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DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLES MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION At 5 p.m. Sunday, San Francisco personal-injury attorney Mark Webb will have his TV tuned to KQED and a bunch of friends gathered around. The public television station is airing an hourlong documentary called “Raise the Bar,” a program Webb produced about the 2004 National Mock High School Trial Championship in Orlando, Fla. Helping Webb in its production was director Jim Charleston, who’s known for his TV work on “Nash Bridges,” “The District” and “The X-Files.” “Raise the Bar” follows students from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, which won the California title in 2004, as they compete in the national contest. Also featured are students from teams in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida. Webb met Charleston about two years ago through a mutual friend, and the two got to talking about mock trials. At the time, Webb was coaching a team from his daughter’s high school in Marin County. Charleston was looking for a new project, and he asked Webb if he would like to collaborate on producing a documentary. “We decided to do this first-class,” Webb said. “We got and rented the best quality cameras and film.” As it turned out, a lawyer was a good thing to have on a movie team. While Charleston directed most of the shooting, Webb took charge of the legal work: obtaining a license from the national committee that runs the mock trial competition and obtaining filming rights from the state of California and Disney World in Florida. And while it wasn’t his intention, Webb even made it into one of the shots during the mock trial contest. Tune in Sunday and see if you can spot him. The nonprofit production is endorsed by the State Bar of California’s Board of Governors. Webb hopes his program will air in other markets. He also wants to secure underwriting from a large litigation shop. For more information about “Raise the Bar” or to purchase a video copy of the movie, visit www.raisethebarfilms.com. � Marie-Anne Hogarth GONZALEZ DEFENDS WAGE LAW As president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Matt Gonzalez spent 2003 supporting a ballot measure to increase the city’s minimum wage. The measure passed, and two years later, Gonzalez � now a partner at Gonzalez & Leigh � is suing a San Francisco hotel owner for allegedly violating the law. In a suit filed Oct. 6 in San Francisco Superior Court, Gonzalez and another lawyer at his firm, Enrique Pearce, filed suit against Marriott International. They claim the company pays San Francisco workers considerably less than the $8.50 per hour required by the wage law. While Pearce � who used to be Gonzalez’s campaign manager when he was running for mayor � said he’s not sure how much money is at stake in the case, he estimates it’s “a sizable amount in back wages and liquidated damages.” Pearce said he hopes the case’s value will stretch beyond monetary relief and will help create an atmosphere “where workers’ rights are validated in the city.” � Justin Scheck NEW COURT EXECUTIVE OFFICER Pat Sweeten is heading back to Oakland. Currently a director at the Administrative Office of the Courts, Sweeten was hired last week to be the court executive officer for the Alameda County Superior Court. The current CEO, Arthur Sims, is retiring, and Sweeten will take the reins Dec. 5. It’s the second stop in Alameda County for Sweeten, who will leave her position as director of executive office programs at the AOC. From 1998 to 2001, she was the assistant CEO and chief financial officer for the county’s superior court. Sweeten also served as assistant CEO for the San Diego County Superior Court from 1989 to 1998. The Alameda County Superior Court consists of 85 judges, more than 800 employees and 16 court locations. � Warren Lutz

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