A Message From Our President

A Message From Our President

by Keric J. Cushing SCBA President

Happy “New Year?”  No, wait; it’s already April!  Wow, how time flies. 

We’re already several months into the New Year and your Stanislaus County Bar Association (SCBA) has been hard at work trying to make this yet another informative, educational, and successful year.  It is only because of the dedication and support of the SCBA board, and the many local firms and attorneys, that we are able to provide such valuable services to our bar and the participation of all is greatly appreciated.  With that said, here are some upcoming events that we hope you will attend, and take the opportunity to socialize with your local practitioners/judges:

April 7 New Attorney’s Reception (2nd Annual) at Modesto Bank of Commerce from 5:15-7 PM.  Judge Bessey and yours truly will offer a few words of encouragement to those embarking on their legal careers.  Please come out to meet our newest lawyers (and/or socialize with some of us that aren’t so new) and enjoy Hors D'oeuvres; hosted cocktails, music, and a raffle.

April 8 MCLE: The Role of the Interpreter in the Courtroom by Judge Linda McFadden, 12-1 PM, in the Jury Room for 1 hour of general credit.

April 15 New Commissioner’s Luncheon - honoring Commissioner Jared Beeson’s new appointment, on Galletto's Patio from 12-1 PM.

May 13 Law Day Luncheon – SCBA’s 58th Annual at Gallo Center for the Arts from 12-1 PM, with Keynote Speaker Hon. Consuelo Maria Callahan, Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with lunch buffet catered by Concetta. The law day theme this year, celebrating its 50th year, is "MIRANDA: More than Words."

June 10 MCLE: Mandatory Expedited Jury Trials by Michael Kronlund of Quinn & Kronlund from 12-1 PM, in the jury room for 1 hour of MCLE credit. 

July 23   30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCBA’S GOLF TOURNAMENT – Dryden Golf Course, 8:00 a.m. Registration & 9:00 a.m. Shotgun start. We hope to see you all out there!  

I have been practicing law since 1987, first in Southern California (Los Angeles/Orange County); then on the Central Coast (Santa Maria/San Luis Obispo); followed by Sacramento; and in Modesto since 2001.  Having been elsewhere, particularly large metropolitan areas, I have tremendous appreciation for the small and collegial local bar we enjoy, as well as the friendly and active bench that participate so freely with us.  I would like to thank everyone for being involved in SCBA activities and ask that you encourage your friends and colleagues to come out to them as well. Your bar association exists to serve the local bar, including by providing valuable MCLE programs and Events.  Those programs and events afford a wonderful opportunity to network (which is precisely what we’ll be encouraging new attorney’s to do on April 7 and I ask that all (“more seasoned”) practitioners come out to welcome them and offer your cards to our new attorney’s and be available as resources should the need ever arise). 

As of this writing, the bar association website ( is not only getting a facelift, but being modified to make it more user-friendly and useful.  The goal will be to allow for renewal’s online without need to complete additional paperwork (if nothing has changed from the prior year) as well as making it easier to sign up for MCLE programs and Events online.  We hope to have that up and running for your use by mid-May and will be open to suggestions, if you have them, to better serve your needs.

Thank you, again, to all of our local firms and practitioners for supporting your SCBA.  Without you, we could not, and would not, be able to provide such valuable services.