California Bar Journal
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Three openings to be filled on State Bar Court

Qualified applicants are sought to fill three hearing judge and two review judge positions on the State Bar Court beginning Nov. 1. Two hearing judge positions are located in Los Angeles, and the third is in San Francisco. The review judge positions may be filled in either city. State Bar Court judges hear attorney discipline cases, have the same immunity as judges of courts of record and are subject to the same regulation as provided for courts of record judges.

Applicants will be screened by a seven-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court. Hearing judges will be appointed by the governor, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules. The Supreme Court will name the review judges. Terms range from two to four years.

Detailed information about qualifications, salaries and the application process is available at the bar’s website,, or by calling 415/538-2063. The deadline for applications is Aug. 11.

MCLE compliance due for last names A-M

Attorneys who are members of MCLE compliance group 1 (last names A-G) and group 2 (last names H-M) must complete 25 hours of continuing education credits by Jan. 31, 2001.

Members of group 1 who did not complete the previously required 36 hours by Jan. 31, 1998, have until Jan. 31, 2001, to complete a total of 61 hours. The same deadline applies to members of group 2 who did not meet their 1997 deadline; they also must complete 61 hours.

Deadlines were adjusted by the State Bar Board of Governors following the California Supreme Court’s ruling last year in the Warden case.

State Bar’s Kids and the Law is now online

“Kids and the Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents” has been updated to reflect changes in laws affecting the state’s young people and is now available on the State Bar’s web site.

The popular booklet, first published in 1996, offers relevant, accessible, easy-to-understand information on a wide range of laws and legal issues involving children in California.

The revised booklet can be accessed at

The booklet covers young people’s rights and responsibilities and the legal aspects of a large number of topics, including alcohol, drugs, police and school.

Ballots mailed for bar board, CYLA elections

Ballots were mailed last month for elections for the State Bar Board of Governors and the board of the California Young Lawyers Association. Attorneys whose place of business is in one of the five bar districts with an open seat are eligible to vote. The last day to vote is Aug. 18.

Open seats for both boards are in districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. (See        

The successful candidates will be sworn in at the bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego in September.

Two boards seeking volunteer members

The State Bar is seeking applicants for the boards of two California legal services programs.

Two positions are open on the 45-member Board of Directors of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), and the Board of Trustees of California Indian Legal Services (CILS), which has 13 members, has one position available. The deadline for applications for each board is Sept. 1.

Both non-profit programs are funded by the Legal Services Corp. and the boards meet four times a year. CRLA board terms last two years; the terms on the CILS board last three years.

Interested attorneys should send a resume and a letter listing the reasons they should be appointed. Applications should be addressed to Judy Garlow, State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San Francisco 94105; 415/538-2545.

State Bar sponsors fee arb training in San Diego

Volunteers who arbitrate and mediate attorney-client fee disputes for mandatory fee arbitration programs through local or state bar associations are invited to attend a training session Aug. 10 in San Diego.

Individuals interested in becoming arbitrators also are invited to attend the three-hour session, which includes 1.75 hours of general MCLE credit and one hour of legal ethics credit.

Speakers will address recent developments in fee arbitration and other topics including how to write an enforceable award, statute of limitations, effect of conflict of interest and arbitrator disclosure requirements.

The program, sponsored by the State Bar’s Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the San Diego County Bar Association, 1333 Seventh Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, contact the bar association at 619/231-0781. For more information, contact Jill Sperber, director of the State Bar fee arb program, at 415/538-2023.

Judicial Council paves way for uniform court rules in civil cases

In an effort to increase public access to courts and standardize court practice, the Judicial Council of California adopted uniform court rules in pretrial proceedings in civil cases.

The rules took effect July 1 in all state trial courts.

The council has worked on uniform rules since 1993 in collaboration with the State Bar and the California Judges Association.

The council amended eight rules and adopted a new rule that will govern the following areas of pretrial civil practice: pleadings, demurrers, ex parte applications, motions, discovery, provisional remedies, and the form and format of papers.

All amended and new rules will appear in an upcoming pamphlet of the advance sheets of the California Official Reports.

Bar calling all artists and photographers for show

After a two-year hiatus, the State Bar Annual Meeting art show will return this year. Members of the bench and bar who are interested in displaying their talents are invited to do so at the annual meeting Sept. 14-17 at the Marriott Hotel & Marina in San Diego.

Among the categories are color and black-and-white photography, oils, watercolors, prints and drawings.

Artists should contact Natalie Morgan at 415/538-2465 for entry information.

Alameda County’s bar association honored

The Alameda County Bar Association was honored last month for helping to form Bay Area Legal Aid last year after the Legal Services Corporation consolidated several area grants.

The bar association received the 2000 Harrison Tweed Award, given annually by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. The award was presented at the ABA annual meeting in New York.

Prior to the creation of Bay Area Legal Aid, many of the 30 civil legal services organizations providing services to the poor did not coordinate with one another and there was a disparity in funding amounts spent per client. In addition to solving some of the inequity and coordination problems, the new organization expanded the base of resources and lawyers throughout the area.

The Harrison Tweed Award recognizes the achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or expand programs to increase access to civil legal services for the poor.