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Welcome to 2015-2016!   As incoming President of the Desert Bar Association, it is my honor to welcome you to the 2015-2016 session of the DBA, which is now entering its 64th year of serving the local legal community, according to its mission.

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Save the Date

January 15, 2016

DBA Luncheon: "State of the Courts" presented by Presiding Judge Harold Hopp; 11:30am-1:00pm @ The Classic Club, Palm Desert. 1 hr. general MCLE credit.

February 2016

DBA Mixer: Date, time and location TBA.


March 18, 2016

DBA Luncheon: Topic and Presenter TBA; 11:30am-1:00pm @ The Classic Club, Palm Desert.

April 2016

DBA Mixer: Date, time and location TBA.

May 20, 2016

DBA Luncheon: Topic and Presenter TBA; 11:30am-1:00pm @ The Classic Club, Palm Desert.

June 25, 2016

39th Annual Bird Awards and Distinguished Judges Night; 5:30pm - Cocktails; 6:30pm - Dinner; 8:00pm - Show; at Sun City Palm Desert.

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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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DBA Luncheon: "Managing New Styles of Discovery through Today's Technology"


"Managing New Styles of Discovery

through Today's Technology"


presented by


Ben Ross

of Litigation Services



Since 1999 Ben Ross has served as Director and Vice President in the litigation services marketplace specializing in management and development of complex litigation strategies, client service experience and case oversight. He is well versed in the areas of construction defect complex litigation cases and has extensive expertise in trial services and trial management. Since 2006 Ben has also been representing LIT as the company's ambassador for speaking engagements on CLE topics such as Social Media, Trial Technology, Forensics, Document Storage, Document Production, and Case Management.


The class will arm the student with a methodology leveraging the capabilities of a military and police sector technology to replace the armies of associates of paper discovery days in a much more cost effective manner.




The Classic Club

75200 Classic Club Blvd

Palm Desert, California 92211



Friday, November 20, 2015

Luncheon Check-In: 11:30 a.m.

 Presentation: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.





RSVP by Friday, November 13, 2015.




(Cancellations received after noon on November 16, 2015,

will be charged the full price of the luncheon.)




$30.00 for Members*
$40.00 for Non-Members
$10.00 for MCLE credit (additional)

(1 hour of General MCLE Credit)






- Berber Spiced Flank Steak

(with Lyonnaise potatoes, seasonal vegetables and honey chipotle BBQ sauce)

- Vegan Vegetable "Spaghetti"

(spaghetti squash with basil marinara and seasonal vegetables)




You may RSVP, and pay by credit card, online by clicking here.




You may also RSVP by contacting Rob Gilliland,

at Guralnick & Gilliland LLP
Tel: (760) 340-1515 ‚óŹ Fax: (760) 568-3053





If RSVP'ing via phone, fax or email, you may pay by credit card,

cash or check, which is payable in advance, only.

Treasurer Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.
Guralnick & Gilliland, LLP

40-004 Cook Street, Suite 3
Palm Desert, CA 92211




*Membership runs from October 1- September 30. If you renew or apply for membership prior to the event, you will be given the membership price for this event and be paid through the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Only current paid members and their guests are entitled to the discount.

2nd Annual DBA/Inn of Court Hall of Fame Awards



MCLE: "Stress Management"

The Riverside County Law Library






Dennis Sapire, PhD



Join Dr. Dennis Sapire, LLB, PhD, a Clinical Health Psychologist and Attorney, for an informative hour of discussion of stress as a physiological phenomenon, along with the causes and consequences and relationship between stress and mental illness. Also discussed will be coping strategies and treatment.



Thursday, November 12, 2015

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Indio Branch Law Library

82-995 Highway 111, Suite 102

Indio, CA 92201



Attorneys Only.  No Cost.


1.0 subject specialty participatory MCLE credit in Prevention/Detection/Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness



Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Riverside County Law Library.



RSVP to or 760-848-7151.



The Riverside County Law Library is a State Bar Approved MCLE Provider.


To download a copy of the flyer for this event, please click here.


Home Grown MCLE: Criminal Law Update

LawTalk MCLE, Inc.

California Desert Trial Academy College of Law

The Desert Center for Legal Education

The Desert Bar Association





Criminal Law Update



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Public Defender's Training Center

7.5 MCLE Credits


COST:  $195

(Registration Fee Includes Contential Breakfast and Lunch)


All checks should be made payable to DCLE.

Mail checks to: c/o Dolan Law Offices, 45-915 Oasis Street, Indio, CA 92201



To register, call Irene Dolan at 760.771.5490



Program Schedule

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Registration / Continental Breakfast


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Sue Steding

Assistant District Attorney

"District Attorney's Office Update"


9:30 am - 10:30 pm

Tom M. Cavanaugh

Assistant Public Defender

"Public Defender's Office Update"


10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Anthony D. Valente

Attorney at Law

"Firearms Update"


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Luncheon Speaker

Honorable Harold W. Hopp

Presiding Judge


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Judge John J. Ryan, RET

"Sentencing Update"


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Pete Nolan

Supervising Deputy District Attorney

"Crawford Update"


3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Justice Douglas Miller

Associate Justice

"4th DCA Update"



LawTalk MCLE, Inc. (#1167) is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


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