Respected judge’s loss retriggers retention debate
An anomaly in judicial elections has rekindled a statewide debate about the
way judges are elected in California. In the June 6 election, veteran jurist
Dzintra Janavs, who was rated “exceptionally well qualified” by
the Los Angeles Bar Association, lost her seat on the Superior Court bench
to Lynn Olson, an on-again, off-again active attorney who most recently stopped
practicing to help her husband open and run a Manhattan Beach bagel shop.
Judge shortage strains state courts
Riverside County has twice suspended trials in civil cases in the last 18
months. In neighboring San Bernardino County, the family law judge may have
as many as 40 cases on his calendar each day, and the traffic commissioner
might have up to 80 cases in a single morning.
Malpractice insurance disclosure circulated for public comment
If a proposed new Rule of Professional Conduct is endorsed by the State Bar
Board of Governors, attorneys will be required to notify their clients if they
do not carry malpractice insurance.
LA’s Sloan to lead State Bar
Sheldon H. Sloan, a Los Angeles attorney and former municipal court judge,
has been elected the 82nd president of the State Bar of California.
Known as a skilled parliamentarian and for keeping people on point during
meetings, Sloan will succeed Riverside attorney James O. Heiting. His term
will run for a year and begin in October at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting
Bar launches pipeline to diversity
More than 400 lawyers and judges attended the State Bar’s 2006 Spring
Summit in San Jose, which set the wheels in motion for promoting proven programs
that will bring more people of color into the legal profession.
Annual Meeting set Oct. 5-8
Martin Luther King III, author Isabel Allende and National Public Radio correspondent
Susan Stamberg will headline the State Bar Annual Meeting this year, scheduled
for Oct. 5-8 in Monterey. A new State Bar president and new members of the
board of governors will be sworn in at the convention, which offers a low-cost
opportunity for California attorneys to earn up to 20 MCLE credits in one weekend.
On a 93-0 vote, former State Bar President Andrew J. Guilford won Senate confirmation as a U.S. district judge for the Central District.
2005 Exhibitor Directory
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