October President’s Message

October!  This is the beginning of my favorite time of the year – cold weather, crock pot cooking, family time, and hockey begins… and the beginning of some hard-core holiday shopping takes place!  It’s also a time for haunts, tricks and treats. I’ve had the joy of theme park hopping in September for the Halloween activities as it’s my boyfriend’s favorite time of the year.  We ended our Halloween adventure at Disneyland and California Adventure – it was nice to end our festivities at the happiest place on earth!

What do you look forward to in October?

Court News

The Kern County Superior Court’s proposed rules for January 2014 have been posted on their website and public comment is welcome through October 21, 2013.  Changes are proposed to be made to Rule 3.3-Civil Law and Motion, Rule 3.9-Final Case Management Conference, and Rule 3.15.1-Filing the Complaint.  You can view the proposed changes and information on how to comment on the proposed changes in our newsletter, or at http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/pdf/LocalCrtRules/ProposedCourtRules_010114.pdf.

As of October 1, 2013, the United States District Court, Eastern District of California will migrate from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word.  All documents requiring to be submitted to the court in native format (pursuant to Local Rules 137, 163, and 281) must be submitted in Word format.  For more information, please visit the USDC’s website at http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/news-updates/microsoft-word-migration-october-1-2013/#sthash.0xOiX55t.dpuf.

An update on Tulare County Superior Court – Effective October 1, 2013, official court reporters will no longer be provided in the Visalia Division for all misdemeanor matters, civil limited trials, civil unlimited trials and probate trials.  Additionally, effective November 4, 2013, official court reporters will no longer be provided in the South County Justice Center for all misdemeanor matters, civil limited trials, civil unlimited trials and probate trials.  Court reporters will continue to be provided for all other matters not identified above, including felony and juvenile matters with the exception of traffic matters.

If you have an out-of-town hearing, make sure you verify whether that court provides for court reporters for your hearing before you need one!  For further information, please review our newsletter.


We hope you’ll join us on October 10, 12:00 (noon) at the Petroleum Club.  Steve Boyle will be joining us to speak on Estate Planning and Ethics; Conflicts, Confidentiality and other Ethical Issues.  It’s a great time for you to earn 1.0 hour of ethics MCLE!

It’s also the time of year where KCPA collects names of families in need that are not currently receiving any public assistance, to receive a pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Additionally, we will be collecting cash donations to provide each family with a gift card to purchase additional items for their Thanksgiving dinner.  Please contact Michelle Hill (mhill@gbla.org) for additional information or to provide the name and a brief description of the family in need.


I hope you’ve signed up for the 9th Bi-Annual CAPA Leadership Conference on November 2, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 at with an evening reception following, at the law offices of Klein DeNatale Golder.  Cultivating Leaders of Tomorrow is for all stages of leaders, incoming and experienced.  We’ll be offering 2 hours of MCLE – 1 hour of general and 1 hour of ethics. To register for the event, visit CAPA’s website http://www.caparalegal.org/index.php/event-registration/?ee=4.  Your board has been working diligently to make this a wonderful event – I hope you are able to make it.

I hope you all have a fun and safe October!

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