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 www.calbar.org.)
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 bars 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 Councils 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
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 Bars 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
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 www.ain.lsc.gov (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 Bars 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 & Smiths acquisition of the
insurance program administrator formed the largest insurance program management firm in
Participants in the bars 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 www.kvi-calbar.com.