Your valued membership in the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC) automatically makes you a member of the California Defense Counsel (CDC). CDC is the political and legislative arm of the ADC and our sister organization in the south, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. The current President of CDC is former ADC President David Daniels of Roseville. CDC is the only organization in Sacramento exclusively dedicated to representing the interests of civil defense practitioners in California.

In the unprecedented times we find ourselves, CDC is working with the Judicial Council and Governor's office to protect access to justice in light of court closures and limited availability of court services. The CDC and the Consumer Attorneys of California jointly submitted a MEMORANDUM, requesting Governor Newsom to issue an emergency order addressing several important issues. This memorandum was the subject of the Daily Journal's lead article last Friday.

Since this memorandum was sent, Governor Newsom issued this ORDER on Friday, March 27, 2020 enabling California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to take emergency actions for the state's courts to be able to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 30, 2020, the Chief Justice issued this ORDER which is further described in the ADC Newsflash.

The CDC will continue to work on your behalf and work closely with the Plaintiff's Bar and the Judicial Council on issues relating to civil practice and key litigation issues. Please watch for additional information to arrive as we are made aware of it.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with suggestions, questions or concerns. It is times like these when the defense voice in Sacramento is most important. Thank you also for your support of ADC.

Let us all hope that the coronavirus emergency passes as quickly as possible, permitting us a return to normalcy in representing our clients.

Thank you for your continued membership in ADC.

Renee Welze Livingston
2020 ADC President