The BA Breakfast was likely started by either Chief Justices John Hickman or Robert Calvert in the 1950s or 1960s. The breakfast has always been an occasion where current and former Justices, briefing attorneys, and staff could gather and reminisce about the little-known funny, touching, or otherwise memorable events that happened during their tenure at the Court. To this day, it continues to be a hallmark of the affinity former Court colleagues
have for one another, regardless of partisan or legal persuasion.
The breakfast has traditionally been organized by a former briefing attorney, and was hosted for several decades in conjunction with the State Bar’s annual meeting (in whatever city the meeting was held) until the
early 1990s. During the 1970s, Place 8 Justice Sam Johnson was the Briefing Attorney Liaison Justice for the Court, and ensured a former BA was always tapped to host and organize the event. Beginning in the 1990s, Court staff
(beginning with Chief Justice Tom Phillips’s Executive Assistant, Catherine Bartoli) began to assist in hosting and running the breakfast. This continued for many years (with Darla Sadler taking over the administrative duties after Catherine left the Court) until the early 2010s, when the Society offered to alleviate the administrative burden imposed on Court staff and handle the logistics necessary to host the breakfast.