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There are currently over 300 active members of the Stanislaus County Bar Association. As a voluntary association of attorneys in Stanislaus County we strive to:

  • Serve the welfare of the public by promoting understanding of the laws of California and the nation
  • Seek to improve the administration of justice
  • Promote professionalism among lawyers
  • Provide legal services to those in need of them
  • Assist communication between member of the Bar and the public
  • Motivate members to participate in civic/community service

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President’s Message

by Jeff L. Bean, SCBA President

I once heard of a young new attorney who was flying from Los Angeles to New York. The attorney had recently graduated from a prestigious school at the top of his class and was to be employed at a large law firm in New York. The young man had accomplished much in his life, so far, and was anxious to tackle the world and to put his mark on it.

As the young attorney settled into his seat he noted that the passenger sitting next to him was an elderly man who appeared to be well dressed and successful. Assuming that the elderly gentleman was someone of financial means and of some importance the young attorney wanted to make a good impression and attempted to start up a conversation. The attorney introduced himself and the elderly man politely responded exchanging pleasantries.

The young attorney noted that the man was carrying an old and tattered book. “You know, we live in an age where we no longer need to carry books. All information that ever was can now be found by using these electronic devises. By using these devises we now have access to more information than all previous generations combined. And this generation will, if I dare say, be much more productive than all prior generations. There is no question that you could pose to me that I could not find the answer using these devises and the internet.”

While the elderly gentleman expressed his doubts that all of life’s questions could be answered using the technology of today, the young attorney was adamantly insistent. “I’ll tell you what, let us make a wager. To demonstrate how superior today’s technology is in finding answers to questions from that of more antiquated methods of learning, if I can pose a question that you cannot answer you must pay me $5. However, if you can pose a question that I cannot answer I will pay you $50.” The elderly gentleman reluctantly agreed to the wager.

The attorney started the contest first and asked, “How many miles is it from the earth to the moon?” The elderly gentleman thought for a minute and then pulled out his wallet and handed the attorney a $5 bill.

The attorney thanked him and said, “Now it is your turn.” The elderly gentleman asked, “What goes up a hill on four legs but comes down the hill on three?” The attorney commenced searching the internet, researching all known animals, insects, reptiles and other forms of life. The attorney then searched the definition of legs, identifying all things that have legs, and then eliminating them one by one as not fitting in the criteria of the question.

Finally the attorney used his cellular telephone and texted his friends, asking for their assistance to solve the puzzle, but to no avail. During all this time the elderly gentleman sat quietly napping or reading his book. As the flight attendant announced their final approach to their destination the young exasperated attorney announced, “I give up. I cannot find the answer to your question.” The attorney pulls out a $50 bill and hands it to his traveling companion. The elderly gentleman thanks him, takes the $50 puts it into his wallet and then returns to reading his book.

The young attorney beside himself with frustration and curiosity says, “So what goes up a hill on four legs and comes down a hill on three?” The elderly gentleman sits there for a brief moment, contemplates the question, then pulls out his wallet and hands the young attorney a $5 bill.

From this story I am reminded that we can all learn and gain from the experiences and wisdom of our elders. That our access to technology does not always provide us with the answers to the questions we look for in
life. And so I want to encourage all of you to have one of those experiences that you cannot solely obtain from the internet, and to attend our Bench-Bar Dinner on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

This year we are pleased to have Dr. Melba Beals, one of the first nine students integrated into an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 following the landmark United States Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483. These students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by the then Governor of Arkansas, and were allowed to attend only after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dr. Beals’ recounting of her personal experience during this era will bring to each of us a greater appreciation of the civil rights we presently enjoy. We anticipate a great and thought provoking experience, one you will remember for some time. If you have not already obtained your tickets for this event please contact the SBCA Office. This is one event you don’t want to miss.