the DA. “The allegations are true. I was an actor in adult films in the early 1970s.” A few weeks ago, when asked, he had denied this to the members of the press. Additionally, Thomas had denied the porn-film allegations before the recent elections…Do not forget the Annual VCTLA Holiday Party scheduled for Dec. 4 atop the Tower Club and beginning at 6 p.m. Dennis Jones and his band, Sgt. Pepper, will provide the entertainment. Pay your 2013 dues beforehand and your admission is free. www.vctla.org for deets and registration info…

The New Admittee Swearing-In Ceremony is set for Dec. 4 inside CR#22 beginning at 4 p.m. and presided over for the very first time by Judge Brian Back…A disbarred Louisiana attorney who didn’t disclose the sanction to WorldCom and Verizon while working in their legal departments  has now been permanently disbarred.  The Louisiana Supreme Court disbarred James David Turnage on Nov. 16 after he failed to respond to the ethics charges. He was previously disbarred in 2002 for commingling and converting client and third-party funds…Lastly, the Barristers board of directors will be having their holiday party Dec. 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. inside the Aloha Grill in Ventura. And, no, you are not invited…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive office of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He will be attending the Obama swearing-in ceremonies with the Limbaughs mid-January while vacationing the month of December with the Petraeus family in Virgin Gorda. He may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter at stevehendo1 and vcba1, or better yet, 650.7599.

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.