Message from the Executive Director: Summer 2022

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...

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Message from the President: Summer 2022

Thanks to everyone for making Law Day 2022 a very special day and congratulations again to Judge Xapuri Villapudua this year’s Law Day Award Recipient, and to Carlos V. Soto and Stephen Baker recipients of the Vittoria Bossi Scholarship.

Baseball season is here! Make sure to mark your calendars and join us for the SJCBA Member Appreciation Night with the Stockton Ports v. the San Jose Giants on Friday, June 24, 2022. Tickets are limited so make sure you order yours right away.

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President's Notes

2020! What a year it has been! Our personal and professional lives got disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic. All plans/goals/ resolutions were cancelled, then re-written, and then re-written again. Many of us lost family and friends to this deadly disease, and definitely all of us were affected by it in too many ways to list. Not to mention that social and political climate left people confused, angry, and more importantly hopeless.

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Director's Message

The SJCBA is finishing up 2019 in a strong position. Revenue exceeded projections and expenses were under budget. The New Lawyers Reception in February was a great opportunity for members to mix and mingle, hear an inspiring speech from Judge Vlavianos about Collaborative Courts (there’s more on that topic in this ATB issue), meet San Joaquin County’s newly sworn-in attorneys, and fete Outstanding New Lawyer awardee, Michael Lay.

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President's Message: 1st Quarter 2019

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.

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Executive Director's Message

There is a whiteboard on my office wall that lists the areas I am focusing on as I begin serving as the executive director of your Bar Association.

First is fiscal responsibility and sustainability. Your Bar can’t do anything if it doesn’t have resources. Members should feel confident that the Bar is working as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Board of Governors and members are entitled clear information about revenue, expenses, reserves, and other needed information.

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President's Message: 4th Quarter 2018

“I feel a very unusual sensation—if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” —Benjamin Disraeli

As my year as president comes to a close, I am reflecting back on a year that brought us tremendous change and impressive improvement to the operations of the San Joaquin County Bar Association and the San Joaquin County Bar Foundation. I am extremely proud of what we have wrought. And I have great hope for continuing improvement in our operations, in our service to the community, and in our benefit to membership.

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President's Message: 3rd Quarter 2018

Like it or not, our society is shifting toward more and more politicization of our courts. From the gyrations and machinations of our senators' Supreme Court confirmation hearings to the voter recall of California Superior Court trial judges, no judicial officer can assume that she or he is immune from the swirling winds of politics and the hot wind of politicians. One decision that offends, bewilders or confuses the body politic can be enough to cause a jurist to be sucked into a vortex of name...

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