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Board reaches compromise on lawyer search
The State Bar will create an online “Find A Lawyer” program for the public after a divided board of governors approved the project last month.

Miller wins presidency by acclamation
Los Angeles attorney Howard B. Miller was elected the 85th president of the State Bar of California last month in the first election since 1988 in which there was only one candidate for the bar’s top job.

Researchers suggest expanding criteria
for law school admission

A successful trial of tests that measure such attributes as empathy, research abilities, stress management and writing capabilities has made “a compelling case” for moving ahead on efforts to expand law school admissions criteria beyond the LSAT, according to a pair of UC-Berkeley researchers.

Amazing $1 million win for brainy siblings
When it comes to relating “What I Did on My Vacation” tales at the law firm water cooler, Quinn Emanuel attorney Tammy Jih and O’Melveny & Myers partner Victor Jih win hands down.

33.5 percent pass February bar exam
Just 33.5 percent of the would-be lawyers who took the February bar examination passed, down from the 40 percent pass rate of a year ago and the lowest rate for a February exam since 2002, when it fell to a low of 33.4 percent.

Courts seek support for one-day-a-month closure
The Board of Governors unanimously voted to support cost-cutting measures proposed by the Administrative Office of the Courts, including shuttering all state courthouses one day a month.

Panel urges key reforms in foster care system
Carlos Moreno knows first-hand the challenges of navigating California’s foster care jungle. For more than nine years, the associate justice of the Supreme Court and his wife have been caregivers and foster parents to their niece, Heather.

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