CCBA’s Leg Day on March 10, 2020 was a huge success! Although this seems like a lifetime ago and pales in comparison to all that has happened recently, I think that it is especially important now to remind ourselves that these challenging times will pass, and we must take steps to ensure that the important work of the CCBA continues.
Update on Legislative Meetings: We tried something new this year. CCBA Board members and other volunteers reached out directly to numerous legislators to set up meetings. Despite the number of competing events, the legislators were very receptive, and we were able to fill all available meeting slots for Leg Day. All in all, we scheduled 30 meetings with lawmakers and staff. 25 delegates attended Leg Day ̶ coming to Sacramento from all over the state and representing many practice areas. In small group settings, the delegates discussed the work of the CCBA, its resolutions and the needs of the legal community generally. Alongside some of our most ardent legislative supporters, our delegates met with legislators who had not previously worked or were not acquainted with the CCBA. It was exciting to see these new faces.
Other highlights of the day: (1) We received a personal briefing from Cory Jasperson, Director of Government Affairs, Judicial Council of California, on the state courts’ budget; (2) also thanks to Mr. Jasperson, all of our delegates were able to attend the annual address of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to the Legislature in the Senate Gallery; and (3) we ended the day with a big bang by co-hosting the Judicial Council reception in the historic and beautiful building that houses the Third Appellate District Court of Appeal, which was attended by numerous lawmakers and judges.
On our website is a letter from the Chief Justice to the CCBA, thanking us for the sponsorship and our work. Also attached are a few photos from the reception.
While we are going through challenging times both in our country and in our organization (after losing our primary source of funding and the services of our much valued lobbyist Larry Doyle), Leg Day 2020 was a testament to the continued significance and vitality of the CCBA. As with all volunteer-based organizations, however, we are as strong as each of you who generously give your time and resources. Please continue your good work and support the CCBA in any way you can. I look forward to working with you “virtually” at our conference in September 2020.
Be well. Be safe.
Sarvenaz (Naz) Bahar
CCBA Leg Day Committee Chair