Exec’s Dot…Dot…Dot… by Steve Henderson

Why am I just now noticing that DA Greg Totten is on the California Lawyer Editorial Advisory Board?…Recommended Reading this month brought to you by VLSP, Inc. Emeritus Attorney Don Greenberg. The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis, by Steven J. Harper. Basic Books, 272 pages, $26.99, hardcover. The author, after a 30-year stint litigating for Kirkland & Ellis, is a professor at Northwestern School of Law. The parallels he draws between the failure of American law schools and the downfall of some of America’s biggest law firms are compelling…Yiannis Alexander Karakalos entered the world Sept. 19 at 9 lbs., 7 oz.  22.5 inches. Mom Ariane and dad Aris Karakalos happy and excited… A University of Chicago law professor and economist who wrote the most-cited law review article of all time has died at the age of 102. Ronald Coase died September 4 and won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1991 and published “The Problem of Social Cost in 1961,” which was ranked last year as the most-cited law review article of all time. In the paper, Coase argued that government intervention wasn’t needed to stop companies from harming others…

Judge George Eskin’s last day on the bench was September 6 in Santa Barbara. Attorneys, court personnel and others packed his courtroom to give the retiring jurist a standing ovation. Eskin said he hopes to act as a fill-in judge after that and cited his decision to retire with about five years left on his term was his desire to be  with his family and the strain state budgets cuts have placed on the court system… Disney Alaskan Cruise? Mary Kulvinskas at 267.1125 or mary@kulvinskaslaw.com…The Durham, N.C. police chief says he doesn’t recall making a claimed remark that a local lawyer – shot as an innocent bystander – deserved it because he sometimes represents indigent individuals as a public defender by court appointment. However, Chief Lopez apologized recently anyway, saying at a news conference, “I take full responsibility for anything I may have said that may have offended anyone or any group of people.”… Paris, Ile-de-France? Recently married Jennifer Zide at 477.0327 or jenzide@aol.com

Justice Steven Perren will portray General Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate at the Cabrillo Music Theatre beginning October 18 through the 27th. A perfect start for the CMT 2013-2014 Campaign…A   driver who posted a YouTube video of his record- breaking 24-minute, 7-second drive around a 26.4-mile loop in Manhattan has been arrested. Christopher Adam Tang, 30, was charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding, traffic device violation, following too close and moving from lane unsafely. His 2006 BMW Z4 was impounded. In an interview with Jalopnik, which questioned why he hadn’t waited at least a year before posting evidence of the August 26 run, the then-unknown driver replied: “You frankly can’t identify who I am by just looking at the video, and records were meant to be broken. I’ll release my name a year from now.” Police, however, soon slapped the cuffs on Tang noting “We now have license-plate readers that will help in this investigation.”…Request for public comment regarding the Proposed Change of Rules to the Local Rules & Forms of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura for January 1, 2014. Go to the court’s website at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov and you have until October 21st to do so…

Even when he steers clear of combustive legal and political controversies, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia can’t help throwing a barbed verbal punch. “It’s not my job to barbed verbal punch. “It’s not my job to judge what’s stupid and incompetent, it’s my job to implement what Congress has enacted,” the 26-year veteran of the nation’s highest court told 400 trial attorneys August 20. “You show me a judge that is always happy with the decision he reaches, and I’ll show you a bad judge.” During the short period allowed for questions, Scalia was asked where he came across the phrase “argle-bargle.” “It is a word that is in the dictionary, a Scottish derivative.” “It means nonsense.”…

In August and located in San Francisco in front of an audience of 600, Public Defender Jean Farley was presented the 2013 Outstanding Criminal Justice Award from the National Alliance For Mental Illness…The first gathering of the JHB Inn of Court is scheduled for October 17 beginning at 6 p.m. inside the Saticoy Country Club. There remain just a few openings, so if you’d like to be a member contact President Lindsay Nielson at 658.0977 or nielsonlaw@aol.com. You may also contact the bar’s Member Relations Director, Nadia Avila, at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org

The bar’s Fee Arbitration Program seeks a few volunteer lawyers to assist with the program by being panelists and resolving fee disputes between clients and their attorneys. There’s a Fee Arbitrator Training scheduled for October 22 from 4 -7 p.m. at the bar offices. FREE MCLE for your time and effort. The State Bar of California presents the training while local Fee Arbitration Committee Chair Dean Hazard presides.

See promotional brochure stuffed inside this issue of CITATIONS…In a survey reported in the September issue of California Lawyer, 9.1 percent of California lawyers work parttime and 64.2 percent of those are women…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations. He may be seen twerking October 17 during the first meeting of the IOC. Additionally, he leads three Fantasy Football Leagues with Payton Manning at QB. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, Twitter at stevehendo1, or better yet, 650.7599.

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