Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot…by Steve Henderson, Executive Director, M.A., CAE

Her job as an appellate attorney generally does not involve making people laugh, but Lisa Spillman can report with glee that many of the 200-strong audience in February at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club guffawed at her antics about being a lawyer, mom and wife. Her performance capped a great six-week Stand-up Comedy Class. If you’d like to give it a try call 805.644.1500… Think a JD is only for law practice? If so, about 100 pre-law students disagree with you. Half of more than 200 pre-law students responding to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep said they plan to use their law degree in a non-traditional legal field. 43 percent said they plan to use their law degree to pursue a job in the business world. Among the students who planned to use their degrees in non-traditional fields, 58 percent said the current job market factored into their decision. Statistics paint a bleak picture of employment. A recent ABA report found that only 56 percent of 2012 law school grads had found full-time, long term jobs that require bar passage…Joe Strohman’s 30th year with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson was April 13…

Speaking of FCOP, Meghan Clark was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times and Eric Hirschberg joined the firm as an associate March 18…When a cell phone rang during a prosecutor’s closing argument in a domestic violence trial, a Michigan judge didn’t have to look far to find the culprit. It was Chief look far to find the culprit. It was Chief Ionia District Judge Raymond Voet himself who was to blame. He had recently gotten a new phone and apparently didn’t lock it properly before court. He also had trouble turning it off, as it offered him suggestions about voice dialing. “I got very embarrassed, and I’m sure my face turned red.” “I thought it would never happen to me.” The judge is known for being a stickler about cell phones and has signs posted outside his courtroom warning the public that individuals face a $25 fine and could lose their electronic device if it goes off during a hearing. Voet held himself in contempt and walked downstairs during a court recess to pay the same $25 fine he imposes on other offenders…Panda Kroll published an article in Westlake Magazine about pitfalls to avoid when couples buy a home: “Can’t Wait for the Wedding to Buy Your Dream House? Heed These Traps for Unwary Dreamers.”…

Cuba? Dick Hanawalt at 642.0179 or attorneyhanawalt@sbcglobal.net…Rural law practice will become more lucrative for some South Dakota lawyers under a new law passed last month. The pilot program will pay participating lawyers $12,000 a year to work in rural areas. Each lawyer will have to make a five-year commitment and will have to work in a county with a population of 10,000 or less. Only 16 lawyers can participate in the pilot project. The rural counties will pay 35 percent of the incentive payment, the State Bar of South Dakota will pay 15 percent and the state will pick up the remainder. Currently 65 percent of the lawyers in South Dakota live in four urban areas…License Plates of the Month: 5K LAWYER on a 2007 LS 460 Lexus piloted by Richard Ross and LIBESQ on a 350 Lexus driven by Libby Barrabee…

Loyal Frazier passed away on March 11. He graduated from USC School of Law in 1953 and was president of the bar association in 1973. Please make every attempt to participate in our 30th Annual Law Day 5K Race scheduled for May 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. FREE breakfast courtesy of El Pescador and loads of raffle prizes including stays at Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn and  Spa, Montecito Inn, and the Four Seasons Biltmore. Check out the brochure stuffed inside this month’s edition of CITATIONS or register on-line at www.active.com. Proceeds benefit the vcba/vlsp, inc. too…

Mark your calendars – The Real Property Section will host a CLE luncheon at the Tower Club May 22. Entitled “Handling Foreclosures Following Senate Bill 900,” the event should be compelling and educational. Lastly, the newly established Natural Resources Section will conduct its inaugural luncheon May 15 at the bar offices. Kudos to Giselle Goetz for organizing! Contact Nadia at 650.7599 to register or bar@vcba. org. Better yet, go to www.vcba.org, click Calendar & MCLE, and you are there…

Steve Henderson is the executive director and chief executive officer of the Ventura County Bar Association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. Henderson is currently penning fewer words this month because of a torn achilles tendon. He may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter at  @stevehendo1 or @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.