Nominations sought for State Bar awards
Nomination guidelines and forms are available online
for four categories of State Bar awards given annually to attorneys who demonstrate
a strong commitment to access to justice issues. The deadline for nominations
is April 22. The following awards will be presented at the bar’s Annual
Meeting in September:
- LOREN MILLER LEGAL SERVICES AWARD - Given annually to a
lawyer who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who
personally has done significant work in extending legal services to the poor.
- PRESIDENT’S PRO BONO SERVICE AWARDS - Recognize attorneys
who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor
persons or to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services
to the poor, free-of-charge, without expectation of compensation from the
- JACK BERMAN INDIVIDUAL AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
TO THE PROFESSION AND THE PUBLIC - Recognizes the substantial achievements
of a young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding service to the profession
and the public, as well as dedication to issues of particular concern to young
- DIVERSITY AWARDS - Recognize outstanding efforts made by
a bar association and an individual attorney in promoting diversity in the
Five seats open on State Bar board of governors
April 1 is the last day to file nominating petitions for a seat on the State
Bar Board of Governors, where five positions are up for grabs. Five seats also
are open on the board of the California Young Lawyers Association.
Any active bar member who maintains his or her principal office for the practice
of law in a bar district in which there is an opening is eligible to run. The
openings are in District
4 (Marin and San Francisco counties), District
6 (Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura
7 (Los Angeles offices 1 and 2) and District
8 (Orange County).
Lawyer members are elected for a three-year term and will assume office at
the conclusion of the bar’s Annual Meeting in September.
The nominating petition and related candidate information are available at
the bar’s Web site, calbar.ca.gov,
or by telephone request at 415-538-2274. Additional information is available
at that number or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Ballots will be mailed April 29, and votes will be counted by June 30.
LAP seeks board member
The State Bar is seeking applications from physicians interested in serving
on the oversight committee of the Lawyer Assistance Program. Deadline for receipt
of applications is April 1.
Physicians with knowledge and expertise in the identification and treatment
of alcoholism and substance abuse are invited to apply for a four-year term.
The LAPis a State Bar program designed to identify and assist attorneys who
suffer from substance abuse or mental illness, offering an alternative to traditional
disciplinary sanctions. A 12-member committee oversees the operation of the
program and establishes practices and procedures to support its administration.
Interested physicians should apply by letter, with a resume outlining work
experience, community activity, educational background and California medical
license number to Richard Carlton, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations sought for access to justice award
The California Access to Justice Commission is seeking nominations of a California
judge for the Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award. The award honors
a judge for his or her efforts to improve access to the judicial system for
low- and moderate-income persons. Nominees should be individuals who have demonstrated
a long-term commitment to equal access to the courts and who have personally
done significant work to improve access.
The deadline for nominations is May 1. For more information, contact Chris
Zupanovich at email@example.com
MCLE, dues deadlines pass
State Bar dues payments from all active and inactive California lawyers were
due Feb. 1, and members of Compliance
Group 3 (last names N-Z) were to submit their MCLE compliance cards by the
Attorneys who missed the dues payment deadline have until March 15 to pay.
At that time, a 10 percent penalty on the unpaid amount will be assessed.
A 15 percent penalty will be added May 15 if the dues still are not paid.
Dues can be paid online through the My
State Bar Profile feature on the bar’s Web site — calbar.ca.gov.
Questions about dues can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 415-538-2360.
Members of MCLE Compliance Group 3 also have until March 15 to submit their
compliance cards. At that time, a $75 non-compliance fee will be charged.
Members of that group should have completed 25 hours of MCLE credit. Compliance
information is available on the Web site. You may now calculate and submit your
compliance card through the My State Bar Profile feature.
Questions about MCLE compliance may be addressed to email@example.com
or by calling 415-538-2130.
Failure to pay bar dues or meet MCLE requirements may result in suspension.
San Francisco fee arb training set for April 28
Recent developments in fee arbitration will be discussed at a training program
in San Francisco sponsored by the State Bar’s Committee on Mandatory Fee
Arbitration. The free training offers 2.75 hours of MCLE credit, including one
hour of legal ethics and 1.75 hours of general credit, and is open to San Francisco
Bay Area fee arbitrators and lay people and lawyers interested in joining the
Among the topics for discussion are how to write an enforceable award, conflicts
of interest, disclosure requirements and how to control the proceeding.
The training will be held April 28, 5 - 8 p.m., at the State Bar offices, 180
Howard St. To reserve a space, contact Anthony Forrette at 415-538-2074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, call Jill Sperber, 415-538-2023.
Women lawyers program slated for April 16
The State Bar’s Committee on Women in the Lawwill hold a day-long program
entitled “Do You Want to Teach Law?” April 16 at the Santa Clara
University School of Law. Topics for the seminar include what to expect teaching
at a law school and how to find a teaching job. Attendees can earn one hour
of MCLE credit in the elimination of bias.
The $50 cost includes a box lunch and reception. Cost to co-sponsors is $40,
and law students and professors may attend for $10. Registration can be completed
by mail, fax or online.
Registration details are available by calling 415-538-2508.
Bar sections launch membership drive
Looking for ways to expand your abilities, keep current with developments in
your field and raise your law firm’s profile? Are you interested in helping
to develop legislation or participate in cutting-edge court matters? Perhaps
you want to share your thoughts or expertise with your colleagues by writing
The State Bar’s Council of Sections can help. In an effort to boost their
numbers, its 16 sections have launched a membership drive, hoping to attract
lawyers with common interests in particular practice areas.
Some sections focus on legal subject areas, including business, intellectual
property, taxation, family, criminal, environmental, antitrust and unfair competition,
real property, public law, labor and employment, trusts and estates, and workers’
compensation. Others are devoted to issues relating to practicing the craft
of lawyering, such as the Solo and Small Firm and Law Practice Management and
Technology sections. Still others — the Litigation and International Law
sections — have interests that cross discipline or practice types.
Sections are funded exclusively through use of voluntary dues. Members receive
benefits that include discounts for educational programs, publications with
up-to-date news about your field, “members only” sites on the State
Bar’s Web site and discussion boards with other section members.
A representative of each section sits on the Council of Sections, providing
members a voice in State Bar matters.
Descriptions of the sections are online.
Calling all retired lawyers
Retired California lawyers are invited to join the State Bar’s emeritus
attorney pro bono program, through which active attorney fees are waived in
exchange for work for an approved legal services program. The program is designed
to take advantage of the skills, training and experience of retired lawyers.
Attorneys who have been active three out of the past eight years are eligible
and are not required to be experienced in the areas for which they are volunteering.
Local programs will provide free training.
Although MCLE requirements are not waived for emeritus attorneys, CEB will
give “silver passports” to the volunteers, entitling them to free
Interested attorneys may obtain an online application.
Questions may be directed to Betty J. Barker at 415-538-2328 or email@example.com.
Opt out of list sales
Attorneys who wish to remove their names from lists the State Bar provides
to qualified outside entities may do so by logging on to Member Login at calbar.ca.gov.
After registering with My State Bar Profile, go to “Account Information”
and select “Update my mailing preferences (opt out).”
As an alternative, members may e-mail their opt out request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your bar number.
The bar has a policy
under which members’ names are provided at cost to a restricted list of
outside entities that meet certain criteria. The names are provided for a one-time
use to, among others, MCLE providers, the Foundation of the State Bar, local
bars and bar-approved insurance providers.
Kids available in Korean
& the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents is now available in Korean
as well as English, Spanish and Chinese. The latest translation brings the number
of guides printed in all languages to 1.7 million. To obtain free copies of
the guide, e-mail email@example.com.
A toll-free telephone number — 888-875-LAWS — also has been created
to help people obtain information about the State Bar’s consumer education
guides and 19 pamphlets, including ordering information.
In addition to Kids, the bar will update and reprint When You
Become 18 in May and also offers Seniors & the Law in six