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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 Castillo
  • Discovery Lab by Retired Judge Les Holland
  • Finding Work Life Balance by Dr. Tom Maples
  • Fall 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 Administrator
  • Monique Vasquez, LRS Coordinator and Mediation Assistant
  • Viviana Varela, Office Assistant

I am thrilled to have them on board to support our continued growth and success.

The SJCBA Mediation Program is running smoothly under the guidance of Chloe Welch. She appears regularly in Departments 3A to offer mediation assistance to litigants. Additionally, she is available for out of court mediations.

WE ARE MOVING! The County of San Joaquin purchased our building for more space for the District Attorney’s Office. We will be moving to Cort Towers at 343 E. Main Street, Fourth Floor. I am excited about the opportunity to start fresh. Cort Companies is in the process of building out our new office space and we plan on moving to the new offices June 3-6. We look forward to hosting an Open House once we are settled in.

Please save the date for the 82nd Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 16.

That’s all for now. There is more work to be done. As Walt Disney said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Susan Bartman, Executive Director



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