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Coffee Talk: How Do You Give Back to the Community?

Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We asked a short question related to the Pro Bono theme and responses are published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. The following responses were sent in from members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. This year my office represented a woman from […]

Coffee Talk: What do you think of the new artwork in front of the Family Law Center?

Coffee Talk: What do you think of the new artwork in front of the Family Law Center?

It has already succeeded as a piece of art in that it has generated discussions.

Coffee Talk: If I had a dime for every time I heard (blank), I'd be a rich person.

Coffee Talk: If I had a dime for every time I heard (blank), I’d be a rich person.

If I had a dime for every time I heard a joke about a dishonest lawyer, I’d be a rich person.

Coffee Talk: What is the most shocking gender bias comment you have heard?

Coffee Talk: What is the most shocking gender bias comment you have heard?

“Why are you wasting my time taking my course? You know that you are only going to get married and have children.”

Coffee Talk: Please share a positive experience you've had with court staff.

Coffee Talk: Please share a positive experience you’ve had with court staff.

Despite cutbacks and pressure on available time, the staff in the Contra Costa courts maintain a level of friendly civility and helpfulness I do not always see elsewhere.

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.

Coffee Talk: If you weren’t an attorney, what would be your dream career?

Coffee Talk: If you weren’t an attorney, what would be your dream career?

I would want to be an Imagineer with Disney, building cool things (like a rocket and launcher I built for a party).

Coffee Talk: When have you advised your clients to consult an estate planner?

Coffee Talk: When have you advised your clients to consult an estate planner?

I advise consulting an estate planner when a client is planning on storing frozen embryos.

Coffee Talk: What online resources do you use to support your practice?

Coffee Talk: What online resources do you use to support your practice?

The online program that I have used for years is Access Law. I first learned of the program through the California State Bar.

Coffee Talk: What’s your best memory of Mark Ericsson?

Coffee Talk: What’s your best memory of Mark Ericsson?

My best memory of Mark is how, without fail, every single client I sent to him for tax advice came back to me and told me how wonderful he was to work with. Mark was a lawyer of the old school.

Coffee Talk: How does being a lawyer affect your family life?

Coffee Talk: How does being a lawyer affect your family life?

My husband has been incredibly supportive. Our adult children have adapted well. The cat remains unimpressed…

Coffee Talk: What’s the most creative solution you’ve come up with in mediation?

Coffee Talk: What’s the most creative solution you’ve come up with in mediation?

As I sat with the parties at the large conference table with a settlement close but about to blow up, I picked up the piece of jewelry in my hand and suddenly felt as if divinely inspired.

Coffee Talk: How do you plan to contribute to your community in 2014?

Coffee Talk: How do you plan to contribute to your community in 2014?

Working with youth, building the next generation will continue to be my contribution to our community in 2014.

Coffee Talk: What suggestions do you have for improvements and/or changes at the Contra Costa Superior Court?

Coffee Talk: What suggestions do you have for improvements and/or changes at the Contra Costa Superior Court?

Member Comment: There should be online availability of documents like in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

Coffee Talk: How is the Discovery Facilitator Program working for you?

Coffee Talk: How is the Discovery Facilitator Program working for you?

The Discovery Facilitator Program is working fine so far but needs improvements.