1 SEBAMB Southeast District Bar Association Member Bulletin Bulletin MemberBullvnlsnglwnslsnlawBulletinBulletin Southeast District Bar Association and Lawyer Referral Service Issue 1 February 2012 This Month s Meeting - February 22 Join us for an evening with the Honorable James P. Gray He was once a determined drug warrior, but now former Assistant US Attorney and Superior Court Judge James P. Gray believes the time has come to take marijuana out of the black market and regulate it instead. James P. Gray has been a trial judge in Orange County, California since Before becoming a judge, he served as a Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney in the Navy JAG Corps, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, and a civil litigation attorney in a private law firm, in addition to being a Republican candidate for US Congress in 1998, and a Libertarian candidate for US Senate in Judge Gray has discussed issues of drug policy on more than two hundred television and radio shows and public forums all across the country. Using his experience on the bench and elsewhere, he has also authored a book on the failed War on Drugs, another Wearing the Robe about practical and ethical issues in being a judge, and has composed a musical that encourages young people to expand their horizons and live a fuller life. The former Orange County judge filed a new voter initiative that will regulate and tax marijuana like wine, keep it from those under 21 years of age and provide for billions of new dollars in state sales tax from the regulated sales of marijuana. A copy of Judge Gray's voter initiative and one minute video can be viewed at the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine website: regulatemarijuanalikewine.com. Where: Rio Hondo Country Club HoSTED BY: Old Rive School Road J. KELSO LINDSAY, ESQ. Downey, CA AND When: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Jacobsma & Brau Hosted Social Hour 5:30 p.m. Dinner and Program 6:30 p.m. Cost: Members with RSVP $35.00 (pre-pay by VISA/MasterCard) by 10/24/2011 Non-Member $45.00 RSVP required by 12 noon on Monday, February 20, 2011 Please call Irma Puente at (562)
2 Page 2 SEBAMB Southeast District Bar Association Member Bulletin Events and Meetings are open to non-lawyers March 21, 2012 April 25, 2012 May 23, 2012 June 27, 2012 July 25, 2012 August 22, 2012 September 26, 2012 October 24, 2012 November 28, 2012 December, 2012 Guest Speaker: Charles B. Rosenberg, Esq. Legal Fiction Author - Movie and Film Industry Consultant State of the Courts Address by Hon. Yvonne Sanchez Presiding Judge of the Southeast District T o be announced Poker Tournament/Open House Judges and Past Presidents Night Rio Hondo Country Club Old River School Road Downey, CA 5:30 p.m., Social Hour 6:30 p.m., Dinner/Program
3 Page 3 SEBAMB Southeast District Bar Association Member Bulletin PRESIDENT S MESSAGE Last month we celebrated at the 49 th Annual Installation and Awards Gala. This was a great event thanks to the hard work and contributions of many including Past-President Del Hovden and Master of Ceremonies Mario Trujillo, and always supportive Southeast District bench officers such as Judge Yvonne Sanchez, Judge Peter Espinoza, and Judge John Torribio. When planning the Installation, I made a conscious decision to not have a keynote speaker. This was done to both keep the event within reasonable time parameters but more importantly, to focus the attention on the hard-working and dedicated attorneys and judicial officers of the Southeast District. It was a true pleasure to have our bar association recognize the well-deserving honorees: Attorney of the Year Lillian Vega Jacobs, Judicial Officer of the Year Commissioner Burt Barnett and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. Each of these individuals has contributed to the professional yet congenial spirit enjoyed in our local Courts and provided excellent service to the community in the process. Our first general membership meeting of 2012 will be on February 22, 2012 at Rio Hondo Event Center. We are moving the meetings to an earlier time with the hosted social hour starting at 5:30 pm and the dinner & program starting at 6:30 pm. These meetings are a great opportunity to earn MCLE credits, network with other attorneys and simply enjoy the company of the attorneys and judicial officers of the Southeast District. Attendance at a minimum of 5 meetings is also mandatory for all LRS members. However, we all have work, families and other commitments to attend to as well. So this year it is one of my goals to be sure these meetings are completed no later than 8:00 pm (and hopefully closer to 7:30 pm). Our February Meeting Speaker is Superior Court Judge James P. Gray. Judge Gray was once a selfdescribed drug warrior, but now this former Assistant US Attorney and Superior Court Judge believes the time has come to take marijuana out of the black market and regulate it instead. Come join us to learn more on this controversial and current issue which is sure to spark some debate. Yours, Jennifer Lumsdaine
4 Page 4 It s not too late to join Bar Membership* $125 You do NOT need to be an attorney to join this organization. Get the application on line at our website OR contact Irma LRS** and Bar Membership $270 - Lawyer Referral Services and Bar Member Increase your business, join the LRS for referrals. [Restrictions apply] **As an LRS member, you are required to attend a minimum number of SEDBA General Bar Meetings for which MCLE credit is given. Your office must be within the Southeast District to be on the LRS Panel.
5 Page 5 ADVOCACY LAW CENTER - J. KELSO LINDSAY, ESQ. And JACOBSMA & BRAU Thank you for your continued support and participation!! To sponsor an upcoming meeting, please contact Irma at (562) DON T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR BAR MEMBERSHIPLRS PANEL MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE
6 Page Bar Sustaining Firm Membership: Jacobsma & Brau Paul D. Brau, Esq. Jennifer C. Carter, Esq. Kim Bradley Jacobsma, Esq. Laila Havre Jacobsma, Esq. Jerry D. Turner, Esq. Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle Joseph Lumsdaine, Esq. Jennifer Lumsdaine Esq. Monica Goel, Esq. Roy J. Jimenez, Esq. Jacobs & Vega, PLC Robert F. Jacobs, Esq. Jay Chung, Esq. Lillian Vega-Jacobs, Esq. Bar Sustaining Membership: David Ribeiro, Esq. Thank you for your continued support and participation!!
7 Page 7 ATTENTION SEDBA COMMUNITY SIGN UP TO JOIN THE LRS OR ENROLL IN MORE PANELS... IF YOU QUALIFY ATTORNEYS ARE NEEDED FOR ALL PRACTICE AREAS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: Educational Law Labor Law - Wrongful Termination, Harassment, etc. Identity Theft Juvenile Law Entertainment Law Consumer Law Business Law - Banking Law Military Law Administrative Law Tax Law GET BUSINESS AND HELP US TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY JOINING THE LRS. OVER 494 REFERRALS IN 2010!!!! Contact Irma today at for an application or simply visit our website at and download the application to join the LRS.
8 Page 8 ATTENTION SEDBA COMMUNITY YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION AT SEDBA.ORG PLEASE CONTACT IRMA AT THE OFFICE (562) Contact Irma today at for an application or simply visit our website at and download the application to join the Bar Association and/or the Lawyer s Referral Service. You do NOT need to be an attorney to join the Bar Association.
9 SOUTHEAST DISTRICT BAR ASSOCIATION and LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE Norwalk Blvd.. Suite 107 Norwalk, CA Phone: LAW Fax: We re on the web! The SEBAMB is a joint publication of the Southeast District Bar Association and the Lawyer Referral Service. The SEBAMB welcomes and encourages articles and letters from readers. Please send them to Norwalk Blvd., Suite 107, Norwalk, CA SEDBA and LRS reserves the right to edit articles and letters sent in for publication. All editorial material, including editorial comment, appearing herein represents the views of the respective authors and does not necessarily carry the endorsement of SEDBA, LRS or the Board of Trustees. Likewise, the publication of any advertisement is not to be construed as an endorsement of the product or service unless it is specifically stated in the ad that there is such approval or endorsement Southeast District Bar 2012 Officers Association Board Jennifer Lumsdaine, President Laila Havre Jacobsma, President-Elect Alex Saab, Vice President Diana Fukushima, Secretary-Treasurer Del Hovden, Past President PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR DETAILS IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADVERTISE IN OUR MONTHLY NEWS LETTER Trustees Eber Bayona Jeff Bretoi John A. Bunnett Jay Chung Roy Jimenez J. Kelso Lindsay Maria Puente-Porras Barbara Soto
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