President's Message

Welcome to 2014-2015!   It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2014-2015 session of the Desert Bar Association. It is a particular honor to be installed as the President of the DBA...

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Board of Trustees and Assignments



Officers

President - Michael B. Rover
Judicial Liaison, Community Outreach, New Memberships
Vice President - Julie A. Rosser
DBA Luncheons & Mixers, 2015-16 Installation, Bird Awards, Website & Emails, Hall of Fame Awards
Secretary - Karen J. Sloat
Bird Awards, Mentor Program
Treasurer - Carlos L. Campos
New Memberships, Community Outreach, Adopt-a-School



Trustees

Kimberly T. Lee - Adopt-a-School, Community Outreach
Robert J. Gilliland, Jr. - Judicial Evaluation Committee, Media Relations
Christoffer J. Thomsen - Fee Arbitration, Mentor Program
Natalie S. Keller - Senior Health & Law Day, Client Relations
Amir H. Afsar - Mediation, Senior Health & Law Day, Hall of Fame Awards
Rejeanne M. Eyre - Family Law Section Liaison, Senior Health & Law Day



Immediate Past Presidents

Patricia S. Muro
David B. Mulé





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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

38th Annual Bird Awards & Distinguished Judges Night    Saturday, June 27, 2015, 6:00pm for Cocktails / 7:00pm for Dinner & Show. Sun City Palm Desert, Sierra Ballroom / Mountain View Clubhouse, 38180 Del Webb Blvd., Palm Desert. Casual Attire.

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Save the Date

August 28, 2015   DBA Luncheon: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to present 2015 Supreme Court Update. 11:30am @ The Classic Club, Palm Desert.

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September 18, 2015   DBA Luncheon: Substance Abuse Presentation by James Heiting, Greg Dorst and Mike Razzo. 11:30am @ The Classic Club, Palm Desert.

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October 17, 2015   64th Annual Installation of the Officers & Trustees of the Desert Bar Association

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Items of Interest


DPLPA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The Desert Palm Legal Professionals Association will be hosting a General Membership Meeting & Scholarship Award Announcement on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Bellatrix @ The Classic Club, 75-200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert, CA 92211. Karen Sloat, Esq., will present "The Ins and Outs of Labor Law Issues." 1 hour of General MCLE is available. Cost: $26 for Members, $36 for Non-Members, $10 additional cost for MCLE credit. RSVP by Noon on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, to Mary Carter at carter@sbemp.com or 760.322.2275.

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DPLPA'S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MIXER

The Desert Palm Legal Professionals Association will be hosting its annual membership drive mixer on Friday, May 29, 2015; 6pm-8pm @ One El Paseo Plaza, West Building, Suite 202, 74-199 El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260. RSVP, by May 26, 2015, to Mary Carter at carter@sbemp.com or 760.322.2275.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION MEETING

The monthly meeting of the Family Law Section will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. @ The Daily Grill, 73061 El Paseo #1, Palm Desert, CA 92260. We are pleased to announce that Sylvia Chernick and Mark Pettie of Family Law Court Services, Indio Court, will be our guest speakers for this month's meeting. A courtesy of an RSVP is requested by Tuesday, May 26, 2015, to Carolyn Martino at (760) 200-0700 or cmartinolaw@yahoo.com.

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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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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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AYOTTE & SHACKELFORD 2015/2016 DIRECTORY

Ayotte & Shackelford have released their new Court & Attorney Directory for 2015-2016.

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PASSING OF JUDGE ELWOOD M. RICH (RET.)

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Judge Elwood M. Rich (Ret.) of the Riverside Superior Court on January 29, 2015, at the age of 94. As per his wishes the family has not planned a memorial service.

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EXPEDITED ACCESS TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY COURTHOUSES

Effective December 1, 2014, the court will begin offering private attorneys expedited access to the courthouses in Riverside County. Members of the California Bar will be given the opportunity to apply for and receive a court-issued photo identification card. Attorneys with this type of identification will be provided expedited screening at secured court entrances.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2014 EDITION

The November 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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GOVERNOR BROWN APPOINTS TWO TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Susanne S. Cho and James T. Latting to judgeships in the Riverside County Superior Court.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2014 EDITION

The October 2014 edition of the Desert Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter is now available for download.

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FAMILY LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2014 EDITION

The September 2014 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 your incoming Officers and Board of Trustees of the Desert Bar Association for 2014-2015 are...

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CHEMERINSKY SUPREME COURT REVIEW FOR 2014

For anyone who missed the recent special DBA luncheon, where Dean Erwin Chemerinsky provided our members with an update on this past year's U.S. Supreme Court decisions, here is a link to it in written form...

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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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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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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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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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