A Renaissance man takes on the bar presidency
On the walls of Jeff Bleich’s office hangs an impressive display of
accomplishments — diplomas from elite schools, autographed photos of
Supreme Court justices and other prominent figures, a sizeable collection of
awards and honors, including a proclamation from the city of San Francisco
declaring “Jeff Bleich Day 2003.”
The best in pro bono are honored
A large law firm stopped a city from destroying the personal belongings of
the homeless. A solo practitioner prevented foreclosure in a two-year predatory
lending case. A government lawyer helped a woman get out of an abusive marriage.
These are just a few of the attorneys and law firms honored with the 2007
State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award.
New way to practice wins support
San Benito Superior Court Commissioner Jean Flanagan has a solution for people
who don’t want or cannot afford full representation by an attorney but
who would like some professional legal help. One answer, she says, is limited
Appellate judge honored for access efforts
As an idealistic student in the 1960s, Kathleen O’Leary knew she wanted
a law degree but imagined putting it to use in the State Depart-ment or “somehow
making the world a better place through diplomacy.” That idea, along
with thoughts of becoming a nurse in Vietnam, fell by the wayside when O’Leary
externed for the Los Angeles City Attorney and “fell in love with the
Rubin reappointed a public member of State Bar board
Richard Rubin, a lobbyist and community activist from northern California,
was reappointed a public member of the State Bar Board of Governors by the
state Senate Rules Committee. He is one of six public members.
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