The nomination form for the Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award is stuffed inside this edition of  CITATIONS as a promotional flyer. We all know lawyers who go above and beyond with respect to community service, so take the time to nominate someone. The form may also be found at www.vcba.org and the recipient will be honored at the annual Installation and Awards Banquet scheduled for Nov. 23 at the Spanish Hills Country Club…An assistant U.S. attorney in Beaumont, Texas, is being scrutinized because of his derogatory comments on Facebook about President Obama and Trayvon Martin. John Craft, a lawyer in the criminal division, posted the comments on a private FB page. In one post, Craft showed an image of a graphic that said, “Obama: Why Stupid People Shouldn’t Vote.” He also wrote that, “low information voters carried the day for the Dalibama in the last election.” Craft also commented on the Trayvon Martin case.Craft wrote: “How are you fixed for Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruit cocktail (and maybe a bottle of Robitussin, too) in your neighborhood? I am fresh out of ‘purple drink.’ So I may come by for a visit. In a rainstorm. In the middle of the night. In a hoodie. Don’t get upset or anything if you see me looking in your window…kay?”.

President Joel Mark may be located at Hathaway Perrett et al. by calling 644.7111 or jmark@hathawaylawfirm.comRandall George landed at Myers, Widders et al. and may be reached at 644.7188 or rgeorge@mwgjlaw.com …A few more movements of notice: Kathleen Smith started August 12 as a civil litigation associate with Schneiders & Associates LLP…Katherine Hause Becker has also joined the firm as Of Counsel, but shall remain FT with the Law Offices of Ben Schuck and Katherine Hause… Matt Purcell is now at www.tricitylaw.com located at 2415 W. Falls Ave., Kennewick, Washington, 99336.

The Lawyer Referral & Information Service would like to thank Jody Moore, Ken Yeager, Robert May and Howard Rosen for generating $25,675 recently by resolving a few personal injury cases. Want clients? Contact Nadia Avila, member relations director, at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org …For lawyers who may think they’re too busy to exercise, estate planning and probate partner Mary Rust of Taft Stettinius & Hollister has an answer: Treadmill desks. She and another Cincinnati partner have them in their offices, allowing them to exercise without leaving their desks. Aided by technology including a wireless computer keyboard and mouse and the ability to transfer work calls to her cell phone, Rust racks up between one and four hours per day on the treadmill. The treadmill desks are part of a Taft Cares Wellness Initiative at the law firm, which has over 330 attorneys firm wide…Please join the judicial officers and staff and attend a retirement party for Judge Gay Conroy Oct. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. inside Ventura City Hall. The cost is $30 and you may contact irma.berneathy@ventura.courts.ca.gov to confirm.

Melbourne, Australia? Carol Mack at 403.0357 or chmack47@yahoo.com …Nice? Côte d’Azur? David Shain at 659.6800 or dshain@fcoplaw.comChristina Stokholm has been appointed to serve as co-vice chair  of the State Bar’s Legal Services Trust Fund Commission. Her term begins Oct. 13  and expires Sept. 14, 2014…Los Angeles attorney Luis J. Rodriguez was elected July 19 as president of the State Bar of California  for 2013-2014. He will be the first public defender and first Latino to hold the office…A former partner of  Sidley Austin who was a real estate practice leader and a member of the firm’s executive committee is facing an Illinois legal ethics complaint over $69,000 in cab fare reimbursement, among other issues. In addition to obtaining $69,000 for cab rides he allegedly did not take, Lee Mark Smolen also submitted entertainment expense reimbursement requests for $50,000 in meals, restaurant gift cards and sports tickets that “had not been incurred for legitimate purposes,” contends the complaint….

Mark your calendars! The first ever joint meeting between the Business Litigation Section and the Intellectual Property Section is scheduled for Sept. 12 atop the Tower Club. Entitled, “A Banner Year in Biotechnology Law,” check out the promotional brochure contained inside CITATIONS…Yo, Barristers! The Annual Judges’ Pizza Night is set for September 19 inside Café Fiore located in downtown Ventura. Kudos to Rachel Coleman for coordinating once again. Open only to justices, judges and Barristers, proceeds benefit the vcba/vlsp, inc.

Congratulations to William M. Grewe who has been recommended by the VCBA Nominating Committee, comprised of  12 past presidents, to become the next secretary-treasurer of the bar association effective January 1, 2014. This also positions him for the presidency in 2016. The VCBA Slate of Officers and Directors is inside this issue of CITATIONS and they will be formally approved during the Installation and Awards Banquet. Laura Bartels will assume the presidency also in January and Deputy District Attorney Alvan Arzu will become president-elect…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He will be celebrating his 50 th in Rio on the 10th and donations of Red Stripe, Fosters and Trader Josés may be delivered to his office. Better yet, a donation to the vlsp, inc.! Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org , FB, Twitter at stevehendo1, LinkedIn, 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.