Fri, 3/27: Loyola Law to Host Fashion Law Symposium on Tech Impact

Discount for VCBA members (BOA)

The Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will host the symposium, “Sketch Goes Tech,” this Friday, March 27, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Loyola’s downtown LA campus. The symposium will examine the ever-evolving impact of technology on how fashion is designed, distributed, marketed and sold in the U.S. and around the world. The panels will include “Digitizing Your Supply Chain: How to Protect Your Brand While Moving into the Fast Lane,” “Building with Digital Bricks: Using Omnichannels to Create a Holistic Customer Experience ,” “International Sales, International Problems: Social and Legal Minefields in the Digital Age” and “Is My Smart Phone Spying On Me? Everything You Need to Know About Expanding into Wearable Tech.” Program details and registration information is available at We are offering a discounted registration fee of $70 for Ventura County Bar Association members (it’s $95 for other attorneys); when registering, they should select “BOA” (Bar Organization Affiliate) as registration type.

“Digitizing Your Supply Chain: How to Protect Your Brand While Moving into the Fast Lane” will examine the security of intellectual property in an increasingly digital environment. The session will look at how to maintain data and trade-secret safety while capitalizing on e-commerce. “Building with Digital Bricks: Using Omnichannels to Create a Holistic Customer Experience” will look at the symbiotic ecosystems attainable when virtual and bricks-and-mortal retailing find equilibrium. Panelists will discuss how online and offline stores can help the other. “International Sales, International Problems: Social and Legal Minefields in the Digital Age” will look at how fashion companies can leverage the relative ease of entry into foreign markets while playing by local rules. “Is My Smart Phone Spying On Me? Everything You Need to Know About Expanding into Wearable Tech” will look at the critical privacy implications of consumer data transmitted by the smartphones and tablets that have become common accessories.

Scheduled speakers include: Ann Baker, partner, Perkins Coie; Alyson Barker, vice president-general counsel, Lucky Brand; Brian K. Brookey, partner, Tucker Ellis LLP; Amy M. Fox, lead counsel, Global Knowledge Management, Group Counsel, New Devices Group, Law and Policy Group, Intel Corporation; Deborah Greaves, Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP & adjunct professor, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Sheba Sheikh Hemmat, Business and Legal Affairs manager, JustFab/Shoedazzle; Rob Honeycutt, founder/CEO, Zero Jeans LLC ; Rick Horwitch, vice president, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products; Lauren Indvik, co-editor in chief,; Christopher D. James, patent counsel, Google; Elizabeth Janis, assistant general counsel, J.CREW; Gila Jones, general counsel, James Perse; Richard Kestenbaum, partner, Triangle Capital LLC; Ilse Metchek, president, California Fashion Association; Kash Mokhber, co-founder, Toobre International, LLC; Jared Nixon, partner, Shark Branding, Inc.; Staci Jennifer Riordan, partner, Nixon Peabody & executive director, The Fashion Law Project, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Mollie Sussman, VP of International Sales, Joie/Equipment; Pooja Teckchandani, director & senior counsel, TOMS Shoes, LLC; Rachael Vaughn, attorney, Microsoft; Macala Wright, digital strategist & author.

The symposium will be held in Robinson Courtroom on Loyola’s campus at 919 Albany St. (at Olympic), Los Angeles, CA 90015. Registration information is available at Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Brian Costello, assistant director of marketing & communications, at or 213.736.1444. Learn more at and follow the project on Twitter @LLS_FashionLaw. Sponsors include Nixon Peabody LLP; Tucker Ellis LLP; The Fashion Group International, Inc.; Fashionista; Fashion Business Incorporated; and Tru Fragrance.

About The Fashion Law Project

The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry in the U.S. and internationally. Its multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences including: law students, design students, legal professionals and fashion industry professionals. Offerings include dedicated fashion law courses and a Sub-Concentration, annual symposia and the Fashion Law Intensive Summer Program, which will run from July 24-August 1, 2014. Learn more at

About Loyola Law School, Los Angeles                             

Located on an award-winning Frank Gehry-designed campus in downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Law School is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students and cutting-edge programs. The Law School strives to instill in students the knowledge they need to excel on their chosen paths. It dedicates itself to preparing students for the rigors of practice with an extensive portfolio of practical-training opportunities, a 16,000-strong alumni network and a focus on social justice. Learn more at

Estate Planning and Probate March 26 Meeting – SOLD OUT

The Estate Planning and Probate Section meeting of March 26 is officially SOLD OUT. 

We are no longer taking reservations.  Your payment & registration form will be returned to you.


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Exec’s Dot …Dot …Dot … By Steve Henderson

Dan Barron has been a valued member of our bar association for 35 years. A perennial presence at Estate Planning and Probate lunches, he served as an arbitrator in our Fee Arbitration Program managing dozens of cases. He may now be reached at as he migrates into travel land. Thank you my friend! …In a case of first impression, the State Bar Court has issued a public reproval of a lawyer who falsely accused his opponent in a June 2012 judicial campaign of being involved in a bribery and corporate fraud scheme. The State Bar Review Department said Clinton Edward Parish, 43, made the false charge against his opponent, a sitting Yolo County  Superior Court judge, with reckless disregard for the truth. The court found the false accusations violated rule 1-700 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, which requires attorneys running for judicial office to abide by Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics. The judicial canon states that a candidate for judicial office shall not “knowingly or with reckless disregard for the truth, misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position or any other fact concerning the candidate or his or her opponent.”…Our esteemed Emeritus Attorney, Carolyn Tuleberg celebrated her 62nd birthday on Feb. 8. She has donated her time with the VLSP, Inc. since 1998… Got shoplifters? Indeed that’s the name of a company located in the 310. “Over 20 years of experience HELPING shoplifters CONQUER their compulsion to steal.”

An Arizona lawyer has been admonished after a fee dispute escalated into an email feud that included a reference to the movie Deliverance. The presiding disciplinary judge of the Arizona Supreme Court admonished lawyer Dennis Wilenchik on Feb 2. During an angry email exchange on a late Friday evening with the complainant, a medical marijuana consulting business, Mr. Wilenchik emailed, “OK drug dealer–I look forward to the many nights and mornings when you think of my name and squeal – you mean nothing to me. Check out the movie Deliverance.”…The Immigration Law Section is hosting their first CLE of the year on March 10, beginning at noon at the Pirates Restaurant in Oxnard. Check out the enclosed flyer for registration information. The speaker is Matt Bromund, the section’s chair…

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused something of a stir last month when she offered an excuse for nodding off during President Obama’s State of the Union. Ginsburg said she had dined with other justices before they attended the speech, and wine was on the menu. “I wasn’t 100 percent sober,” Ginburg said. In a follow-up interview she offered a second explanation for her sleepiness: She hadn’t slept the previous night because she was writing. “I thought to myself, don’t stay up all night,” she told MSNBC. “But then my pen got hot.”…Judges’ Night is scheduled for March 24 and St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. “May your luck be like the Capital of Ireland– Always Dublin.”…

Carmen Ramírez will be awarded the Outstanding Environment Leadership Award from State Senator Hannah Beth-Jackson on March 7 during activities of the International Women’s Day hosted by Ventura Sierra Club.  Bar Assistant Executive Director, Sandra Rubio, is celebrating her birthday March 27. Give her a shout-out at 650.7599 or John Hribar of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP and Betsey Hillman of Move, Inc. are the proud parents of Emmett James, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. on Feb. 5 – the same day his big brother Ethan turned three.

Steve Henderson has been the executive director and chief executive officer of the bar association and its affiliated organizations since November 1990. He has respectfully submitted his Final Four calculations including Kentucky, Duke, Virginia and Wisconsin. Henderson in 2009 was aboard a helicopter that was shot down in the Afghan Province, Kabul. He may be reached at, Twitter@stevehendo1, FB, LinkedIn, or better yet, 650.7599.



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Effective Jan. 1, 2015, there is a new Judicial Council form that is to be used in all matters where an heir or beneficiary is waiving the requirement of a bond. The form numbers are DE-142 and DE-111(A-3d). Because this is a “mandatory use” form, the court will no longer be able to accept the self-drafted bond waivers that have been previously used for this purpose.

In addition to the entirely new bond waiver form, many other forms have been updated. Those forms include the Spousal or Domestic Partner Property Order and both the temporary and permanent Letters of Conservatorship. You can see all of the updated forms on the judicial council website at Our local court has also created a new mandatory form. VN248 can be found at, under the Self-Help tab, Local Forms. This form is titled, “Confidential Ex Parte/Temporary Conservatorship Information Summary.” As the title suggests, it is required whenever you file a new ex parte conservatorship petition. If it is not submitted with your ex parte petition, your filing may be delayed. If you have any updates or information to share with our section, please let me know.

Otherwise, we hope to see you at the end of March for Judge Reiser’s Annual State of the Probate Court Presentation.

Amber Rodriguez is the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Estate Planning and Probate section of the VCBA. Her practice focuses on Probate and Trust Litigation and Administration, Estate Planning and Conservatorships. You can visit her website at or you can reach her directly at


The Case Of The Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini Top v. The (More) Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Pastie

Order concerning preliminary injunction

An ordinance dealing with semi-nude dancers has once again fallen on the  Court’s lap. The City of San Antonio wants exotic dancers employed by Plaintiffs to wear larger pieces of fabric to cover more of the female breast. Thus, the age old question before the Court, now with constitutional implications, is: Does size matter? The genesis of this gentlemen’s clubs case can be found at 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8517, 2003 WL 21204471, known by some as “The Salomé Order.”


To bare, or not to bare, that is the question. While the Court finds these businesses to be nefarious magnets of mischief, the Court doubts several square inches of fabric will stanch the flow of violence and other secondary effects emanating from these businesses. Indeed, this case exposes the underbelly of America’s Romanesque passion for entertainment, sex and money, sought to be covered with constitutional prophylaxis. Alcohol, drugs, testosterone, guns and knives are more likely the causative agents than the female breast, proving once again that humans are a peculiar lot. But case law does not require causation between nudity and naughtiness. Baby Dolls  Topless Saloons, Inc., 295 F.3d at 479-82.

Accordingly, the request for preliminary injunction is DENIED.

Should the parties choose to string this case out to trial on the merits, the Court encourages reasonable discovery intercourse as they navigate the peaks and valleys of litigation, perhaps to reach a happy ending.

It is so ORDERED.

(35 Bar & Grille, LLC v. City of San Antonio (W.D.Tex. 2013) 943 F.Supp.2d 706, 712-713, footnotes and several pages of text omitted, though they are worth reading.)

What The California Supreme Court Does Not Love About Easement Disputes

From a 1995 decision:

The dispute is now before us.

Its resolution requires us to penetrate a legal thicket entangled by the ancient doctrines of convenants that run with the land and equitable servitudes. The task is not easy. “The law of easements, real covenants, and equitable servitudes is the most complex and archaic body of American property law remaining in the twentieth century.”

(Citation.) Another commentator uses stronger language: “The law in this area is an unspeakable quagmire. The intrepid soul who ventures into this formidable wilderness never emerges unscarred. Some, the smarter ones, quickly turn back to take up something easier like the income taxation of trusts and estates. Others, having lost their way, plunge on and after weeks of effort emerge not far from where they began, clearly the worse for wear. On looking back they see the trail they thought they broke obscured with foul smelling waters and noxious weeds. Few willingly take up the challenge again.” (Citizens for Covenant Compliance v. Anderson (1995) 12 Cal.4th 345, 348 [47Cal.Rptr.2d 898, 906 P.2d 1314].)

HELP THE LAW LIBRARY, by Alfred Vargas

The Friends of the Ventura County Law Library, Inc. (FVCLL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is now accepting donations to benefit the Ventura County Law Library, which faces budget cuts due to decreased filings and statewide filing jurisdictional changes affecting fees collected. Only the Legislature may increase filing fee allocations to fund the State’s law libraries, which is unlikely at this time.

Many attorneys are grateful for having had the VCLL available during their early days in practice. Many more still use the Law Library for research, for the workspace, and for the ability to copy, print and fax away from the office during court days.

You may donate any amount by visiting WWW.FVCLL.ORG and clicking on the “Donate” button at the bottom of the screen. If everyone reading this article donates even a small amount, it would help the VCLL keep more books available to all.  The FVCLL will host a book sale fundraiser on May 1st from 1 to 5 pm at the Law Library. Further activities are planned for 2015 – but you can click on the donate button right now.

Alfred Vargas is a landlord tenant and appellate lawyer practicing in Ventura. He is a member of the CITATIONS editorial board and the president of FVCLL. You can reach him at 805-415-7837 or

“IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT?” by Rachel Coleman

How many times have you heard someone ask “Is there an app for that?” Next time you receive a traffic ticket and you do not want to appear in court, you can download a free app that will assist you in preparing and filing paper work to request a trial by written declaration. GetDismissed, which made its debut on Feb. 3, is the first-ever app that enables drivers across California to fight traffic tickets. Managing member Steve Miller and member Alexis Vega, a local attorney, came up with the idea and put the concept together through their company, The Ticket Advocate LLC. Mr. Miller expects that within the first year of its debut, about 5,000 tickets will be contested using the app. Within three years, he projects that between 30,000 and 40,000 tickets will be contested with the assistance of GetDismissed.

Vega stated that using an app is a revolutionary way to contest a traffic ticket. There is no other app out there like GetDismissed, which has a patent pending. In a press release, Miller said that he “wanted to offer the most cost effective way to contest and dismiss a traffic ticket ever seen in the state of California.”

GetDismissed is free to download and very easy to use. Simply download the app from the App Store on an iPhone or iPad, or download it directly from the company’s website at The app is also available for download from the Google Play store. Once you have downloaded the app, just follow the instructions. First, take a picture of your driver’s license. Next, take a picture of the ticket. Then, answer a series of questions based upon the type of ticket you received. Once you answer all the questions, the app automatically generates the documents necessary to contest the ticket. All you have to do is print out the documents and mail them to the court.

The most difficult step in the process is finding a stamp and envelope. The cost is $49.00 to use the app to prepare the Trial by Declaration documents.

If the driver does not win the trial by declaration, not to worry. He or she can still fill out a form (TR-220) requesting a trial de novo within 20 days of the decision, and be right back at the start. The driver then can either ask for a bench trial, or ask the court to allow traffic school. The driver loses almost nothing. If the driver wanted to hire an attorney to represent them at the bench trial, the driver does not lose that option either by using the app. So, next time someone asks you for help with a traffic ticket, tell them there is an app for that.

Rachel Coleman practices criminal defense and civil litigation with David Lehr Law in Ventura. She is a member of CITATIONS Editorial Board. Email Rachel at or phone (805) 477-0070.