When it matters most,
it is still the Kennedy Court
October Term 2007 will be most remembered for a few high profile cases that
dealt with issues of enormous legal and social significance: the meaning of
the Second Amend-ment, the right of individuals imprisoned in Guantanamo to
have access to the federal courts, the ability of a state to impose the death
penalty for the crime of child rape.
Protections urged for judges
Judicial elections have become so partisan that a constitutional amendment
is needed to spare judges from answering political questionnaires during a
campaign, former Gov. Pete Wilson said last month.
Monterey beckons lawyers to the 81st Annual Meeting
At the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Monterey next month, California
attorneys will find dozens of MCLE programs on topics ranging from legal practice
in China to computer forensics to being an ethical rainmaker. For the first
time, courses will be organized among four educational tracks: technology,
solo practice, substantive law and practice skills.
Fujie elected 3rd woman president
Los Angeles lawyer Holly J. Fujie was elected the third woman president of
the State Bar last month and vowed to work her colleagues harder, reach out
to young lawyers and take a close look at the bar’s fiscal operations.
Lawyer misconduct charges will go online
After an exhaustive debate, the board of governors voted 18-4 last month to
post on the State Bar Web site disciplinary charges filed against California
Governor signs bar fee bill
Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the State Bar fee bill, which will boost bar dues
for all California lawyers by $10. The fees for active attorneys will be $410
next year and for inactive lawyers, $125.
Four elected to bar board; fifth candidate not certified
Four attorneys were elected to three-year terms on the State Bar Board of
Governors and a fifth was not certified, pending a review of his eligibility
for the board.
‘Eco Pledge’: Green effort or shades of red?
An effort to seek public comment on a proposal to encourage law firms to become
more environmentally friendly sparked a heated debate — including allusions
to dead squirrels and Mao Zedong’s “Little Red Book” — before
surviving a 4-3 committee vote last month.
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means, most notably as exhibitors at the State Bar's Annual Meeting. Visit them
online or via phone to serve your individual needs.
When You Become 18
The State Bar has updated and reprinted When You Become 18: A Survival Guide
for Teenagers, in English and Spanish. The guide is offered free of charge.