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SCCBA 2016 Officer Candidates

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 10, 2015
John MlnarikThe electronic ballots for the SCCBA 2016 election of trustees and officers will be distributed to all active SCCBA members on Monday, September 14, and must be returned to the Bar Association office by Thursday, October 1.

The 2015 President-Elect, Matt Poppe, automatically becomes the President of the SCCBA for 2016. Candidates for the offer positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary are below with candidate statements submitted by the candidate. Officers serve for one, 1 year term.






NICOLE ISGER

President-Elect

Term of Office

2016

Firm

Law Office of Nicole Isger

Address

171 Main Street, #651, Los Altos, California 94022

Type of Practice

Criminal

Law School

UC Davis, King Hall

Date of Admission
to the California Bar

November 1998

I am an active member of the SCCBA, currently serving as the SCCBA Treasurer, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Professionalism Committee. Outside of the legal community, I am active in my children’s local elementary school, provide volunteer services to the nonprofit FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth), and I remain active with the UC Davis School of Law. My family and I also enjoy supporting the SF Giants.

I have been in private practice since 2004, focusing on criminal defense. Prior to private practice, I worked as a county attorney, serving the public as a public defender for Santa Clara County. I started my legal career as a public defender for Contra Costa County, prior to moving to the South Bay. I have extensive experience within the Santa Clara County courts, having handled felonies and misdemeanors for adults and juveniles, as well as matters of drug court, mental health court, domestic violence, and family court.

I value the level of dedication and community spirit found within the SCCBA. I support the services that the SCCBA provides to the legal community in Santa Clara County and would like to see the SCCBA continue to thrive. I would appreciate your vote to allow me to continue to serve the SCCBA as President-Elect.




KATE WILSON

Treasurer

Term of Office

2016

Firm

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Address

145 Rio Robles, San Jose, CA 95134

Type of Practice

In-House Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law

Law School

Santa Clara University SOL

Date of Admission
to the California Bar

April 2007

My name is Kate Wilson and I am a candidate for the position of Treasurer of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (“SCCBA”) for 2016. I am running for Treasurer because I would like to continue to serve our legal community through the SCCBA and I believe my experience will be a valuable asset to our association. I am an active member of the SCCBA having served as the association’s Secretary in 2015 as well as a Trustee and a member of the Finance Committee for the past six years and a member of the Executive Committee in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In addition, I have previously served as the Chair of the Civil Practice Committee, Chair of the Barristers Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the E-Discovery Task Force, and a member of the Professional Rules Revisions Task Force.

I am currently the Director and Corporate Counsel of Global Employment Law and Commercial Litigation for Extreme Networks, Inc. where my in-house practice focuses on employment law, commercial litigation and general corporate matters. I regularly present on a wide variety of legal topics such as recognizing and preventing sexual harassment, employment law updates for employers, document retention, electronic discovery and electronic media in the workplace. I also volunteer my time as a guest lecturer at SCU for classes including Pre-Trial Litigation Techniques, Law Practice Management and Patent Litigation.

If elected, I hope to use my SCCBA, personal and professional experience to represent our membership as the 2016 Treasurer for the SCCBA. I would appreciate your vote in support of my candidacy.

Thank you.

Kate Wilson




KEVIN M. HAMMON

Secretary

Term of Office

2016

Firm

Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office

Address

373 West Julian Street, Ste. 300, San Jose, CA 95110

Type of Practice

Child Dependency Law

Law School

UCLA

Date of Admission
to the California Bar

2004

As our personal and professional lives become increasingly impacted, we are often left with little time to participate in community service and professional organizations. I do not take your involvement in the Santa Clara County Bar Association for granted. Thank you for participating in the SCCBA’s 2016 Election for Officers and Board of Trustee Members. Thank you for considering my candidacy for Secretary.

I have enjoyed serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees since 2011, Chair of the Lawyer Referral Service Committee since 2014, Member of the SCCBA’s Executive Committee between 2011 and 2012, and the Chair of the Law Related Education Committee in 2010. Through the years, I have had the pleasure of working with SCCBA C.E.O. Chris Burdick, SCCBA staff, and a variety of current and former SCCBA Officers and Trustees. Without exception, they have been kind, insightful, and professional. It is indeed a privilege to be in their company. If elected Secretary, I will take minutes for the SCCBA’s Board of Trustee, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee meetings. Beyond that, I will strive to be a valuable member of the SCCBA team- carefully considering proposals and providing appropriate input.

Since 2004, I have been involved in Santa Clara County’s annual High School Mock Trial Tournament. I have served as the Tournament Administrator for the past three years. The Tournament represents a partnership between the SCCBA, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Over 100 attorneys volunteer their time as scorers. The Bench provides courtrooms and judges. Over 400 students participate in the program, serving as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, and court clerks. The reviews from teachers, attorneys, students, and staff have been overwhelmingly positive. I believe this Tournament exemplifies the SCCBA’s commitment to collaboration, member service, and community impact.

Since 2008, I have been a lawyer in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Child Dependency Unit. I worked in the County Counsel’s Litigation Unit between 2007 and 2008. Between 2004 and 2007, I was a litigation attorney at McManis Faulkner.

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State Bar disciplines former prosecutor

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The State Bar of California has publicly reprimanded former Santa Clara County prosecutor Daniel Carr.

Carr is the guy who took early retirement this winter after District Attorney Jeff Rosen suspended him for withholding evidence in a multi-defendant gang trial. Carr’s retirement came in February as Rosen was about to take further disciplinary action against him — including possibly firing him — for allegedly tapping into a statewide criminal database for a personal purpose.

The Bar stopped short of suspending Carr, issuing a “public reproval” Aug. 28 instead. Carr is not related to former District Attorney Dolores Carr.

Read the whole story at Mercury News

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L.A. Superior Court doesn't have to reopen shuttered courthouses, appeals panel rules

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Federal judges are barred from ordering Los Angeles Superior Court to reopen closed courthouses, a U.S. appeals panel decided Tuesday.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit brought by nonprofit groups seeking to restore far-flung courthouses that hear landlord efforts to evict tenants, usually because of unpaid rent.

“Out of respect for the independence of state judiciaries, a federal court cannot substitute its judgment for [the L.A. Superior Court's] resource allocation choices,” Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, an Obama appointee, wrote for a three-judge panel.

The 9th Circuit nevertheless agreed that “two recessions and a decade of budget cuts have dramatically transformed the Los Angeles County Superior Court,” the largest trial court in the country.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Appeals Court Sides with Facebook in Fight Over Postings

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Criminal defendants’ right to information that will aid in their defense doesn’t extend before trial to social networking posts that are protected under federal law, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The decision by a division of the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected two murder defendants’ efforts to get access to records from the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of the victim and...

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Lawyers' group wants court funding restored

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One lawyer told a story about requesting a default judgment in San Diego Superior Court, and then waiting at least four weeks for a response.

Years ago, when the courts were fully staffed, the process took about two weeks.

Another attorney said it took, on average, more than two months just to get a trial date on landlord-tenant cases last year. That meant some property owners couldn’t collect rent for nearly four months.

The San Diego County Bar Association included these and other accounts of courtroom delays in its 2015 State of the Judiciary report, released last week, which focused on how state budget cuts have affected the local courts over time. Over the past seven years, the operating budget for California’s judicial branch has been reduced by nearly $1.2 billion, roughly 30 percent, the report says.

In order to deal with those losses, courts in all 58 counties — including San Diego — have had to make significant changes, including cutting staff, reducing hours in business offices, consolidating services and closing courtrooms.

Read the whole story at San Diego Union-Tribune

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Marin immigration lawyer convicted of hate crime against man speaking Farsi

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Frank Russell Wilson, a San Rafael-based immigration lawyer, doesn't deny yelling at a man outside a Corte Madera restaurant because he was speaking Farsi, not English.

He doesn't deny using profanities with the police who arrested him.

Nor does he deny he was heavily inebriated at the time. Indeed, he said tequila was largely to blame for his behavior.

What he did deny, in his testimony at trial, is that any of his actions were motivated by bias or bigotry. A Marin County jury apparently disagreed Thursday, convicting Wilson of a hate crime and battery.

"They way overcharged this case," said Wilson's defense attorney, Tim Pori.

Read the whole story at Inside Bay Area

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Clashing courts: Law restricts federal judges' ability to intervene in state criminal cases

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

In the wake of bombings in the 1990s at the World Trade Center and the Oklahoma City federal building, Congress passed a wide-ranging "effective death penalty" law. One provision was especially contentious: It restricted the ability of federal courts to intervene in state criminal cases.

Nearly 20 years later, Supreme Court interpretations of the law have robbed federal judges of much of their power to overturn convictions obtained in state court, where the vast majority of criminal defendants are tried. Long considered a safety valve for the unjustly convicted, federal courts are now barred by legal rules from second-guessing state judges in all but the most extreme cases.

The tensions stirred by the law are increasingly visible on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears state cases from the West. Time after time, 9th Circuit judges find fault with decisions by the California courts, where judges appear on the ballot and often struggle under crushing caseloads.

But the federal jurists are restrained by the law from acting.

"We now have to stand by in impotent silence, even though it may appear to us that an innocent person has been convicted," 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, a Reagan appointee, wrote in June in a Georgetown law review.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Law school continues fight over minimum bar exam passage rate

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

When the State Bar of California began requiring some law schools to maintain a minimum bar passage rate to keep their good standing, one school pushed back.

The Southern California Institute of Law, which has campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura, took the unusual step of suing the state bar to overturn the regulation.

A bar association committee in 2012 approved regulations requiring accredited law schools to maintain a 40% minimum passage rate over five years or risk losing their accreditation.

Administrators at the nearly 20 schools that were accredited by the California bar complied with little complaint; many had already made bar preparation a mandatory part of their curriculum or had agreements with test prep companies that would help their students cram for the state's legal licensing examination.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Joe Dunn Enters Race to Succeed Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Joe Dunn, a consumer protection lawyer, educator, and former state senator, launched his highly anticipated campaign for California’s 46th Congressional District today, announced the Dunn campaign.

“Washington politics are hurting opportunities for Orange County’s middle class to get ahead,” said Dunn. “I have the experience to cut through partisan gridlock and help build the consensus needed in Congress to bring in good-paying jobs, expand the middle class, and make the economy work better for working families.”

Read the whole story at Voice of OC

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Judge OKs Uber Driver Class Action

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ruling in a case with implications for the entire on-demand economy, a federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers seeking employee status and reimbursement for withheld tips.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California found the drivers' situations are similar enough that the threshold question—whether drivers are employees or independent contractors—can be answered on a classwide basis. He certified a class of California drivers who have worked for Uber since 2009, and will allow the class to proceed with claims that Uber illegally kept drivers' tips.

"Despite Uber's argument to the contrary, there are numerous legally significant questions in this litigation that will have answers common to each class member that are apt to drive the resolution of the litigation," Chen wrote in a 68-page order issued less than a month after hearing arguments.

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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