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Interview with One of Our Newest Judges, Hon. Linda Lye

Interview with One of Our Newest Judges, Hon. Linda Lye

Before leaving office, Governor Jerry Brown appointed several new California Superior Court Judges at the end of 2018. The Contra Costa County Bar Association thanks each one for their service to the profession prior to becoming a judge, and appreciates their commitment to justice by becoming dedicated judges. On October 26, 2018, Judge Linda Lye […]

A Birth of a New Section

A Birth of a New Section

As most of you know, the best laid plans often go sideways.  In late 2018, after all of our careful succession planning, and after the Board’s strategic planning retreat lead by our President Elect, Governor Jerry Brown changed the course of 2019 for the CCCBA.  Simply, Governor Brown appointed our President Elect, Hon. Wendy McGuire […]

What the CCCBA Accomplished in 2018

What the CCCBA Accomplished in 2018

As 2018 winds down and we reflect on a year that zoomed by, the Contra Costa County Bar Association has much to be proud of and thankful for.  We started 2018 off with the most well attended Installation Lunch in recent history.  That was due in large part because we also presented our first ever […]

Fingerprinting - A New Requirement from the State Bar

Fingerprinting – A New Requirement from the State Bar

This month’s President’s Message is coming to you from CCCBA’s Executive Director, Theresa Hurley. Fingerprinting – it’s on everyone’s minds right now. Many of us have already been fingerprinted when we volunteered at our kid’s schools, with Scouts or any other organization where volunteers work with vulnerable populations.  Since I’m not an attorney I don’t […]

Catching Up with Lisa Reep

Catching Up with Lisa Reep

The CC Lawyer is taking a look back for this “Retro Issue.”  No review of the Contra Costa County Bar Association would be complete without a focus upon our former long-time Executive Director, Lisa Reep.  I had the opportunity to catch up with Lisa while she was on a trip in Colorado (home state to […]

Board Success Comes From Planning

Board Success Comes From Planning

Like your business, or other organizations, the CCCBA Board of Directors focuses on succession planning for the association.  Such planning is critical for any organization to thrive.  It involves a balance of analyzing “what do we need now” along with a look towards “what do we think we need a few years from now.”  In […]

An Interview With Our Newest Judge, Hon. Leonard Marquez

An Interview With Our Newest Judge, Hon. Leonard Marquez

On February 27, 2018, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the appointment of 25 California Superior Court Judges, including one in Contra Costa County: Leonard E. Marquez. Judge Marquez was officially sworn in by Presiding Judge Jill Fannin on April 5, 2018, and he began his assignment in Department 34 in the Pittsburg Courthouse. […]

Take the Initiative and Reach Out!

Take the Initiative and Reach Out!

At four separate events in February and early March 2018, I had the opportunity to chat with some of the newest members of our association. While each event was unique, two were more “social” than the others:  a happy hour gathering at Telerific Barcelona; the first annual Lunar New Year Dinner; an address/presentation at the […]

Candid Interview with Our Newest Judge, Hon. Virginia George

Candid Interview with Our Newest Judge, Hon. Virginia George

On December 22, 2017, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the appointment of 33 California Superior Court Judges, including one in Contra Costa County: Virginia M. George. Judge George was officially sworn in by Presiding Judge Jill Fannin on January 29, 2018, and she began her assignment in Department 30 in the Richmond Courthouse. […]

Lunar New Year Social Event “D.I.N.E. With Us”

The theme of the magazine this month is “Update on New Laws.”  As usual, our hardworking Editorial Board has assembled excellent authors who have contributed very informative articles.  Though not a “new law,” I write about an exciting “new event” that started as a grassroots effort by two judges and is now sponsored by the […]

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.

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 […]

Volunteering with the Court

Volunteering with the Court

It’s a “Win-Win” Have you ever noticed that helping others can have the added benefit of helping ourselves? It’s true. Sometimes what benefits others, also benefits us – it’s the ultimate “win-win.”[1] Working with our courts and volunteering my time is one area that I have found to be a true “win-win.” Not only have […]

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective On Best Practices In Working With Insurance Claims Adjusters

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective On Best Practices In Working With Insurance Claims Adjusters

In your law practice have you ever reached an impasse in trying to settle your case with an insurance claims adjuster? At times it can be frustrating. [1]  Working for two insurance defense law firms and three in-house insurance law departments over the past 33 years has given me some ideas on how to deal […]

Stress Management

Stress Management

Law is a stressful occupation and it starts early.[1] In law school we are thrown into the most stressful academic situation most of us have ever encountered. Once we are out of law school it gets worse. Maybe we got a job with a top tier firm and we are working crazy hours with no […]