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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.

The Law Day lunch crowd were treated to an informative and humorous speech by Law Day awardee, Tom Keeling. The Stockton Golf and Country Club is always a great venue, too.

Four new Board of Governor members were elected at the Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Josh Hunsucker, Becky Diel, Trina Cervantes, and Janette Rossell. The new board officers are Armando Villapadua (president), Anna Maples (president-elect), Spencer Sinclair (treasurer), Katie Limas (secretary), and Heather Rubino (immediate past president). The Board said farewell to Michael Norton, Adam Grace, Gene Eacret, and Rebecca Sem. Earlier in the year, Jeff Silvia joined the Board when an unexpected vacancy occurred.

The ATB won’t be the same without the steady editorial hand of Michael Tener at the helm. After many years of dedicated service, he is stepping down from his role overseeing the quarterly publication. His dedication and commitment to a quality publication will be missed.

For 2020, the SJCBA hopes to accomplish a few goals, including: revamp the Dispute Resolution Program; launch a new website; increase member benefits, community outreach, and social media presence; and develop a robust pipeline for CAC attorneys to take on all types of assignable cases.

SJCBA members have a dedicated staff that work hard to keep its programs running smoothly. Linda Mussat, Juanita Chavez, Natalie Vernon, Jennifer Riggs, Rose Ramirez, Michael Campbell, and Nick Closs do so much for the SJCBA. As the year comes to a close, I want to thank them.

Finally, Heather Rubino’s term as president ends on December 31. She faced a lot of challenges with poise and grace this past year. A new executive director, new contracts, new procedures, new offices, and so much more. She’s leaving things better and stronger than how she found them, and for that, I am thankful.

Wishing everyone a very happy 2020!



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