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MEET THE CANDIDATES: SCCBA 2018 Officer Elections

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A New Approach for Choosing 2018 SCCBA Officers & Trustees: Your Voting Ballot Will Look Very Different This Year

Earlier this year the SCCBA members and Board adopted some significant changes to the governance of the SCCBA, both in how Trustees & Officers are selected and the size of the Board of Trustees. These changes became effective June 2017.  For a more detailed description of the changes and the new process for selecting Officers and Trustees, click here. 

How the positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and at-large Trustee are selected is one of the biggest changes. No longer will there be voting districts, all trustee positions will be at-large; balloting will only occur for positions where more than one qualified candidate submits a timely application for that position. Qualification for officers and trustees are set out in the By-Laws.

Attorney members interested in any open positions are invited to submit an application for that position. Applicants who qualify for the position will be automatically selected for that position UNLESS more than one qualified applicant submits an application. If there is more than one qualified applicant, those positions will be determined by a vote of the membership.

The application period for the 2018 Officers and Trustees was open from July 15, 2017 to August 15, 2017. Two qualified SCCBA members applied for the office of President-Elect; one qualified SCCBA member applied for the offices of Treasurer and Secretary and a number of qualified SCCBA members applied for three at-large Trustee positions. As a result, a voting ballot will be distributed on September 18, 2017 by 8:00 am, due September 29, 2017, at 4:45 pm for the Office of President-Elect and the three at-large Trustee positions. Candidate statements will accompany the ballot.

Per tradition, the September President’s Message is devoted to the contested officer positions. The candidates for the position of 2018 President-Elect are below. The 2018 President-Elect will automatically succeed to 2019 SCCBA President.

The qualified uncontested applicants automatically selected for 2018 officer positions are Michael Lee, current SCCBA Secretary, for 2018 Treasurer and Lauren Jones, currently an SCCBA Trustee, for 2018 Secretary.

 




Troy Benson

Office of the Santa Clara County District Attorney 

My name is Troy Benson and I think we can do more. 

Most of us entered law school with the intention of making a difference in the world. Then life got in the way. The need to make money, pay bills, mortgages, and tuition becomes paramount. Over 20 years ago, I entered the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office with the desire to help the community where I was raised.  I am proud of the work that I have done but I realize I can do more.  I want to become the President Elect of the Santa Clara County Bar Association so that I can do more.

If I become President Elect my primary goal would be to listen and learn.  I would be doing so with an eye towards becoming President and a vision towards the future. A future in which it would be my desire to focus on what it means to be a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.   If being a member of the Santa Clara County Bar means a place to obtain Continuing Legal Education – there are places on the internet where one can achieve this goal.  If being a member of the Santa Clara County Bar means camaraderie, communal bonding, and networking  social organizations are finding that people do not value them as much as they once did. What if being a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association was something more? What if being a member of the Bar was something to be proud of?  

The SCCBA can be more than a business opportunity. The SCCBA can be a voice for social change, justice, and philanthropy that can make lawyers want to be a part of something larger than themselves. We live in tumultuous times.  The divide amongst Americans is large and the discontent on both sides grows even larger. In our idyllic youths, many of us believed being a lawyer was an occupation that would make us champions of justice and we have found that effecting change on our own has been difficult. Together, as one, we can do more.

Elect me. Help me do more.

 

 

 

Gabriel G. Gregg

Rimon, Palo Alto, CA 

 

My name is Gabriel Gregg.  I am seeking election as the SCCBA President-Elect for 2018.

Over the last several years, I have greatly enjoyed working with the SCCBA CEO, Chris Burdick, the terrific SCCBA staff, and many current and former SCCBA Officers and Trustees.  Highlights of my participation with the SCCBA include the following:

  • Currently serving as elected Treasurer
  • Currently serving on the SCCBA Executive Committee and Board of Trustees
  • Served as a member of the Executive Committee and/or the Board of Trustees for most of the last 5 years
  • Served as a member of the Finance Committee for two years
  • Member of the SCCBA Fair Elections Commission
  • Served as Chair of the Business Law and Litigation Section for two years
  • Served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member of Executive Committee of the High-Tech Section
  • Spoken at and/or moderated CLE presentations sponsored by SCCBA sections

I have been endorsed by the current SCCBA President, Kate Wilson, all six previous SCCBA Presidents, and other individuals notable in the local bar.

Professionally, I am a litigation partner at Rimon P.C., specializing in complex civil litigation in a broad spectrum of Silicon Valley practice-areas including intellectual property, securities, and general business disputes.  I work out of our Palo Alto office, but spend a good deal of my time in San Jose.  I previously practiced at other law firms, including most recently at Robinson & Wood, Inc. since 2012 (at their offices in downtown San Jose), in Mountain View, and at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and San Francisco where I started my career after UCLA School of Law and a federal clerkship.

I believe that both my professional and SCCBA experience make me well-qualified to serve as the 2018 SCCBA President-Elect and 2019 President.  Through my work with the bar, I have come to appreciate this fine institution, and its genuine and irreplaceable importance in our legal community.  I have experience in both large and smaller law firms, and have come to recognize the diverse legal-practice issues that confront each – and the issues that confront solo-practitioners which make up a substantial portion of our bar membership.

I would greatly welcome your support of my candidacy for the 2018 SCCBA President-Elect position.  It would be an honor to be elected to serve our association and the legal community in this capacity.


Finally, I’d like to make a participation pitch to our members:  It has been a personal pleasure to engage in SCCBA-related activities over the years, and especially to interact with the many fine local attorneys that also take the time to participate.  If you’ve been considering getting more involved, you should make a move!

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