In the Fall of 2013, my term on the State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners concluded and I was elected to serve as an at-large member of the SCBA board. Just after the election, I went to an SCBA event where one of the first people I met was our Executive Director, Mary Burroughs. Over the next six years on the board, I was able to see how much of herself Mary put into making the SCBA succeed. In addition to planning the special events, the board meetings, the MCLE luncheons, Mary has been responsible for managing the office staff, helping to secure sponsorships, and doing all of the behind-the-scenes networking and communication that goes with managing an organization as dependent on volunteers as the SCBA is. Mary also oversaw our move to the SCBA’s current home and the development of the Event Center.
This issue will be the last during Mary’s tenure as Executive Director. Even though Mary has committed to being available as a resource after her retirement, we will still feel the loss of her institutional knowledge, and will miss her enthusiasm and dedication.
Fortunately, Mary does not retire until early June. That means that you still have time to say hello, congratulations, and wish her luck in her retirement. The best place to do that is at the SCBA Sixth Annual Golf tournament and BarStock, taking place on May 6 at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The easiest way to register is through the SCBA web site.
Come to the SCBA’s Sixth Annual Golf tournament and BarStock, on May 6 at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The easiest way to register is through the SCBA web site.
On other interesting news, for the last several years, the State Bar has been in a transition. The sections and many of the voluntary portions of the Bar split off into the California Lawyers Association (CLA). In March, along with leaders from several other Northern California county bar associations, Mary Burroughs, 1st Vice President Shanae Buffington, and I attended a meeting with the leadership at CLA at its new offices here in Sacramento. One purpose of the meeting was to explore enhancing cooperation between the various organizations and sharing resources to improve programs and delivery of services. We look forward to working more closely with our new neighbors.
Speaking of programs, the SCBA manages the Indigent Defense Panel. Basically, the SCBA maintains a list of local attorneys who are sufficiently experienced and able to accept appointment as counsel in criminal defense matters where the Sacramento County Public Defender has a conflict of interest. In March, for the first time in several years, the SCBA opened the application process for all levels. The SCBA is in the process of reviewing and renegotiating the memorandum of understanding with the County regarding how that program operates, so watch for more news.
In the meantime, come to BarStock and say hello to Mary before she retires.