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Appellate Project celebrates 20 years
When a private attorney takes on the state court review of an indigent death row inmate in California, he or she faces a daunting, increasingly complex task that could span 10 years or even longer.


Plan to help unrepresented litigants sparks board debate
A draft plan to serve California's self-represented litigants won approval from the State Bar Board of Governors last month, but only after several members expressed concerns that the plan to help pro pers, while well-intended, might create more problems.

California Bar Journal is 10
With this edition, the California Bar Journal celebrates its 10th year of publication.

As a trial attorney, Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr. has won more than $112 million in verdicts since 2000 and even his opponents don't seem to begrudge it.

Forceful, congenial trial lawyer fights for the underdog a living by working for free
As a trial attorney, Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr. has won more than $112 million in verdicts since 2000 and even his opponents don't seem to begrudge it.

James Herman

Herman, judges honored for distinguished service
The Judicial Council announced the winners of the 2003 Distinguished Service Awards, given to those who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and make significant contributions to the administration of justice in California.

Foundation awards $200,000 in grants
The Foundation of the State Bar announced grants totaling more than $200,000 awarded to fund legal projects coordinated by organizations throughout the state.

Margaret Stevens

You passed the bar exam . . . now what?
Building a solid reputation as a great lawyer will not only build equity in yourself but also garner support from those around you.



Ethics update
Highlights of recent developments in attorney professional responsibility, including new cases, advisory ethics opinions, pending legislation and proposed rule amendments.

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