Welcome to the Stanislaus County Bar Association

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 Sally K. Chenault, SCBA President

It seems like I blinked and nearly a year has passed. A year ago in October the Stanislaus County Bar Association (“SCBA”) hosted one of the original members of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls LaNier, as our keynote speaker for the Bench Bar Dinner. This year, on October 22, 2015, we hosted Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who identified as a disease the cumulative effect of repeated impacts to the head, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. The NFL has not taken kindly to this identification of CTE and rained a legal and professional assault against Dr. Omalu personally. Despite the now documented potential damage to the brains of young men all over this country, the NFL still maintains that repeated impacts to the brain are inconsequential to its players. Dr. Omalu’s story is so compelling that it will be appearing on the big screen this December, with Will Smith playing Dr. Omalu.

The Stanislaus County Bar Association is dedicated to bringing its members opportunities to learn about and to grow from speakers who have made or will make a difference to each of our lives. Generous sponsorships from Union Bank, Arata, Swingle, Sodhi & Van Edmond, E. & J. Gallo Winery, McCormick Barstow LLP, Nicole A. Bolson Baarts and Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Berliner Cohen LLP, Rodarakis & Sousa, APLC, Cash- Dudley, Speiller & Torres, APLC, Chenault Law, and the Law Office of Keric J. Cushing made Dr. Omalu’s presentation a financial success for the SCBA. Greens Restaurant donated the desserts and Cash-Dudley, Speiller & Torres, APLC donated the flowers. Thank you sponsors. Thank you also to Deana Skelton for being the glue for our organization and to Jeff Mangar for heading the Bench Bar Committee this year. These events make our lives richer.

On Friday November 13, 2015 the SCBA will host its annual Judicial Calendar luncheon. It is held at the SOS Club and one MCLE credit will be offered for attendance. We are fortunate that our judges and court offer to provide the SCBA with this service each year. Thank you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Honorable Nan Jacobs for her years of service as a Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge. Her retirement party will be held in the Jury Room of the Main Court House on November 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Judge Jacobs will be sorely missed.

The annual Holiday Lunch will be held at the SOS Club on December 11, 2015. We will have the same amazing high school choir as last year – back by popular demand. This is usually a well-attended event. The 2016 SCBA Board Installation will take place and a local charity will receive the association’s annual donation. This is a great chance to network with your fellow bar members.

Finally, I would like to encourage our bar association members to invite their lawyer friends and associates who are not SCBA members to join the SCBA in 2016. With your unwavering support, the Stanislaus County Bar Association will continue to build our membership, enhance the legal profession and empower the community at large.