Editor’s Message

Sacramento County Bar Association Turns 99

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Betsy S. Kimball


by Betsy S. Kimball

The SCBA has ambitious plans for celebrating its 100-year “birthday” in 2018. Please see the “help really wanted” pages in the center of this issue and volunteer to work on the 100-year centennial publication. It will not happen without your help!

Weeks pass between the time we finalize an issue’s articles and the time the magazine is delivered. Occasionally I worry that some article or announcement will become stale or even outdated during the weeks the magazine is in production. Today, my hope is just the opposite—that, by the time this issue is delivered, one article will be 100 percent out-of-date. That article is Gary Smith’s and Vicki Jacobs’ piece (p. 8) about the Trump administration’s proposal to de-fund the Legal Service Corporation. “The American Bar Association is outraged that the administration proposes to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation … [1]” Me too. I urge you to read the article and then add your name to those of the bar leaders, law faculties, deans, law firms, and “ordinary” lawyers across the country who are supporting the Legal Services Corporation. Inaccessibility to legal services is already a threat to the legal system. This is the time to expand access—not to turn the clock back some 50 years and dismantle what is already in place.

There are several articles in this issue by, or about the experiences of, our Asian-American colleagues, including Kathi Finnerty’s thoughtful article on the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II. As Editor, I get lots of press release type things, including a daily one from something called Wallet Hub. I usually delete them, but the February 22nd release caught my eye. Of the 501 “largest U.S. cities” (who knew there were so many), Sacramento is the 4th most ethno-racially diverse. As we document the first 100 years of the SCBA, we will see it evolve from an association of white men to the diverse lot it is today. My point here is to stress that, as the lawyers of today, we do well to remember the lessons of history and stay vigilant about preserving what our predecessors and we have accomplished. There is a lot going on. It’s not a good time to sit on the sidelines.

1 https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2017/03/statement_of_abapre3.html.

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