President’s Message

Heating up in Sacramento

by Heather Cline Hoganson

heatingupsacramento
Heather Cline Hoganson President, Sacramento County Bar Association

As part of the Food from the Bar initiative this Spring, the Board of Directors held its May Board meeting at the Sacramento Food Bank’s Community Building in Oak Park, and the Shakers held the food drive after-party at the Community Garden. Along with barrels of food and cash donations, teams from SCBA also volunteered to sort food at the Food Bank’s warehouse. Those of you who have “liked” the SCBA Facebook page saw some of the photos. Thanks to the Shakers Division and Food Drive Coordinator Pat Sturdevant for setting this up, and thank YOU for donating food, dollars, and time. We are helping our community thrive. If you would like to join the Shakers Division in planning future outreach activities, please contact Jonathan Hayes.

You may have noticed that I mention people to contact in my messages. My favorite go-to is the SCBA’s Legal Directory, which just reissued recently. A big shout-out to the bar staff, who have taken this publication in-house and raised the bar. Have you opened yours? Flip to your name.  Do you have a picture – a RECENT picture? It is now totally easy to access your member profile on the SCBA home page (sacbar.org) and upload a photo. (If it has been awhile since you’ve taken one, keep your eyes open for the next SCBA Picture Day, expected to happen this fall.)  You can also update other information on your profile, such as languages spoken and areas of practice.

For our SCBA members who are also attorneys or administrative law judges employed by the State of California and covered by the CASE contract, the SCBA Board has sent a letter urging the CASE bargaining team and CalHR to consider raising the dues reimbursement amount in the new contract negotiations. (The current contract goes through July 1, 2016.) Total reimbursement for “any local or specialty bar” has been at $100 for ten years (see section 13.7(D) of the MOU). If you are covered by the State Unit 2 contract and have not requested any reimbursement, this is a reminder to get your travel expense claims in as soon as possible. Every little bit helps.  

As the summer heats up, so do court plans to move the law & motion and civil settlements departments to the Hall of Justice (across the street from the Federal Courthouse, on 6th between H and J). If you are expecting to appear in Departments 53, 54, or 59, watch your court notices for any changes in location

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