Mar 04, 2018
The March Scoop
The Gossip According to Matthew
Mar 04, 2018
By Matt White
What's on the Events Calendar for March? ADA Nicole Pantaleo will be chairing the Soroptimist Ruby Awards (“Women Helping Women”) on March 8, at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Tim Nardell will be the keynote speaker at this year’s MCBA and Legal Aid of Marin pro bono luncheon on March 28, at the Four Points Sheraton. (Many other MCBA lawyers, too numerous to name here, will also be featured honorees.) Ayanna Jenkins-Toney was honored with the prestigious “Solo Practitioner of the Year” award for 2018 from the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL). Her award will be presented on April 28 at the Association’s annual conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville.
You need to know this: Under Business & Professions Code §6128, a lawyer is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by jail time, if the lawyer “[w]illfully delays his client’s suit with a view to his own gain.” You can amuse yourself by thinking of all the times your opposing counsel (or you) could have been locked away. In fact, consider this scenario: The judge suggests April 1st as a trial date. You say, “I have a vacation planned that week. How about April 8th?” Aren’t you delaying your client’s suit for your own gain? I’m not sure, but you may want to bring your toothbrush to the hearing, just in case.
The Baby Boom continues! Katie and Charles Dresow are ecstatic over the birth of Jack William Dresow, born February 19th. Charlie handles criminal defense out of the Ragghianti Freitas enterprise. Football and rugby scouts are already skulking about the family residence.
If you see a judge on the bench without a robe, I suggest a citizen’s arrest. Under Government Code §68110, “[e]very judge of a court of this state shall, in open court during the presentation of causes before him or her, wear a judicial robe, which the judge shall furnish at his or her own expense.” So now you know.
Forgiveness pioneer Eileen Barker has joined Monty White LLP as “of counsel.” Eileen will continue her work in the forgiveness movement as well as her high-conflict mediation practice.
What a relief! The Civic Center cafeteria has reopened for business. It had been closed briefly by the Health Department after rodents overran the joint. Gary Klein’s article in the IJ featured this lede: “Marin County’s seat of government has been overrun by out-of-control spongers feeding relentlessly on public resources. Not only that, they’re leaving their droppings everywhere.” Good writing, Gary.
Matt White, a principal of Monty White LLP, is a personal injury attorney and mediator.