President's Message

By Jeff Mangar, 2019 Bar President

One of the functions of the Stanislaus County Bar Association (SCBA) is to bridge the gap between the 300 active members and the public by promoting an understanding of the laws, professionalism, and open communication in order to improve the administration of justice. If only we were around on August 7, 1854 then perhaps we could have prevented the first recorded murder in our county. It was a gun duel over the June election in which H.W. Wallis was elected County Judge. George Worth, ex-sheriff of Tuolumne County disagreed with Eli Lyons over an interpretation of the election laws. If the SCBA had been in existence, then they could have referred them to an appropriate panel attorney from the Lawyer’s Referral Service. Unfortunately, the dispute was unsettled and Worth was fatally wounded.

Thankfully, your current active participation in bar activities helps maintain the collegiality, competence and character of the profession to benefit our community. The SCBA is excited to update you on these fast approaching bar activities:

Our Law Day luncheon is on Tuesday, June 11th at the Gallo Center for the Arts with California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The 2019 Law Day theme is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” which focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to protect these rights to ensure “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

Our annual golf tournament fundraiser is Friday, October 25th at Spring Creek golf course in Ripon which help fund our high school scholarships. We also accept direct contributions to support our scholarship fund.

On Nov 7th, UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will be our featured speaker discussing recent Constitutional Law decisions at our Bench-Bar Dinner.

Upcoming MCLE’s include “New Rules of Professional Conduct” on June 21st presented by one of the drafters of the rules in which attendees earn credit for both elimination of bias and ethics.

On August 23rd, Judge Hurl Johnson (retired) will be presenting on the implications of expert witnesses’ opinion testimony in light of People v Sanchez.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the new crop of attorneys who recently found out that they passed the bar exam. We hope you accept our invitation to join the SCBA as an investment in your future. As a new attorney, there will be frustrating moments when dealing with opposing counsel. However, challenging your opponent should be limited to arguments in the courtroom. The only dueling should be about findings of fact and conclusions of law.