A MESSAGE FROM THE ADC PRESIDENT:
Welcome to the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s website. The ADC continues to meet the needs of the members through the use of this website, timely education programs, newsflashes, use of e-mail groups which allow our members to share information, as well as through the California Defense Counsel which presents the ADC’s voice in Sacramento.
Through this website, you can check our calendar of events, apply for or renew your membership, and locate a member attorney by name, city or legal specialty. Members can access our magazine, Defense Comment, our News Flashes which alert members to significant case developments and our online membership directory. There's a lot of information and some very useful links here. We hope you will spend a few minutes to look around and check out the features.
As the ADC President, I am honored to serve the Association and to work with our committed Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Substantive Law Section Chairs and professional staff, led by Executive Director Jennifer Blevins.
The ADC, now in its 57th year of service, is the preeminent organization in Northern California and Nevada standing up for attorneys who make their living defending civil lawsuits. Our members practice in a wide variety of specialties, but are united in their desire for an organized voice to put forth the defense perspective to the State Legislature and the Judicial Council through our Legislative Advocate, Mike Belote, of the California Defense Counsel, and to the Courts through the work of our Amicus Committee and Bench-Bar Committee. Just this past January the officers of the California Defense Counsel and I met with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye in Sacramento to discuss topics important to the judicial branch and our membership. I am pleased to report it was a productive meeting.
One of the main goals of the ADC is to provide our members with timely education programs. The continuing education calendar is bursting with seminars throughout the year, including programs regarding: Employment Law; Construction Defects; Toxic Torts; Law Firm Management; Basic Training; plus hot topic webinars and podcasts to keep members informed. The Substantive Law Sections are very busy planning seminars and providing members with vital information via the NewsFlashes.
As an example, the Annual Meeting in December was a great success, not only in providing quality educational programs, but also in gathering friends and colleagues in a social setting. The success of the Annual Meeting was due, in large part, to the efforts of ADC First Vice President, John Cotter. Inspirational speaker “Gunny” Sergeant Nick Popaditch, exemplified what it means to persevere, and Keynote Speaker Judstice Gilbert provided insight into the wheels of justice. Look for more of the same this upcoming year.
As your President, I am committed to continuing with the long-standing efforts to better utilize our nine specific practice Substantive Law Sections. Each Section has its own e-mail group allowing members to communicate on specific topics pertinent to the practice area. I encourage you to reach out to the chairs of the different Sections and provide them with any updated information and/or inquiries as to the current practice of law in their Sections. Better yet, get involved in one or more Sections by offering to write a NewsFlash, or an article for our magazine, or even help organize a program in one of your areas of expertise.
Finally, I would like to thank the Defense Comment editors-in-chief, David Levy and Ellen Arabian Lee, for their continued excellent efforts in producing the best periodical for California and Nevada civil defense practitioners. The ADC is committed to excellence in content so that our members have current information at their fingertips that is a pleasure to read. This is largely achieved through the tireless efforts of Dave and Ellen, and all our members who write thought-provoking articles for the magazine.
We have an energetic dedicated Board for 2017. We welcome new board members Jeffrey Ta, Kasey Townsend, Jeffrey Levine and Marie Trimble Holvick. The Board looks forward to working hard to serve you the members of the ADC. We are excited, energized and look forward to moving our profession forward, while having a great time in 2017. Please call me or send me an e-mail with your needs and/or desires and do not hesitate to let us know of anything the Association can do to help meet your professional expectations. I wish you all a prosperous year!
2017 ADC President