Simas & Associates, Ltd. Newsletter | December 4, 2015 | Volume III, Issue 11
Firm Announcement

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Participates in Angel Tree Program

Sacramento, CA — Simas & Associates, Ltd. is proud to announce that it has again joined up with the Salvation Army and ABC10 for their annual Angel Tree Program

"This program is designed to help families in need for the holidays," explained Amanda Lilley, Firm Administrator.

There is over 9,000 families and 20,000 children in our community that face the possibility of going without gifts during the holiday season. This has been the 3rd year in a row that Simas & Associates, Ltd. and its staff members have participated and spread the joy of the holiday season to those most in need.

"Anyone can participate," continued Lilley. "One participates by going to an Angel Tree locations in your community and picking up an Angel Tree tag." 

Arden Fair Mall, Sunrise Mall, and Country Club Plaza Mall are coordinating the program by putting Angel Trees inside those shopping centers. There is actually a database of participating locations in the greater Sacramento area found here.

Going through December 19, Shoppers can then go up to the tree and pull a tag that will state the child's gender, age, and toy preference. Shoppers can bring back an unwrapped toy to the designated Angel Tree location and drop off the donated item. By adopting an Angel Tree tag you will fulfill the wish of a local child for the holidays.

"This year, Simas & Associates, Ltd. adopted two children to provide Christmas gifts," added Steve Simas, owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd. "The generosity of our staff to fulfills these children's dreams is so uplifting. And I am more than happy that the firm itself can contribute to the cause."  

For more information on Simas & Associates, Ltd., please visit our website at
Staff Announcement

Justin D. Hein Runs for Re-Election to Administrative Law Section

The Administrative Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association is having web elections for its executive officers. This year, the individuals running (as a slate):
  • Chairperson - Jon-Paul Valcarenghi
  • Vice-Chairperson / MCLE Coordinator - Justin D. Hein
  • Treasurer - Adam Richards
  • Secretary - Zachary Schultz
Mr. Valcarenghi, Mr. Hein, and Mr. Richards are incumbents. Mr. Schultz is running for the position of Secretary, which had previously been held by Mr. Richards.

Mr. Hein has been a member of the Administrative Law section since 2011. Last year was his first as an officer of the section. 

The election was initially going to be held in person on December 2 during a previously announced mixer at The Pour House. Unfortunately, while the mixer was a good time, it did not achieve quorum of enough members to hold a vote. As such, the web election was used again. Only members can vote in the election.

Best of luck to all - but especially Justin!
Client/Vendor of the Month
Schools Legal Service
1300 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
P: (661) 636-4830

Schools Legal Service is a legal services consortium serving school and community college districts and county offices of education since 1976. The first such agency of its kind in California, the service is administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, a statewide leader in education, technology, insurance and other cost-effective services to school agencies. Based in Bakersfield, Schools Legal Service serves agency members throughout the state.
Simas & Associates, Ltd. appreciates the opportunity to serve Schools Legal Service as special counsel. If you would like to be featured as our law firm’s “Client/Vendor of the Month,” please contact us at
Featured Agency Announcement

Upcoming Public Hearings on the Discipline Process for Attorneys

San Franciso, CA — Attorneys and members of the public will be able to comment on the State Bar of California’s disciplinary procedures, attorney competency and admissions procedures at two hearings next month. The meetings will be held:
2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15
The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa St., 2nd floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St., 4th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

The State Bar conducts these public hearings annually. The hearings will conclude when all the speakers present have had the chance to address the panel. Those wishing to speak at either hearing and/or present written materials should contact Doug Hull at 415-538-2015 by Friday, Dec. 11.
Featured Blog Entry
Denying Anti-Trust Exemption for Licensing Boards

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission's
antitrust action against the North Carolina State Dental Board. In a 6-3 decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court held that the North Carolina State Dental Board could not use the State Action Immunity Doctronie to shield it from federal antitrust law. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission was permitted to continue to pursue its federal antitrust action against the State Dental Board.

To invoke state-action immunity (which is technically an exemption not an immunity), an entity must satisfy the Midcal test, which requires that it show: The state, as a sovereign, clearly articulated authority for the entity to engage in anticompetitive conduct; and active supervision by the state as sovereign.

Under prior case law, municipal government was only required to show the first requirement. The issue here was whether the second prong was in play for a state licensing board and whether it was met. The Court held yes, the second prong was required and no, it was not met. 

To keep reading this entry, please click here:
Denying Anti-Trust Exemption for Licensing Boards. For more blog entries from our attorneys and legal staff, please visit our law firm’s official blog – Wit of Mandate.
Word of the Month


Stop or abate the running of the statute of limitations to bring suit.  Typically, associated with a tolling statute (i.e. a law the interrupts the running of the statute of limitations to bring suit) or a tolling agreement (i.e. an enforceable agreement between potential parties to which the apparent-defendant agrees to extend the statutory limitations period on the plaintiff’s claim). However, by way of equitable tolling, can take place due to circumstances outside of the "victim's" control.

For more terms related to our practice areas, please visit our law firm’s glossary at - Glossary.
Upcoming Calendar

December 5 - Happy Repeal Day!

December 6 - Happy St. Nick's Day!  

December 7 - Remember Pearl Harbor Day. Also, annual meeting of the Sacramento County Bar Association.

December 10 - Sonoma County Bar Association Holiday Mixer.

December 11 - Annual Simas & Associates, Ltd. Holiday Party - offices close early.

December 17 - National Maple Syrup Day.

December 18 - The Force Awakens.

December 21 - Happy
Forefather's Day!

December 23 - Happy Festivus!

December 24 - Christmas Eve - offices close early.

December 25 - Christmas Day - offices closed.

December 28 - Boxing Day!

December 31 - New Year's Eve - offices close early.

January 1 - New Year's Day -
offices closed.

Happy Birthday's to Michael Simas,
Julianne Allen, Lindsay H. Yoshitomi, and Amanda Lilley!
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