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JUNE 2015 - Law Day
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WLALA Board Member Participates in Santa Barbara Law Day Power Lunch

By Meredith Klassen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Team Leader


On May 8, 2015, WLALA Board Member Judge Sandra R. Klein participated in a Law Day Power Lunch hosted by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Barbara.  President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to commemorate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.  In 1961, Congress designated May 1st as the official date for celebrating Law Day. 


In addition to Judge Klein, Bankruptcy Judges Peter H. Carroll and Deborah J. Saltzman, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Presiding Judge James Herman, and Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judges Thomas Anderle, Donna Geck, and Pauline Maxwell attended as well.  Representatives from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, local bar associations, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Trustee's Office, and the Federal Protective Service (including K9 Tanner) also participated in the event.  The students, who thoroughly enjoyed the Power Lunch, were from San Marcos High School, Dos Pueblos High School, La Colina Junior High School, St. Raphael's School, and Boy Scout Troop #4. 


Judge Saltzman kicked off the event with a warm welcome.  Judge Klein then presented a slide show, which introduced each judge and provided a fun fact about each judge.  Guess which bankruptcy judge learned to juggle by reading “Juggling for the Complete Klutz”?   See below for the answer to this question!  Next, Judge Carroll delivered a fascinating keynote speech about two individuals who inspired him to become a federal judge.  After the formal presentation concluded, students and adults enjoyed speaking with one another about the law and legal profession.  The attendees all enjoyed meeting a surprise guest, Federal Protective Services Agent Danny Roth and Tanner, his K9 partner.  Tanner was a big hit with the students and volunteers alike, and was happy to be the center of attention.  The students and adults then played a lively game of Legal Jeopardy!, which is  played like the traditional Jeopardy! game but with legal categories, such as “Who’s Who in the Courtroom” and “Judges and Lawyers.”  The Power Lunch concluded with a courthouse tour lead by the Bankruptcy Court’s Clerk’s Office staff.


Spoiler Alert:  Judge Deborah Saltzman learned to juggle after reading “Juggling for the Complete Klutz” when she was just 10!