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More on Prima Facie Evidence of Financial Fundraising Machinations Involving Lea and Dave Rosenberg [ TLR Notes: 1- Notice Davis Odd Fellows 2012 “Breakfast with Santa” — as TLR/ YR established, funds are forwarded to support “Foster Youth / Emancipated Foster Youth” — in other words probably money to Barbara Sommer’s Progress Ranch 2- IMPORTANT — Notice names of Assistant Distract Attorney Mike Cabral and spouse. Reminder, Cabral attorney behind sham search warrant / seizure of all CaliforniaALL material from home YR pursuant to a criminal conspiracy, by among others, California Bar operatives: Keker & Van Nest’s Jon Streeter (attorney for Howard Dickstein ; KVN’s Chris Young of CaliforniaALL – including Three-Card-Monte trick) , Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, Southern California Edison’s Richard Tom, Jeannine English — spouse of Howard Dickstein, MTO’s Mary Ann Todd, Gwen Moore, Doug Winthrop, Alec Chang,Holly Fujie, etc to press false criminal charges against YR for purpose of suppressing truth in re CaliforniaALL, CCPF, Utility Companies $ 2 Asians/Blacks 4 Injustices, In Re Girardi, Fogel v. Farmers Collusion. Per YR, during 3-4 hours search/seizure by armed investigators of Yolo DA, panicky Mike Cabral constantly on phone with justifiably confused investigators for further instructions, asking why search/seizure takes long time.]

Santa and his Elves get ready for the hundreds of people coming to breakfast at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge.

Breakfast With Santa Delivers Lots Of Fun

Today the Davis Odd Fellows completed our seventh annual Breakfast with Santa in downtown Davis. It was a great success. We heard nothing but compliments and saw nothing but smiles from the 350 children and families who enjoyed the morning. Folks in Davis, CA really look forward to Breakfast with Santa – tickets all sell out in two weeks or less.

We have so many people to thank, but especially the world’s best Santa, our own Doug Hatton. Thank you also to his wife and Santa Manager Margee, and the 8 young ladies who were the elves. The kitchen and cooking crew headed by John Geisler and Barb Geisler were just great – hard-working from 6 a.m. and constantly cranking out the pancakes, sausages and other goodies. Thank you to our excellent photographer, Ernesto Sandoval, and Dee Clark from Woodstock’s who served her famous Cinna-Bread. We had some 50 volunteers from our Lodges who worked in shifts from 7 this morning till about 1 p.m. this afternoon. Thank you to Sharla Cheney who, once again, was our volunteer coordinator, and Dave Rosenberg, once again our volunteer wrangler and PR guy. Everyone pitched in filling goodie bags, decorating the tables, serving, cleaning, and doing all the tasks that need to be done to pull off this event. This year we tried something different and had three volunteer shifts, rather than two – thus involving even more members of our Lodges. We also had a special clean-up crew of volunteers to handle the kitchen. It takes MANY hands to put on this big show. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the volunteers:

Doug Hatton
Dave Reed
Sheryl Cambron
Jonathan Raven
Vita Salmieri
Lewis Kimble
David Hafter
Gina Daleiden
Arun Sen
Debbie Friend
Kathy White
Kati Cole-Leathers
Hannah Cole-Leathers
Marc Langlais
JuDee Archuleta
Tim Ainsworth
Joyce Trujillo
Shyamli Sah
Bill Grabert
Matt DeMoura
Alekka Fullerton
Michael Fullerton
Mike Cabral
Margie Cabral
Duff Devine
Irene Fecht
Penny Smith
Jean-Paul Montreuil
John Geisler
Peter Pascoe
Brodie Hamilton
Sharon Schauer
Joyce Puntillo
Mark Spencer
Dennis Corcoran
Vickie Kretsinger
David Cougevan
Tim Carroll
Ann Carroll
Ernesto Sandoval
Dee Clark
Dave Rosenberg
Sharla Cheney
Barb Geisler
Lea Rosenberg

And, once again, we received applications from folks who attended Breakfast with Santa, and now want to join the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges. They want to join because they see the great community spirit of our Lodges and members.

We also appreciate the merchants, like the Davis Coop, Woodstock’s Pizza, Mezzeta Foods and Puroast Coffee, who donated all the food supplies. And thank you to the many donors who contributed over $3,000 to help our efforts – donors like Edward Jones Inc. and David Cougevan, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Wochok Group, the Law Offices of Raquel Silva, the Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Supervisor Don Saylor, Retired Supervisor Helen Thomson, Davis Ace Hardware, Davis Waste Removal, First Northern Bank, Tandem Properties, Hanlees Nissan of Davis, and others. We also thank Avid Reader and Common Grounds who have sold tickets for us for many years.

The proceeds from Breakfast with Santa are used to benefit foster children in our community, and young adults who have recently left the foster system.

We look forward to the eighth annual Breakfast with Santa in 2013. (Once we rest up.)

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Lea Rosenberg and Barb Geisler, Co-Chairs
Breakfast with Santa Committee

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 Cal Bar Actors
Partial list of Co-Conspirators/ Executives and Directors of State Bar of California and/or California Bar Foundation:  Joseph Dunn AKA Joe Dunn (of Voice of OC, UC Irvine Foundation, Judicial Council), Jon Streeter (of Keker & Van Nest ; connections to Obama for America, Keker & Van Nest’s associate Chris Young – major figure in CaliforniaALL scheme), Somnath Raj Chatterjee (of Morrison & Foerster), Gretchen Nelson (of Kreindler & Kreindler), Alec Chang (of Skadden Arps), Douglas Winthrop (of Arnold & Porter — formerly of Howard Rice), David Grove (of Vaquero Capital; connections to Mark Parnes and John Roos of WSGR; husband of Joilene Wood Grove of Cal Bar Foundation / WSGR) Holly Fujie (of Buchalter Nemer), Gwen Moore (of GeM Communication, connections to Eric Moore, CCPF, CPUC), Gay-Godfather Dennis Mangers (former aide to Darrell Steinberg  of CaliforniaALL), Jeannine English (wife of Howard Dickstein; connections to CPUC, AARP, Donna Lucas, Casinos) George Davis (of David Broadband), Richard Tom (of Southern California Edison ; Edison International ; proxy of Munger Tolles/ Ron Olson), Mary Ann Todd (of Munger Tolles — wrongdoer in re CaliforniaALL, CCPF; represents two utilities implicated in CaliforniaALL financial scheme-  Southern California Edison and Verizon )
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As background to the above, and as was recently published: In the midst of a growing controversy over Lea and David Rosenberg, the former foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury has been identified as a potential wrongdoer in a civil inquiry into the peculiar circumstances surrounding familiar faces and a familiar casino in the context of a relatively unknown Davis-based non-profit entity, Progress Ranch
.Barbara Sommer
Barbara Sommer (image: courtesy)
Barbara Sommer (who currently serves as the president of Progress Ranch; President of California Grand Jurors’ Association – Yolo County Chapter) is being looked into for indications of whether she may have been the recipient of questionable gifts during a time period when she served concurrently as Treasurer of Progress Ranch and Foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury in order to influence the outcome of various legal proceedings, and especially a Grand Jury investigation of Cache Creek Casino located in Yolo County.The rapidly expanding multi-prong civil inquiry, conducted by TLR’s confederate — Yolo County’s YR –also views Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Chairman Marshall McKay, and attorney Howard Dickstein as parties who may potentially have a played a role in the scheme, although this investigation is continuing.A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintains that evidence shows that for a period of several years, four or five non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg (Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc., and possibly Davis Sunrise Rotary Club) devoted unusual and, indeed, at times exclusive attention to financially benefit “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County.For example, Lea and David Rosenberg (at times, with the assistance of Judge David Reed and CPA Victor Bucher) raised funds to support foster youth by mobilizing Davis Odd Fellows (“Breakfast with Santa”), Soroptimist International of Davis (“Texas Hold ‘Em” ), Davis Rebekah Lodge (“Crab Feed”), and Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. (“Orphan Scholarship Fund”).

Also being looked into are Gretchen Peralta and Allison and Robert Woolley. Both Peralta and Robert Wooley are directors of Progress Ranch. Allison Wooley sold tickets to “Texas Hold’ Em”.

Progress Ranch is a non-profit public benefit, Section 510(c)(3) agency providing residential treatment services for troubled children. It is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Fees for the children are received from the Department of Social Services of the county where the child’s family resides.

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Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays ; Ann Althouse commentary ; Keker & Van Nest: Growing need exists for South Asian federal judges [ TLR Note: Growing need exists also for Male – Heterosexual – Caucasian – Christian @ California Supreme Court . Presently, of the 7 justices: 4 Asian-American (Cantil, Chin, Liu, Kennard ), 1 Asiatic-American (Baxter), 1 Gay Female (Corrigan ) 1 Jewish Female ( Werdegar) ; Growing need exists to diversify bench of Yolo County – all judges Caucasian — unlike general population of many hard-working Latinos ; Growing need to diversify Morrison & Foerster — very little, if any, black male attorneys in California]

Jeff Chiu/AP – Judge Mary Murguia, center, speaks next to judges Mary Schroeder, left, and Michael Hawkins speak during a hearing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.

Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.

“Diversity in and of itself is a thing that is strengthening the judicial system,” White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said. “It enhances the bench and the performance of the bench and the quality of the discussion . . . to have different perspectives, different life experiences, different professional experiences, coming from a different station in life, if you will.”

But Obama’s biggest obstacle is the Senate, where Republicans have frequently blocked judicial confirmation votes for months or, in some cases, years. Obama has 35 nominees currently awaiting votes by the Senate — including several holdovers from 2012 who have been renominated this year — and there are more than 50 additional vacancies awaiting nominees, according to the Federal Judicial Center.

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ANN ALTHOUSE

This is such a ridiculous Obama puff piece. Obama pushing to diversify the federal judiciary? Like it’s an Obama innovation?! I can’t remember when Presidents didn’t go out of their way pick federal judges from various minority groups.

WaPo is obviously using this diversity hook to criticize Republican resistance to liberal nominees. Does anyone in their right mind believe the GOP objects to these nominees because of their particular diversity factors.

It’s a very long article, and the childish level of the Obama PR is so embarrassing I feel I should simply look away….

The new wave of nominations is part of an effort by Obama to cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency and makes the court system more closely resemble the changing society it governs, administration officials said.

Oh, administration officials said? Just take dictation, why don’t you? Did these officials use the phrase “cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency” or did you concoct yourselves?

By the way, what U.S. President doesn’t have a legacy that long outlives his presidency? How much “cement” is really needed for us not to forget a President?

But I do get the point of Presidents trying to extend their political power by relocating it in the judiciary. That’s no innovation. That’s an old, old tradition in America….

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http://althouse.blogspot.de/2013/03/obama-pushing-to-diversify-federal.html

Source @: http://www.kvn.com/Templates/media/files/Articles/Growing%20Need%20Exists%20for%20South%20Asian%20Judges_Malhotra.pdf

Cory Booker Wikipedia Profile [ TLR is of the opinion Booker would make a terrific senator. As such, unfair to besmirch / find faults – however insignificant – on account of feud between TLR and Keker & Van Nest , John Keker , Chris Young, Jon B. Streeter ]

Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician who is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He was first elected in 2006, and had served as a City Councilor from 1998 to 2002. He ran for Mayor in 2002, but lost to incumbent Sharpe James; he ran again in 2006 and won against Deputy Mayor Ronald Rice. Booker is the third African-American mayor of Newark.

He is a graduate of Stanford University, Yale Law School, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. After college, Booker won an upset victory for a seat on the Newark City Council, defeating four-term incumbent George Branch.

Booker has gained a reputation for his personal involvement in public service, including going on a 10-day hunger strike outdoors to draw attention to the dangers of open-air drug dealing, living on a “food stamp” budget to raise awareness of food insecurity, shoveling the driveway of a constituent upon request, allowing hurricane victims into his home, rescuing a dog from freezing winter weather, and saving a woman from a house fire at his own risk.

Booker was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the affluent town of Harrington Park, New Jersey, 20 miles (32 km) north of Newark.[2] His parents, Cary Alfred and Carolyn Rose (née Jordan) Booker, were among the first black executives at IBM.[2][3][4] In 2009, he told US News that he was raised in a religious household, and that he and his family attended a small African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Jersey.[1] Booker graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan and was named to the USA Today All-USA high school football team in 1986.

Booker went on to Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991 and a Master of Arts in sociology the following year. While at Stanford, Booker played varsity football.[5] He also made the All–Pacific Ten Academic team and was elected senior class president.[6][7] In addition, he ran The Bridge, a student-run crisis hotline, and organized help from Stanford students for youth in East Palo Alto.[8] After Stanford, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he earned an honors degree in U.S. history in 1994 as a member of The Queen’s College.[7] Booker received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from Yale Law School, where he operated free legal clinics for low-income residents of New Haven. At Yale, he was a founding member of the Chai Society (now the Eliezer Society).[9] He was also a Big Brother and was active in the National Black Law Students Association.[10] Contemplating advocacy work and a run for city council in Newark after graduation from law school, Booker lived in Newark during his final year at Yale.[11]

President Obama association

Booker campaigning for Barack Obama in Newark, 2007

In 2009, after Barack Obama became President of the United States, Booker was offered the chance to head the new White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy. Booker turned the offer down, citing a commitment to Newark.[35]

Booker generated controversy on May 12, 2012, when he appeared on Meet The Press as a surrogate for the re-election campaign of Barack Obama and made remarks which were critical of that campaign.[68] Booker stated that the attacks on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s record at Bain Capital were “nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright.”[68] Some objected to Booker’s remarks because Romney made claims about job creation at Bain central to his campaign. Others criticized Booker, saying his comments were motivated by his closeness to and dependence on Wall Street donors. The comments were subsequently utilized by the Romney campaign against Obama.[69] Booker made follow-up comments clarifying that he now believed Obama’s attacks on Romney’s record at Bain were legitimate but did not retract his point about attacking private equity in general.[70]

Two weeks later, Booker’s communications director Anne Torres tendered her resignation, although she maintained it was unrelated to Meet the Press.[71]

Booker spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama.[72]

Affiliations and honors

Booker sits on the board of advisers of the political action committee “Democrats for Education Reform”.[73] Booker is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Teachers College, Columbia University, and was formerly a member of the Executive Committee at Yale Law School and the Board of Trustees at Stanford University.

In May 2009, Booker received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Newark-based New Jersey Institute of Technology for ‘his outstanding career in public service as the Mayor of Newark’.[74] In May 2009, Booker received an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University, and was a commencement speaker that year as well.[75] He received another honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in December 2010 from Yeshiva University for “his bold vision for Newark and setting a national standard for urban transformation”.[76] In June 2011, Booker received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Williams College for the urban transformation of Newark. He was also the 2011 Williams College commencement speaker.[77] In May 2012, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Bard College and gave the commencement speech at the graduation.[78] In 2010, Booker delivered the commencement addresses at Pitzer College in Claremont, California on May 15, Columbia University‘s Teachers College in New York City on May 17, and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, a week later on May 23, 2010. He gave the commencement address to New York Law School graduates on May 13, 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. He delivered a commencement address to Stanford University graduates on June 17, 2012, at Stanford Stadium.[79] He also received an honorary degree at Fairleigh Dickinson’s 69th Commencement Ceremony in May 2012.[80]

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Keker & Van Nest to Host Fundraising Event for Newark Mayor Cory Booker [ TLR Note: 1- second fundraising KVN’s Chris Young arranges for Cory Booker — further circumstantial evidence (“FCE”) Young – black first political operative 2- FCE of potential machinations in re Young / OBAMA FOR AMERICA / Kevin Johnson/ CaliforniaALL / Mark Friedman / Three-Card-Monte 3- Morally improper attorneys from San Francisco have say who will represent interests of New Jersey ‘s residents in US Senate ]

Cory Booker, the two-term Democratic mayor of Newark and all but certain candidate for U.S. Senate next year, has launched a quiet but aggressive fundraising campaign that will take him to as many as eight events, from Manhattan to Florida to California, over the next month and a half, BuzzFeed has learned.

Since announcing last December that he would “consider” a bid for the Senate, Booker has declined to make his candidacy official, saying only that he won’t make an announcement until after the New Jersey gubernatorial race this November.

But event RSVP forms posted on the mayor’s political website — hidden from the homepage, but still searchable to the public — make clear that his still nascent fundraising efforts are robust, and that his campaign operation is already well underway.

The event listings show that Booker will head to Manhattan on March 21 to Quinn Emanuel, a white-shoe law firm, for a lunch reception; to Newark, N.J., later that night for a dinner at the restaurant, Adega Grill; to Florida for two private-home receptions, first in Ft. Lauderdale on March 22, and next in Palm Beach the following night; to Washington D.C. on April 1, for a reception at the DC Society of Young Professionals; and then back to New York on April 9, for an event at the home of Barry Coller, the physician in chief of Rockefeller University Hospital.

Later in the month, Booker will take a swing through California, first to Los Angeles on April 25, to hobnob with a diverse group of Hollywood bigwigs who in past campaigns have offered their support to an array of candidates from both parties.

The fundraiser, according to its RSVP form, will be held at the home of major motion-picture producer Jerry Weintraub, whose most recent project was a largely positive documentary, 41, on former Republican president George H.W. Bush. According to campaign finance reports, Weintraub has already contributed $5,000 to Booker’s political action committee, CoryPAC, and was a supporter of New Jersey’s Frank Lautenberg — the retiring Senator whose seat Booker will run for next year — during his most recent and last campaign in 2007. Although the producer did not give to either Obama or Mitt Romney in the last presidential race, he did contribute to John McCain’s campaign in 2008.

Other guests slated to attend the Los Angeles fundraiser — where tickets run cost $5,000 — were some of the president’s biggest West Coast supporters last year.

The list of star-studded attendees includes Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation who helped launched the pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA; Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney, Bob Iger; Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant, the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas; interior decorator and major Obama bundler, Michael Smith, who redesigned the Oval Office for the president in 2010; CEO of Sony, Michael Lynton; former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown; producer J.J. Abrams; director Rob Weiner; actor Bruce Willis; and HBO executive Michael Lombardo, who hosted the fundraiser with LGBT leaders last year that inspired Vice President Joe Biden to speak out, to the surprise of the White House, in support of marriage equality on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Gerald Parsky — the chairman of the private investment firm Aurora Capital Group, a former appointee to five Republican presidents, and a fundraiser for both of George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns — is scheduled to attend the Los Angeles fundraiser for Booker, despite having given more recently to Romney in 2012 and McCain in 2008.

Before leaving California, Booker is scheduled to appear in San Francisco the day after the Los Angeles fundraiser, at the law firm, Keker & Van Nest.

The Newark mayor is already well ahead in early polling of his likely primary opponent, New Jersey’s Rep. Frank Pallone, who has long expressed interest in the Senate seat. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, released Wednesday morning, shows Booker leads the congressman 50 percent to four percent.

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Special Cocktail Reception for Newark Mayor Cory Booker in San Francisco

The Offices of Keker & Van Nest, 633 Battery Street, San Francisco CA 94111 · Monday, October 24, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Matthew Wise

Please Join Hosts*

Susana and Eric Casher ~ Michael D. Celio ~ Becky Draper ~ Lisa and Doug Goldman ~ John W. Keker ~ Lorna and Wade Randlett ~ Staci and Jamie Slaughter ~ Sandi and John Thompson ~ Samania and Chris Young

*Host Committee Still In Formation

for a Special Cocktail Reception with Newark Mayor Cory Booker

in support of Booker Team For Newark

Monday, October 24, 2011

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Learn more: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145043528925288

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For more about Chris Young and Keker & Van Nest, please see @:

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In Past Week Google Search for John Keker, The Leslie Brodie Report Leads Over Bloomberg, Above the Law, LiveLeak [TLR Note: must be due to popularity of story in re Keker & Van Nest / Three-Card-Monte]

Past week

California Bar Absurd Reply to Complaint Against John Keker, Jon Streeter, Chris Young

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/03/03/california-bar-absurd-reply-to-complaint-against-john-keker-jon-streeter-chris-young-of-keker-van-nest-in-re-three-card-monte-scandal-fraudulent–15587267/

John Keker or Cris Arguedas « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site …
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These muggers messed with the wrong attorney. On Friday, a San Francisco lawyer single-handedly defeated a group of teenagers who tried to steal his …

Keker & Van Nest « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News …
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Standard & Poor’s has hired talented trial attorney John Keker of Keker & Van Nest to represent the ratings agency in the DOJ’s $5 billion suit. [Reuters] …

Autonomy Executives Said to Hire Lawyers Weingarten, Keker …
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(HPQ)’s Autonomy unit, hired criminal defense lawyer Reid Weingarten, while Sushovan Hussain, who was Autonomy’s finance chief, hired attorney John Keker, …

LiveLeak.com – California State Bar Closes Ethics Investigation of …
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It now appears that attorneys John Keker, Jon Streeter, and Chris Young of San Francisco-based litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest will not be subject to …

AMAZON WATCH » Chevron Using 60 Law Firms and 2,000 Legal …
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… must stop,” said the letter, which was signed by John Keker of Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco and Craig Smyser of Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka in Houston.

Ex-Autonomy Boys Lawyer Up | Cloud Computing Journal
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Bloomberg said Lynch is using Reid Weingarten and Hussain has retained John Keker. HP said in December that the Justice Department is investigating its …
Ex-Autonomy Boys Lawyer Up | SOA World Magazine
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Bloomberg said Lynch is using Reid Weingarten and Hussain has retained John Keker. HP said in December that the Justice Department is investigating its …

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Hosted Lance Armstrong Meeting …
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He’s recently been represented by Robert Luskin and Patrick Slevin at Patton Boggs in Washington; John Keker and Elliot Peters at Keker & Van Nest, San …

San Francisco Poised to Lead on LGBT Elder Issues As SF’s Institute on Aging and the San Francisco LGBT Community Enters Into Partnership [TLR Note: 1- Legality of partnership – questionable, per sources! 2- Goldman-Feisnstein Syndicate once again takes advantage of LGBT community 3- why no partnership with aging African-Americans, Pinoys – many of whom are veterans of US Army? 4- SF’s IOA and David Werdegar unlawfully enriched through schemes involving Justice Kay Werdegar 5- Dydzak’s lawsuits against David Werdegar and Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest is being unlawfully blocked 6. Since Dydzak’s, practically speaking, is firing blanks , sources maintain an idea of new coordinated legal proceedings by Gottschalk/YR against IOA/ David Werdegar for unjust enrichment, 17200, etc to include Lis Pendens on Werdegar’s home in Ross, CA]

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance establishing a task force on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders; LGBT Supervisors Scott Wiener, David Campos and Christine Olague sponsored the bill. The task force will address housing, legal equity, research and demographics, social services and inclusion of elders within the community. The Board selects the 15 task-force members in September, and they will have 18 months to investigate the issues and report back with their recommendations.

This is a big deal. The task force will report directly to the Board of Supervisors, and the Board is primed to act. Wiener wrote in a recent newsletter, “It is important that the city ensure that our aging LGBT population, the same people who built the modern LGBT community, has access to housing, healthcare and other key needs.”

Following a packed hearing on LGBT elder issues last January, the Supervisors expressed their determination to follow through on task-force recommendations. “We don’t want to start a task force just for the sake of it,” Olague told the Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco LGBT newspaper. “Where legislation is needed, we are ready to introduce it,” added Campos in the same article. Issues affecting LGBT elders of color will be front and center. A community meeting on July 26, Setting the Agenda: A Community Meeting about Issues facing LGBT Seniors of Color, collected testimony from LGBT elders of color and service providers.

Housing, Social Services and Legal Issues

The task force has a big job ahead in the areas of housing, social services and legal protections.

Housing is a key issue in San Francisco—a city with soaring rents, scarce affordable units and a dearth of rentals accessible to people with disabilities. These factors are forcing some LGBT elders to move out of the city, a trend coinciding with the out-migration of African Americans of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

“For many LGBT seniors, San Francisco was a place they could feel free and be among other LGBT people for the first time. Many speak of their experiences of isolation before moving to San Francisco as young adults and are now fearful of being priced out of the city they’ve called home for decades,” says Michelle Alcedo, director of programs at Openhouse, a Bay Area nonprofit serving LGBT elders’ housing and other needs.

For LGBT elders who lack connection to biological family members and whose “family members of choice” (friends, partners, lovers) are facing medical challenges, social services like those provided by Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and home-based care can mean the difference between independence and institutionalization. California laws forbid discrimination, but how well are they being enforced? People older than 50 will soon comprise the majority of people with HIV nationwide; new policies and training are needed to ensure services are available.

“The city is in a state of preparation as awareness and interest in the topic increases,” says Rick Appleby of the Institute on Aging and the San Francisco LGBT Community Partnership. “But there is much left to do.”
Enforcing old laws and crafting necessary new laws are top priorities. Many LGBT elders have not married or registered for domestic partnership. How can these families protect themselves from discrimination? How can we better protect LGBT elders from abuse—financial and physical—and how can local law enforcement, city and state agencies help? Are there better ways to assure compliance with laws at the state and federal levels mandating nondiscrimination in benefits, long-term care and Area Agencies on Aging, among other services?

“LGBT elders’ families face discrimination and harassment in a variety of contexts. We need to look at all of these circumstances and see what new laws and policies we can propose to remedy them,” says Bill Ambrunn, a Bay Area–based attorney and longtime LGBT activist.

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Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon & Reindel Partial Wikipedia Profile [ TLR Note: Abrams hired Keker & Van Nest (“KVN”) and John Keker to oppose dubious suits filed by USDOJ’s Tony West and California Attorney General Kamala Harris against S&P. YR is about to be dispatch a letter to S&P/ Abrams informing 1) John Keker is a mentor/ attorney-in-fact of Kamla Harris, per sources 2) events surrounding grave misconduct by Kamala Harris / Tony West – formerly of MoFo / Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young – Formerly of MoFo In Re CaliforniaALL financial scheme / subsequent 3-card-monte by KVN/ KVN’s Jon Streeter conspiring to press false criminal charges against YR for purposes of seizing all Cal ALL materials — in order to disqualify KVN in all cases involving West-Harris since KVN in a position to potentially blackmail West / Harris – similar to the concerns involving Lance Armstrong]


Floyd Abrams in 2006.
Born July 9, 1936 (age 76)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Cornell University
Yale Law School
Occupation Attorney
Employer Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Known for Several First Amendment cases

Floyd Abrams (born July 9, 1936) is an American attorney at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is an expert on constitutional law, and many arguments in the briefs he has written before the United States Supreme Court have been adopted as United States Constitutional interpretative law as it relates to the First Amendment and free speech. He is the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Abrams argued for The New York Times and Judith Miller in the CIA leak grand jury investigation. Abrams joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel in 1963, and became a partner in 1970.

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Personal

Abrams earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1956, and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1960. He is Jewish[1] and lives in New York City with wife Efrat. Together they have a son, Dan Abrams of ABC, and a daughter, Judge Ronnie Abrams of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[2] He is a member of the Constitution Project‘s Liberty and Security Committee[3] and a patron of the Media Legal Defence Initiative.

Early career and legal scholarship

From 1961-63, Abrams clerked for Judge Paul Leahy of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He returned to Yale as a Visiting Lecturer from 1974–80, and again from 1986-89. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at Columbia Law School from 1981-85.

Important First Amendment Cases

Main article: List of prominent cases argued by Floyd Abrams

Abrams appearance before the Supreme Court as an advocate of the First Amendment has put him in a class of prominent and still-working legal scholars who have shaped American understanding of their fundamental rights under the United States Constitution. In his 2005 book Speaking Freely, he outlines his knowledge of and perspective on these influential cases (listed in the main article above). Abrams said these cases showcase the work that has been done on free speech in the United States.[4] Fellow Supreme Court attorney Lee Levine[disambiguation needed], in a book review, wrote that “the modern history of the freedom of the press in this country is intimately associated with the career and work of Floyd Abrams.” His career matured in the late 1960s, right after the Supreme Court decided New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964). He has worked on the Pentagon Papers and Branzburg v. Hayes (1972), to Landmark Communications v. Virginia (1978) and Smith v. Daily Mail Publishing Co. (1979), to Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (1976). He has defended numerous clients, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art from Rudolph Giuliani over the Sensation exhibition, NBC from Wayne Newton, and Al Franken from a trademark lawsuit brought by Fox News Channel over the use of the phrase “Fair and Balanced” in the title of his book.[5] He is currently representing five tobacco companies including R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco in their lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration over graphic warning labels on cigarette packs,[6] contending that requiring graphic warning labels on a lawful product cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny.[7] The Association of National Advertisers and the American Advertising Federation have also filed a brief in the suit.[8] In August 2012, in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. upheld a lower court ruling that the federal government’s warning labels violated the First Amendment.[9] He also led a successful challenge to a New York City Board of Health regulation that required retailers at “points of sale” to display graphics on the hazards of tobacco use.[10]

Recognition

Criticism

In a column on Slate entitled Memo to Cooper and Miller: Fire Floyd Abrams. Hire Bruce Sanford, Jack Shafer felt Abrams’s First Amendment argument was weaker than others’ on behalf of the reporters in the Valerie Plame affair. In the majority opinion, Judge Sentelle found Abrams’ assertion that a First Amendment privilege protects Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller from the subpoena to lack merit. They ordered both reporters to talk to the grand jury about their confidential sources or face jail for contempt, which Miller ultimately did. “Maybe a First Amendment legend isn’t what this case called for in the first place,” said Shafer. “Maybe Cooper and Miller would have been better served by having a criminal lawyer who knows how to bargain.” Shafer thought Abrams’ expertise was not adequately enough suited for the subject matter: “…my guess is that they won’t [agree to hear the case] if it’s argued on First Amendment grounds, preferring to let their Branzburg precedent stand.”[12]

Quotes by Abrams

  • “I really believe that a lawyer – no matter how good – if he or she is really worth their weight in salt, they will lose some cases because, after all, it is not really one of those secretive things that not everything is decided by who your lawyer is.”[13]
  • “In August 1967 I spent a few days in New Delhi, visiting a friend who had been a law school classmate seven years earlier. She was a princess—a genuine one, from a still-powerful regal family. In New York, when we were studying together, I had taken her to a Yankee game. In New Delhi she reciprocated by taking me to her fortune-teller—not just hers, but that of a bevy of Indian leaders, including former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter and successor as prime minister, Indira Gandhi…. Before I was thirty-five, he said, I would go to my country’s capital to work on something that was important. The work, he said, would make me famous. It was not the sort of prediction that one entirely forgets. I was then thirty-one.”[14]
  • “I then described two of my favorite First Amendment cases, the first of which was the 1966 Supreme Court ruling in Mills v. Alabama…. The other case was commenced by a Miami labor leader, Pat Tornillo, who was a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The Miami Herald had published editorials criticizing Tornillo; the union leader had responded by demanding that the Herald publish, verbatim, replies he had written to each editorial.”[15]

Quotes about Abrams

  • “Ask someone to name a First Amendment lawyer. If they answer, one-hundred percent of the time the answer will be the same: Floyd Abrams. Then ask them to name another such lawyer. The answer: silence. It is a sign of the times that the name Floyd Abrams is synonymous with the First Amendment in a way that virtually no other name is.” First Amendment Center.[16]
  • “[Floyd Abrams is the] most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age.” Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.[17]

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John Keker, Kamala Harris, Maya Harris, Tony West and Willie Brown.  John Keker is a long time mentor of Kamala Harris who is the sister of Maya Harris who is married to Tony West who is  “mentee” of Willie Brown who is Kamala Harris’ former paramour. (Sources please see HERE and HERE and HERE)

Chris Young -- MoFo - CaliforniaALL
Morrison & Foerster Team: Chris Young, James Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Susan Mac Cormac, and Eric Tate

Chris Young . McGeorge School of Law
McGeorge School of Law – “Pacific Pathways” – Make Believe Launching of SAL – Manoa Law School Hawaii Summit June 2007: Chris Young, Kevin Johnson, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah E. Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Judge Morrison England, CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy-England, CaliforniaALL’s Ruthe Catolico Ashley, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki.
See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE . Manoa Law School Hawaii Summit See HERE (Judy Johnson – not shown)

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Three-Card-Monte: John Keker, Elliot Peters, Jan Little, Matt Werdegar, Jon Streeter, Chris Young.  Hoping to conceal the identity and past actions of Chris Young , Keker & Van Nest removed Chris Young’s attorney profile from its website.  Only after YR managed to unearth Young’s identity and only after YR filed an ethics complaint against John Keker, Jon Streeter, and Chris Young in connection with the attempt to defraud the public by concealing Young’s association with Keker & Van Nest, Young’s attorney profile has been restored to the firm’s site. See story HERE

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John Keker, Jon Streeter, District Attorney of Yolo County Jeff Reisig, Twice Rico defendant Jeannine English.   Hoping to retaliate against Yolo County’s YR and to otherwise sabotage his inquiry into CaliforniaALL, subsequent to the removal of Chris Young’s attorney profile from Keker & Van Nest website —  and allegedly acting in their capacity as members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors  — Jon Streeter, Jeannine English, Gwen Moore, Dennis Mangers, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, as well as others conspired to press false criminal charges against YR with the District Attorney of Yolo County. See story HERE

Update on “BAD FOR THE GREATER GOOD ? Deconstructing John Keker of Keker & Van Nest”: Center For Public Integrity lists John and Tina Keker as top five individual donors to Nancy Pelosi [ TLR Note: Does The Center For Public Integrity Have a File on Dubious Contributions Made by Tom and Erika Girardi (aka singer Erika Jayne) ? I.E. Contributions By Singer Erika Girardi to Democratic Party of New Mexico?]


THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY : John Keker, Tina Keker ( John Keker’s wife), Nancy Pelosi — The Center For Public Integrity lists John and Tina Keker as  top five individual donors to Nancy Pelosi.  John W. Keker — $58,800. Christina Day Keker — $53,800. Per the Center, Christina Day Keker, with at least $53,800 in donations, ranks just behind her husband as Pelosi’s second largest contributor. A graphic designer with her own company —- Tina Keker Design —- she has given generously to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and to party candidates. She and her husband also gave generously to the Lawyers’ Leadership Council for Equality to oppose California’s Proposition 8 (gay marriage ban) in 2008; Pelosi opposed the ban and supports allowing same-sex couples to marry. Neither John nor Christina Keker would comment. See story HERE

Deconstructing John Keker of Keker & Van Nest, developing story, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/02/11/deconstructing-john-keker-of-keker-van-nest-15523809/

Addenda to List of Prospective Defendants in Suit to Be Filed In Sacramento Superior Court: Black Firsters Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest, Eric Tate of MoFo-100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Annette Carnegie of Kaiser Foundation [TLR NOTE: As mentioned earlier, YR only recently managed to further implicate degenerate Chris Young in CaliforniaALL financial scheme; Young — strong connection to MoFo’s JJB, USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeff Bleich of MuTo/Cal Bar/Obama’s Special Counsel, Kevin Johnson, Fulcrum’s Mark Friedman- Alison Turner. Friedman — business partner of Howard Dickstein. Once it was “Time” for Ruthe Ashley to “leave” CaliforniaALL, it was turned over to Friedman/Turner — ipso facto further implicating Cal bar BOG member Jeannine English as actor ab-initio, as did English connections to a) Donna Lucas/ Kip Lipper/ Darrell Steinberg of CalALL b) Shrimpscam’s Gwen Moore. Incidentally, a separate suit considered against AARP, Lucas, English, Porter Novelli, Barbara O’Connor]

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, L-R) PG&E, SCE, Verizon, Voice of OC, UCI Foundation, Edison International, Accenture, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles & Olson, Martin Investment Management, Level Playing Field Institute, Verizon Foundation, Freada Kapor Klein, Ron Olson of Munger Tolles, Carry Martin Zellerbach, Doug Scrivner, Bob Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, Adam Stock, Ruthe Ashley, Sir James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, Darrell Steinberg , James Hsu, Victor Miramontes, Brad Phillips, Pat Fong Kushida, Gibor Basri, Larissa Parecki, Kamala Harris, David Washburn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson, Ophelia Basgal, Hon. Morrison C. England, Torrie Flournoy-England, Frank Quevedo, Jack O’Connell, Michael Peevey, Hon. Michael Drake – UC Irvine Chancellor, Sarah E. Redfield, Eric Tate, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie

TIMELINE Nov 2009 – THE HILL: Barack Obama Accused of Favors For Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson [TLR NOTE: While Barack Obama and Kevin Johnson are clearly outside of TLR’s scope of investigative journalism, both connected to Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young, CalALL ; Evidence is mounting Chris Young played a larger role in various schemes than what had been previously perceived ]

From The Hill

A GOP congressional report accuses the White House of doing favors for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and prominent ally of President Barack Obama.

The report was spearheaded by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The investigation also found evidence that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee handled “damage control” after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct against Johnson, her now-fiancé.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/68905-obama-accused-of-doing-favors-for-ally

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Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 

Chris Young -- MoFo - CaliforniaALL
Morrison & Foerster Team: Chris Young, James Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Susan Mac Cormac, and Eric Tate

Chris Young - Mark Friedman, Kim Mack, Sacramento for Obama
OBAMA FOR AMERICA – Sacramento : Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Kim Mack

Chris Young -- Mark Friedman, Kim Mack,  Kevin Johnson
Sacramento Mayoral Campaign: Chris Young, Mark Friedman, Kim Mack, Kevin Johnson

Chris Young, Mark Friedman, Alison Turner, CaliforniaALL
CaliforniaALL: Chris Young, Mark Friedman, Alison Turner, 1600H / F65

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STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA / CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION : Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, Judy Johnson, Ruthe Ashley, Jeffrey Bleich, Gwen Moore, Jeannine English

Chris Young . McGeorge School of Law
McGeorge School of Law – “Pacific Pathways” – Make Believe Launching of SAL – Manoa Law School Hawaii Summit June 2007: Chris Young, Kevin Johnson, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah E. Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Judge Morrison England, CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy-England, CaliforniaALL’s Ruthe Catolico Ashley, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki.
See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE . Manoa Law School Hawaii Summit See HERE (Judy Johnson – not shown)

Chris Young , Jeffrey Bleich as Special Counsel to Barack Obama
Chris Young, Jeff Bleich, President Barack Obama . Prior to his appointment as US ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich served as the  “Special Counsel” to US President Barack Obama. Keker & Van Nest’s attorney profile of Chris Young reads: “After law school, (after Morrison & Foerster, by TLR) he was asked to join Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign as a Northern California deputy finance director, and later worked in the White House under the Special Counsel (Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles / Cal Bar / Obama for America – co-mastermind behind CaliforniaALL, by TLR) to the President and then in the U.S. Department of Justice as associate director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Young also served as senior advisor and counsel to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.”

Chris Young , Tony West , Department of Justice
Chris Young, Tony West
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Keker & Van Nest
John Keker, Elliot Peters, Jan Little, Matt Werdegar, Jon Streeter, Chris Young

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John Keker and  Members of State Bar of California Board of Governors Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest, Jeannine English – spouse of Howard Dickstein (co-defendant and business partner of Mark Friedman), Shrimpscam Gwen Moore, Gay-Godfather Dennis Mangers, Angela Davis, and Joe Dunn of Voice of OC / UC Irvine Foundation

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Three-Card-Monte: John Keker, Elliot Peters, Jan Little, Matt Werdegar, Jon Streeter, Chris Young.  Hoping to conceal the identity and past actions of Chris Young , Keker & Van Nest removed Chris Young’s attorney profile from its website.  Only after YR managed to unearth Young’s identity and only after YR filed an ethics complaint against John Keker, Jon Streeter, and Chris Young in connection with the attempt to defraud the public by concealing Young’s association with Keker & Van Nest, Young’s attorney profile has been restored to the firm’s site. See story HERE

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John Keker, Jon Streeter, District Attorney of Yolo County Jeff Reisig, Twice Rico defendant Jeannine English.   Hoping to retaliate against Yolo County’s YR and to otherwise sabotage his inquiry into CaliforniaALL, subsequent to the removal of Chris Young’s attorney profile from Keker & Van Nest website —  and allegedly acting in their capacity as members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors  — Jon Streeter, Jeannine English, Gwen Moore, Dennis Mangers, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, as well as others conspired to press false criminal charges against YR with the District Attorney of Yolo County. See story HERE

Addendum to profile of Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property: Co-chair of Sacramento’s Kevin Johnson’s mayoral fundraising campaign in 2008 [TLR Note: In Sacramento, around that time, MoFo’s Chris Young ( practically speaking, an agent of James Brosnahan / Tony West) acts as OBAMA FOR AMERICA Northern California deputy finance director and “special advisor ” to Kevin Johnson — previously alluded to in “Make Believe Launching of SAL” in connection with Sarah Redfield, Torie Flournoy-England, McGeorge School of Law ]

“Friedman is betting on Sacramento’s sophistication and culture with award-winning projects like 16th and J’s Elliott Building (home of Mikuni and P.F. Chang’s) and the O1 lofts (in partnership with other developers). He’s currently at work on headquarters facilities for EdFund and this year found time to host U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama and co-chair Kevin Johnson’s mayoral fundraising campaign while completing the Brooklynesque Sutter Brownstones at 26th and N. But the Stanford Law School grad’s chef-d’oeuvre may well be ahead of him: playing a key role in developing the West Sacramento waterfront. ”

Source @: http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/September-2008/The-Power-Influence-100/

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Well, it’s official now. Kevin Johnson was sworn in as the City of Sacramento’s 55th and first African American mayor Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2008) in a closed-door session.

Helping Kevin Johnson in this effort are some familiar faces to the campaign as well as some unfamiliar ones.

Chief of Staff: Kunal Merchant
Executive Assistant: Sarah Z’berg
Council Operations Manager: Lisa Serna-Mayorga
Scheduler: Daniel Lopez
Special Assistant: Chris Young
Mayor and Council Receptionist: Charlita Anderson

Source @: http://sacramento.about.com/b/2008/12/03/kevin-johnon-sworn-in-as-mayor.htm

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CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL — Originally published in March of 2011, below:

 

SAL Our Work

CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.

CaliforniaALL’s alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T, Sempra Energy, and PG&E). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008. CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.

According to confidential sources, an ongoing multi-prong inquiry is continuing, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

A source maintains that one aspect of the inquiry involves grave misconduct surrounding the circumstances by which the public was misled to believe that CaliforniaALL was responsible for the creation of the Saturday Law Academy (SAL) at U.C. Irvine (UCI) in 2009 when, in fact, the SAL at UCI has actually been in existence for many years.

These sources maintain that the inquiry involves personnel at CaliforniaALL, the State Bar of California, and the California Bar Foundation, as well as University of New Hampshire (“UNH”) School of Law Professor Sarah E. Redfield, who falsely took credit for the project.

A 5 Year Visit to Sacramento
Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Ironically, as one can see below, the faculty of UNH School of Law is approximately 98% Caucasian. See below a representative sample photo of the faculty. Either to maintain privacy or to make a statement, Prof. Redfield is camera-shy, and the below photo is as it appears on UNH’s website.
UNH1 UNH2 Faculty, Sara E. Redfield,

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.” See http://tinyurl.com/Portia-Balthazar

At and around the time that Prof. Redfield was serving at McGeorge, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker served as the law school dean, and currently remains in that position. According to Dean Parker, because the pool of available minority students was not large enough, law schools were “competing” amongst themselves for each qualified minority student.

Parker, former General Counsel of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), took matters into her own hands to create her own supply of well-qualified minority students from minority neighborhoods in the surrounding Sacramento area.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield – an expert in the area of education and education law – various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield. See below.
Pacific Pathways

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Ashley, as well as State Bar Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley.

Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. As previously mentioned, Peter Arth, Jr. invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

By the end of 2007, the State Bar of California, the CPUC, and CalPERS all agreed to enter into a partnership with CaliforniaALL, and to otherwise endorse the organization which had its first board meeting in November 2007. Two noted board members who were with CaliforniaALL from its inception until it was dissolved were James Hsu and Pat Fong-Kushida.

Fong-Kushida is a longtime acquaintance of Ashley, and served as President of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. Fong-Kushida, along with Board of Governors member Gwen Moore, are both members of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Similarly, James Hsu – a corporate attorney who advises companies regarding off-shore transactions and has a “China Specialty” – was actively involved in efforts to diversify the California workforce by attending CPUC meeting relevant to the matter.

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Ms.Ginger Bredemeier(right), from May 2007 to May 2008 was employed at CalPERS as Administrative Assistant, Diversity Outreach Program. From May 2008 to August 2009 she was a “Writing Projects Manager – Human Resources and Grant Projects” at CaliforniaALL. Ms. Bredemeier was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) while a law student at McGeorge, and is seen here with Ms. Holly Fujie who in 2008 was serving both on the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation, participated in a scheme along with Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee, Judy Johnson and Leslie Hatamiya relating to the transfer of $780,000 in “hush-hush” funds from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. (Photo :courtesy)

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the Cal Bar Foundation, and close to another million dollars from utility companies poured in.

In addition to having and employing “best practices,” CaliforniaALL was fortunate to have on board talented and dedicated staff such as Sarah E. Redfield, Program Director; Consultant Larissa Parecki, office manager; Ginger Bredemeier, Writing Projects Manager, Human Resources, Grant Projects; and Matt Cumida, executive administrative assistant.

According to Professor Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

UCI SAL

In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.
Please double-click on the photo for full view.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

SAL Partners

Samuel Keker of Chevy Chase, MD — former CEO of U.S. News & World Report, Navy Commander — Dies at 95 | [TLR Note:The Leslie Brodie Report expresses condolences to John Keker and the family ]

Samuel J. Keker, who spent decades with U.S. News & World Report as a business-side manager and retired in 1984 as the newsweekly’s chief executive and chairman, died Dec. 15 of pneumonia at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 95.

His son John Keker confirmed the death.

Mr. Keker joined U.S. News & World Report in 1946 as an assistant to the circulation manager. He became vice president and head of circulation in 1965 and was named chief executive and chairman in 1982.

As top executive for two years, he oversaw not just the magazine but also book publishing, newsletter operations and the company’s real estate interests in Washington. When he retired, the magazine reportedly had a circulation of 2.1 million, compared with Time magazine’s 4.7 million and Newsweek’s 3 million.

The son of Greek immigrants, Samuel Jeremiah Keker was born in Pueblo, Colo., on April 4, 1917. He was a 1939 graduate of American University, where he was a vice president of the student body and wrote for the college paper.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and participated in convoy escorts in the Atlantic. He also commanded a minesweeper in the Pacific.

He was called back to active duty during the Korean War and was an executive officer on destroyers. He retired from the Navy Reserve in 1962 at the rank of commander.  Please continue @:  http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-17/local/35886097_1_circulation-manager-executive-officer-chevy-chase

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Ms. PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I rise today to mourn the passing of a dear friend, an unflinching patriot, and a proud American, Samuel Keker.

  • The son of immigrants, born in Colorado and raised in Detroit, Sam came to our Nation’s capital as a young man, as a student at American University, prepared to give back to our country and contribute to the public debate–first as a leader on campus, later as a trendsetter and a pioneer across the country.
  • He was a member of the “greatest generation,” serving in our Navy with dignity and honor in the theaters of the Atlantic and the Pacific. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1962, even leaving his job in the private sector to return to duty in the Korean War, ultimately retiring at the rank of Commander.
  • He began a lifetime of work at U.S. News and World Report as an assistant in 1946 and rose through the ranks the only way he knew how: through hard work and dedication, perseverance and persistence. He would emerge as a critical leader on the business side of the magazine, promoting thoughtful, poignant, and accurate journalism, boosting circulation, and delivering the highest-quality reporting to his readers.
  • He would retire at the top of his profession–the Chief Executive and Chairman of his magazine–a fitting conclusion to a long, illustrious, and successful career. He was a person of great wisdom and wit.

Sam Keker’s greatest source of pride was his family–his wife, Lucy; his sons, John and Jerry; his two grandsons, Adam and Nathan; and his five great-grandchildren. His life was blessed, and his legacy will be a blessing for all who knew him. We hope it is a comfort to his entire family, to his friends and loved ones that so many share in their grief at this sad time.

Calif. attorney general Kamala Harris sues Standard & Poor’s [TLR Note: YR may move to disqualify John Keker / KVN on various grounds assuming Keker defense attorney in case filed in San Francisco]

California’s attorney general on Tuesday joined the U.S. Department of Justice and several other states in seeking billions of dollars in damages from the debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s for its alleged role in the mortgage crisis.

Attorney General Kamala Harris alleged in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court that S&P lured the state’s public pension funds, ordinary Californians and others to invest in catastrophically bad mortgage-backed securities with unjustly inflated ratings.

The state’s civil charges mirror the allegations the U.S. Department of Justice made in a federal lawsuit filed late Monday in Los Angeles, accusing the company of fraud for giving high ratings to risky mortgage bonds that helped bring about the financial crisis.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal lawsuit Tuesday at a Washington, D.C., news conference.

The California attorney general joined Holder and other high-ranking Justice Department officials at the news conference along with attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa and Mississippi who have filed or will file separate, similar civil fraud lawsuits against S&P. More states are expected to sue, the Justice Department said.

In particular, the California lawsuit alleges that the rating company’s actions led directly to a combined $1 billion loss for the California Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System.

Please continue @:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Calif-attorney-general-sues-Standard-Poor-s-4252499.php

 

Related story, please see @:

http://tinyurl.com/cjyys8m

 

Report: A second U.S. Attorney in California to probe Lance Armstrong, this time for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation [TLR Note:TLR is of the opinion key to understanding reason behind prior decision to NOT prosecute Armstrong has to do with 1 – events dealing with John Keker, Chris Young, Tony West, Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis ties to Jon Streeter 2- two financial donations by Armstrong just prior to decision]

Despite comments Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney in Southern California saying he would not renew the investigation into Armstrong that he dropped last year, another arm of the government is again investigating Armstrong, this time for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, according to ABC News.

“Birotte does not speak for the federal government as a whole,” ABC quoted a high level source as saying of Andre Birotte, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. “Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation.”

That news came on the heels of an announcement by Andre Birotte, the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles who shut down the two-year investigation into Armstrong last year, who said he had no regrets even though Armstrong has now acknowledged using banned substances.

According to sources familiar with the Armstrong case, agents investigating the seven-time Tour de France winner who was stripped of his titles and banned for life from the sport by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, were outraged that Birotte dropped the case, reportedly because of political pressure and without discussing it investigators who were reportedly recommending an indictment.

Please continue @:

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/report-lance-target-federal-probe-article-1.1257068

Related story @:

http://tinyurl.com/c3d674e

Standard and Poor’s Hired Top-Gun John Keker in Ratings Case [ TLR Note: Cases against S&P brought by USDOJ’s Tony West and California’s Kamala Harris — both allies of Keker ]

Standard and Poor’s has hired John Keker, one of the country’s top white-collar defense attorneys, to help fight a $5 billion lawsuit brought by the US government this week.

Keker, who is based in San Francisco and has represented everyone from cyclist Lance Armstrong to Enron’s Andrew Fastow, was hired at the recommendation of Floyd Abrams, a prominent New York attorney who also represents the ratings firm.

“John Keker is one of the great trial lawyers in this country,” Abrams said.

Keker did not return calls seeking comment. A spokeswoman for his firm, Keker & Van Nest, confirmed that Keker and another partner, Elliot Peters, were on the case.

Please continue @: http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/s-p-hires-top-defense-attorney-for-5-billion-lawsuit-113020700384_1.html

Dale Minami Fellowship Honors Keker & Van Nest Partner Quyen Ta for “Fostering Legal Diversity, Leading by Example”

Keker & Van Nest reports that the “annual Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship Dinner honors alumni and leaders such as Keker & Van Nest Partner Quyen Ta, who have made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal community.

Ms. Ta, who received the alumni award in 2013, holds numerous leadership positions in minority bar and non-profit organizations such as the Asian Law Caucus, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2012, the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) chose Ms. Ta for its Award of Merit in recognition of her work as BASF’s Equality Committee Co-Chair. Ms. Ta also served as a BASF board member and a Minority Bar Coalition Representative. She previously contributed to BASF’s new attorney division, and served as a Diversity Director and board member of its Barristers Club. In addition to working with diversity organizations and committees, she also serves on the California State Bar Committee on Federal Courts.”

Source: http://www.kvn.com/news/news-items/Dale-Minami-Public-Interest-Fellowship-Honors-Quyen-Ta-for-Fostering-Legal-Diversity-Leading-by-Example-

According to Wikipedia, “Dale Minami (born October 13, 1946) is a San Francisco-based lawyer best known for heading the legal team that overturned the wrongful conviction of Fred Korematsu, whose defiance of the World War II Japanese American internment order lead to Korematsu v. United States, one of the most controversial United States Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century.

Biography and career

Minami was born in Los Angeles, California, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968 from the University of Southern California, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

Minami’s cases have often involved the civil rights of Asian-Pacific Americans and other minorities. In the early 1980s, Minami helped lead a legal team of pro bono attorneys in successfully reopening Fred Toyasaburo Korematsu v. United States, resulting in the erasure of Fred Korematsu’s criminal conviction for defying the internment. United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield was the first employment class action lawsuit brought by Asian-Pacific Americans on behalf of Asian-Pacific Americans. Spokane JACL v. Washington State University was a class action to establish an Asian American Studies program at Washington State University. Nakanishi v. UCLA involved a claim for unfair denial of tenure that resulted in the granting of tenure after several hearing and widespread publicity over discrimination in academia.

Minami has been involved in the judicial appointment process and in public policy and legislation. He served as a member of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission and has chaired the California Attorney General‘s Asian Pacific Advisory Committee. He has also served as a Commissioner on the California State Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Nominee’s Evaluation, Senator Barbara Boxer‘s Judicial Screening Committee and was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund in 1996.”  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Minami

Dan Dydzak — Esteemed Legal Scholar and Champion of Justice — Hereby Asked to Disclose All Facts Relating to Relationship Between Darrell Steinberg of CaliforniaALL , Steinberg’s Assistant — Prominent Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers; and Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County in Context of Pressing False Criminal Charges by, Among Others , BOG Member Dennis Mangers and Subsequent Unlawful Search & Seizure of Alleged Confidential Communication Between Dydzak and YR

Darrell Steinberg

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (image: courtesy photo)

Darrell Steinberg, as part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council, see below:

 California ALL Advisory Council

Dennis Mangers

Mr. Dennis Mangers (image: courtesy photo)

GGodfather Dennis Mangers of Carmichael, California is a retired senior adviser to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who made the decision to appoint Dennis Mangers as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors in September of 2010, please see @:

http://www.calbarjournal.com/September2010/TopHeadlines/th9.aspx

 

Dennis Mangers, as co-conspirator in a scheme to file false criminal charges against Yolo County-based Rabbi, see below:

I. INTRODUCTION

Sara M. Granda v State Bar of California (2009 cv 02015)

In May 2009, Sara Granda graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and, like most of her peers, hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar exam.

California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 bar exam fee with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly registered.


Ms. Sara Granda. It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, and fighting for justice with the force of her large personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair. An assistant would help her flip through files, since she cannot move her hands or arms. When she approaches the bench, Ms. Granda would maneuver her chair using her tongue. “So much of what happens in the courtroom is theater,” says Ms. Granda, 29, who has lived out her own drama since she became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17. “I’m not sure how much time I will spend in court as an attorney. But I know I could do it.” (Photo and Narrative Courtesy of www.alldeaf.com)

However, the State Bar of California’s Office of Admission, headed by Ms. Gayle Murphy, never processed Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 fee with a check, rather than a credit card The State Bar of California did not relent, and neither did Granda.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

Local and national media expressed outrage after the situation gained publicity as a result of statements by Governor Schwarzenegger, who publicly stated: “It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam. Government should work for the people, not against them and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter and I am with her all the way.”

 

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert A. Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “It’s a high-tech process, and people need to maneuver it successfully, and we can’t be in the business of helping any one person out with it.” Hawley continued: “That takes us down a path that ends up in a place we don’t want to be. How do you then choose which ones to help and which you don’t?”

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” Granda stated to the local media. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

True to her spirit, Granda filed an action in federal court seeking an order directing the State Bar of California to allow her to take the fast-approaching bar exam.

 


Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

The case was assigned to the courtroom of Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL. Judge England is the husband of California ALL board member Torie Flournoy-England who, together with State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee also served on CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.

Torie Flournoy Morrison England
After Judge Morrison England quickly filed for summary dissolution in Sacramento County Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was in existence — a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant. Serving on CaliforniaALL’s board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) was Torie Flournoy-England. State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC’s Michael Peevey, CPUC’s Tim Simon, as well as Judge England were part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council. The above photo, which was published on the cover of a local magazine in Sacramento, notes that the Englands wed in May 2008. (image: courtesy photo)

Making an appearance and vigorously contending that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the State Bar of California were State Bar of California emloyees, Larry Yee, Rachel Grunberg, and Mark Torres-Gil of the State Bar office of General Counsel, the same office that drafted the partnership agreement between CaliforniaALL and the State Bar of California, as well as attorneys from the law offices of Kerr & Wagstaffe.

 

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

In the midst of a public relations crisis arising from the mistreatment of the Sara Granda by the State Bar of California, an article was published in the California Bar Journal. The article was published on July 27, 2009, and was written by Diane Curtis.

As the reader will soon observe, this article is imbued with inaccurate information and is otherwise dishonest.
Article California Bar Journal about Granda

Soon after U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England dismissed the federal complaint filed by Granda against the State Bar, a Sacramento attorney, Stewart Katz, volunteered to help Granda, and did so by filing a writ of preemptive mandate against the State Bar of California.

The emergency writ was filed on July 27, 2009 and was served electronically on the State Bar. (See below.)

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

Richard Zanassi, an attorney employed by the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel, filed an opposition in response to the writ. However, due to the wide media attention focusing on the case, the opposition was styled as a request for guidance by the court.

Thus, the article written by Diane Curtis and published in the California Bar Journal is dishonest as it misleads readers into believing that the State Bar, on its own accord, approached the California Supreme Court of its own volition, as an act of altruism and due to concern for Ms. Granda. Clearly, this was not the case.

In addition, one must wonder why Diane Curtis did not mention the fact that Granda, through Stewart Katz, filed the writ for mandamus.

As is made clear by its order, the Supreme Court decided the matter by granting the writ, and not by granting the State Bar’s purported request for guidance.

 

III. YR’S ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST LARRY YEE, MARK TORRES-GIL, RACHEL GRUNBERG, JUDY JOHNSON

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

State Bar of California
1149 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: INTAKE OFFICE

Re: Complaint for Ethical Violations Against the State Bar of California; Lawrence Yee – #84208; Rachel Grunberg – #197080; Judy Johnson – #71360 ; Mark Torres-Gil – #91597.

INTRODUCTION

In lieu of submitting a complaint form, I submit this letter and enclosed materials as a formal complaint against the above-named attorneys for grave misconduct that took place in handling matters relating to applicant Sara Granda and the case of Granda v. State Bar of California.

As will be shown, the above parties, together and individually, engaged in egregious misconduct by conspiring and failing to disclose to the plaintiff the existence of a close relationship between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson,Patricia Lee, and the judge who presided over a case (Hon. Morrison C. England) in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

Furthermore, misconduct in the form of misrepresentations to the court took place regarding the current state of the law; further misconduct resulted from the discrimination against against the plaintiff based on her disability, and the unwillingness to comply with the ADA by affording the plaintiff reasonable accommodations. In addition, and adding insult to injury, the State Bar of California used the California Bar Journal as a tool to further injure and harass Granda by publishing an incomplete and inaccurate article which asserted that the State Bar had sought the advice of the California Supreme Court in determining how to resolve Granda’s claims. The article failed to mention that, in actuality, Granda had filed an action with the California Supreme Court for a preemptive writ and a writ of mandamus, such that the article misled readers regarding the actual circumstances surrounding Granda’s claims.

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The Honorable Judge Morrison C. England is a United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of California who sits in Sacramento. Prior to assuming the role of federal judge, he served as a judge with the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge England is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, also located in Sacramento.

In approximately 2005, as part of his community involvement and extra-judicial activities, Judge England became involved in programs initiated by Elizabeth Parker, dean of McGeorge, and Sarah Redfield, a visiting professor from New Hampshire, relating to the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, an assistant dean at the career office at McGeorge School of Law who later assumed a position as a Diversity Officer at CalPERS, was also involved in these activities.

The diversity initiatives instigated by McGeorge were both local and national in scope. The local program in Sacramento was entitled “PacificPathways.” The program to promote diversity on a national level became known as “Wingspread,” which evolved into a series, including Wingspread – Blackboard, Bench, and Bar and Wingspread – Delivered and Deliverable, and the like. Torie L. Flournoy, a school principal from Sacramento, was also involved in these programs at the local level.

Because Ruthe Ashley also served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and Sarah Redfield served on the State Bar’s Council on Fairness and Access, the parties from Sacramento (namely, Parker, Ahley, Flournoy, Redfield and Judge England) became acquainted with individuals from the State Bar of California who were involved in matters relating to diversity, including Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, and Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie.

As such, it was common to observe the same participant names at various diversity-related events taking place around the country. For example, over a 3 day weekend in Monterrey on October 5-7, 2006, part of the Wingspread program ran concurrently with the State Bar of California’s annual convention. Some of the attendees included Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, Ruthe Ashley, Torie L. Flournoy, Hon. Morrison C. England, Dean Elizabeth Parker, and Sarah Redfield. (See attachment titled “Wingspread VI.”) This event, Wingspread — Blackboard Bench and Bar, was organized by Sarah Redfield. Similarly, in June 2007, and also part of the “Wingspread” series, a summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii at which Dean Elizabeth Parker, Hon. Morrison C. England, Sarah Redfield and Torie L. Flournoy were all in attendance. (See attachment titled “UH Manoh Law School.”)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Ashley and Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich served as Vice President and President of the California State Bar, respectively. During that time frame, an idea was formulated to replicate an existing entity that would also absorb large sums of money from utility companies, and which would be used to allegedly promote diversity.

The original entity, the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), was secretly controlled for years by State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson. Fines and settlements from proceedings before the CPUC and other cy pres funds of approximately $30 million dollars were funneled to CCPF, primarily from legal and administrative proceedings. Unlike the funds funneled to CCPF via cy pres funds or fines imposed by the CPUC, the funds flowing to the new entity would come from utility companies’ voluntary donations after they were urged by the CPUC and others to donate in order to further diversity.

As such, Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to then-President of the CPUC, Michael Peevey) invited Ruthe Ashley to a restaurant in San Francisco. As a result of the meeting, a new entity known as CaliforniaALL was formed as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity that would collect funds to theoretically be used to invest in promoting diversity. CaliforniaALL, which came into existence in 2008 and was abruptly dissolved in 2010, was considered to have been in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California. (See Attachment titled “Memo from Patricia Lee to BOG.”) In addition, the partnership stipulation between the State Bar and CaliforniaAll provided that the Board of Governors would appoint two of CaliforniaALL’s members to the Board of Directors.

Executive Director of the State Bar of California Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, and Judge Morrison England were members of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council” (see Attachment titled “CaliforniaALL December 2008 Newsletter”), affording Judy Johnson and Judge England numerous opportunities to meet and collude or, at a minimum, to create such an appearance.

CaliforniaALL obtained donations of almost $2 million, primarily from utility companies such as Sempra, AT&T, PG&E and, of course, Verizon Wireless. In addition, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, and Leslie Hatamiya colluded to transfer $774,247 sub rosa from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation) to CaliforniaALL. (See attachment titled “Cal Bar Foundation’s tax return for 2008.”) In 2009, yet another $5,000 was transferred from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL for purposes of “researching” best practices. Hence, for simplicity’s sake, this complaint rounds the amount at issue to $780,000.

The transfer of $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was never acknowledged by any of CaliforniaALL’s publications. Similarly, it was never mentioned in the California Bar Journal or the NewsRoom of Cal Bar Foundation, where all other grants were heavily reported.

It is my position that the transfer of funds was never mentioned because it resulted from a conspiracy by Ruthe Ashley, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, and Leslie Hatamiya (all, incidentally, Asian-Americans who are very active in the promotion of diversity) to quietly shift the $780,000, some of which would later be misappropriated and used for personal gain and kickbacks. Indeed, once the funds reached CaliforniaALL, some of it was misappropriated. In order to cover-up the misappropriation, false and inaccurate statements were submitted to the IRS by CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley. For example, CaliforniaALL, which was housed pro bono at the Sacramento Office of DLA Piper, falsely claimed in IRS filings that it had paid approximately $16,000 in occupancy fees. Additional financial improprieties also exist which cannot be disclosed due to the fact that the State Bar is the wrongdoer and, ironically, is the entity to which I am required to submit this complaint for processing.

It is worth noting that the California Bar Foundation is part and parcel of the State Bar of California, despite claims to the contrary and the contention that it is only affiliated with the State Bar. The fact of the matter is that the State Bar’s Board of Governors appoints all Foundation board members, including the president, and that the Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation reports directly to the Board of Governors and needs the Board’s approval to change any bylaws, for example.

In the meantime – after Judge England filed for summary dissolution in the Sacramento Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie L. Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was still in existence – a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

The action was filed by plaintiff Sara Granda and was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015- MCE; see attachment titled “Complaint by Plaintiff Sara Granda”). The matter was adjudicated by Judge England, who promptly dismissed it. Neither Judge England, the defendant, Judy Johnson, or defense counsel Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, or Rachel Grunberg disclosed to Granda the State Bar’s ongoing relationship with CaliforniaALL, to wit:

1. CaliforniaALL and the defendant (State Bar of California) are business partners.
2. Judge England and the Executive Director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) are members of CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.
3. Torie Flournoy-England, the spouse of Judge England, is a board member of CaliforniaALL, an entity that is a partner of the State Bar.
4. The unusual sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from defendant to CaliforniaALL.

By failing to make the disclosures mandated by these facts, the above-named attorneys committed misconduct, irrespective of the actual merit of Granda’s case or its outcome. As such, each must be disciplined for his/her wrongful conduct. Those attorneys are Judy Johnson, Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and Holly Fujie.

Fujie, who participated in all the proceedings concerning CaliforniaALL (including, strangely, causing the ex post facto appointment of Peter Arth to the Council of Access and Fairness to give them a chance to meet and collude), was also a member of the Board of Governors’ Operation Committee and was briefed regarding Granda’s case. In addition, she was aware that Judge England was presiding over the case and that he and his wife were part of CaliforniaALL. In addition, Fujie served as the president of the State Bar of California and as a member of both the Board of Governors and Operations Committee, and was briefed on the matter; in fact, she authorized the expenditure of money to pay as legal fees to oppose the suit before Judge England. In addition Ms. Fujie participated in multiple diversity-related events at which Judge England and his wife Torie Flournoy-England were present; one such even took place on January 27, 2009, when DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Despite of all the above, Fujie –instead of speaking up concerning the obvious conflict regarding Judge England — kept quiet and looked the other way.

Even though the outcome of the Granda matter is irrelevant to a determination of the misconduct described above, the following paragraphs are included to provide further background and to rebut any allegation that the relationship between the Englands and the defendant caused no prejudice to plaintiff Sara Granda, or that the failure to provide fair administration of justice was otherwise harmless.

The fact of the matter is that the plaintiff Granda was severely prejudiced by the misconduct.

Granda, a 2009 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, intended to sit for the July 2009 bar exam. The recent graduate, a quadriplegic who can only move her head and fingers, arranged for the California Department of Rehabilitation to pay the examination fee of $600, which it did via check. However, the State Bar stated that it only accepts payments made via credit card, and would not allow Granda to sit for the fast-approaching bar examination. Plaintiff sensed unfairness and, like many recent law school graduates before her who approached federal court, she asked the federal court to award her both monetary and equitable relief in her lawsuit, which claimed that defendant State Bar of California violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The State Bar of California, which was represented by Michael von Loewenfeldt of Kerr & Wagstaffe, as well as Lawrence Yee, Mark Gil-Torres and Rachel Grunberg (State Bar in-house attorneys), asserted that the State Bar was immune pursuant to the 11th Amendment. (See attachment titled “Defendant’s Opposition.”) In its filing and opposition, defendant mostly cited as authority cases adjudicated by district courts around the country, as there is no clear authority addressing the interactions between the ADA and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Cases which held otherwise were not referenced by defendant, including Stoddard v. Florida Board of Bar Examiners and many other cases which held that, in fact, the ADA abrogates Eleventh Amendment immunity.

Misled, at least in part, by the argument advanced by defendant State Bar, Judge England promptly dismissed the case without giving Granda the chance to amend or plead around the issue of Eleventh Amendment immunity by, for example, naming Judy Johnson as a defendant in her individual capacity. In addition, Granda’s claim for monetary relief was completely ignored by the judge, and was never ruled upon.

Based on the foregoing, it is clear that the above-named attorneys engaged in egregious misconduct. The fact that they are part of the State Bar, an entity that should hold itself as a beacon of high ethical standards, coupled with Ms. Granda’s special circumstances, mandate and call for severe discipline.

IV. REPLY TO COMPLAINT BY JILL SPERBER OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

 

V. SUBTERFUGE BY TORIE FLOURNOY-ENGLAND, SARAH REDFIELD AND RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY

Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield, various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield with help from Twin Rivers Unified School District employee, Torie Flournoy.

 

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley. Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. Subsequenty, CPUC General Counsel Peter Arth invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Catolico Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA Cal Bar Foundation), and close to another million dollars from utility companies, allegedly, poured in.

According to Professor Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2007 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Allen Matkins managing partner Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and the former Director of Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine Director Karina Hamilton

On April 13, 2012 Adam Stock of Allen Matkins’ office in Orange County published the following:

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

Unfortunately, again, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

In fact, metadata from Allen Matkins’ own photos reveals the photos below were taken on January 24, 2007, and not on April 2, 2010 as Allen Matkins (who’s managing partner is Bob Hamilton — husband of UC Irvine’s Karina Hamilton) falsely alleges.

The metadata results were obtained by examining the following links at www.findexif.com :

http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

AND

http://calconsumerproductlaw.com/AllenMatkinsDiversity/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpg

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
(L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris. (Image:courtesy photos)

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster known as CaliforniaALL.

Other then collecting close to $2 million directly from utility companies (including the “hush-hush” transfer of $774,247, comprised of one installment of $5000 and another contribution of $769,247 from the Foundation which was never mentioned in the Foundation’s “newsroom” or by any other of its publications such as the California Bar Journal or by any of the newsletters and alerts published by CaliforniaALL), CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity from its inception in 2008 to the day it began to slowly be dissolved in approximately 2009, subsequent to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. Its only alleged achievement was providing some money for the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”) in approximately 2008-2009. Here too vast and intense suspicious circumstances exist as the funds from CaliforniaALL actually went to the UC Irvine Foundation, where the present executive director of the State Bar of California (Senator Joe Dunn) serves as a member of the audit committee, and it turns out that the SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene. In addition, some records seem to indicate that Verizon Wireless funneled the money directly to SALUCI , while CaliforniaALL took the credit.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of the Foundation during the time of the suspicious transfer of funds to CaliforniaALL (an entity of which CPUC’s Peter Arth was one of the main initiators).

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

VII.  STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA’S JON STREETER OF KEKER & VAN NEST PRESSES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YR WITH YOLO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY; PARTIAL COPY OF  DECLARATION OF BRUCE NALIBOFF PRESENTED TO JUDGE TIM FALL

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The Recorder: Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest on Clients Aaron Swartz and Lance Armstrong as Douglas Winthrop Discusses Merger Between Howard Rice / Arnold & Porter [TLR Note: Clearly death of Aaron Swartz suspect as part of disquieting events at “The Kapor Center” ; KVN assumes role previously held by James Brosnahan of MoFo — defending those who support the Democratic Party ; Peters prior attacks on prosecutor of Aaron Swartz without mentioning 6 Month Plea Deal – troubling ; Winthrop and Jerry Falk’s shenanigans to blame for demise of Howard Rice – Lesson? Karma happens]

When the prospect of merging with Arnold & Porter was put to Howard Rice’s partners for a vote, many of them thought the choice to combine was clear — especially when they considered the opportunities it would create for the firm’s youngest lawyers.

Doug Winthrop (image: courtesy of The Recorder)

Please continue @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202585889132&PostMerger_Legacy_Howard_Rice_Partners_Praise_TieUp_Associates_Not_So_Sure

 

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This month Elliot Peters’ young client hanged himself. Another client confessed his sins to Oprah. And yet another emerged as a poster boy for the feds’ controversial medical marijuana crackdown in California.

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Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest (image: courtesy of The Recorder)

Internet activist Aaron Swartz, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and Matthew Davies, the operator of a licensed pot dispensary, have each been making national news headlines, often a hallmark of Peters’ cases. The Recorder sat down with the former prosecutor at his law firm, Keker & Van Nest.

Please see complete story @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202585717144&QA_Elliot_Peters_on_a_Clients_Suicide_Lance_Armstrong_and_Prosecutorial_Excess

“Betsy Andreu” Leads Search Stats on The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR Note: notice unusual activities dealing with Larry Hillblom) ; Google intentional interference in search results dealing with client Keker & Van Nest, John Keker, Elliot Peters

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Google’s disinclination in connection with John Keker and Elliot Peters, please “google” the following:
http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/tags/john-keker/

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Judicial Council Watcher on Judicial Council Member Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court as The Leslie Brodie Report Asks JCW/ Alliance of California Judges’ David Lampe to Opine on Execution of Search Warrant with No Probable Cause in Re CaliforniaALL – Part 1 (TLR Note: Part 2 will discuss Judicial Council member Mark Robinson of UCI Foundation; Part 3- Dave Rosenberg, UC Davis, and Mark Friedman’s CPA Alison Turner connection to CaliforniaALL)

Judge Dave Rosenberg – Up until this moment, Judge David Rosenberg was a shooting star on the judicial council…. but one needed only peel back a layer or two to find out how he got there. You see, Judge Rosenberg was a fraternity advisor and lifetime member of Alpha Epsilon Pi at UC Davis during the hazing of one Ryan Clifford by the fraternity. He would also be the judge that would be assigned the case of Ryan Clifford vs. Alpha Epsilon Pi wherein Ryan Clifford was brutally hazed by the fraternity members. CV 09-1282 filed May 15th 2009.  It would be Judge David Rosenberg’s involvement in this case that would sully the judiciary in Yolo County and simultaneously propel Judge Rosenberg on his path to the star chamber because it is compromising situations such as this where one might come upon a CJP action that could conceivably remove them from the bench that creates malleable tools like Rosenberg for seats in the Star Chamber. And elevated he was. This case has Judge Rosenbergs fingerprints all over it as an advisor to the fraternity. Furthermore the case was reassigned first to newly appointed Judge Reed and then to newly appointed Judge McGuire of Yolo County, a personal friend of Rosenberg. During the course of the legal action, Judge McGuire would be challenged in an election for his spot on the bench. In response, Judge David Rosenberg, a fraternity advisor to Alpha Epsilon Pi and a lifetime member of Alpha Epsilon Pi would give Judge McGuire a contribution of 1,050 and a loan of 5000.00. An attorney for the firm representing Alpha Epsilon Pi would give McGuire 300.00. None of these donations would be disclosed by McGuire to the Clifford family prior to Judge Maguire disclosing such only after being requested to recuse himself by an attorney for Ryan Clifford. Such failure to disclose these contributions at an earlier time was a violation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 170.1, subdivision (a)(9)(C) When the Ryan’s family attorney found out about the sizable donations that were not disclosed, they asked Judge McGuire to recuse himself. Court documents show that Judge Maguire then struck a formal disqualification filed against him by Ryan Clifford for prejudice on April 3, 2012 and dismissed the case on April 6, 2012.

That’s how Rosenberg became a chosen one. Since then he has tried to play both sides of the fence arguing court autonomy and centralization at the same time. He claims to be a member of the ACJ but wants to re-chart their agenda. And now you know how some judicial council muppets get their strings.

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/the-judicial-branch-wall-of-shame/

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I. INTRODUCTION

Sara M. Granda v State Bar of California (2009 cv 02015)

In May 2009, Sara Granda graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and, like most of her peers, hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar exam.

California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 bar exam fee with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly registered.


Ms. Sara Granda. It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, and fighting for justice with the force of her large personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair. An assistant would help her flip through files, since she cannot move her hands or arms. When she approaches the bench, Ms. Granda would maneuver her chair using her tongue. “So much of what happens in the courtroom is theater,” says Ms. Granda, 29, who has lived out her own drama since she became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17. “I’m not sure how much time I will spend in court as an attorney. But I know I could do it.” (Photo and Narrative Courtesy of www.alldeaf.com)

However, the State Bar of California’s Office of Admission, headed by Ms. Gayle Murphy, never processed Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 fee with a check, rather than a credit card The State Bar of California did not relent, and neither did Granda.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

Local and national media expressed outrage after the situation gained publicity as a result of statements by Governor Schwarzenegger, who publicly stated: “It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam. Government should work for the people, not against them and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter and I am with her all the way.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert A. Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “It’s a high-tech process, and people need to maneuver it successfully, and we can’t be in the business of helping any one person out with it.” Hawley continued: “That takes us down a path that ends up in a place we don’t want to be. How do you then choose which ones to help and which you don’t?”

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” Granda stated to the local media. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

True to her spirit, Granda filed an action in federal court seeking an order directing the State Bar of California to allow her to take the fast-approaching bar exam.


Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

The case was assigned to the courtroom of Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL. Judge England is the husband of California ALL board member Torie Flournoy-England who, together with State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee also served on CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.

Torie Flournoy Morrison England
After Judge Morrison England quickly filed for summary dissolution in Sacramento County Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was in existence — a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant. Serving on CaliforniaALL’s board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) was Torie Flournoy-England. State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC’s Michael Peevey, CPUC’s Tim Simon, as well as Judge England were part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council. The above photo, which was published on the cover of a local magazine in Sacramento, notes that the Englands wed in May 2008. (image: courtesy photo)

Making an appearance and vigorously contending that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the State Bar of California were State Bar of California emloyees, Larry Yee, Rachel Grunberg, and Mark Torres-Gil of the State Bar office of General Counsel, the same office that drafted the partnership agreement between CaliforniaALL and the State Bar of California, as well as attorneys from the law offices of Kerr & Wagstaffe.

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

In the midst of a public relations crisis arising from the mistreatment of the Sara Granda by the State Bar of California, an article was published in the California Bar Journal. The article was published on July 27, 2009, and was written by Diane Curtis.

As the reader will soon observe, this article is imbued with inaccurate information and is otherwise dishonest.
Article California Bar Journal about Granda

Soon after U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England dismissed the federal complaint filed by Granda against the State Bar, a Sacramento attorney, Stewart Katz, volunteered to help Granda, and did so by filing a writ of preemptive mandate against the State Bar of California.

The emergency writ was filed on July 27, 2009 and was served electronically on the State Bar. (See below.)

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

Richard Zanassi, an attorney employed by the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel, filed an opposition in response to the writ. However, due to the wide media attention focusing on the case, the opposition was styled as a request for guidance by the court.

Thus, the article written by Diane Curtis and published in the California Bar Journal is dishonest as it misleads readers into believing that the State Bar, on its own accord, approached the California Supreme Court of its own volition, as an act of altruism and due to concern for Ms. Granda. Clearly, this was not the case.

In addition, one must wonder why Diane Curtis did not mention the fact that Granda, through Stewart Katz, filed the writ for mandamus.

As is made clear by its order, the Supreme Court decided the matter by granting the writ, and not by granting the State Bar’s purported request for guidance.

 

III. YR’S ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST LARRY YEE, MARK TORRES-GIL, RACHEL GRUNBERG, JUDY JOHNSON

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

State Bar of California
1149 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: INTAKE OFFICE

Re: Complaint for Ethical Violations Against the State Bar of California; Lawrence Yee – #84208; Rachel Grunberg – #197080; Judy Johnson – #71360 ; Mark Torres-Gil – #91597.

INTRODUCTION

In lieu of submitting a complaint form, I submit this letter and enclosed materials as a formal complaint against the above-named attorneys for grave misconduct that took place in handling matters relating to applicant Sara Granda and the case of Granda v. State Bar of California.

As will be shown, the above parties, together and individually, engaged in egregious misconduct by conspiring and failing to disclose to the plaintiff the existence of a close relationship between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson,Patricia Lee, and the judge who presided over a case (Hon. Morrison C. England) in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

Furthermore, misconduct in the form of misrepresentations to the court took place regarding the current state of the law; further misconduct resulted from the discrimination against against the plaintiff based on her disability, and the unwillingness to comply with the ADA by affording the plaintiff reasonable accommodations. In addition, and adding insult to injury, the State Bar of California used the California Bar Journal as a tool to further injure and harass Granda by publishing an incomplete and inaccurate article which asserted that the State Bar had sought the advice of the California Supreme Court in determining how to resolve Granda’s claims. The article failed to mention that, in actuality, Granda had filed an action with the California Supreme Court for a preemptive writ and a writ of mandamus, such that the article misled readers regarding the actual circumstances surrounding Granda’s claims.

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The Honorable Judge Morrison C. England is a United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of California who sits in Sacramento. Prior to assuming the role of federal judge, he served as a judge with the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge England is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, also located in Sacramento.

In approximately 2005, as part of his community involvement and extra-judicial activities, Judge England became involved in programs initiated by Elizabeth Parker, dean of McGeorge, and Sarah Redfield, a visiting professor from New Hampshire, relating to the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, an assistant dean at the career office at McGeorge School of Law who later assumed a position as a Diversity Officer at CalPERS, was also involved in these activities.

The diversity initiatives instigated by McGeorge were both local and national in scope. The local program in Sacramento was entitled “PacificPathways.” The program to promote diversity on a national level became known as “Wingspread,” which evolved into a series, including Wingspread – Blackboard, Bench, and Bar and Wingspread – Delivered and Deliverable, and the like. Torie L. Flournoy, a school principal from Sacramento, was also involved in these programs at the local level.

Because Ruthe Ashley also served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and Sarah Redfield served on the State Bar’s Council on Fairness and Access, the parties from Sacramento (namely, Parker, Ahley, Flournoy, Redfield and Judge England) became acquainted with individuals from the State Bar of California who were involved in matters relating to diversity, including Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, and Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie.

As such, it was common to observe the same participant names at various diversity-related events taking place around the country. For example, over a 3 day weekend in Monterrey on October 5-7, 2006, part of the Wingspread program ran concurrently with the State Bar of California’s annual convention. Some of the attendees included Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, Ruthe Ashley, Torie L. Flournoy, Hon. Morrison C. England, Dean Elizabeth Parker, and Sarah Redfield. (See attachment titled “Wingspread VI.”) This event, Wingspread — Blackboard Bench and Bar, was organized by Sarah Redfield. Similarly, in June 2007, and also part of the “Wingspread” series, a summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii at which Dean Elizabeth Parker, Hon. Morrison C. England, Sarah Redfield and Torie L. Flournoy were all in attendance. (See attachment titled “UH Manoh Law School.”)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Ashley and Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich served as Vice President and President of the California State Bar, respectively. During that time frame, an idea was formulated to replicate an existing entity that would also absorb large sums of money from utility companies, and which would be used to allegedly promote diversity.

The original entity, the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), was secretly controlled for years by State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson. Fines and settlements from proceedings before the CPUC and other cy pres funds of approximately $30 million dollars were funneled to CCPF, primarily from legal and administrative proceedings. Unlike the funds funneled to CCPF via cy pres funds or fines imposed by the CPUC, the funds flowing to the new entity would come from utility companies’ voluntary donations after they were urged by the CPUC and others to donate in order to further diversity.

As such, Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to then-President of the CPUC, Michael Peevey) invited Ruthe Ashley to a restaurant in San Francisco. As a result of the meeting, a new entity known as CaliforniaALL was formed as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity that would collect funds to theoretically be used to invest in promoting diversity. CaliforniaALL, which came into existence in 2008 and was abruptly dissolved in 2010, was considered to have been in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California. (See Attachment titled “Memo from Patricia Lee to BOG.”) In addition, the partnership stipulation between the State Bar and CaliforniaAll provided that the Board of Governors would appoint two of CaliforniaALL’s members to the Board of Directors.

Executive Director of the State Bar of California Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, and Judge Morrison England were members of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council” (see Attachment titled “CaliforniaALL December 2008 Newsletter”), affording Judy Johnson and Judge England numerous opportunities to meet and collude or, at a minimum, to create such an appearance.

CaliforniaALL obtained donations of almost $2 million, primarily from utility companies such as Sempra, AT&T, PG&E and, of course, Verizon Wireless. In addition, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, and Leslie Hatamiya colluded to transfer $774,247 sub rosa from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation) to CaliforniaALL. (See attachment titled “Cal Bar Foundation’s tax return for 2008.”) In 2009, yet another $5,000 was transferred from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL for purposes of “researching” best practices. Hence, for simplicity’s sake, this complaint rounds the amount at issue to $780,000.

The transfer of $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was never acknowledged by any of CaliforniaALL’s publications. Similarly, it was never mentioned in the California Bar Journal or the NewsRoom of Cal Bar Foundation, where all other grants were heavily reported.

It is my position that the transfer of funds was never mentioned because it resulted from a conspiracy by Ruthe Ashley, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, and Leslie Hatamiya (all, incidentally, Asian-Americans who are very active in the promotion of diversity) to quietly shift the $780,000, some of which would later be misappropriated and used for personal gain and kickbacks. Indeed, once the funds reached CaliforniaALL, some of it was misappropriated. In order to cover-up the misappropriation, false and inaccurate statements were submitted to the IRS by CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley. For example, CaliforniaALL, which was housed pro bono at the Sacramento Office of DLA Piper, falsely claimed in IRS filings that it had paid approximately $16,000 in occupancy fees. Additional financial improprieties also exist which cannot be disclosed due to the fact that the State Bar is the wrongdoer and, ironically, is the entity to which I am required to submit this complaint for processing.

It is worth noting that the California Bar Foundation is part and parcel of the State Bar of California, despite claims to the contrary and the contention that it is only affiliated with the State Bar. The fact of the matter is that the State Bar’s Board of Governors appoints all Foundation board members, including the president, and that the Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation reports directly to the Board of Governors and needs the Board’s approval to change any bylaws, for example.

In the meantime – after Judge England filed for summary dissolution in the Sacramento Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie L. Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was still in existence – a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

The action was filed by plaintiff Sara Granda and was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015- MCE; see attachment titled “Complaint by Plaintiff Sara Granda”). The matter was adjudicated by Judge England, who promptly dismissed it. Neither Judge England, the defendant, Judy Johnson, or defense counsel Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, or Rachel Grunberg disclosed to Granda the State Bar’s ongoing relationship with CaliforniaALL, to wit:

1. CaliforniaALL and the defendant (State Bar of California) are business partners.
2. Judge England and the Executive Director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) are members of CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.
3. Torie Flournoy-England, the spouse of Judge England, is a board member of CaliforniaALL, an entity that is a partner of the State Bar.
4. The unusual sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from defendant to CaliforniaALL.

By failing to make the disclosures mandated by these facts, the above-named attorneys committed misconduct, irrespective of the actual merit of Granda’s case or its outcome. As such, each must be disciplined for his/her wrongful conduct. Those attorneys are Judy Johnson, Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and Holly Fujie.

Fujie, who participated in all the proceedings concerning CaliforniaALL (including, strangely, causing the ex post facto appointment of Peter Arth to the Council of Access and Fairness to give them a chance to meet and collude), was also a member of the Board of Governors’ Operation Committee and was briefed regarding Granda’s case. In addition, she was aware that Judge England was presiding over the case and that he and his wife were part of CaliforniaALL. In addition, Fujie served as the president of the State Bar of California and as a member of both the Board of Governors and Operations Committee, and was briefed on the matter; in fact, she authorized the expenditure of money to pay as legal fees to oppose the suit before Judge England. In addition Ms. Fujie participated in multiple diversity-related events at which Judge England and his wife Torie Flournoy-England were present; one such even took place on January 27, 2009, when DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Despite of all the above, Fujie –instead of speaking up concerning the obvious conflict regarding Judge England — kept quiet and looked the other way.

Even though the outcome of the Granda matter is irrelevant to a determination of the misconduct described above, the following paragraphs are included to provide further background and to rebut any allegation that the relationship between the Englands and the defendant caused no prejudice to plaintiff Sara Granda, or that the failure to provide fair administration of justice was otherwise harmless.

The fact of the matter is that the plaintiff Granda was severely prejudiced by the misconduct.

Granda, a 2009 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, intended to sit for the July 2009 bar exam. The recent graduate, a quadriplegic who can only move her head and fingers, arranged for the California Department of Rehabilitation to pay the examination fee of $600, which it did via check. However, the State Bar stated that it only accepts payments made via credit card, and would not allow Granda to sit for the fast-approaching bar examination. Plaintiff sensed unfairness and, like many recent law school graduates before her who approached federal court, she asked the federal court to award her both monetary and equitable relief in her lawsuit, which claimed that defendant State Bar of California violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The State Bar of California, which was represented by Michael von Loewenfeldt of Kerr & Wagstaffe, as well as Lawrence Yee, Mark Gil-Torres and Rachel Grunberg (State Bar in-house attorneys), asserted that the State Bar was immune pursuant to the 11th Amendment. (See attachment titled “Defendant’s Opposition.”) In its filing and opposition, defendant mostly cited as authority cases adjudicated by district courts around the country, as there is no clear authority addressing the interactions between the ADA and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Cases which held otherwise were not referenced by defendant, including Stoddard v. Florida Board of Bar Examiners and many other cases which held that, in fact, the ADA abrogates Eleventh Amendment immunity.

Misled, at least in part, by the argument advanced by defendant State Bar, Judge England promptly dismissed the case without giving Granda the chance to amend or plead around the issue of Eleventh Amendment immunity by, for example, naming Judy Johnson as a defendant in her individual capacity. In addition, Granda’s claim for monetary relief was completely ignored by the judge, and was never ruled upon.

Based on the foregoing, it is clear that the above-named attorneys engaged in egregious misconduct. The fact that they are part of the State Bar, an entity that should hold itself as a beacon of high ethical standards, coupled with Ms. Granda’s special circumstances, mandate and call for severe discipline.

IV. REPLY TO COMPLAINT BY JILL SPERBER OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

V. SUBTERFUGE BY TORIE FLOURNOY-ENGLAND, SARAH REDFIELD AND RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY

Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield, various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield with help from Twin Rivers Unified School District employee, Torie Flournoy.

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley. Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. Subsequenty, CPUC General Counsel Peter Arth invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Catolico Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA Cal Bar Foundation), and close to another million dollars from utility companies, allegedly, poured in.

According to Professor Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2007 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Allen Matkins managing partner Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and the former Director of Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine Director Karina Hamilton

On April 13, 2012 Adam Stock of Allen Matkins’ office in Orange County published the following:

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

Unfortunately, again, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

In fact, metadata from Allen Matkins’ own photos reveals the photos below were taken on January 24, 2007, and not on April 2, 2010 as Allen Matkins (who’s managing partner is Bob Hamilton — husband of UC Irvine’s Karina Hamilton) falsely alleges.

The metadata results were obtained by examining the following links at www.findexif.com :

http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

AND

http://calconsumerproductlaw.com/AllenMatkinsDiversity/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpg

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
(L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris. (Image:courtesy photos)

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster known as CaliforniaALL.

Other then collecting close to $2 million directly from utility companies (including the “hush-hush” transfer of $774,247, comprised of one installment of $5000 and another contribution of $769,247 from the Foundation which was never mentioned in the Foundation’s “newsroom” or by any other of its publications such as the California Bar Journal or by any of the newsletters and alerts published by CaliforniaALL), CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity from its inception in 2008 to the day it began to slowly be dissolved in approximately 2009, subsequent to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. Its only alleged achievement was providing some money for the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”) in approximately 2008-2009. Here too vast and intense suspicious circumstances exist as the funds from CaliforniaALL actually went to the UC Irvine Foundation, where the present executive director of the State Bar of California (Senator Joe Dunn) serves as a member of the audit committee, and it turns out that the SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene. In addition, some records seem to indicate that Verizon Wireless funneled the money directly to SALUCI , while CaliforniaALL took the credit.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of the Foundation during the time of the suspicious transfer of funds to CaliforniaALL (an entity of which CPUC’s Peter Arth was one of the main initiators).

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

VII. STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA’S JON STREETER OF KEKER & VAN NEST PRESSES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YR WITH YOLO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY; PARTIAL COPY OF DECLARATION OF BRUCE NALIBOFF PRESENTED TO JUDGE TIM FALL

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I. INTRODUCTION

Sara M. Granda v State Bar of California (2009 cv 02015)

In May 2009, Sara Granda graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and, like most of her peers, hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar exam.

California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 bar exam fee with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly registered.


Ms. Sara Granda. It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, and fighting for justice with the force of her large personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair. An assistant would help her flip through files, since she cannot move her hands or arms. When she approaches the bench, Ms. Granda would maneuver her chair using her tongue. “So much of what happens in the courtroom is theater,” says Ms. Granda, 29, who has lived out her own drama since she became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17. “I’m not sure how much time I will spend in court as an attorney. But I know I could do it.” (Photo and Narrative Courtesy of www.alldeaf.com)

However, the State Bar of California’s Office of Admission, headed by Ms. Gayle Murphy, never processed Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 fee with a check, rather than a credit card The State Bar of California did not relent, and neither did Granda.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

Local and national media expressed outrage after the situation gained publicity as a result of statements by Governor Schwarzenegger, who publicly stated: “It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam. Government should work for the people, not against them and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter and I am with her all the way.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert A. Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “It’s a high-tech process, and people need to maneuver it successfully, and we can’t be in the business of helping any one person out with it.” Hawley continued: “That takes us down a path that ends up in a place we don’t want to be. How do you then choose which ones to help and which you don’t?”

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” Granda stated to the local media. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

True to her spirit, Granda filed an action in federal court seeking an order directing the State Bar of California to allow her to take the fast-approaching bar exam.


Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

The case was assigned to the courtroom of Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL. Judge England is the husband of California ALL board member Torie Flournoy-England who, together with State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee also served on CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.

Torie Flournoy Morrison England
After Judge Morrison England quickly filed for summary dissolution in Sacramento County Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was in existence — a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant. Serving on CaliforniaALL’s board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) was Torie Flournoy-England. State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC’s Michael Peevey, CPUC’s Tim Simon, as well as Judge England were part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council. The above photo, which was published on the cover of a local magazine in Sacramento, notes that the Englands wed in May 2008. (image: courtesy photo)

Making an appearance and vigorously contending that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the State Bar of California were State Bar of California emloyees, Larry Yee, Rachel Grunberg, and Mark Torres-Gil of the State Bar office of General Counsel, the same office that drafted the partnership agreement between CaliforniaALL and the State Bar of California, as well as attorneys from the law offices of Kerr & Wagstaffe.

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

In the midst of a public relations crisis arising from the mistreatment of the Sara Granda by the State Bar of California, an article was published in the California Bar Journal. The article was published on July 27, 2009, and was written by Diane Curtis.

As the reader will soon observe, this article is imbued with inaccurate information and is otherwise dishonest.
Article California Bar Journal about Granda

Soon after U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England dismissed the federal complaint filed by Granda against the State Bar, a Sacramento attorney, Stewart Katz, volunteered to help Granda, and did so by filing a writ of preemptive mandate against the State Bar of California.

The emergency writ was filed on July 27, 2009 and was served electronically on the State Bar. (See below.)

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

Richard Zanassi, an attorney employed by the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel, filed an opposition in response to the writ. However, due to the wide media attention focusing on the case, the opposition was styled as a request for guidance by the court.

Thus, the article written by Diane Curtis and published in the California Bar Journal is dishonest as it misleads readers into believing that the State Bar, on its own accord, approached the California Supreme Court of its own volition, as an act of altruism and due to concern for Ms. Granda. Clearly, this was not the case.

In addition, one must wonder why Diane Curtis did not mention the fact that Granda, through Stewart Katz, filed the writ for mandamus.

As is made clear by its order, the Supreme Court decided the matter by granting the writ, and not by granting the State Bar’s purported request for guidance.

 

III. YR’S ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST LARRY YEE, MARK TORRES-GIL, RACHEL GRUNBERG, JUDY JOHNSON

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May 31, 2011

State Bar of California
1149 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: INTAKE OFFICE

Re: Complaint for Ethical Violations Against the State Bar of California; Lawrence Yee – #84208; Rachel Grunberg – #197080; Judy Johnson – #71360 ; Mark Torres-Gil – #91597.

INTRODUCTION

In lieu of submitting a complaint form, I submit this letter and enclosed materials as a formal complaint against the above-named attorneys for grave misconduct that took place in handling matters relating to applicant Sara Granda and the case of Granda v. State Bar of California.

As will be shown, the above parties, together and individually, engaged in egregious misconduct by conspiring and failing to disclose to the plaintiff the existence of a close relationship between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson,Patricia Lee, and the judge who presided over a case (Hon. Morrison C. England) in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

Furthermore, misconduct in the form of misrepresentations to the court took place regarding the current state of the law; further misconduct resulted from the discrimination against against the plaintiff based on her disability, and the unwillingness to comply with the ADA by affording the plaintiff reasonable accommodations. In addition, and adding insult to injury, the State Bar of California used the California Bar Journal as a tool to further injure and harass Granda by publishing an incomplete and inaccurate article which asserted that the State Bar had sought the advice of the California Supreme Court in determining how to resolve Granda’s claims. The article failed to mention that, in actuality, Granda had filed an action with the California Supreme Court for a preemptive writ and a writ of mandamus, such that the article misled readers regarding the actual circumstances surrounding Granda’s claims.

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The Honorable Judge Morrison C. England is a United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of California who sits in Sacramento. Prior to assuming the role of federal judge, he served as a judge with the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge England is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, also located in Sacramento.

In approximately 2005, as part of his community involvement and extra-judicial activities, Judge England became involved in programs initiated by Elizabeth Parker, dean of McGeorge, and Sarah Redfield, a visiting professor from New Hampshire, relating to the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, an assistant dean at the career office at McGeorge School of Law who later assumed a position as a Diversity Officer at CalPERS, was also involved in these activities.

The diversity initiatives instigated by McGeorge were both local and national in scope. The local program in Sacramento was entitled “PacificPathways.” The program to promote diversity on a national level became known as “Wingspread,” which evolved into a series, including Wingspread – Blackboard, Bench, and Bar and Wingspread – Delivered and Deliverable, and the like. Torie L. Flournoy, a school principal from Sacramento, was also involved in these programs at the local level.

Because Ruthe Ashley also served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and Sarah Redfield served on the State Bar’s Council on Fairness and Access, the parties from Sacramento (namely, Parker, Ahley, Flournoy, Redfield and Judge England) became acquainted with individuals from the State Bar of California who were involved in matters relating to diversity, including Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, and Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie.

As such, it was common to observe the same participant names at various diversity-related events taking place around the country. For example, over a 3 day weekend in Monterrey on October 5-7, 2006, part of the Wingspread program ran concurrently with the State Bar of California’s annual convention. Some of the attendees included Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, Ruthe Ashley, Torie L. Flournoy, Hon. Morrison C. England, Dean Elizabeth Parker, and Sarah Redfield. (See attachment titled “Wingspread VI.”) This event, Wingspread — Blackboard Bench and Bar, was organized by Sarah Redfield. Similarly, in June 2007, and also part of the “Wingspread” series, a summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii at which Dean Elizabeth Parker, Hon. Morrison C. England, Sarah Redfield and Torie L. Flournoy were all in attendance. (See attachment titled “UH Manoh Law School.”)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Ashley and Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich served as Vice President and President of the California State Bar, respectively. During that time frame, an idea was formulated to replicate an existing entity that would also absorb large sums of money from utility companies, and which would be used to allegedly promote diversity.

The original entity, the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), was secretly controlled for years by State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson. Fines and settlements from proceedings before the CPUC and other cy pres funds of approximately $30 million dollars were funneled to CCPF, primarily from legal and administrative proceedings. Unlike the funds funneled to CCPF via cy pres funds or fines imposed by the CPUC, the funds flowing to the new entity would come from utility companies’ voluntary donations after they were urged by the CPUC and others to donate in order to further diversity.

As such, Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to then-President of the CPUC, Michael Peevey) invited Ruthe Ashley to a restaurant in San Francisco. As a result of the meeting, a new entity known as CaliforniaALL was formed as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity that would collect funds to theoretically be used to invest in promoting diversity. CaliforniaALL, which came into existence in 2008 and was abruptly dissolved in 2010, was considered to have been in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California. (See Attachment titled “Memo from Patricia Lee to BOG.”) In addition, the partnership stipulation between the State Bar and CaliforniaAll provided that the Board of Governors would appoint two of CaliforniaALL’s members to the Board of Directors.

Executive Director of the State Bar of California Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, and Judge Morrison England were members of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council” (see Attachment titled “CaliforniaALL December 2008 Newsletter”), affording Judy Johnson and Judge England numerous opportunities to meet and collude or, at a minimum, to create such an appearance.

CaliforniaALL obtained donations of almost $2 million, primarily from utility companies such as Sempra, AT&T, PG&E and, of course, Verizon Wireless. In addition, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, and Leslie Hatamiya colluded to transfer $774,247 sub rosa from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation) to CaliforniaALL. (See attachment titled “Cal Bar Foundation’s tax return for 2008.”) In 2009, yet another $5,000 was transferred from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL for purposes of “researching” best practices. Hence, for simplicity’s sake, this complaint rounds the amount at issue to $780,000.

The transfer of $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was never acknowledged by any of CaliforniaALL’s publications. Similarly, it was never mentioned in the California Bar Journal or the NewsRoom of Cal Bar Foundation, where all other grants were heavily reported.

It is my position that the transfer of funds was never mentioned because it resulted from a conspiracy by Ruthe Ashley, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, and Leslie Hatamiya (all, incidentally, Asian-Americans who are very active in the promotion of diversity) to quietly shift the $780,000, some of which would later be misappropriated and used for personal gain and kickbacks. Indeed, once the funds reached CaliforniaALL, some of it was misappropriated. In order to cover-up the misappropriation, false and inaccurate statements were submitted to the IRS by CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley. For example, CaliforniaALL, which was housed pro bono at the Sacramento Office of DLA Piper, falsely claimed in IRS filings that it had paid approximately $16,000 in occupancy fees. Additional financial improprieties also exist which cannot be disclosed due to the fact that the State Bar is the wrongdoer and, ironically, is the entity to which I am required to submit this complaint for processing.

It is worth noting that the California Bar Foundation is part and parcel of the State Bar of California, despite claims to the contrary and the contention that it is only affiliated with the State Bar. The fact of the matter is that the State Bar’s Board of Governors appoints all Foundation board members, including the president, and that the Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation reports directly to the Board of Governors and needs the Board’s approval to change any bylaws, for example.

In the meantime – after Judge England filed for summary dissolution in the Sacramento Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie L. Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was still in existence – a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

The action was filed by plaintiff Sara Granda and was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015- MCE; see attachment titled “Complaint by Plaintiff Sara Granda”). The matter was adjudicated by Judge England, who promptly dismissed it. Neither Judge England, the defendant, Judy Johnson, or defense counsel Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, or Rachel Grunberg disclosed to Granda the State Bar’s ongoing relationship with CaliforniaALL, to wit:

1. CaliforniaALL and the defendant (State Bar of California) are business partners.
2. Judge England and the Executive Director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) are members of CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.
3. Torie Flournoy-England, the spouse of Judge England, is a board member of CaliforniaALL, an entity that is a partner of the State Bar.
4. The unusual sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from defendant to CaliforniaALL.

By failing to make the disclosures mandated by these facts, the above-named attorneys committed misconduct, irrespective of the actual merit of Granda’s case or its outcome. As such, each must be disciplined for his/her wrongful conduct. Those attorneys are Judy Johnson, Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and Holly Fujie.

Fujie, who participated in all the proceedings concerning CaliforniaALL (including, strangely, causing the ex post facto appointment of Peter Arth to the Council of Access and Fairness to give them a chance to meet and collude), was also a member of the Board of Governors’ Operation Committee and was briefed regarding Granda’s case. In addition, she was aware that Judge England was presiding over the case and that he and his wife were part of CaliforniaALL. In addition, Fujie served as the president of the State Bar of California and as a member of both the Board of Governors and Operations Committee, and was briefed on the matter; in fact, she authorized the expenditure of money to pay as legal fees to oppose the suit before Judge England. In addition Ms. Fujie participated in multiple diversity-related events at which Judge England and his wife Torie Flournoy-England were present; one such even took place on January 27, 2009, when DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Despite of all the above, Fujie –instead of speaking up concerning the obvious conflict regarding Judge England — kept quiet and looked the other way.

Even though the outcome of the Granda matter is irrelevant to a determination of the misconduct described above, the following paragraphs are included to provide further background and to rebut any allegation that the relationship between the Englands and the defendant caused no prejudice to plaintiff Sara Granda, or that the failure to provide fair administration of justice was otherwise harmless.

The fact of the matter is that the plaintiff Granda was severely prejudiced by the misconduct.

Granda, a 2009 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, intended to sit for the July 2009 bar exam. The recent graduate, a quadriplegic who can only move her head and fingers, arranged for the California Department of Rehabilitation to pay the examination fee of $600, which it did via check. However, the State Bar stated that it only accepts payments made via credit card, and would not allow Granda to sit for the fast-approaching bar examination. Plaintiff sensed unfairness and, like many recent law school graduates before her who approached federal court, she asked the federal court to award her both monetary and equitable relief in her lawsuit, which claimed that defendant State Bar of California violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The State Bar of California, which was represented by Michael von Loewenfeldt of Kerr & Wagstaffe, as well as Lawrence Yee, Mark Gil-Torres and Rachel Grunberg (State Bar in-house attorneys), asserted that the State Bar was immune pursuant to the 11th Amendment. (See attachment titled “Defendant’s Opposition.”) In its filing and opposition, defendant mostly cited as authority cases adjudicated by district courts around the country, as there is no clear authority addressing the interactions between the ADA and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Cases which held otherwise were not referenced by defendant, including Stoddard v. Florida Board of Bar Examiners and many other cases which held that, in fact, the ADA abrogates Eleventh Amendment immunity.

Misled, at least in part, by the argument advanced by defendant State Bar, Judge England promptly dismissed the case without giving Granda the chance to amend or plead around the issue of Eleventh Amendment immunity by, for example, naming Judy Johnson as a defendant in her individual capacity. In addition, Granda’s claim for monetary relief was completely ignored by the judge, and was never ruled upon.

Based on the foregoing, it is clear that the above-named attorneys engaged in egregious misconduct. The fact that they are part of the State Bar, an entity that should hold itself as a beacon of high ethical standards, coupled with Ms. Granda’s special circumstances, mandate and call for severe discipline.

IV. REPLY TO COMPLAINT BY JILL SPERBER OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

V. SUBTERFUGE BY TORIE FLOURNOY-ENGLAND, SARAH REDFIELD AND RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY

Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield, various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield with help from Twin Rivers Unified School District employee, Torie Flournoy.

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley. Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. Subsequenty, CPUC General Counsel Peter Arth invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Catolico Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA Cal Bar Foundation), and close to another million dollars from utility companies, allegedly, poured in.

According to Professor Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

Sara E. Redfield SAL

Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

Work CALALL SAL

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2007 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Allen Matkins managing partner Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and the former Director of Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine Director Karina Hamilton

On April 13, 2012 Adam Stock of Allen Matkins’ office in Orange County published the following:

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

Unfortunately, again, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

In fact, metadata from Allen Matkins’ own photos reveals the photos below were taken on January 24, 2007, and not on April 2, 2010 as Allen Matkins (who’s managing partner is Bob Hamilton — husband of UC Irvine’s Karina Hamilton) falsely alleges.

The metadata results were obtained by examining the following links at www.findexif.com :

http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

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http://calconsumerproductlaw.com/AllenMatkinsDiversity/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpg

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VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
(L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris. (Image:courtesy photos)

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster known as CaliforniaALL.

Other then collecting close to $2 million directly from utility companies (including the “hush-hush” transfer of $774,247, comprised of one installment of $5000 and another contribution of $769,247 from the Foundation which was never mentioned in the Foundation’s “newsroom” or by any other of its publications such as the California Bar Journal or by any of the newsletters and alerts published by CaliforniaALL), CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity from its inception in 2008 to the day it began to slowly be dissolved in approximately 2009, subsequent to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. Its only alleged achievement was providing some money for the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”) in approximately 2008-2009. Here too vast and intense suspicious circumstances exist as the funds from CaliforniaALL actually went to the UC Irvine Foundation, where the present executive director of the State Bar of California (Senator Joe Dunn) serves as a member of the audit committee, and it turns out that the SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene. In addition, some records seem to indicate that Verizon Wireless funneled the money directly to SALUCI , while CaliforniaALL took the credit.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of the Foundation during the time of the suspicious transfer of funds to CaliforniaALL (an entity of which CPUC’s Peter Arth was one of the main initiators).

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

VII. STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA’S JON STREETER OF KEKER & VAN NEST PRESSES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YR WITH YOLO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY; PARTIAL COPY OF DECLARATION OF BRUCE NALIBOFF PRESENTED TO JUDGE TIM FALL

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Joe Cotchett, John Keker, Chris Young, Tom Girardi, Larry Lessig, Gwen Moore, CPUC’s Tim Simon, Jim Brosnahan, Mitch Kapor, Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, Howard Dickstein, Geoff Brown, Jeff Bleich, Larry Sonsini, DOJ’s Lanny Breuer, FBI’s Robert Mueller, Melinda Haag, and Stephen Heymann Hereby Asked to Opine on Death Threats Against The Leslie Brodie Report

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Joe Cotchett, John Keker, Chris Young, Tom Girardi, Larry Lessig, Gwen Moore, CPUC’s Tim Simon, Jim Brosnahan, Mitch Kapor, Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, Howard Dickstein, Geoff Brown, Jeff Bleich, Larry Sonsini, DOJ’s Lanny Breuer, FBI’s Robert Mueller, Melinda Haag, and Stephen Heymann Hereby Asked to Opine on Death Threats Against The Leslie Brodie Report.

For more details about the above photo, please conduct an image search on Google with the key words of “Leslie Brodie.”  See below:

Threats Against The Leslie Brodie Report

Keker & Van Nest’s Elliot Peters: Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Wanted ‘Juicy’ Case For Publicity (TLR Note: Notice Peters Never Mentions Plea Bargain Offer Made to Swartz to Serve Only Six Months in Jail)

The federal prosecutor who reportedly insisted on jail time for the late Aaron Swartz was “very, very difficult to deal with,” Swartz’s lawyer told The Huffington Post.

In a phone interview Monday, Swartz’s attorney Elliot Peters accused Massachusetts assistant U.S. attorney Stephen Heymann of pursuing federal charges against Swartz to gain publicity.

Heymann was looking for “some juicy looking computer crime cases and Aaron’s case, sadly for Aaron, fit the bill,” Peters said. Heymann, Peters believes, thought the Swartz case “was going to receive press and he was going to be a tough guy and read his name in the newspaper.”

Heymann, the deputy chief of the criminal division in the Boston-based U.S. Attorney’s office, also headed the computer crimes task force there, a position Peters said “doesn’t carry much prestige and respect unless you have computer crimes cases.”

Swartz, an open-democracy advocate, was found dead in an apparent suicide on Friday at the age of 26. He had been facing years in prison for downloading millions of articles from the online database JSTOR using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s library. JSTOR declined to pursue civil charges against Swartz and urged federal prosecutors to abandon the case. MIT did not, and is currently reviewing its role in the case.

Peters said Heymann was threatening Swartz with potentially longer prison sentences if Swartz didn’t accept his plea deal offers.

“He was very intransigent,” Peters said of Heymann. “It was his philosophy that as you got closer to trial the plea offers only got worse. But the offer he was making was so unreasonable that having it get worse didn’t concern me much.”

Please continue@:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/aaron-swartz-stephen-heymann_n_2473278.html

The Leslie Brodie Report Presents Behind the Scene Look at Keyword Analysis / Number of Visitors During 24-Hour Period

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News Update on Criminal Defendant Lauren Redfern / Civil-RICO Defendants Howard Dickstein and Spouse (Jeannine English) as The Leslie Brodie Report Launches Inquiry to Investigate Persistent Rumors Dickstein Officially Employed at Obama’s White House

Lauren Redfern

 Lauren Redfern, a former female Basalt High School gym teacher who had been charged with sexual assault on a student, was sentenced, but faces no prison time.

Lauren Redfern Basalt High

Lauren Redfern, 26, was sentenced Tuesday.

Redfern, 26, was arrested after she was caught by the school’s athletic director having sex with a student in the teacher’s restroom. At the time Redfern was charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern of sexual abuse, a class 3 felony.

“They were caught in a room they shouldn’t have been in together and that’s what started this investigation. And they admitted what was going on,” Eagle County Undersheriff Mike McWilliams told CBS4 shortly after Redfern’s arrest. Please continue @: http://tinyurl.com/ctcqgr9

Howard Dickstein / Jeannine English

Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English — who served as a “public member” of the State Bar of California Board of Governors since 2006 — is no longer part of the board, TLR has learned.

English is married to Howard Dickstein –  a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry.

Recently, both Dickstein and English were named as defendants in two separate RICO suits —  advanced by  Spire Law Group and Dan Dydzak.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.


J STREET PAC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein; Controversial Indian gambling attorney RICO defendant Howard Dickstein — member of both Anti-Israel’s J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown ; Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member RICO defendant Jeannine English – Dickstein of AARP.


STATION CASINOS: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein; Controversial Indian gambling attorney RICO defendant Howard Dickstein — member of both anti-Israel J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown ; Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member RICO Defendant Jeannine English – Dickstein of AARP.

Richard Lehman of Lehman Levi Pappas & SadlerJeannine Dickstein AKA Jeannine EnglishDuke EnergyReliant Energy
(L-R) Richard Lehman and Jeannine English of Sacramento-based lobbying firm Lehman English Kelly & O’Keefe which represented Duke Energy and Reliant Energy (Image: courtesy photos)

Richard Lehman of Lehman Levi Pappas & Sadler
(L-R) Richard Lehman and Howard Dickstein . Both Lehman and Dickstein are part of a team working for North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians (Image: courtesy photos)

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
Members of the “J Street Gang of Greed” (L-R ) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets. Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA). Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo) (Image:courtesy photos)

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Senator Barack Obama addresses a rather small group of people at the Law Offices of Howard Dickstein and Mark Friedman in Sacramento, California. 8/08/07

Host William Wagener Discusses Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Suit Against Joseph Dunn, Ronald George, Howard Dickstein, Jeannine English, Starr Babcock

Spire Law Group RICO Act Suit Against Alleged Racketeers Howard Dickstein, Spouse Jeannine Dickstein (AKA Jeannine English) , Douglas Winthrop, and Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese

Rumsey Band Rancheria vs. Howard Dickstein In a civil action filed against Attorney Howard Dickstein, spouse of State Bar of California BOG member Jeannine English, it was alleged Dickstein engaged in “a course of dealing that involved breaches of trust and violations of duties of the most basic, and, indeed, sacred kind.” Including, but not limited to, using the client’s plane for personal trips to the south of France, Big Sur and Grand Prix events in Monte Carlo and Montreal for which he owes the client $1.2 million. In statements to the media, Howard Dickstein referred to the allegations as a “pack of lies,” while disparaging his client. Dickstein also stated that he plans to fight the suit and “fight hard.” Appearing on behalf of defendant Dickstein was Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest.

Lastly, amid conflicting reports and unanswered questions, The Leslie Brodie Report has launched a journalistic inquiry into persistent rumors Howard Dickstein was extended an offer to join Barack Obama’s White House.

 

More on Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson (TLR Note: akin to “Tom Girardi of Orange County” to wit: Loyola/ Champ of J/circle Girardi-Gretsky-Baker-Matthai-Lack-Dunn/ class-actions/ Judicial Council/ Disqueiting ties to events re OC/UCI Law

Four Loyola Law School alumni are poised to play pivotal roles in the impending litigation involving economic-loss, personal-injury and wrongful-death claims from reported instances of unintended acceleration in certain Toyota cars. On the defense side, Toyota recently hired Tom Nolan ’75 to serve as lead counsel in economic-loss cases. Arguing on behalf of the consumers will be three alumni: Tom Girardi ’64, Tony Rackauckas ’71 and Mark P. Robinson, Jr. ’71. Nolan, of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, will help navigate the economic-loss cases in federal and state court. He represented MGA Entertainment in its high-profile litigation with Mattel over copyright infringement in the Bratz line of dolls. MGA was ultimately awarded $309 million in damages and fees. Nolan’s economic-loss case in front of Los Angele County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr is set to begin in September 2012. Loyola’s Civil Justice Program honored Nolan as a Champion of Justice in 2007.

Robinson, a partner with Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA, was named a co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the portion of the class-action case accusing the carmaker of negligence causing wrongful death and injuries when U.S. District Judge James Selna consolidated claims in May 2010. Robinson is no stranger to auto-defect litigation. He litigated the landmark 1978 Ford Pinto fire case that ushered in the modern era of auto-defect litigation. “The time has now come to focus on the victims, the people who have experienced sudden unintended litigation,” Robinson told the Associated Press.

Rackaukas, who has been the Orange County district attorney since 1998, has pursued consumer causes against large corporations as the county’s top prosecutor. Early in his career, he prosecuted large oil companies for contaminating drinking water. “The job of the D.A., in my view, is to do everything that I can to enhance the safety of the community and enhance the community’s feeling that they’re as safe as we can help them be,” he has said. Girard, of Girardi | Keese, has litigating a wide variety of product-liability cases. He obtained a $4.85 billion settlement in litigation against Merck pharmaceutical company for personal injuries suffered by consumers who used Vioxx medication. Loyola’s Civil Justice Program honored Girardi as a Champion of Justice in 2005 and bestowed the same honor on Robinson in 2007.

Source@: http://llsblog.lls.edu/students/guest/2012/01/four-loyola-alumni-leading-liti…

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After Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan were honored in 2005, and Edith Matthai who was honored in 2006; on Friday, September 28, 2007 a tribute to Champions of Justice dinner was presented by The Civil Justice Program Loyola Law School to honor Thomas Nolan of Skadden Arps and Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson. See source @: http://www.lls.edu/academics/centersprograms/civiljusticeprogram/symposiaande…

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Monday, September 12, 2011

The State Bar Board of Governors has selected Angela Davis of Los Angeles and Mark P. Robinson Jr. of Newport Beach to join the Judicial Council of California, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Friday.

The attorneys were appointed to three-year terms, which will commence Thursday.

Source @: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2011/judi091211.htm

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WAYNE GRETSKY, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/29/arnold-porter-s-douglas-winthrop-in…

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RICO Defendant:

Source @: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/district-of-columbia/dcdce/1:2012cv01534/156…

Plaintiff: DANIEL DAVID DYDZAK
Defendants: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, MARIA SHRIVER, ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., TIMOTHY GEITHNER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ANTHONY DEREK WEST, KAMALA DEVI HARRIS, PETER ANDREW KRAUSE, MARK R. BECKINGTON, CARLOS R. MORENO, IRELL & MANELLA, THOMAS J. BORRIS, GREGORY MUNOZ, FRANCES MUNOZ, MATTHEW MUNOZ, ROBERT J. TRENTACOSTA, BETH JAY, WILLIAM R. NEVITT, JR., MICHAEL RODDY, ALAN MARTIN CARLSON, DONALD F. MILES, ARNOLD & PORTER, THOMAS V. GIRARDI, HOWARD B. MILLER, TODD ALLEN TORR, JEFFERY WILLARD REISIG, JOHN J. QUINN, BERNARD A. BURK, DOUGLAS WINTHROP, SEAN SELEGUE, KENNETH G. HAUSMAN, HOLLY FUJIE, RICHARD M. ALEXANDER, RONALD M. GEORGE, ERIC M. GEORGE, ALAN I. ROTHENBERG, DENNIS M. WASSER, CHARLES SCHWAB, SCOTT DREXEL, STARR BABCOCK, DANIELLE A. LEE, ROBERT A. HAWLEY, JOSEPH LAWRENCE DUNN, JAMES TOWERY, HOWARD L. DICKSTEIN, JEANNINE ENGLISH, RUTH ASHLEY, VICTORIA MOLLOY, JANET HUNT, ELI MORTGENSTERN, AUGUSTUS HERNANDEZ, RUSSELL WEINER, THOMAS MORE SOCIETY, MARK P. ROBINSON, JR., MARY M. ROBERTS, SARAH L. OVERTON, CUMMINGS, MCCLOREY, DAVIS & ACHO, ALEC Y. CHANG, WILLIAM M. WARDLAW, FREEMAN, SPOGLI & CO., TANI CANTIL SAKAUYE, MATTHEW WERDEGAR, KEKER & VAN NESS, SUSAN J. HARRIMAN, KATHRYN M. WERDEGAR, CAROL A. CORRIGAN, JOYCE L. KENNARD, MING W. CHIN, MARVIN R. BAXTER, GOODWIN LIU, 1ST CENTURY BANK, 1ST CENTURY BANCSHARES, INC., WILLIAM W. BRIEN, DAVE BROOKS, JOSEPH DIGANGE, JASON D. DINAPOLI, ALAN D. LEVY, ROBERT A. MOORE, BARRY D. PRESSMAN, NADINE WATT, LEWIS N. WOLFF, STANLEY R. ZAX, H. WALTER CROSKEY, JOAN D. KLEIN, PATTI S. KITCHING, JUDITH MCCONNELL, RICHARD D. HUFFMAN, DOUGLAS P. MILLER, STEVEN JAHR, HARRY E. HULL, JR., RON BURKLE, JAMS, JOHN K. TROTTER, JR., CHRIS POOLE, GILBERT ANTHONY CEDILLO, MIKE DAVIS, FELIPE FUENTES, ROBERT K. BLUMENFIELD, JUDY JOHNSON, TOM LAYTON, LISA VON ESCHEN, ABELSON HERRON, MICHAEL BRUCE ABELSON, VINCENT H. HERRON, WRIGHT & L’ESTRANGE, JEFFREY IRWIN WERTHEIMER, SANDOR SAMUELS, BET TZEDEK, WILLIAM F. FAHEY, CAROLYN B. KUHL, DAVID J. PASTERNAK and DOES 1 THROUGH 10 INCLUSIVE
 
Case Number: 1:2012cv01534
Filed: September 13, 2012
 
Court: District Of Columbia District Court
Office: Washington, DC         Office
County: 88888
Presiding Judge: Ellen S. Huvelle
 
Nature of Suit: Other Statutes – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
Cause: 18:1961
Jurisdiction: Federal Question        
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff        

More on Ross Chanin and American Efficient (TLR Note: Amazing fellow!; fan of Dian Grueneich ; in agreement with TLR – Solar useless ; Posner-like thinking ;Ronald Coase – like business philospohy ; future dean of University of Chicago Law School? )

Chanin-Post.jpgSolar power has nothing on efficiency, according to Ross Chanin, founder and CEO of American Efficient, a Web technology company that influences efficient product choices. Rather than focusing on alternative energy, Chanin’s company finds ways to generate “negawatts,” or negative units of power.

Reducing consumption via efficiency is more cost-effective than using alternative energy sources, he says. American Efficient translates sustainability into a profitable business model where efficiency is a form of supply and promotes savings in the energy sector.

Chanin, 29, holds a law degree from Stanford and was a speechwriter for John Kerry on the 2004 presidential campaign. His last project was an online privacy and reputation management company, and he is currently an associate with the Truman National Security Project.

What do you say when people ask you, “What do you do?”

I’m an entrepreneur. I’m inventing a new space within the energy sector, or more specifically, the energy efficiency sector. My company, American Efficient, provides a platform approach to our partners that tips consumer and commercial decisions to efficient, rather than non-efficient, products.

The savings potential is 10 times what the efficiency space offers today, and it is easily measured. These two factors allow American Efficient to function as a synthetic energy provider, which is to say that we generate energy via units of efficiency, or negawatts, at a cheaper rate than coal or natural gas, and we provide that energy to our partners.

What new idea or innovation is having the most significant impact on sustainability?

I think there are two: First is the recognition that, like it or not, sustainability decisions aren’t special or distinct from other decisions people make. The sooner the players in this market acknowledge this, the better the solutions will become. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but just because it’s green doesn’t mean it’s special in the mind of the median consumer. Second is treatment of energy efficiency as a true commodity in energy markets. This is huge, and it’s the future.

What’s something that most people just don’t understand about your area of expertise?

The cost per unit of energy via efficiency: 2.1 cents. The cost per unit of energy via solar: 21 cents. Res ipsa loquitur. (The thing speaks for itself.)

What’s an emerging trend that you think will shake up the sustainability world?

The use of big data not traditionally considered applicable to sustainability — big data that will enable companies like American Efficient to do things energy providers and sustainability advocates never thought possible or have not yet even considered.

What’s a sustainability trend that you wish would go away?

I wouldn’t say that I want the trend to go away, but I do think the sustainability/energy sectors and corresponding venture investment patterns need to be a bit more realistic about the impact that demand-side management (DSM) and behavioral energy use products can really have on medium-sized commercial to residential consumption. To clarify, I’m referring to efficiency products that provide price signals or messaging to energy users in the expectation that either or both will reduce consumption over a sustained period of time.

The fact is that the median American spends no more than six minutes a year thinking about her energy bill — that’s basically nothing. And so, you have to ask yourself, why then are hundreds of millions of dollars being allocated to address a concern that no one actually cares about? It doesn’t make a lot of sense. There’s definitely some groupthink that needs to be recalibrated.

What’s an idea you became fascinated with but that ended up taking you off track?

Probably the life and times of the garden gnome. Sure, I’m fascinated by new things every day, but you can’t really allow ephemeral stuff to take you or your team off track. Bottom line: Daydreaming is not a luxury you have as an entrepreneur.

Who are three people or organizations that you would put in a sustainability Hall of Fame?

All Future Premiers of China. It’s aspirational. Without China on board, we’ve got big problems. Amory Lovins. He’s the father of the negawatt — enough said. And Dian Grueneich  of the California Public Utilities Commission. Dian changed the way public utility commissions think about sustainability. For the casual observer it may not seem so, but in many respects, these commissions are the drivers of green. Regulatory design is sustainability design, and going forward it’s pretty fundamental to a sustainable future. 

Please continue @: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/a-conversation-with-ross-…

 

TLR’s opinion of Solar Energy, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/2012-bay-area-ceos-are-calling-o…

 

Meet Ross Chanin of “Reputation Defender” / “American Efficient ” (TLR Note: son of Jeffrey Chanin of Keker & Van Nest; published due to “Reputation Defender” which may (or may not) have been used against TLR; American Efficient-secretive! ; CleanTech? )

Ross Chanin is founder & CEO of American Efficient, a growth technology company in the energy sector.

Ross is previously a founder of Reputation.com, an online privacy and reputation management company, which serves customers in over 100 countries and is a 2011 World Economic Forum (Davos) Technology Partner. He also served on the speechwriting staff of a major presidential campaign.

Ross remains civically engaged as a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, and the Founder of the American Constitution Society’s Bay Area Networking and Development (ACS BAND). He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and received his JD from Stanford Law School.  (Source @: http://rosschanin.com/about/ )

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American Efficient:

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To learn more now, contact us for a demo. (We think you’ll like what you see)

Source@: http://www.americanefficient.com/ae/products/

 

Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship: Meet KEKER & VAN NEST DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP, INC.

Entity Name: KEKER & VAN NEST DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP, INC.
Entity Number: C3400349
Date Filed: 06/10/2011
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 633 BATTERY ST
Entity City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94111-1809
Agent for Service of Process: HOLLY SAYDAH
Agent Address: 633 BATTERY ST
Agent City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94111-1809

Source: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx

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Keker & Van Nest Launches $50,000 Diversity Scholarship

Press release 04/04/2011

Keker & Van Nest LLP is accepting applications for its inaugural diversity scholarship. In July, the firm will award up to $50,000 in scholarship grants to several student recipients. The firm, with 45 percent of its associates and 24 percent of its partnership as members of minority groups, has a long-standing commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. It maintains that commitment through a successful mentorship program, participation in minority career fairs and the support of diversity organizations.

“At Keker & Van Nest, we reap significant benefits from having a diverse group of attorneys throughout our ranks,” said Keker & Van Nest Partner and hiring committee leader Brian Ferrall. “Through this diversity scholarship, we can continue Keker & Van Nest’s commitment to diversity, and can create opportunities for talented law students.”

Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of litigators in the Bay Area. Recipients must attend University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; or Stanford Law School as a full-time student and remain in academic good standing for the academic year of the award. While financial need is not required, it will be considered along with other factors. Additional information about the scholarship including the application can be found on the Careers section of the firm’s website.

Source @: http://www.kvn.com/news/press-releases/Diversity_Scholarship

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For earlier stories, including matters relating to alleged fraud by Tom Pack, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Keker+Diversity+Scholarship

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: inquiry into Tom Pack rapidly expands amid revelations of various inconsistencies – Gibson Dunn — firm associated with Armen Adzhemyan and Frederick Brown — under heavy scrutiny

The Leslie Brodie Report has rapidly expanded the scope of its journalistic inquiry into Tom Pack.

Based on various confidential tips, the inquiry now focuses on whether or not Tom Pack is a member of the State Bar of California (or for that matter a member of any other state bar) as well as his current relationship with the firm of Gibson Dunn.

Specifically, TLR has been informed that a previously referenced Linkedin profile of Mr. Pack is outdated.  Pack’s new and updated profile, shown below, alludes to Pack as being an employee of Gibson Dunn in the role of an “Associate.”

Nevertheless, according to the sources,  Pack’s name, unfortunately, could not be located within  the membership roll maintained by the State Bar of California.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

Tom Pack

Tom Pack

Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Law Practice
  • Contact Tom Pack directly

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Tom Pack’s Overview

Current
Past
Education
  • Stanford Law School
  • East Central University
Connections
196 connections

Tom Pack’s Summary

Associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Interest in commercial litigation, civil procedure, American Indian/Alaska Native law and policy, the intersection of faith communities and law, and the role of the Constitution in shaping contemporary American society.

Prior experience with American Indian/Alaska Native health issues, as well as health issues in rural and under-served communities.

Tom Pack’s Experience

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

September 2012Present (4 months)

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2009June 2012 (2 years 11 months) Palo Alto, California

Summer Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2011August 2011 (3 months) San Francisco, California

Summer Associate

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2010August 2010 (3 months) San Francisco, California

Emerging Leader

Indian Health Service

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

July 2007June 2009 (2 years) Washington, DC

Completing rotations in the HHS Emerging Leaders Program through the Indian Health Service. After six rotations through different offices within IHS and other parts of the Department, a permanent position in the Indian Health Service will be offered.

Completed rotations in:
– Indian Health Service, Division of Human Resources
– Immediate Office of the Secretary (HHS), Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Tribal Affairs
– Indian Health Service, Office of the Director, Public Affairs Staff
– Indian Health Service, Office of Public Health Support
– Indian Health Service, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

May 2006July 2007 (1 year 3 months) Washington, DC

Truman Fellowship in the Department’s Office of Rural Health Policy, within the Health Resources and Services Administration. Worked primarily on health care financing issues, especially Medicare/Medicaid, for rural hospitals and other health care providers.

Tom Pack’s Languages

  • Spanish

SOURCE: PLEASE SEE @: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship – Part 3: Profile of Gibson Dunn in San Francisco (TLR Note: Notice Gibson Dunn Does Not Practice “American Indian Law” Nor Does it Have Native American Tribes as Clients)

In Part 1, TLR established that Tom Pack, who is a quarter Native American, wants to pursue a career in American Indian law. Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system. 

Tom Pack
Mr. Tom Pack (image: courtesy of Linkedin)

In Part 2, TLR established that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will have to “achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system” independently of Tom Pack. A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Pack no longer plans to return to Washington, D.C to fulfill his dreams of helping American Indians and Alaska Native tribes.  At least according to his Linkedin profile, Pack plans to remain in Northern California and has accepted an offer of employment from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

PART 3 : Profile of Gibson Dunn Office Located in San Francisco

Consistent with TLR’s commitment to accuracy and fairness, the possibility that Tom Pack can fulfill his dream of practicing American Indian Law and/or helping American Indian achieve true sovereignty and self-determination from within the confines of Gibson Dunn in San Francisco had to be examined. 

Predictably, Gibson Dunn does not practice American Indian Law nor does it have any native tribes as clients.  See below:

“The lawyers in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher enjoy a premier reputation as high-quality legal counselors.  Backed by the extensive resources and networks of a renowned national and international law firm, our lawyers have both the substantive expertise and the technology demanded by clients who pioneer the products and services that have revolutionized the global economy. 

Among our 75 lawyers are a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award (by Presidents Clinton and Bush), the highest honor conferred on federal government executives; a former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeals and Legal Affairs Secretary to the Governor of California; and a two-term appointee to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency (by Presidents Clinton and Bush).  The San Francisco office is a target destination for some of the country’s best legal talent.

Our lawyers have significant expertise in international cartel enforcement and antitrust, intellectual property, constitutional law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate, securities litigation, corporate governance, and trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country.  We provide counsel to Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley founders alike, in the technology, telecommunications, financial services, and professional services industries.  A short list of our diverse clientele include Intel, Micron Technology, St. Jude Medical, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Applied Materials, Cadence Design Systems, and The Williams Companies.  With an unparalleled combination of solid local service and international expertise, our lawyers often achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Since 1979, lawyers in our Bay Area offices have acted as lead trial counsel in a number of the biggest securities class actions and SEC enforcement matters of the current era, including representation of leading Bay Area and national companies such as Hewlett Packard, Levi Strauss,  Amazon.com, The Williams Companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Merrill Lynch.  For many years, Northern California has led the nation in the number of securities class action suits filed each year, and our Bay Area partners are on the “short list” of lawyers who routinely are sought out to represent public companies and their directors and officers in these cases.  Our seven Bay Area partners specializing in this field include one of the co-chairs of Gibson Dunn’s national practice group, as well as partners who lead the firm’s representation of “Big Four” accounting firms in securities and other financial fraud litigation.  In addition to defending federal court class actions, our Bay Area partners also handle high stakes takeover litigation, derivative suits, and regulatory investigations, including a number of recent matters involving stock option backdating that have been in the headlines over the last two years.  Several of our Bay Area partners have been recognized in state and national publications as leading lawyers in their field.  Our Bay Area partners regularly are called upon to serve as amicus counsel for some of the nation’s leading industry organizations, and to speak out on securities-related and law reform topics in national conferences and publications.  Our Bay Area securities litigation practice is complemented by the firms’ Business Crimes and Crisis Management groups, with whom we work closely in major matters.

San Francisco’s antitrust lawyers are well-recognized as experts in their field.  The matters they work on span the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and cover a broad array of industries, including high technology, retail, defense, chemical, and manufacturing.  Our counselors provide services to clients in every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including civil antitrust litigation (including class actions), international cartel investigations and criminal litigation, other federal and state civil and criminal investigations, government review of mergers and acquisitions, antitrust compliance counseling, and trade regulation matters that involve unfair competition and consumer protection issues.  They have served in policy-making and enforcement positions in government, making major contributions to antitrust jurisprudence and policy.

The lawyers that comprise San Francisco’s corporate team have experience with virtually every type of corporate or commercial transaction, regardless of a client’s size or stage of development.  We regularly represent our clients in connection with a broad variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, cross-border transactions, securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and global finance.  In addition to representing several of Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters in their corporate matters, we’ve represented public and private corporations alike, in the transactions that can make or break their business.

Our intellectual property lawyers in the San Francisco office have extensive experience and expertise in all facets of IP litigation.  We have represented some of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies in their day-to-day and big-ticket IP matters, successfully steering them to favorable results.  We have litigated – and tried – significant patent cases in courts throughout the country as well as at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  We have demonstrated technical expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including electrical design and engineering, software, hardware, mechanical design and engineering, biological compounds and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and life sciences.  Backed by our outstanding national practice, our IP team is able to efficiently manage, and successfully resolve, complex IP cases for our clients. 

San Francisco’s real estate lawyers are part of the team that comprises one of the largest real estate groups among law firms in the United States.  They work with developers and financiers alike, on some of the most sophisticated financings and land use deals throughout the world.   Transactions they handle include acquisitions and dispositions, financings, including structured and securitized transactions, REITs, public/private deals, workouts and restructurings, and leases, including office, “big box” and general retail, and major industrial and warehouse leases.  The land use team in San Francisco is of the highest caliber, having played a central role in several of the most significant of the development and redevelopment projects that have reshaped the country.   Significant projects in the Bay Area include the negotiation of the 90-year ground lease and development agreement for the LucasArts campus in the Presidio National Park, the historic restorations of the Ferry Building and Piers 1 &frac12;, 3 and 5, the development of the Westfield San Francisco Centre in the heart of San Francisco, and the current redevelopment of the Treasure Island Naval Station. 

Gibson Dunn’s “client first” culture ensures that all of our lawyers remain involved with and available to our clients at all times.  This is the cornerstone of our practice and has resulted in our clients entrusting us with their most sophisticated and significant legal matters.  Our culture also embraces a strong commitment to community service activism and pro bono representation.  In addition to our fundraising efforts for local charities by lawyers and staff alike, a San Francisco Gibson Dunn attorney was honored with the “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” Award for two years in a row by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Our lawyers were also recognized by the California State Senate for our efforts to support pro bono legal work in the Bay Area with the “2005 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service” Award.  Recently, the San Francisco office was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times. “

Source @: http://www.gibsondunn.com/offices/SanFrancisco

Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship Part 2: Incoming Associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco

In Part 1, TLR established that Tom Pack, who is a quarter Native American, wants to pursue a career in American Indian law. Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system.  Please see story @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/the-leslie-brodie-report-launche…

PART 2: Tom Pack as  Incoming Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco

Unfortunately, it now appears that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will have to “achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system” without the help of Tom Pack.

A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Pack no longer plans to return to Washington, D.C to fulfill his dreams of helping American Indians and Alaska Native tribes.

At least according to his Linkedin profile, Pack plans to remain in Northern California and has accepted an offer of employment from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Tom Pack

Tom Pack

Incoming Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Law Practice

See source @: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

 

The Leslie Brodie Report Launches Journalistic Inquiry Into Stanford Law School Graduate Tom Pack — Recipient of Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship — Part 1: Background Information

Before coming to Stanford, Tom Pack worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focusing on American Indian/Alaska Native health issues. Working for HHS allowed Tom, who is a quarter Native American, to see that while he had an interest in health, he ultimately wanted to pursue a career in American Indian law.

Tom Pack
Mr. Tom Pack (image: courtesy of Linkedin)

“I could see myself having a micro impact on people’s lives by becoming a doctor, but by pursuing a law degree I realized I would have the opportunity to make a macro impact on tribal government,” he says.

Tom was able to select Stanford Law School, his dream school, as a result of the funding provided by the Theodore Weisman Scholarship Fund. Without the graduate fellowship, he wouldn’t have had the financial capability to attend Stanford.

“The cost of attending law school was a huge barrier for me,” recalls Tom. “Receiving a graduate fellowship not only made it possible for me to attend Stanford, it will also relieve the burden of debt and allow me to take a job I am really passionate about. For that I am incredibly thankful.”

On track to earn his JD in 2012, Tom hopes to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in government. Ideally, he dreams of helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes achieve true sovereignty and self-determination within the American political system.

(emphasis added)

Source: http://giving.stanford.edu/get/layout/g2s/Profile_ThomasPack

Addendum to Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny: Hastings College of Law, Boalt Hall, Stanford Law School

In TLR’s previously published story “Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny” dealing with Keker & Van’s announcement by which the firm declared unequivocally its intention to disregard and otherwise violate myriad local, state, and federal laws prohibiting race discrimination, as well as state and local laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation; TLR was remiss in failing to mention that in addition to being a LGBTQ law students of color in order to qualify for its scholarship, Keker & Van Nest also placed the following arbitratry and capricious conditions:

        a) must be current first-year or second-year law students.

        b) must attend University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; or Stanford Law School.

        c) a full-time student and remain in academic good standing for the academic year of the award.  See source @:http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/Diversity-Scholarship

Per one source, on its face, it appears Keker & Van Nest violates California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act which provides in part: “All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion,ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.”

TLR’s original story, please see @: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/race-discrimination-by-keker-van…

 

Race Discrimination by Keker & Van Nest Prompts Scrutiny — Developing Story

Embattled San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest and named partner John Keker are under scrutiny, yet again.

According to various knowledgeable sources, the controversy surrounding Kekers stems from an announcement by which the firm declared unequivocally its intention to disregard and otherwise violate myriad local, state, and federal laws prohibiting any form of race discrimination, as well as state and local laws prohibiting any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Specifically, earlier this year Keker & Van Nest announced that it was “launching the Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship to benefit diverse law students.” (emphasis added) Source@: http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/default

Keker & Van Nest further stated that “Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community (emphasis added) Source @: http://www.kvn.com/careers/diversity/Diversity-Scholarship


Matthew Werdegar AKA Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van NestDavid Werdegar
(L) Matt Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest who participated in the scheme to hide Chris Young’s association with his firm from the public. He is the son of California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Kathryn Werdegar and David Werdegar (R), former CEO of of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging. Strangely, while Justice Werdegar recused herself in a suit against the late Richard Goldman due to major contributions by Goldman to Institute on Aging, she did not recuse herself in many other cases involving other major contributors. Once the scheme was exposed on The Leslie Brodie Report, David Werdegar abruptly quit his CEO position. (Image:courtesy photo)

This latest controversy involving Keker & Van Nest comes on the heels of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit naming as defendants (among others) Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar which was filed in federal court.

 The suit was advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey alleges that defendants — who allegedly run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise — engaged in predicate acts of a pattern of racketeering through and by means of obstruction of justice and myriad acts of fraud. 

The suit further contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements. 

The action seeks monetary and equitable remedies. 

Matt Werdegar is the son of the former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging David Werdegar who abruptly quit his position earlier this year amid media reports of alleged financial improprieties. 

Subsequent to Werdegar’s departure, the IOA appointed J. Thomas Briody, MHSc as the organization’s new President and CEO. 

In a separate suit, Dydzak’s avers that Califorrnia Supreme Court Justice  Kay Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars. 

Dydzak further alleges that he sustained legal injury based on his representation of a client against Charles Schwab — specifically, a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, which had previously represented Charles Schwab. 

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA; he claims that she did neither. 

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

 

 

Jennifer Granholm — Boalt Hall Law Professor — on the Dating Game (1978) (TLR Note: Granholm mysteriously shares an Oakland address with Gary Cohen of Keker & Van Nest/CPUC/CDOI

Ron Olson, James Brosnahan, John Keker, Thomas Girardi, Jeff Reisig — All Christian White Males — Top The Leslie Brodie Report “Most Corrupt Lawyers” in California for 2011-2012

The Leslie Brodie Report, an online news-media outlet for a faith-based group, today released a partial list of 2011-2012 California’s “Ten Most Corrupt Lawyers.”

The list, in order of severity, includes:

1) Ron Olson

2) James Brosnahan

3) John Keker

4) Thomas Girardi

5) Jeff Reisig

To date, TLR managed to expose and report many scandals, and such freedom to operate is necessary to strengthen our democracy through the power of transparency.

The complete list, including Dishonorable Mentions for 2011-2012, will be published soon.

 

Copyright Suit Over UCLA Video Streaming Thrown Out (TLR Note: Highly relevant to Keker & Van Nest / UC Regents relationship)

A California federal judge dismissed a breach of contract suit alleging the University of California, Los Angeles, violated the copyrights of educational-video makers when it implemented a system for streaming videos online to students and faculty.

In a multipronged decision, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall ruled that “public performance” rights conveyed in UCLA’s contract with educational film distributor Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. gave the school the right to stream the licensed content online.  Source: http://www.law360.com/articles/276154/video-maker-s-copyright-suit-over-ucla-…

The lawsuit against UCLA was filed by the Association for Information Media and Equipment (AIME) and Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Those plaintiffs claimed that UCLA had violated copyright and breached its contract by copying DVD’s of Shakespeare plays acquired from Ambrose and streaming them online for faculty and students to use in courses. Source: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-against-ucla-o…

The plaintiffs contended that UCLA had acted illegally in copying DVD’s of Shakespeare plays acquired from Ambrose and streaming them online for faculty and students to use in courses. UCLA argued that streaming the videos was permissible under the fair-use principle, which can allow reproductions for teaching, and the Teach Act, which allows limited use of copyrighted materials for online education.

In her ruling, Judge Marshall said the plaintiffs had failed to provide adequate support for their infringement claim. The ruling hinges largely on findings that the plaintiffs lacked standing and that the defendants had sovereign or qualified immunity. But in a section of the ruling, Judge Marshall also weighs four factors relating to the fair-use arguments.

One of those factors weighs in favor of not finding fair use, she wrote, “because the entire works were streamed, not just portions.” But, on balance, she wrote, “the court concludes that there is, at a minimum, ambiguity as to whether defendants’ streaming constitutes fair use.” She added: “Notably, no court has considered whether streaming videos only to students enrolled in a class constitutes fair use, which reinforces the ambiguity of the law in this area.”

A lawyer for the defendants, who include the Regents of the University of California and several individuals, said the ruling was “a complete victory.”

The lawyer, R. James Slaughter of Keker & Van Nest LLP, told the news service Law360 that the ruling “confirms what UCLA has long believed: that streaming previously purchased video content over its intranet for educational purposes is not a copyright violation or a violation of any contract.” Source: http://chronicle.com/article/Judge-Throws-Out-Lawsuit-Over/135932/

 

IRS’s Exempt Organization Disclosure Requirements (TLR Note: Voice of OC / SCE- subject of complaints upon refusal; VOC, via Jayne Kim, hinted, incorrectly, YR needs to travel to OC to inspect; To date, IRS took no action -Tony West? Feinstein?)

Source: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Public-Disclosure-and-Availability-of-Exempt-Organizations-Returns-and-Applications:-Documents-Subject-to-Public-Disclosure

How can I obtain a copy of an organization’s annual return or exemption application?

You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of a tax-exempt organization’s:

    Annual information returns (e.g., Form 990);
    Exempt status application materials; and
    Notice of status under Internal Revenue Code section 527(i),

in person at the organization’s principal office, or its regional or district offices, during regular business hours. Unrelated business income tax returns filed by organizations exempt under Code section 501(c)(3) are also available. You may also request copies of such materials in writing. The organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover copying and mailing costs. Note: An organization that filed its application before July 15, 1987, must make the application available only if it had a copy of the application on July 15, 1987. See Notice 88-120 for details.

You are entitled to inspect or receive a copy of any annual return for three years from the date the return was required to be filed (or, for an amended return, from the date it was filed). For more information, see our frequently asked questions on public disclosure, the final regulations, or Disclosure Requirements.

For exemption application materials, you are entitled to inspect or receive a copy of the organization’s exemption application (Form 1023, 1024, or other document required to be filed), any papers filed in support of the application and any determination letter issued by the IRS with respect to the application.

What tax documents must an exempt organization make available for public inspection and copying?

An exempt organization must make available for public inspection its exemption application. An exemption application includes the Form 1023 (for organizations recognized as exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3)), Form 1024 (for organizations recognized as exempt under most other paragraphs of section 501(c)), or the letter submitted under the paragraphs for which no form is prescribed, together with supporting documents and any letter or document issued by the IRS concerning the application. A political organization exempt from taxation under section 527(a) must make available for public inspection and copying its notice of status, Form 8871.

In addition, an exempt organization must make available for public inspection and copying its annual return. Such returns include Form 990 , Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-EZ , Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation, Form 990-BL , Information and Initial Excise Tax Return for Black Lung Benefit Trusts and Certain Related Persons, and the Form 1065 , U.S. Partnership Return of Income. 

A section 501(c)(3) organization must make available for public inspection and copying any Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, filed after August 17, 2006. Returns must be available for a three-year period beginning with the due date of the return (including any extension of time for filing). For this purpose, the return includes any schedules, attachments, or supporting documents that relate to the imposition of tax on the unrelated business income of the charity. See Public Inspection and Disclosure of Form 990-T for more information.

An exempt organization is not required to disclose Schedule K-1 of Form 1065 or Schedule A of Form 990-BL. With the exception of private foundations, an exempt organization is not required to disclose the name and address of any contributor to the organization.

A political organization exempt from taxation under section 527(a) must make available for inspection and copying its report of contributions and expenditures on Form 8872, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures. However, such organization is not required to make available its return on Form 1120-POL, U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Political Organizations.

 

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Related stories:

Complaint against Voice of OC, please see @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/23/voice-of-oc-orange-county-s-nonprof…

 

Complaint against Southern California Edison (“SCE”), client of Munger Tolles & Olson, rebublished below:

 

As public service to the community, staff members of The Leslie Report shall publish a copy of a complaint YR submitted to the IRS, below:

August 31, 2012

Internal Revenue Service
Exempt Organizations Unit
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75242-1198

Re:  A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organizations Edison International Foundation EIN:95-4383002; Southern California Edison Co Veba Represented Trust Ein: 95-4372790; Southern California Edison Co Veba Non Represented Trust EIN: 95-4372792

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against Rosemead, California-based Edison International , Southern California Edison; Edison International Foundation EIN:95-4383002; Southern California Edison Co Veba Represented Trust Ein: 95-4372790; Southern California Edison Co Veba Non Represented Trust EIN: 95-4372792.

On August 22, 2012  Edison International (“EIX”) and  Southern California Edison (“SCE” — collectively, “Edison”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023.  (See Exhibit 1.)

Specifically, the request stated in part: “Please consider this communication a formal request to SCE and EIX (including, but not limited to, all subsidiaries and foundations owned and maintained by SCE/EIX)  to produce their IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well  Form 1023. ”

In a letter dated August 30, 2012 (see attachment), Edison (through their senior attorney Allan D. Johnson) informed me that they will not comply with the request.  Edison wrote:  “EIX and SCE are unaware of any authority that would obligate them to produce these documents to you.”  Furthermore, Edison also wrote: “Neither EIX nor SCE plan to take any  further action in response to your request.”

In view of Edison’s anticipatory failure to comply, the undersigned reluctantly makes this referral. 

INTRODUCTION:

Close to one year ago, I fortuitously stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with what appeared to me to be clear attempts to conceal and mislead involving the California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, as well as utility companies Southern California Edison, PG&E, AT&T, Sempra, and Verizon.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the misuse of non-profit entities  California Bar Foundation and CaliforniaALL.   Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” 2008 presidential campaign, one likely possibility is that funds originating from utility companies were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign by representatives of those utility companies (i.e.  Edison International, Southern California Edison) who supported then Senator Barack Obama in hope he would expand the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives.

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

1. AMBASSADOR JEFFREY BLEICH — Mr. Bleich served as a director with the Foundation in approximately 2007-2008, as well as president of the State Bar of California.

In 2007, Mr. Bleich established “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” National Finance Committee and served as its Chair.

He is a personal friend of President Obama, who served as President Obama’s personal attorney and subsequently was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Bleich was a partner with the San Francisco office of Munger Tolles & Olson, which represents clients Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Verizon Wireless.

Out of close to 230,000 lawyers in California, also serving as a director with the California Bar Foundation in approximately 2007-2008 was another attorney from Munger Tulles Olsen, Mr. Bradley Phillips. Presently, Ms. Mary Ann Todd (also of Munger Tolles & Olson) and Richard Tom of Southern California Edison are directors with the California Bar Foundation.

2. DEREK ANTHONY WEST OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE — Mr. West, who goes by the name “Tony West,” presently serves as third in command within the Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer.

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Tony West also served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

Prior to joining the DOJ, Mr. West was a partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster, the law firm which assisted with the legal aspects of creating CaliforniaALL.

Along with attorneys Raj Chaterjee and Susan Mac Cormac, Mr. West was part of senior partner James Brosnahan’s clique. For example, it was Brosnahan, West, and Chaterjee who defended John Walker Lindh, who is more widely known as the “American Taliban.” (It should be noted that it was actually Mr. Brosnahan who initially agreed to the representation since he knows Lindh’s father — Frank Lindh — who served as in-house Chief Legal Counsel at PG&E; Mr. Lindh is presently the Chief Legal Counsel of the CPUC.)

Mr. West is married to Maya Harris, sister of Kamala Harris, who was part of CaliforniaALL.

3. STEVEN CHURCHWELL OF DLA PIPER — Mr. Churchwell is a partner at the Sacramento office of DLA Piper, where non-profit CaliforniaALL was housed free of charge.  Churchwell served as Treasurer, draft committee of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” — also housed at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper, adjacent to its roommate — CaliforniaALL.

DLA Piper represents client Sempra Energy which owns San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

4. RON OLSON OF MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON — Mr. Olson is a partner with the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles & Olson, which represents clients Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Verizon Wireless.   In addition to representing Edison, Olson  is also a board member of Edison International and Southern California Edison, as well as the board of Berkshire Hathaway, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations.

As of 2008, in-house general counsel for Edison International and Southern California Edison is Mr. Robert Adler — former managing partner of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Around 2007-2008, Ron Olson was also part of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” 

5. JAMES J. BROSNAHAN OF MORRISON & FOERSTER – Mr. Brosnahan is presently a senior partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster.

He considers himself to be the “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.” CaliforniaALL was created by Morrison & Foerster, under the supervision of Mr. Brosnahan (known as the prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger). Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity. Mr. Brosnahan represented utility companies during California’s energy crisis (which Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, and Geoffrey Brown were investigating) opposite Thomas Girardi.

Later, Dunn, Escutia, Brosnahan, and Girardi launched the online publication known as Voice of OC.

6. CHRISTOPHER JACOB YOUNG OF KEKER & VAN NEST — Mr. Young, commonly known as “Chris Young,” is currently listed on the State Bar of California’s database as an associate with Keker & Van Nest. Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young was an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

As noted above, State Bar of California records still show that Chris Young is an employee of Keker & Van Nest. However, very recently, Keker & Van Nest ( at the direction of partners John Keker and Jon Streeter, who also worked on the 2008 campaign as a “bundler” and is presently a director with the Foundation) abruptly removed Chris Young’s name from its web-site.

7. ANNETTE CARNEGIE — Ms. Carnegie is presently employed at the Kaiser Foundation. Around 2007-2008, she was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and served as a director of the California Bar Foundation. In 2008, the Foundation poured into CaliforniaALL the large sum of $774,247; by comparison, most other donations were around $10,000 to $20,000. As shown below, the transfer of said money appears to be imbued with fraud and secrecy, especially in connection with four utility companies (Verizon, PG&E, Edison, and AT&T).

8. KAMALA HARRIS — In around 2007-2008, Ms. Harris served as the District Attorney in San Francisco while at the same time she was also Co-Chair of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” Ms. Harris was part of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council.” She is the sister of Maya Harris, who is married to Tony West. Media reports provide that parliamentarian Willie Brown served as mentor to both Tony West and Kamala Harris, and was Ms. Harris’s paramour. John Keker of Keker & Van Nest (known as the prosecutor of Oliver North) is also considered to be a “mentor” of Kamala Harris. (Incidentally, State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore — also a “mentee” of Willie Brown — was honored by CaliforniaALL at a lavish dinner in a Sacramento hotel. Parliamentarian Moore is no stranger to your agency, having been the target of a sting operation known as Shrimpscam.)

9. OPHELIA BASGAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (“HUD”) — In around 2007-2008 , Ms. Basgal was Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at PG&E, where she managed the company’s $18 million charitable contributions program, and oversaw its community engagement programs and partnerships with community-based organizations. Separately, around that time she surprisingly served as “Treasurer” with the “California Supreme Court Historical Society.” In that role, she presumably had contact with many judges, including those who were handling matters dealing with PG&E, such as Justice (Ret.) Joseph Grodin who acted as the mediator in a case Attorney General Bill Lockyer advanced against PG&E, which Jerry Brown (cousin of Geoffrey Brown) later dismissed in his capacity as the new Attorney General for California.

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

10. VICTOR MIRMAONTES — Mr. Victor Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros in an entity known as CityView, was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Miramontes has various connections to Orange County, and is otherwise familiar with its various legal circles.

11. SARAH E. REDFIELD — Ms. Redfield is presently a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and served as the interim director of CaliforniaALL. Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, also appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. For her services as interim executive director and an alleged consultant of CaliforniaALL, Professor Redfield was paid approximately $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $160,000 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others, especially that of Rob Vacario of Santa Ana who co-founded SALUCI several years earlier.

12. JUDY JOHNSON – Ms. Johnson is the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. Ms. Johnson (along with Robert Hawley and Starr Babcock) is no stranger to financial schemes. For the past 8 years, she has been quietly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (California Consumer Protection Foundation AKA “CCPF”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. CCPF forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles or to an entity headed by Michael Shames known as UCAN — presently under federal grand jury investigation in San Diego. It appears that Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by various law firms in courts and before the CPUC. In addition, while never prosecuted for the scheme, some have speculated that Johnson and cohorts Hawley (whom Johnson labeled the “Wizard of OZ”) and Babcock were “in” on a financial scheme perpetrated by former State Bar employee Sharon Pearl, who was lightly prosecuted by then-attorney general Jerry Brown, cousin of Geoffrey Brown.

Ms. Johnson was part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council and was responsible for maintaining secrecy over the project by misleading the public, including a quadriplegic law-student, litigant Sara Granda.

13. RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY — Ms. Ashley is a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at Cal PERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Mr. Bleich, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

14. SONIA GONZALES — Ms. Gonzales presently serves as the Foundation’s executive director as of earlier this year, after the former executive director (Ms. Leslie Hatamyia) suddenly quit. Ms. Gonzales is a close friend and confidante of Ms. Maya Harris, the wife of Mr. Tony West.

She presently serves the same function as current Foundation directors Mary Ann Todd of Munger Tolles & Olson, Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest, Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice, Richard Tom of Southern California Edison, and Raj Chatterjee of Morrison & Foerster.

 15.  JOE DUNN — Mr. Dunn is  the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency. He is also a  Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as  CaliforniaALL  (FEIN Number 51-0656213). Presently, Dunn serves as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation.   The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL. Previously, In his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, Dunn was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

16 . GEOFFREY BROWN – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation.  While at the CPUC, Brown was the assigned commissioner in the application Edison International/ Southern California Edison — owners of  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) –  submitted to the CPUC for authorization: (1) to replace SONGS 2 & 3 steam generators; (2) establish ratemaking for cost recovery; and (3) address other related steam generator replacement issues.

Messrs. Geoffrey Brown, Michael Peevey, and Peter Arth were also involved in countless proceedings involving California energy crisis.  Those proceedings were mainly litigated by the law offices of Munger Tolles & Olson (representing Southern California Edison), Morrison & Foerster, Keker & Van Nest (representing PG&E), DLA Piper (representing Sempra Energy — owner of San Diego Gas & Electric). At times, said proceedings concluded in settlements worth billions of dollars.

Previously,  I asked the State Bar of California to investigate this matter. Within a few hours of sending the request, Geoffrey Brown sent me a demand to cease and desist from insisting that he had done anything wrong under threat of litigation. In essence, Brown wanted me to ignore the circumstances dealing with the fact that he was both a CPUC Commissioner and a Director with the Foundation when it quietly made the largest grant in its history to an entity that was conceived by CPUC’s Peter Arth to absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars from utility companies.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by Cal PERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with Cal PERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a career counsel at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield. At that time, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson was serving as President of the State Bar. Both Bleich and Ashley are politically active, and were supporting the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama for President. Ruthe Ashley was involved in the Asian-Americans for Obama branch in Sacramento.

In April 2007, Ashley and Sarah Redfield were urged to meet Peter Arth, Jr. of the California Public Utilities Commission at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting, the idea to create CaliforniaALL (initially named CaAAL or CaALL) was conceived. Eventually, Cal PERS, the CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

At that time, both Ashley and Redfield were also part of the State Bar of California’s Council on Fairness and Access, as well as a separate project by the State Bar of California known as The Diversity Pipeline Task Force, through which both presumably amassed vast amounts of data and information on the topic of diversity pipeline projects.

Subsequent to the meeting with Peter Arth, on June 26, 2007 State Bar BOG member Ruthe Catolico Ashley and Patricia Lee presented to the entire BOG a proposal (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713393/1-In-June-26-2007-Member-of-State-Bar-Boar… ) urging the BOG to support the creation of California Aspire Achieve Lead Pipeline Project (CaAAL), later named CaliforniaALL.

For reasons that are not clear to me, Jeffrey Bleich saw fit to call an urgent, emergency-like meeting of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Committee on Operations in order to appoint Peter Arth of the CPUC as member of the State Bar of California’s Council on Fairness and Access.  See:   http://www.scribd.com/doc/103136304/2nd-Upload-of-Document-Peter-Arth-Assista…

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaALL’s interim executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel were Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster.

Despite the fact that she served as interim executive director, and despite the fact that it was a given that Ruthe Catolico Ashley would be hired as the permanent CEO, Sarah Redfield nevertheless apparently engaged in an RFP (request for proposal) which was closed just as quickly as it started even before Ms. Ashley was hired as the permanent CEO.

CaliforniaALL’s web site (www.calall.org) stated:

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

The application process for this RFP is closed. Please contact Sarah Redfield at sarah.redfield@gmail.com or (207) 752-1721.

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

California ALL seeks proposals to implement its law career pathway starting with the 2008-09 academic year (AY).

The following and attached document describes a program area in which California ALL has particular interest based on its initial research. An additional RFP will follow for college level prelaw work. Self generated proposal for other parts of the pipeline will also be considered, and another round of RFPs is possible. California ALL has not attached a specific dollar amount to the RFP, though cost effectiveness and the presence of a competitive match will be part of its consideration. California ALL has some funding in hand from a generous grant from Verizon for the Saturday Academy and intends to seek additional funding as needed to support programs selected. It is anticipated that funding will be provided for year one of the (3 year) proposal, with following years contingent on successful completion of the prior year(s). ”

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The California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of the law firm of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided free of charge courtesy of partner Steven Churchwell – an attorney specialized in the representation of political entities.

CaliforniaALL’s 2008 tax-return shows an expense of around $16,000 for “occupancy.” See http://www.scribd.com/doc/48714110/6-CaliforniaALL-2008-Tax-Return

In June 2008, after a nationwide search and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL not surprisingly hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe… )

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward, it did so by awarding small grants to the UCI Foundation (FEIN Number 952540117), where State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee, for the purported purpose of establishing a Saturday Law Academy at UC Irvine known as SALUCI.

Sarah Redfield’s CV, which states (falsely) that she launched SALUCI, can be found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48772426/10-Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshir…

In September 2009, Ruthe Catolico Ashley exited CaliforniaALL (http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713268/7-Ruthe-Ashley-Announces-Departure-from-Ca… ), the entity which she previously proclaimed to Diane Curtis that it “will change the face of the future in the workplace and of our leaders,” “will be a model for other states,” and “is here to stay for the foreseeable future.”

Ultimately, the following events prompted me to ask Voice of OC to make its tax returns available for my review, as required by IRS regulations: the sham RFP by Sarah Redfield, who pre-selected the UCI Foundation as the only recipient of funds from CaliforniaALL; Joe Dunn served as chair of the UCI Foundation audit committee; in September 2009 Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL; in September 2009 Joe Dunn (together with his business partner Martha Escutia, James Brosnahan — who created CaliforniaALL, and Thomas Girardi of In Re Girardi, Erin Brokovich, and the one who James Towery appointed his personal attorney (Jerome Falk of Howard Rice) to act as special prosecutor against him) launched an online “news agency” known as Voice of OC. I also suspected that James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (who represented various utility companies during California’s energy crisis) may have engaged in a scheme with Joe Dunn, as Dunn was the person investigating those utility companies and California’s energy crisis. In fact, Dunn was discredited by the media for claiming that he was the one who “cracked” Enron.

Voice of OC ignored my request for its tax records, whereupon I filed a complaint with the IRS. To date, I have not received a response from the IRS indicating that it has taken any steps to help me obtain those much needed records and impose the appropriate sanctions against Voice of OC.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing. Later, when Mr. Tony West was appointed third in command at the DOJ, I learned of his identity due to wide media coverage and his association with Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan. From there, it became harder to ignore the common denominator of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” involving  James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac (of Morrison & Foerster) Geoffrey Bleich, Ron Olson (of Munger Tolles & Olson) Steven Churchwell ( of DLA Piper) in conjunction with Kamala Harris — which is that money originating from utility companies was misappropriated or laundered through the California Bar Foundation / CaliforniaALL to the campaign of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

Other then collecting close to $2 million directly from utility companies (including the “hush-hush” transfer of $774,247, comprised of one installment of $5000 and another contribution of $769,247 from the Foundation which was never mentioned in the Foundation’s “newsroom” or by any other of its publications such as the California Bar Journal or by any of the newsletters and alerts published by CaliforniaALL), CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity from its inception in 2008 to the day it began to slowly be dissolved in approximately 2009, subsequent to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. Its only alleged achievement was providing some money for the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”) in approximately 2008-2009. Here too vast and intense suspicious circumstances exist as the funds from CaliforniaALL actually went to the UC Irvine Foundation, where the present executive director of the State Bar of California (Senator Joe Dunn) serves as a member of the audit committee, and it turns out that the SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene. In addition, some records seem to indicate that Verizon Wireless funneled the money directly to SALUCI , while CaliforniaALL took the credit.

Specifically, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES in 2007 equaled plus +$373.842.00. However, in 2008, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES equaled minus -$537,712.    In its 2008 Annual Report (See page 9 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-… ), the Foundation alludes to CaliforniaALL by stating:

“In 2007-2008, the Foundation supported the launching of CaliforniaALL and, as the project filed for incorporation and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, served as CaliforniaALL’s fiscal sponsor. A collaboration between the California Public Employment Retirement System, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Insurance, and the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL was created in an effort to close the achievement gap among California students from preschool to the profession and, specifically, to bolster the pipeline of young people of diverse backgrounds headed for careers in law, financial services, and technology. Once CaliforniaALL obtained its tax-exempt status and was able to function as a fully independent nonprofit organization, the foundation granted the balance of funds raised for the project – totaling $769,247 – to the new entity.”

Also cleverly buried in the California Bar Foundation’s 2008 annual report was the following sentence :

“We thank the following corporations for their gifts in support of CaliforniaALL:

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

See page 24 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-…

While I was able to ascertain from California Bar Foundation’s tax records an “exit” of the $774,247 in 2008 (the apparent source of which was allegedly the above-referenced 4 utility companies), I was unable to ascertain when and where the Foundation reported to the IRS — either in 2008 or 2007 or 2006 or 2005 — an “entry” of those funds which it allegedly held in trust for CaliforniaALL.

(Later, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California, in a letter she sent to me dated July 28, 2011 claimed that “….No State Bar or California Bar Foundation funds were used for CaliforniaALL creation…The California Bar Foundation served as CaliforniaALL’s escrow holder only to hold fundraising funds before its formal incorporation… Once CaliforniaALL was formed as a non-profit entity, the funds were paid over to it…”

Most troubling, however, is the fact that Verizon did not report to the IRS either in 2007 or 2008 that it had contributed any money to the California Bar Foundation or CaliforniaALL. See :

http://www.scribd.com/doc/102325087/Verizon-Foundation-IRS-990-Year-2007
http://www.scribd.com/doc/102325330/Verizon-Foundation-IRS-990-Year-2008

As such, several days ago, on August 22, 2012, in search of the truth, Edison was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023.   On August 30, 2012  Edison stated that it does not plan to comply with the request.

In view of the above, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Edison’s refusal  violated IRS rules and regulations.  I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

I look forward to your response.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

 

Sonya Molodetskaya and Boyfriend Willie Brown Attend 7th annual Museum of African Diaspora Gala ; BASF President Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s Kelly Dermody Asked to Opine on Trustee of Cal Bar George Davis

Former Mayor Willie Brown with girlfriend Sonya Molodetskaya. Photo: Drew Altizer Photography, Drew Altizer / SF

Former Mayor Willie Brown with girlfriend Sonya Molodetskaya. Photo: Drew Altizer Photography, Drew Altizer / SF

San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora, the only one of its kind in the nation, hosted its seventh annual gala fundraiser at the Palace Hotel Oct. 26. Themed “Global Reflections, Global Connections,” the event was hosted by TV anchorwoman Dana King and attended by 400 guests.

Please see complete story@: http://www.sfgate.com/parties/slideshow/7th-annual-Museum-of-African-Diaspora…

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President of the Bar Association of San Francisco — Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s Kelly Dermody — is hereby asked to opine on expired mandate of State Bar of California Board of Trustees members George Davis and Jeannine English.

Specifically, despite the fact that Davis and English exited the BOG in October of 2012 (see resolution below), executive and directors of State Bar of California seek to create a false appearance that Davis and English are presently still member of the BOG. 

See below  or  @: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/BoardofTrustees/Roster.aspx

 

 

Officers

 

President

Patrick M. Kelly (formerly District 7)Patrick Kelly
Wilson Elser et al LLP
555 South Flower Street, #2900
Los Angeles, CA  90071
Phone: 213-443-5100

 

Vice President

Luis J. Rodriguez  (formerly District 7 )Luis Rodriguez
Division Chief
Office of the Public Defender
320 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-974-2992
Fax: 213-626-3519

Treasurer

Gretchen M. Nelson (formerly District 7)Gretchen Nelson
Kreindler & Kreindler LLP
707 Wilshire Boulevard #4100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-622-6469
Fax: 213-622-6019

 

Members

Alec Y. Chang (formerly District 3)
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
525 University Avenue, Suite 1100
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-470-4684
Fax: 650-798-6500
Michael G. Colantuono (Assembly Appt.)
Colantuono & Levin, PC
11364 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-7357
Fax: 530-432-7356
George Davis (Public Member)
Davis Broadband Group, Inc.
6245 Bristol Parkway, Suite 297
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: 310-877-0925
Jeannine English (Public Member)
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170
Nancy Fineman (formerly District 4)
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
840 Malcolm Road #200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650-697-6000
Fax: 650-697-0577
Karen M. Goodman (formerly District 2)Craig Holden
Goodman & Associates
3840 Watt Avenue, Building A
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: 916-643-0600
Fax: 916-643-0605
Craig Holden (formerly District 7) Craig Holden
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170
Loren Kieve (formerly District 4)
Kieve Law Offices
The Presidio of San Francisco
5A Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-364-0060
Dennis Mangers (Public Member)Dennis Mangers
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 916-425-8167
Pearl Mann (formerly District 8)Pearl Mann
Law Office of Pearl Gondrella Mann
2501 E. Chapman Ave. #225
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 714-992-4045
Gwen Moore (Public Member)Gwen Moore
4201 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 615
Los Angeles, CA  90010
Phone: 323-954-3777
David J. Pasternak (Supreme Court Appt.) David Pasternak
Pasternak Pasternak et al
1875 Century Park E #2200
Los Angeles, CA 90067-2523
Phone: 310-553-1500
Fax: 310-553-1540
Heather Linn Rosing (formerly District 9)
Klinedinst PC
501 W. Broadway #600
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-239-8131
Mark ShemMark Shem (District 6)
Borton Petrini LLP
95 S. Market St. #400
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-535-0870
Christopher W. Todd (District 4)Christopher Todd
Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP
600 W. Broadway 7th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-8151
Fax: 619-232-4665
David A. Torres (District 5)
Attorney-at-Law
1318 K St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-326-0857
Fax: 661-326-093

 

 

John Garamendi elected to represent Yolo County in Congress (TLR Note: Excellent choice saved his relationship with Gary Cohen of Keker & Van Nest/CPUC/CDOI

Congressman John Garamendi won election to the newly created Third District by a healthy margin early Wednesday morning.

More:
ELECTIONS: John Garamendi elected to represent Yolo County in Congress

BREAKING NEWS… Developing… Members of State Bar of California Board of Trustees Alleged Fraudulent Misrepresentation Re Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English — Spouse of Howard Dickstein

IMPORTANT UPDATE –TLR’s previously published article (BELOW) “BREAKING NEWS… Developing… Members of State Bar of California Board of Trustees Alleged Fraudulent Misrepresentation Re Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English” is no longer relevant.

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that “George Davis and Jeannine English, remain members of the Board of Trustees because they have not been replaced on the Board.  Pursuant to Government Codes 1302 and 1774, these members are required to remain on the Board until they are replaced, and the Governor has 60 days after the expiration of their terms to appoint replacements.

DEVELOPING STORY…… DETAILS SOON……

The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) is carefully following a major developing story relating to State Bar of California Board of Governors / Trustees (“BOG”) Public Members George Davis and Jeannine English.

According to knowledgeable sources, speaking on condition on anonymity, both Davis and English (spouse of Howard Dickstein, both defendants in two separate RICO suits) are under scrutiny for seeking to mislead and defraud the public.

Specifically, despite the fact that Davis and English exited the BOG in October of 2012 (see resolution below), executive and directors of State Bar of California conspired to engage, and did in fact engage, in further acts of racketeering through and by means of fraud in seeking to create a false appearance that Davis and English are presently member of the BOG.

See below  or  @: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/BoardofTrustees/Roster.aspx

TLR is gathering and analyzing data concerning the complaint, and will post update as they become available, including recent revelations dealing with Jeannine English, Gwen Moore, CPUC, Lehman English Kelly & O’Keefe, AT&T, Hanson McClain, Pride Foundation and Pride Industries.

2012-13 Roster  — source : http://www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/BoardofTrustees/Roster.aspx

Officers

PresidentPatrick M. Kelly (formerly District 7)Patrick Kelly
Wilson Elser et al LLP
555 South Flower Street, #2900
Los Angeles, CA  90071
Phone: 213-443-5100

Vice PresidentLuis J. Rodriguez  (formerly District 7 )Luis Rodriguez
Division Chief
Office of the Public Defender
320 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-974-2992
Fax: 213-626-3519

TreasurerGretchen M. Nelson (formerly District 7)Gretchen Nelson
Kreindler & Kreindler LLP
707 Wilshire Boulevard #4100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-622-6469
Fax: 213-622-6019

Members

Alec Y. Chang (formerly District 3)
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
525 University Avenue, Suite 1100
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-470-4684
Fax: 650-798-6500
Michael G. Colantuono (Assembly Appt.)
Colantuono & Levin, PC
11364 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-7357
Fax: 530-432-7356
George Davis (Public Member)
Davis Broadband Group, Inc.
6245 Bristol Parkway, Suite 297
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: 310-877-0925
Jeannine English (Public Member)
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170
Nancy Fineman (formerly District 4)
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
840 Malcolm Road #200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650-697-6000
Fax: 650-697-0577
Karen M. Goodman (formerly District 2)Craig Holden
Goodman & Associates
3840 Watt Avenue, Building A
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: 916-643-0600
Fax: 916-643-0605
Craig Holden (formerly District 7) Craig Holden
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2170
Loren Kieve (formerly District 4)
Kieve Law Offices
The Presidio of San Francisco
5A Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-364-0060
Dennis Mangers (Public Member)Dennis Mangers
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 916-425-8167
Pearl Mann (formerly District 8)Pearl Mann
Law Office of Pearl Gondrella Mann
2501 E. Chapman Ave. #225
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 714-992-4045
Gwen Moore (Public Member)Gwen Moore
4201 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 615
Los Angeles, CA  90010
Phone: 323-954-3777
David J. Pasternak (Supreme Court Appt.) David Pasternak
Pasternak Pasternak et al
1875 Century Park E #2200
Los Angeles, CA 90067-2523
Phone: 310-553-1500
Fax: 310-553-1540
Heather Linn Rosing (formerly District 9)
Klinedinst PC
501 W. Broadway #600
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-239-8131
Mark ShemMark Shem (District 6)
Borton Petrini LLP
95 S. Market St. #400
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-535-0870
Christopher W. Todd (District 4)Christopher Todd
Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP
600 W. Broadway 7th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-8151
Fax: 619-232-4665
David A. Torres (District 5)
Attorney-at-Law
1318 K St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-326-0857
Fax: 661-326-0936

Aaron Swartz’s New Legal Team — Keker & Van Nest

Aaron Swartz has a new legal team. The Internet activist accused of mass downloading files from JSTOR through the MIT network has hired top San Francisco law firm Keker and Van Nest to represent him, according to court filings on Wednesday. Keker is a medium-sized law firm specializing in intellectual property law.

Elliot R. Peters , Photo Courtesy of Keker & Van Nest

Swartz’s Keker legal team will be lead by Elliot R. Peters. Peters notably represented the now-discredited athlete Lance Armstrong when he was investigated for doping by the Department of Justice — an investigation that ended early this year with no charges against Armstrong.

Please continue @: http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N50/swartz.html

 

TIMELINE 2012:Asian Pacific American Legal Center Revisited In Order to Tag Duo Munger Tolles & Olson/Southern California Edison, Yet Again (TLR Note:1.Munger/ EDISON – Work In Pairs 2.Asians $$$ Utility Companies)

APALC

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California is founded with Stewart Kwoh as the Executive Director.

Executive Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Members at Large

  • Michael J. Brennan

    Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Foundation
  • Paul S. Chan, Esq.

    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg
  • Shirley S. Cho, Esq.

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Fung Der

    Bank of America
  • Leslie Furukawa, Esq.

    Gomez & Furukawa

 

  • Veronica Gutierrez

    Southern California Edison

 

  • Alvin D. Kang

    BBCN Bank
  • Joseph K. Kim, Esq.

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 

  • C. David Lee, Esq.

    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

 

  • Stephen C. Lee, Esq.

    BP America Inc.
  • Joseph M. Lumarda

    Capital Guardian Trust Company
  • Timothy J. McCallion

    Verizon
  • Manisha Merchant, Esq.

    Union Bank
  • Loc Nam Nguyen

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
  • Mary Jane Perez

    Microsoft
  • Kevin M. Tamaki

    AT&T
  • Dennis Uyemura

    California Bank & Trust
  • Jack S. Yeh, Esq.

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Source:

http://www.apalc.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors

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California Bar Foundation

Board of Directors

Mary Ann Todd
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Richard Tom
Southern California Edison

Douglas A. Winthrop, President
Arnold & Porter LLP

Hon. Holly J. Fujie, Vice President
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Joan Kupersmith Larkin, Vice President
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Frederick Brown, Secretary
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

David Grove, Treasurer
Vaquero Capital

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Bar Foundation

Raul Ayala
Office of the Federal Public Defender

Ronald L. Blanc
Arnold & Porter LLP

Debora Buljat
General Dynamics NASSCO

Alec Y. Chang
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

S. Raj Chatterjee
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Julia De Beers
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Hon. Marguerite D. Downing
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Nancy L. Fineman
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Sandra S. Fujiyama
Sidley Austin LLP

Steven H. Goldberg
Downey Brand

Martha K. Gooding
Jones Day

Dean Hansell
Hogan Lovells LLP
   
Ray Hartman
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Geoffrey Holtz
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Robert D. Infelise
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

Paul V. Konovalov
Latham & Watkins LLP

Justin T. Miller
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Amy M. Ross
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Thomas Silk
SILK NONPROFIT LAW

Dianne Baquet Smith
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Jon Streeter
Keker & Van Nest
State Bar President (2011-2012)

Christy Susman
Jack Daniels Properties, Inc.

Julie Taylor
Keesal, Young & Logan

Paul Tepper
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Karen E. Walter
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Nancy Whang
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Shawn Williams
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Source:

http://www.calbarfoundation.org/board.html

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Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Fred Rowley — Munger Tolles & Olson

Ben Wong — Southern California Edison

Complete list, please see @

http://www.causeusa.org/index.php/about/board-of-directors

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Fred Rowley —  As the wide network of Asian Pacific Islanders (“API”) operatives allegedly involved in myriad financial schemes on behalf of utility companies and their law firms continue to grow, a new wrinkle was recently added as California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin’s tenure has been shaken by revelations of alleged bribery by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), and the law firm which represents them — Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).


Fred Rowley of Munger Tolles & Olson who allegedly served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE. Once caught, Rowley conspired with Justice Chin, MTO, SCE, and others to defraud and mislead the California Commission on Judicial Performance. According to MTO, Rowley is a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also serves on the boards of directors of CAUSE, a non-profit that promotes Asian-Americans in politics. (image: courtesy of MTO)

A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain that “overwhelming and undisputed” evidence shows that for a period of several years, both SCE and MTO poured large amounts of money into a questionable non-profit entity for which Justice Chin served as an official adviser, albeit secretly so.

The non-profit at issue is Pasadena-based Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”), which allegedly spends the money it collects for the purpose of voter-registration of API, as well as to lobby for furthering the appointments of APIs to various governmental positions.

While Justice Chin’s clandestine involvement with CAUSE began in approximately 2004, the source maintain the inquiry is focused on the years prior to the recent election by which Justice Chin was up for re-election, and during the time period one alleged wrongdoer – API Fred Rowley of MTO – served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE.

This, according to the source, creates not only the appearance of improprieties but actual misconduct as bestowing anything of value on a judicial officer by SEC and MTO to sponsor an entity which will register as many as APIs as possible who would, in turn, vote for the retention of Chin in the upcoming election, is prohibited.

As mentioned earlier, Justice Chin abruptly quit CAUSE in the midst of an inquiry by the California Commission on Judicial Performance subsequent to a complaint which alleged that Chin’s long-standing involvement with the entity — which caters exclusively to APIs — is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non-API. At that time, those were the only allegations lodged, and no mention was made of alleged improprieties by EIX, SCE, or MTO.

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/09/03/amid-allegations-of-bribery-call-fo…

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The Man Behind the Curtain — Director of Southern California Edison Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson

GOOD Ol’ BOYS

Ronald Leroy Olson is a man proud of his humble Iowa background. Like his two close friends and business partners from across the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska — Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger –Olson prefers to not flash his wealth and engage in conspicuous consumption.

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson
Ronald L. Olson (image:courtesy)

Given the opportunity, Olson will boast about his upbringing in Iowa, which he claims instilled in him an honest work ethic. To hear him talk, one would often believe that Olson is a good-ol’ country farmer who sweats profusely while tilling the land and fears the limelight lest it fade his suit, rather than the shrewd, well-connected attorney who sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations, or the attorney who in his spare time practices law out of Los Angeles-based Munger Tolles Olson on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, Western Asset Trust, and many other entities such as The Yucaipa Company, Hollywood studios, and other major banks and utility companies.

A similar tactic is used by Warren Buffett, who portrays himself as the harmless average Joe who drinks 5 cans of Cherry Coke a day and spends his time playing bridge. Gold? That’s for Jews to sew into their garments, Charlie Munger declared recently. We are into value investing in productive and honest businesses. Greed ? Speculation? Hollywood? Churning ? Control and influence over banks, monetary policies, the media, utilities, and the government? Not us, no sirree Bob.

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/08/27/copy-of-san-diego-reader-depublishe…

 

TIMELINE 2001:Keker & Van Nest’s Gary Cohen Represents CPUC in Matter of Southern California Edison V. CPUC – Case Number A096277 (TLR Note: Ipso Facto CPUC — a client of Keker; Olson’s protects SCE)

1st Appellate District

Court data last updated: 11/03/2012 11:05 AM

Parties and Attorneys

Southern Calif. Edison v. Public Utilites Commission
Division 5
Case Number A096277

Party Attorney
Southern Calif. Edison : Petitioner

 

Ann Pauline Cohn
Southern Calif Edison Co
2244 Walnut Grove Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770

Henry Weissmann
Munger Tolles & Olson
355 S Grand Ave 35th Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90071

 

Public Utilites Commission : Respondent

 

Gary M. Cohen
Keker & Van Nest
710 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-1704

Mary Mack Adu
Public Utilities Commission of The State of California
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

California Public Utility Commission’s Michael Peevey,Geoffrey Brown,Jon Streeter,Loretta Lynch,Jerry Falk,Nancy McFadden,Ophelia Basgal, Peter Arth Hereby Asked to Disclose Reason Gary Cohen Represents CPUC while Employed at Department of Insurance?

Gary M. Cohen served as Chief Legal Advisor to Commission President Loretta Lynch and the 5 member Public Utilities Commission from March 2001 to April 2003 (2 years 2 months).

Please see @:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cohen/7/898/a0a

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Yet, a year later, in February of 2004, Mr. Gary Cohen “enterned an appearance” in various cases, shown below. Was it part of an overall collusive litigation scheme?

PUB. UTILS. COMM’N OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA v. FERC, 02-1358

 

Appellate Information

  • Argued 02/26/2004
  • Decided 05/14/2004
  • Published 05/14/2004

Judges

  • Before:  SENTELLE, RANDOLPH, and ROGERS, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States DC Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Todd Edmister argued the cause for petitioner.   With him on the briefs was Arocles Aguilar.  Gary M. Cohen entered an appearance.

Source:

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/summary/opinion/us-dc-circuit/2004/05/14/123251.html

 

PG&E CORP. v. PUB. UTILS. COMM’N (OFFICE OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATES), A099858, A099863, A099864, A100892, A100895, A100896, A100897

The Commission has jurisdiction over a holding company to enforce conditions that it imposes pursuant to its statutory authority to approve applications by public utilities for certain mergers, acquisitions, changes in control, or issuances of securities.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/21/2004
  • Published 05/21/2004

Judges

  • JONES, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Frederick Brown, William F. Alderman, Howard M. Ullman, David T. Alexander, Joseph M. Malkin;  Bruce Worthington, Gary P. Encinas, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner PG & E Corporation., Munger Tolles & Olson, Henry Weissmann, Jeffrey L. Bleich, San Francisco, CA, Beong-Soo Kim, Los Angeles, CA, Barbara E. Mathews, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Edison International., David E. Van Iderstine, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Southern California Edison Company., O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA;  John R. Light, Los Angeles, CA, David B. Follet, David J. Gilmore, for Petitioner Sempra Energy., Roger J. Peters, Christopher J. Warner, Michelle L. Wilson, Shirley A. Woo;  Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Jonathan P. Hayden, Sheldon H. Jaffe, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner Pacific Gas and Electric Company., O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner San Diego Gas and Electric Company.,  Dennis J. Herrera, City Attorney, David F. Campos, Joseph Peter Como, Deputy City Attorneys, for Real Party in Interest City and County of San Francisco., Matthew Eric Freedman, San Franciscon, CA, for Real Party in Interest The Utility Reform Network.

  • For Appellees:
  • Lionel B. Wilson, Gary M. Cohen, Mary F. McKenzie, Mary M. Adu, Dale Holzschuh, Laurence G. Chaset, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent
  • Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/summary/opinion/ca-court-of-appeal/2004/05/21/1234…

     

     

     

     

     

    Amid Confusion over Oakland Residence of Former CPUC/Keker & Van Nest’s Gary Cohen, Boalt Hall’s Daniel Mulhern and Ex-Governor of Michigan’s Boalt Hall’s Jennifer Granholm, TLR Asks John Keker – Can they Kibbutz in Oakland?

    Gary M. Cohen —

    Past Employment:

    General Counsel California Department of Insurance / Steve Poizner of CaliforniaALL,

    CPUC General Counsel,

    Keker & Van Nest, Partner

    See: www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cohen/7/898/a0a

    Home Address:  2066 Asilomar Dr, Oakland, CA 94611

    See:

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/117215

    AND:

    http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/94611-ca-gary-cohen-380128.html

    AND:

    http://sf.blockshopper.com/property/48E-7342-32-1/2066_asilomar/

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    Daniel Mulhern and spouse Jennifer Granholm — both of Boalt Hall.

    Home Address: 2066 Asilomar Dr Oakland, CA 94611

    See:

    http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/94611-ca-daniel-mulhern-753850.html

    AND:

    http://www.whitepages.com/search/FindNearby?street=2066+Asilomar+Dr&where…

    AND:

    http://www.switchboard.com/business/daniel-g-mulhern-oakland-ca

    AND:

    http://www.whitepages.com/name/Jennifer-Granholm/Oakland-CA/6h452s0

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    John Keker / Kibbutz, please see @:

    http://www.great-quotes.com/quote/957423


     

    Linkedin Profile of Gary M. Cohen (TLR Note: Notice CPUC, Keker, Sonnenschein — Part of CPUC Suit in 2004 while working for DOI)

    Gary Cohen’s Overview

    Current

            Director at Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

    Past

            General Counsel at California Health Benefit Exchange
            Director, Oversight Group at Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS/HHS
            Chief of Staff at Office of Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)

        see all
    Education

            Stanford University Law School
            Brown University
            Fieldston School

    Connections

        352 connections

    Gary Cohen’s Experience
    Director
    Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

    August 2012 – Present (4 months) Washington, DC
    General Counsel
    California Health Benefit Exchange

    June 2012 – August 2012 (3 months) Sacramento, California Area
    Director, Oversight Group
    Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS/HHS

    June 2010 – June 2012 (2 years 1 month)

    Implement, monitor compliance and enforce the provisions of the Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurers
    Chief of Staff
    Office of Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)

    February 2009 – June 2010 (1 year 5 months)

    I am Chief of Staff to Congressman John Garamendi (D-10 CA)
    Partner
    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

    Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

    December 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 3 months)

    Member of the Insurance Regulatory Practice in San Francisco office
    Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co.
    Allianz of America

    July 2007 – October 2008 (1 year 4 months)

    Responsible for managing attorneys at Allianz of America and Fireman’s Fund. Also responsible for managing state government affairs at both companies.
    Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
    California Department of Insurance

    2003 – 2007 (4 years)

    Served under Insurance Commissioners John Garamendi and Steve Poizner. Chief Legal Advisor to the Commissioner and his Executive Staff. Managed 90-lawyer Legal Division. Carried out reforms in the life, property/casualty and title insurance industries.
    General Counsel
    California Public Utilities Commission

    Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry

    March 2001 – April 2003 (2 years 2 months)

    Chief Legal Advisor to Commission President Loretta Lynch and the 5 member Public Utilities Commission. Managed 60-lawyer Legal Division. Principally responsible for the Commission’s legal response to the state’s energy crisis and the insolvency of its two major public utilities.
    Partner
    Keker & Van Nest

    Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

    January 1985 – March 2001 (16 years 3 months)

    Represented individuals and businesses in complex civil and criminal litigation. Specialized in financial fraud, class action defense, intellectual property
    Scholar: United Nations Asia & Far East Institute for Prevention of Crime & Treatment of Offenders
    Henry Luce Scholar

    1982 – 1983 (1 year) Tokyo, Japan

    Source:

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cohen/7/898/a0a

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    Gary Martin Cohen – #117215

    Current Status:  Active

    This member is active and may practice law in California.

    See below for more details.

    Profile Information

    The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

    Bar Number: 117215    
    Address: 2066 Asilomar Dr
    Oakland, CA 94611
    Map it
    Phone Number: Not Available
    Fax Number: Not Available
    e-mail: Not Available 
    County: Alameda
    Undergraduate School: Brown Univ; Providence RI
    District: District 1    
    Sections: None Law School: Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA

    Source:

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/117215

     

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    PG & E CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, Respondent; Office of Ratepayer Advocates et al., Real Parties in Interest. [And five other cases.].

    Nos. A099858, A099863, A099864, A100892, A100895, A100896, A100897.

    — May 21, 2004

     Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Frederick Brown, William F. Alderman, Howard M. Ullman, David T. Alexander, Joseph M. Malkin;  Bruce Worthington, Gary P. Encinas, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner PG & E Corporation.Munger Tolles & Olson, Henry Weissmann, Jeffrey L. Bleich, San Francisco, CA, Beong-Soo Kim, Los Angeles, CA, Barbara E. Mathews, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Edison International.David E. Van Iderstine, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Southern California Edison Company.O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA;  John R. Light, Los Angeles, CA, David B. Follet, David J. Gilmore, for Petitioner Sempra Energy.Roger J. Peters, Christopher J. Warner, Michelle L. Wilson, Shirley A. Woo;  Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Jonathan P. Hayden, Sheldon H. Jaffe, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner Pacific Gas and Electric Company.O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner San Diego Gas and Electric Company.Lionel B. Wilson, Gary M. Cohen, Mary F. McKenzie, Mary M. Adu, Dale Holzschuh, Laurence G. Chaset, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent Dennis J. Herrera, City Attorney, David F. Campos, Joseph Peter Como, Deputy City Attorneys, for Real Party in Interest City and County of San Francisco.Matthew Eric Freedman, San Franciscon, CA, for Real Party in Interest The Utility Reform Network.

     

    Chris Young (of Keker & Van Nest – formerly of Morrison & Foerster) Part of Obama For America – Scenes From Election 2008

    Carol Watts Avers Dydzak Dismissed Case Against Joe Dunn as Judge Manuel Real Set to Rule on Motions (TLR Note: which pebble in shoe prompts Watts to obsess with Dydzak’s legal journey?)

    One Carol Watts wrote: “Dydzak’s RICO case filed in DC District court is now pending before Judge Real in the Central District and scheduled for dismissal on Oct 29, 2012. Dydzak v Dunn was voluntarily dismissed by Dydzak after Def’s filed motions to have him deemed vexatious in the state court.”

    Watts commnet comes on the heel of report that former partner of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

    Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

    The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

    Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

    Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

    The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidently, Holly Fujie also served as director.

    Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

    Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

    Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

    According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

    According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

    Additionally, the suit also names as defendants Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar — who allegedly run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise.

    The suit contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements.
     
    Matt Werdegar is the son of the former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging David Werdegar who abruptly quit his position earlier this year amid reports of alleged financial improprieties.

    In a separate suit, Dydzak’s averred that California Supreme Court Justice  Kay Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

    Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

    Misleading Profile of Chris J Young of Keker & Van Nest from KVN.COM (TLR Note: Notice Admission Re OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s N. CA Dep Fin; Sadly, Young Conditioned to Act as Tail of Foxes – Not Head of Lions)

    Source: http://kvn.com/Lawyers/Young-Chris  (See TLR comment below)

    Chris Young devotes himself to his client’s success, ushering them through confounding and often overwhelming situations where personal freedom, reputations, and significant damages are often at stake. Whether handling white collar, intellectual property, professional liability, class action or commercial litigation, he works alongside his clients to achieve their short and long-term goals.


    Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest (image courtesy/ inserted by TLR)

    During his clerkship at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Mr. Young gained first-hand knowledge of the judicial perspective. Under the guidance of Judge Susan Illston, he worked on the multidistrict price-fixing class action In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation.

    Mr. Young also uses his legal expertise to address critical civil rights issues. For instance, he served as one of the lead trial attorneys in a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutional integrity of the California High School Exit Exam. Mr. Young developed his appreciation for the law’s impact on individual rights and freedoms when working in politics. Prior to attending law school, he served as a legislative aid to a senator and the Senate Education Committee as a California State Senate Fellow. After law school, he was asked to join Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign as a Northern California deputy finance director, and later worked in the White House under the Special Counsel to the President and then in the U.S. Department of Justice as associate director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Young also served as senior advisor and counsel to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. (emphasis added)

    While attending the UC Berkeley School of Law, he co-founded Law Student Outreach, a traveling clinic that furnished legal referral services to underserved East Bay Area communities. He also served on the law school Admissions Committee.

    Cases of Note

    Software Co. v. Software Co.: We defended a red-hot Silicon Valley software company that provides information analysis to the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement communities from trade secret and copyright charges. Our client’s competitor brought the charges in the Eastern District of Virginia. We settled the case in early 2011 after five and a half torrid months of rocket docket litigation.

    Chevron v. Stephen Donziger: We are lead counsel for Steven Donziger—U.S. legal adviser to the group of Ecuadorian citizens who successfully won an $18 billion dollar judgment from Chevron over environmental damage in their country; the largest single pollution judgment ever imposed. In an effort to avoid paying the enormous judgment, Chevron filed a racketeering case against Mr. Donziger in the Southern District of New York.

    Mortgage Fraud Cases: We represent a national lender in various state and federal court litigations regarding mortgage fraud-related claims, both as plaintiff and as defendant. We have obtained numerous favorable rulings for the lender regarding cutting-edge, mortgage fraud-related issues, including favorable rulings on the scope of federal lending statutes such as RESPA, TILA, and federal preemption of state causes of action.

    Legal Externships

    Hon. Marsha S. Berzon
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

    Hon. Joyce Kennard
    California Supreme Court

    Professional Affiliations

    Board of directors, Public Advocates
    Commissioner, Oakland Ethics Commission

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Beta Kappa
    Valedictorian, San Diego State University School of Philosophy

     

    Source: http://kvn.com/Lawyers/Young-Chris

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    TLR Note:
    Keker & Van Nest and partners John Keker, Bob Van Nest, Elliot Peters, Matt Werdegar, Jan Little, and Jon Streeter have given up trying to hide associate Chris Young, one of the firm’s associates who previously worked with OBAMA FOR AMERICA.

    Before joining OBAMA FOR AMERICA in 2008, Young worked as an associate at Morriosn & Foerster alongside Tony West, Annette Carnengie, Jim Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, who are all involved in the scheme known as CaliforniaALL that has been discussed here at length.

    Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

     

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