YCBA MEETS ON NOVEMBER 21
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 Gabrielle Boutin so that we have an accurate count.
I have been very pleased with the Fall MCLE programs sponsored by the Yolo County Bar Association (YCBA) and hope to see you at the November 21 meeting.
This fall we have had a great line-up of speakers presenting to YCBA, including a presentation by the Presiding Judge, the Honorable Steven Basha, who spoke to us about the state of the Yolo County Superior Court, the new court house, budget, and best tips and practices from the bench perspective.
We will end the years' presentations on November 21, with Maria Sanders of Legislative Intent Services talking to us about the legislative updates for the next year.
As always, if there is a MCLE topic that you would like to be offered, let me know and YCBA will try to bring it to you.
This has been said before but I would like to reiterate it. I would love for all YCBA members to make every effort to come to our monthly meetings. These meetings are not just opportunities to learn something new and get some MCLE credit (including specialty credits), but these meetings are also a chance to see friends, old and new, and to sustain the connections that makes practicing here in Yolo County special. Thanks to all of those who supported the YCBA at its presentations this year!
-- Allison Zuvela, 2013 Yolo County Bar Association President.
2013 YCBA OFFICERS
Yolo County Bar Association Officers for 2013 are:
2013 MEMBERSHIP DUES
It is time for members to renew their dues for 2013, and of course The Yolo County Bar Association always welcomes new members. The Application for 2013 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:
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 email@example.com. VIP Mentors' website, www.vipmentors.org, also has a wealth of information including a short video on what mentoring is all about.
LAW LIBRARY NEWS
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.