2017 – A Year of Firsts

Sabrina L. Thomas President, Sacramento County Bar Association

by Sabrina L. Thomas

The SCBA concluded the first half of 2017 with many accomplishments. We introduced several new programs and our sections offered members over 15 different MCLE programs. We successfully launched the first SCBA Kids Law Day at William Land Park Elementary School and Father Keith B. Kinney K-8. Many thanks to the attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants who took time away from their work to introduce, engage, and educate our children about their profession. Volunteers included: Dawn Willis, Rhonda Harrigan, Justin Ward, Brenda Bracy, Jill Telfer, June Powells-Mays, Crystal Rivera, Michelle DuCharme, Angelina Moyo, Olivia Abassa, and yours truly. The children also did not disappoint and peppered the volunteers with questions ranging from “How many years does it take to become an attorney?” to “Do you pay speeding tickets?”

The SCBA put on its first ever Breakfast Series on Non-Traditional Lawyer Careers. Our speakers were restaurateur Randy Paragary, Patricia Cano of Young, Minney & Corr, LLP, Andi Liebenbaum, Judicial Council of California, and David Girard from David Girard Vineyards. The panelists discussed the path that led them to their careers and the importance of taking risks when the path is not always clear.

On October 5 through 8, Sacramento will host, for the first time, the Conference of California Bar Associations Conference of Delegates. As the host delegation, SCBA will offer six one-hour MCLE programs on topics ranging from Ethical and Privacy Issues in E-Discovery, The New Federalism: Can California Be a Role Model for Progressive States’ Rights, and Writing Effective Legislation. The keynote speaker will be California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

As always, we look forward to our most recognized event, the Bench-Bar Reception. Congratulations to Presiding Judge Kevin R. Culhane as SCBA’s 2017 Judge of the Year (JOY). I have had the pleasure of speaking with Judge Culhane at various SCBA events, and he truly exemplifies all the qualities that we look for in the JOY. I would also like to recognize and thank in advance committee members Meredith Garey, Adrian Carpenter, Natalie Bustamante, Viana Barbu, Shanae Buffington, Marc Koenigsberg, Tracey Lizbeth O’Reilly, Rhonda Harrigan, and Dawn Willis, plus and our dedicated SCBA staff for making this event the success it is.

Stay tuned as we have many more programs and events planned for the fall including, An Evening with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the Party for a Cause and Celebration of Pro Bono Award.

Carpe Diem!

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