President's Message

Welcome to 2013-2014!   It is an honor and privilege to serve as President of the Desert Bar Association for the coming 2013-2014 term....

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Board of Trustees and Assignments



Officers

President - Patricia S. Muro
Judicial Liaison, Community Outreach, New Memberships
Vice President, Michael B. Rover
DBA Luncheons & Mixers, 2014-15 Installation
Secretary - Julie A. Rosser
Bird Awards, Website & Email Coordinator
Treasurer - Karen J. Sloat
New Memberships, Mentor Program



Trustees

Carlos L. Campos - Community Outreach, Adopt-a-School
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
Edward H. Cross - Client Relations, Distinguished Lawyer Award
Natalie S. Keller - Senior Health & Law Day, Distinguished Lawyer Award, Client Relations



Immediate Past Presidents

David B. Mulé
Mary Gilstrap



New Members

  • Patrick Baldwin
  • Megan Boyd
  • Bret Christensen
  • Jaime Carlo-Casellas
  • Gary Cripe
  • Sandra Diaz
  • Joshua Drye
  • Gene Gambale
  • Orlando Gotay
  • Holly Hostrop
  • Tanya Irwin
  • Jamie Kirkpatrick
  • Cynthia Lugo
  • Beatriz Mercado
  • Joshua Mulligan
  • Scott Newton
  • Paul Parry
  • Edward Ramirez
  • Veronica Ruiz
  • Erica Sacks
  • Dennis Sapire
  • Claudia Suarez
  • Mark Sutherland
  • Abraham Tang
  • Kerri Tillman
  • Sue Tom
  • Tuan Vu
  • Peter Wucetich



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

DBA Luncheon: "Supreme Court Review"    presented by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky; Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm @ The Classic Club in Palm Desert.

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Save the Date

September 19, 2014   DBA Luncheon. Speaker TBA @ The Classic Club, Palm Desert.

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October 18, 2014   63rd Annual Installation of Officers & Trustees of the DBA. Time and Location TBA.

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Items of Interest


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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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 2013-2014 are...

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2013 EDITION

The June 2013 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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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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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MAY 2013 EDITION

The May 2013 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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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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INDIO BRANCH OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY LAW LIBRARY IS MOVING!

The Indio Branch of the Riverside County Law Library will be temporarily closed from April 3-14, 2013, as it moves to its new location at 46-900A Monroe St., Indio, CA 92201.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2013 EDITION

The March 2013 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2013 EDITION

The February 2013 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2013 EDITION

The January 2013 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2012 EDITION

The October 2012 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FIRST DISCIPLINARY CHARGES FILED AS A RESULT OF MCLE AUDIT

San Francisco, Oct. 3, 2012 - The State Bar announced today that it has filed disciplinary charges against three attorneys as a result of stepped up enforcement of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements. The attorneys falsely reported to the bar that they had fulfilled the requirement to complete 25 hours of MCLE, according to charging documents filed Monday in State Bar Court. The three cases mark the first disciplinary action to result from the State Bar's increased scrutiny of MCLE compliance. More charges are expected in coming weeks. A total of 27 lawyers were referred to the Office of Chief Trial Counsel as a result of last year's random audit of 635 lawyers.

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PASSING OF COMMISSIONER RONALD D. LORDEN

The DBA sadly announces the passing of Commissioner Ronald D. Lorden, on July 26, 2012. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held this Sunday, August 5, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the residence of Dr. Robert Steinberg, in Rancho Mirage, California.

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PASSING OF MARK SULLIVAN

The DBA was sad to learn that Mark Sullivan passed away this past weekend. The service for Mr. Sullivan will be this Friday, July 6, 2012, at 3:00pm at Forest Lawn in Cathedral City. A reception will immediately follow at Mr. Sullivan's office, located at 555 South Palm Canyon Drive, 2nd Floor, Palm Springs. For more information, please contact Heidi at (760) 327-1529.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2012 EDITION

The June 2012 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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DESERT PALMS LEGAL PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION - NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 4, VOL. 12

You may download a copy of the latest issue of the DPLPA newsletter here. Warning: It is 3MB, so be prepared for a large download.

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PASSING OF JOHN C. RAYBURN

For those who have not heard, former magistrate judge JOHN C. RAYBURN passed away on Monday, May 14, 2012, at the age of 52. He was appointed as a United States magistrate judge for the Central District of California on October 13, 2006, and sat in the Court's Eastern Division in Riverside until his resignation in July 2008.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - MAY 2012 EDITION

The May 2012 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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STATE BAR MCLE AUDIT ALERT

The State Bar is taking a more aggressive approach to auditing MCLE compliance than it has historically. All California lawyers need to be aware of this change in the Bar’s MCLE auditing process. California lawyers must fulfill and accurately document and report their MCLE requirements. No California attorney should be surprised if their compliance certificate is audited.

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NEW CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD

The National Lawyers Guild is a non-profit legal and political organization comprised of lawyers, legal workers, law students, and jailhouse lawyers, now celebrating 75 years since the Guild’s founding. There must be a minimum of eight dues paying members to form a chapter. They are now taking applications to form a chapter in the Inland Empire. Until a new chapter is formed, members can be designated as "at large". Chapter members can be lawyers, legal workers, law students, or jailhouse lawyers.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2012 EDITION

The April 2012 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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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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BAR RULES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN AN E-READER

To facilitate a lawyer’s ability to readily identify and address legal ethics issues, the State Bar has published an e-Reader version of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar Act. The e-Reader version of the rule book is compatible with the Kindle Reader App, a free e-Reader application available for iPads, iPhones, Blackberry phones, Android phones, Macbooks and PC laptops. The book also works on all versions of Amazon.com’s Kindle.

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STATE BAR FEE BILL SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

Gov. Brown signed a measure authorizing the State Bar to collect $400 for most active lawyers, $115 for inactive lawyers and to offer an option to donate $20 to legal services 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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