laws relevant to kids
The subject was Internet scams, and the discussion in Joann Petersen’s
Sociology and Law in Action course was spirited. Speaking of the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina, one of the students at San Diego’s West-view High
School said angrily, “Web sites were asking people to donate money for
hurricane relief that weren’t legitimate organizations.” “That
sucks,” responded a classmate.
to be surveyed on benefits
The State Bar will conduct a random survey of California attorneys this month
in an effort to improve services to members and, as a byproduct, determine
ways to generate non-dues revenue.
of governors committee seeks
input on permanent disbarment
A State Bar Board of Governors committee agreed last month to seek public comment on whether the California Supreme Court should adopt a rule authorizing permanent disbarment.
bar exam pass rate stays under 50 percent;
only 28 percent pass the attorneys’ exam
Only 48.8 percent of the would-be lawyers who took the July 2005 bar exam passed,
a slight increase from the 48.2 percent who passed the exam in July 2004. If
the 4,072 successful applicants satisfy the other requirements for admission,
they will become members of the State Bar.
Court approves limited, temporary practice for
Gulf Coast lawyers
The California Supreme Court approved an order last month to permit attorneys
displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to practice law from a California
location as if they were working in their home state.
Education program, LAP dinner next month
The first annual “Saving Careers, Saving Lives” dinner, honoring
State Bar President Jim Heiting, will be held at the Section Education Institute
(SEI) Jan. 28 in Santa Monica. Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship
fund of the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP), which helps attorneys with addiction
or mental health issues.