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President’s Message

Robert F. Farraceby Robert F. Farrace, SCBA President


The County Bar Association is off to a great start in 2017. Before we leave 2016 behind, a hearty “Thank you!” to last year’s Bar Board and Officers. The future of the Association is founded upon the hard work done in the past. I want to particularly thank Past President Keric Cushing for his service to the Association as he eases into that most favored position of Ex Officio board member.

Each year, those managing the Association work diligently to find excellent speakers for Law Day, the Bench Bar Dinner, and the many continuing education programs throughout the year. This year is no exception. Thanks to this year’s Law Day committee and Judge Villalobos for his assist in bringing California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger as our featured speaker on May 18. Justice Kruger will discuss the Law Day theme, the 14th Amendment and its transformation of American democracy. Please look for our email for event attendance and sponsorship opportunities.

Thanks to Sonya Bouma for reaching out to Sherman Kishi to speak at our Bench Bar Dinner. Mr. Kishi, at the tender age of 17, was one of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans selected for relocation to War Relocation Camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Kishi and his family were relocated to a camp in Merced. We hope you all can attend this year’s Bench Bar Dinner tentatively scheduled for October 18 to hear his story.

On a new front, I wish to thank Jeff Mangar for his efforts in establishing a more welcoming environment for new lawyers and ensuring their place and voice in the Association. To that end, we continued our tradition of the New Lawyers Reception sponsored by Bank of Stockton. Thanks to Judge Israels for her thoughtful words concerning her entry to the profession and tips for those new to the practice of law.

Thank you to all members of the Association who attend our continuing education programs. Your support is an integral part of the Association’s funding. Please take advantage of our CLE offerings whenever possible and know that it is truly appreciated. Please take a moment, as I do now, to thank our Executive Director for all her efforts that help implement the Board’s efforts on your behalf. Thanks Deana!

May each of you have a prosperous and fulfilling 2017! Please contact me at with any comments or suggestions that may improve the Association.