I am excited to usher in 2019 with our first issue of Across the Bar. This new year brings new laws, and within this edition of ATB your San Joaquin County Bar Association has done its best to provide information you need to stay up to date in your practice. Past board member Gregory Meath’s article on the new Rules of Professional Responsibility provides comprehensive updates to the rules, and includes the option of gaining MCLE self-study credit. The New Laws Every Lawyer Needs to Know by our editor Michael Tener gives our members a quick and useful read.
Every year the SJCBA kicks off with the annual Masters Series, put on by the MCLE committee. Its hard work throughout the year assures the content of the classes is timely, educational, and engaging; this year is no different. Some classes during the Series were taken off-site to accommodate the higher registrations, especially for those programs that historically have been standing-room only. The SJCBA thanks Humphreys University Drivon School of Law and Dean Patrick Piggott for graciously hosting some of the classes, and the MCLE committee and the speakers for putting on such informative and well attended classes.
In February, the Bank of Stockton graciously hosted the New Lawyers Reception, with the Honorable Judge Richard Vlavianos as the featured speaker. Nationally recognized for his work on the Collaborative Courts, Judge Vlavianos spoke about the importance of community and civility, both within the legal community and in the community at large.
The 2018 Outstanding New Lawyer Award was also presented that evening to the well-deserving Michael K. Lay. Mr. Lay spoke lovingly about the hard work and discipline he learned from his family, providing the foundation for his legal career. Hard work and civility being the undertone for the evening, the night concluded with recognition of the local, new California Bar admittees.
The attendance of many judges, SJCBA members, and elected officials demonstrates that San Joaquin County is a welcoming, inclusive place to practice. More about the speakers at the New Lawyer’s Reception is found within this issue of ATB. Adam Grace’s article about Michael K. Lay, the 2018 Outstand New Lawyer award recipient, is a reminder that the future of our profession is in good hands. Grey Galuzzi also interviewed Judge Vlavianos in Under Oath.
Also included in this issue is a great primer on Interspousal Deeds by Jennifer Coenenberg, useful to every lawyer, as well as a pictorial tour of the SJCBA’s new office which includes space members can use for meetings, depositions, etc. free of charge.
Lastly, as you may have already discerned, this issue of ATB has a different look to it. Your SJCBA is trying new ways to ensure ATB, and all services and member benefits, remain informative, enjoyable, and cost-effective. The volunteers on the ATB Committee and the SJCBA staff work hard to publish the ATB, and your feedback is always welcome. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to .