Trevor Group lawyers face disbarment
Three Beverly Hills attorneys who have sued thousands of small business owners
for unfair business practices face possible disbarment after the State Bar moved
last month to lift their law licenses.
State budget woes hit courts hard
California's courts, already struggling with whittled-down budgets, face a
worst-case scenario of a $396.4 million shortfall next year, a devastating possibility
one court official said "would severely cripple the entire judicial system."
Los Angeles to Yolo County, courts tighten belts
The Fresno County courts saved $520,000 this year by privatizing their janitorial
services. They also renegotiated a computer services contract to save another
$300,000. Excess office supplies - everything from paper and pens to inboxes
- are "surplused," or used in lieu of new supplies, for what executive
officer Tamara Beard hopes will be a savings of $100,000.
legal career aimed at ending elder abuse
Helen Karr spent 25 years working for a company that managed beauty salons in
department stores, where she heard the complaints of older women whose children
or caregivers stole their money. She tucked those stories into a corner of her
mind, until she read an article about two women lawyers in southern California
who offered free legal services to women who needed their advice offered free
legal services to women who needed their advice.
Public education initiative to focus on senior citizens
The State Bar will launch a major public education intiative with the May 1
publication of its new guide for consumers, "Seniors & the Law: A Guide
for Maturing Californians."
seek bar presidency
Two third-year members of the State Bar Board of Governors, both longtime bar
activists and each offering a focus on services to members, announced last month
they are running for bar president.
honored for civil rights work
San Francisco attorney Dale Minami, long a leader in the Asian civil rights
community and a key member of the legal team that spotlighted the internment
of Japanese Americans in World War II, will receive the 2003 Thurgood Marshall
Award from the American Bar Association.
Bar observes 75th anniversary
The achievements of pioneers in the practice of law in the state, as well as
a look at how the legal profession has changed over the years, are chronicled
in a special section commemorating the 75th anniversary of the State Bar of