President's Message

Welcome to 2016-2017!   This year the Desert Bar Association celebrates 65 years of service to the legal community – an incredible milestone. Thank you to our founders and all of the Past Presidents and Trustees who have gone before us.

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Board of Trustees and Assignments



Officers

President - Karen J. Sloat
Judicial Liaison, Bird Awards, Hall of Fame Awards
Vice President - Kimberly T. Lee
DBA Luncheons & Mixers, 2016-17 Installation, Probate Section
Secretary - Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.
Judicial Evaluation Committee, Media Relations
Treasurer - Christoffer J. Thomsen
New Memberships, Fee Arbitration



Trustees

Natalie S. Keller - Client Relations, Family Law Section
Aaron F. Garcia - Access to Justice
David B. Greenberg - Mock Trial, Young Lawyers Task Force, Youth Court
Anthony Valente - Website & Emails
Rachael E. Alcorn - Adopt a High School, Bird Awards, Mock Trial, Young Lawyers Task Force
Breeanna S. Fujio - Bird Awards, Mock Trial, Young Lawyers Task Force



Immediate Past Presidents

Julie Rosser Balbini - Bird Awards, Hall of Fame Awards, Website & Emails
Michael B. Rover





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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

Enrobement Ceremony & Reception for the Hon. Kira L. Klatchko    March 24, 2017, 4:00pm, at the Larson Justice Center, 46-200 Oasis Street, Indio.

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Basic Fee Arbitrator Training    April 19, 2017, 1pm-4pm @ Riverside County Law Library - Indio Branch, 82-995 Highway 111, Ste 102, Indio. 2.75 hrs of MCLE Credit (incl. 1 hr Ethics) are available.

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Save the Date

April 27, 2017   DBA Cocktail Mixer at The Vue Grille & Bar, Indian Wells Golf Resort.

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May 19, 2017   DBA Luncheon: Substance Abuse & Mental Health MCLE presentation by the Hon. Sherrill Ellsworth. Classic Club, Palm Desert.

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June 24, 2017   40th Annual Bird Awards and Distinguished Judges Night at Sun City Palm Desert. Invitations to follow this Spring!

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Items of Interest


LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY - FREE CONSULATIONS

The Indio Branch of the Riverside County Law Library in conjunction with the Desert Bar Association, hosts Lawyers in the Library, the second Thursday of each month where volunteer attorneys will be available for free 20 minute consultations with people who have legal issues to discuss. This program is not a substitute for legal representation. Advance reservations must be made by calling (760) 848-7151. Remember to bring all related documents and forms. Come prepared with all questions written down as time is limited. Lawyers may not have experience in all areas of law.

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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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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - FEB. 2017 EDITION

The February 2017 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 that your incoming Officers and Board of Trustees of the Desert Bar Association for 2016-2017 are...

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PASSING OF JOHN MICHAEL EVANS

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of John Michael Evans, the eldest son of the Hon. John G. Evans. John Michael suffered a heart attack last Wednesday morning. He was surrounded by his family, when he peacefully passed away Saturday afternoon. His life will be celebrated during a private family gathering. Memorial services will be held at Christ’s Church in Urbanna, Virginia at a later date.

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PASSING OF JEFFREY S. R. PATTERSON

It is with deep sorrow that the Officers and Trustees of the Desert Bar Association inform you of the passing of long time DBA member and past President, Jeffery S. R. Patterson, Esq., who passed away March 25, 2016. He was 70 years old. The Desert Bar Association knew Jeff as a treasured bird award writer and story teller, who created the Bird Awards and Distinguished Judges Night. Jeff loved the work done by Family Services of the Desert and its community food pantry, Food Now. He was on their board for 43 years, most recently as the Board President. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Family Services of the Desert, 4080 Palm Dr., Ste E, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240; www.thefamilyservicesofthedesert.org.

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PASSING OF FLORENCE ROSS

It is with great sadness to let you know that Florence Ross has passed away. Florence was a legal secretary in our community for well over 50 years, starting with the Hon. Warren Slaughter, then continuing with Slaughter, Schlecht & Shevlin, and then also with Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger.

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PASSING OF MICHELE SINDONI

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Michele Sindoni last week. Michele was the loving wife of Steve Sindoni of 34 years, and mother of two fine sons, Michael and Andrew. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 42695 Washington Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211, on April 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the family residence. If you wish to contact Steve, you may reach him on his cellular phone (760) 408-3481.

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PASSING OF REV. JANE CRASE

We are saddened to announce the death of paralegal-legal secretary Jane L. Crase, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. She joined the office of Simon Housman in 1994. For over 21 years, she was a loyal and honest employee, a teammate and Simon's best friend. Services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Saturday February 20, 2016, St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 56312 Onaga Trail (at Church Street), Yucca Valley, CA 92284. The interment and a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers please donate toher favorite horse rescue charity: THE GOLDEN CARROT, 44700 Terwilliger Rd, Anza, CA 92539.

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PASSING OF DAVID J. ERWIN

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of David J. Erwin, who passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the age of 81, with his wife, Travis, and their two children, Scott and Stephanie, by his side. There will be a memorial service at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, at 47535 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA 92260, on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The service will be open to the public.

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PASSING OF JUDGE ARTHUR S. BLOCK (RET.)

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Judge Arthur S. Block (Ret.) of the Riverside Superior Court on October 11, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015, at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs.

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THANK YOU FROM FAMILY OF WILLIAM NOLAN COSGROVE

The family of William Nolan Cosgrove would like to express its deep appreciation to the Board of Trustees and all of the members of the Desert Bar Association who offered their condolences, prayers and offers of personal and professional assistance following Bill's untimely death.

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