Across the Bar

Across the Bar is a publication of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, providing local legal news, educational content, and information about Bar Association events.

2017 Annual Meeting Recap

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On November 1, 2017, members of the legal community gathered at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel for the San Joaquin County Bar Association's 77th Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Outgoing SJCBA President Erin Guy Castillo welcomed everyone to the event and, as they ate lunch, the audience enjoyed a slideshow memorializing many of the events the Bar Association sponsored during the year. During the lunch, members were able to vote for candidates for four vacant positions on the Board of Governo...
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Law Day Award Recipient Dr. Cynthia Ostberg and the Genesis of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program

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Daniella Green, Amy Burns, Dr. Cynthia Ostberg, Anastaysa Uskov, and Kelly Volkar I was sitting at my desk in the District Attorney's Office in 2006 when my phone rang. It was the front desk informing me there was a Dr. Cynthia Ostberg on the phone from the University of the Pacific and she wanted to speak with me. Sometimes in life there are times you wish you did not answer the phone. This was not one of those times. Dr. Ostberg introduced herself and explained she was beginning a program at U...
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Public Service Opportunities for Criminal Lawyers

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There are many ways that an attorney can volunteer to both grow in his or her career and enhance the profession as well. Within the profession, there is no shortage of opportunities for service and self-improvement. Among them are service on local bar boards, task forces, and committees, which help to foster good methods and ethical practices within the profession, deepen relationship with colleagues, and give valuable MCLE training. The local Inns of Court is another opportunity for bonding and...
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Erin Guy Castillo Awarded the 2016 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award

Erin Guy Castillo Awarded the 2016 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award
On November 17, 2016 the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Athena awards at a luncheon held at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. This was the Chamber's thirtieth year handing out the awards, which recognize and honor outstanding business and professional women for their excellence. This year's honorees were Carol J. Ornelas, the CEO of Visionary Home Builders of California, and Erin Guy Castillo, partner at Parish Guy Castillo, PLC. Ms. Guy Castillo received the Athena ...
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Summary of 76th Annual SJCBA Meeting

Summary of 76th Annual SJCBA Meeting
The 2017 Board of Governors Executive Committee: James M. Morris, past president; Michael R. Norton, president-elect; Erin Guy Castillo, president; Heather Rubino,  secretary;  and Nelson Bahler, treasurer. The San Joaquin County Bar Association met on November 2 at the Stockton Hilton for its 76th annual meeting. James M. Morris, the 2016 president of the Association, delivered the State of the Bar Address. Mr. Morris recounted highlights of the Association's activities through this y...
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Civil Judges' Panel Brown Bag

Civil Judges' Panel Brown Bag
​Those who missed the Civil Litigation Civil Judges' Panel Brown Bag in Department 13, on June 28, 2016 should mark their calendars to attend the next one. The title of the event might sound boring, but perhaps it should have read, "everything you wanted to know about judges' decisions but were afraid to ask." The Civil Litigation Section and the civil judges of the San Joaquin County Superior Court are working together to host a panel approximately every four months, and attendees stand to be r...
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SJCBA Membership and Guests Gather on Law Day 2016 to Honor John Harris

SJCBA Membership and Guests Gather on Law Day 2016 to Honor John Harris
The membership of the San Joaquin County Bar Association convened at noon on April 26, 2016 at the annual Law Day Luncheon to bestow the 2016 Law Day Award upon John Harris. A near-capacity crowd, including many of Mr. Harris' friends and family, enjoyed the beautiful spring sunshine that flooded into the large banquet room at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. San Joaquin County Bar Association President James Morris served as Master of Ceremonies for the event and opened with a brief wel...
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W-INN-ing!: SJC Callahan Inn of Court Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

W-INN-ing!: SJC Callahan Inn of Court Celebrates
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I n September 2015, the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court kicked off its tenth year as it traditionally does: by bringing in a respected member of the legal community to Humphreys College Drivon School of Law to share his or her insights with the group. That night's guest, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, captivated the approximately 90-member crowd of local judges, attorneys, and law students with stories of his career and professional advice. Throughout the ...
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New Lawyers Reception

New Lawyers Reception
February 2, 2016 at the Bank of Stockton Headquarters T he Bank of Stockton hosted a reception on February 2 honoring the newest members of the San Joaquin County legal profession. Attorneys who passed the California State Bar Exam gathered with more than 125 family members, veteran lawyers and judges at the Bank of Stockton headquarters on Miner Avenue in Stockton. The keynote speaker for the evening was San Joaquin County Superior Court Supervising Probate Attorney Jayne Lee. Zoey Merrill...
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China’s FOIA: The Regulation on Open Government Information

China’s FOIA: The Regulation on Open Government Information
The People’s Republic of China’s (“PRC”) Regulation on Open Government Information (“OGIR”) was enacted in January 2007 by the State Council. As the first national administrative regulation, it was a milestone in enhancing government transparency and safeguarding citizens’ right of access to government-held information. 1 After 13 long months of preparation, the regulation was implemented on May 1, 2008. Since then, the government, the public and the people’s courts have engaged in the practice ...
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Warnings, Hope for the Future at Law Day Luncheon 2015

At the 2015 Law Day Luncheon, presented by the San Joaquin County Bar Association and Bar Foundation, Dr. Bennet Omalu warned of the hidden dangers to the health and lives of professional football players, and Law Day Award recipient Hellen Ellis praised the efforts of those involved in the collaborative courts. Instituted in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower, Law Day celebrates the role of law in American Society. At this year’s luncheon, San Joaquin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Bennet O...
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