President's Message

Welcome to 2014-2015!   It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2014-2015 session of the Desert Bar Association. It is a particular honor to be installed as the President of the DBA...

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Board of Trustees and Assignments



Officers

President - Michael B. Rover
Judicial Liaison, Community Outreach, New Memberships
Vice President - Julie A. Rosser
DBA Luncheons & Mixers, 2015-16 Installation, Bird Awards, Website & Emails
Secretary - Karen J. Sloat
Bird Awards, Mentor Program
Treasurer - Carlos L. Campos
New Memberships, Community Outreach, Adopt-a-School



Trustees

James T. Latting - Mediation, Adopt-a-School, Bird Awards
Kimberly T. Lee - Senior Health & Law Day
Robert J. Gilliland, Jr. - Fee Arbitration
Roger K. Tansey - Judicial Evaluation Committee, Pro Bono
Christoffer J. Thomsen - New Membership, Mentor Program
Natalie S. Keller - Senior Health & Law Day, Distinguished Lawyer Award, Client Relations
Amir H. Afsar
Rejeanne M. Eyre



Immediate Past Presidents

Patricia S. Muro
David B. Mulé





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Past Events

Chief Justice of California Luncheon - April 2012    Photos from the Luncheon for the Chief Justice of California, April 19, 2012

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OneJustice Bus Project - April 2012    Photos from the OneJustice Bus Project - April 2-3, 2012

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Bird Awards 2011 - Beach Blanket Indio    Photos from Beach Blanket Indio, June 3, 2011.

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2011 Court of Appeal Visit    Photos from April 2011 Court of Appeal Visit

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April 2011 Cocktail Mixer    Photos from Cocktail Mixer at Cork Tree on April 20, 2011

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59th Annual Installation of Officers & Trustees    Photos from the 59th Annual Installation of Officers & Trustees on October 23, 2010

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Bird Awards 2010 - Alice in Lawyerland!    Photos from Alice in Lawyerland, June 26, 2010.

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Senior Law Day 2010    Photos from Senior Law Day 2010

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Upcoming Events

1st Annual DBA/Inn of Court Judge and Lawyer Hall of Fame Awards    Tuesday, December 9, 2014. California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan to be keynote speaker; 5:30 p.m. @ The Pavilion, Indian Wells Golf Resort.

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MCLE: HOW TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE MEDIATION    Wednesday, December 10, 2014; 11:45am-1:00pm @ Riverside County Law Library, Indio Branch, 46900A Monroe Street, Indio. 1.0 hr FREE General MCLE credit.

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Save the Date

January 16, 2015   DBA Luncheon. Presiding Judge Harold Hopp to present "State of the Court" 11:30am @ The Classic Club.

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January 30-31, 2015   Home Grown MCLE: "Trial Academy" 12.0 hours MCLE credit for $179. Call Irene at 760-771-5490 to RSVP.

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February 1, 2015   Home Grown MCLE: "Negotiate Like the Pros" 5.0 hours MCLE credit for $95. Call Irene at 760-771-5490 to RSVP.

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February 2015   DBA Mixer at a location TBD.

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March 14, 2015   Home Grown MCLE: "Personal Injury/Civil Update" 5.0 hours MCLE credit for $95. Call Irene at 760-771-5490 to RSVP.

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April 2015   DBA Mixer at a location TBD.

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April 11, 2015   Home Grown MCLE: "Criminal Law Update" 5.0 hours MCLE credit for $95. Call Irene at 760-771-5490 to RSVP.

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June 27, 2015   38th Annual Bird Awards and Distinguished Judges Night @ Sun City Palm Desert. Invitations to come in Spring 2015.

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Items of Interest


EXPEDITED ACCESS TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY COURTHOUSES

Effective December 1, 2014, the court will begin offering private attorneys expedited access to the courthouses in Riverside County. Members of the California Bar will be given the opportunity to apply for and receive a court-issued photo identification card. Attorneys with this type of identification will be provided expedited screening at secured court entrances.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2014 EDITION

The November 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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IELLA'S 8TH ANNUAL VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AND SILENT AUCTION EVENT

You're invited to IELLA's 8th annual Volunteer Recognition and Silent Auction Event, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Riverside County Law Library, 3989 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501. $30/person. To RSVP, please call 951.369.5846 or email fundraise@iellaaid.org.

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GOVERNOR BROWN APPOINTS TWO TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Susanne S. Cho and James T. Latting to judgeships in the Riverside County Superior Court.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION HOLIDAY PARTY - DECEMBER 2, 2014

2014 Family Law Section Holiday Celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:00pm, at Copley's Restaurant in Palm Springs. $65/person. RSVP/Payment Deadline: November 24, 2014. Please respond early, as seating is limited. For inquiries and to RSVP, please contact Carolyn Martino at (760) 200-0700.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2014 EDITION

The October 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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OTHER BAR MEETING IN RANCHO MIRAGE

The Other Bar is a group of lawyers, judges, law students and other legal professionals who are in recovery or who seek to get into recovery from issues with alcohol and drugs. There is a meeting in Rancho Mirage at the Betty Ford Center every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Contact Charley R. at 760-698-8033, for details.

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TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF SERVICE IN MEXICO

Take the fear out of process serving abroad! To validly serve abroad requires complying with the requirements of that country. Focusing on Mexico, Family Law Facilitator Pamela J. Peery will cover how to properly serve a person abroad. She will also provide a brief comparison of the agreements which require such procedures in various countries. Open to All. No Cost. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Riverside County Law Library, Indio Branch, 46900 A Monroe Street, Indio, CA 92201. For more information contact Indio Branch Staff at 760-848-7151 or lawlibrary.indio@rclawlibrary.org.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2014 EDITION

The September 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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RESULTS OF THE DBA ELECTION

The votes have been tallied, and we are now happy to announce your incoming Officers and Board of Trustees of the Desert Bar Association for 2014-2015 are...

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CHEMERINSKY SUPREME COURT REVIEW FOR 2014

For anyone who missed the recent special DBA luncheon, where Dean Erwin Chemerinsky provided our members with an update on this past year's U.S. Supreme Court decisions, here is a link to it in written form...

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2014 EDITION

The June 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MAY 2014 EDITION

The May 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2014 EDITION

The April 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2014 EDITION

The March 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION

The February 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2014 EDITION

The January 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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PASSING OF RONALD T. GOLAN

Ron (11/4/1930-1/23/2014) was born in New York City, N.Y. His parents were Louise E. Golan and Sylvia (Weinstein) Golan. Ron was an Attorney At Law for over 50 years and a member of the Desert Bar Association. Previous occupations include Trans World Airline Pilot, President of Golan Imports Company, and Commissioner of Palm Springs International Airport.

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PASSING OF ANTHONY E. SHAFTON

Anthony E. Shafton, 72, of Palm Desert, Calif., passed away on July 17, 2013 in Rancho Mirage. He was born July 17, 1941 to Ellis Shafton and Edythe Brown in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Sandra Loos on September 2, 1990 in Los Angeles. He was a lawyer for 47 years and practiced at Berger Kahn Shafton Moss Figler Simon and Gladstone from 1975 to 2001. Thereafter he practiced law in Palm Desert.

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U.S. SUPREME COURT DISMISSES PROP 8 APPEAL ON STANDING GROUNDS

Here is a link to download the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry...

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U.S. SUPREME COURT PARTIALLY STRIKES DOWN DOMA

Here is a link to download the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor...

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THOMAS J. McDERMOTT, JR., IS INDUCTED INTO TRIAL LAWYER HALL OF FAME

Since 1994, the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California has inducted one or more attorneys into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. This award is given to professionals who have excelled as trial lawyers and whose careers exemplify the highest of values and professional attainment. The Litigation Section is pleased to announce that Thomas J. McDermott, Jr., will be inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The reception and dinner in his honor and presentation of the award took place in Hollywood on June 22, 2013.

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY LAW LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR

Victoria Williamson has been selected as the new Director for the Riverside County Law Library. With over 22 years of experience, she has returned to Riverside ready to lead the Law Library in living up to its mission of providing free and open access to the law for all in the County.

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TO SUMMARILY ADJUDICATE OR NOT ADJUDICATE: THE RECENT AMENDMENTS TO § 437c

California's statutory summary judgment and adjudication provisions are found in Code of Civil Procedure section 437c. The statue was amended by the state legislature effective January 1, 2012.

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FREE MCLE PROGRAMS FROM THE OFFICE OF LEGAL SERVICES

The State Bar Office of Legal Services has worked with legal aid advocates and the Practising Law Institute (PLI) to develop these training programs which are available on demand at the PLI website. Registration is free.

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NEW LEGAL ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE PAGE IS ONLINE

The general Ethics Information page at the State Bar website has added a new area dedicated to Ethics and Technology ― a collection of resources that address professional responsibility issues raised by the use of Internet websites, email, chat rooms and other technologies. The resources include advisory ethics opinions, articles and MCLE programs.

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CA SUPREME COURT OPINION: CASSEL V. SUPERIOUR COURT OF LOS ANGELES (SUPER. CT. NO. LC070478, FILED 1/13/11)

"The issue here is the effect of the mediation confidentiality statutes on private discussions between a mediating client and attorneys who represented him in the mediation. ... The [Court of Appeal] majority concluded, when a mediation disputant sues his own counsel for malpractice in connection with the mediation, the attorneys — already freed, by reason of the malpractice suit, from the attorney-client privilege — cannot use mediation confidentiality as a shield to exclude damaging evidence of their own entirely private conversations with the client. The dissenting justice urged that the majority had crafted an unwarranted judicial exception to the clear and absolute provisions of the mediation confidentiality statutes. Though we understand the policy concerns advanced by the Court of Appeal majority, the plain language of the statutes compels us to agree with the dissent."

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ABA Journal: Plaintiff Who Discussed Suit with Lawyer on Work E-Mail Can't Claim Privilege

A woman who sued her employer claiming discrimination can't shield her lawyer e-mails in the litigation because they were sent from her work e-mail account, a California appeals court has ruled.

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