What/Who are (were) the major influences in your life, why?
My mom was a writer. She worked very hard on her books and I remember being told that it was nearly impossible to get one published. Her first book was published when I was in high school. It was the first time I came to believe that if you worked really hard on something, you could accomplish just about anything. I think about that any time I am about to take on something hard. She went on to publish 13 books, in several different languages.
It has been an exciting and exhausting six months for me. My team and I started the year with assisting in the preparation of our MCLE Masters Series. The MCLE Committee of Shellie Lott, Thomas Keeling, Gregory Meath, Megan Hall and Cristal Ruiz truly outdid themselves. Eleven programs were presented in a variety of areas including credit for legal ethics, bias and competency. Our members and sections continue to provide MCLE programs throughout the year. Keep an eye out for these upcoming MCLE programs: Unlawful Detainers by Judge Erin Guy CastilloDiscovery Lab by Retired Judge Les HollandFinding Work Life Balance by Dr. Tom MaplesFall Diversity Series by the Unity Bar Section Thank you to everyone who attended our New Lawyers' Reception hosted by the Bank of Stockton. We had 100 members and guests attend including eight new lawyers. Congratulations to Becky Diel, recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. (Read the article by Josh Hunsucker here.) In April, I had the pleasure of attending the SacLegal Judicial Appointments Celebration for the elevation of Justice Laurie M. Earl to California's Third District Court of Appeal, and the appointment of Judge Andi Mudryk to the Sacramento Superior Court. The Bar Association hosted its annual Law Day Luncheon at the Stockton Golf and Country Club on May 3, 2022. We had 330 guests in attendance to honor Judge Xapuri Villapudua as our Law Day Award recipient. Please join me in welcoming the Bar Association's newest staff members: Chloe Welch, Mediation Program AdministratorMonique Vasquez, LRS...
Susan: In 1999, you left a perfectly good job as a big firm lawyer in Washington to start Fastcase, a legal research startup in a market dominated by bigger companies. What was it about the legal industry that made you wake up one morning and say, I’m going to take on the world of legal tech?
We celebrated another dedicated jurist at the 2021 Law Day Luncheon on September 28, 2021. Surrounded by family, friends, mentors and colleagues, the Honorable Linda L. Lofthus was awarded the 2021 Law Day Award.
Many staff and some attorneys may not be aware of the California Bar Association's Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism, which were adopted in 2009. The Guidelines are intended "to protect the public and promote respect and confidence in the legal profession." While they are directed to attorneys, it is good practice for office staff to be mindful of these standas as well. The Guidelines' goal is to foster a level of civility and professionalism that exceeds the minimum requirements of the...