San Bernardino County Bar: News -- Notes -- Notices

Monday, November 12, 2007


SBCBA MCLE General Membership Meeting

Dear Members and Friends,

Please join us on Thursday for the November SBCBA General Membership & MCLE Meeting!

Topic: Substance Abuse (Part II)

Speaker: Hon. LeRoy Simmons (Ret.), IVAMS

When: Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Where: San Bernardino Hilton, 285 E. Hospitality Lane

Cost: $30 members; $35 non- members

MCLE: 1 hour of credit in Substance Abuse


Substance abuse, predominately by alcohol habituation, is the single largest cause of bar discipline in California, accounting for well over 50% of such cases before bar disciplinary panels annually. This discussion will address the personal and workplace stresses which contribute to the frequent, and all too regular, resort by counsel, young and old, to alcohol beverages for perceived relief.

The provided materials will invite participants to do a personal inventory for warning signs and symptoms of potential problems before alcohol addiction develops. The discussion will suggest workplace practices by law firms that assist lawyers, as well as office staff, in stress relief short of substance abuse.

Visit SBCBA's Website

We hope to see you there.


Claire Furness, SBCBA

San Bernardino County Bar Association

phone: 909 885 1986

San Bernardino County Bar Association 555 North Arrowhead Avenue San Bernardino CA 92401-1201

Saturday, November 10, 2007


e briefs State Bar of California

The State Bar of California


November 9, 2007

LEGAL SERVICES BOOST --- New legislation allows for higher interest on lawyer trust accounts and gives lawyers an opportunity to donate to the new Justice Gap Fund on the State Bar's 2008 fee statement.

ANNUAL DUES STATEMENT --- The annual State Bar fee statement will be mailed to active and inactive California lawyers on Nov. 15.

DISCIPLINE HEARINGS SET --- Attorneys and members of the public will have an opportunity to offer comments about attorney disciplinary procedures, competency and admissions procedures at hearings in San Francisco on Dec. 4 and in Los Angeles on Dec. 13.

MCLE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE --- Members of MCLE compliance group 3 - last names N through Z - face a Feb. 1, 2008, deadline to complete 25 hours of continuing education courses.

VOLUNTEER FOR A BAR COMMITTEE ---The State Bar is recruiting applicants for 10 standing committees, 16 section executive committees and 15 special committees, boards and commissions.

FREE MCLE FROM LAP ---The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is offering a free self-study package approved for one hour of MCLE credit in the prevention of substance abuse.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


New Member Mark Gibboney, Esq

Mark Gibboney, Esq
3350 Shelby Street,
Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764
General practice, emphasizing employment law, including workplace investigations and family law. Available on contract basis to assist attorneys and law firms with discovery and general civil litigation.(Retired Deputy Chief of Police, El Monte PD)


November 2007 Bar Bulletin is ONLINE.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


MCLE ONLINE:SBCBA Catalog of Courses

For MORE MCLE Programs See our complete catalog including "CEOnline" downloadable podcasts, and various live internet/telephone programs.


Web Seminar November 7, 2007

SBCBA Members $50
others $75
1 hour MCLE

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Supreme Court Blog (Scotusblog)

Watch for Supreme Court news and analysis on our SCOTUS blog

Saturday, October 27, 2007


The State Bar of California e-briefs

October 26, 2007

WILDFIRE ASSISTANCE --- The State Bar has compiled a list of resources and information for victims of the southern California wildfires, and individuals and law firms who want to provide assistance.

MCLE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE --- Members of MCLE compliance group 3 - last names N through Z - face a Feb. 1, 2008, deadline to complete 25 hours of continuing education courses.

BAR EXAM APPLICANT DATA --- At its Nov. 8 meeting in Los Angeles, the Committee of Bar Examiners will review the issue of the release of confidential bar exam applicant data.

LOOK FOR YOUR DUES STATEMENT --- The annual State Bar fee statement will be mailed to active and inactive California lawyers on Nov. 15.

SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT --- Proposals on several issues related to the practice of law have comment deadlines next week.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Fire Help Manual ONLINE

Fire Help Manual for Victims and Helpers

Note: this handbook was built after the 2003 fires and is being updated by Morrison Forster and sponsored by SBCBA and other California bar associations.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


BenchMarks, Judicial Profiles by Ed Butler

Beginning with the October 2007 edition of the SBCBA Bulletin, a new dimension is added to our Bench Marks series of judicial profiles. Now, Ed Butler's popular column will include profiles of Bench Officers serving the Federal courts.

The first of the series profiles Judge Victoria A. Phillips of the United States District Court, Riverside Division. For the series see

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Bulletin October 2007

The October 2007 SBCBA Bar Bulletin is ONLINE at

Monday, October 1, 2007


Patricia Hahn

We welcome new affiliate member:

PATRICIA HAHN, Court Reporter
151 Kalmus, Ste. L-1
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Friday, September 28, 2007


2007 Surr and Kearney Awards Announced

Thursday, September 27, 2007


2007 Golf Tournament Sponsors

Thanks to the generous sponsors of our 7th Annual Bench-Bar Golf Tournament!

AIS - Advanced Imaging Solutions
Alfredo's Pizza & Pasta
Allen C. Turner, Esq.
Best Buy
Bond Services of California
Bosco Legal Services
Bountiful Baskets
Caldwell, Kennedy & Porter
California Deposition Reporters
CARE and Sherri Kastilahn
Connally & Gardner, LLP
Daniel B. Eppler, Ph.D.
Discovery Professionals, Inc.
F.E. Schnetz Commercial Brokerage
Friedman, Gebbie, Cazares & Gilleece, LLP
Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick
Galleano Winery
Granowitz, White & Weber
Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden
Joseph B. Campbell Inn of Court
Las Vegas Hotel Reservations
Laurel Starks
Law Offices of Michael Scafiddi
Law Offices of Steven A. Becker
Law Offices of William D. Shapiro
Marvin M. Reiter, CPA
San Bernardino County Bar Association
San Bernardino Hilton
Shandin Hills Golf Club
Sixty-Sixers Baseball
Super Burrito

Friday, September 21, 2007


The State Bar of California

September 21, 2007

CELEBRATING 80 YEARS --- Several thousand lawyers are expected to attend the State Bar of California's Annual Meeting next weekend, opening Thursday, Sept. 27 and wrapping up Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

LOOKING FOR COMMENTS --- The State Bar is seeking comment on several issues:

During the Annual Meeting in Anaheim, the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct will hold a public hearing on five rules currently circulating for public comment.

At its Sept. 26 meeting in Anaheim, the Board of Governors will consider the Insurance Disclosure Task Force's recommendation to adopt new rules requiring notice to clients if attorneys do not have professional liability insurance.

At its November meeting in Los Angeles, the Board of Governors will consider a proposed report to the state Supreme Court regarding nonprofit entity legal practice (Frye v. Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Inc.).

Saturday, September 8, 2007


The State Bar of California

September 7, 2007

MCLE CREDITS GALORE --- California attorneys will have an opportunity to earn 20 hours of MCLE credits at this year's Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Sept. 27-30. Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 12.

CRRPC --- During the State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim, the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct will hold a public hearing on five rules currently circulating for public comment.

Sept. 26 meeting in Anaheim, the Board of Governors will consider the Insurance Disclosure Task Force's recommendation to adopt new rules requiring notice to clients if attorneys do not have professional liability insurance.

THOUGHTS ON FRYE --- Public comment is sought on a proposed report to the state Supreme Court regarding nonprofit entity legal practice (Frye v. Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Inc.)

REAPPOINTMENT --- Richard Rubin has been reappointed to the Board of Governors.

UPDATED PAMPHLETS --- Four popular consumer education pamphlets have been updated and a fifth one translated into Spanish.

Friday, August 31, 2007


Sept 07 Bar Bulletin is Online Now

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Law Revision Commission Agenda

The October Agenda for the California Law Revision Commission is now online

October 26, 2007 - Agenda

Email Notification of Agendas | PDF Version (may not be as current) | Prior Meeting Agendas

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for:

October 26, 2007 (Friday) -- 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Burbank Airport Marriott
2500 Hollywood Way
(formerly the Burbank Airport Hilton)

Quorum: The meeting will be held at the above location. If it is difficult or impossible to convene a quorum at the meeting, a quorum may be established and other action may be taken at the meeting by teleconference, accessible and audible to the public at the above location.

Further Information: Contact Brian Hebert, Executive Secretary, or another member of the Commission's staff, at the office of the Commission listed at the following link: Contact Information. Agenda items may be deleted or the meeting may be rescheduled, on short notice. If you plan to attend the meeting, please leave contact information at 650-494-1335, or by email to and you will be notified of late changes.

MCLE: The California Law Revision Commission is a State Bar of California Approved MCLE Provider. This meeting is approved for a maximum of 6 hours of MCLE credit, depending on how long the Commission meets. Meeting materials are available free of charge on the Internet or may be purchased in advance from the Commission.

Friday, October 26 -- 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  1. Minutes of August 24, 2007, Meeting (to be sent)

  2. Administrative Matters

    Schedule of Future Meetings
    Memorandum 2007-36 (BH) (8/29/07)
    Download PDF file: Memo

    2007-2008 Annual Report (Staff Draft)
    Memorandum 2007-37 (CB) (to be sent)

    New Topics and Priorities
    Memorandum 2007-38 (BG) (to be sent)

    Report of Executive Secretary
    Oral Report. May include budget, personnel, contract, meeting schedule, attendance, or other current agency administrative matters.

  3. 2007 Legislative Program

    Final Report
    Memorandum 2007-39 (BH) (to be sent)
  4. Miscellaneous Hearsay Exceptions [Study K-600]

    Present Sense Impressions (Draft of Tentative Recommendation)
    Memorandum 2007-40 (BG) (to be sent)

    Forfeiture by Wrongdoing (Draft of Tentative Recommendation)
    Memorandum 2007-41 (BG) (to be sent)

  5. Trial Court Restructuring [Study J-1450]

    Appellate Jurisdiction of Bail Forfeiture (Comments on Tentative Recommendation)
    Memorandum 2007-42 (CB) (to be sent)

    Tentative Recommendation (June 2007)

  6. Technical and Minor Substantive Statutory Corrections [Study T-100]

    Obsolete References to Recording Technology (Comments on Tentative Recommendation)
    Memorandum 2007-43 (SC) (to be sent)

    Tentative Recommendation (April 2007)

  7. Revision of No Contest Clause Statute [Study L-637]

    Draft Recommendation
    Memorandum 2007-44 (BH) (to be sent)
  8. Mechanics Lien Law [Study H-821]

    Public Work of Improvement (Comments on Tentative Recommendation)
    Memorandum 2007-45 (SC) (to be sent)

    Deferred Issues
    Memorandum 2007-46 (SC) (to be sent)

    Tentative Recommendation (June 2006)

  9. Statutory Clarification and Simplification of CID Law [Study H-855]

    Comments on Tentative Recommendation
    Memorandum 2007-47 (BH) (to be sent)

    Tentative Recommendation (June 2007)

Friday, August 10, 2007


e-briefsThe State Bar of California

PAY FEES OR FACE AUG. 16 SUSPENSION - As of today, 2,798 State Bar members have not paid their membership dues and penalties and face suspension

on Aug. 16.

ANNUAL STATE BAR MEETING - Early bird registration for the State Bar's 80th Annual Meeting in Anaheim ends Aug. 27.

CREATE STATE BAR PROFILE - Reap the benefits of handling membership matters electronically by creating an online profile.

VOICE YOUR OPINION - The State Bar is seeking public comment on proposals dealing with a variety of issues such as:

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Hit 'Delete' to Prevent EDD Disaster

Hit 'Delete' to Prevent EDD Disaster

The volume of e-discovery and its costs continue to rise for corporations, law firms and even solo attorneys. This phenomena has triggered a plethora of articles on the pitfalls and potential problems in EDD for the uninitiated or unaware. Frequently missing from the discussion, however, is practical experience and analysis from the trenches. more >>>

Friday, July 27, 2007


Notices from... Superior Court of California, County of Riverside

Effective July 30, 2007:
Family Law cases from Southwest Justice Center (SWJC) where both parties are self- represented and previously heard in Department S101 at SWJC, will be moved to Department F2 at the Riverside Family Law Courthouse and heard by Commissioner Pamela Thatcher.Mediation appointments for these cases will continue to take place at SWJC.Domestic violence temporary restraining orders and ex-parte matters on these cases will continue to be heard at the Hemet Courthouse. On that same date, Department S101 at SWJC will begin hearing Misdemeanor Trial Readiness Conferences on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m., Felony and Misdemeanor Motions on Fridays at 8:30 a.m., and be open for Preliminary Hearings on Mondays and Fridays. Judge Timothy Freer will be hearing these matters.

Effective August 1, 2007:
Riverside guardianship cases will no longer be heard in the Probate Division, they will be heard in the Riverside Family Law Division.All guardianship hearings will be set at 8:30 a.m. in Department F3 in the Family Law Courthouse at 4175 Main Street, Riverside 92501. These hearings will be heard on Fridays only.
Effective August 3, 2007:
All minor offense (traffic) court trials for the Corona jurisdiction will be scheduled at the Moreno Valley Court on Fridays in Department MV-2 at the following times based on the agency that issued the citation:California Highway Patrol - 8:00 a.m.Corona Police Department - 10:00 a.m.Riverside Sheriff Department - 1:30 p.m.Other Agencies (Animal Control, Code Enforcement, etc.) - 8:00 a.m.This change is temporary and is expected to remain in effect until December, 2007.

Effective August 13, 2007:
All Civil Law and Motion matters scheduled in Department 11 at the Historic Courthouse will be heard at 8:00 a.m. as opposed to 8:30 a.m. Parties will be notified by mail regarding this change.To ensure all cases are heard by 9:30 a.m., the scheduling of Law and Motion matters will be limited to a maximum of 12 hearings per day in Department 11 only.

Effective August 13, 2007:
The courtrooms / departments of the Riverside Family Law Courthouse located at 4175 Main Street will be renumbered. The renumbering of the departments will correspond with the building floor to which they are assigned.Dept F1 - will be - F501 (5th Floor)Dept F2 - will be - F502 (5th Floor)Dept F3 - will be - F401 (4th Floor)Dept F4 - will be - F402 (4th Floor)Dept F5 - will be - F301 (3rd Floor)Also effective August 13, 2007, Department F5, currently located at the Hall of Justice at 4100 Main Street, Riverside, will be relocated to the 3rd floor of the Family Law Courthouse in Riverside and be renumbered to Department F301 as referenced above.
/Riverside County Bar Association

Monday, July 23, 2007


Proposals for Changes to California Rules of Court

Invitation to Comment...
...on 2007 Proposals for changes to the California Rules of Court and Judicial Council Forms to become effective January 1, 2008, and proposals for Judicial Council-sponsored Legislation.

We encourage you to review the proposals carefully. Proposals are frequently revised because of the comments received.
To review the proposalsReview proposals...
and submit comments: Submit comments...

Deadline to submit comments is 5:00 p.m. July 27, 2007.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


SBCBA July 2007 Bulletin

SBCBA B U L L E T I N July 2007
Inside this Issue...
2007 Golf Tournament........................ 3
Six New San Bernardino Judges......... 4
Mortgage Fraud Classes Offered ....... 5
Instructors Needed ............................. 5
Inland Empire Federal Bar Program..6
2007 Red Mass...................................... 7
2007 Family Law Symposium............. 8
From the Field:The Realtor’s Report.10
From the Desk of the Working Mom .12
Classifieds ............................................. 15

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


U La Verne Law Reports 97% Employment

University of La Verne College of Law’s Class of 2006 Reports 97%
Employment Rate Nine Months After Graduation

Ontario, Calif., July 16, 2007 – University of La Verne College of Law reported today that 97% of graduates from the Class of 2006 secured jobs nine months after graduation, according to statistics compiled by the law school’s Career Services Office in accordance with National Association for Law Placement Report and Salary Survey requirements. The 97% placement rate for those seeking employment is an 11.3% increase over the 85.7% placement rate reported a year ago for the Class of 2005.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


California MCLE Online: Legal Writing

The programs below are downloadable files that you can play at your convenience on your MP3, iPod, or computer. The materials are produced by the State Bar of California and/or the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The courses are certified for California MCLE by the San Bernardino County Bar Association (provider number 2318).

1. Writing Pointed Text in Plain English

The first paragraph and probably the first page of any written material will be read with care. After that, whether the reader stays with the text depends, in large part, upon the writer's expertise. Topics will include: how to meet a readers' expectations; how to begin arguments with a legal principle stated with clear topic sentences; how to develop logical arguments; how to be concise.

1.5 Total CLE Credits Write Right $32
More information & registration

2. Write Well Right Now! How to Write with Winning Style.

Develop an understandable, persuasive and winning writing style with the help of perennial favorite Ronald H. Carpenter, University of Florida English and speech professor.

Half=price introductory offer from SBCBA 1
.75 Total CLE Credits $21.87
More information & registration

3. Persuasive Statements of Fact

Chances are an appellate court knows the law.
But they can't know how to apply the law to the case before them until they know the facts.
The Statement of Facts is our opportunity to introduce the court to our case.

2.0 Total CLE Credits SBCBA $48, others $58
More information & registration

See also our full catalog at

Or click below:
Basics for Barristers (21)
Ethics (5)
Business Law (4)
Family Law (1)
Civil Litigation (11)
Federal Practice (2)
Criminal Law (7)
Law Practice Mgmt & Technology (10)
Elimination of Bias (2)
Law Technology: computers/digital data/internet (1)
Employment/Labor Law (1)
Prevention of Substance Abuse (2)
Environmental Law (2)
Real Estate/Landlord-Tenant (1)

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Monday, July 2, 2007


New San Bernardino District, Civil Division - 303 West 3rd Street

351 North Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0210

Effective July 2007, all San Bernardino District Civil, Small Claims and Landlord Tenant cases will be heard at the new San Bernardino District, Civil Division located at 303 West 3rd Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415. There will be no change in existing Judicial Officer Assignment, hearing dates or times. Please direct all filings, correspondence, etc. as of the effective date to the new Civil Division.

For inquiries, please call (909) 387-3922, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. No further notice will be sent by the court.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Some new things on

We have made a few changes in the menubar to make it easier for clients to locate materials of interest, i.e. find a lawyer and fee arbitration links are posted on the far right side of the menu. We also are spotlighting various pages to acquaint our users with the range of contents in the site.

We also encourage you to take a few minutes to explore the site using the menubar.

Allen C. Turner, Esq
SBCBA Webstaff

Claire Furness, Executive Director


Redlands Court Closed Until Further Notice

Redlands Court Closed

Redlands Court had to close due to a flooding problem - all cases have been re-routed to S16-Central, Judge Welch. The court will likely be closed until mid-July.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Nine judicial appointees to help reduce Inland caseloads

Former San Bernardino County Bar President Wilfred J. Schneider, Jr. is among the newest judges appointed to San Bernardino County's Superior Court.
more ....

Monday, June 18, 2007


Redlands Court Closed

Redlands Court Closed

Redlands Court had to close due to plumbing problems-all cases are being re-routed to S16-Central Judge Welch.
The Redlands court will likely be closed until mid-July.

Friday, June 1, 2007


Podcast #1 to SBCBA Board

Here is the first effort at making a podcast.

Friday, May 18, 2007


California MCLE Online at

To introduce SBCBA's MCLE Online catalog, we are featuring Law Office Technology, and other materials, at $12.50 per credit hour. This is a temporary half-price introductory offer.


1 The Internet Research Series - Taking Off the Training Wheels: Beginning Internet Research

2 The Internet Research Series: Advanced Internet Research

3 Using Technology to Your Best Advantage

4 How to Automate a Small Law Office on a Small Budget

5 Online Seminar Electronic Discovery 101: The Basics

6 Online Seminar Electronic Discovery 201: Requesting and Producing Digital Data

7 2006 Discovery Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: E-Discovery Goes Modern and What It Means for You

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Monday, April 23, 2007


News from Riverside County Superior Court

Effective April 23, 2007

The clerk's office within the Riverside Historic Courthouse located at 4050 Main Street Riverside, California will be open to the Public, Attorneys and Attorney Services effective Monday April 23, 2007.

As result of the above, the clerk's office located at 3737 Main Street Riverside, California, in the California Tower, will be closed for all purposes.

If additional information or assistance is needed please contact the Riverside Civil/Probate Department at (951) 955-4600.

To assist our civil judges with their double workloads, certain law and motion matters will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 11 beginning on April 16, 2007.

These will generally be pleading and discovery motions and the parties will receive prior notice. Thank you for your cooperation as we try to address the increased burdens on our civil bench officers.

DATED: April 5, 2007
Hon. Richard T. Fields
Presiding Judge, Riverside County Superior Court

CourtCall Information
To request and reserve telephonic attendance at your hearing, please call the courtroom assistant in Department 11 at: 951-955-6953 or 951-955-9654
CourtCall can be reached at: 888-882-6878


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