Exec’s DOT …DOT …DOT …,By STEVE HENDERSON

VCBA/VLSP, Inc. Emeritus Attorney E x t r a o r d i n a i r e , Ray Clayton, died December 27 at the age of 85 after a brief illness. Upon “retiring” in 1998 from Cohen, Alexander & Clayton, he spent his time fishing in Montana, continuing education at CSUCI and volunteering with the bar’s pro bono program since 2000. In addition to Ray’s thoughtful legal analysis, he was known for his colorful shorts and ever present toothpick…Guy Padraic Hamilton- Smith graduated in the top third of his law class at the University of Kentucky, but the state Supreme Court blocked him from taking the bar exam because he is a registered sex offender. In the first case of its kind, the court rejected Hamilton-Smith’s bid and a move by the state Office of Bar Admissions to create and endorse a blanket rule that would have kept all registered sex offenders from gaining access to the bar. Hamilton-Smith, who was convicted of a charge related to child pornography in 2007, had until January 13 to ask the court to reconsider… Round-trip cruise to Hawaii? Don Hurley at don_hurley2008@yahoo.com

“We are rationing justice,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye said in a fierce address regarding Gov. Brown’s budget proposal. “We needed $250 million to tread water and we got $100 million.” It’s going to get worse. If you’d like details and printed information, please contact me…An attorney-owned website that helps married individuals seek out possible affair partners is one of the defendants in a North Carolina alienation-of-affection suit. Plaintiff Robert Schindler says his wife of 13 years left him for another man she met on the Ashley Madison website. Schindler seeks damages from the man, the website and its Canadian corporate parent…If you are looking for Joanna Orr, after practicing just longer than four years at FCOP, she’s hanging her hat at RAC, a berry-growing business in Oxnard. Her email is Joanna.orr@berry.net and may also be reached at 665.7360 or 730 South A Street, Oxnard, 93030…

“Yep, I’m going to do it”, wrote Mae Brooks, a picture perfect legal secretary/professional. She started working at 17 and in 1982 began at Cohen, England & Whitfield and was assigned to David Tredway. That’s 50 years in the biz and 30-plus with Tredway. Early on, Mae earned her Certification as a Legal Secretary and has been “Ms. Everything” for the Ventura County Legal Professionals Association. I believe she’s on her way to a few casinos. Way to go, kiddo!…A city and county in New Mexico have agreed to settle for $1.6 million their portion of litigation brought by an arrestee who said he was subjected to a humiliating hospital anal exam involving three enemas, a colonoscopy and more after a traffic stop last year. The city of Deming and Hidalgo County got a search warrant to authorize the examination of David Eckert after he was pulled over for failing to yield to a stop sign when exiting a parking lot. It was based on a police dog’s alert to the alleged presence of drugs and that Eckert appeared to be clenching his buttocks. No drugs were found…Tokyo? Panda Kroll at 988.4848 or pk@dk4law.com

Many of you do not make the rounds at the courthouse or the criminal courts. Because of that, lots of lawyers are not aware of the bar association’s president-elect, Deputy District Attorney Alvan Arzu. Alvan has come up the ladder of the bar association, including stints as secretary-treasurer, board member, on the Judicial Evaluations Committee, president of the Black Attorneys Association and allaround good guy and dad for someone who played football at Washington State…A former lawyer for the Department of Justice who practiced 20 years without an active law license has been disciplined with an informal admonition – the lightest possible penalty – for failing to maintain an active license and providing false information to the DOJ. Laura Heiser began working for the DOJ in 1986, but let her Ohio bar membership lapse in 1989. Her Washington, D.C. bar membership became inactive in 1990… The Ventura County Legal Professionals (VCLPA) gave Emeritus Attorney and Program Director Verna Kagan and bar president Laura Bartels a $250 donation for the VCBA/VLSP, Inc. during Clerks’ Night January 8…

Effective January 1, Greg Johnson and Jody Moore formally joined firms and will operate as Johnson Moore with their main office in Thousand Oaks and a satellite in Oxnard. Jody may be reached at 419.2498… Good friend and bar leader Dick Chess died December 9. His obit appears in the December 16 issue of The Star. Dick was a member of the bar’s Fee Arbitration Program and was called upon many times to mediate disputes…

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated   organizations since November 1990. He correctly selected a Super Bowl comprising of the Broncos and Seahawks with Manning delivering an MVP. Additionally, Henderson was fired from his recent positions as the Public Relations Manager for Dennis Rodman, Richard Sherman and Chris Christie. He may be reached at steve@vcba.org, Twitter and stevehendo1, FB, LinkedIn or better yet, 650.7599.

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