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Annual lawyer discipline hearings scheduled

Attorneys and members of the public will have an opportunity next month to offer comments about attorney disciplinary procedures, competency and admissions procedures at hearings in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The San Francisco hearing will be held Dec. 4 at the bar offices at 180 Howard St. The Los Angeles hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13 in the bar’s offices at 1149 South Hill St. Both hearings begin at 10 a.m.

Individuals who wish to speak or offer written materials should contact Doug Hull at 415/538-2015 or doug.hull@calbar.ca.gov by Nov. 30.

MCLE compliance deadline

Members of MCLE compliance group 3 — last names N through Z — face a Feb. 1, 2008, deadline to complete 25 hours of continuing education courses.

At least half the requirement must be fulfilled with participatory courses and up to 12.5 hours may be self-study. Four of the hours must be completed in ethics courses, and one hour each is required in elimination of bias and detection and prevention of substance abuse.

Members of Group 3 who miss the compliance deadline will be assessed a $75 late fee Feb. 2, 2008.

All attorneys, including those who are exempt, must submit a compliance card. Exempt attorneys include officers and elected officials of the state of California, fulltime professors at law schools accredited by the ABA and/or the State Bar, and attorneys and administrative law judges for the federal government and the state.

Compliance may be reported online, through the My State Bar Profile feature on the bar’s home page, calbar.ca.gov; or by returning the compliance card that will be mailed with the annual fee statement next month.

Complete information about MCLE requirements is available on the Web site or by e-mailing mcle@calbar.ca.gov or calling 415-538-2130.

Create an online profile

California attorneys have the opportunity to handle membership matters with the State Bar electronically by creating My State Bar Profile on the bar’s home page.

Doing so will allow lawyers to pay their bar dues, submit MCLE compliance and change their address online, as well as access important forms such as change of status and keep abreast of the latest developments in professional responsibility.

To create a profile, you will need the eight-digit access code printed on the front of the 2008 annual fee statement to be sent Nov. 15. Go to the bar’s home page, calbar.ca.gov, and click on the link in the left-hand menu to register as a first-time user.

If you have lost your access code, call the Member Services Center at 888-800-3400.

Legal services conference scheduled June 5-7

The 2008 Pathways to Justice Conference, an annual statewide legal services gathering, will be held June 5-7 in Los Angeles.

The conference will offer numerous practical MCLE trainings for legal services staff, board members and volunteers. It is co-sponsored by the State Bar’s Office of Legal Ser-vices and the Legal Aid Association of California.

Registration information will be available in early 2008.

Opt out of list sales

Attorneys who wish to remove their names from lists the State Bar provides to qualified outside entities may do so by logging on to Member Login at calbar.ca.gov. After registering with My State Bar Profile, go to “Account Information” and select “Update my mailing preferences (opt out).” Members also may e-mail their opt out request to memrec@calbar.ca.gov.

Include your bar number.

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