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

Ok, who’s driving the late model BMW 325i Series with license plate OBJKTN and a frame with Southern California Institute of law surrounding it? It was in the Ventura In- N-Out Burger drive through May 12…

They’ve fallen, but they can still go to court! As of July 1, it will be legal in China to sue your adult children for neglecting you. New amendments to the law for the Protection of the rights and Interests of the Elderly will require citizens to visit their parents and prohibit discriminating against, insulting, abandoning or mistreating those who gave you life. “Family members should not ignore and isolate the elderly,” said Wu Ming, the deputy

department head in China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs…Kathryn Clunen was elected to the ABA young lawyers District representative for Southern California. her term begins 8.10.13 and lasts until 8.2015…

Jessenya Hernandez is the new interim Directing Attorney at CRLA. Kristen Hunsberger has also joined the organization. Both may be reached at 483.8083 and jhernandez@crla.org and khunsberger@crla. org respectively…The Wall Street Journal carried a story April 30 titled, “Wigged Out: Hong Kong’s lawyers Bristle Over horsehair headpieces.” Terrific piece regarding how in hypermodern Hong Kong, a debate over 17th-century fashion is dividing the city’s legal circles, www.wsj.com…I could be wrong about this, and I am still doing research regarding the lowest State Bar number and active attorney in Ventura County. All signs point to John F. Fay with #22456. The loyola law School grad was admitted in June 1951. The highest State Bar number? Heidi Cheng at 289419…

David Lehr is a proud poppa for the NINTH time on May 6 when Victoria kathryn entered this world at 8:15 p.m. Wife Jen is doing superb as well. Want to see the newest addition, look at the back page of CITATIONS…In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the US Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over one hour, eleven minutes. The numbers were marginally better hispanic lawyers. Four argued for a total of one hour, 45 minutes. Women were better represented, accounting for just over seventeen percent of the arguments before the justices. In an era when three women, a hispanic and an African-American sit on the court and white men constitute a bare majority of the nine justices, the court is more diverse than the lawyers who argue before it, according to a survey by the Association for legal Career Professionals. Uluru? Melbourne? Carol Mack at 403.0357 or chmack47@yahoo.com… Ottawa, Canada? Wendy Lascher 659.6800 or wlascher@fcoplaw.com

Alfonso Martinez was quoted extensively in the May edition of California Lawyer regarding his CLE Audit by the State Bar, www.callawyer. com…When a Philadelphia lawyer and his client arrived 50 minutes late for jury selection in a drug case on May 6, a Pennsylvania judge jailed them both. holding lawyer B. David Marcial in contempt and upping the bond for his client, Jesus Ortiz, from $120,000 to $3 million, Judge Stephen lieberman of Berks County ordered both held in the courthouse cellblock. “We were all here at 9:00 a.m. for a jury trial and the defense table was empty,” said the judge, who had dismissed the prospects not long before the two arrived. “We wasted a jury panel.”…One of the lawyers evacuated during the Camarillo Springs fire was Donn Taketa…Tokyo, Nikko, hiroshima, Nara, Osaka? Dien Le at 818.889.2299 or dien.le@calawcounsel.com

Denise Allen retired from the A-Z firm after 12 years of service on April 26. Employed by Bart Bleuel for eight years prior to that and six years more at FCOP, that’s total of 25 years in the legal profession. Congrats Denise!…A review panel has recommended that the chief judge of the Minnesota Tax Court be censured and suspended without pay for nine months because he routinely exceeded the three-month deadline for submitting his opinions and falsified dates to try to obscure his non-compliance. Judge George Perez was known for not filing timely tax opinions, suggesting a “lack of oversight, both organizationally and technologically,” the Board on Judicial Standards wrote… The new admittee swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for June 4 beginning at 4 p.m. inside Courtroom #22…After nearly nine years of service to the bar association, Alice Duran, will begin working at FCOP June 3. AND, after six-plus years of impeccable effort at the bar, Client relations Manager Alex Varela-Guerra has taken a job with the County of Ventura. A BIG thank you, ladies, and good luck to you both! Filling their shoes are Nadia Avila and Sandra Rubio.

You do not want to miss this special CLE event hosted by the Diversity Bar Alliance. “Everything you Wanted To know About Becoming A Judge But Were Afraid To Ask,” is scheduled for June 22 beginning at 9 a.m. inside the Courtyard by Marriott (see flyer tucked inside this edition). Joshua Groban, Senior Advisor to Governor Brown, Judge holly Fujie, Judge Gilbert Romero, and Helen Zukin, former Chair, State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, are the featured speakers. Contact Nadia Avila at 650.75999 or bar@vcba.org to register…A handcuffed client decked his defense lawyer May 13 in a Blair County, Pa., courtroom, in front of the judge who was hearing his post conviction argument that he should not be sentenced to the death penalty. Andre Staton slammed the blow in a “baseball bat fashion” squarely in the forehead and his eyes of his counsel, Tim Burns, who dropped to the floor as his chair broke. The defendant was not only cuffed but his hands attached to a belt in order to restrain him at the time of the attack. Burns took the following day off and is going to be fine…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the Ventura County Bar Association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. His college roommates were Lebron James and Nate Robinson. Targeted by the IRS for being a Tea Party member, he was rescued by the AP and the Justice Department. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter @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.