California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 2000
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - January 2000
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News Briefs
Former Unruh aide appointed to serve on State Bar board
Ardaiz, O'Leary named jurists of the year for '99
Judicial Administration fellowships
Public law section online library
Board meets Feb. 4-5
51.2 percent pass July '99 bar exam
Board hires search firm for new bar chief
Litigation section offers MCLE week in legal London
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Trials Digest
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From the President - Reciprocity reform: The future is now
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Opinion
For most Americans, our system is a failure
Ethics 2000: On target, or lost in space
Letters to the Editor
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Public Comment
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MCLE Self-Study
Of Counsel: Avoiding Conflicts
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Important Information About Your 2000 Membership Fee
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You Need to Know
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Appointments
Apply to serve on a bar committee
Bar seeks applicants for ABA delegates
Judge evaluation positions open
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Warding off the foul tort in a new year
Bankruptcy attorney disbarred after abandoning clients
Attorney Discipline
Ardaiz, O'Leary named jurists of the year for '99
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The California Judicial Council named two judges to receive its annual Jurist of the Year Awards. James A. Ardaiz, presiding justice of the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno, and Orange County Superior Court Judge Kathleen E. O’Leary were to receive the awards this month at the annual California Judicial Administration Conference in San Francisco.

For two years, Ardaiz headed the Task Force on Trial Court Employees, which recently completed its recommendations to the legislature on how to establish a separate personnel system for trial court employees.

O’Leary presided over the unification of Orange County’s trial courts and is serving a third year as presiding judge.

The Judicial Council also was to present Judicial Administration Awards to Fritz Ohlrich, court administrator for the Los Angeles municipal court, and Kiri Torre, assistant executive officer of the Santa Clara County superior courts.

Retired Justice Elwood Lui of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles will receive the Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award, which honors non-judges for outstanding contributions to the California courts.

Lui has served as special master for the State Bar’s discipline system for the past year.