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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 […]

Homeless Court

Homeless Court

Because Homeless Court participants have all spent significant time in programs, I’m able to give people credit for that time towards paying down the outstanding debt.

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 […]

Much Change in 2018 - More to Come in 2019

Much Change in 2018 – More to Come in 2019

It is such an honor to write this article as the new Court Executive Officer of Contra Costa Superior Court. This court is a special place full of amazing judges, commissioners, and staff. I have been with the court for almost 13 years and I can truly say I enjoy it each and every day. […]

An Introduction to the Conference of California Bar Associations

An Introduction to the Conference of California Bar Associations

The Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) has been one of the most effective lobbying organizations in California.

PHOTOS: Judges’ Night 2018

The CCCBA hosted Judges’ Night on August 23 at the Martinez Event Center. Thank you to our generous sponsors, the event was a great success. ADR Services, Inc. Aiken Welch Court Reporters Cal Home Real Estate Services Lawyer Business Advantage Mass Mutual Quivx

Photos: Women’s Section Annual Luncheon 2018

The CCCBA Women’s Section’s Annual Luncheon was held June 27th on “Navigating Gender Bias in and out of the Courtroom and in Mediation,” from the perspectives of an accomplished trial attorney, current judge, and a retired judge/JAMS neutral. Panelists included Hon. Ellen James (Ret.), JAMS mediator and arbitrator, Judge Anita Santos, and Renee Livingston, founder […]

Diversity Networking Event with Minority Bar Associations

Diversity Networking Event with Minority Bar Associations

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The Law in these Parts

The Law in these Parts

The legal system in Contra Costa County has undergone many changes over the years.  California’s original constitution, enacted in 1850, created a fairly complex system consisting of several  courts. At the top (as far as the county was concerned) was the District Court.  The first judge in the district which included Contra Costa County was John […]

Constitutional Issues Concerning the Right of Local Initiative in California

Constitutional Issues Concerning the Right of Local Initiative in California

The California Constitution reserves to the people the right to enact laws directly by initiative.[1]   Since 1976, the exercise of this right in local elections has given rise to considerable litigation. This article explores the right of local initiative, the limitations on that right, and the continually greater deference given that right, culminating with last […]

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 […]

Smoke and Mirrors? An Update on Sessions, Federal Enforcement Priorities, and State-Legal Cannabis

Smoke and Mirrors? An Update on Sessions, Federal Enforcement Priorities, and State-Legal Cannabis

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions single-handedly demolished the federal government’s former cannabis enforcement framework under the 2013 Cole Memo (“Cole Memo”).

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 […]