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

James Perero became a proud papa once again Nov. 9, when his wife, Diana, gave birth to Elliot James. Little Elliot weighed in at eight pounds, twelve ounces and older sister Sadie is pretty happy…When Jerome Offutt graduated law school in 1937 at the age of 19 he was too young to practice law in his home state of Maryland. Once a child prodigy, Offutt is still achieving much at an unusual age – he’s 96 and still practicing law. Tuition was only $200 a year when Offutt began law school at the age of 16. He worked at a Safeway to help pay his way. Offutt says he worked as an “office boy” in a law office after graduating and began his own law practice at the age of 21. He was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates at the age of 25 and served for three years. He currently practices law in Frederick County, Md. He begins each day by lifting weights for 30 minutes and then walking for two miles… Laura Viets, at Paramount Fiduciary Group, has come up with an idea to help raise funds for the vcba/vlsp, inc. Get your holiday cards at new.cardsforcauses.com. Get a discount on the cards and funds come to the bar association. Deets by connecting with laura@paramountgroupllc.com or 309.0399…

Deborah Meyer-Morris has been appointed to a leadership position on the ABA Small Firm Solo Litigation Committee for 2013- 2014. She may be reached at dmm@dk4law. com. Our bar’s Solo/Small Firm Section is led by Adam Pollack who coordinated a CLE event in October with speaker Jonathan Light. Adam is scheduling a program regarding tax traps for January.  He may be be reached at adam@pollacklawfirm.com or 818.991.7760…Can there ever be too many lawyers? A Chicago lawyer is offering a $1,000 “Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship” for students who agree not to seek legal degrees. Matthew Willens, a personal injury lawyer who teaches at Loyola University Chicago’s law school, said he decided to offer the scholarship because some law schools are “pumping out more lawyers than there are lawyer jobs,” Mr. Willens, who is planning to award one scholarship per year to a student attending non-legal graduate school…License Plate of the Month: THX JIM located on late model Jaguar and piloted by Jim Armstrong

Joanna Orr has been invited to join Ferguson Case Orr Paterson as a partner, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Joanna has been with the firm since October 2009…Police say a western Pennsylvania woman has been caught dirty-handed trying to sneak a “clean” urine sample into a family court drug test inside a hand sanitizer bottle. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports 37-year-old Lori Lynn Sullenberger brought the urine-filled bottle when a judge ordered her to provide a sample as part of an August drug test relating to a child custody case. A probation officer saw Ms. Sullenberger with the small bottle in her hand during the test, and seized it. Investigators say Ms. Sullenberger acknowledged it contained her own urine which she believed was drug-free, which she planned to use to pass the test…Ron Harrington is incorporating the Friends of the Ventura County Law Library, Inc. with law library director Jane Meyer and Alfred Vargas. They seek prospective board members. Avargaslaw@gmail.com

Well, it appears you all caught a huge break and will not have to complete 36 hours of CLE effective 2014. The State Bar Board of Governors adopted new rules last month and stopped short of upping the requirement. On that note, the Barristers will once again be sponsoring their Bridging The Gap event scheduled for January 25 at the County Government Center. You can score 6 CLEs including Bias, Substance Abuse and Ethics. New Admittees are FREE, while lawyers that have practiced two-seven years pay $50. You seasoned, grizzled veterans pay only $100. A great deal for all including lunch. Barrister President Rennee Dehesa is organizing the show. Check out their flyers stuck inside this edition of CITATIONS

Katie Clunen, VCBA Board Member, represented the Southern California young lawyer community at the 2013 ABA Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference in Phoenix. Katie reports that the Division rolled out its 2013-2014 Public Service Project, which is focused on ending the bullying epidemic. “Bullyproof: Young Lawyers Education and Empowering to End Bullying” is a comprehensive initiative that provides education and resources to help empower parents, educators, students and young lawyers to make bullying a thing of the past. Help shape YLD and the profession by becoming a delegate by contacting Katie at katiec@dionlawgroup.com…Compelling article in the LA Times regarding Stephen Glass and his attempt to become a lawyer in California. You might remember Glass, a former journalist whose fabrications for a number of major magazines ignited a national outcry. He was deemed unfit to practice law by the California Supreme Court. Glass got his law degree from Georgetown Nov. 7…Mark your calendars – The newly-established Natural Resources Section has scheduled another luncheon  Dec. 3 inside the bar offices. Entitled, “Greenmail, A Guide to Current Practical and Legislative Responses to CEQA Abuse,” will begin at noon time and lunch will be provided for $25. You may contact Section Chair, Gisele Goetz at giselegoetz@aol.com or by calling Nadia Avila at the bar at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org…Recommended Reading of the Month: “California Supreme Court Oral History Project,” an 800-page history by Ronald George…

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 spending the holidays in Belize with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Additionally, Henderson has a guest appearance on SNL scheduled for January 18. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, Twitter at stevehendo1, FB, 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.