June 19, 2018

Members of Congress within the Judicial Eastern District of California:

The linked letter below is sent with the utmost concern for the more than 8 million people in the District.  Its importance is illustrated not just by the content, but also by the fact that each and every District Judge in the judicial district is a signator.

Frankly, it’s a notice of an existing crisis, and an opportunity to avert an approaching disaster.

—Lawrence J. O’Neill, Chief Judge, Eastern District of California

Judgeship Letter – June, 2018


President’s Message

My name is Julie Yap, and I am both honored and excited to serve as President of the Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2019. I want to thank Megan Sammut, whose dedication to our organization resulted in a year filled with successful, interesting, and well-attended events in 2018. I also want congratulate the members of the 2019 Board: Vice President Michele Beckwith, Secretary Wim Van Rooyan, Treasurer Stephen Duvernay, and Programs Chairs Chi Soo Kim and Kristen Koo. We look forward to working together to provide another great year of enriching programs and activities.

Our chapter—which includes attorneys from the private sector and governmental agencies, members of the federal judiciary, and students—is dedicated to organizing learning opportunities and networking events for federal practitioners in the twenty-three northern counties that make up the Eastern District of California. We started off this year with an enjoyable and well-attended mixer in the chambers of United States Court of Appeals Judge Callahan, at which our new board members were elected. In the coming months, members can look forward to a CLE panel presentation on Campus Liberty, Free Speech, and the U.S. Constitution as well as the annual Supreme Court Year in Review. We are also excited to announce the FBA’s co-sponsorship of an event celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse and Federal Building. Additional information will be provided to FBA members in the upcoming weeks.

If you have not already done so, I invite you to join the Federal Bar Association and join your colleagues who are active in furthering the interests of federal practitioners. You can join, or renew your membership, at http://www.fedbar.org/Membership.aspx. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about how to make the FBA better, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Julie G. Yap
President, Federal Bar Association – Sacramento Chapter

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