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, Esq., recipient of the Joint DBA-Inn of Court 2018 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • The Honorable Harold Hopp, recipient of the Joint DBA-Inn of Court 2018 Outstanding Jurist Award

The Hall of Fame Awards dinner event was well attended, and the candid conversation between the Honorable Douglas Miller and the California Supreme Court Justice Ming W. Chin were enjoyed by the audience.

After the DBA's Immediate Past President, Karen Sloat communicated valuable input from desert litigators to Riverside County judges, we understand that the Riverside Courts will not impose the full Master Calendar system on Desert civil departments for calendar year 2018.  However, the Court has required our civil departments to set six trials each Monday, effective immediately.  At Trial Call/Readiness Conferences scheduled on Fridays, mediators may be needed to try to resolve those Desert cases.  All those interested should fill out the application at:   More information will follow regarding this program.  

In my first letter as President of the Desert Bar Association, I committed to spending this year creating an outreach program in the Coachella Valley to proactively protect victims of financial elder abuse. To update you on our progress so far, here are some highlights of the advances we’ve made.

The State Bar of California’s Educating Seniors Project has expressed excitement at participating in this initiative. This team, sponsored by the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar, informs seniors, their families, and the community about laws and resources for protection against financial elder abuse, and will be a great ally.

A Protecting Seniors Symposium is scheduled for April 20, 2018, to train attorney on this important topic and to become speakers about this issue.  The Economic Crimes Team/Special Prosecutions Section of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is also fully supportive of the initiative.  We are also working strategically with a dedicated C.A.R.E. team under the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services.  And we are in the process of creating a resource page on our website to raise awareness for and about seniors and provide access to justice.

I’m very excited about all of this progress and forward momentum and look forward to providing you with more information on my next update.

On a reflective note, several local attorneys and judges passed away this year. I wanted to acknowledge all of their outstanding contributions to the legal profession and to our community.

I wish everyone a happy holiday season, and may 2018 be our best year ever.