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

Twelve new admittees were sworn in Dec. 6 inside Courtroom 22, presided over by Justice Steven Perren and capably assisted by Judge Donald Coleman. Taking the oath were Robert Graham, Rachel Reed, Beau Braunberger, Blake Hannah, David Dorsey, Taylor Daxnn, Keri Nesbitt, Ashley Reese, Marilyn Rossa, Anita Barooni and Conrad Wilton. The pass rate for the July Bar Exam was a crusty 43 percent, a 32-year low… bar leadership complemented the event with presentations by: Bar President Erik Feingold; Barristers President Josh Hopstone; CYLA Rep Katherine Becker; and Women Lawyers President Kymberley Peck

The Law Offices of Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan & Templeman are pleased to announce that partner Cristian Arrieta has been chosen as one of 30 participants for the Ventura County Leadership Academy. The only attorney selected among local police officers, firefighters and folks from the nonprofit sector…

Although 80 percent of ABA-accredited law schools had double-digit percentage decreases for students admitted, bloggers observed following the Dec. 15 annual release of Standard 509 Information Reports that this year marked the first time that women outnumbered men as JD students. Deborah Merritt, a professor at the Ohio State University’s Noritz College of Law, found that women now make up 50.42 percent of law students at ABAaccredited schools. However, the Kyle McEntee blog Law School Transparency wrote that, on average, higher-ranked law schools still have significantly smaller percentages of female law students…

Chris Gray and Claudia Barba have joined forces and established Gray & Barba LLP effective immediately. If you, like way too many lawyers, have waited this long to complete your MCLE requirements, the bar association has good news for you. We have scheduled the many hard-to-get courses for your ease during this tension-filled month of completing those pesky CLEs required by the State Bar. On Jan. 17, Family Law will provide a Substance Abuse event as will Estate Planning and Probate on Jan. 26. Both Inns of Court and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers will offer Ethics events Jan. 12 and 24 respectively. Additionally, the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Conference presents an activity Jan. 19 offering an hour of bias and an hour of ethics. Lastly, when you are real desperate, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association have scheduled all-day CLE events on Saturday Jan. 14 and 21. I can put you in touch with the folks in charge of the events. You are welcome everybody!

Our 27th Annual Bar Leaders Planning Session has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28 and will be presided over by President Erik Feingold. This event convenes with leadership of our Board, Sections. Affiliates, committees and friends of the Board gather to discuss the year in review and 2017 and the future. Invitations will be out shortly, but do mark your calendars. Feingold insists on adjourning at 11:30 a.m….

On a personal note, longtime Member Relations Director Nadia Avila is departing our association, effective Jan. 2, to greener pastures with the Law Offices of David Karen. Nadia managed our Lawyer Referral Program, the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program, CITATIONS and our Legal Services Directory ad sales, all MCLE record keeping, our social media Queen and all sorts of rewarding and distasteful responsibilities. Thanks for the hard work and contagious laugh. Your dream of having your name in bold in our monthly mag is now yours…

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 attending the BCS game in Tampa on Jan. 9. Henderson may be reached at steve@vcba.org, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter at steve_hendo1, Instagram at steve_hendo, Snapchat at iamhendo1, or better yet, 650-7599.

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