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November/December 2016

Fredericka McGee

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2016 SCBA Distinguished Attorney of the Year

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EDITOR’S MESSAGE Betsy S. Kimball Editior-in-Chief

Goodness by Betsy S. Kimball


2005, my daughter (then in high school) and I made our only trip to Israel. My daughter was well aware of my views on Arab/Israeli relations. So I purposely hired a guide whose views were way different from mine and asked him to get us out to meet people with whom he was aligned (in addition, of course, to showing us the tourist highlights). This was just before the Israeli government turned over Gaza to Palestinian governance. There were daily demonstrations and some violence. Our guide outdid himself. We sat in homes and offices, shared meals, and listened quietly to people who said things that were so harsh that even I was shocked. On our way home from Israel, we stopped in Poland and took the train down to at Auschwitz. Our planned “decompression” trip-end stop in London was just days after the bombings in the central city. On the flight home, I resolved to work harder at trying to bring more goodness into my little world. This, the foregoing, is my introduction to the article that did not get written for this issue of the magazine. (All of the authors and editors who bring you the content of this magazine are volunteers with busy day jobs.) The unwritten article is about opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono services to others, i.e., here are programs in which you can volunteer; this is how you sign up; it’s easy; you can do it. As I have written here repeatedly, we

lawyers are so privileged by our education, our talent, our affluence—and, after all, it is the season of giving. So while I am trying to organize the Comprehensive All-Time A-1 Best Guide to Pro Bono Opportunities, there are things we all can do. The SCBA has a Pro Bono Legal Services Committee, chaired by Sil Reggiardo. Vicki Jacobs at VLSP is always in need of volunteer attorneys (see and click on the “volunteer” tab). We can be motivated by VLSP volunteer Helen Geoffroy (see p. 12). The California Bar has a resources page: http://www. The SCBA’s Movers & Shakers Division organizes non-lawyer volunteer opportunities. Associate Editor Ellen Arabian-Lee and I have begun planning the March/ April 2017 issue of this magazine. While it will be tough to top the issues Ellen produced on attorney athletes (2016) and attorney artists (2015), March/April 2017 will headline attorney volunteers, not limited to pro bono work, but volunteer work of all kinds. We need your help to identify the lawyers whom the issue should feature. Suggestions? Contact Ellen ( or me (editor@ Congratulations to the SCBA’s 2016 Distinguished Attorney of the Year, Fredericka McGee. Happy and safe holidays. Consider a year-end resolution to bring more goodness into your own world in 2017.

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COVER STORY 18 The SCBA 2016 Distinguished Attorney of the Year Fredericka McGee EVENTS 8

SABA of Sacramento Hosts Its Ninth Annual Diversity Law Student Reception

10 Sacramento County Bar Association 2016 Bench-Bar Reception 26 ABAS 28th Annual Golf Invitational Tournament Report 28 County Public Law Libraries Celebrate 125 Years of Public Service


ETHICS 14 Three Questions to Ask Yourself if Your Former Client Gives You a Bad Review SECTIONS & AFFILIATES 24 ArtFest 2016 30 Solo/Small Practice Division: Upcoming Events



BARRISTERS’ 16 Barristers’ Club Update VLSP 12 State Government Attorney Helen Geoffroy Wins Prestigious State Bar Award




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fornia Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. SCBA has continued our hospitable reception tradition this year, thanks to Executive Director Mary Burroughs, and won “Best Hospitality Suite” among the other bar associations. Helen Geoffroy was awarded the State Bar’s Pro Bono Award for an individual from a government office. (As a state attorney myself, I love it when an award lauds this almost-unseen group.) Read about her award on page 12. And, SCBA hosted a Lego building contest as part of the festivities—Wendy Green had the winning entry. Congrats to all. Looking back at this year, SCBA has done some truly amazing things. Moving into a new building in January opened up a new event center which has hosted MCLE events, mixers, breakfasts, lunches, and all-day seminars. Kudos to the bar staff for the fantastic polished look of the center and the amazing service to those who use it. The recently created Solo/Small Practice Division, Construction Law Section, and Criminal Law Section were joined this year by a brand new Movers Division, Shakers Division, Ethics Committee, Sports & Leisure Committee, Strategic Plan Task Force, and Centennial

Planning Task Force. June of 2018 will mark SCBA’s 100th anniversary, and we are planning to party! SCBA has become the hub of the regional legal community and shows no sign of slowing down. Make sure you return your renewal to be part of the action for 2017, which will be led most capably by incoming president, Sabrina Thomas. Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff that help forward the mission of the SCBA: TO ENHANCE THE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE, THE LAWYERS WHO SERVE IT, AND THE COMMUNITY SERVED BY IT.

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he South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Sacramento hosted its Ninth Annual Diversity Law Student Reception at Shama Mesiwala’s home in Davis on September 17. The reception, attended by over 160 people, provided the opportunity for law students from all backgrounds to mingle over Indian appetizers with our local judges and attorneys in a relaxed backyard setting. SABA was honored by the attendance of Judge Troy Nunley from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; Presiding Justice Vance Raye, Justice Harry Hull, Justice Ron Robie, Justice William Murray, Jr., and Justice Elena Duarte from the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District; Presiding Judge, Juvenile Division, Stacy Boulware Eurie, Judge Emily Vasquez, Judge Raoul Thorbourne, Judge Thadd Blizzard, Judge Chris Krueger, Judge Bunmi Awoniyi, Judge Jennifer Rockwell and Judge Stephen Acquisto from the Sacramento County Superior Court; Judge Dan Maguire and Judge Sonia Cortes from the Yolo County Superior Court; and Presiding Judge Dian Vorters from the Office of Administrative Hearings. The reception was generously underwritten by Boutin Jones Inc., Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and UC Davis School of Law.

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EVENTS Meredith Garey is a

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u Litigation-Real Estate, 2012, 2013, 2014 David Abbott, the Sacramento County Bar Association Judge of the Year. This was a record year for attendance, as over 600 people came out to enjoy the festivities. The SCBA is grateful to its generous sponsors who made this wonderful event possible. The Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association and Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association generously donated their time 6) 825-9952 F/ the (916) 525-8446 to making event run smoothly. C/ (916) 825-9952 F/ (916) 525-8446 The event also featuredO/a(916) wine 525-8444 95814 auction to benefit the Sacramento Jason Jasmine, SCBA Secretary/Treasurer; Mary Burroughs, SCBA Executive Director; Sabrina 400 Capitolthe Mall / Suite arm 1750 / Thomas, Sacramento, CA 95814 Law Foundation, charitable SCBA 1st Vice President; Abbott; Judge David Abbott, the SCBA 2016 Judge of the Year; Heather Cline Hoganson, SCBA President; & Sil Reggiardo, SCBA 2nd Vice President    Tom Wagner SCBA 2015 of the SCBA, which provides grants to Sacramento County Public Law Library various non-profits that improve the SCBA 2015 administration of justice within the meeting new people. Spirits and food Third Appelate District, and SacramenSacramento region. The wine auction were provided by Classique Catering. to County Superior Court Presiding wasPage a smashing The J. Harrison B. Jazz Trio enhanced the Judge Kevin Culhane presented the Half Ad: success and raised hundreds of dollars the Mediation Sacramento evening with delightful entertainment. annual “state of the court” reports. Joe Genshlea Lawfor and Law Foundation. U.S. District Court Judge Morrison SCBA President Heather Cline September/October 2013 issue MAGAZINE Guests enjoyed music, food and C. England, Jr., Presiding Justice Vance Hoganson presented the Judge 163px -163px Banner Ad of the drink with friends and colleagues, and Raye of the California Court of Appeal, Year award toMAGAZINE Judge Abbott, after his 1/8 page Ad



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introduction by Judge David De Alba, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge De Alba spoke proudly of Judge Ab-

bott’s achievement on the bench and his service to the community, highlighting Judge Abbott’s work on the Sacramento County Veterans Treatment Court.

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ecoming a volunteer with the Voluntary Legal Services Program affords attorneys the opportunity to provide free legal services to the indigent, often in an area of law different from the volunteer’s “day job.” In particular, among our volunteers are many government attorneys whose job it is to provide legal services to federal, state, and local entities. Our program provides a different type of public service opportunity for these attorneys. One such VLSP volunteer was recently recognized for her pro bono work by receiving the State Bar President’s

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Pro Bono Service Award at the 2016 State Bar convention. Helen Geoffroy, an attorney with the California Department of State Hospitals, received this award in the Government Attorney category. Each year, the President of the State Bar of California presents Pro Bono Service awards to “California attorneys…who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client.” Helen received one

FEATURE ARTICLE of only nine awards given for the entire state this year. Upon graduation from law school, Helen quickly became involved with a variety of pro bono activities, including VLSP. She has volunteered at our Debt Collection Defense Clinic and our Employment Law Clinic since 2011. In 2015 alone, Helen donated over 90 hours of her time to VLSP’s clients. In addition to providing client advice and help weekly at our clinics, Helen jumped at the opportunity to serve as a mentor to law students volunteering at VLSP’s Employment Law Clinic. She further went above and beyond when she graciously volunteered to assist us in redrafting almost all of VLSP’s Employment Law Clinic documents. Numerous times, when asked if she could come in the last minute to volunteer at a clinic, Helen has replied, “Tuesday nights are ‘Clinic Night’ on my calendar!” She injects enthusiasm and a positive attitude toward everything she does, from advising clients (with both good news and bad) and mentoring law students on the skills of relating to and interviewing low income clients who are stressed. About her volunteer work, Helen says: “Over the years, volunteering has taught me that while the clients may not always get the result they wanted, the goal is to give them what they need: a chance to be heard, to have their issue considered, and to be given a straightforward response to their questions or fears.” Helen’s volunteerism has not stopped at VLSP. She has volunteered at the Sacramento Court’s Family Law Facilitator’s Office working individually with customers to fill out court paperwork. She also taught the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Workshop, a task that she found very rewarding. She also served as a probate research intern with the Sacramento court where, among other duties, she increased efficiency by providing in-courtroom support to self-represented guardian-

ship litigants. For two years, Helen also served as a Volunteer Panel Member for the Neighborhood Accountability Board, where she developed individual restitution plans for first-time misdemeanor juvenile offenders. Helen’s duties at the California Department of State Hospitals include providing legal support in multiple areas of the law to state hospitals treating mentally ill patients. Her responsi-

bilities include obtaining court orders for medication or medical assistance for incompetent patients, providing advice and representation for the Forensic Division and the newly developed Patient Cost Recovery Unit, and developing policies for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation patients. She also represents her Continued on page 15 | November/December 2016 | SACRAMENTO LAWYER



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alty: “An attorney ‘may not do anything which will injuriously affect [a] former client in any matter in which [the attorney] formerly represented [the client] ….’” (Ibid., citations omitted.) The Los Angeles County Bar concludes that an attorney may publicly respond to a negative review so long as the attorney (1) does not disclose any confidential information, (2) does not injure the client regarding the subject of the prior representation, and (3) is “proportionate and restrained” in the response. Similarly,      the Bar Association of San Francisco opines that, while an attorney “is not ethically barred from responding generally” to a negative online review, the ongoing duty of confidentiality prohibits the attorney from disclosing any confidential information. It also warns that, if the matter previously handled for the client has not concluded, “it may be inappropriate under the circumstances for [the] attorney to provide any substantive response in the online forum, even one that does not disclose confidential information.” What may an attorney ethically do to respond to a negative review? If the attorney is still representing the client or if the client’s matter is not complete, the answer is nothing. If the representation and client-matter have ended, then an attorney may ethically respond so long as the attorney does so in a restrained and professional manner and does not reveal any confidential information, escalate the matter beyond the issue(s) raised in the former client’s review, or say anything that would injure the former client. A former client’s negative review may be wrong, unfair, and infuriating. The key is to avoid making a bad situation worse by committing an ethical violation.

VLSP - Continued from page 13 department in discussions with the California Mental Health Services Authority and non-affiliated counties to continue to provide mental health care placement options for Lanterman-Petris-Short Act conservatees. In her six years as a licensed attorney, both with her state work and volunteer work, Helen has gained substantial experience with a vari-

ety of legal issues and clients. Helen says that she “doesn’t volunteer for recognition, but it is an honor to be acknowledged in my field. I take pride in serving both locally on my own time and state-wide for the people of California.” Congratulations, Helen, on your well deserved award. We look forward to working with you in the years to come!

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Your Court Trial or Arbitration” and imparted tips and advice about how young attorneys could maximize their effectiveness and impress judges at trials, mediations, or arbitrations. The presentation was well-received by all in attendance and offered thoughtful advice and important considerations regarding the benefits and shortcomings of arbitrations.

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The SCBA 2016 Distinguished Attorney of the Year Fredericka McGee by William Allen Young


he Sacramento County Bar Association’s 2016 Distinguished Attorney of the Year is the dynamic Fredericka McGee. McGee has served as general counsel to five California Assembly speakers, including Toni G. Atkins, John A. Pérez, Karen Bass, Fabian Nuñez, and Antonio Villaraigosa. For over 20 years, she has been a powerful presence in the political landscape of California state government. Her mere presence as the Speaker’s surrogate during legislative hearings was often enough to ensure a bill’s passage or failure. Her vast knowledge and experience, quiet diplomacy, and effective negotiating skills during many legislative battles have garnered her well-earned respect and praise from state lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. In February 2016, McGee stunned many of her colleagues when she announced that she was leaving the state Capitol to join the private sector as vice president of California govern-


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ment affairs and operations for the American Beverage Association (ABA). While McGee’s unexpected departure from state government may have come as a surprise to many, her reason for leaving, as she explains, is surprisingly simple: “It was time.” “I have had an amazing opportunity in state government to create what I call legacy public policy that will positively impact the lives of many people for years to come. That’s important to me. But I’m also excited about the possibilities and challenges that exist in my new position with the American Beverage Association.” Pursuing great challenges in life has always been a motivating factor in McGee’s personal and professional decision-making. It’s also part of her DNA.

A Passion for Service

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deep sense of purpose to help create positive political and social change in her community. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism & Marketing from California State University, Long Beach, McGee served as Sr. District Assistant for the late Congressman Glenn M. Anderson of Long Beach. She later attended the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree and was voted the Faculty’s Most Outstanding Student.

Fredericka McGee (third from the left) with her

mother and siblings at the Grand Canyon, 1968 A Kansas City, Missouri, native and the youngest of five siblings, McGee’s strong work ethic and values are deeply rooted in McGee was soon hired as a deher midwest family background. Her fense litigation attorney for the law early interest in law and public seroffice of Murtaugh, Miller, Meyer & Nelvice was inspired by her grandfather, son, where she handled personal injuHouse Representative Leo McKamey, ry, bankruptcy, and employment cases. a civil rights champion who served But the thought of a high profile career five terms in the Missouri Legislature as a civil litigator fighting courtroom in the 1970s. Like her grandfather, battles over endless lawsuits did not McGee is passionately driven by a appeal to her sense of purpose or her

calling for public service. “You have to know what motivates you if you’re going to be effective,” says McGee. “I’m not motivated by money. Helping to improve people’s lives, that’s what motivates me.” Convinced that her purpose would be better served in the public arena, McGee chose to shift her focus to governmental law and public policy, where her knowledge might have a greater positive social impact. “I’m a fighter,” she says proudly. “Being the youngest of five children, I

Fredericka McGee with her daughter, Taylor, at the Grand Canyon, 2015

have always thought in terms of being part of a team. When I push for something, I push so that we all can move forward. It’s never just about me.” Indeed, McGee’s efforts over the years have succeeded in moving political mountains in state government and resulted in the enactment of landmark legislation that has positively | November/December 2016 | SACRAMENTO LAWYER



impacted the lives of all Californians. dicial bench that is representative of all. In 2012, The Recorder listed her among Her work on the Homeowner Bill of its 40 Women Leaders in the Law. In Rights package alone, which was cru- Honors & Awards 2013, she received the Wiley W. Mancial to its passage, has helped thouMcGee’s recognition as the Sacra- uel Law Foundation’s Diversity on the sands of California homeowners facing mento County Bar Association’s 2016 Bench award, the Sacramento Business foreclosures and tenants in foreclosed Distinguished Lawyer of the Year con- Journal’s Women Who Mean Business properties get back on their feet and tinues to acknowledge McGee’s com- award, and was honored by the Nakeep their homes during the tional Coalition of 100 Black foreclosure crisis. Women. In 2015, she received “As the author of (AB 278) the Yvonne Brathwaite Burke the historic Homeowner Bill Award from the California Legof Rights package, I saw firstislative Black Caucus and now hand how effective Frederichas been selected as Distinka McGee was at negotiating guished Lawyer of the Year in compromise out of a seeming2016 by the Sacramento Counly intractable situation,” says ty Bar Association. California State Senator Holly McGee’s Bar service inJ. Mitchell. Fredericka’s tecludes the Council on Access nacity, clarity of purpose and & Fairness, the 2015 Mentorintellect were the driving force ing Task Force, and as a probehind numerous policies that bation monitor and mentor for have enhanced the lives of Calthe Bar’s Volunteers on Parole ifornians, but particularly the program. She is a current memdisenfranchised. While they ber and former Board President may not know her by name, of the Wiley W. Manuel Bar Asthousands of California homesociation of Sacramento which owners owe her a huge debt of addresses the legal concerns thanks.” of the black community and But nowhere was her fightblack lawyers in Sacramento, ing spirit more evident than and founding president of the during her fierce advocacy for Black Youth Leadership Projdiversity and inclusion in the ect, Inc., a non-profit organistate’s judicial system. In 2006, zation which offers legislative while serving as general coun- Fredericka McGee, (former Speaker) Congresswoman Karen and debate programs to AfriBass, & Sen. Holly Mitchell sel to Speaker Nuñez, McGee can-American high school stunegotiated the passage of legdents throughout California. islation to increase diversity of judges mitment and contribution to the legal who serve on the bench. The legislation profession, public policy and her ded- A New Beginning requires the governor’s office, the judi- ication to public service. In 2007, she Since joining the ABA senior leadciary, and the State Bar to track demo- was selected as California Lawyer’s At- ership team in February 2016, McGee graphic data on judicial candidates and torney of the Year and listed among Dai- has hit the ground running with a full appointees. Since 2008, she has served ly Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers. She was plate of activities, statewide meetings, on Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Federal also named “Lawyer of the Year” by the speaking engagements, and travel to Judicial Nomination Evaluation Adviso- California Association of Black Lawyers the ABA office in Washington, DC. As ry Committee for the California’s East- in 2008. In 2011, she received the Cal- a single parent with such a demanding ern District where she vets candidates ifornia Legislative Black Caucus Martin workload, McGee’s greatest challenge for U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. At- Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Leadership will be finding enough quality time in torney, and U.S. Marshal. This position Award and the Capitol Weekly listed her her busy schedule to spend with her allows her to provide input to have a ju- among the “Top 100 Political Warriors.” teenage daughter, Taylor. “It’s always


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a challenge,” McGee concedes. “My daughter and I are very close. She’s very active in school and in sports. I try to make everything she’s involved in, but it’s difficult given my work schedule. Fortunately, I have family 6 members and others in my ‘village’ who help provide support whenever om needed. My commitment is to be the best I can be for the people I serve. And, for me, that commitment begins at home.” Having an executive mom with a busy schedule is nothing new in the McGee 1/4 household. In fact, young TayPage Ad: lor, who is a scholar-athlete, is quite Rick Morin with a2016 full academic July/Aug issue load AGAZINEbusy herself and regular volleyball tournaments with her travel team. “My mother is my biggest fan,” 1/4 Taylor, Page Ad: your ad, says “even when it means a


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12-hour volleyball tournament or late night school project after a long day of work or travel for her. I honestly don’t know how she does it sometimes. My friends always remind me about how lucky I am to have a mother like my mom. But I already know that.” In McGee’s new position with ABA, she oversees state and local public policy and government relations and coordinates statewide operations. She also serves as a spokesperson for the state while working to enhance statewide community outreach and telling the industry’s story of leadership. Her knowledge and expertise in government affairs will undoubtedly be crucial to the ABA moving forward as the beverage industry finds itself in the thick of re-


cent legislative battles. As someone who has lost over 75 pounds in the past few years as part of her desire to adopt a healthier lifestyle, McGee fully understands that education and awareness are crucial to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. “I believe that the American Beverage Association and its member companies through its Balance Calories Initiative is also creating legacy public policy,” says McGee. “The fact that this industry is proactively engaged in efforts to help consumers make informed decisions to lead balanced lifestyles is a game changer. It’s a win-win situation. And I’m very excited to be a part of it.” Congratulations to Fredericka on her recognition by the Sacramento County Bar Association.


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Foundation through his signature “money grab” portion of the evening. WLS President Jennifer Hartman King rounded out the evening by presenting the Jean McEvoy Scholarship, as well as nine community grants to deserving recipients, all of which were

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ABAS 28th Annual Golf Invitational Tournament Report


ne-hundred or so enthusiasts (and golfers) scrambled up and down the fairways and greens of the Lincoln, California Turkey Creek Golf course on a fine Sunday in September. Participants were up and at ’em for the traditional early morning shotgun start, all raring to go in support of the ABAS Law Foundation and tournament co-host, Sacramento Barons Athletic Organization. The good work of the Foundation this year includes awarding $19,000 in scholarships to Pacific McGeorge, Lincoln, and UC Davis law school students, and ongoing support of the Tule Lake research and book project being co-authored by Sacramento’s own Barbara Takei, recent recipient of the 2016 National Parks Conservation Association Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award. The award recognizes Takei for her work to ensure protec-

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tion of the national monument Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and perhaps most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. More about the Tule Lake book project can be found at the Foundation’s website: An added draw this year was the support of Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, who served as the tournament’s honorary co-chair. Three-par hole number 14 was dedicated in his honor as the “Beat the Mayor” hole, providing not only a special fund raising opportunity but a chance for participants to claim golf bragging rights over the Mayor-toBe. “Yo, I beat the Mayor.” All in good fun, of course, and for a most worthy cause. Special thanks to Mayor-Elect Steinberg. The grand champion and claimant of the BIG trophy was

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the foursome put forth by first time tournament sponsor, Phoong Law. A sizzling 55 was recorded by team members Lisa Mayberry, Kallan Mayberry, Adam Horn, and Jesse Hackett. In the highly competitive President’s Division, top honors were awarded to perennial favorite and defending champion, Team McGeorge, comprised of Prof. Ed Telfeyan, Sherman Cole, Conrad Harder, and Anton Babich. Golfers John Holsdet, Stuart Woo, and James Sim placed first in the Director’s Division, carding a very respectable 64. Hats off and three cheers for all champions. Woo-hoo to everyone else. Incidentally, no score was reported for Team Tsuyuki (Steve Tsuyuki, Issac Choy, Chris Powell, and Kristopher Kent). Presumably, they are still on the course.

Team Tanaka

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And so another successful ABAS fundraising golf tournament is in the record books. Twenty-eight years running is indeed a remarkable achievement. Early tournament organizers, Judge Mike Nakagawa, Bob Tokunaga, and Clay Tanaka left quite a legacy. Current day chair Jeri Paik and her committee of Eric Dair, Sean Wong, Lisa Mayberry, Clay Tanaka, and Mike Iwahiro have worked hard these past years to keep the tournament going strong. Undoubtedly plans are being made for ABAS Golf Invitational No. 29. As always, sincere thanks go out to our loyal and generous sponsors, golfers and volunteers. We do not take for granted that you choose to say “yes” when called upon for support.

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TOPIC: It Ain’t Privileged, It’s Confidential: Distinctions and Differences SPEAKER: Larry Doyle 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Keynote Speaker: Chief Justice of California

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

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Sacramento Lawyer Magazine NOVEMBER/DECEMBER  

Sacramento County Bar Association Magazine

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