RSSArchive for 2017

Photos: Inducting the Hon. Benjamin T. Reyes

On July 21, the legal community of Contra Costa County came together to welcome the County’s first Filipino American judge, the Honorable Benjamin T. Reyes II. It was a memorable celebration and we at the CCCBA look forward to working with Judge Reyes.

Contra Costa Lawyer August 2017 Issue: Attorney Athletes

browse, view online, or download Features: Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner, by David Pearson The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge by Stephen Nash Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing, by Inga Miller Fly Casting for Sanity and Excellence,  by Luis Montes Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion, by Marcus Brown Chelsea Dunton, Boston Marathon Runner, […]

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Are you happy? It sounds like a simple question, but it is a surprisingly difficult one for many people to answer.  We all have multi-faceted lives and being happy in one area of our lives may or may not correlate to being happy in another. Work is an area where many people find the concept […]

No Excuses

No Excuses

August brings us to what is generally the Contra Costa Lawyer’s lowest readership of the year. Our readers, like much of America, are enjoying summer with kids, grandkids, travel and general vacation goodness. We have always used the August issue for more entertainment type topics rather than heavy legal issues. This August is no exception. […]

Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner

Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner

Wally’s recent running goal has been to set the record for the oldest male finisher for the oldest 100-mile race in the United States, the Western States Endurance Run.

Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing

Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing

Before the associates arrive, before the phone starts ringing, before the sun has even peaked over the Oakland hills, the head of Wendel Rosen’s employment practice Margaret “Maggie” J. Grover is propelling a racing shell through the Oakland estuary. Sometimes, she and fellow members of the East Bay Rowing Club glide from the estuary between […]

The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge

The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge

“Judges and lawyers think it is weird that I skydive.  Skydivers think it is weird that I am a judge.”

Fly-Casting for Sanity and Excellence

Fly-Casting for Sanity and Excellence

It was not until four years ago, inspired by a precocious 13-year-old young lady who won the National American Casting Tournament in accuracy, that I got serious. I set goals, scheduled practices, balanced tackle and seriously entered competitions. I got good over the ensuing two years.

Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion

Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion

Ramirez appreciates not only the character building part of sports but also the character-revealing aspect. “Everything you do in life translates into everything else you do,” she said.

Chelsea Dunton

Interview with Chelsea Dunton, Boston Marathon Runner

Chelsea Dunton has been an attorney with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review since September 2015. Dunton’s practice is focused on disability decisions at appeals hearings. Prior to working for the SSA, Dunton worked for a private firm primarily in the areas of construction, employment, and general business litigation. Dunton is […]

Interview with Adam Carlson, Triathlete

Interview with Adam Carlson, Triathlete

Physical fitness has been always been a central part of my stress management regimen and my identity in general; I even wrote about it in this publication while 2015 Bar President. However, my perception of myself as ‘fit’ was shattered when Adam Carlson joined our law firm nearly five years ago. Adam is a triathlete, […]

Ericka McKenna – National Race Walking Record Holder

Ericka McKenna – National Race Walking Record Holder

At the tender age of 13, CCCBA Board Member Ericka McKenna (nee Ackeret) became the National Race Walking Record Holder in the 3000m Race Walk, a record that still stands today.  McKenna race walked 3000m (approximately two miles) in 13 minutes and 57 seconds in the 1996 Pacific Association Junior Olympics. While McKenna no longer […]

Lawyers: Six Tips for Workplace Health

Lawyers: Six Tips for Workplace Health

Employees in law offices spend a lot of time sitting at desks, staring at screens and poring over case documents. Add in long hours and the stress of deadlines, and an attorney’s workplace begins to pose serious health threats. Having a sedentary lifestyle (either because of work or personal choices) can put you at risk […]

You Knew this Could Happen

Assumption of Risk: You Knew This Could Happen

Some of us engage in the occasional risky activity, from skydiving to bungee jumping, or even texting while walking. Some active people participate in dangerous activities more frequently, like mountain biking or skateboarding. So if you get hurt while engaged in some activity in which there is a known risk, can you still recover for […]

Interview with Rebecca Thompson, General Counsel for Special Olympics

Interview with Rebecca Thompson, General Counsel for Special Olympics

The biggest difference for me between working with SONC and my early years in private practice is that, at the end of the day, my current work supports a program which enables children and adults with intellectual disabilities to break barriers and connect with others through sports. It’s extremely rewarding.