No. 81: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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81. Nancy Drabble

Days after Gov. Newsom’s Stay-at-Home order of March 19, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced the suspension of jury trials for 60 days, and authorized courts to adopt new rules to function safely in the COVID-19 era. The Consumer Attorneys of California immediately sprang into action, lobbying the governor and Judicial Council to protect access to the legal process and maintain rights. CAOC didn’t get everything they wanted, but on April 6, the Judicial Council extended the statute of limitations and the five-year rule for bringing cases to trial, and loosened restrictions on remote depositions. While the Consumer Attorneys called their response an “all-hands-on-deck” effort, much of the credit goes to CEO Nancy Drabble who knows a thing or two about using her considerable expertise and clout. Drabble, a UC Berkeley graduate, came to CAOC in 1986 after a stint with Ralph Nader’s “Nader’s Raiders.” She was a player in the legendary 1988 “napkin deal” crafted at Frank Fat’s restaurant between what was then known as the Trial Lawyers and the California Medical Association, among others.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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