Firm Announcement

Administrative Law Section's "WRITS!" is a Big Success

Sacramento, California - The Administrative Law section of the Sacramento County Bar Association hosted all of the writ judges of the Superior Court of Sacramento County at their February 13, 2013 luncheon entitled "WRITS!".  

Participating Judges included the 
Hon. Timothy M. Frawley, Hon. Michael P. Kenny, Hon. Allen H. Sumner, and Hon. Eugene L. Balonon.

Judges Sumner, Kenny, Frawley, and Balonon

Judge Frawley "MC-ed" the event, answering questions that were pre-submitted by Simas & Associates, Ltd. or posing them to his colleagues.  The questions were focused on two particular types of writs, the traditional writ of mandate pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1085 and the writ of administrative mandate, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1094.5.  

"The questions directly addressed the judges' procedural and substantive preferences," explained Justin D. Hein, an attorney at Simas & Associates, Ltd.  "The answers also really shed some light on the backgrounds of these judges and where they are coming from in reviewing petitions and requests for stay.  For example, it is easy to forget that all of them are full-time criminal judges throughout the week.  So, they only have so much time to devote to any given motion or request."

"A lot of what was shared was not 'secrets'," explained Nicole D. Hanley, another attorney at Simas & Associates, Ltd.  "Rather, the judges are playing by the same rules found in the code and best practices guides.  However, the value came from having Judge Kenny explain his opinion on the importance of adhering to the rule and the real consequences it has had in his own courtroom."

Record Crowd at Administrative Law Section

It was a record crowd for an Administrative Law section luncheon, with well over 125 attendees, with a registration line that extended out to the parking lot.  The event went from 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM, with Judge Frawley continuing to answer questions and provide his perspective while walking out to head back to his jury trial.  And organizers Heather C. Hoganson and Steven L. Simas, officers of the section, could not have been happier with the event.
Steven L. Simas and Heather C. Hoganson

"Blue Prynt has done such a wonderful job in helping us host these events," stated Mr. Simas.  "So, I knew that it was on us to serve up something that the Admin Law section would really respond to.  I was thrilled, positively thrilled, when not one, or two, but all four writ judges agreed to participate and provide their time."  

"It was great to hear the judges' opinions and recommendations on how each of us can be more effective advocates for our clients," Mr. Simas continued.  "Equally fun was bumping into some old colleagues and swapping writ stories with a wider swath of the Sacramento administrative law community."  
Staff Announcement
Presentation at Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic

Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic
On February 26, 2013, Steven L. Simas, Esq., founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd., gave a presentation at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis, California.  The presentation was part of the Winter Lecture Series hosted by Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic.

The topic of the presentation was “Veterinary Medical Records as Defense to Your Veterinary License”.  A powerpoint presentation can be accessed on Wit of Mandate, the official blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd.

Mr. Simas's next presentation will be done jointly with Justin D. Hein, Esq. on March 6, 2013 before the San Mateo County Commission regarding the Intersection of Criminal and Administrative Law.

Client of the Month

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8810 Elk Grove Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA 95624

T: (916) 685-7666
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Elk Grove Adult Community Training, Inc. (EGACT) is a non-profit organization that provides education and training for adults with developmental disabilities.

EGACT serves approximately 160 adult consumers. Individuals in the program participate in programs designed to assist them in learning communication skills, social skills, functional academics, and independent living skills.  The mission of the EGACT program is to provide for the equality, dignity, and fulfillment of rights of all program participants through a community based program providing employment training.
Simas & Associates, Ltd. is proud to have served as EGACT's general counsel since 2008.
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805 Report – Physicians Beware

California law requires certain peer review organizations responsible for reviewing the medical care of physicians to make reports regarding physicians to the Medical Board of California (“MBC”). And these reports can trigger MBC investigations and even professional license discipline.  This is the often misunderstood – but almost always detrimental – “805 Report.”

The report is named after Business and Professions Code § 805 which requires such reports.  While many physicians complete their entire medical careers without having an 805 Report, the consequences of such a report to the MBC can be devastating and are far reaching.  The MBC investigates them and can easily turn them into disciplinary actions. In fact, the peer review body often does the MBC’s work for it by investigating a patient care issue involving the physician.  The MBC can then easily turn the investigation's findings into charges of negligence or other forms of misconduct.

To keep reading this entry, please click here: 805 report - Physicians Beware.  For more blog entries from our attorneys and legal staff, please visit our law firm’s official blog – Wit of Mandate.

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March 2, 2013 - Iditarod Begins.

March 2, 2013 - SCBA Barristers' Club - Bridging the Gap

March 6, 2013 - Happy National Dentists' Day!

March 8, 2013 - International Women's Day.

March 10, 2013Daylight Savings Begins.

March 13, 2013 - March Meeting of the Schwartz-Levi American Inn of Court.

March 14, 2013 - South Asian Bar Association 5th Anniversary Reception

March 15, 2013 - Ides of March.

March 17, 2013 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 19, 2013 - March Meeting of the Kennedy American Inn of Court.

March 19, 2013 - NCAA Basketball  March Madness Begins.

March 25, 2013 - Passover Begins.

March 26, 2013 - Happy Legal Assistants' Day!

March 29, 2013 - Good Friday.

March 30, 2013 - Happy National Doctors' Day!

March 31, 2013 - Happy Easter!

April 1, 2013 - Happy April Fools' Day!

April 2, 2013 - Passover Ends.  

And Happy Anniversary to Simas & Associates, Ltd.!  It is 11 years old on March 22.
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