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Seltzer Caplan Adds Staff Attorney, Eight New Associates

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has added Catherine E. Larocca, Rhonda K. Crandall, Jack R. Leer, Jeffery B. Harris, Russell F.A. Riviere, Kevin J. Reisch, Scott A. Miller and Lance Gordon Isen as associates to the firm, and Adam M. Ruben as a staff attorney.

Larocca is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law. Prior to joining the firm's Business Insolvency and Creditors' Right's Group, she was an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.

Crandall graduated from Harvard Law School in 1999 and joins the firm's Estate Planning & Administration and Tax Groups.

Leer is a 1996 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to joining the firm's Civil Litigation Group, he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps.

Harris, is a 1998 graduate of the USD School of Law and will practice in the civil litigation group. He was formerly a house counsel for a regional supplier of rehabilitation services.

Riviere is a 1999 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and also joins the civil litigation group.

Miller, a 1997 graduate of the USD School of Law, joins the business litigation group. He was an associate with Newmeyer & Dillion in Newport Beach before joining the firm.

Reisch joins the land use and environmental law group following a position as an associate with the law firm of Nossaman, Gunther, Knox & Elliott in Irvine. Reisch graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1995.

Isen, a 1998 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law, joins the civil litigation group. Prior to joining the firm, he was the lead attorney in the real estate fraud unit of the San Bernardino County district attorney's office.

Practicing white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation with the firm's specialized criminal defense group, Ruben is a 1996 graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney with the Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc.


Casey, Gerry, Reed & Schenk recently appointed Gayle Blatt, Robert Francavilla and Thomas Penfield partners.

Blatt, who started her law career as a clerk for the firm, now concentrates in class action litigation, personal injury and wrongful death. Francavilla, a former associate with the firm, focuses on all aspects of serious personal injury and wrongful death actions including products liability, automotive litigation, premises liability and highway design matters. Penfield was a full-time clinical professors at the University of San Diego School of Law and a supervising trial lawyer with the Defenders Program of San Diego. He now specializes in environmental and general business tort litigation.


Superior Court Judge Thomas Murphy will step down from his Hall of Justice courtroom on Friday after 20 years of service in areas ranging from El Cajon to Vista, where he was Superior Court's Supervising Judge in 1996.

A specialist in family law, Murphy has served as a construction defect and general civil independent calendar judge in San Diego for the past two years.

Murphy had been the assistant city attorney for El Cajon for 12 years with a concurrent private practice in family law and probate at the time of his 1980 appointment to Municipal Court there. He was El Cajon Municipal's presiding judge when elevated to the Superior Court in 1985. Subsequently assigned to Vista for 12 years, he supervised the family law and motion calendar for four years and later specialized in motivating parties to settle their disputes as a Vista family law judge.


Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps has opened an office in West Los Angeles that will concentrate in the areas of corporate transactions, securities and litigation.

Partners at the firm include Jeffrey P. Berg and Michael R. Matthias. Special counsel includes Peter Berlin, Kenneth M.H. Hoff and Stuart R. Singer.


Jan Heying, founder of Heying & Associates, was awarded the Larry Long Award by the California State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee at its annual statewide conference in Santa Barbara on June 30.

The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the legal community through his work with Lawyer Referral and Information Services.

Heying, who has served on the State Bar LRIS Standing Committee for the past 10 years, is a public relations professional with more than 25 years of experience in the San Diego market. She started Heying & Associates, a full-service public relations and advertising firm located in Midtown, in 1982.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law and its alumni association will present a continuing legal education seminar on July 26 focusing on Drug Court.

Drug Court is a program that incorporates the services of the juvenile justice system, Health and Human Services Agency, Juvenile Court and the private sector to provide interventions, sanctions and motivation to encourage sober lifestyles free of criminal activities.

Leading the discussion on a range of topics, including screening guidelines, waivers and contracts will be the Honorable Bonnie Dumanis, judge with the San Diego Superior Court; Linda Hughes, a deputy public defender; and Frank Kinderman, deputy assessor of Drug Court.

The seminar, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Brickstone Room at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley, will qualify for one hour of minimum continuing legal education in prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse.

The cost for nonmembers is $25. Those employed by public interest agencies may attend for $5. Call alumni relations to register at (619) 297-9700, ext. 1825, or e-mail paulal@tjsl.edu


At its Aug. 4 meeting at the Westgate Hotel, the Thomas More Society will present Ellen Miller, the Superior Court's new mediation coordinator, who will discuss how the mandatory mediation pilot project will benefit attorneys and clients. The meeting will begin with a Mass at noon, and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Miller will speak at 1.


The Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. Awards will be presented by the Law Library Justice Foundation at a dinner Sept. 20 at the Hilton Hotel Mission Bay Beach and Tennis Resort. The award honors a member of the San Diego legal community for civic leadership and excellence in the teaching practicing, enactment or adjudication of the law. This year's three winners include renowned plaintiffs' attorney Harvey R. Levine, professor and Dean Emeritus of the USD School of Law Donald T. Weckstein, and former California Fourth District Court of Appeal judge Justice Howard B. Weiner.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., and dinner starts at 7. Tickets are $60 each, with proceeds supporting the Witkin Fund at the Law Library Justice Foundation, which helps provide books and materials for California law practitioners for the San Diego County Public Law Library. Reservations may be made by calling Trish Carey at (619) 531-3904 at the Law Library by Sept. 15.

The Law Library Justice Foundation is a charitable trust affiliated with the San Diego County Public Law Library.


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"Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there." -- Orson Welles


This Day in History

July 18, 1980 -- In Moscow, the opening ceremonies of the 22nd Olympiad were held in the conspicuous absence of many of the world's top Olympic athletes. Forty-five nations, including the United States, were boycotting the games in protest of the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. The boycott came at the urging of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who in January had canceled grain shipments to the U.S.S.R. and postponed the expansion of U.S.-Soviet diplomatic relations in protest of the invasion.

More than 40 other nations eventually joined the United States in refusing to send their athletes to the Moscow Games, which carried on without the presence of Western or Islamic athletes. Four years later, the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc nations retaliated by boycotting the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.

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