Russell Austin The SCBA’s 2017 Distinguished Attorney

  by  J. Scott Alexander The SCBA has selected Russell J. Austin as its 2017 Distinguished Attorney of the Year. A third-generation native Californian, born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Russell J. Austin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at UC Santa Barbara. In his senior year, he pursued a year-long... Continue Reading →

SCBA’s 2017 Judge of the Year Kevin R. Culhane

Wealth of Knowledge, Integrity, and Problem-Solving Skills by Art Scotland by Art Scotland Superlatives flow when lawyers describe Presiding Judge Kevin Culhane. “In terms of sheer intellect, he is one of the sharpest legal minds you will ever encounter,” said Dan Kohls. “I have never worked with a more brilliant lawyer,” said Betsy Kimball. “Extremely... Continue Reading →

From the Days of Orwellian Fears, to the Internet of Things, and Now to AI….

by Kathleen Finnerty, William Kellerman and Derek Ulmer Editor’s Note: Kathleen Finnerty, a business litigator and counselor in practice for 25 years, William (“Bil”) Kellermann, a technology litigator and counselor for the past two decades, and Derek Ulmer, a 2017 graduate of Pacific McGeorge, share their views about Artificial Intelligence (AI) – how it is... Continue Reading →

The Ugly Abyss of Racism: The Forced Relocation of Japanese-American Citizens under the Guise of Threat – Lessons for Today

by Kathleen E. Finnerty This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent internment and incarceration of Japanese Americans and others. Recent events have renewed focus on these tragic events: The Trump administration’s attempts to slow or block the immigration of “refugees” from seven Muslim-majority countries and the Executive Orders to... Continue Reading →

Sabrina L. Thomas, SCBA President for 2017

Sabrina L. Thomas steps into her role as President of the Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA) with two primary goals. One is to increase the legal profession’s participation in the Sacramento community. The second is to ensure that every lawyer in the region understands they are welcome and have a place at the SCBA. This... Continue Reading →

Heather Cline Hoganson

2016 SCBA PRESIDENT by David Graulich  After years of covering the Sacramento legal community as a writer and editor, Heather Cline Hoganson is moving to the other side of the notebook. In January 2016, Hoganson begins a one-year term as president of the Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA). She succeeds Angela Lai, who will continue... Continue Reading →

Steve Boutin: The “Well Deserved” Recipient of the SCBA’s 2015 Distinguished Attorney of the Year Award

by Ellen Arabian-Lee The SCBA has selected Steve Boutin as its 2015 Distinguished Attorney of the Year. The overwhelming community response is that the award is “well deserved.” Steve really could not help but become an attorney—it is in his blood. He is, along with his brother Peter, a 4th generation lawyer in his family. His... Continue Reading →

2015 SCBA – Judge of the Year Robert Hight

“He is the most accomplished public servant I have known.” Winston Hickox Judge Robert Hight, Sacramento’s low-key presiding judge, is known as a master of the deal. But his ability to help parties find common ground and workable solutions predates his time on the bench. Appointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2003, Judge Hight comes... Continue Reading →

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