Meeting beckons participants
No longer known as just the home of Disneyland, the city of Anaheim has grown
to become the 10th largest in California. The world champion California Angels
play at Edison Field, the Anaheim Convention Center hosts groups as diverse
as school employees and a pet supply association and the California Adventure
theme park now shares Disneyland's audience.
vote was pivotal in Supreme Court's just-ended term
The October 2002 Supreme Court term ended dramatically. In the last week of
June, the Supreme Court upheld affirmative action programs by colleges and universities;
invalidated a state law prohibiting private consensual homosexual activity;
overturned a death sentence because of ineffective assistance of counsel; upheld
a federal law requiring libraries receiving federal funds to install internet
filters; and declared unconstitutional a California law that retroactively extended
the statute of limitations for sex offenders.
win seats on bar board
Five attorneys will take their seats on the State Bar Board of Governors next
month after winning election to the 23-member board.
Council approves new civil jury instructions for use in California courts
The California Judicial Council last month approved new "plain English" civil
jury instructions designed to simplify the often convoluted and confusing instructions
used in state courts for the last 70 years.
bar leaders receive honors
State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and two members of the board of governors
have received honors in recent months.
Bar fee bill moves through the legislature
At press time, the State Bar's 2004 fee bill had been approved unanimously by
the Senate Judiciary Committee and was awaiting approval by the full Senate.
lawyers quit bar
Three Beverly Hills attorneys who faced possible disbarment as a result of using
allegedly extortionate tactics in suing thousands of small business owners under
the Unfair Competition Law resigned from the State Bar last month.
This section highlights recent developments in attorney professional responsibility,
including new cases, advisory ethics opinions, pending legislation and proposed
Bar president welcomes ABA Annual Meeting
to San Francisco
Welcome to one of the world's most beautiful cities. The State Bar of California
recognizes the American Bar Association's long commitment to the importance
of the third branch of government, the rule of law, access to justice and diversity
within our profession.
urges relaxing practice limits for out-of-state lawyers
Faced with the expanding geographic boundaries of modern-day lawyering, a state
Supreme Court committee has proposed new rules to ease and clarify the restrictions
on out-of-state attorneys seeking to practice law in California
Garvey honored for breaking the glass ceiling
San Francisco tax attorney Joanne M. Garvey still clearly recalls the reaction
of the law firm employers in her first job interviews as a top law student more
than four decades ago: "But you're a woman!"
law school grad at 46, Mary Pat Toups is honored for a career devoted to helping
When Mary Pat Toups graduated from law school at the age of 46, she didn't plan
to spend her entire legal career helping others for little or no pay.
law expert wins Fordham award
Daniel J. Curtin Jr. first became interested in land use as an undergrad at
the University of San Francisco, when his political science professor addressed
it as an issue of importance and sent Curtin to several seminars for study.
Los Angeles child advocate Amy Pellman, kids come first
When Los Angeles attorney Amy M. Pellman discovered there wasn't any manual
to help guide her in a new job representing children and parents in dependency
court a decade ago, she came up with a solution: She simply wrote one herself.
successful' Silicon Valley fundraising campaign wins Tweed award
Those who provide free legal help to the poor may be struggling through some
tough economic times. But in Silicon Valley, a campaign launched by two local
bar leaders has led to a 13-fold increase in private funding for legal services
providers and a doubling in the number of attorneys offering their assistance
free of charge.
a passing grade to head of the pro bono class
Just six years ago, the international law firm of Latham & Watkins was receiving
little more than a passing grade when it came to providing free legal services
to those most in need.
Lawyer makes family support her top priority
San Francisco attorney Shannan Wilber has toured juvenile detention facilities
nationwide and talked to children in custody. She has seen some youngsters,
clad only in underwear, locked up in small, packed cells for 24 hours a day.
She has seen broken windows, faulty plumbing and extreme temperatures.