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Reflections on Mediation

Seldom, if ever, during my years on the bench, did I observe the congratulatory gestures, the high fives, handshakes and occasional hugs that follow a mediated settlement.   A successful mediation is in this sense, perfect justice.

Reflections on Retiring

One factor was especially important in choosing referral attorneys: relative youth, with at least five years of experience.  I did not want my clients to face the prospect of changing attorneys again within the next 20 years.

Reflections on the Contra Costa Lawyer

I was asked to join the board to write about technology and the practice of law. When I joined, other than the cover, our magazine consisted of 12 black and white print editions.

Changes to Legal Education and the California Bar Examination since 1980

Today’s law students require much greater practical-skills training while in law school, and much more is expected of them by their prospective employers.

Perspectives from the Winners of the Women’s Section Scholarships

Fast forward 20 years later to 2017 and approximately 45% of the 1500 attorneys in the Contra Costa County Bar Association are women and two of the past scholarship recipients have served as President of the Women’s Section.

Civil Jury Verdict Musings

Please send reports about trials, both in-county and out-of-county, both federal and state and even interesting settlements and arbitrations. The invitation still holds.

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  • Thank You

    Thank You

    This is my last President’s Message to you.[1] I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our 1,537 attorney members for your amazing work this year. I believe the true measure of success of any organization is how much its members give back, and by that measure this year has been a resounding […]

  • Civil Jury Verdicts – Musings

    Just to be clear, I did not come up with the idea of a Civil Jury Verdicts column. In fact the column was a big hit long before I arrived on the scene. The person who was writing the column was leaving the area and I was asked if I could take over the column. […]

  • Bar Soap

    Bar Soap

    There are so many things to talk about in our local legal community, I am developing a case of mental paralysis. Things come up and I make a mental note to mention it in a Bar Soap. Then when it comes time to actually put pen to paper I freeze up. (Well okay, fingers to […]

  • Exciting Times

    Exciting Times

    What a difference a year makes. Last year my only aspirations were to oversee sweetening the paychecks of the Court’s hard working employees and to improve services, including moving towards a new case management system. We made progress on those goals and saw many other developments as well. One of the most gratifying events was […]

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