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Interview with Incoming Board President James Wu

Interview with Incoming Board President James Wu

I am a native of Littleton, Colorado and enjoyed growing up in suburban Denver. My two sisters and I were the first of our family to have been born in the United States since my parents were both born in China.

Welcome to the Board

Welcome to the Board

Introducing three new members of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, Gina Boer, David Erb and Qiana Washington.

Meet the 2018 Section Leaders

Meet the 2018 Section Leaders

The CCCBA would like to introduce you to an extraordinary group of hardworking and dedicated individuals. In the following pages, they will tell you about their sections. This year they responded to one of the following questions: What do you do to give back? or What was your most rewarding or inspirational career moment? For […]

The Benefits of Membership 2018

The Benefits of Membership 2018

Businesses featured here offer discounts to CCCBA members that would not otherwise be available. Simply identify yourself as a current CCCBA member to the participating business at the time of your transaction. Airlines Airport Parking Banking Business Coaching & Training Computer & IT Consulting Conference Room Floral Arrangements & Plants Insurance (Business & Employee Benefits) […]

Towards Thankfulness and Abundance: A Call to Action

Towards Thankfulness and Abundance: A Call to Action

If you’ve never done pro-bono legal work before, you are in for something special. Once attorneys provide pro-bono work, they put themselves on an ever-expanding path of giving.

Honoring Long-Standing Members of the CCCBA

Honoring Long-Standing Members of the CCCBA

The CCCBA is proud of the 33 members who have been practicing attorneys for 50 or more years. We interviewed a few of the leaders who contributed to the history of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, which was first established in 1934. Daniel Baker has been a member of the state bar longer than […]

Reflections on Mediation

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 […]

Civil Division Update

Civil Division Update

As most of you probably know, one of our Civil Division judges, Hon. George Spanos, retired earlier this year, and we were fortunate to have Hon. Charles “Steve” Treat join us. Before his appointment to the Bench, Judge Treat clerked on the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice William Brennan. He, thereafter, […]

A Year of Changes in Juvenile

A Year of Changes in Juvenile

The big news for the juvenile bench and its justice partners in 2017 is the move from the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez to the Walnut Creek Courthouse. On August 14, 2017, the juvenile bench (other than Judge Fenstermacher) was officially relocated. Now, all child welfare cases brought under Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), Section […]