Last night I attended the 57th Annual Installation dinner for the Desert Bar Association. The Officers and Board of Trustees were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. The festivities were held at the newly open and rather impressive IW Club in the Indian Wells Golf Resort Clubhouse.
The night was a real treat--because it was attended by not only local attorneys and city government officials--but also included a special reception for the entire California Supreme Court. The state's highest justices are visiting our Coachella Valley to hold a "special outreach session" today and tomorrow for high school and college students at the Palm Desert Campus of Cal. State, San Bernardino.
I wonder if the highly politicized issue related to gay marriage will come up during the two day outreach program. As I understand it, the justices will be presiding over 8 cases (hearing various oral arguments) and the hope is that students will have a real chance to see first hand the workings of our legal system and what it takes to argue in front of the state's highest court. Maybe some of them will be inspired to enter the legal field as well.
The Desert Bar Association appointed its new president, local attorney Donald B. Griffith--who is also running to keep his seat on the Desert Sands Unified School District Board of Education this November. He was installed last night to a standing ovation and it was a real treat to hear his son speak so highly of his father just before his appointment. Congratulations!
UPDATE: There was additional coverage by the Desert Sun on the California Supreme Court's visit to the Coachella Valley, however that site has been removed.