March/April 2019


Cover Story
Introducing Sacramento’s New Judges

Articles
Required Disclosures to Clients before Mediation

AI
The Growth of Document Review AI

In Memoriam
Sacramento Mourns the Loss of Judge Alice A. Lytle (Ret.)

EVENTS
Sacramento County Bar Foundation Supports NP3 Mock Trial Program
The Valentine Run/Walk Put the “Fun” in Fundraiser!

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Barristers’ Club Update
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DEPARTMENTS
Editor’s Message
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EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Betsy S. Kimball
Ellen Arabian-Lee
Editor@sacbar.org

STAFF EDITOR
Maureen Onyeagbako

MAGAZINE COMMITTEE
Betsy S. Kimball, Samson R. Elsbernd,
David Graulich, Coral Henning, Heather Cline Hoganson, Yoshinori H.T. Himel

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs
(916) 564-3780 – mburroughs@sacbar.org

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Milenko Vlaisavljevic

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(916) 564-3780 – scba@sacbar.org

SCBA OFFICERS
Sean McCoy – President
Shanae Buffington – 1st Vice President
Trevor Carson – 2nd Vice President
Bryan Hawkins – Secretary/Treasurer

SCBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs – mburroughs@sacbar.org

 

EVENTS

Sacramento County Bar Foundation Supports NP3 Mock Trial Program

by Stephen Duvernay

Stephen Duvernay is the Vice President of the Sacramento County Bar Foundation. He can be contacted at steve@benbrooklawgroup.

Each year, the Sacramento County Bar Foundation issues grants to organizations in the Sacramento region that improve the administration of justice, enhance public confidence in the legal profession, cultivate understanding of and respect for the rule of law, and support law-related public services. Last year, the Foundation issued three grants: $4,000 to the Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory High School mock trial program, $2,000 to the Center for Workers’ Rights, and $2,000 to the Sacramento Justice League. Over the coming months, the Foundation will be highlighting each of these organizations in the pages of Sacramento Lawyer.  

First up is Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory High School’s mock trial program.  The school – commonly known as “NP3” – is a law-themed public charter high school in Natomas, which first opened in 2006 with 80 students and has since grown to over 600 students. The school’s competitive mock trial team exposes students to the legal profession and builds critical skills. According to NP3 teacher and mock trial coach Staci Osborn, the program “provides students with exposure to the legal field and criminal justice system, and the students benefit from learning public-speaking skills and working as a team outside of the usual classroom environment. The challenging, competitive environment builds self-confidence in our students, and they love it.”  

Beyond these skills, Osborn notes that there are broader benefits of the program, including the opportunity to travel for scrimmages and competitions. “Traveling to other high schools in other regions of California allows our students to meet students from different backgrounds and experiences from their own,” Osborn explained. “Many of NP3’s students have never left Sacramento. Scrimmages in the Bay Area and Southern California give students the chance to see the state – and to tour colleges to expose students to the variety of campuses and experiences that they can have after high school.”  In addition to the courtroom experience, students also learn about professionalism, including the “dos and don’ts” of professional dress.

Foundation Vice President Steve Duvernay with NP3 mock trial team members Jakob Franco, Isabel Penman, Irida Ayrapetyan, Safal Mengi, Hadeel Zidan, Caroll Loupeda, Luke Brenner, and coach Staci Osborn

To that end, the Foundation’s grant funds have been used to support travel and help provide courtroom attire for the students. Jakob Franco, NP3 senior and mock trial attorney, is thankful for the assistance. “The mock trial program has greatly helped me with my public speaking and critical thinking skills, and this grant has greatly expanded this experience with scrimmage trips to the Bay Area and San Diego,” said Franco.  

NP3’s efforts have paid off. In December, NP3 hosted a scrimmage against Menlo School’s mock trial team at the Superior Court, with Judges Morrison England, Troy Nunley, and Jaime Román presiding. Menlo mock trial is a perennial heavyweight, and the defending Northern California champion. NP3’s students were happy with their performance. “Having the opportunity to travel in order to compete with higher-ranked teams has been incredibly rewarding,” said NP3 senior Isabel Penman. “As a team, we’ve been able to take away valuable tips and practice from the experiences that we otherwise wouldn’t have.”  

NP3 Mock Trial will be hosting a fundraising dinner at Pacific McGeorge on Thursday, March 14. Further information can be found on the team’s website, https://sites.google.com/natomasunified.org/np3law/about/mock-trial, or by contacting Staci Osborn at sosborn@natomasunified.org.

The Sacramento County Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. To volunteer, make a contribution, or for more information about the SCBF, visit its website at http://www.sacramentolawfoundation.org/

 

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March/April 2019


Cover Story
Introducing Sacramento’s New Judges

Articles
Required Disclosures to Clients before Mediation

AI
The Growth of Document Review AI

In Memoriam
Sacramento Mourns the Loss of Judge Alice A. Lytle (Ret.)

EVENTS
Sacramento County Bar Foundation Supports NP3 Mock Trial Program
The Valentine Run/Walk Put the “Fun” in Fundraiser!

Sections, Divisions and Affiliates
Barristers’ Club Update
Solo/Small Practice Division

DEPARTMENTS
Editor’s Message
President’s Message


EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Betsy S. Kimball
Ellen Arabian-Lee
Editor@sacbar.org

STAFF EDITOR
Maureen Onyeagbako

MAGAZINE COMMITTEE
Betsy S. Kimball, Samson R. Elsbernd,
David Graulich, Coral Henning, Heather Cline Hoganson, Yoshinori H.T. Himel

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs
(916) 564-3780 – mburroughs@sacbar.org

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Milenko Vlaisavljevic

ADVERTISING SALES
EVENTS – MEMBER CLASSIFIED ADS
(916) 564-3780 – scba@sacbar.org

SCBA OFFICERS
Sean McCoy – President
Shanae Buffington – 1st Vice President
Trevor Carson – 2nd Vice President
Bryan Hawkins – Secretary/Treasurer

SCBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary J. Burroughs – mburroughs@sacbar.org

 

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