South Dakota measure puts judges
While much of the nation is focused on who will win control of Congress in
this month’s midterm elections, the state of South Dakota has become
an unlikely testing ground for a judicial accountability measure that opponents
charge will destroy the rule of law. And because it was written by a North
Hollywood man who has tried unsuccessfully three times to place the measure
on the ballot in California, it has state jurists worried that they may be
targeted next. UPDATE: South Dakota judicial measure defeated.
Fee statements mailed this month;
Feb. 1 deadline
State Bar fee statements for 2007 will be mailed this month to all California
attorneys, and all fees must be paid online or postmarked by the statutory
due date of Feb. 1.
Bar diversity effort moves to a higher level
Determined to put a laser-like focus on achieving diversity in the legal profession,
State Bar leaders and members of the bar’s Pipeline Task Force are asking
the board of governors to replace five legal access committees with one council
that would dedicate itself to recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented
Former jurist Elwood Lui receives Witkin Medal
Justice Elwood Lui, partner-in-charge of the San Francisco office of Jones
Day and a former municipal, superior and appellate court judge, received the
State Bar’s Bernard Witkin Medal last month for his significant contributions
to the quality of justice and legal scholarship.
Cancer patients are this lawyer’s pro bono focus
Health issues aren’t always the thorniest concerns of cancer patients.
Legal rights frequently come into play in such areas as insurance, employment
discrimination, child custody and estate planning. As an extern with the Cancer
Legal Resource Center (CLRC) during her Loyola Law School days, Christine Hayashi
learned of the legal issues facing cancer patients, their families and caregivers
and health care professionals and helped people work through them.
Pro bono honors for lawyers dedicated to helping needy
Sept. 11, 2001, galvanized Shirin Sinnar. A Stanford University law student
at the time, Sinnar and a handful of other Muslim students had heard worrisome
stories about hate crimes, employment discrimination and inappropriate government
interrogations of Muslim community members in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
In response, the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers (BAAML) was born within
weeks of 9/11, with Sinnar as its first president.
2006-07 Exhibitor Directory
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|Sheldon Sloan (L) was sworn in as the 82nd president of the State Bar last
month by Chief Justice Ronald George.