Items of Interest


  • President's December Update

    Congratulations to all of the Hall of Fame Awards winners, presented at the fourth annual DBA-Inn of Court Judge and Lawyer Hall of Fame Event on December 14th.   Martin Nethery, Esq., recipient of the DBA’s 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Award Christy Holstege...

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  • Civil Master Calendar and New Mediation Program for Desert Civil Courtrooms – Applications Requested

    The Riverside Court is implementing a new mediation program for the Desert connected with Trial Call/Trial Assignment Conferences. Please read the following information carefully and decide promptly whether you could apply to be a...

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  • Preventing and Defending Malpractice for the Small Firm Attorney - One Hour Ethics MCLE Credit

    Friday, January 26, 2018 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.  to be held at the Riverside County Law Library, Indio Branch, 82995 Highway 111, Suite 102, Indio, CA 92201.   Please visit 

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  • UC Hastings College of the Law - MCLE Program - Legal Ethics, Competence, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias

    UC Hastings College of the Law is hosting MCLE on the topic of  Legal Ethics, Competence, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, C...

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  • The passing of Thomas Eckhardt

    Thomas “Tom” Eckhardt passed away on September 18, 2017, leaving behind his loving wife, Yvonne, and daughter, Elena.  Tom was a graduate of the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a well-known criminal law attorney in the Coachella Valley.  His wife states she...

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  • New Case Management System For Probate Cases

    Effective December 1, 2017, the Probate Divisions with the Riverside Superior Court willlaunch the use of a new case management system called eCourt®.   eCourt® will initiallymanage probate and mental health cases and is expected to be fully functional in court...

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  • Barbara Kristal of Rancho Mirage, Cal. passed away on November 5th, 2017

    Barbara Kristal of Rancho Mirage, Cal. passed away on November 5th, 2017 of a long illness. She was born on May 12th, 1945 to Eli and Mildred Kristal in Miami Beach, FL. Barbara graduated law school from the University of San Diego in 1983 and was a lawyer in Palm Desert, Cal. for 33 years and a...

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  • Congratulations are in order!

    Congratulations are in order! The DBA is thrilled to announce that Martin Nethery, Esq. is the recipient of the DBA’s 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Award; Christy Holstege, Esq. is the recipient of the Joint DBA-Inn of Court 2018 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; and the Honorable Harold Hopp wil...

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  • A past DBA President, Tom Anderson, passed away on October 20th

    Past DBA President, Tom Anderson, passed away on October 20th. Tom Anderson, our past Desert Bar Association president, former deputy Public Defender for Riverside County,  founding father and past president of the California Trial Lawyers Association, and one of the most outstanding...

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  • News Alert!

    News Alert:  Riverside County Courts will probably implement a Master Calendar for Unlimited Civil Cases effective January 1, 2018.  The decision of whether to include the Desert District’s civil courtrooms is not final.  For the Master Calendar Outline and the status of this...

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  • Congratulations are in order to the new DBA Trustees!

    Congratulations are in order!  Following the DBA Election this summer, winners Matthew Baran, Lori Sanford and Catherine Gayer will be our brand NEW Trustees on the Desert Bar Association Board!  We are very pleased to welcome these special, highly qualified and energetic members to our...

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  • Proposed Local Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2018

    Pursuant to California Rule of Court 10.613, the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, proposes that local rule changes be made effective January 1, 2018.  To review the proposed rule changes, please visit the court’s website at 

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  • Family Law Section Newsletter - September 2017

    Click here for the latest Family Section Newsletter

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  • Riverside County Mock Trial Competition

    Riverside County Mock Trial CompetitionAttorney Coaches Needed - The Riverside County Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside County Bar Association, and the Riverside County Superior Court, provides an exciting opportunity for high...

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  • State Bar's Ethics Hotline

    Reminder:  For assistance researching a legal ethics issue, attorneys are reminded to consult the free and confidential State Bar's Ethics Hotline.  Attorneys are always welcome to contact the State Bar Ethics Hotlin...

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