Shasta County Superior Court important information for week of August 6, 2018

Any matters that were scheduled for the week of July 30 – August 3, in Departments 4, 5, 11, and 12, will be heard the week of August 6-10 on the same day and time.

In other words, the court is rolling over the calendars for the week of July 30 – August 3 and will call them at the same time as the calendars for August 6-10.

Matters that are specially set for August 6-10 will proceed as calendared.

For those matters that were specially set for July 30 – August 3, Judge Bigelow and Commissioner Stomberg will determine the rescheduling of those matters. Judge Bigelow and Commissioner Stomberg may try to squeeze such matters in for hearings during the week of August 6-10, but that will be up to those individual judges, and, obviously, counsel will be notified.

Appointment of new board member

Tracey A. Amundson, an associate attorney with Maire & Deedon, has recently accepted a position on STCBA’s board as Member-at-Large. Our former Vice-President, Heidi Williams, resigned recently in order to pursue an employment opportunity in San Diego. We thank Heidi for her service as both Secretary/Treasurer last year and Vice-President this year.

As part of the changes, Sophia Meyer has been appointed our Vice-President, and Michael Ricks is now serving as our Secretary-Treasurer.

The application window for the first annual 2018-19 STCBA Scholarship for Legal Studies has opened! Due date is April 27, 2018

STCBA is excited to announce that the application window for the first annual 2018-19 STCBA Scholarship for Legal Studies has opened!  A copy of the application form is posted at .

The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the practice of law in Shasta and Trinity Counties by supporting local students who are bound for post-secondary education and who have an interest in improving their communities as legal professionals.  The scholarships will be need and merit based and will be open to graduating high school and post-secondary students in amounts up to $1,000.  The scholarships will be administered and awarded by the newly formed Legal Studies Committee (“LSC”).  The funding for these scholarships will come from member donations and separate fundraising efforts on behalf of the STCBA and the LSC.  The application deadline is April 27, 2018, so please help us spread the word!

On behalf of both the STCBA and the LSC, we extend an open invitation for scholarship contributions from STCBA members as well as the greater Shasta and Trinity County communities. We look forward to the administration of this program.

If you have any questions or would like more details, please feel free to email Past-President, Jake Baldwin, directly, at jrbaldwin(at)

2018 STCBA Membership and Scholarship Fund Drive

STCBA’s 2018 membership and scholarship fund drive is in full swing!


Dues are $50.00 per attorney. A discounted membership rate of $30.00 per attorney applies to attorneys admitted to the bar within the prior 12 months, or attorneys employed full time by City, County or State governments. These dues are used to fund the STCBA’s socials, MCLE presentations and charitable donations, such as the 2018-19 STCBA Scholarship for Legal Studies.


Additionally, please also consider making an additional donation to the first annual 2018 STCBA Scholarship for Legal Studies. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the practice of law in Shasta and Trinity Counties by supporting students who are bound for post-secondary education and who have an interest in a legal career. More information on the scholarship will be available soon, but the award amount will be up to $1,000.


2018 Election of Officers

Thank you to all the STCBA Members who attended the social on December 14, 2017 and voted for the 2018 officers.  The results of the election are as follows:

President:   Bradford Masters – Carr, Kennedy, Peterson & Frost

Vice President:   Heidi Williams – Maire & Deedon

Secretary/Treasurer:   Sophia Meyer – Prentice, Long & Epperson

Member-at-Large:   Michael Ricks – Burgess & Bogener

Congratulations to the new officers!

Outgoing President, Jake Baldwin, will serve next year on the board as Past-President.


Outgoing STCBA President Jake Baldwin Accepts Award

In recognition of his efforts as STCBA president for 2017, Jake Baldwin received an award plaque at the December 2017 election for new officers.

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