Announcements & Events

Announcements & Events

2017 Bench-Bar Event

The annual Bench-Bar Event was held at the Riverview Golf and Country Club on October 5, 2017. Our keynote speaker was Presiding Justice Vance W. Raye of the Third District Court of Appeal. The STCBA would like to thank Justice Raye again for his presentation to the members of his thoughts on justice, due process and the Court of Appeal. The Hon. Daniel E. Flynn of the Shasta County Superior Court delivered the annual news from the bench. The Hon. Stephen H. Baker addressed the members to introduce our keynote speaker. President Jacob Baldwin gave a roundup of STCBA’s 2017 news including the announcement of the first annual STCBA Scholarship to support legal education. We will post more scholarship information, including the downloadable application form, sometime in early 2018.

Keynote speaker Presiding Justice Vance W. Raye of the Third District Court of Appeal addresses the members of the Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association.
Judge Daniel E. Flynn delivering the news from the bench
The Hon. Stephen H. Baker introduces Justice Raye
Jacob Baldwin (President), Sophia Meyer (Member-at-Large), our keynote speaker Presiding Justice Vance W. Raye, Bradford Masters (Vice-President), and Carmel D’Amato (Past-President) [not pictured: Heidi Williams, our Secretary/Treasurer]
STCBA President Jake Baldwin discussing the board’s activities in 2017

This year’s festive autumn arrangement marking the return of much appreciated cooler weather to Redding


Simpson University Invites Community to ‘On the Same Page’ Reading Program, Special Forums

Simpson University Invites Community to ‘On the Same Page’ Reading Program, Special Forums

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University invites North State readers to join students, staff and faculty in its second year of On the Same Page, its common reading program. This year will feature three forums with special guests discussing themes related to Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

The 2017 book selection, Just Mercy, is a nonfiction exploration of criminal justice in America. Specifically, it looks at the history of the death row system and how it is administered in the South.

Simpson English professor Nicole Kenley said that Just Mercy was selected because it “investigates themes of justice, race, class, activism, and grace, and asks provocative questions about the way these themes apply to our legal system.” This text provides an opportunity to discuss many pressing contemporary issues in a grounded, relevant way.

Just Mercy was recently mentioned as a top nationwide common reading selection in a New York Times article.

The community is invited to this year’s forums, which will feature the following special guest speakers:

(Oct. 12) Dr. Todd Allen, special assistant to the president and provost for diversity affairs and professor of communication at Messiah College (Penn.). Dr. Allen founded The Common Ground Project, a community-based nonprofit that promotes an understanding of the civil rights movement. A recipient of the Fellowship of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at Yale University, The New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Men of Excellence, Minority Opinion Magazine Achiever Award, and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award, Dr. Allen has led a bus tour, “Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights,” which visits key sites of the movement in the South. Dr. Allen will speak Oct. 12 (Thurs), 6 to 7:30 p.m., in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204.

(Oct. 21) Randy Grounds, a commissioner with the California Parole Board. Grounds was appointed to his current role by Gov. Brown in 2016, and has served as a warden at Salinas Valley State Prison, California Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, and California State Prison in Solano, in addition to numerous other roles within the state correctional system. Grounds will speak Oct. 21 (Sat), 1 to 2:30 p.m., in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204.

A third forum in November will feature a panel comprising a judge, district attorney and public defender from Shasta County.

“On the Same Page aims to further develop the mind, faith and character of Simpson students, faculty, and staff; we welcome any who would like to join the discussion,” Dr. Kenley said. “We are particularly excited to welcome our distinguished guest speakers and hear their expert opinions on the pressing issues raised in Just Mercy.”

In the inaugural year of On the Same Page, participants read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and met for monthly discussions on campus led by university professors who explored the novel’s themes from various academic disciplines.

More than 350 colleges and universities nationwide have similar programs to foster a culture of reading and community conversation, according to the National Association of Scholars’ 2016 report.

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Shasta High School’s Mock Trial team is runner-up in statewide California Mock Trial championship

Congratulations to Shasta High School’s Mock Trial team for placing second in the statewide California Mock Trial championship. Shasta High squared off in the finals against Carmel High School from Monterey County. Shasta High’s team was one of 34 teams from 33 counties across California competing for the top prize. The event took place March 24-26, 2017 in Riverside, California.

The complete list of award recipients is available at…/mock-trial-program.html.

2016 Bench Bar Event

The 2016 Bench Bar Event was held at the Riverview Golf and Country Club on October 28, 2016. Our keynote speaker was Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court. The STCBA would like to extend its sincere appreciation for Justice Corrigan’s attendance and her presentation to the members.

Justice Carol A. Corrigan posing with STCBA President Carmel D’Amato and Secretary-Treasurer Bradford Masters

2016 Shasta County Mock Trial Competition

The STCBA would like to recognize the Shasta High School, Enterprise High School and University Preparatory School Mock Trial teams for their participation in the 2016 Shasta County Mock Trial Competition.  A link to the competition photos may be found here:

Shasta County Mock Trial Competition Photos

At the tournament, Shasta High finished first, followed by Enterprise in second place and UPrep in third place.

The Shasta High School Mock Trial team proceeded to the State Competition held on March 19 and 20, 2016, and ranked 15th in the State.  Two of Shasta High’s attorneys have been invited to the prestigious Gladiator Mock Trial tournament, which is a summer tournament that crowns the best high school mocker in the world.

The STCBA sends its sincere appreciation to all of the all of the local high school participants, their coaches and the volunteers for the local competition on a successful mock trial year!

Redding Chamber Honors Pugh as Citizen of the Year

The STCBA would like to send its congratulations to STCBA member Archer F. Pugh as the Redding Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.  A link to the Record Searchlight article may be found here:

Record Searchlight: Chamber Honors Pugh as Citizen of the Year


Thank you, Arch, for being an outstanding representation of our local legal community!

2015 Bench Bar Event

The 2015 Bench Bar Event was held on August 27, 2015, with keynote speaker Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The STCBA would like to extend its sincere appreciation for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s gracious attendance and the outstanding attendance of STCBA members at the event.

Shasta High School Mock Trial Team: State Competition

Shasta High School won the local mock trial competition and attended the state finals in March 2015. Below are photographs of the event.

One of Shasta High School’s students won outstanding defense attorney, which is an award only given to three defense attorneys. Congratulations Sunny Snell! For the awards list, please click here.

2014 Bench Bar Event

The 2014 STCBA Bench Bar was an extremely enjoyable evening. The STCBA Board would like to thank all who attended, and sincere thanks to Judge Gaul and Judge Baker for providing informative and entertaining presentations.