California Bar Journal
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Deadline for nominating petitions to run for bar, CYLA boards June 16

Nominating petitions for five seats on the State Bar Board of Governors and five seats on the California Young Lawyers Assoc-iation (CYLA) Board of Governors must be submitted by June 16.

Ballots will be mailed to voters in the districts with an open seat on July 7. Open seats for both boards are in Districts 1, 3, 5,  7 and 9. (See

Any active attorney whose place of business is in one of the represented counties is eligible to run for a three-year term. New board members will take their seats at the bar’s annual meeting in September.

Petitions for the board of governors are available from Billie Sivanov, 415/538-2274. CYLA petitions are available from Sharon Ngim, 415/538-2267.

State Bar board to meet in San Francisco June 9-10

The State Bar Board of Gover-nors will hold its next meeting June 9 and 10 in San Francisco.

Committees meet Friday and the full board will meet Saturday morning at 9 a.m. All sessions will be held at the Judicial Council’s chambers in the Supreme Court headquarters at 455 Golden Gate Avenue.

Annual ethics symposium scheduled for June 17

Cutting edge ethical issues, ranging from multidisciplinary practice to ADR ethics, will be the focus of the Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium this month.

The day-long event is co-sponsored by the State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) and Western State University in Fullerton. It is scheduled for June 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the university in Fullerton.

The symposium will feature plenary sessions and smaller panels and offers participants six hours of continuing education credit in ethics.

For further information, contact Randall Difuntorum at 415/538-2161.

Fee arbitrator training set in Concord on June 22

Volunteers who arbitrate and mediate attorney-client fee disputes for mandatory fee arbitration programs through local county bars or the State Bar are invited to attend a traning session June 22 in Concord.

Individuals who wish to become arbitrators also are invited.

Speakers will address recent developments as well as topics including how to write an enforceable award, statute of limitations, the effect of conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements for arbitrators and how to control the proceeding.

Attendees will receive 1.75 hours of general MCLE credit and one hour of legal ethics credit.

To register, call the Contra Costa County Bar Association at 925/686-6900, ext. 03, or for more information, contact Jill Sperber, director of the State Bar’s fee arbitration program, at 415/538-2023.

Deadline for 2001 LSC grant funds approaches

Competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients next year are available through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

Applicants must file a notice of intent to compete (NIC) to participate in the competitive grant process by June 30 and grant proposals are due July 17.

Grants are available only in specified service areas. A listing of the service areas for each state, and the estimated grant amounts, can be found at (Appendix A of the Request for Proposals). The Request for Proposals also is available at that web site.

E-mail inquiries to Competition@LSC.GOV. Fax inquiries to 1-877/378-9997.

Bar art show returns

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.

Insurer name change

Kirke Van Orsdel, the State Bar’s malpractice insurance program administrator, assumed a new name and logo last month: Seabury & Smith.

The change is the culmination of a merger that began nearly two years ago when Marsh & McLennan Companies purchased Kirke Van Orsdel and positioned it in its Seabury & Smith organization. Seabury & Smith’s acquisition of the insurance program administrator formed the largest insurance program management firm in the U.S.

Participants in the bar’s Approved Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance Program will receive a notice from the company and correspondence will begin bearing the Seabury & Smith brand. Phone numbers, addresses and all contacts remain the same.

Information about the program is available at