by Shanae Buffington and Meredith Packer Garey
Photos by: Mark Long, Eleakis & Elder Photography
On September 24, 2015, the SCBA held its annual Bench-Bar Reception at a new venue—the Sacramento Convention Center. This was a record year for attendance, as over 500 people came out to enjoy the festivities. The event featured vendor tables with
an array of helpful legal materials and resources and featured a wine auction to benefit the Sacramento Law Foundation, the SCBA-related non-profit that works to improve the administration of justice in this region. Spirits and food were provided by Classique Catering, while the J. Harrison B. Jazz Trio entertained guests with lively music.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. and Presiding Justice Vance Raye of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, presented the “state of the court” reports. WLS President Rebecca Dietzen presented the Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship Award to Keeley Nickelson, a student at Pacific McGeorge.
SCBA President Angela Lai presented the Judge of the Year award to Presiding Judge Robert Hight of the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge Hight was introduced by Roger Dreyer. Dreyer described Judge Hight’s illustrious career including his work with local community organizations. Judge Hight graciously accepted his award and spoke about the increased number of cases participating in the mediation program in addition to speaking about his work as the presiding judge. Judge Hight thanked other judges in attendance, his judicial staff, and his family for their invaluable support.
Please see page 10 for SCBA’s thanks to the event’s sponsors. The SCBA also thanks the members of the Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association who helped with registering event guests.