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Installation Luncheon January 27, 2017 [photos]

Installation Luncheon January 27, 2017 [photos]

Members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association came to celebrate the installation of new Board President Philip Andersen, a new Board of Directors, new Section Leaders and to honor two retiring judges and celebrate their service. It as a beautiful day and there was a festive vibe in the air as new leaders took […]

Inns of Court

Inns of Court

The Robert G. McGrath Chapter of the American Inns of the Court met at the Lafayette Park Hotel on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. Attendees were treated to a presentation pulled from two aspects of a similar scenario. The first is from the hit TV series, “Better Call Saul,” a prequel to the massive hit, “Breaking […]

Holiday Party Photos

Holiday Party Photos

It was a dark and stormy night (really!) but that did not deter the jovial members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association from sharing a bit of cheer with their friends and associates. Thank you to all who attended. We at the CCCBA really enjoyed seeing you!

Book Review: The Anxious Lawyer

Book Review: The Anxious Lawyer

If you are open to concepts of mediation and mindfulness, if you feel that your practice is inherently negative and stressful and you are looking for a way to change that, I think this book could give you a good start.

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

Indeed it has been some time since I penned the popular Civil Jury Verdicts column. Same old story: Very few attorneys are reporting their jury verdicts to me. I will say, trials are getting out in our Contra Costa Superior Courts, so I know there are cases to report. I also know local lawyers who […]

Bench Bar BBQ and Softball Game [photos]

Bench Bar BBQ and Softball Game [photos]

On Saturday September 17, CCCBA members turned out at Heather Farm Park for the annual Bench Bar Barbecue and Softball Game. It was a beautiful day for socializing and for playing ball. Thank you to all who attended and who brought appetizers, salads and desserts. If you missed it this time, be sure to attend […]

Health, Happiness and … Technology?

Health, Happiness and … Technology?

Clearly, we need to find practical ways to manage our stress and maintain our health. Here are some tips for incorporating technology into a healthy lifestyle.

The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

I travelled from Concord to Danville to Lafayette to try out local favorites for our summer libations, putting emphasis on those places that allow dogs.

Restaurant Review: Fleming's Steakhouse

Restaurant Review: Fleming’s Steakhouse

The Lobster Mac & Cheese was terrific. It was bursting with flavor with just the right amount crusting on the top, and the lobster was just the right blend with the cheese.

Suzanne Boucher

Restaurant Review: Kobe Japan

My Kobe steak was perfectly cooked by our chef, who entertained us with his knife skills, a light and fire show and a smoking volcano!

Coffee Talk: What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Coffee Talk: What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

As a West County resident, I’m particularly fond of Elevation 66 in El Cerrito. It’s our local brewpub but also serves fare that makes foodies happy.

Restaurant Review: Happy Hour at Élevé

Restaurant Review: Happy Hour at Élevé

It may be one of the best kept secrets in town. While Élevé may be known for their hand-crafted cocktails, they are NOT known for their Happy Hour.

The Law and the County Archives

The Law and the County Archives

The story you are about to enjoy was written by the Hon. A. F. Bray, who was a force of nature in Contra Costa County. The county was privileged to have his love of history to guide us.

Restaurant Review: Incas Grill, Concord

Restaurant Review: Incas Grill, Concord

“Neighborhood Gem” is a category in Open Table’s feedback format. It presumably means economical, tasty and convenient. If so, then Incas Grill qualifies easily. As the name implies, its fare is Peruvian—and extensively so.

Food Truck Treats: Cupkates

Food Truck Treats: Cupkates

They have been named “Best Food Truck” by SF Weekly and East Bay Express. These cupcakes often sell out long before their time is up at any given location.