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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.

Speaking of baseball, a lot has been said recently of baseball’s “unwritten rules” or “the code”. Since the beginning of organized baseball, players have adopted unwritten rules about how to play the game and how to conduct yourself “sportsmanship”. For example, “a pitcher who is removed from the game in the middle of an inning must stay in the dugout until the end of the inning” or “do not swing on a 3-0 count when your team is comfortably ahead” and one of my favorites, “do not rub the spot where you were hit by a pitch”. A player breaking an “unwritten rule” usually found himself getting hit by a pitch his next time at bat, even if the next at bat was the next year or years later. Remember San Francisco Giant pitcher Hunter Strickland who gave up two home runs to Bryce Harper in the 2014 NLDS and then hit him with a pitch next time the two faced each other two years later in 2017? Or in 1979, when pitcher Ed Farmer allowed a home run to Wayne Gross, and felt that Gross took too long rounding the bases? The next time they faced each other was four years later when they were teammates and Farmer hit Gross during batting practice to retaliate.

This brings a question to my mind, do we in the legal profession have “unwritten rules” or a “code”? I am sure we must, and if you can think of any (or if you want to make up some), please send me an e-mail at and we can publish them in the next addition of Across the Bar.

Thank you all for your support of the San Joaquin County Bar Association. I hope to see you on June 24 at Banner Island Ballpark.

All the Best,
Jonathan Garzoli



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