Embarrassed lawyers fall victim
to Internet scams
Internet scammers have found a new and sometimes vulnerable target: American
lawyers. And some take the bait. “I didn’t have my radar high enough
to see what was going on,” says one chagrined Long Beach lawyer who entered
into an agreement with a bogus client and went so far as to send $193,000 from
his client trust account to a Hong Kong bank because he believed a cashier’s
check he had received from a well-known financial institution was good.
Economic woes hit attorneys and courts
If you think gas prices are high, wait until you have to pay a parking ticket
or go to traffic school. Under a bill pending in the state Assembly, penalties
for those infractions will more than double, and filing fees in civil cases
and penalties in criminal convictions also will rise.
Bar dues bill goes to Senate
The State Bar fee bill, requiring that active attorneys pay annual dues of
$410 next year, was expected to be considered by the full Senate late last
month. It was approved by the Assembly earlier.
Misconduct charges for 3 prosecutors
In three disciplinary cases pending before the State Bar Court, current or
former deputy district attorneys are charged with committing acts of moral
turpitude and disobeying the law. The bar alleges that two of those charged
withheld exculpatory evidence.
State Bar Foundation seeks board members
The California Bar Foundation is seeking applications for several positions
on its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1. Attorneys, judges and
members of the public who have an interest in the foundation’s charitable
mission, who have previous board, public or community service, and/or who are
knowledgeable about charitable fundraising are invited to apply.
Hundreds face suspension for not paying dues or complying with MCLE
As of June 15, more than 4,000 lawyers faced losing their license to practice
law for failing to pay their annual State Bar dues. Another 2,000 had not submitted
their MCLE compliance and also faced suspension July 1.
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