LAW DAY - MAY 1

Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a "day of national dedication to the principle of government under law," and will be celebrated with events throughout the country. Law Day celebrates the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. Every year, Law Day provides legal professionals and others with opportunities to help students and the public understand the importance of our legal system and how the law protects our freedoms.

This year the Law Day theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.

The featured speaker at this year's Law Day event will be Freddie Oakley, Yolo County's Elections Officer. The YCBA will also hand out its first ever "Milestone" awards to the attorneys in Yolo County who have been practicing more then 45 years.

The event will be catered and held at the Community Hall for the United Methodist Church, 212 2nd Street, in Woodland, beginning at 12:00 noon. The cost is $25.00 per person

HERE is a formal invitation: Please use this link to RSVP.

JUDICIAL FORUM SURVEY

On April 9, 2014, the Yolo County Bar Association conducted a Judicial Candidate Forum. All four candidates who are running for the open seat for Department 3 participated.

Afterwards, YCBA asked if members of the organization wanted to endorse a candidate and if so, who. If one candidate did not reach a majority then another run-off survey would be conducted with the top two candidates.

The survey ended on Monday April 21, 2014. The results of the survey were that the members did want to endorse a candidate and that 78% of YCBA members who took the survey wanted YCBA to endorse Janene Beronio.

Thank you to those who participated.
-- The Officers of the Yolo County Bar Association

FUTURE MEETINGS

  • May 15, 2014: Substance Abuse and Prevention in the Law.
    David Mann from the Other Bar will be talking about substance abuse and prevention in the law. One hour of specialty credit for Prevention / Detection / Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness in the legal profession will be provided.

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014; Cloud Computing.
    Martin Dean and Joanna Mendoza will be conduct an MCLE presentationon the benefits and pitfalls of cloud computing in the legal arena.

The Yolo County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. These programs are approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit, The May 15 program also provides one hour of specialty credit for Prevention / Detection / Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness in the legal profession.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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

2014 YCBA OFFICERS

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

2014 MEMBERSHIP DUES

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.

VIP MENTORS

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.

LAW LIBRARY NEWS

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.