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A Visit with Justice Richard Sims

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 27, 2015

For more than the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to work with Legal Services of Northern California, which provides legal services to many poor and working families from Vallejo up to our state’s border with Oregon.  Many UC Davis School of Law students work for LSNC.

This last weekend, retired California Court of Appeal Justice Richard Sims, a member of the LSNC board, invited LSNC Executive Director Gary Smith (who also teaches a class at the Law School), John Davis (Treasurer of the Board and volunteer attorney), and me, along with our partners, to lunch at his home in the Sierra foothills.  Justice Sims lives in Dutch Flat, a small community in the Sierra foothills (about 10 miles from Colfax) originally established by German miners in the Gold Rush era. It was a lovely setting on a pleasant summer day for this group of LSNC supporters to get together.

All of us had to depart abruptly, however, as a fire, which later spread, appeared on the horizon.  It really was quite a sight. Fortunately, Justice Sims house was far enough away to avoid the fire.