The SBCBA is offering two great ways to kick off the summer -- its Annual Bar Barbeque and an evening with preeminent constitutional law scholar, Laurence Tribe.

The events the SBCBA puts on continue to be an important way for us to remain relevant and useful to our members. Our big events include the Bench & Bar Conference each January, the Past Presidents Luncheon in the spring, our Annual Bar Barbeque in June, the Golf & Tennis Tournament in August, the Justices Reception in the fall, and our Annual Dinner. 

On April 30th we put on this year’s Past Presidents Luncheon. The PPL is a nice gathering of those that have been president of the SBCBA, of judges and of new admittees. This year’s luncheon featured a presentation by Saji Gundarwardane and Elizabeth Diaz on behalf of the Santa Barbara Legal Aid Foundation. We were reminded of the important role Legal Aid has in this community providing our neediest neighbors access to justice and urged us to do all we can to support the organization.

On June 20, Rusty Brace, Mack Staton and Will Beall will be back working their magic at this year’s Bar Barbeque. Will has been manning the bar at the Barbeque for 30 years! Rusty has been bringing elk chili for who knows how long. We hope you’ll all attend this year and thank the three stalwarts for all the help they’ve given us over the years. 

Laurence Tribe will be at the new Victoria Theatre on June 27. He and co-author Joshua Matz have just written a new book, Uncertain Justice – the Roberts Court and the Constitution, copies of which will be available for purchase. Professor Tribe will be speaking on what to expect in the future from this Supreme Court. There will be a question and answer period following his talk. The SBCBA will be offering MCLE credits for this event as well. When was the last time you got Con Law credit?

It takes a huge amount of work to put on these kinds of events. This year the SBCBA events are being managed by Lauren Wideman and Emily Allen. Lauren and Emily put an incredible amount of effort into creating and organizing all the SBCBA events. The energy and creativity they bring to these events deserves our praise and thanks.

First published in the June 2014 edition of Santa Barbara Lawyers Magazine


- Scott B. Campbell
  Rogers Sheffield & Campbell, LLP
  2014 SBCBA President

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