Wednesday, April 9: Meet the candidates in this yearís election for Judge of the Yolo County Superior Court. This event will be hosted by the Yolo County Bar Association.

The forum will be held in the Atrium of the County Administration Building from 12:00 p.m. until 1 p.m.

Please note: this Wednesday event will take the place of YCBA's normally scheduled third-Thursday monthly meeting.


I want to thank everyone for their continued participation in the Yolo County Bar Association (YCBA). YCBA is a grassroots organization fueled by volunteer members of our legal community. This year I would like to have a broader participation in YCBA and would like to open it up to new areas in order to gain greater membership. However, our newsletter reaches only to our members. If there are additional people who you know, who might want to be a part of our events, or who may want to become a member of YCBA, please let myself or our secretary, Brian Pakpour (brian@pakpourlaw.com), know so that we may give those individuals or law firms some outreach and applications.

YCBA is a volunteer organization and the success or failure of the organization depends on those involved. I would encourage people to let me know about MCLE presentations that they would want to have in the future. In addition, as lawyers we are all talented individuals in our own area. We all have something to give and we all can learn and grow from each other. Since my area is pigeon-holed in the criminal arena, I may not know of all our own talent in YCBA. If there is an area that you could do a MCLE presentation, I would love to know about it and hopefully bring it to the members with a future MCLE presentation. If you are unsure on how to put one together, I will happily assist you in putting together a PowerPoint or packet for a presentation. I know we have a wealth of expertise that all of us can benefit from.

Finally, we hope to have a top notch Law Day program for the community to enjoy this year. Our Law Day committee has already begun meeting and planning for this memorable event. Again if there are any suggestions about how to make the event more successful let me know. I can be reached at by email or by phone at (530) 666-8351. A comments or questions link will soon be available on the YCBA website.

I look forward to hearing from you, seeing you at YCBA events, and an awesome 2014!!

-- Allison Zuvela, President, Yolo County Bar Association


The Yolo County Bar Association elected its 2014 Officers at the January 16 meeting.

The YCBA Officers for 2014 are:

  • President: Allison Zuvela
  • Vice-President: Hope Welton
  • Secretary: Brian Pakpour


  • Topic: Elimination of Bias
  • Speaker: Hon. David Reed
  • When: Thursday, March 20, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Yolo County Law Library, 204 Fourth Street, Suite A, Woodland
  • Cost: $20

The Yolo County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit.

Please R.S.V.P. to Brian Pakpour NO LATER THAN Tuesday, March 18, so that we have an accurate count.


The Yolo Superior Court and the YCBA will host a training program on use of the Courtís "evidence cart," which is a multi-media technology device now available for use by all lawyers.

The cart includes a document camera and projector, and allows lawyers to display images, videos, and Power Point presentations to jurors.

The training program will show lawyers and other legal professionals how to use the device, so they donít need to learn as they go during trial.

The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Department 7 of Yolo Superior Court (725 Court Street, Woodland), and MCLE credit is available.

Please bring your own lunch, and RSVP to dmaguire@yolo.courts.ca.gov

There is no cost for this program.


The Administrative Office of the Courts has posted a job notice for an Attorney/Senior Attorney position.

The deadline for filing an application is March 21, 2014.

To apply, visit www.courts.ca.gov/careers and search for Job #3827

More information, and instructions for obtaining a paper application, are included in THIS FLYER.


It is time for members to renew their dues for 2014, and of course The Yolo County Bar Association always welcomes new members. The Application for 2014 YCBA Bar Membership is HERE

Dues are $50 for private sector attorneys and $25 for government sector attorneys.

If you would like to become a member, or renew your membership, please download and complete the application and mail it in with your payment. The mailing address is: Yolo County Bar Association, P.O. Box 1903, Woodland, CA 95776-1903.

Bar Association Committees - When filling out your application please express your interest in participating in the several committees that help our group serve our community.

The YCBA committees include:

  • Law Day
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Bench/Bar Liaison
  • State Bar Liaison

Your Practice Area - Be sure to complete the part of the application that deals with your area of practice. Your contact information, including areas of practice, is listed on the Member Lookup area of the website, which can be searched by name and by area of practice. If you are a current member, please check your listing here.

Bilingual? There have been a number of requests for information about attorneys who provide services in languages other than English. There is a place in the application where attorneys can provide this information, which will then be listed in the Member Lookup area of the website.

Support the Yolo County Law Library - When completing your YCBA membership form, please consider including a donation to the Yolo County Law Library. Please see the renewal application for more details.

Mandatory Fee Arbitration Procedures Have Changed

The Yolo County Bar Association has announced that its Mandatory Fee Arbitration program is now administered by the California State Bar rather than by a local administrator.

The State Bar will utilize local arbitrators from Yolo and Sacramento counties to conduct fee arbitrations when fees charged by Yolo County attorneys are disputed and mandatory fee arbitration is initiated.

All requests for Mandatory Fee Arbitrations should be directed to the California State Bar. The main telephone number for the Mandatory Fee Arbitration department at the State Bar is 415-358-2200. Mandatory Fee Arbitration forms and resources are available at the State Bar's website at www.calbar.ca.gov. Once contact is made with the State Bar, it will start the arbitration process, accept pleadings, appoint an arbitrator, and issue the arbitration award.


The Yolo County Bar Association is proud to support VIP Mentors (VIP) in its application for the Second Chance Act Mentoring Grant for Nonprofit Organizations.

VIP provides an extremely important support network for parolees, and is a sound investment of funds because it reduces recidivism, saves judicial, law enforcement, and correctional resources, and most importantly makes a positive difference in the lives of its participants and its mentors. We strongly support this program, and recognize the vital gap that VIP fills in our community.

VIP Mentors invites you to participate in its program. VIP Mentors (VIP) is the only program in California that recruits attorneys, and only attorneys, to be guides, advisors, friends and role models for men and women on parole as they struggle to turn their lives around. Although all VIP mentors are attorneys, they are not required or permitted to offer legal assistance to their mentees. Instead, time is spent however you and your mentee choose, and usually involves one phone call a week and one to two meetings throughout the month. Whether you grab a cup of coffee, see a game, play sports, or go for a walk, the most important thing is that you listen and encourage as the parolee learns how a successful person lives his or her life.

Please contact Jesse Navarrete, the Sacramento/Yolo Program Director, with any questions you might have, or to sign-up as a mentor. Jesse can be reached by phone at (916) 324-4141 ext 259, or by email at vip-sacramento@vipmentors.org. VIP Mentors' website, www.vipmentors.org, also has a wealth of information including a short video on what mentoring is all about.


New Material

The Law Library has received a very generous donation of books from the Sacramento County Public Law Library.

We now have publications on Internet Law, Copyright, newer material on Defense of Drunk Driving and Illegal Substances, a copy of the Model Penal Code and many more. The gift also includes an up-to date set of Corpus Juris Secundum.

Additionally, the library has added Forecite to its collection and to its online capabilities. All Forecite updates and peripherals are now available on the law library's public computers.