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SCCBA Leadership Summit: Lawyers and Leading in the New Decade

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By Shannon Stein, President 

 As many of you know, the theme of my year as President is “Essential Skills for Lawyers in the New Decade: Leading Lawyers to Success.”  Some of these issues include: How does a lawyer lead in the courtroom, in the community and in their practice area? What makes one lawyer stand out among other lawyers? How did our current leaders obtain their leadership role? What skills do leaders possess? How do leaders balance their personal and work life? Do they take vacations? Work 24/7? Completing “unplug” or are they up all night?

In order to answer these questions, I am pleased to announce that on September 28, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Santa Clara Bar Association will present a “Leadership Summit.”  At this event, Robert W. Cullen, who authored the book “The Leading Lawyer, A Guide to Practicing Law and Leadership, will be the key note speaker.  Mr. Cullen will be joined by a panel of prominent leaders in our community:  Miguel Marquez, Santa Clara County County Counsel; Mary Greenwood, Santa Clara County Public Defender; Patrick Dunckley, Assistant General Counsel, Stanford University; Craig Needham, partner at Needham, Kepner and Fish; and Jim Towery, former Chief Trial Attorney of the State Bar and former partner at Hoge, Fenton, Jones and Appel. 

This is sure to be an inspiring evening.  Many of the above questions will be answered and you will surely learn what it means to be a “Leading Lawyer.”  There will be time for networking and schmoozing with the panel members.  Please watch your email for registration information.  Also, if you are or your firm is interested in being a sponsor for the evening, please contact Angie Loyola at 408.975.2110 or

            In order to train the leaders in our association, at the end of July, Judge Richard Loftus and I hosted a lunch for the SCCBA Committee/Section Chairs, the SCCBA Officers and Supervising Judges of the different departments of the Superior Court. The lunch allowed both bench and bar leaders to exchange ideas, and share information about what goes on in their committees and in each corresponding judicial department.  It also was an opportunity for everyone to hear from Judge Loftus regarding the impact of the new budget cuts on our court.  Judge Loftus was optimistic that our county will not close courtrooms but did emphasize that many unfilled court positions will remain unfilled until the economy improves.  He also emphasized that it is important to treat the court staff with respect and patience because many of them are doing multiple jobs. Judge Loftus also gave an update on the Family Justice Center.  Many of us remember that there was hope that it would be built by 2014. It looks like it will not be built until 2015, at the least.  Judge Loftus believes that since the project is far along in terms of design and the land that the courthouse will still be built. Fingers crossed.

            In terms of creating new leaders, your opportunity is now to run for an SCCBA Officer or Board of Trustee position.  If you are interested in running for a position, please contact Chris Burdick by August 15, 2011. It would be wonderful to get more of our members involved in leadership positions.  I know my involvement in the bar has been one of the best things I have done personally and professionally.

            I am pleased to announce some new features to the SCCBA website. One of which is a Career Center. Over the next week, the SCCBA will be readying its newest value added, member  benefit:  a way to find jobs and a way to post job opportunities.  The best part:  SEARCHING IS FREE and POSTING IS A LOWER COST than virtually all on line legal job boards.  AND, job searches can be made not only for local legal positions but also legal positions in any other region of the country.  The new CAREER CENTER will pull job postings from over 70 premier legal job boards from across the country, postings that come through bar associations and other legal related entities.  Look for the CAREER CENTER launch, coming soon!

            There are many exciting bar events in the next month. Hope to see you at some of them.

Shannon Stein

SCCBA President

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