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Make Your Hand Turkey This Holiday Season

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 15, 2018

By Kevin Hammon
2018 SCCBA President


In elementary school, I spent Novembers carefully rationing my Halloween candies and tracing my left hand over an array of autumn-colored construction paper. I was a proud artist. My hand turkey collection toured an array of classrooms and refrigerators throughout the greater south San Jose area. On each finger-sized feather, my teachers encouraged me to write an item I was thankful for. My list usually included some combination of pizza, candy bars, and toys. Although it has been many years since I have created a hand turkey, I still enjoy reflecting throughout the year on the many people and things I am thankful for.  This year is no exception.


As president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, I am thankful for the hard work our staff, sections, and committees have devoted to three fantastic upcoming events: the Annual Women Lawyers’ Section Holiday Luncheon; Judges Night; and the Family Law Section Holiday Lunch.


·  The Women Lawyer’s Section Holiday Luncheon will take place on November 29, 2018 at the Corinthian Grand Ballroom from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.  I am pleased to report that this year’s luncheon will include a donation raffle benefiting Community Solutions, a non-profit organization, providing services and support to children and families coping with mental health issues, substance abuse, trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.  Click here for more information and to register.


·  Judges’ Night will take place on December 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the San Jose Marriott.  Judges’ Night will feature a keynote presentation from the Honorable Jeremy Fogel, and special recognitions for the Honorable Mary Arand, Daniel Gonzales, Jenn Protas, and Constance Carpenter.  Click here for more information and to register.


·  The Family Law Holiday Lunch will take place on December 14, 2018 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Rotary Summit Center in San Jose.  This event will feature lively entertainment and a series of special awards. Click here for more information and to register.


I hope you are able to attend one or more of these events.


In January, the annual Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial Tournament will take place at the Downtown Superior Courthouse on January 22, 24, 29, and 31, 2019 between 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. This experience is profoundly rewarding.  Volunteer attorney scorers often leave the courtrooms impressed and inspired by our local high school students. Moreover, mock trial provides an opportunity to interact with judges and lawyers outside of your practice area.  To volunteer to be a scoring judge, contact SCCBA Staff Deb Miguel at 408-975-2101 or 


In my capacity as SCCBA President, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of people.  I am thankful for our C.E.O., Chris Burdick, for her wisdom, patience, humility, and humor. Chris is the heart and soul of the SCCBA.  Her hard work has shaped and improved not just our association, but the legal profession itself. I am thankful for the SCCBA’s exceptional staff: Irene Cortez, Ryker Heberle, Kimberly Schuster and our newest staff members, Deb Miguel, Senior Manager for Programs and Marketing and Tanwi Negi, Marketing Assistant.  They have cultivated a bar association that is both functional and sustainable. I am grateful for the SCCBA’s 2018 officers: Gabriel Gregg, 2019 President;  Michael Lee, Treasurer;  and Lauren Jones, Secretary.  I am grateful for the SCCBA’s trustees: Richard Schramm, B J Fadem, Bruce MacLeod, Elise Mitchell, Joshua Borger, Susana Inda, Katie Diemer, Jil Dalesandro, Sue Saign, Golnesa Monazamfar, Lori Costanzo, Shannon Smyth-Mendoza, and Kate Wilson. They have displayed remarkable insight and creativity, portending a thriving future for the association.     


Thirty years removed from the elementary school hand turkeys, I like to think I have matured. My grateful list now consistently includes family, friendships, and health. It is easy to take for granted the people and things most important to us.  Those who do the most often expect the least in return. My wife and parents immediately come to mind. There is tremendous value in regularly conveying appreciation, respect, and love. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.


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