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September Newsletter

29 Sep 2016 1:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


September Newsletter

President's Letter

Dear Members,

I hope that the month of September finds you well!  This has been a great month for the IABA, it is difficult to know exactly where to start.  We held our first game of the renewed annual softball competition with the Italian American Bar Association.  I've heard from many members that this was one of the most popular traditions the association held in the past and am delighted to be able to bring it back!  The Italians showed up in good numbers, many of whom played in the games of yore.  As you can read in the newsletter, the game was held in honor of the memory of Dennis Kavanagh who was instrumental in making the annual competitions a success.  It was great to hear many of the players, both Irish and Italian, reminisce about Dennis.  We look forward to future events with the Italians.   And of course the best news - the Irish team won the game (by a lot).

We also have received official notice of our status as a Multiple Activity Provider of MCLE credits by the State Bar of California.  While we were able to host MCLE events in the past, we were required to file separate applications for each event one month in advance.  Our new status will allow us much greater flexibility in hosting MCLE events.  If you would like to see us host an MCLE in a particular area, please let us know!  Our next MCLE will cover Alcoholic Beverage Law & Licensing.  Details to be announced shortly.

Next month I will be traveling to Ireland for two weeks for my son's christening, although I'll also be trying to squeeze in two weddings!  Between festivities, I am hoping to follow up on our Vice President, Jim Weixel's, successful goodwill tour of Irish law schools.  You can read a recap of Jim's exploits by clicking here.  I'm looking forward to building on the great relationships established by Jim and to hopefully work together with our contacts to put together some great events!

Finally, we have had great success with our new website and membership software.  We hope you like the new looks of both the website and the newsletter as much as we do.  We are also looking forward to using more of the capabilities this software affords us.  Please read the newsletter section on setting up your profile!  Great things ahead.


Nick Ginger

IABA President

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MCLE provider Status 

After recently being recognized as a non-profit 501(c)(6) professional organization, the IABA Norcal has now also been recognized as an Approved Multiple Activity Provider by the State Bar of California. This means that the IABA is authorized to offer and grant MCLE credits to attendees of all permissible activities without first submitting separate applications requesting prior approval.  

The IABA runs an MCLE event about every month, each event covering a different and interesting area of law. Attendance to all MCLE events is free for members and a mere $15 for non-members. 

Results of the Irish Italian Softball Showdown

After an epic battle of wills that took place this past Saturday, the IABA came away victorious in the annual Irish Italian softball match. It would seem that some of those Hurling and Camogie skills transferred over to softball! 

A sincere thank you to our Italian counterparts for a rousing and enjoyable game, as well as all the friends and families who attended to cheer us on. 

The game was played in honor of Dennis Kavanagh and John Riccio, two esteemed former members of our associations.  The game concluded with both teams signing two softballs which will be presented to the Kavanagh and Riccio families. We were honored to be able to commemorate these two men with this fun event.

Additional photographs are available in the Gallery section of our website.

We are already looking forward to next year! In the meantime, how about some GAA?!

Upcoming Events

Letters of the Law Event at the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival 

When? Thursday, October 6th @ 6pm – 8.30pm

Where? Los Gatos Town Chambers

Cost? $35 (includes program, appetizers & wine at adjacent Friends of the Library)

Purchase tickets here

The Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival and the Irish American Bar Association host a special event with a literary and journalistic twist on the eve of the inaugural writers’ festival. Guests and speakers will be welcomed by Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector. Speakers include Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney, and Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice.

Philip Kearney’s experience in Kosovo as a war-crimes prosecutor is the subject of his fast-paced 2011 memoir Under The Blue Flag. Armed with only the region’s archaic criminal justice code, Kearney found himself prosecuting local street thugs, shutting down a ring of international sex-traffickers and spearheading an investigation into secret death camps – a case that ultimately implicates local officials and inflames ethnic violence. 

Irish journalist Frank Shouldice shares his experience making his ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was that recently took the 2016 Justice Media Award. The story follows a hugely successful Irish-owned international recruitment company that is taken to court by one of its workers from Poland. Referred to the European Court of Justice, the outcome could change EU labour law for millions of people. The only problem? The worker ‘taking’ the case knows nothing about it. Listen to the RTE documentary by clicking here.

Dublin Business Legal Symposium

From September 29 to October 1, 2016 the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law will host a Business and Legal Symposium in Dublin and Galway, Ireland.  

For further information, please visit their website by clicking here.


When? 13 Oct 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Where? Molly Magees in Mountain View (Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.)

Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.  Click here for more information.

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