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
Board hires search firm for new bar chief
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A Los Angeles-based executive search firm has landed a $56,000 contract from the State Bar to find a new executive director.

By a 15-1 vote, the board of governors hired Korn/Ferry International, a large worldwide search firm with 72 offices in 40 countries. It will lead the search for a replacement for Steven A. Nissen, who resigned last March after 17 months as head of the bar to join Gov. Gray Davis’ administration.

Acting executive director Jeffrey Gersick has made clear he does not want the job, despite pleas from numerous board members that he sign on permanently.

Joe Hicks, recently appointed public member to the board, noted criticism of the bar’s previous administration and said the board has a “fiduciary obligation” to spend sufficient dollars to ensure that the best possible field of candidates is considered in the final selection process.