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Volume32013verdict3presidentsmessageThenewnormal.TatiswhatIrecentlyheardsomeonecallournewexperienceascivilattorneyspracticinginLosAngelesSuperiorPIcourtsasothisyear.InmyrstPresidentsmessage9monthsagoIwroteAtthispointnooneknowshowthisisreallygoingtowork.Iamhappytoreportthatas2013comestoaclosethingsappeartobeworkingsurprisinglywellinthecourtsparticularlygiventhedevastatingbudgetcutbacksandcourtrestructuring.InLosAngelesoreverycasethathasbeenreadyortrialacourtroomhasbeenound.AchallengeremainswithdelaysinsecuringatimelydateordispositivemotionsbuteectiveJanuary62014therewillbeourPIcourtsinsteadothreetohandletheload.InthemeantimethecourtshavebeencooperativeincontinuingtrialdatesasnecessarytogetourmotionsheardandinreturningcomplexcasestoanIndependentCalendarcourtwhenappropriate.ASCDCwillcontinuetoworkcloselywiththecourtstoimprovethesesystems.othoseoyouincountiesotherthanLosAngeleswehaveheardandrespondedtothemessagethatyouwouldlikemoreprogramsinyourlocale.InSeptemberweheldourBoardmeetinginSantaBarbaraollowedbyatwo-dayconerenceonproessionalliabilityandmedicalmalpractice.Teeducationalprogramwasstellar.TewinetourthatollowedwasoneoakindthankstoomandPeterStolpmanoStolpmanVineyardswhohostedalunchandwinetastingontheloggiaotheirnewhomeinBallardCanyonoverlookingthevineyards.OurYoungLawyersCommitteeputontwosuccessulmixersthisyearatPerchindowntownLosAngelesandattheUniversityClubinSanDiego.Itissoenergizingtocometogetherwiththeseolkstomingleinacollegialsocialatmosphere.WehaveanotherYoungLawyerseventscheduledinSantaMonicaonJanuary30.Weknowthatouryoungdeenselawyersaretheutureothisorganizationandyoucancountonmoreothesenetworkingopportunitiesnextyear.InOrangeCountyweheldouryearlysignatureeventtheConstructionDeectSeminarandHolidayJudicialreceptiononDecember5.Itwasaspectaculareventandgreatturnout.Inadditionweheldawell-attendedbrownbagseminarattheOrangeCountycourthouseinNovember.TejudgesandmembersinattendanceheardPresident-electBobOlsonandplaintiattorneyEricrautdiscusswhatisnewontheHowellv.HamiltonMeatsront.NextyearourSeptemberproessionalliabilityseminarwillbeinSanDiegoCountyandwearebringingbackourpopulargoltournamenttoRiversideCountytoprovideworthwhileeducationalaswellassocialeventstomembersthroughoutSouthernCaliornia.InthatveinwehavehadseveralwebinarsthisyearwithmoretocomeormembersinoutlyingcountieswhowanttoparticipateintheimportantprogramsthatASCDCprovides.OurcalendaryearendedonahighnoteonDecember17attheJonathanClubinLosAngeleswherewecelebratedwithourjudgesandmembersbotholdandnewatourannualJudicialandNewMemberHolidayReception.Ioverheardmanyattendeessayitisthebestholidaypartyotheyear.IhavethoroughlyenjoyedleadingASCDCasyourPresidentthisyearandamlookingorwardtoturningthereinsovertoBobOlsonatour53rdAnnualSeminar.BobisnotonlyahighlyrespectedappellatelawyerbutheisaabulouspersonwhoisverydedicatedtoASCDC.AsortheAnnualSeminarwehaveawonderulprogramplannedatourFridayluncheonwelookorwardtohearingromDanaPerinoormerPressSecretaryintheGeorgeW.BushWhiteHouseandpanelmemberothepopularFoxprogramTeFive.PleasebethereIextendahearteltthankyoutoourASCDCBoardmembersCommitteechairsourExecutiveDirectorJennierBlevinsandherstaandtoMikeBeloteourLegislativeAdvocateoranamazingyear.AndmostoallthankyoutoallotheASCDCmembersandriendswhohavesponsoredspokenatorattendedourvarietyoprogramsthisyear.MembershiphasneverbeensovaluableintheappellatedecisionsweinfuencethelegislativeworkwedoorthebenetsoourmembersandclientstheMCLEprogramsandsocialnetworkingthroughLinkedInthatweprovideandmostoallthepersonalnetworkingopportunitiesandriendshipsthatdevelopthroughmembership.TheNewNormalN.DeniseTaylorASCDC2013President