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Twenty new admittees were sworn-in during a ceremony December 4 inside Courtroom #22 and presided over by Judge Brian Back. Judge Back was capably assisted by Justice Arthur Gilbert who actually performed the oath. Thanks to Dien Le, Bob Krimmer, Kathryn Clunen, David Cunningham, and Jill Friedman who all spoke on behalf of their organizations. One lawyer came all the way from Washington D.C. and when I asked her why here, she stated she was in Mock Trial in Courtroom #22 nine years ago for La Reina HS…Kirkland & Ellis has a valuation nearing $4 billion, putting it at the top of a new ranking of the world’s most valuable law firms. American Lawyer found 33 firms have valuations above $1 billion. The four firms after Kirkland are Latham & Watkins, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Allen & Overy, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher…Joan Nordman, wife of the late

Ben E. Nordman, passed away November 20, three days after the Ben E. Nordman Award was presented at the bar’s annual Installation and Awards Dinner. The memorial service for Joan was held at the Las Posas County Club December 20…  

Long time bar member Don Leach died November 20. He was very involved in the probate bar and many times chaired the Estate Planning Council’s annual day-long program. What I didn’t know was Don had a perfect attendance record for more than 31 years in the Downtown Rotary Club. Don was a man of many accomplishments including a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, a radio and TV broadcaster, a Marine Corps captain and a California Highway Patrol officer before passing the bar in 1989…A man who owes $50,000 in child support and $40,000 in interest was sentenced on December 3 to three years of probation with an added condition:  He may not procreate. Corey Curtis of Racine was sentenced after pleading no contest to jumping bail and failing to pay child support. The 44-year-old defendant has fathered nine children with six women. Judge Tim Boyle of RacineCounty began the hearing by saying it’s too bad he didn’t have the authority to order sterilization. The prosecutor then told Boyle that he did have the authority to restrict Curtis from having additional children, unless he could show the ability to pay, as a condition of probation. Minnesota Public Radio News found the 2001 ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which also concerned a father of nine children accused of failing to pay child support. The U.S.  Supreme Court denied cert in that case… Jill Friedman, fresh off a run as  resident of the VC Women Lawyers, has accepted the role of chairperson of the Diversity Bar Association…New president of Women Lawyers is Charmaine Buehner and Katie Hause is President-Elect/Treasurer, while Rebeca Mendoza will serve as VP. Robert Guerra remains Secretary…

Remember – If you are in Group 1 (A-G), your MCLE is due by Feb. 1, 2013. Take advantage of the bar’s many CLE events this month, especially the VCTLA Masters’ meeting for 3 hours January 17!…A West Virginia judge accused of yelling at litigants didn’t help his case during a hearing in November before the state’s Judicial Hearing Board. The hearing board is recommending Judge William Watkins be kept off the bench for the rest of his term. According to the opinion, Watkins showed his displeasure when a complainant addressed the hearing board and asked Watkins to face him. The chairman of the hearing board told the complainant the request was improper. “Despite what appeared to be the advice of his counsel that he not do so,” the hearing  board wrote, Watkins “turned in his chair, leaned back, crossed his arms, and glared at complainant in an angry and confrontational manner.” Watkins’s demeanor, the board said, made his expressed remorse for repeated instances of angry courtroom behavior appear, “less than sincere.”  

If you are seeking a job with a boutique law firm in Ventura and have at least five years of business or business litigation experience, send me your résumé at steve@vcba.org .l.. Censured earlier this year for texting a shirtless photo to a court employee, a Michigan judge is now the focus of new allegations that he had a relationship with a witness in a child-support case he presided over. The claimed relationship apparently came to the attention of authorities when 3rd Circuit Judge Wade McCree complained to Wayne County prosecutors that the woman, Geniene Mott, was stalking and extorting him, the Detroit News reports. Prosecutors declined to bring charges against Mott, but referred McCree back to the Judicial Tenure Commission concerning his dealings with her. She says she began seeing McCree while he was overseeing her child-support case and became pregnant with the judge’s child…

New officers for the Mexican American Bar Association include Lou Kreuzer, President; Loraine Bailon, Vice-President; Claudia Calderon, Secretary; and Robert Gonzales, Treasurer. Rennee Dehesa will remain on the board after a stellar year guiding the organization…A divided Louisiana Supreme Court has OK’d a recommended two-year law license suspension for an attorney who charged a client nursing home resident her usual rate of $125 per hour to perform non-legal services such as running errands. Katherine Guste charged an unreasonable fee and took advantage of her client, the majority found in an opinion…Banned in 2010 from issuing opinion letters concerning so-called Pink Sheet stocks, a Florida lawyer has been accused of using another attorney’s identity in order to continue doing so. In a civil suit filed in December in federal court in New York City, the Securities and Exchange Commission accuses Guy Jean-Pierre, 53, of using the identity of his niece, who is also an attorney, without her knowledge or permission and falsifying her signature on opinion letters. Jean-Pierre is a 1985 graduate of ColumbiaLawSchool… 

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. The only funny thing he has to say is that 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.