California Bar Journal
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - April 2000
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News Briefs
Election schedule set for board, CYLA vacancies
Bar court judge appointments process to be reviewed
Newest board member dies
Ventura County mobile legal center cited by ABA
ABA offers three CLE programs
Bar, Western State plan annual ethics symposium
Penalty for late bar dues moved to April 28
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Legal Tech - UM: The leading edge of convergence
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From the President - Link starting salaries with service
Easy to destroy, hard to rebuild
2 trains on a collision course
Keep the judiciary independent
Letters to the Editor
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MCLE Self-Study
Viewing the Subdivision Map Act
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Public Comment
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Ethics Byte - More on the written agreement
Charges of grand theft, sexual battery lead to bar hearing
Attorney Discipline
Melis leaving
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tion created and chaired by David W. Packard, a former professor of ancient Greek and a noted pioneer in the use of computer technology in the humanities. The foundation has an endowment of $1.5 billion.

An operating, rather than a grant-making, foundation, PHI supports scholarly research into the humanities. It has created CD-ROMs containing comprehensive collections of Latin and Greek texts and is creating an electronic edition of the writings of the founding fathers of American democracy. It recently broadened its focus to include archaeology, film preservation, renovation of historic theaters and education, particularly reading and literacy.

Melis said that, at the State Bar, he is most proud of efforts leading to the bar’s acquisition of a building in San Francisco, which permitted the consolidation of different offices under one roof, as well as the consolidation of operations in Los Angeles.

Gov. Wilson’s 1997 veto of the bar’s funding bill, followed by two years of turmoil, caused the most stress. “The veto destroyed the organization,” Melis said. The new job “offered an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Said his longtime colleague Gersick, who now is working in London for the state of California: “I fear that no one outside the daily grind of State Bar operations can possibly appreciate the breadth of Bill’s contributions or what a loss to the bar his departure represents.”