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

Judge Matt Guasco was profiled by columnist Kevin Lee for the Los Angeles Daily Journal June 4. www.dailyjournal.com…Trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, disbarred nearly a decade ago in Florida and Massachusetts for mishandling a client’s stock, appears likely to obtain a  law license in another state. Overturning a 5-4 decision by the State Board of Bar Examiners, the Maine Supreme Court ruled that Bailey meets prerequisite character and fitness standards. Although he owes tax debt of nearly $2 million, which he is contesting in court, Bailey has acted responsibly in dealing with the issue, the court said…Must be in the Barristers’ water – Matt Purcell became a daddy May 2 with the birth of Jackson McCallum weighing-in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Tom Adams fathered Eloise Zucca March 11 and she weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Joshua Hopstone brought Benjamin Zachary into this world May 30. Lastly, Bret Anderson did it again. Lily June was born on May 21 at 5:28 p.m. weighing in at 7 lbs and 5 oz. Mom doing fine and siblings Luke (7) and Judd (4½) are on board too…

Burgundy? Cote d’Azur? Katie Hause Becker at katiehause@baslawoffice.com or 525.7104…Is Shermain Miles a changed woman? She has been arrested 396 times  in Chicago since 1978, but she told the Illinois Prisoner Review Board she deserves another shot at freedom. Miles, 51, said she found God in prison and is now a role model for young inmates. “I don’t want to be a big monster,” she said. Her most recent arrest – which got her tossed into prison this time for violating her parole – was chasing  an Alderman through Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood last summer…According to The Star, May 31, a “lawyer by day, Miriam Arichea, also is an accomplished pianist.” She performed solo with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra playing “Variations on a Theme of Shostakovich.”…

Would you enjoy joining the Jerome H. Berenson Inns of Court for the 2013-2014 campaign beginning Sept. 12? Join up with 80 other lawyers who meet the second Thursday of each month through May for a libation, social, dinner and a CLE. President Lindsay Nielson leads the way for the second consecutive year. Call him at 658.0977 or nielsonlaw@aol.com. There is an application for the IOC stuffed as a brochure inside this volume of CITATIONSGreg Herring was sworn in as president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers…Some goobers at the ABA formed a committee to determine the Top 25 TV lawyer shows of all time. #1? “LA Law.” The rest? “Perry Mason,” “The Defenders,” “Law & Order,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal,” “Rumpole of the Bailey,” “Boston Legal,” “Damages” and “Night Court” (ok I’m only doing 10)…Nancy Schreiner has joined Anderson Kill California, LLP, the west coast office of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., as a shareholder and will chair the firm’s new Government Affairs Group. Nancy may be reached at 288.1300 or nschreiner@andersonkill.com

The Barristers are once again partnering with the Make-a-Wish Tri-Counties hosting Bowling Night, Thursday, July 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Harley’s Bowling Center in Camarillo. See the flyer inside this edition of CITATIONS or simply call 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org to register. Proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish and firm Patrons include Engle Carobini & Coats, A to Z Law, FCOP and the Bromund Law Group. Details with Melanie Ely at 643.2200 or mely@ec3law. com…A passing grade on the State Bar exam wouldn’t be enough proof of legal competency in California under a proposal approved in early June by a state bar task force. To get a law license in the state, would-be lawyers would have to complete 15 units of skills courses or externships in law school. They would have to provide 50 hours of legal services for pro bono or modest-means clients either before or after admission. And they would have to take 10 hours of continuing legal education after admission that focuses on competency skills…David Karen has taken over as Chair of the ADR Section and may be reached at 988.4848 or dk@dk4law.com

Unlike some younger classmates, Sandra Wilson didn’t go to law school for the money. Nor is she worried about balancing a fledgling legal career with marriage and children – at 70, she just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary June 1 and is a grandmother. Now, after earning her law degree in May from Faulkner University in Alabama, she is back at home in Panama City, Fla., studying for the bar exam in 10-hour stints. She hopes to find work as a child advocate or another job focused on children once she is licensed to practice…You think our Superior Court has it bad? Read the LA Times 6.13, frontpage (www.latimes.com). A projected $85 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July prompting more cuts including 500 employees and seven regional courthouses… In case you were wondering why Jeanne Flaherty has not been in Courtroom #22, that’s because she has retired to Florida…

Fox News Network is facing a lawsuit that claims its broadcast of a man’s suicide left his three children with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. The suit filed by Angela Rodriguez in Arizona’s Maricopa County says the program “Studio B with Shepard Smith” broadcast the suicide of JoDon Romero in September as part of its coverage of a car chase around Phoenix. After Romero jumped out of his car and began running through the desert with a gun, Smith could be heard telling producers to “get off ” the video, but the broadcast continued. Viewers then saw Romero shooting himself in the head. The children did not see the suicide live, but did watch on YouTube…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. Henderson frequently pats the backside of lawyers for doing a fine job. Henderson also correctly picked the Miami Heat in 7 games and the Chicago Blackhawks. 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.