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1 March/April 2012 Justice Robie Honored by State Water Comission Retired Presiding Justice Arthur Scotland (left) and Justice Ronald B. Robie

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4 Editor s Message Judges are Like Courthouses - All of Them Different By Jack Laufenberg One of the pleasures of practicing law in Sacramento is that you eventually get to visit all the various courthouses in the outlying areas, each with its own unique style, history, and architecture. Judges, I ve come to realize, are a lot like courthouses. Each has their own unique style, history, and -- if not architecture -- at least their own unique way of doing things. I recently completed a short, three-day jury trial in which the trial judge did something I had never seen before; nor apparently a more senior colleague whom I spoke with who has been doing jury trials for more than 30 years. During both pre- and post-trial jury instruction, the trial judge came down from the bench, grabbed a lectern and proceeded to instruct the jury on the law from the well of the courtroom as opposed to from on high. In addition, prior to opening statements, the trial judge went through about an hour and a-half slide show with the jury explaining the process, the role of the attorneys and courtroom personnel and some of the more difficult legal concepts they would be dealing with such as the difference between direct and circumstantial evidence. All and all I thought it was an interesting and useful exercise. I don t know about you, but I don t process as well through my ears as I do through my eyes. Yet we expect juries to comprehend a convoluted set of instructions that are read to them, without interruption, whether they are track- ing the information or not. Yes, I know, the jury instructions go into the jury room with them, but how many of us ever really read the instructions anyway? Whether the court s efforts helped, I don t know. You d have to ask the jurors. But at least it demonstrated a willingness on the part of the court to provide jurors more meaningful instruction than just a perfunctory reading of the instructions. I also liked the fact that the judge came down off the bench to talk to the jury. You could see they were more engaged, and, to a certain extent, more terrified, to have the actual judge standing so close to them. But that only seemed to keep them more on their toes. I don t know if that s a recipe I would like to see all judicial officers to follow. I like the fact that judges are different, even if some of those differences are not as pleasant as others. But it seemed to work for this particular judicial officer, as there was never any doubt as to who was in charge of the courtroom. Sometimes pomp and circumstance is overrated. But that s the beauty of getting to practice in many courthouses. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jack Laufenberg - STAFF EDITORS Heather Cline Hoganson SACRAMENTO LAWYER POLICY COMMITTEE Samson R. Elsbernd Helene Friedman David Graulich Coral Henning Yoshinori H.T. Himel Jack Laufenberg COURTHOUSE STEPS SURFING FROM RIVER CITY Coral Henning (916) ADVERTISING - EVENTS MEMBER CLASSIFIED ADS Michelle Bender (916) x200 DESIGN AND LAYOUT MaryBurroughsStudio.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Carol Prosser OFFICERS June Coleman - President Jean-Pierre Francillette - 1st Vice President Bruce Timm - 2nd Vice President Stacy Moak - Secretary Treasurer BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIRECTORS AT LARGE Mark Slaughter Katie Patterson Sonia Fernandes Theresa La Voie Richard Miadach Jeannie Lee William Schuetz Sabrina Thomas Dan Graulich SACRAMENTO LAW FOUNDATION Stephen Duvernay, saclawfoundation.org AFFILIATE REPRESENTATIVES Asian Bar Association (ABAS) Angela Lai Barristers Club Dan Tichy Capitol City Trial Lawyers Jack Vetter Federal Bar Association Meghan Baker Hellenic Law Association of Sacramento (HELLAS) Vasilios Spyridakis LaRaza Michael Terhorst Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association Jeff Levine Saint Thomas More Society of Sacramento (STMS) Herb Bolz Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians (SacLegal) Jeff Edwards 4 SACRAMENTO LAWYER JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012

5 SACRAMENTO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION MAGAZINE Table of Contents V O L U M E 1 1 3, N U M B E R 2 M A R C H / A P R I L LITIGATION 10 A View from the Civil Trial Bench: The Courtroom as Arena Positioning is Everything LAW LIBRARY NEWS 14 County Law Library Relocates to 9th Street 27 Sixth Annual Legal Research in the Real World Workshop May 23rd PROFILES 16 Lawyer Lore: Criminal Defense Attorney William Bill Portanova COVER STORY 18 State Water Project Facility Re-Named in Justice Robie s Honor EVENTS 22 Annual Meeting Shows SCBA Moving Forward SECTION & AFFILIATE NEWS 28 Appellate Law Section Hosts Jubilant Wine and Cheese Reception 30 IDP Hosts Christmas Party 32 Barristers Club Update 18 COMMUNITY SERVICE 24 VLSP s Pro Bono Services Why They Volunteer 26 State Bar Seeks Nominations for 2012 Awards DEPARTMENTS 4 Editor s Message 6 President s Message 12 Law Library News 13 Surfing from River City 35 Calendar 35 Index to Advertisers 22 Sacramento Lawyer welcomes letters and article suggestions from readers. Please them to The Sacramento County Bar Association reserves the right to edit articles and letters sent in for publication. Please contact SCBA x200 for deadline information, fax , or Web page: Caveat: Articles and other work submitted to Sacramento Lawyer become the copyrighted property of the Sacramento County Bar Association. Returns of tangible items such as photographs are by permission of the Executive Director only, by pickup at the SCBA office only. South Asian Bar Association Nirav Desai Wiley Manuel Bar Association Alana Mathews Women Lawyers of Sacramento Jamie Errecart COMMITTEE / SECTION REPRESENTATIVES Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) Don Hansen Conference of Delegates Andi Liebenbaum Indigent Defense Panel (IDP) Kevin Adamson Section Representative Daniel Yamshon Voluntary Legal Services Program (VLSP) Victoria Jacobs SECTIONS Administrative Law Heather Cline Hoganson Alternative Dispute Resolution Ken Malovos Appellate Law Stephanie Finelli Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Aaron Avery Business Law Sarra Ziari Children s Counsel Diane Wasznicky Environmental Law Osha Meserve Family Law Judith Winn Health Care Brian Taylor Labor & Employment Law Jason Jasmine Probate & Estate Planning Thomas Reid Real Property Gregg Phillipp Tax Law Ciro Immordino Worker s Compensation Ohnmar Shin COMMITTEES Bylaws BJ Susich Continuing Education of the Bar Daniel Yamshon Diversity Hiring and Retention Linda Partmann Electronic Media Coral Henning / Heather Hoganson Fee Arbitration Ken Bacon Judicial Review Philip R. Birney Judiciary Diane W. Wasznicky Long Range Planning Bunmi Awoniyi Membership Heather Candy Pictorial Directory Herb Bolz Sacramento Lawyer Policy Jack Laufenberg Sacramento Lawyer (USPS ) is published bi-monthly by the Sacramento County Bar Association, 1329 Howe Avenue, #100,Sacramento, CA Issn Annual subscription rate: $6.00 included in membership dues, or $24.00 for nonmembers. Periodicals postage paid at Sacramento, California. Postmaster: Send address changes to Sacramento Lawyer, 1329 Howe Avenue, #100, Sacramento, CA Copyright 1999 by the Sacramento County Bar Association. Each author s commentary reflects his/her individual opinion only and not that of his/her employer, organization with which he/she is affiliated, or Sacramento Lawyer magazine, unless otherwise stated. MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 5

6 President's Message SCBA Members Connected to the Courts in Multiple Ways By June D. Coleman AsI write this message in January, the judiciary and the judicial system are prominent discussion points everywhere I turn. It s not uncommon that I hear some reference to the judiciary or the judicial system every day. In part, that s because I m a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association. Many members may not realize how connected they are to the judiciary through their SCBA membership. Let me start by extending a welcome on behalf of SCBA to our new presiding judge of the Sacramento County bench, Judge Laurie Earl, and the new assistant presiding judge, Judge Robert Hight. Judge Earl has announced new judicial assignments which began in late January and are recapped below: Criminal Volume Courts Dept. 4 Judge Jim Arguelles Dept. 3 Judge Gary Ransom (Ret.) Dept. 8 Judge Kevin McCormick Dept. 9 Judge Gary Mullen (Ret.) Dept. 60 Judge Curtis Fiorini Dept. 61 Judge Tami Bogert Dept. 62 Judge John Winn VOP Court No changes; Judge Ben Davidian to remain in night court. *Judge Russell Hom will continue in his role as supervising judge of the misdemeanor home courts and VOP Court. *Judge Larry Brown will assume the role of supervising judge of the felony home courts. Juvenile Delinquency Dept. 92 Judge Delbert Oros Juvenile Dependency No changes; Judge Stacy Boulware 6 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL 2012 Eurie will continue in her role as supervising judge of the juvenile delinquency and dependency courts. Law and Motion (Depts. 53 & 54) No changes; Judge David I. Brown to remain in Dept. 53 and Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang to remain in Dept. 54. Family Law Dept. 125 Judge Kevin Culhane *Judge Matt Gary will assume the role of supervising judge of family law. Civil Complex Civil Judge Raymond Cadei Designated Civil Judges: Judge David Abbott Judge Judy Holzer Herscher Judge Alan Perkins *Judge Robert Hight will continue in his role as supervising judge. The SCBA has a great relationship with its local benches. The Sacramento County bench, the California Third District Court of Appeal, and the Eastern District federal bench all provide updates to the Sacramento legal community at the SCBA Bench Bar Reception, and also to the SCBA Board at its January meeting. This year, when Judge Earl, along with Judge Hight and Judge Gary, met with the SCBA Board, she focused on some changes to the Sacramento County Rules of Court. For instance, the Sacramento court has initiated a Civil Trial Readiness Notification program. Litigants are required to complete the online notification 3 to10 days before trial. When everyone completes the online notification, the court expects to be able to notify litigants on Friday if a courtroom is not be available. This early notification will be greatly appreciated by attorneys who would otherwise have to work all weekend only to discover Monday morning that there are no courtrooms. This early notification system will also give counsel greater agility in scheduling witnesses, including experts. Judge Earl and Judge Hight spoke about the expedited jury trials that have been conducted in Sacramento County. Juries are excited to participate in oneday expedited trials. Verdicts have been awarded for both plaintiffs and defendants. Expedited jury trials can be used on small and high-dollar cases. This is an excellent option to allow attorneys with little or no trial experience to try cases and develop experience. And insurance companies supported the legislation that created expedited jury trials. Finally, it is anticipated that expedited jury trials will secure a courtroom quicker than the average time for a case to go to trial. Judge Gary spoke of the extremely long lines at the family law courthouse and the greatly increased number of trials. The SCBA is connected to the Sacramento County bench in a number of ways. The SCBA participates in the Sacramento County Presiding Judge Civil Advisory Committee, which advises the presiding and assistant presiding judges on various issues related to efficiency and procedure in civil litigation. In addition to the SCBA President, the Civil Advisory Committee include the following members: Association of Defense Counsel member Scott Donald, SCBA 2002 Distinguished Attorney of the Year Roger Dreyer, Scott Gassaway, Karen Jacobsen, Capital City Trial Lawyers Association President Mike Jones, SCBA 2003

7 SCBA Distinguished Attorney of the Year Charity Kenyon, former SCBA President Bill Kershaw, American Board of Trial Attorneys member Walt Loving, David Perrault, Nancy Sheehan, Bill Warne, Wendy York, and Bob Zimmerman. SCBA s participation in this advisory committee allows SCBA members to have an inside track in giving the court feedback regarding civil litigation efficiency and court procedure. If you have some thoughts, please contact me so that I can raise them with the court. The Civil Trial Readiness Notification program, which had its genesis in the Civil Advisory Committee, is an example of what can be accomplished when we all put our heads together. The Sacramento bench also has a criminal advisory committee and a family law advisory committee. The criminal advisory committee receives input through the SCBA Indigent Defense Panel program, as well as other criminal law stakeholders, such as the District Attorney and the Public Defender. It s through these types of open lines of communication that SCBA members are kept informed about new or changed procedures and the issues that are affecting the various local benches. Another way in which we are connected to the bench is through the SCBA Family Law Section s Executive Committee. This committee meets regularly with the family law bench to discuss the myriad of issues facing the court in light of recent budget cuts and everincreasing demand. This open dialogue allows the family law bench and the Executive Committee to work cooperatively towards developing better family law procedures and efficiencies for the court. Family law judges and the Executive Committee are currently trying to address the long lines and increased delays in hearing family law trials in the courthouse. It is a work in process. Having access to this information and having a means of funneling ideas and comments to our local benches is one of the intangible benefits of SCBA membership. One issue that was repeatedly discussed at the most recent SCBA Board meeting was court funding. This is not a local problem. Federal District Judge Morrison England reported to the Board recently that for more than a decade the Eastern District has been cited as the district with the largest case load of any district court, with approximately 1,200 cases per judge per year. The average federal caseload, Judge England said, is approximately 450 cases per judge per year. But because of the Eastern District s large geographic area -- and the fact that it houses more prisons than other districts it is authorized to have 12 magistrates when 7 to 8 is more the norm for the number of judges in the Eastern District. Judge England said the Eastern District is also participating in a pilot project that provides for additional law clerks. He also said the Eastern District has created a mediation program which they hope will cut down on the court s caseload. Judge Garland Burrell is taking senior status on the federal bench in Sacramento in July. Presiding Judge Anthony Ishii is also taking senior status on the federal bench in Fresno in October. This will have a huge impact on caseloads, Judge England said, especially since Sacramento District Judge Frank Damrell retired from senior status last fall. Any delay in replacing retiring judges, Judge England said, will mean the Eastern District will have an even greater caseload. Judge England explained that California Senator Dianne Feinstein has already proposed a few candidates to President Obama to be Judge Burrell s replacement. The SCBA is hopeful that the process will move quickly and someone will be confirmed by the August recess. But given the upcoming national elections, it is probable that vacancies will not be filled for more than a year. Judge England indicated there addi- Continued on page 15 MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 7

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10 Litigation A VIEW FROM THE CIVIL TRIAL BENCH: The Courtroom as Arena -- Positioning is Everything Judge Judy Holzer Hersher This article represents the thoughts and opinions of the author and should not be considered court policy or the opinion of other trial judges. The author would also like to thank the librarians at the Sacramento County Public Law Library, particularly Mary Pinard Johnson, for their able assistance. Comments should be addressed to Where you stand makes a difference InEnglish law, it all began with four benches made of stone slabs filled with earth and sand and covered with mats set in a square to form the well. The benches defined the area of the court and the action that would take place within it. 1 It also set the boundaries for physical movement during a trial. In 1994, former Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Wolfe conducted a study involving twentyseven mock jury trials. Jurors were asked to rate opposing attorneys on persuasion, control and power based on the advocate s physical location in a traditional courtroom. The study divided the well area into four quadrants and attorneys were assigned to two different locations during the trial. The results, which are discussed in the Pepperdine Law Review 2 and in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 3 confirm what trial judges experience on a daily basis: an advocate s effectiveness as perceived by the jury is dependent at least in part upon his physical location in the courtroom. His or her location can enhance a juror s sense of connection to the party and the case or distract from it. How far you stand from the jury box during trial does matter Courtroom studies have concluded that attorneys who stand less than 10 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL inches from the jury railing or box are too close to the jury box. That would be a point just outside easy touching distance from the bottom row of jurors. This is because the area 18 to 30 inches surrounding an individual is the space within which a close friend is entitled to venture, something which an advocate is not. In our culture, four to seven feet is considered a close but comfortable distance for people to keep from one another, while beyond that is considered a normal work or appropriate impersonal distance. 4 When an attorney decides to move closer to the jury box is also important Different schools of advocacy promote moving in close to the jury box early on in the trial, while others suggest a more gradual approach. Whatever the distance, the goal appears to gain the juror s attention and trust through movement. All agree, however, that before moving in closer, an attorney needs to build both a rapport and a sense of trust with the jury. This technique recognizes that if an attorney gets close physically to the jury too quickly during the trial, jurors literally will move back in their chairs, away from the attorney and perhaps from the appeal of their client and case-- and become distressed by the intrusion. 5 This often does not bode well for the case. As soon as the jury is empanelled, they are twelve people apart, separated from the rest of the courtroom by the jury box and rail. How to climb into that box and become the thirteenth juror now becomes the trial lawyer s mission Norman Sheresky 6 The typical Sacramento courtroom is designed to resemble an arena once used for gladiator fights. The judge, jurors and witnesses are generally fixed in place. The public is kept outside, beyond the fence or bar. The judge s bench, the witness stand and the jurors in the jury box are elevated above and therefore removed from the fray. The floor of the arena or well contains the combatants -- the attorneys and the parties -- who are seated at tables of equal length when the process begins. More so in state than in federal court, attorneys are free to move about the courtroom in the well area and fight on behalf of their clients. 7 Thus, how attorneys move in the courtroom helps distinguish them and their clients from the level playing field. By their movement in the space allotted, attorneys define the relationship between themselves and everyone else in the courtroom. Thus, positioning during trial matters. Just like in the magistrate judge s study, I have observed that where and how an attorney stands in the well affects the amount of attention jurors pay during his or her questioning and opening or closing argument. Some things are obvious. It can annoy and frustrate the jury when an attorney blocks their vision, invades their personal space, or speaks from an inaudible distance so much so that in a

11 handful of trials I have wondered whether the outcome of the case might have been changed if the attorney had handled the physical space of the well and the courtroom differently. No matter what happens in the world of human beings, it happens in a spatial setting, and the design of that setting has a deep and persisting influence on the people in that setting. Edward T. Hall 8 The most effective trial attorneys recognize that where they stand in the courtroom during trial enhances their strategic and dramatic power. During direct examination, they tend to stand to the rear and side of the jury box towards the back of the courtroom. This allows their key witnesses to make eye contact with the jurors while they respond to their questions. This also makes their witnesses the focus of the jurors attentions. During crossexamination, the attorneys stand in such a way as to require the witness to face away from the jury, thereby creating a sense of distance between the witness and the decision makers. Those less aware of the impact of their physical positioning can become a visual distraction by their movement or position. Sometimes they remain seated during the examination of their own witness, which means the witness looks away from the jury. Remaining seated may also be seen as a sign of disrespect, something jurors may not appreciate. Still others turn their back to the jury box and block a direct view of the witness or evidence or move about so much that their actions are distracting. Other times, they miss important opportunities to force witnesses to make critical eye contact with the jury or to allow the jury to notice that the witness is unable to make eye contact with them. Given the size of the well in many courtrooms, it may be necessary to get close to the jury to avoid audiovisual equipment, exhibits, the court reporter or the counsel table. The Litigation opposite may also be true. These are obstacles that need to be factored into control of the courtroom and a strategy developed. Generally, if the attorney is not successful in navigating the obstacles in his or her physical environment, or if by movement he or she becomes too great a distraction, a trial judge may assign the attorney a place behind a podium at some pre-determined distance. Staging in the arena is important Courtroom positioning is one element of a successful trial. It cannot overcome bad facts or problem witnesses, but it can and does contribute to the outcome of cases. To the extent it matters, the critical factors for an attorney to consider in deciding where to stand during the trial include: (1) the ability of witnesses to make eye contact with the jury; (2) the physical distance between the attorney and the jury at key points during the case; (3) the ability to easily and clearly hear the attorney s questions and the witness answers (i.e., the directional qualities of hearing); (4) the ability of the advocate to orchestrate and control the flow of communication between the witness, the jury and him or herself effectively; (5) the symbolism and timing of movement for effect; and (6) the impact of movement on subjective feelings such as ease, determination, modesty, anger, etc. 9 1.Graham, Ordering Law: The Architectural and Social History of the English Law Court to 1914 (Ashgate Publishing Co., 2003), p See Jeffrey S. Wolfe, The Effect of Location in the Courtroom on Jury Perception of Lawyer Performance, 21 Pepp.L. Rev. 731 (1994) 3.Wolfe, Toward a Unified Theory of Courtroom Design Criteria: The Effect of Courtroom Design on Adversarial Interaction (1995) Vol. 18, Am. J. of Trial Advocacy, pg Hall, The Hidden Dimension xi (1982) at pgs Wolfe, supra at note 3, pgs Sheresky, On Trial, Masters of the Courtroom 13 (1977) 7. The ability to move within the well is governed by the rules of a particular court and judge and may vary widely both within a court and jurisdiction. 8. Hall, The Hidden Dimension xi (1982) 9. Wolfe, supra at note 3, pg.610; Van der Ryn, An Analysis of Courtroom Design Criteria (1967) 52 Judicature 150 For more information visit: MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 11

12 Law Library News Spotlight on the Collection: Classic Secondary Sources Kate Fitz, Public Services Librarian, Sacramento County Public Law Library This month s spotlight focuses on some of the standard research sets we feature at the Sacramento County Law Library. Newer lawyers, whose research leans toward Westlaw, Lexis, or other online sources, may not be familiar with the wealth of wisdom contained in these sets. The more experienced members of the bar are probably familiar with them, but may not have revisited them recently. Even though the cases they discuss are all available online, we keep these sets because of the valueadded by their publishers. It may seem paradoxical to claim that starting with that these books instead of an online search can actually save time, but even the most computer-savvy lawyer may find it to be true, especially in unfamiliar areas. The authors and editors of these sets do some of the work for you by paring the world of potentially relevant cases 12 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL 2012 down to a select few pertinent, influential cases on your topic. They then continue to update the research to ensure that these cases are still the best available. Here are a few for your consideration. Am Jur (American Jurisprudence) 2d is an exhaustive national encyclopedia. While its text discusses law in a generalized manner, it includes footnote references to relevant state and federal decisions. It is a useful starting place to get an overview of the law on a particular topic, for comparing the laws of different jurisdictions, and for finding touchstone California cases. Once you have found that one good case, Am Jur makes it easy to cross reference it. Since Am Jur is published by West, cases are classified by key number so you can go straight to the right topic in Westlaw or the West California digest. Cal Jur (California Jurisprudence) 3d works the same way, but focuses on California law. You will find Am Jur in our general collection and Cal Jur in our California area; both also are available via Westlaw. Am Jur 2d is more than just an encyclopedia for background research. Several companion publications offer more practical assistance with litigation and transactional work. Am Jur Pleading and Practice Forms provides templates for pleadings, motions, and other legal documents to fit an immense set of situations. The templates are created for use in any jurisdiction, so users should confirm that they are appropriate under California law and procedure. Checklists of many procedures are also included. The notes may refer to applicable statutes or rules and are keyed to Am Jur 2d and the West Key Number Digest for further research. Am Jur Proof of Facts 3d covers the required elements and appropriate proof for a wide range of civil litigation and selected criminal defense topics, including personal injury/torts, employment litigation (discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination), real estate litigation, business torts, and commercial litigation. This set is not organized alphabetically like an encyclopedia. Instead, new articles are added on topics of current interest. Older articles are kept up to date with new developments and the topics are cross-referenced to AmJur 2d and other West products. Am Jur Trials provides detailed discussion of actual techniques and strategies in hundreds of informative

13 Surfing From River City: Moving Tips! Websites to Help Plan a Move By Robyn M. Moltzen, Public Services Librarian, Sacramento County Public Law Library The Sacramento County Public Law Library recently moved to 609 9th Street. Luckily, we had the expertise within Sacramento County to help facilitate the move and ensure a successful and relatively stress free relocation. Others may not be so fortunate. Here a few websites that may be helpful to you if you are planning a future move either at home or at your law firm. 13 Unique Moving Announcements Once you ve settled into your new space, use a unique moving announcement as a creative, memorable way to make sure your friends and family update their records. Choosing a Professional Mover The California Attorney General s website has some general information on choosing a professional mover, including basic information on moving costs and liability issues. oving.php Moving a Law Firm: Checklist An attorney developed this checklist to help law firms execute their move more easily. cklist-for-moving-your-law-firm/ Moving Tips This article has informative tips that help prepare the mover move into another home, including tips on how to evaluate items and de-clutter so you don t take all that junk with you. get-ready-to-move.html Movers Guide from the USPS Officially change your address through the United States Postal Service online movers guide and get instant access to over $500 in valuable coupons. https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/icoamain-flow.do?execution=e1s1 MyMove.com This website is a good starting place for anyone planning a move. It includes catalog forwarding services, links to neighborhood deals and information, and other tools and offers. Prepare Your Child for a Move Kids sometimes need time and special attention during a move. This website has some good tips to help make the process less stressful for everyone. k/move.html Tips for Moving a Law Firm Check out this article for informative tips on moving a law firm to a new location. It includes information on finding and negotiating the right office space. model trial articles, which cover both procedural topics -- from the initial client interview to post-trial motions to substantive topics, such as personal injury, business, and criminal litigation. It also covers specific trial techniques, such as preparing and presenting evidence, making an opening statement, and giving a closing argument. Like Proof of Facts, new articles in Trials are added by current interest rather than inserted alphabetically. For transactional forms, Am Jur Legal Forms: State and Federal includes samples of forms on hundreds of transactional topics. It also includes notes, illustrative completed forms, and research references. Another classic is American Law Reports (ALR). ALR, which is currently in its sixth edition, is not a comprehensive encyclopedia. Instead, it examines individual topics in depth. Each article (or annotation ) starts with a representative case, which is reprinted in full. The author then annotates the case in great detail, discussing legal issues and attempting to collect and analyze all of the cases discussing the topic. Older articles are kept up to date via pocket parts and frequently are superseded entirely by more recent articles on similar topics. While these articles are not Californiaspecific, they attempt to cover all states, and will contain references to California cases and statutes as appropriate. Since 1960, federal issues have been covered separately in American Law Reports, Federal. ALR is also published by West and cross-references the West key number system and other West publications. Causes of Action (COA) 2d is another West publication that provides articles on current topics, with a focus on practical information about the elements of a cause of action. It contains a brief action guide that presents critical points an attorney must be familiar with. It also contains research references, a table of cases arranged by jurisdiction, an overview of the law and its elements, procedural guides, practice tips, checklists, and a sample complaint. This article touches on just some of the fantastic secondary sources available at the Law Library. If you enjoy starting your research in books, you will find them in our general collection. If you re a computer researcher, you can find them in the Law Library s Westlaw subscription. Come in and get acquainted or re-acquainted with these great sets. MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 13

14 Law Library News County Law Library Relocates to 9th Street The Sacramento County Law Library, which has been housed at the old Hall of Justice building on Sixth Street for the last 10 years, has moved to a new facility located at 609 9th Street. The new facility is located just northeast of the courthouse right behind the District Attorney s office. Sacramento County, whose lease at the Hall of Justice had expired, was unable to negotiate a new lease with the building s owners, forcing it to find a suitable new building. The Law Library will be the only tenant in this, facility which was completely remodeled for this purpose. Customers will enjoy plentiful metered parking surrounding the building. The training center will expand with additional seating. You may recall this building had a "decorative" brick facade surrounding it. I am pleased to report that the wall has been removed. Come and see our new facility! Our hours are the same: Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Visit us on the web: Photographs showing the new Sacramento County Law Library building at the corner of 9th and F Streets in downtown Sacramento being renovated for its new tenant Coral Henning, Director, Sacramento County Public Law Library 14 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL 2012

15 President s Messages - continued from page 7 tional judicial officer positions already approved by the federal government, but that these positions have yet to be funded. The Eastern District also needs funding for staff to support these positions, he said, so more funding for the courts appears to be the key. Judge England said there were approximately 11 new attorney position openings at the Sacramento U.S. Attorney s office and a couple of openings at the Federal Defender offices in Sacramento and Fresno as well. The crisis is just as dire in California. State courts are the nation s preeminent instrument for the ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice. Justice is the great cement of society. According to the American Bar Association, state courts are where over 96% of our country s litigation gets resolved. Presiding Justice Vance Raye also provided a similar report on the status of the Third District Court of Appeals to the SCBA Board. Justice Ra ye focused on the budgetary issues as well and the appellate court s efforts to reduce expenses. For example, he said, there is a vacant judicial position on the Third District Court of Appeals, and the savings from not staffing that position is helping to balance the Third DCA s budget. As these cost savings measures are put in place, he said, it is the parties who feel the effect when their appeals are heard later and later. The SCBA is on the forefront of this judicial crisis. The SCBA is a member of the Open Courts Coalition, a joint effort by the California State Bar and the Administrative Office of the Courts to increase funding for the California judicial system. Some key facts are eye-popping. California courts have absorbed major budget cuts amounting to $653 million since These cuts amount to a 23% reduction in total funding to the courts. Although the courts have found numerous ways to absorb these cuts, there is a current $300 million shortfall in the funding level necessary to provide even the most basic court services. These cuts affect hundreds of staff positions, as well as every Californian s access to justice. The Open Courts Coalition is seeking to maintain an appropriate level of funding for California courts, amounting to a three-year, phased-in restoration of $150 million in budget cuts. To that end, the Open Courts Coalition created a video explaining the dire consequences of decreased funding of the California court system, which you can view by going to: This video was distributed to legislators who are key to providing additional funding for state courts. The Open Courts Coalition recently held a rally in downtown Los Angeles to publicize the plight of Californians when their courts are not fully funded. The rally was supported by a number of labor organizations and received favorable press in the way of a L.A. Times op- ed piece supportive of increased funding. Without adequate court funding, Californians cannot get access to justice. If Californians can t get access to justice, justice is neither equal nor fair. SCBA membership allows you to be on the ground floor of these initiatives. SCBA has been an integral part of the Open Courts Coalition, which includes past president Mike Levy as a member. The SCBA Board has adopted a resolution to support the efforts of the Open Courts Coalition, which can be found on page 25 in this issue of the Sacramento Lawyer. And what, you may ask, can I do to address this crisis? We are asking the SCBA membership to watch the video and then talk with your local legislators about the need to increase funding for the courts. This is not an issue of whether spending should go to education or the courts to human services or the courts. Without fully funded courts, Californians cannot address the educational or human services issues that they face. Regardless of what field of law you practice, if the justice system is not fully funded, the accused must wait for justice, children must wait for courts to issue custody orders, victims must wait to seek restraining orders, and businesses must wait to have their rights addressed, which could lead to layoffs. Bar associations provide attorneys with the opportunity to effect change to improve the justice system. The justice system is under attack. And when someone attacks the justice system, we, the lawyers, must answer the challenge and protect it. SCBA is asking its members to answer the challenge by publicizing the plight and working to obtain more funding. Another aspect of SCBA s connection to the judiciary that you may not be aware of is the SCBA s Judiciary Committee. Like the governors before him, Governor Brown asks that the SCBA Judiciary Committee investigate and provide feedback on candidates for the Sacramento County bench or the Third District Court of Appeals. The investigation will make inquiries into the following attributes: integrity and character; judgment and intellectual capacity; honesty; objectivity; adaptability; fairness; experience; industry and diligence; judicial temperament; general reputation in the community; and civic and community activities. The Judiciary Committee seeks confidential commentary from the local bench, opposing counsel, and other attorneys in the legal community who have some familiarity with the candidates. After the commentary is reviewed, the Judiciary Committee meets with each candidate for an interview. The Committee then submits a report with its findings and recommendations to the Governor. The Governor considers this opinion along with comments from the State Bar s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE Commission), and other sources before making an appointment. SCBA s ability to comment on candidates provides a service to the Sacramento legal community. As an SCBA member, you are able to get up-to-date information regarding judicial issues, whether that be new procedures, courtroom assignments, or issues that you can take steps to address. Your SCBA is assisting its local benches to make court experiences better for the parties and the attorneys that use the Sacramento courts. MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 15

16 Incivil practice, the best advocacy often comes from lawyers with great storytelling skills who know how to use both dramatic narrative and appropriate humor to punctuate critical points. In criminal cases, by contrast, the apologues frequently tell themselves and the tragic circumstances seldom leave room for levity. Thus, while narrative and comedic talents can be useful in criminal practice, something else is needed to get the optimum results in the realm of crime and punishment. Renowned Sacramento attorney William Bill Portanova has managed to harness and embody that extra something, both as the accomplished prosecutor that he was and as the now sought-after criminal defense attorney that he is today. Yet, like great civil practitioners, his natural modesty prevents him from being too boastful about it. 16 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL 2012 Profiles Lawyer Lore: Criminal Defense Attorney William Bill Portanova Sacramento attorney William Bill Portanova By Brendan J. Begley I arrived knowing nothing, but was tutored by a generation of cops and prosecutors from the old school who gave me some great advice, Bill recalled. He counts many of those as being such mentors, including former prosecutor and now retired Judge Richard Gilmour, the late District Attorney John Dougherty, and retired Sacramento Police Department Detective Dave Poroli. Those old-timers at the DA s office and at Sacto PD and the Sheriff s Department taught me three important things, Bill elaborated. First, if you re not having fun in this job, you re doing it wrong. Second, if it doesn t feel right, it s probably wrong. And third, it s never too late to do the right thing. The factual record supports Bill s account of his development and proves the validity of the advice he followed. While attending McGeorge Law School, he interned at the Sacramento County District Attorney s Office, but went to work instead at a large civil firm in Los Angeles when he graduated in After a couple months in the trappings of that ivory tower, Bill knew his true calling was to practice criminal law and not just anywhere, but here in the state s capital. I ve always loved practicing law in Sacramento because the gestalt here is do the right thing, Bill explained. We have the best criminal bar in California, and the level of collegiality here is a model for other jurisdictions. While lawyers on both sides of the aisle here are tough and competitive, the practice is civilized and respectful and operates on a handshake. That s a good thing for Bill since, according to him, his inaugural foray into the fire pit could have been much different otherwise. On his first day as a prosecutor in the DA s office, Bill s supervisor assigned him to a DUI jury trial that was set to commence that morning. I read the file as I walked across the street to the courthouse, and we started picking a jury as soon as I got there, Bill chuckled. Once the jury was impaneled, the judge told the jurors what was going to happen next which was great for me, because I had no idea. Bill managed to get a conviction, a result he humbly attributes to the soundness of the arresting officer s testimony and not to his own capabilities as a fledgling attorney. If Bill thought securing a verdict in that case would win him some time to find his bearings before his next trial, he was wrong. The next morning I was given another trial, again in front of Judge Lawrence Marvin and when that one concluded, my very next trial was also in front of Judge Marvin, Bill remembered. By the end of my third week in the DA s office, I had tried three cases in front of the same judge. As much as Bill enjoyed trials in the Sacramento County Superior Court, he decided to expand his horizons in 1987 by prosecuting drug dealers in federal court. He ultimately went to work fulltime as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1991, where he litigated gang and drug cases for many years. During that time, he saw plenty of examples of folks in the criminal-justice system engaging in acts of civility. There was this one convict who was being sent to prison for 15 years, and his fiancé was in the gallery at the sentencing hearing, Bill said. He asked the judge to marry them before he was taken away, and I wound up being a witness on their marriage certificate. Sometime later, Bill decided to become a defense attorney. He cited former prosecutor Wayne Ordos as part of the inspiration for that switch. Ordos, who went on to head the state s Fair Political Practices Commission, did it old school and firmly believed that if it doesn t feel right then it s probably wrong, Bill noted. The change felt right to Bill at the time, and it has not felt wrong to him ever since then. Bill s practice as a defense attorney has led him to move

17 Profiles in some contrasting circles. For example, while defending correctional officers who had been accused of staging fights between inmates at Corcoran State Prison, Bill met or interviewed notorious individuals like Sirhan Sirhan, Juan Corona, and Charles Manson. In the same year that he interrogated the leader of the Manson Family at a state penitentiary, Bill shook hands with the then-leader of the free world, President Clinton, at a local Air Force base. When asked if the cops and prosecutors with whom he forged such close bonds ever second-guessed his decision to become a defense attorney, Bill had this to say: The more you understand our criminal-justice system, the more you realize there is no black-and-white and that good people sometimes do bad things. Moreover, you don t have to be guilty to be investigated. Those of us who work in the system know that it works best with an adversarial process, and efficiency and clarity are promoted by having capable lawyers of good will on both sides. While Bill is well known for representing high-profile alleged offenders, he also is generous in providing counsel to less affluent individuals. Bill s credibility with everyone in a courtroom is an asset to anyone he represents. Regardless of their station in life, Bill s clients most often do not desire publicity in terms of the services he provides. This means that most of Bill s best work goes unnoticed by others. But neither that circumstance nor Bill s modesty have slowed the progress of his well-deserved reputation as a top-notch defense attorney. Judges, jurors, other lawyers, news and court reporters, and cops who have seen him in action make sure that the people they care about find their way to Bill when they are in need of such trusted expertise. Bill not only is a champion of the accused, he is an exemplary model of Sacramento s lawyer lore. Brendan J. Begley is a former chair of the SCBA Appellate Law Section and head of the Appeal and Writs Group at Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin Law Corporation. He is also a California State Bar certified appellate law specialist. The Barristers' Club of Sacramento Presents Its Annual Motion for Summary Judgment Seminar The Honorable Richard Sims III, Associate Justice for California s Third District Court of Appeal (Ret.), will provide a comprehensive review of summary judgment practice including recent developments in the law. This seminar is valuable to both new practitioners and experienced litigators. It will serve as an excellent introduction or refresher course on summary judgment practice, all told from the unique perspective of a former sitting justice from the court of appeal. Time: Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (The seminar will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. Please arrive by 4:45 p.m. to register.) A reception with beverages and light appetizers will follow. Place: Downey Brand LLP 621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor Sacramento, CA Cost: $30.00 per person Please make checks payable to "Barristers' Club of Sacramento," and mail to: Attn: Amanda Gimbel Murphy Campbell Guthrie & Alliston 8801 Folsom Blvd., Suite 230 Sacramento, CA MCLE: 1.0 hour of MCLE Credit RSVP: Please RSVP by March 26, 2012 to Amanda Gimbel at or (916) MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 17

18 Sacramento Third District Court of Appeal Justice Ronald B. Robie, a leader in California s water conservation and regulation for the last five decades, has been honored with a special State Water Project distinction. In September, the California Water Commission unanimously Cover Story State Water Project Facility Re-Named in Justice Robie s Honor By Shama H. Mesiwala and Matthew J. Smith Photo credit: California Department of Water Resources Photography Unit Kim Robie (who is Todd s wife), Todd Robie (Robie s son who is an attorney in Sac), Lynn Robie (Justice Robie s wife ), Justice Robie, and Melissa Robie (Robie s daughter who is a paralegal in Sac) following the unanimous vote by the California Water Commission to rename the pumping plant in Justice Robie s honor Retired Presiding Justice Art Scotland and Justice Ron Robie following the California Water Commission s unanimous vote to rename the pumping plant in Justice Robie s honor voted to rename the State Water Project s Thermalito Pumping-Generating Plant the Ronald B. Robie Thermalito Pumping-Generating Plant. The pumping-generating plant is part of the greater Oroville-Thermalito Complex, a group of facilities, structures, canals and reservoirs including Lake Oroville -- located in and around the city of Oroville in Butte County. The complex, which holds 3.5 million acre-feet of water, or trillion gallons, serves as the headwaters for the State Water Project, the largest publicly built and operated water and power development and conveyance system in the nation. The pump-generating plant works with two other plants (the Edward Hyatt and the Thermalito Diversion Dam power plants) to produce power during peak demand peri- 18 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL 2012 ods, while conserving water during low demand periods. Conservation is achieved when water, which has been released to generate power during low demand periods, is pumped back into Lake Oroville for re-storage and use during peak demand periods. Construction on the pumpinggenerating plant began in 1964 and was completed in The pumping-generating plant was re-named in Justice Robie s honor in recognition of his significant and long-lasting contributions to California water law and management, including serving as director of the California Department of Water Resources. It was an honor originally proposed by Justice Robie s good friend and colleague, retired Third District Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Arthur Scotland. Serving as director of Water Resources was a great experience, Justice Robie said. I am overwhelmed that the Water Commission would honor me in this way. Justice Robie began his distinguished public-service career in 1960, two years after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley in journalism and marrying his wife, Lynn DeForest. He came to Sacramento at the time from

19 Cover Story Oakland as a Ford Foundation legislative intern and soon became a committee consultant to the Assembly Water Committee, serving under its chair, Carley Porter, one of the Legislature s senior water leaders. Justice Robie worked with Assemblyman Porter in drafting the Burns-Porter Act, which authorized the issuance of $1.75 billion in general obligation bonds to finance construction of California s State Water Project. State voters approved the bond issue, which paved the way for construction of the mammoth state-run water and power system we know today. While working for the Water Committee, Justice Robie earned his Juris Doctor degree at Pacific McGeorge School of Law, graduating first in his class in It was during this time that Justice Robie and his wife Lynn had their two children -- Todd in 1961 and Melissa in In 1969, Justice Robie s last year as a consultant to the Water Committee, the Legislature passed the Porter- Cologne Water Quality Control Act, which Justice Robie played a major role in drafting. The act is recognized as one of the nation s strongest pieces of anti-pollution legislation, and parts of it were used by Congress as the basis for the Federal Clean Water Act. Because of the California water law and policy expertise Justice Robie gained in his many years working in the State Legislature, he was appointed in 1969 by Governor Ronald Reagan to the State Water Resources Control Board, a regulatory body with jurisdiction over water rights and water quality. During the six years Justice Robie served on the Board, it issued important decisions on environmental protection for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the New Melones Dam area, and the American River. In 1975, while Justice Robie was serving as the vice chair to the State Water Resources Control Board, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed him Director of the Department of Water Resources. Under Justice Robie s seven-year tenure, the department developed innovative water conservation programs, ensured reliable power for the State Water Project, and drafted legislation for state water facilities. In 1976 and 1977, Justice Robie guided the state through the worst draught in state history. Under Justice Robie s leadership, the Department created the Office of Water Conservation, which spearheaded major urban and agricultural water conservation efforts to cope with the Picture from November 1982 showing Former Governor Edmund G. Pat Brown and then Governor Edmund G. Jerry Brown, Jr. with Director Robie during a ceremony renaming the California Aqueduct the Governor Edmund G. Brown California Aqueduct. Department of Water Resources Director Robie signing a contract for the Napa agreement on the North Bay Aqueduct in December of The aqueduct is an underground pipeline that runs from the Delta to the Cordelia Forebay, just outside of Vallejo, where the water is pumped to Napa County. MARCH/APRIL 2012 SACRAMENTO LAWYER 19

20 Cover Story drought. Those conservation efforts have resulted in residents using significantly less water per capita even today. Under Justice Robie s direction, the Department also secured reliable power supplies for the State Water Project independent of private utility companies, including contracting for coal power and pioneering the use of wind energy. Among Justice Robie s most significant contributions to securing California s water future was in leading the legislative effort to build a peripheral canal that would improve water delivery reliability for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The legislation authorizing the canal and necessary environmental protection measures passed the Legislature in 1980 by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses and was later signed by Governor Brown. Although the legislation was eventually overturned by a 1982 referendum, Justice Robie continues to believe the canal is the most environmentally sound solution to providing water transfer to the Delta and protecting and enhancing the Delta environment. After serving as director for seven years, Justice Robie was appointed in 1983 to the Sacramento Municipal Court bench by Governor Brown. Three years later, he successfully ran for a seat on the superior court. In his 19 years on the trial bench, Justice Robie became known for the same qualities he brought to the legislative and executive branches -- his intelligence, leadership, and seemingly limitless supply of energy. He served in virtually every trial court assignment, including civil writs, where he presided over environmental and water law cases. He was elected to a two-year term as presiding judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court by his fellow jurists in 1994 and served as acting presiding judge in In 2002, Justice Robie took on yet another challenge when he was appointed to his current position as an associate justice on the Third District Court of Appeal Governor Gray Davis. In his decade on the appellate-court bench, Justice Robie has continued to leave his mark on California water law by authoring a number of significant water-related decisions. In his first year as an appellate court judge, Justice Robie wrote the opinion in People v. Murrison (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 349, where the court held that even appropriative water rights acquired before 1914 (when the Water Commission Act was enacted to provide an orderly administrative process for the appropriation of unappropriated water rights within the state) were subject to reasonable regulation by the state, including exercise of the regulatory Director Robie with Department of Water Resources Deputy Director Gerald Meral (left) and former Department of Water Resources Director Willaim E. Person attending the Alamo Powerplant groundbreaking ceremony in April The Alamo Powerplant, located south of Bakersfield, is one of five hydroelectric power plants that serve the State Water Project, the system of resevoirs, lakes and canals which stores, transfers and supplies water to two-thirds of California s residents. 20 SACRAMENTO LAWYER MARCH/APRIL 2012

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