The Here-Say newsletter of the San Mateo County Bar Association. The purpose of the Bar Association is to advance jurisprudence; to educate members & public.
Here-Say The Here-Say is the monthly newsletter of the San Mateo County Bar Association. The purpose of the Bar Association is to advance jurisprudence.
Here-Say The Here-Say is the monthly newsletter of the San Mateo County Bar Association. The purpose of the Bar Association is to advance jurisprudence; to improve the education and proficiency of its members; to foster the understanding of the legal profe
2 Here-Say Volume 45 IIssue 4 The Here-Say is the monthly newsletter of the San Mateo County Bar Association. Produced for the Lawyers, Judges, Barristers and legal community.
2 Here-Say Volume 45 Issue 3 The Here-Say is the monthly newsletter of the San Mateo County Bar Association. The purpose of the Bar Association is to advance jurisprudence; to improve the education and proficiency of its members; to foster the understan
2 Here-Say Volume 44 Issue 7 efficiencies and savings, and consolidate our workforce to provide the best trial court services possible with the resources available. At their highest point, state cuts necessitated reductions of over 33% of our San Mateo Superior Court workforce. Our reductions totaled 130 positions; in 2008 we had 385, in the 2013/14 fiscal year we were at 255. These ongoing cuts have caused us to shutter court houses and centralize services to Redwood City, lay off staff and Commissioners, reduce calendars, and cut public counter and phone hours. We purposefully implemented court service reductions in incremental steps, intending to soften the loss of important services even as we worked hard to avoid them. These actions have been extremely difficult – we did not want to take them – but we have communicated them openly and well in advance, acted responsibly and are living within the limits of our reduced state funding support. With much hard work, we have successfully restored six court staff positions this July. At the San Mateo Superior Court, we work with and for each other to achieve justice. Our disposition rate per judicial position (the number of court cases resolved per judicial officer) remains consistently among the highest for state trial courts. We remain committed to continuous improvement, creating efficiencies and effectively utilizing technology to maximize our productivity and court services, to benefit the public we all serve. This said, we continue to face significant internal and external challenges to providing essential justice. Six restored positions cannot cover the workload of the 130 that have been lost - even after all reasonable efficiencies and productivity measures are accounted for. This means that until reasonable levels of trial court funding are restored, some level of delay will almost certainly continue. Our lines will remain long, our hours open to the public remain reduced and the public will continue to experience significant delays. A number of areas in our Clerk’s Office remain stretched as we continuously work to allocate our workforce where it is most needed. Externally, many of our neighboring courts are faced with the challenges of further reducing services and the Judicial Branch as a whole is faced with another year of failing to effectively convince state leaders to provide essential court funding. As a result, justice remains at risk state-wide. The fact remains that we’ve received back too little of what has been taken from the Judicial Branch through severe, disproportionate state cuts that have continued since 2008 and, as a result, our trial courts remain dangerously under-funded. Trial courts protect public rights, public freedom and public safety. They are relied upon to provide essential services and support for individuals, families and our community. I urge everyone to remain vigilant in reminding state lawmakers that a strong economy relies on a judicial system that works. Your continued support is essential as we strive to seek appropriate funding levels for the court. Robert D. Foiles, Presiding Judge The Here-Say is the monthly newsletter of the San Mateo County Bar Association. The purpose of the Bar Association is to advance jurisprudence; to improve the education and proficiency of its members; to foster the understanding of the legal profession by the public; to encourage cordial relations among its members; and to maintain the honor and dignity of the Bar. Life Members of the San Mateo County Bar Association have made significant financial commitments to the Bar Association, for which the SMCBA is especially grateful. Advertising and content are due no later than the 5th of the month preceding publication (e.g., May 5th for the June issue). All content must be received electronically and is subject to editing. SMCBA events are also published in the San Francisco Daily Journal and the San Francisco Recorder. SMCBA Member Ads Rates Classified Ads: $1 per word up to 60 words Display Ad 2" h x 2 1/2": 1 Month ...............................$100 2 Months ..............................$180 3 Months ..............................$250 Display Ad 3 1/2" h x 2 1/2": 1 Month ...............................$125 2 Months ..............................$230 3 Months ..............................$350 Non-Member Ad rates available on request. San Mateo County Bar Association 333 Bradford Street, Suite 200 Redwood City, CA 94063 Phone: 650.298.4030 Fax: 650.368.3892 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.smcba.org From the Courts from page 1
Here-Say Volume 44 Issue 6 San Mateo County Bar Association Private Defender Program Lawyer Referral Service Attorneys Attorney Legal Help Membership Associate Law at Law Thirty 33 Maple Street Shelter Haven Family House First Step Legal Aid Bay Area Court Judges Foiles Grandsaert Estate Planning Barristers Volunteer Eugene J. Majeski Cotchett Corey Ropers Juvenile Hall Family Thomson Reuters Mobile Websites The Local Front Page Legal Profession Veteran Men Women Trial Attorneys Marvin Lewis Award Magnolia of Millbrae Peninsula Retirement Old Court House History Museum Courtroom Diversity Luis Rodriguez Erwin Chemerinsky Board of Directors Berger Canter Castillo Durrans Edling Feiger Goldscheider Holmes Lyle McAvoy Silberman Hayden Naryan Crawford Pomeroy Office Space Redwood City Space for rent