A really nice story about Barbara Macri- Ortiz appeared in the Ventura County Star March 15 detailing her efforts fighting for the farmworker housing community over the last 25 years – www.vcstar.com…In what is being billed as a question of first impression anywhere in the U.S., a New Jersey judge has held that a woman may ban the father of her unborn child from a hospital delivery room. Upholding the mother’s right of privacy, Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed ruled in February that she is neither required to notify the baby’s father – from who she is estranged – that she is going into labor nor required to admit him into the delivery room against her wishes…I have it on good authority David Tredway watched a few good baseball games in the desert…
Recommended Movie of the Month: Puncture, A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons. 2011… University of California at Irvine law dean Erwin Chemerinsky has a request for one and possibly two justices. Chemerinsky says in a L.A. Times op-ed that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turned 81 last month, should retire this summer so President Obama can appoint a successor. “Indeed, Justice Stephen Breyer, who will turn 76 this summer, should also carefully consider the possibility of stepping down this year,” Chemerinsky writes…Victoria Borgesson, Court Executive Assistant, is soliciting public comment regarding the proposed changes to the Local Rules & Forms of the Superior Court of California. You may view the proposed rules by going to www. ventura.courts.ca.gov or calling Borgesson at 654.2965…
Iceland? Tina Rasnow at tina@rasnowpeak. com or 236.0266 …A Texas l awyer who represents poor clients is wearing jailhouse orange scrubs for Lent to promote discussions
about the lack of jobs for ex-cons. Kent McKeever is a part-time youth minister and a lawyer at Mission Waco, a Christian group that provides programs for the poor. He told the Waco Tribune he is wearing the orange scrubs to show solidarity with prisoners and former inmates returning to society. McKeever is writing about his experiences in a blog called “40 Days in Orange. A Lenten Journey in the Uniform of the Imprisoned”…Recommended Book of the Month: Johnny Carson, by Henry Bushkin. (Houghton Mifflin, 2013). Johnny Carson is also a law book by his best friend and lawyer for several decades and calls into question attorney-client privilege and celebrity clients… “We are not sure how a parent should teach his child a lesson. But
we are sure how not to do it. Do not pull the trigger of a firearm held to the child’s head, even if the firearm is unloaded,” from Justice Kenneth Yegan, writing for a unanimous panel of the California Court of Appeal affirming convictions on threat a weapons charges for the way a defendant disciplined his teenage son and stepson in People v. Culbert …
Deborah Vierra has decided that after over eighteen years in service, she is hanging up the proverbial hat. She feels that Ventura lawyers are the highest quality anywhere. She is donating state and federal employment law and civil practice publications. Most of them are indeed outdated, but available free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call her at 648.1047. Deborah will continue her legal efforts by volunteering at Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid in Fillmore…A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or part nude, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled March 6. The Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court that had upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and videos of female riders’ skirts and dresses… Past VCBA President John Howard has joined Lowthorp, Richards, McMillian, Miller & Templeman as Of Counsel. John may be reached at 981.8555 or email@example.com)…Former Ventura County lawyer Kassandra McQuillen is one of the tribe members on the current season of CBS’s Survivor. Kass has survived the first four
Judge F. Dino Inumerable’s formal installation ceremony will be Friday, April 18 beginning at 4 p.m. inside Courtroom #22. RSVP to dawn.schneider@ventura. courts.ca.gov or 654.2965…BIG kudos to the bar’s Member Relations Director, Nadia Avila, who continues to serve the bar loyally and exceedingly well… Loyola Law School graduate Lane Lopez,
who holds an LL.M. in taxation, returns to his Ventura County roots when he joins Ferguson Case Orr Paterson, LLP April 1. Speaking of FCOP, Michael Case, David Shain, Bret Anderson, and Josh Hopstone staff the firm’s new Westlake Village office, which opened in March— 2801 Townsgate Rd., Suite 215. Phone will remain (805)659-6800.
Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the Ventura County Bar Association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He won Warren Buffet’s Billion Dollar Challenge and his last day at the bar will be April 1. Henderson may be reached at steve@ vcba.org, Twitter at stevehendo1, LinkedIn, FB or better yet, 650.7599.