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

The Barristers held their annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 5 at the home of board member Amy Kieswetter in Santa Paula. The theme, “Ugliest Sweater Contest,” was competitive and view winner Melanie Ely’s outfit right here…

Citations Editorial Board member Rachel Coleman now serves as President of Barristers. She may be reached at 477.0070 or Rachel@davidlehrlaw.com…A rape trial of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, man came to a screeching halt when the defendant repeatedly punched his court-appointed lawyer in the face. Earnest Padillow, 47, was on his way to the witness stand to testify in his own defense when he turned on his own lawyer. Mark Cagle, Padillow’s lawyer, suffered a busted lip, but said he was otherwise unharmed. Cagle’s co-counsel, Stephen Lee, ended the assault
by placing Padillow in a headlock. Sheriff ’s deputies then used a stun gun to subdue the defendant. The judge ordered the trial to continue without the defendant present…

FCOP announced that Lauren Clark Rad has joined the Business Litigation group. After college, she worked at a juvenile detention center in Cusco, Peru. She attended Harvard Law and may be reached at 659.6800 or lrad@fcoplaaw.com…

If you are in need of CLEs, the Barristers are hosting Bridging The Gap™ on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the County Government Center. The activity comes just in time for those of you have waited until the last minute to pick up your continuing education. There are 6 CLEs for the day, including Bias, Substance Abuse and Ethics. 2013 Barristers President, Rennee Dehesa, is running the show and you may register by calling Nadia at the bar offices at 650.7599 or bar@vcba.org. Additionally, the event flyer is included in this issue of CITATIONS…

When Jack MacDonald showed up at grocery stores with an armful of coupons to buy cases of discount orange juice, employees might have expected he was a hoarder. And he was, sort of. Frugal to no fault, the Seattle attorney accumulated a vast fortune, and now, upon his death at the age of 98, he has left $187 million to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army. MacDonald lived in a modest one-room apartment and wisely invested the money he received through family inheritance, but he had no biological children of his own…

Welcome to new VCBA Board Members Charmaine Buehner, Mark Kirwin and Andy viets. Bill Grewe is our new Secretary-Treasurer, while DDA Alvan Arzu is President-Elect and Laura Bartels is the new President. They were installed at the annual dinner and their duties begin January 1. Special thanks to outgoing board members Jessica Arciniega, Kata Kim and Immediate Past-President, Dien Le.

The 24th Annual VCBA Strategic Planning Breakfast of Bar Leaders is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m. inside the Courtyard by Marriott. All section, committee and affiliated heads are expected to attend and help us design 2014…The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a
lawyer for two years for rude conduct and recommended that the case be studied “as a glaring example of unprofessional behavior.” According to the court, attorney Jeffrey Alan Norkin accused a judge at being at the “beck and call” of his client’s opponent in a civil case, yelled in court, and “incessantly” disparaged and humiliated opposing counsel in the litigation. The opposing counsel, Gary Brooks, was 71 years old at the time and was
suffering from Parkinson’s disease and kidney cancer. He was a Harvard Law grad with a “lengthy and unblemished career,” the court cited. Norkin sent emails to Brooks that said Brooks was lying and disingenuous, his motions were “laughable and scurrilous,” and he will come to regret his “incompetent, unethical and improper litigation practices.” Other emails threatened to seek sanctions against Brooks and advised him to notify
his malpractice carrier…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and their affiliated organizations since November 1990. His money is currently riding on Manning, Brady and Wilson. His visit with Pope Francis over the holidays was eventful. He may be reached at steve@vcba.org, Twitter at stevehendo1, LinkedIn, FB, or better yet, 650.7599.

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